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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Feature Set Ratings

  • Darwinbox ranks higher in 9 feature sets: Leave and Attendance Management, Employee Self Service, Asset Management, HR Reporting, Onboarding, Performance and Goals, Performance Management, Succession Planning, Recruiting / ATS
  • PDS Vista ranks higher in 1 feature set: Human Resource Management
  • Darwinbox and PDS Vista are tied in 1 feature set: Payroll Management

Human Resource Management

7.4

Darwinbox

74%
7.7

PDS Vista

77%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 4/7 features

Employee demographic data

6.0
60%
3 Ratings
9.0
90%
17 Ratings

Employment history

7.2
72%
3 Ratings
9.0
90%
18 Ratings

Job profiles and administration

7.7
77%
3 Ratings
9.0
90%
14 Ratings

Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.

7.2
72%
3 Ratings
7.0
70%
12 Ratings

Organizational charting

8.1
81%
3 Ratings
7.0
70%
13 Ratings

Organization and location management

8.0
80%
3 Ratings
7.0
70%
16 Ratings

Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

N/A
0 Ratings
6.0
60%
11 Ratings

Payroll Management

8.0

Darwinbox

80%
8.0

PDS Vista

80%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 5/7 features

Pay calculation

7.8
78%
3 Ratings
8.2
82%
16 Ratings

Support for external payroll vendors

8.2
82%
3 Ratings
7.3
73%
9 Ratings

Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

7.9
79%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

7.8
78%
3 Ratings
8.2
82%
16 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

8.0
80%
3 Ratings
8.2
82%
13 Ratings

Reimbursement management

8.0
80%
3 Ratings
8.2
82%
5 Ratings

Direct deposit files

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
17 Ratings

Leave and Attendance Management

8.6

Darwinbox

86%
8.2

PDS Vista

82%
Darwinbox ranks higher in 3/3 features

Approval workflow

8.2
82%
3 Ratings
8.2
82%
7 Ratings

Balance details

9.0
90%
3 Ratings
8.2
82%
13 Ratings

Annual carry-forward and encashment

8.4
84%
3 Ratings
8.2
82%
12 Ratings

Employee Self Service

7.8

Darwinbox

78%
7.1

PDS Vista

71%
Darwinbox ranks higher in 5/5 features

View and generate pay and benefit information

8.2
82%
3 Ratings
8.2
82%
16 Ratings

Update personal information

8.1
81%
3 Ratings
7.3
73%
14 Ratings

View company policy documentation

7.7
77%
3 Ratings
7.3
73%
8 Ratings

Employee recognition

7.3
73%
3 Ratings
7.2
72%
5 Ratings

View job history

7.6
76%
3 Ratings
5.8
58%
4 Ratings

Asset Management

7.8

Darwinbox

78%
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
Darwinbox ranks higher in 1/1 features

Tracking of all physical assets

7.8
78%
3 Ratings
7.3
73%
7 Ratings

HR Reporting

8.3

Darwinbox

83%
8.0

PDS Vista

80%
Darwinbox ranks higher in 2/3 features

Report builder

8.5
85%
2 Ratings
8.0
80%
14 Ratings

Pre-built reports

7.9
79%
2 Ratings
8.0
80%
16 Ratings

Ability to combine HR data with external data

8.5
85%
2 Ratings
8.0
80%
13 Ratings

Onboarding

8.0

Darwinbox

80%
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
Darwinbox ranks higher in 2/2 features

New hire portal

8.9
89%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
1 Rating

Manager tracking tools

7.1
71%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance and Goals

8.1

Darwinbox

81%
5.8

PDS Vista

58%
Darwinbox ranks higher in 4/4 features

Corporate goal setting

7.9
79%
2 Ratings
5.5
55%
2 Ratings

Individual goal setting

8.5
85%
2 Ratings
5.5
55%
2 Ratings

Line-of sight-visibility

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance tracking

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
6.4
64%
2 Ratings

Performance Management

7.4

Darwinbox

74%
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
Darwinbox ranks higher in 3/5 features

Performance plans

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
2 Ratings

Performance improvement plans

7.5
75%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
1 Rating

Review status tracking

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
2 Ratings

Review reminders

6.5
65%
2 Ratings
7.2
72%
3 Ratings

Multiple review frequency

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
2 Ratings

Succession Planning

7.7

Darwinbox

77%
3.6

PDS Vista

36%
Darwinbox ranks higher in 4/4 features

Create succession plans/pools

7.5
75%
2 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Candidate ranking

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Candidate search

7.5
75%
2 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Candidate development

7.9
79%
2 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Recruiting / ATS

7.7

Darwinbox

77%
2.5

PDS Vista

25%
Darwinbox ranks higher in 7/7 features

Job Requisition Management

7.4
74%
2 Ratings
3.1
31%
3 Ratings

Company Website Posting

7.5
75%
2 Ratings
3.1
31%
3 Ratings

Publish to Social Media

8.4
84%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Job Search Site Posting

6.9
69%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

6.9
69%
2 Ratings
1.9
19%
2 Ratings

Applicant Tracking

7.9
79%
2 Ratings
2.3
23%
3 Ratings

Notifications and Alerts

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
2.0
20%
2 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • PDS Vista is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

7.3

Darwinbox

73%
3 Ratings
8.0

PDS Vista

80%
23 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Darwinbox

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

PDS Vista

91%
7 Ratings

Usability

Darwinbox

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

PDS Vista

82%
2 Ratings

Availability

Darwinbox

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5

PDS Vista

95%
4 Ratings

Performance

Darwinbox

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

PDS Vista

100%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

Darwinbox

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

PDS Vista

82%
6 Ratings

Online Training

Darwinbox

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

PDS Vista

90%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Darwinbox

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Darwinbox

Employees that come into work are needed to clock in to get paid for the amount of time they are working per day. They will log on to Darwinbox and clock in as soon as they can. Some will use the PTO they have available to use. HR will be able to make payroll in a timely manner for employees.
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Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

