HRadvocate vs. PDS Vista

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
HRadvocate
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
HRadvocate is a Human Capital Management (HCM) platform for the middle market, created by Neudesic, a technology services and software company. HRadvocate can either be licensed on-premises or subscribed to as SaaS. HRadvocate aims to enable organizations to streamline global HR processes and improve critical information workflows to better recruit, hire, retain and engage employees. Employees, managers and HR get real-time access to critical information and insights, anywhere, anytime.N/A
PDS Vista
Score 6.4 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Vista® is a human resource, benefits, payroll, recruiting, and self-service software. Functional elements include recruitment, staffing, position and training management, compliance, and performance and compensation.N/A
Pricing
HRadvocatePDS Vista
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
HRadvocatePDS Vista
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsLicense 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.
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Features
HRadvocatePDS Vista
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
HRadvocate
9.8
1 Ratings
22% above category average
PDS Vista
7.7
18 Ratings
2% below category average
Employee demographic data10.01 Ratings9.017 Ratings
Employment history10.01 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Job profiles and administration10.01 Ratings9.014 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.10.01 Ratings7.012 Ratings
Organization and location management10.01 Ratings7.016 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)9.01 Ratings6.011 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings7.013 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
HRadvocate
9.0
1 Ratings
11% above category average
PDS Vista
8.0
18 Ratings
0% below category average
Support for external payroll vendors9.01 Ratings7.39 Ratings
Pay calculation00 Ratings8.216 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings8.216 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.217 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings8.213 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings8.25 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
HRadvocate
10.0
1 Ratings
21% above category average
PDS Vista
8.2
13 Ratings
1% above category average
Approval workflow10.01 Ratings8.27 Ratings
Balance details10.01 Ratings8.213 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment10.01 Ratings8.212 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
HRadvocate
10.0
1 Ratings
20% above category average
PDS Vista
7.1
17 Ratings
14% below category average
View and generate pay and benefit information10.01 Ratings8.216 Ratings
Update personal information10.01 Ratings7.314 Ratings
View company policy documentation10.01 Ratings7.38 Ratings
Employee recognition10.01 Ratings7.25 Ratings
View job history10.01 Ratings5.84 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
HRadvocate
10.0
1 Ratings
27% above category average
PDS Vista
8.0
16 Ratings
5% above category average
Report builder10.01 Ratings8.014 Ratings
Pre-built reports10.01 Ratings8.016 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data10.01 Ratings8.013 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
HRadvocate
10.0
1 Ratings
22% above category average
PDS Vista
7.3
1 Ratings
10% below category average
New hire portal10.01 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Manager tracking tools10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
HRadvocate
10.0
1 Ratings
20% above category average
PDS Vista
5.8
2 Ratings
34% below category average
Corporate goal setting10.01 Ratings5.52 Ratings
Individual goal setting10.01 Ratings5.52 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking10.01 Ratings6.42 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
HRadvocate
9.4
1 Ratings
16% above category average
PDS Vista
7.3
4 Ratings
9% below category average
Performance plans9.01 Ratings7.32 Ratings
Performance improvement plans10.01 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Review status tracking9.01 Ratings7.32 Ratings
Review reminders10.01 Ratings7.23 Ratings
Multiple review frequency9.01 Ratings7.32 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
HRadvocate
10.0
1 Ratings
23% above category average
PDS Vista
3.6
1 Ratings
75% below category average
Create succession plans/pools10.01 Ratings3.61 Ratings
Candidate ranking10.01 Ratings3.61 Ratings
Candidate search10.01 Ratings3.61 Ratings
Candidate development10.01 Ratings3.61 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
HRadvocate
9.8
1 Ratings
22% above category average
PDS Vista
2.5
3 Ratings
103% below category average
Job Requisition Management10.01 Ratings3.13 Ratings
Company Website Posting10.01 Ratings3.13 Ratings
Applicant Tracking9.01 Ratings2.33 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts10.01 Ratings2.02 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention00 Ratings1.92 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
HRadvocate
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Ratings
PDS Vista
7.3
7 Ratings
7% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings7.37 Ratings
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User Ratings
HRadvocatePDS Vista
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(23 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(7 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(3 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
HRadvocatePDS Vista
Likelihood to Recommend
Neudesic LLC
It has 17 different features to help in [the] HR process. It helps management to keep track of the employees with a minimum workload. It also enhances the performance of Administrative staff. It increases motivation level while keeping live tracks.
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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
Neudesic LLC
  • Training & Skills
  • Performance Management.
  • Succession Management
  • Time and attendance.
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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
Neudesic LLC
  • It user friendly and easy to optimize onboarding process
  • The scalable platform helps optimize onboarding, talent management and HR processes
  • It performs very well in talent management and HR processes.
  • It has a huge beneficial for Administration
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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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Likelihood to Renew
Neudesic LLC
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
Neudesic LLC
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
Neudesic LLC
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
Neudesic LLC
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
Neudesic LLC
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
Neudesic LLC
Advocate preferred because of its advance 17 features and its performance.
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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
Neudesic LLC
  • It increases the efficiency of administrative team.
  • Realtime monitoring helps employees to keep motivated.
  • Payouts system is very easy.
  • Easy to monitor attendance and leaves.
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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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