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Likelihood to Recommend

Kronos Workforce Ready

Administration and accounting for employees to input their hours. As long as an employee can have the training, then they can go in and input their hours. However, Kronos can be slow and it can be confusing without the training needed to input the hours. Otherwise, once you have the training it's very self-explanatory
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Novatime

I believe that Novatime would be well suited for a business that has multiple people working the same or similar shifts. I would think that such places like a fast-food restaurant, hotel/hospitality industry, movie theater, and/or retail store would be a place where something like this would be a place where this software might flourish. In small businesses who have personalized care settings and jobs where the hours may change from day to day, I would recommend this particular timekeeping software.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Kronos Workforce Ready
7.3
Novatime
Employee demographic data
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.2
Novatime
Employment history
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Novatime
Job profiles and administration
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.9
Novatime
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.1
Novatime
Organizational charting
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6
Novatime
Organization and location management
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.1
Novatime
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.4
Novatime

Payroll Management

Kronos Workforce Ready
7.7
Novatime
Pay calculation
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.1
Novatime
Support for external payroll vendors
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.1
Novatime
Benefit plan administration
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.0
Novatime
Direct deposit files
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.0
Novatime
Salary revision and increment management
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.3
Novatime

Leave and Attendance Management

Kronos Workforce Ready
8.3
Novatime
Approval workflow
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Novatime
Balance details
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.3
Novatime
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.6
Novatime

Employee Self Service

Kronos Workforce Ready
8.2
Novatime
View and generate pay and benefit information
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.4
Novatime
Update personal information
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.5
Novatime
View company policy documentation
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.1
Novatime
View job history
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.9
Novatime

Asset Management

Kronos Workforce Ready
8.6
Novatime
Tracking of all physical assets
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.6
Novatime

HR Reporting

Kronos Workforce Ready
7.3
Novatime
Report builder
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6
Novatime
Pre-built reports
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.0
Novatime

Onboarding

Kronos Workforce Ready
7.7
Novatime
New hire portal
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.9
Novatime
Manager tracking tools
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.5
Novatime

Performance and Goals

Kronos Workforce Ready
8.1
Novatime
Individual goal setting
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.0
Novatime
Performance tracking
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.1
Novatime

Performance Management

Kronos Workforce Ready
7.7
Novatime
Performance plans
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Novatime
Performance improvement plans
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.3
Novatime
Review status tracking
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6
Novatime
Review reminders
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.7
Novatime
Multiple review frequency
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Novatime

Succession Planning

Kronos Workforce Ready
8.3
Novatime
Create succession plans/pools
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.3
Novatime

Recruiting / ATS

Kronos Workforce Ready
7.7
Novatime
Job Requisition Management
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Novatime
Company Website Posting
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.7
Novatime
Publish to Social Media
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6
Novatime
Job Search Site Posting
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.5
Novatime
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.3
Novatime
Applicant Tracking
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.3
Novatime
Notifications and Alerts
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.0
Novatime

Pros

Kronos Workforce Ready

  • The hardware is the industry best--we never hear any complaints about the card swipe machines or their usage
  • Easy synchronization with other software platforms like Nortel, NICE WFM and many more
  • User facing portal is simple to use and lets everyone keep up to date on their usage and accruals
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Novatime

  • Timesheets
  • Schedules
  • Labor tracking
  • Customer service
  • Training
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Cons

Kronos Workforce Ready

  • The tax piece of Kronos was the one thing that has made me slightly regret my decision to use Kronos. We have 7 EINs so we have a lot of taxes to file on a quarterly basis. The BSI system we have to use (which is a third party) is terrible. We have had nothing but problems with it. BSI has some agreement with Kronos that doesn't allow us to speak directly with BSI and it's extremely frustrating. We are on our 5th quarter of filing using the BSI system and are still having issues. This is not much of an automated process and the BSI system seems so far behind Kronos' technology. It's not user-friendly and has definitely caused a lot of issues. If there was one thing I would change about Kronos it would be the tax filing portion. Maybe if we didn't have to use BSI it would be different. The systems I have used in the past have processed our quarterly taxes for us so this was a big change for me.
  • I do not like that the system allows employees to request vacation time that they may not have available. Employees can request time off even if they don't have any vacation available and if their supervisor approves it, it populates in their timecard. I have caught several employees with negative vacation balances in the system. I think it should not allow them to request this time off if they don't have a current balance in the system.
  • When you terminate an employee, their benefits don't automatically terminate. You have to go into each active benefit and put the termination date in or your reports won't be correct. This should be something that automatically occurs once you terminate that employee.
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Novatime

