Guideline vs. PeopleStrategy

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Guideline
Score 7.4 out of 10
N/A
Guideline headquartered in San Mateo offers a cloud-based 401k management software for businesses priced on a per employee basis.N/A
PeopleStrategy
Score 10.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
PeopleStrategy provides small and mid-sized companies access to a cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service, hire-to-retire HR platform featuring integrated Payroll, Human Resources, Employee & Manager Self-Service, Applicant Tracking, Onboarding, Benefits Administration, Time & Attendance, Performance Management, Compensation Planning, Learning Management, Employee Engagement, Compliance, Reporting and Analytics. PeopleStrategy features a single, centrally located database for all employee,…N/A
Pricing
GuidelinePeopleStrategy
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
GuidelinePeopleStrategy
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional DetailsPeopleStrategy's pricing model is comprised of two primary components: a Per Employee Per Month fee for system usage, maintenance, and support and a one-time Implementation fee. Both components depend on the modules selected, the complexity of the setup, the interfaces required, etc. There are optional capabilities offered through 3rd parties which are priced separately. For companies that select to use PeopleStrategy's brokerage services, a personalized quote will be provided.
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Features
GuidelinePeopleStrategy
401(k)
Comparison of 401(k) features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
6.2
3 Ratings
8% below category average
PeopleStrategy
-
Ratings
Payroll Integration5.52 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance Maintenance6.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan Flexibility7.52 Ratings00 Ratings
Filings and Disclosures5.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Ease of Enrollment7.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
PeopleStrategy
10.0
2 Ratings
24% above category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
PeopleStrategy
10.0
2 Ratings
22% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
PeopleStrategy
10.0
1 Ratings
21% above category average
Approval workflow00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Balance details00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
PeopleStrategy
10.0
2 Ratings
21% above category average
View and generate pay and benefit information00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Update personal information00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
View company policy documentation00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Employee recognition00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
View job history00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
PeopleStrategy
10.0
2 Ratings
27% above category average
Report builder00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Pre-built reports00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
PeopleStrategy
10.0
1 Ratings
22% above category average
New hire portal00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Manager tracking tools00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
PeopleStrategy
10.0
1 Ratings
20% above category average
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
PeopleStrategy
10.0
1 Ratings
23% above category average
Performance plans00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
PeopleStrategy
10.0
1 Ratings
23% above category average
Candidate development00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
PeopleStrategy
10.0
1 Ratings
25% above category average
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Publish to Social Media00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Applicant Tracking00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
GuidelinePeopleStrategy
Likelihood to Recommend
6.1
(11 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
1.1
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
GuidelinePeopleStrategy
Likelihood to Recommend
Guideline
I believe that the only thing more broken than Guideline's product is their customer support. From initial contribution dates to the disastrous account closure that cost us personally thousands of dollars, this has been by far the worst SaaS and customer experience I've ever had in my career. If only 1) Guideline's product or 2) customer support had individually been broken, we would not have ended up in this state. I sent dozens and dozens of emails inquiring about oddities I was seeing in the product, but Guideline's reps only gave more conflicting and what ended up being grossly inaccurate feedback and status updates. I hope this review reaches anyone who is thinking of closing their Guideline account. Be extremely wary of what Guideline says and does in the account closure process and exact for detailed and exact timelines (you'll have to follow up many times...). For those of you who haven't yet selected a 401k provider, I'd recommend staying as far away from Guideline as possible.
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PeopleStrategy
PeopleStrategy is an excellent product if an organization is growing in the right direction and wants to improve HR processes. The software has many different packages depending on the need and can be purchased separately if something in addition is decided in the future. This is a benefit because not all organizations may need all features right away.
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Pros
Guideline
  • Administrate individual 401(k)
  • Understand the contributions accumulated in total and per year
  • Understand the percentage of salary being contributed per pay period.
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PeopleStrategy
  • It was easy to navigate
  • Easy to read
  • Document upload was very easy and quick
  • User Access was really easy to manager and reset passwords.
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Cons
Guideline
  • I feel that the customer support was abysmal - In my experience, we were consistently given conflicting advice and statuses as we closed our account with Guideline. Despite many, many follow-ups attempting to clarify our current status and remaining steps to close the account, Guideline's reps continued to provide, I believe, misleading and inaccurate steps. This cost us thousands and thousands of dollars given Guideline was not able to appropriately pull the funds before closing the account.
  • Guideline's integrations - I believe there is clearly a broken pipeline between Guideline and Rippling. In my experience, contributions were not funded as expected when we first opened the account, and when we closed our account, there was no communication between Guideline and Rippling. Guideline continued to expect contributions into perpetuity despite closure of the account
  • I feel that Guideline's product itself is just broken in critical places - most importantly, statuses of contributions were reflected incorrectly in the software (Guideline thought funds were transferred, but they were not and Guideline never attempted to pull the funds from our bank). This, combined with the terrible customer support, cost us thousands and thousands of dollars after we closed our account. There are many absolutely critical features that are broken -> to give just one of many examples, it was not possible to update the bank account information and no error message was thrown. I was told that our account ended up in an exceptional state given our last payroll contribution date and account closure, but these seem like very basic things a 401k provider has to get right if there are going to manage people's money.
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PeopleStrategy
  • Certain functions cannot be integrated unless you have purchase that specific package
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Usability
Guideline
Well thought out and intuitive user experience for employees and administrators. Educational documentation has been a plus
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PeopleStrategy
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Support Rating
Guideline
The few questions that we've had have been answered quickly and helpfully. The implementation was a breeze and the onboarding contacts were really helpful. There was some stuff I had to learn about 401(k)s in making the decision to implement Guideline, but the Guideline team was helpful in pointing me in the right direction.
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PeopleStrategy
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Alternatives Considered
Guideline
We selected Guideline due to their relationship with Gusto, our payroll service. However, we did review alternative options for our 401k program and found them very competitive as to price and quality. We were thinking about going with one of the bigger companies like Schwab, E*TRADE, Ally, etc., but found Guideline to be the best choice for us based on price and ease of use.
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PeopleStrategy
ADP and Oracle are systems I have used and the GUI of Oracle even as antiquated as it is was vastly more efficient to work with than the people as well as system that PeopleStrategy claimed to be supporting. I didn't have any part in the selection of this system as it was in place before I was part of the team. We promptly began looking into all in one systems so that we could convert to a better experience for us as administrators and for the employees and their use. We ulitmatelt converted to ADP this year and even though the process was not as seemless as promised I would still take this process over using PeopleStrategy any time.
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Return on Investment
Guideline
  • Allow small employees to enhance benefit package
  • Great recruitment tool for new employees
  • Connection with payroll vendor allowed for less manual work
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PeopleStrategy
  • PeopleStrategy has reduced errors and paper waste
  • Since using PeopleStrategy, we've maximized our time and streamlined processes
  • Through PeopleStrategy's services, our business has increased employee retention
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