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Likelihood to Recommend

Darwinbox

Darwinbox in undoubtedly a great human capital management system. It is easy to configure and can be flexibly integrated with the organization's ERP solution. There is little to no training required for employees to use the software - both the desktop version as well as the mobile application. Moreover, it allows employees to connect to each other better on the organization's social network that this software provides. It is best suited for large and mid-sized organizations that have reasonably complex workflows and reporting structures. Darwinbox is less appropriate for relatively flat organizations that have simple workflows and the work involves frequent interaction among employees. In such a case, the use of such an expensive HR tool can be avoided.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDS Vista

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
Amitai Levin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Darwinbox
6.6
PDS Vista
7.7
Employee demographic data
Darwinbox
4.5
PDS Vista
9.0
Employment history
Darwinbox
5.5
PDS Vista
9.0
Job profiles and administration
Darwinbox
6.5
PDS Vista
9.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Darwinbox
5.5
PDS Vista
7.0
Organizational charting
Darwinbox
9.0
PDS Vista
7.0
Organization and location management
Darwinbox
8.5
PDS Vista
7.0
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Darwinbox
PDS Vista
6.0

Payroll Management

Darwinbox
6.5
PDS Vista
8.0
Pay calculation
Darwinbox
6.0
PDS Vista
8.2
Support for external payroll vendors
Darwinbox
5.5
PDS Vista
7.3
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Darwinbox
5.0
PDS Vista
Benefit plan administration
Darwinbox
6.0
PDS Vista
8.2
Salary revision and increment management
Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista
8.2
Reimbursement management
Darwinbox
8.5
PDS Vista
8.2
Direct deposit files
Darwinbox
PDS Vista
8.2

Leave and Attendance Management

Darwinbox
8.7
PDS Vista
8.2
Approval workflow
Darwinbox
9.0
PDS Vista
8.2
Balance details
Darwinbox
9.0
PDS Vista
8.2
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista
8.2

Employee Self Service

Darwinbox
7.6
PDS Vista
7.1
View and generate pay and benefit information
Darwinbox
7.5
PDS Vista
8.2
Update personal information
Darwinbox
8.5
PDS Vista
7.3
View company policy documentation
Darwinbox
9.5
PDS Vista
7.3
Employee recognition
Darwinbox
5.5
PDS Vista
7.2
View job history
Darwinbox
7.0
PDS Vista
5.8

Asset Management

Darwinbox
4.0
PDS Vista
7.3
Tracking of all physical assets
Darwinbox
4.0
PDS Vista
7.3

HR Reporting

Darwinbox
7.3
PDS Vista
8.0
Report builder
Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista
8.0
Pre-built reports
Darwinbox
7.0
PDS Vista
8.0
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Darwinbox
7.0
PDS Vista
8.0

Onboarding

Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista
7.3
New hire portal
Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista
7.3
Manager tracking tools
Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista

Performance and Goals

Darwinbox
7.8
PDS Vista
5.8
Corporate goal setting
Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista
5.5
Individual goal setting
Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista
5.5
Line-of sight-visibility
Darwinbox
7.0
PDS Vista
Performance tracking
Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista
6.4

Performance Management

Darwinbox
7.5
PDS Vista
7.3
Performance plans
Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista
7.3
Performance improvement plans
Darwinbox
7.0
PDS Vista
7.3
Review status tracking
Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista
7.3
Review reminders
Darwinbox
7.0
PDS Vista
7.2
Multiple review frequency
Darwinbox
PDS Vista
7.3

Succession Planning

Darwinbox
7.0
PDS Vista
3.6
Create succession plans/pools
Darwinbox
7.0
PDS Vista
3.6
Candidate search
Darwinbox
7.0
PDS Vista
3.6
Candidate ranking
Darwinbox
PDS Vista
3.6
Candidate development
Darwinbox
PDS Vista
3.6

Recruiting / ATS

Darwinbox
8.4
PDS Vista
2.5
Job Requisition Management
Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista
3.1
Company Website Posting
Darwinbox
9.0
PDS Vista
3.1
Publish to Social Media
Darwinbox
9.0
PDS Vista
Job Search Site Posting
Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista
1.9
Applicant Tracking
Darwinbox
8.0
PDS Vista
2.3
Notifications and Alerts
Darwinbox
9.0
PDS Vista
2.0

Pros

Darwinbox

  • Easy to use and navigate.
  • Simple and intuitive interface.
  • Covers all HR needs in one software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDS Vista

  • 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.
Marcia Fenton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Darwinbox

  • A small improvement in the UX could be to automate the process of informing the entire organization about an employee's birthday. Presently, the HR manager has to manually send such an email. Sometimes misunderstandings happen when important greetings are missed when the HR manager is on leave.
  • There is just too much data on the Attendance screen. Perhaps, from a UI perspective, this screen could be improved. Also, there should be a feature to recall the leave application if the employee changes his plan and the leave is yet to be approved.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDS Vista

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Darwinbox

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 9.1
Based on 7 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Darwinbox

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 8.2
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Darwinbox

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 8.2
Based on 6 answers
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
Marcia Fenton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Darwinbox

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The resources and online tools that PDS provide are extremely thorough and helpful in our training and learning.
Amitai Levin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Darwinbox

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 7.3
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Darwinbox

Darwinbox is a very powerful tool for managing the HR processes of a large organization. It offers a number of unique facilities like the social network module, mobile application version etc. As compared to other software, it offers more utility in the sense that one integrated tool can be used for multiple purposes. It is easy to configure and requires no prior experience from a user's perspective. It provides sharp insights for effective decision making to manage talent in the organization.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDS Vista

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDS Vista

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Darwinbox

General

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

PDS Vista

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Darwinbox
7.0
PDS Vista
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Darwinbox
PDS Vista
9.1

Usability

Darwinbox
PDS Vista
8.2

Reliability and Availability

Darwinbox
PDS Vista
9.5

Performance

Darwinbox
PDS Vista
10.0

Support Rating

Darwinbox
PDS Vista
8.2

Online Training

Darwinbox
PDS Vista
10.0

Implementation Rating

Darwinbox
PDS Vista
7.3

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