As Vista HRMS is fully customizable to suit your needs, a company should determine if they have a current employee who can do the work themselves otherwise they will need to consider the additional cost of asking PDS to do the customizations for them. There are additional modules that we aren't currently making use of, but each company should learn about the functionality of each of them as some may be more beneficial than others. When gathering your questions, ask all potential users of the system what they would want to see in an HRMS. We did so before selecting Vista HRMS and we got pages and pages of questions and comments and made sure that each item was addressed beforehand and was something that we would be able to incorporate into the system. You have the option of taking the system in house or being a hosted client. Make sure you figure out what resources your IT department has available. If you have a dedicated administrator who will do all the upgrades and enhancements great, otherwise you may need PDS to help out and having PDS host may be a better option
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Pros

Darwinbox

  • Employee Management - including personal details and other core HR and resourcing features e.g. time tracking, expense, payroll etc
  • Workforce planning, recruitment, tracking the recruitment drives and interview statuses and updates for the potential hires at one place
  • Integrated Rewards and Recognition, Performance management systems, and project and resourcing management
  • Great analytics dashboard allowing the more holistic and drill down visualization as per the need
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Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

  • Vista HRMS is very flexible, it does everything we need for HR, benefits and payroll. It’s user-friendly and intuitive to use, when we roll out new self-service items our employees have no problems and require minimal training or documentation.
  • PDS has excellent customer service and support. We get answers to the majority of our questions and problems quickly, within the day that we call. More complex issues that may require PDS’ technical support are usually addressed within a few days. We were upgrading our production servers to Windows 2012 over a weekend and a key person in our organization was on leave. When we checked with PDS to see what cost would be involved if we needed their help, they said it was included in our regular maintenance, no extra cost.
  • The PDS User’s Conference is an excellent learning opportunity for training on everything Vista does, including using Crystal Reports for custom reporting. You also get to meet and talk to the executive and development staff and have direct input into the future product development.
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Cons

Darwinbox

  • The app version is a bit lankier than the pc version.
  • Interface customization would be great for individuals wanting to change style.
  • No other real issue to improve, possibly lower the price but that's not too bad.
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Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

  • Typical of any system built for the unknown requirements of hundreds or thousands of customers with varying needs, PDS sometimes doesn't fit our processes precisely out of the box. However, this con is far outweighed by the ability to configure and customize the system.
  • The most significant pet peeve of our users is the necessity for so many clicks to navigate between different areas or the system or to review applicants. These items are being addressed based on feedback from the user community in an upcoming release.
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Pricing Details

Darwinbox

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Darwinbox editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    PDS Vista

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    PDS Vista editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      License pricing is based on the number of full and part-time active employees within bands (e.g. 751-1,000). SaaS pricing is based on PEPM.

      Likelihood to Renew

      Darwinbox

      No answers on this topic

      Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

      I feel so invested in Vista HRMS that I don't really want to try other options. I know we as an organization are not using this product to it's full potential and that is just due to us lacking the resources to be able to invest the time into breaking it apart and making it work to the best ability for us. The system works great as is, but there are a lot of implementations we can put into place to help us out even more. For example, we would love to start using Workflow to create more efficiencies. I personally have a very good relationship with our hosted vendor who supports Vista HRMS and can help me with any issues and concerns, this is a big part of the reason that I would renew with this product and continue to be an advocate for Vista HRMS.
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      Usability

      Darwinbox

      No answers on this topic

      Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

      The interface is intuitive, even if it does require some extra clicks to get to where you are going. The screens are consistently designed and formatted. There is a logical flow and organization to the application layout and menuing systems.
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      Support Rating

      Darwinbox

      No answers on this topic

      Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

      PDS has excellent customer service and support. We get answers to the
      majority of our questions and problems quickly, within the day that we
      call. More complex issues that may require PDS’ technical support are
      usually addressed within a few days
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      Online Training

      Darwinbox

      No answers on this topic

      Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

      The resources and online tools that PDS provide are extremely thorough and helpful in our training and learning.
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      Implementation Rating

      Darwinbox

      No answers on this topic

      Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

      Ask lots of questions, ensure you fully understand the functionality (particularly history records) and train, train, train the users for correct and complete utilization of the system.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Darwinbox

      Darwinbox is up there with ADP in terms of quality for employers to use in such an open-level style. I personally would support the use of Darwinbox against the competition.
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      Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

      I've used Peoplesoft HCM in the past. The products have some similarities, but they are marketed to different sized companies, so it's a bit of apples to oranges. Peoplesoft was very complex and challenging to manage and support. Vista HRMS should require fewer technical resources and still provide robust features for HR and Payroll. We selected Vista HRMS because it met the majority of our requirements and was priced to enable us to purchase and implement it within our budget. Also, it's an integrated system (although not truly one system when you count Vista Time) which is an improvement over our current state.
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      Return on Investment

      Darwinbox

      • The ability to view the organization structure and functional structure for the entire company.
      • One-stop solution for talent acquisition, payroll, leaves, reimbursements, attendance (time-sheet), holidays, etc. So I don't have to open a lot of different apps.
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      Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

      • Positive impact would definitely be self-service for both employees and managers to view and update selected data.
      • Through some analytics our managers are able to track turnover for their site/department by many criteria (length of service, reason, etc) and can view a number of other analytical reports such as headcount and demographics which help them to make informed decisions about their department.
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