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Likelihood to Recommend

Paylocity

We have a large and complicated payroll process which we were very excited that Paylocity was equipped to handle as long as we upload our payroll correctly. It is not, however, equipped to track these complex structures within the system because bonus metrics have to be tied to the position rather than the employee. Because of this, we have to use clunky custom fields with limited functionality
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vista

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
Amitai Levin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Paylocity
7.4
Vista
7.4
Employee demographic data
Paylocity
7.9
Vista
8.3
Employment history
Paylocity
7.5
Vista
7.2
Job profiles and administration
Paylocity
7.6
Vista
7.3
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Paylocity
7.5
Vista
8.1
Organizational charting
Paylocity
6.8
Vista
7.2
Organization and location management
Paylocity
7.5
Vista
7.3
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Paylocity
7.1
Vista
6.4

Payroll Management

Paylocity
7.2
Vista
8.0
Pay calculation
Paylocity
7.8
Vista
8.2
Support for external payroll vendors
Paylocity
6.7
Vista
7.3
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Paylocity
3.5
Vista
Benefit plan administration
Paylocity
7.2
Vista
8.2
Direct deposit files
Paylocity
8.6
Vista
8.2
Salary revision and increment management
Paylocity
7.9
Vista
8.2
Reimbursement management
Paylocity
8.6
Vista
8.2

Leave and Attendance Management

Paylocity
7.9
Vista
8.1
Approval workflow
Paylocity
8.0
Vista
8.1
Balance details
Paylocity
7.7
Vista
8.1
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Paylocity
8.0
Vista
8.1

Employee Self Service

Paylocity
8.1
Vista
7.1
View and generate pay and benefit information
Paylocity
8.2
Vista
8.2
Update personal information
Paylocity
8.7
Vista
7.3
View company policy documentation
Paylocity
7.6
Vista
7.3
Employee recognition
Paylocity
8.6
Vista
7.2
View job history
Paylocity
7.6
Vista
5.8

Asset Management

Paylocity
8.7
Vista
7.3
Tracking of all physical assets
Paylocity
8.7
Vista
7.3

HR Reporting

Paylocity
6.1
Vista
7.6
Report builder
Paylocity
6.3
Vista
8.2
Pre-built reports
Paylocity
6.4
Vista
6.4
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Paylocity
5.7
Vista
8.2

Onboarding

Paylocity
7.1
Vista
7.3
New hire portal
Paylocity
6.9
Vista
7.3
Manager tracking tools
Paylocity
7.3
Vista

Performance and Goals

Paylocity
7.5
Vista
5.8
Corporate goal setting
Paylocity
6.9
Vista
5.5
Individual goal setting
Paylocity
7.4
Vista
5.5
Line-of sight-visibility
Paylocity
7.6
Vista
Performance tracking
Paylocity
8.0
Vista
6.4

Performance Management

Paylocity
7.6
Vista
7.3
Performance plans
Paylocity
6.7
Vista
7.3
Performance improvement plans
Paylocity
7.5
Vista
7.3
Review status tracking
Paylocity
7.6
Vista
7.3
Review reminders
Paylocity
7.9
Vista
7.2
Multiple review frequency
Paylocity
8.4
Vista
7.3

Succession Planning

Paylocity
7.3
Vista
3.6
Create succession plans/pools
Paylocity
6.5
Vista
3.6
Candidate ranking
Paylocity
7.6
Vista
3.6
Candidate search
Paylocity
7.8
Vista
3.6
Candidate development
Paylocity
7.3
Vista
3.6

Recruiting / ATS

Paylocity
7.9
Vista
2.5
Job Requisition Management
Paylocity
6.3
Vista
3.1
Company Website Posting
Paylocity
8.7
Vista
3.1
Publish to Social Media
Paylocity
8.3
Vista
Job Search Site Posting
Paylocity
8.2
Vista
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Paylocity
8.4
Vista
1.9
Applicant Tracking
Paylocity
7.1
Vista
2.3
Notifications and Alerts
Paylocity
7.9
Vista
2.0

