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Likelihood to Recommend

PDS 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

QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks has long been a standard when it's come to small business accounting. Their tools work, the user interface is fairly intuitive to navigate, and it has suited the needs of our small business (11-20 employees) for the past 10 years. However, as we continue to grow and come into a greater need to control our branding, we find that QuickBooks Online often limits us in customization and branding. Plus, it just has some odds quirks in the coding of how the invoices are setup up that often requires us to "fight against the system" in order to accomplish what we want in our invoice structure.
Zach Yokum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

PDS Vista
7.7
QuickBooks Online
Employee demographic data
PDS Vista
9.0
QuickBooks Online
Employment history
PDS Vista
9.0
QuickBooks Online
Job profiles and administration
PDS Vista
9.0
QuickBooks Online
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
PDS Vista
7.0
QuickBooks Online
Organizational charting
PDS Vista
7.0
QuickBooks Online
Organization and location management
PDS Vista
7.0
QuickBooks Online
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
PDS Vista
6.0
QuickBooks Online

Payroll Management

PDS Vista
8.0
QuickBooks Online
7.1
Pay calculation
PDS Vista
8.2
QuickBooks Online
7.6
Support for external payroll vendors
PDS Vista
7.3
QuickBooks Online
Benefit plan administration
PDS Vista
8.2
QuickBooks Online
6.2
Direct deposit files
PDS Vista
8.2
QuickBooks Online
7.3
Salary revision and increment management
PDS Vista
8.2
QuickBooks Online
7.1
Reimbursement management
PDS Vista
8.2
QuickBooks Online
7.5

Leave and Attendance Management

PDS Vista
8.2
QuickBooks Online
Approval workflow
PDS Vista
8.2
QuickBooks Online
Balance details
PDS Vista
8.2
QuickBooks Online
Annual carry-forward and encashment
PDS Vista
8.2
QuickBooks Online

Employee Self Service

PDS Vista
7.1
QuickBooks Online
View and generate pay and benefit information
PDS Vista
8.2
QuickBooks Online
Update personal information
PDS Vista
7.3
QuickBooks Online
View company policy documentation
PDS Vista
7.3
QuickBooks Online
Employee recognition
PDS Vista
7.2
QuickBooks Online
View job history
PDS Vista
5.8
QuickBooks Online

Asset Management

PDS Vista
7.3
QuickBooks Online
Tracking of all physical assets
PDS Vista
7.3
QuickBooks Online

HR Reporting

PDS Vista
8.0
QuickBooks Online
Report builder
PDS Vista
8.0
QuickBooks Online
Pre-built reports
PDS Vista
8.0
QuickBooks Online
Ability to combine HR data with external data
PDS Vista
8.0
QuickBooks Online

Onboarding

PDS Vista
7.3
QuickBooks Online
New hire portal
PDS Vista
7.3
QuickBooks Online

Performance and Goals

PDS Vista
5.8
QuickBooks Online
Corporate goal setting
PDS Vista
5.5
QuickBooks Online
Individual goal setting
PDS Vista
5.5
QuickBooks Online
Performance tracking
PDS Vista
6.4
QuickBooks Online

Performance Management

PDS Vista
7.3
QuickBooks Online
Performance plans
PDS Vista
7.3
QuickBooks Online
Performance improvement plans
PDS Vista
7.3
QuickBooks Online
Review status tracking
PDS Vista
7.3
QuickBooks Online
Review reminders
PDS Vista
7.2
QuickBooks Online
Multiple review frequency
PDS Vista
7.3
QuickBooks Online

Succession Planning

PDS Vista
3.6
QuickBooks Online
Create succession plans/pools
PDS Vista
3.6
QuickBooks Online
Candidate ranking
PDS Vista
3.6
QuickBooks Online
Candidate search
PDS Vista
3.6
QuickBooks Online
Candidate development
PDS Vista
3.6
QuickBooks Online

Recruiting / ATS

PDS Vista
2.5
QuickBooks Online
Job Requisition Management
PDS Vista
3.1
QuickBooks Online
Company Website Posting
PDS Vista
3.1
QuickBooks Online
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
PDS Vista
1.9
QuickBooks Online
Applicant Tracking
PDS Vista
2.3
QuickBooks Online
Notifications and Alerts
PDS Vista
2.0
QuickBooks Online

Customization

PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.7
API for custom integration
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.9
Plug-ins
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.6

Security

PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
8.3
Single sign-on capability
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
8.2
Role-based user permissions
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
8.4

Reporting & Analytics

PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
8.0
Dashboards
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.9
Standard reports
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
8.4
Custom reports
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.8

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.5
Accounts payable
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
8.5
Accounts receivable
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
8.6
Cash management
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.6
Bank reconciliation
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
8.5
Expense management
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
8.0
Time tracking
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
6.0
Fixed asset management
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
6.9
Multi-currency support
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
6.8
Multi-division support
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.5
Regulations compliance
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.6
Electronic tax filing
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.6
Self-service portal
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.3
Global Financial Support
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
5.7
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.3
Intercompany Accounting
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.3
Localizations
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
8.7
Journals and Reconciliations
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.9
Enterprise Accounting
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
8.2
Configurable Accounting
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.3
Centralized Rules Framework
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.7
Standardized Processes
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
6.8

