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UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

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Likelihood to Recommend

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

There are a lot of ways that WFR has streamlined the payroll process for us. The reports module is fantastic, in that it can be modified to any information you need to track. The ease of use is just not there. The set up portion should include assistance to guide professionals through step by step instruction for key issues that may arise or changes that may need to be made in the future. The online videos just were not what we were capable of completing at the time. They are long and drawn out, making them too time consuming for a busy HR department
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Kronos Workforce Central is well-suited for large organizations seeking a simplified time-recording system or are trying to get away from manual timesheets being submitted. Larger organizations would see a greater return on investment while using this system. It is less appropriate for smaller organizations with fewer employees, as the cost of the system likely would be greater than the investment of the system.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.5
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Employee demographic data
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.0
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Employment history
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.8
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Job profiles and administration
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.7
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.3
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Organizational charting
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.4
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Organization and location management
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.2
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
6.8
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Payroll Management

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.4
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Pay calculation
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.6
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Support for external payroll vendors
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.1
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
9.0
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Benefit plan administration
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.8
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Direct deposit files
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.7
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Salary revision and increment management
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.2
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Leave and Attendance Management

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.2
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Approval workflow
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.3
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Balance details
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.1
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Annual carry-forward and encashment
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.2
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Employee Self Service

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.2
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
View and generate pay and benefit information
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.7
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Update personal information
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.5
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
View company policy documentation
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.9
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
View job history
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.9
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Asset Management

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.6
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Tracking of all physical assets
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.6
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

HR Reporting

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.7
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Report builder
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.8
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Pre-built reports
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.7
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Onboarding

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.6
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
New hire portal
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.4
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Manager tracking tools
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.7
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Performance and Goals

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.5
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Individual goal setting
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.5
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Performance tracking
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.5
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Performance Management

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.4
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Performance plans
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.4
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Performance improvement plans
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.2
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Review status tracking
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.4
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Review reminders
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.5
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Multiple review frequency
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.4
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Succession Planning

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.1
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Create succession plans/pools
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.1
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Recruiting / ATS

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.2
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Job Requisition Management
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.6
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Company Website Posting
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.3
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Publish to Social Media
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.0
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Job Search Site Posting
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
6.8
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
6.9
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Applicant Tracking
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.6
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
Notifications and Alerts
UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.5
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Pros

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

  • Easy to access in the sense that it simply takes a click of a button.
  • Comprehensible meaning that it is not difficult to understand how the system works as long as you have someone explain it to you.
  • Easy to use in the sense that it's not hard to remember how to use it. It's easy to explore.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

  • I personally feel like timekeeping is very well thought out and has some powerful tools built in. There is a bit of a learning curve but with strategically placed SMEs we were able to get the use and functionality we needed out of the system.
  • Workforce planning has been crucial in planning operational support in our retail and customer service centers. It is also editable and modifiable as needed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

UKG Ready (formerly 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.
Sarah Eigel, SPHR | TrustRadius Reviewer

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

  • Kronos can take a simple task and make it overly complicated. This is the problem when the program is so incredibly robust.
  • All of the tax withholding and filing was handled autonomously by our previous payroll company. We had little knowledge of what they were doing. With Kronos, we are required to provide filing schedules, specific EIN for each locality, etc. This is something we would have preferred not to concern ourselves with and was much easier on us when the previous company was handling.
  • Kronos seems to be geared toward large organizations with a payroll department, accounting department, HR department, etc. Our company is small and has only one employee in each of those roles. As such, Kronos can be a real burden on that one employee to do a lot of work that should be handled by a team of people, especially in the implementation phase.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready) 9.0
Based on 6 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central) 5.0
Based on 11 answers
Now that the system is installed and operational, the "pain is gone"...therefore we see no reason to change to a different application. There is no functionality that is missing from the system that would drive us to consider another solution at this time. Maintenance support from Kronos is sufficient and updates occur regularly.
Spencer Hamons, MSOL, CHCIO | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready) 7.0
Based on 6 answers
WFR is very customizable. Only a few things are off limits....surprisingly the most basic screen, the employee time sheet, IS NOT able to be changed. Almost every screen/report users can add/remove fields. Menu setup is fairly easy with the exception multiple versions of a report CANNOT be directly linked to. They are supposed to be updating this in a future release but at the moment it is cumbersome for users to switch to different versions of the report.
Aaron Ward | TrustRadius Reviewer

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

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Reliability and Availability

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready) 9.0
Based on 4 answers
The system seems very stable. Being hosted in the cloud, we are vulnerable to internet speeds and busy times. The system has been down a couple times over the 3 months we have been live, but Kronos resolved the issues very quickly. To have access from a desktop, tablet, time clock, or phone app is one of the best features....users have almost NO REASON they can't clock in.
Aaron Ward | TrustRadius Reviewer

