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Score 6.1 out of 100
11 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Payroll by Wave ranks higher in 1 feature set: Payroll Management

Payroll Management

4.4

Ceridian Powerpay

44%
9.4

Payroll by Wave

94%
Payroll by Wave ranks higher in 7/7 features

Pay calculation

5.6
56%
3 Ratings
9.9
99%
3 Ratings

Support for external payroll vendors

2.0
20%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

5.5
55%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

1.2
12%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Direct deposit files

5.6
56%
3 Ratings
9.9
99%
3 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

5.6
56%
3 Ratings
8.8
88%
3 Ratings

Reimbursement management

5.6
56%
3 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • Payroll by Wave is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

5.5

Ceridian Powerpay

55%
3 Ratings
9.9

Payroll by Wave

99%
4 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

Ceridian Powerpay

80%
2 Ratings
8.8

Payroll by Wave

88%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Ceridian Powerpay

In all honestly I don’t know a situation where Ceridian Powerpay would not be appropriate to use. I have used it at a company with 12 employees, and at a company with 100 employees. The system works great regardless of company size and the benefits significantly outweigh any (if any) negatives.
I only have experience with the system in the hospitality industry but it covered all our needs and more that I can only imagine that would apply to other industries as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payroll by Wave

Great for small business payroll needs. Reports and taxes are taken care of, everything is automated and once you're set up it's literally just a matter of minutes to run payroll each time. You also get email reminders which is helpful. There are premium features available for companies with larger/more robust needs, and I would definitely recommend looking into this software if you are searching for a user friendly payroll solution
Alex Pegg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Ceridian Powerpay

  • Ceridian Powerpay simplifies the payroll process, very little manual work involved during each payroll run.
  • Ceridian Powerpay is mostly an intuitive interface with easy to understand workflows to allow for multiple users to be able to use the system if required.
Matt LeMaire, B.A., M.A. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payroll by Wave

  • An intuitive, clear UI helps you know where everything is, what options are at your disposal. Calendars and timelines show that Wave really thought out how to provide you with useful tool.
  • Pay day can be automated and straightforward.
  • Wave onboarding provides guidance at what information to input next until you are all set up.
Brendon Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Ceridian Powerpay

  • Customer Support is Horrible
  • They over bill you for everything and ignore cancellation requests
  • They don't listen to what you need or want, they slip in cancellation clauses and charge you for inactive employees throughout the year.
  • They leave one person in charge of your account and should that person go on leave you are stuck waiting until that person gets back (including personal leaves that lasted 2 months)
Greg Dykstra | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payroll by Wave

  • Additional filings such as WorkSafe, etc.
  • More flexibility when it comes to paying a director.
Ryan Connolly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Ceridian Powerpay

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Payroll by Wave

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Support Rating

Ceridian Powerpay

Ceridian Powerpay 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Generally, Ceridian Powerpay support is strong, with the edge given to the telephone staff, which is prompt and always helpful. When I have had to reach out via telephone, I am greeted quickly and provided with a quick resolution to my issue. The email support leaves a bit to be desired, though, as my experience with change requests result in long waits for confirmation and completion, with some instances not even being given a resolution to an issue without requiring additional follow-up. I shouldn’t have to stay on top of the support in addition to providing the details needed, and it should just get done.
Matt LeMaire, B.A., M.A. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payroll by Wave

Payroll by Wave 8.8
Based on 3 answers
Quick response times, personalized service. They offer in-depth videos and guides for helping to get set up. Any time I have a question about taxes or reporting, they answer quickly and give comprehensive answers. Members of the team with whom I've interacted have been courteous, friendly, and helpful. Overall, great support.
Alex Pegg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Ceridian Powerpay

Have not used any other payroll software in my experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payroll by Wave

We moved away from Wave as most of our contractors are time-based, and Wave flat out refuses to provide time tracking features. We tried integrations, but the pricing/complexity goes up and reliability goes down when integrating systems which were not intended to communicate. We since moved to Avaza and sacrificed Payroll for more robust time tracking, project management, and a very open feature development process
Brendon Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Ceridian Powerpay

  • The return on investment has been substantial for our company. Having a payroll system that calculates everything for you, processes important documents, and only takes minimal time and effort allows us to focus more time on running the business and generating revenue.
  • Instead of having a user spend half a day (or potentially a full day) processing payroll, it only takes a couple hours (obviously depending on how many employees need to be processed).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payroll by Wave

  • Ensuring that I am compliant with my payroll obligations.
  • Less time spent on managing employee payroll.
Ryan Connolly | TrustRadius Reviewer

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