Inventory Management

PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.4
Inventory tracking
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.2
Automatic reordering
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.5
Location management
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
6.8
Manufacturing module
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
8.0

Order Management

PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.4
Pricing
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.9
Order entry
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
8.1
Credit card processing
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.9
Cost of goods sold
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.5
Order Orchestration
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.3
End-to-end order visibility
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
7.1
Order exception Resolution
PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
6.2

Pros

PDS 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

QuickBooks Online

  • It enables me to do a P&L for each specific program as requested by the county for the grant money that they give us.
  • It enables me to do [an] organizational budget as well as a budget for each specific program
  • It enables the accountant and the auditor access at any time for transparency
Roxanne Jacobs | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

PDS 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

QuickBooks Online

  • The budgets feature leaves a lot be desired - difficult and clunky to populate and maintain.
  • Reporting for Budget vs Actual is available but the ability to reforecast based on updated data is not.
  • The rules function to default common types of expenses isn't perfect and will get confused if like amounts or a number of similar items present.
Charles Fashana, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

PDS Vista

PDS 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

QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks Online 10.0
Based on 22 answers
It like the product 'right out of the box' and I trust Intuit will continually improve it over the years based on my experience with their desktop products. The large providers of Apps makes customizing the entire package relatively easy and seamless for a wide variety of business types.
John H. Adair CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

PDS Vista

PDS 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

QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks Online 8.4
Based on 64 answers
Do NOT use their premium payroll. It's expensive and [I feel like] their customer service is horrible. I spent almost 4 hours trying to get an answer to a simple question about a 941 form they filed. They kept transferring me around to various people and every single time they couldn't find the 941 form I had a question on. I had to do a screenshare to show them where it was! I got disconnected three times and they never called back. They also told me that I would have to talk to the IRS at one point. I refused and told them that they were filing these forms on our behalf, they were doing the calculations so they should be able to answer my questions. I asked several times to talk to a supervisor and they wouldn't transfer me to one. They just said that they could put in a request for a supervisor to call me back in 24-48 hours! It was just unbelievable how horrible it was.
Michelle Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 9.5
Based on 4 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks Online 10.0
Based on 7 answers
We have rarely had outages in the last 10 years. I can only recall 2 times in the last 10 years where we were not able to access our client files.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 10.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks Online 10.0
Based on 5 answers
There are tab issues. When I tab the field doesn't highlight and I have to backspace or delete what is in the field. Happens on the memo field and sometimes other fields. Very time consuming.
Colleen Walker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 8.2
Based on 6 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

QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks Online 7.3
Based on 61 answers
Support is great, all incidents been resolved. Quickbooks Online forum is very well organized and helpful. I like the fact that they let the community contribute in resolving issues. Most or many of your answers can be found online. You can also get help on YouTube, but the easiest way to get assistance is through their chat system.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

PDS Vista

PDS 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

QuickBooks Online

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 7.3
Based on 2 answers
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

QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks Online 10.0
Based on 7 answers
The person in charge of QB needs to be very accurate with record keeping and is recommended to stay on top of tasks. The biggest issue we have is reconciliation, and those issues occur only when too much time has occurred between reconciliations
Adrienne Gould-Choquette, P.E. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

PDS Vista

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Online

I have used Wave Accounting for another business. I selected QuickBooks Online over Wave because of the features available from QuickBooks. Wave is great since it is free, but I feel that paying for QuickBooks Online is worth it for the features. In addition there is such a robust support network and training available for QuickBooks.
Lukas Sundahl, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

PDS Vista

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks Online 10.0
Based on 1 answer
As we have grown along our professional path, we have also expanded our use of QB. The scalability is easy and features seem to be waiting for you until you need them. We have increased profits by over 10x from our first year in business to the current and have yet to find a reason to look elsewhere
Adrienne Gould-Choquette, P.E. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

PDS 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

QuickBooks Online

  • Overall, QuickBooks Online is a great investment for the company of our size (small software startup).
  • QuickBooks Online supports all the key functions of our company's accounting team.
  • QuickBooks Online definitely made the life of our accounting team much easier which let us focus on more important issues outside of bookkeeping.
Serguei Bykov | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

PDS Vista

General

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

Starting Price

PDS Vista Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing 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.

QuickBooks Online

General

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

Starting Price

$15 per month

QuickBooks Online Editions & Modules

Edition
Simple Start$251
Plus$751
Advanced$1501
Self-Employed$151
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

PDS Vista
8.0
QuickBooks Online
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

PDS Vista
9.1
QuickBooks Online
10.0

Usability

PDS Vista
8.2
QuickBooks Online
8.4

Reliability and Availability

PDS Vista
9.5
QuickBooks Online
10.0

Performance

PDS Vista
10.0
QuickBooks Online
10.0

Support Rating

PDS Vista
8.2
QuickBooks Online
7.3

Online Training

PDS Vista
10.0
QuickBooks Online

Implementation Rating

PDS Vista
7.3
QuickBooks Online
10.0

Scalability

PDS Vista
QuickBooks Online
10.0

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