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

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Performance

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready) 8.5
Based on 14 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.
Mary Quade | TrustRadius Reviewer

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

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Support Rating

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready) 7.5
Based on 104 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central) 8.0
Based on 15 answers
Having no experience with Kronos prior to using it in March 2016, their customer service team taught me how to use it the right way after my initial training at work. I am well-versed in data analysis using Excel and Access primarily, so once I discovered that Kronos had a reporting feature built in, I've used the feature quite a few times to help our properties evaluate their production costs and make good labor decisions. I give Kronos a 10 because once a person takes the time to learn how to use the software, they'll realize that Kronos is far more effective than most, and gives users more ways to access their information where and when they want to.
Juan Osegueda | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready) 5.5
Based on 2 answers
Our in-person training was a hybrid. Live online training with an instructor. They were very knowledgeable of the product & the area they were training on. I asked several specific questions and if they didn't know the answer immediately they followed up after class.
Aaron Ward | TrustRadius Reviewer

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

No score
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Online Training

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Lots & lots of training available. Timing was wrong for our organization. We had lengthy down time in the beginning while the implementation consultant setup our system. We did online training then. Difficult to train on a generic system setup that isn't your industry and hard to understand what you are learning how to do w/o actually being in your system. Online training was well documented and the instructors were very knowledgeable.
Aaron Ward | TrustRadius Reviewer

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central) 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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Implementation Rating

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready) 7.0
Based on 6 answers
DO NOT attempt to go live too quickly. Sales sold us on 100 days from contract signing was doable. We postponed go live 3 times because everything was not ready. We did not have enough time document the new functionality & train end users. Almost 3 months later we are still working through export issues, minor setup issues, adequate time for system admins to get comfortable with the system.
Aaron Ward | TrustRadius Reviewer

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

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Alternatives Considered

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

Kronos definitely beats out the competition in terms of user-friendly features and simple "it works" functionality. We tried using several other payroll suites including Paychex and found they were lacking in a number of areas especially in terms of user interface. Our employees literally groan when they remember using these older systems, they absolutely love Kronos in comparison.
Clinton Verley | TrustRadius Reviewer

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Kronos and Dayforce are the two timekeeping systems I’ve worked with in recent years. Kronos feels a little more comprehensive and is my primary timekeeping tool both for myself as well as my staff. Kronos is a great tool for a wide range of shifts, working locations, and pay codes. In this context, I would pick Kronos over Dayforce. On the opposite side, Dayforce is extremely user-friendly and has a “cleaner” user interface if that is a contributing factor for anyone. Also, for managers who oversee large teams (30-50 team members) then Dayforce is a bit more simple to approve time cards, hours, and leave. Kronos is a bit clunky with all the clicks, and managing large teams of hourly employees would be a huge time suck to go in to review/approve all.
John Pavarini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Thus far we are able to add as many users as necessary, implement 3 different bargaining units, 5 different types of user groups. Very flexible.
Aaron Ward | TrustRadius Reviewer

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

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Return on Investment

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

  • Overtime for Salary Non-Exempt members is easier to track. They no longer have to fill out a time card on a piece of paper where things can be mis-interpreted or transposed.
  • Salaried members as well as non-exempt members are using it 100% and we receive reminders from payroll to submit our time sheets after reviewing them making the entire approval process paperless! We are finally using a system that we can easily run reports from and utilize the outputs for files to upload which means less manual errors.
  • We are no longer paying our managers to review a paper time sheet then compare it to their notifications on their calendar then walk it to the administrative assistant so they can double check compared to the group calendar then they manually walked it up to the third floor for processing. This helped relieve manual tasks for all members and definitely allowed to increase staff productivity.
  • We are using this system to report and approve FMLA and STD and record it properly allowing the medical center on site to systematically track timing and make sure appropriate paperwork is filled out in a timely manner.
  • Payroll had to make some changes but they adapted quickly, they were trained and we are working with the system admin as a team partnering with Kronos and Global Information Services. They have their reports immediately, no waiting for sales areas to report their hours, etc.
Dawn Solomon | TrustRadius Reviewer

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

  • Workforce Central has allowed the University to manage compliance at a higher level with the consistent application of rules.
  • Workforce Central has allowed insight into the time collection process at the University with a granular audit trail.
  • Support for the Workforce Central system requires a partnership between campus IT and the functional (payroll) employees. The system cannot be installed and forgotten and must be actively managed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)

General

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

UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.0
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
8.2

Likelihood to Renew

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
9.0
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
5.0

Usability

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.0
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Reliability and Availability

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
9.0
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Performance

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.5
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Support Rating

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.5
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
8.0

In-Person Training

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
5.5
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Online Training

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
8.0
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)
8.0

Implementation Rating

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
7.0
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

Scalability

UKG Ready (formerly Kronos Workforce Ready)
9.0
UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central)

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