  • International configuration
  • Payroll export is a little cumbersome
Karen Halladay SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP, CTM profile photo

Likelihood to Renew

Kronos Workforce Ready

Kronos Workforce Ready 8.9
Based on 3 answers
We have begun looking for other vendors to supply this products need as Kronos WFR cannot deliver the suite of applications which it should with this product.*6/5/17 Edit - We started the new year with a new application. WFR proved to be unable to correct the errors within the application. We are much happier with the new application as we can use it effectively.
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Novatime

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Kronos Workforce Ready

Kronos Workforce Ready 5.0
Based on 4 answers
Kronos is one of the most complex systems I have used. I have not used any other payroll systems before, but it seems like there are always 10 different ways to do the same thing in Kronos. Luckily, Kronos has amazing customer support. When you are dealing with something like payroll you always want to be 100% sure you are doing it right. So things like setting up deductions, third party vendors, etc. is actually pretty easy to do but it's nice to have customer support to verify.
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Novatime

Novatime 7.0
Based on 1 answer
On the employee's side of things, Novatime is pretty intuitive and fairly easy to use. All they have to do is either press a button to punch in or punch out. If they are entering in their hours, all they have to do is type in the number of hours per day.On the manager's side of things, Novatime is also fairly easy to use. It highlights in red any missed punches and in green any OT that the employee has. There are links on the homepage of the manager's page that will lead them to a list of all their employees' missed punches for a pay period and they can fix them all before payroll is due.Novatime becomes a bit more complicated on the administrator's side. The issues I have run into with Novatime normally come after updates/upgrades to their system. They have been getting better, but the administrator's side is still a bit clunky and takes a while to find what you are looking for. It is not as intuitive as the other sides and takes a bit of computer knowledge to figure it out.
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Performance

Kronos Workforce Ready

Kronos Workforce Ready 6.7
Based on 5 answers
We were always told that Kronos was the best, but there are reports that we got out of ADP and other payroll providers that we cannot get out of Kronos. One example is a report of Productive/Non-productive hours by department. We also need the dollar amount associated with the hours. This is information that is required on our cost report and we were told that that report is unavailable. It is very frustrating when I can't get what I need.
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Novatime

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Kronos Workforce Ready

Kronos Workforce Ready 7.5
Based on 52 answers
Kronos support is great in the ability for a representative to take our needs seriously and respond with care, however, there are times when the need for support was time sensitive (for payroll processing purposes) and the response rate caused us hiccups in our timeline. Our company also has many customized options to our package and company build and at times things were miscommunicated in regards to the builds - this was only in the beginning though and has since been great.
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Novatime

Novatime 8.5
Based on 2 answers
We have a great team of guys that are always willing to go the extra mile and keep everyone happy with professional and friendly service.
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Alternatives Considered

Kronos Workforce Ready

We selected Kronos Workforce Ready as it was priced right for what we intended on using it for. We selected them also because we have been using Kronos Workforce Central for manufacturing and it seemed like the right thing to do for consistency in processes for timekeeping. It was a bit of a long implementation but there was a lot of change management for all users, managers, and payroll as well as reporting needs and file transfer requirements from our source system. KWR is well known and we have a good relationship with them as a vendor. We are continuing to look at how to upgrade our Kronos Workforce Central application to make life easier on the manufacturing clerks and hoping to provide them with some new functionality in the process.
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Novatime

Ascentis Timekeeper is superior in it's ability in its configuration of highly complex organizational policies.
Karen Halladay SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP, CTM profile photo

Return on Investment

Kronos Workforce Ready

  • Kronos Workforce Ready has had a very positive impact on our organization. We set up notices that go to the managers to alert them if an employee shows up late for work or comes in late after lunch. It also alerts the manager if an employee is approaching overtime hours. This has helped our bottom line greatly.
  • Kronos Workforce Ready has reduced the number of payroll errors and increased productivity by having the timekeeping module flow directly into the payroll module. We used to have them hand send in paper time sheets which we had to key into the old payroll system. That took a lot of time and there was ample opportunity for mistakes.
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Novatime

  • It has helped us identify which employees have consistently had OT.
  • It has helped us identify which departments have consistently had OT and/or not utilized their staff to keep OT in check.
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Pricing Details

Kronos Workforce Ready

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Novatime

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Kronos Workforce Ready
8.1
Novatime
7.5

Likelihood to Renew

Kronos Workforce Ready
8.9
Novatime

Usability

Kronos Workforce Ready
5.0
Novatime
7.0

Performance

Kronos Workforce Ready
6.7
Novatime

Support

Kronos Workforce Ready
7.5
Novatime
8.5

Implementation

Kronos Workforce Ready
10.0
Novatime

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