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Feature Set Ratings

  • Namely ranks higher in 5 feature sets: Employee Self Service, Asset Management, Performance and Goals, Succession Planning, Recruiting / ATS
  • PDS Vista ranks higher in 5 feature sets: Human Resource Management, Payroll Management, Leave and Attendance Management, HR Reporting, Performance Management
  • Namely and PDS Vista are tied in 1 feature set: Onboarding

Human Resource Management

7.5

Namely

75%
7.7

PDS Vista

77%
Namely ranks higher in 4/7 features

Employee demographic data

8.1
81%
117 Ratings
9.0
90%
17 Ratings

Employment history

7.7
77%
124 Ratings
9.0
90%
18 Ratings

Job profiles and administration

7.1
71%
16 Ratings
9.0
90%
14 Ratings

Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.

7.8
78%
120 Ratings
7.0
70%
12 Ratings

Organizational charting

7.1
71%
122 Ratings
7.0
70%
13 Ratings

Organization and location management

7.8
78%
117 Ratings
7.0
70%
16 Ratings

Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

7.1
71%
72 Ratings
6.0
60%
11 Ratings

Payroll Management

7.8

Namely

78%
8.0

PDS Vista

80%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 4/7 features

Pay calculation

8.3
83%
102 Ratings
8.2
82%
16 Ratings

Support for external payroll vendors

6.7
67%
48 Ratings
7.3
73%
9 Ratings

Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

8.5
85%
49 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

7.3
73%
98 Ratings
8.2
82%
16 Ratings

Direct deposit files

8.5
85%
103 Ratings
8.2
82%
17 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

7.3
73%
93 Ratings
8.2
82%
13 Ratings

Reimbursement management

7.8
78%
54 Ratings
8.2
82%
5 Ratings

Leave and Attendance Management

7.8

Namely

78%
8.2

PDS Vista

82%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 3/3 features

Approval workflow

8.1
81%
112 Ratings
8.2
82%
7 Ratings

Balance details

7.6
76%
106 Ratings
8.2
82%
13 Ratings

Annual carry-forward and encashment

7.5
75%
88 Ratings
8.2
82%
12 Ratings

Employee Self Service

8.3

Namely

83%
7.1

PDS Vista

71%
Namely ranks higher in 5/5 features

View and generate pay and benefit information

8.6
86%
117 Ratings
8.2
82%
16 Ratings

Update personal information

9.0
90%
125 Ratings
7.3
73%
14 Ratings

View company policy documentation

7.9
79%
113 Ratings
7.3
73%
8 Ratings

Employee recognition

7.7
77%
105 Ratings
7.2
72%
5 Ratings

View job history

8.3
83%
119 Ratings
5.8
58%
4 Ratings

Asset Management

7.5

Namely

75%
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
Namely ranks higher in 1/1 features

Tracking of all physical assets

7.5
75%
53 Ratings
7.3
73%
7 Ratings

HR Reporting

6.4

Namely

64%
8.0

PDS Vista

80%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 3/3 features

Report builder

6.8
68%
104 Ratings
8.0
80%
14 Ratings

Pre-built reports

6.2
62%
100 Ratings
8.0
80%
16 Ratings

Ability to combine HR data with external data

6.1
61%
68 Ratings
8.0
80%
13 Ratings

Onboarding

7.3

Namely

73%
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
Namely ranks higher in 2/2 features

New hire portal

7.9
79%
99 Ratings
7.3
73%
1 Rating

Manager tracking tools

6.8
68%
77 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance and Goals

6.9

Namely

69%
5.8

PDS Vista

58%
Namely ranks higher in 4/4 features

Corporate goal setting

7.1
71%
82 Ratings
5.5
55%
2 Ratings

Individual goal setting

7.1
71%
87 Ratings
5.5
55%
2 Ratings

Line-of sight-visibility

6.4
64%
65 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance tracking

6.9
69%
84 Ratings
6.4
64%
2 Ratings

Performance Management

7.1

Namely

71%
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 3/5 features

Performance plans

6.9
69%
90 Ratings
7.3
73%
2 Ratings

Performance improvement plans

6.7
67%
64 Ratings
7.3
73%
1 Rating

Review status tracking

7.4
74%
90 Ratings
7.3
73%
2 Ratings

Review reminders

7.3
73%
92 Ratings
7.2
72%
3 Ratings

Multiple review frequency

7.2
72%
80 Ratings
7.3
73%
2 Ratings

Succession Planning

5.9

Namely

59%
3.6

PDS Vista

36%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 3/4 features

Candidate search

5.9
59%
19 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Create succession plans/pools