Pros

Paylocity

  • It has a very cool and easy to use recognition function called impressions. Instead of a simple instant message or email saying thank you, you can offer an impression saying thanks that can be categorized and made public the rest of the company when they access Paylocity. It's just a cool function that spreads thanks and engagement across the organization with little cost and effort.
  • The self service portal for employees is easy to use as well. If you need to access vacation accrual and balances, PTO requests, pay check stubs, pay information, need to change your address or name, etc. it's very easy to find and navigate. You don't need to dig or click everywhere.
  • The journal entry function is useful too for 1:1 meetings or check in meetings for manages and their direct reports. It gives an easy module to record notes, discuss topics, attach documents, or make notes of items that need to be followed up on. Not everyone here uses it, but it does help organize meetings and keep them on track.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vista

  • 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.
Marcia Fenton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Paylocity

  • The on-boarding area could be a bit less tedious- starting a new hire from recruit to hire is a bit tedious but you get used to it
  • The time clocks need to be hardwired to a running computer at all times- very old technology, even ADP lets us hardwire it to our network (so we do not have to rely on our clocks running on computer)
Suzy Vera, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vista

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Paylocity

Paylocity 9.2
Based on 6 answers
The transition from my old provider to Paylocity was virtually painless. I always felt well supported by my account rep. I would use Paylocity again, but I'm not in a position to change providers at my current company right now.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vista

Vista 9.1
Based on 7 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Paylocity

Paylocity 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Paylocity provides a friendly user experience with large icons on the web interface to allow ease of use. There has hardly ever been an outage on the website; the uptime is superb! Our employees provide positive feedback on their experience with using Paylocity as their time, benefits, and payroll provider.
Kirk Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vista

Vista 8.2
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Paylocity

Paylocity 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Solid network - down for upgrades at late hours during the weekend when I am definitely not in the system to use it. Even if I was, they provide excellent advance notice.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vista

Vista 9.5
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

Paylocity

Paylocity 5.0
Based on 1 answer
It's so manual, not automated or intuitive.
Bonny O'Neill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vista

Vista 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support Rating

Paylocity

Paylocity 7.1
Based on 17 answers
Every time I call, their security is amazing. You have to provide company ID, your name, and your employee ID# so that they know whether or not they can speak to you or give you any information. When you have a question they are always available to walk you through whatever it is you are having trouble with. If they don't have an answer, they will take your information and get back to you in a timely manner.
Maria MARTI | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vista

Vista 8.2
Based on 3 answers
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
Marcia Fenton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Paylocity

Paylocity 10.0
Based on 1 answer
very knowledgeable presenters for their webinars and very user friendly; you can learn at your own pace
Yolanda Dunleavy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vista

Vista 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The resources and online tools that PDS provide are extremely thorough and helpful in our training and learning.
Amitai Levin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Paylocity

Paylocity 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The Implementation team members are very knowledgeable in their field and made this such an easier process
Yolanda Dunleavy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vista

Vista 7.3
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Paylocity

The ADP platforms did not allow us as much access to our data as Paylocity. We were constantly needing to reach out to the ADP support team to run reports or fix things within the system. With Paylocity, we have significantly more access, which leads to reduced wait times and higher efficiency. Employees have also found the self-service aspect to be leaps and bounds ahead of the prior ADP system.
Jason Magill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vista

ADP and Paylocity. Vista may not be as flashy as those user sites, but it is much more effective and easy to use for multiple roles in the system. Admins, managers, and users are much easier to manage and their experience is better having the single sign-on for them to use.
Cody Parker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Paylocity

  • Paylocity has permitted our company to reduce the time commitment to payroll processing and enabled our company to reduce one position in our accounting department. It has also made our Human Resources department become more effective and reduce overtime costs.
  • Paylocity's report allow for better measuring of expenses and better financial management.
  • Through Paylocity, we are better able to serve our employees with real time information and easier access to their records at their immediate disposal.
Matt Brager | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vista

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Paylocity

General

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

Vista

General

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

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