Guideline vs. Sage HRMS

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Guideline
Score 7.7 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
Sage HRMS
Score 6.1 out of 10
N/A
Sage HRMS is an HR management solution that integrates payroll, benefits, recruiting, employee self-service, and analytics capabilities.N/A
Pricing
GuidelineSage HRMS
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
GuidelineSage HRMS
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
GuidelineSage HRMS
401(k)
Comparison of 401(k) features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
6.2
3 Ratings
8% below category average
Sage HRMS
-
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
Sage HRMS
5.5
9 Ratings
35% below category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings8.08 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings8.09 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings1.49 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings7.89 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings6.04 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings6.06 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings1.37 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
Sage HRMS
4.8
7 Ratings
50% below category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings6.17 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings4.04 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings6.92 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings2.16 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings3.16 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings3.27 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
Sage HRMS
1.3
7 Ratings
144% below category average
Approval workflow00 Ratings1.46 Ratings
Balance details00 Ratings1.47 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment00 Ratings1.06 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
Sage HRMS
3.9
8 Ratings
70% below category average
View and generate pay and benefit information00 Ratings4.28 Ratings
Update personal information00 Ratings4.37 Ratings
View company policy documentation00 Ratings1.16 Ratings
Employee recognition00 Ratings6.04 Ratings
View job history00 Ratings4.05 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
Sage HRMS
7.0
2 Ratings
10% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
Sage HRMS
3.8
8 Ratings
66% below category average
Report builder00 Ratings2.07 Ratings
Pre-built reports00 Ratings1.38 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data00 Ratings8.06 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
Sage HRMS
7.0
4 Ratings
13% below category average
New hire portal00 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Manager tracking tools00 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
Sage HRMS
7.3
2 Ratings
11% below category average
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings6.02 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
Sage HRMS
7.8
5 Ratings
2% below category average
Performance plans00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
Sage HRMS
8.5
1 Ratings
8% above category average
Create succession plans/pools00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Candidate search00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Candidate development00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Guideline
-
Ratings
Sage HRMS
7.6
3 Ratings
2% below category average
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings5.02 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings7.23 Ratings
Publish to Social Media00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Applicant Tracking00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
GuidelineSage HRMS
Likelihood to Recommend
6.2
(11 ratings)
1.3
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
1.3
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
GuidelineSage HRMS
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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Sage
Sage HRMS is a software that fits in all organizations whether small or large and this makes it the most suitable HR solution as it will help you manage your workforce even if it may appear small. The software has analytics and reporting tools that are applicable in performance management where you will use them in assessing the productivity of your employees and plan on how to improve further as a workforce. It further helps in employee on-boarding, payroll management, and talent management
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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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Sage
  • Ability to see history (like job history) easily at a glance.
  • Ability to make changes easily.
  • Organizing info in the employee record.
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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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Sage
  • We changed our chart of accounts. The system does not allow you to change the numbering format, so we had to start over with new databases.
  • The tax return portion of the software does not file local taxes. We would definitely like to see this functionality in the future.
  • The payroll piece does not handle complicated move up and move downs for union pay. This could definitely be improved upon.
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Likelihood to Renew
Guideline
No answers on this topic
Sage
I do not work with this software anymore, and I am not involved with the renewal of it. However, if I were, I would still suggest using it unless something better was introduced
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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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Sage
No answers on this topic
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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Sage
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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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Sage
Sage HRMS was very cost effective for a non-profit. It does all that we needed as a company and more. It also allows us to handle payroll ourselves instead of outsourcing [it].
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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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Sage
  • there can be a high ROI when processing payroll in house compared to outsourced. Not to mention the flexibility you gain.
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