N/A
0 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Candidate ranking

N/A
0 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Candidate development

N/A
0 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Recruiting / ATS

5.1

Namely

51%
2.5

PDS Vista

25%
Namely ranks higher in 7/7 features

Job Requisition Management

5.3
53%
4 Ratings
3.1
31%
3 Ratings

Company Website Posting

4.2
42%
4 Ratings
3.1
31%
3 Ratings

Publish to Social Media

4.2
42%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Job Search Site Posting

6.0
60%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

4.7
47%
4 Ratings
1.9
19%
2 Ratings

Applicant Tracking

5.5
55%
4 Ratings
2.3
23%
3 Ratings

Notifications and Alerts

6.0
60%
4 Ratings
2.0
20%
2 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Namely is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • PDS Vista is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
  • Namely and PDS Vista are tied in 1 area: Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

Namely

81%
129 Ratings
8.0

PDS Vista

80%
23 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

3.5

Namely

35%
7 Ratings
9.1

PDS Vista

91%
7 Ratings

Usability

8.2

Namely

82%
53 Ratings
8.2

PDS Vista

82%
2 Ratings

Availability

Namely

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5

PDS Vista

95%
4 Ratings

Performance

Namely

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

PDS Vista

100%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

7.9

Namely

79%
41 Ratings
8.2

PDS Vista

82%
6 Ratings

Online Training

Namely

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

PDS Vista

90%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.1

Namely

71%
68 Ratings
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Namely

Our overall experience has been very positive. Our accounting department used to handle every issue related to HR, benefits, payroll, etc. But with the Namely platform, employees can input all information right into the website and access any information they need. As a supervisor who approves PTO/Vacations, the platform is super-easy to use.
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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

Namely

  • Namely has helped with our COVID sick leave response. It has made a major difference both with the weekly payroll and the 941 tax filing
  • Keeping track of our multiple PTO plans. Thank goodness for Namely, I have shredded my old PTO spreadsheets.
  • Employees like the convenience of the cell phone app. As a payroll administrator, I like the Geo Tracking tool where I can see where some are when the clock is in or out.
  • The flexibility inside of the payroll system both as you are finalizing an employee profile and when you are processing payroll is a major advantage.
  • The reports I get out of Namely in Excel format work well for me.
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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

Namely

  • Customer service has been largely disappointing and sometimes horrible.
  • The tax reporting team has had some major hiccups for us.
  • Some of the custom reporting filters could be improved by adding an in-between dates filter.
  • Some of the performance review tools are still confusing after 7 years.
  • Can I say customer service again?
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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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Pricing Details

Namely

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Namely editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

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    PDS Vista

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    PDS Vista editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      License 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.

      Likelihood to Renew

      Namely

      Administrators and employees love Namely. It is very easy to use and streamlined. Employees stay engaged with news feed updates and enjoy all the self service options. The time cards are very easy to access and clocking in and out for non-exempt employees is a breeze. Namely is part of our family.
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      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

      Namely

      Namely is a user-friendly system that is continuing to improve its integration across platforms with HRIS, Benefits, Payroll, and Time. For us, a complex user with multiple clients and hundreds of hourly employees, it has been a good solution (though not without its drawbacks) and we have greatly appreciated Namely's willingness to listen to our concerns and requests for changes in the product. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Namely for any company far more simple than ours—especially small entities with most, if not all, salaried employees.
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      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

      Namely

      Unfortunately, in more recent years we've had a lot of difficulty with Namely as they've undergone a lot of internal changes. It took 4 returned emails saying the person no longer worked at Namely to find someone to help me (I finally called payroll) and it took a while to get connected with a direct source of help. Namely now has set up their "pod" feature of communication which works well for the most part, but is different. I felt spoiled when we first started with Namely, but now it feels very much like working with most large companies' help centers. There is a system to go through and you do have the option to click "urgent". In general the help is efficient, but it still takes a few days and it's hard to speak with someone directly. It is all done via online communications and is difficult to actually speak to someone on the phone. This works well for most cases, but I do feel frustrated more often than I'd like to with this type of communication. (2019/2020)
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      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

      Namely

      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

      Namely

      I was not part of the implementation of Namely. It was before my time. Prior to Namely the company used UltiPro, which is also a great system. The implementation/transition supposedly went smooth, but I cannot comment from my own firsthand experience.
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      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

      Namely

      Namely provided certain features that we were looking for that the other vendors did not, specifically the social feed. We do not have a company intranet so we needed a place to communicate and store resources in addition to managing HR and Benefits. Namely provided that combination plus more.
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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

      Namely

      • It gets the job done, but I can't say that I love it.
      • I can't really compare the ROI to another solution. It is certainly good enough to roll up most basic HR functions, and in that respect is totally worth it.
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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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