PDS Vista vs. QuickBooks Online

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
PDS Vista
Score 6.1 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Vista® is a human resource, benefits, payroll, recruiting, and self-service software. Functional elements include recruitment, staffing, position and training management, compliance, and performance and compensation.N/A
QuickBooks Online
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
QuickBooks Online is a SaaS version of the QuickBooks product. It contains all of the features found in the local version. Higher-priced plans include greater automation, payment management, inventory and time tracking, and analytics features.
$15
per month
Pricing
PDS VistaQuickBooks Online
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Self-Employed
$15
per month
Simple Start
$25
per month
Plus
$75
per month
Advanced
$150
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
PDS VistaQuickBooks Online
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsLicense 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.
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Community Pulse
PDS VistaQuickBooks Online
Considered Both Products
PDS Vista

No answer on this topic

QuickBooks Online
Chose QuickBooks Online
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
PDS VistaQuickBooks Online
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
7.7
18 Ratings
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data9.017 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history9.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration9.014 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.012 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting7.013 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management7.016 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)6.011 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
8.0
18 Ratings
QuickBooks Online
5.8
78 Ratings
Pay calculation8.216 Ratings5.969 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors7.39 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.216 Ratings4.631 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.217 Ratings6.464 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.213 Ratings5.844 Ratings
Reimbursement management8.25 Ratings6.345 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
8.2
13 Ratings
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
Approval workflow8.27 Ratings00 Ratings
Balance details8.213 Ratings00 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment8.212 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
7.1
17 Ratings
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information8.216 Ratings00 Ratings
Update personal information7.314 Ratings00 Ratings
View company policy documentation7.38 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee recognition7.25 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history5.84 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
7.3
7 Ratings
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets7.37 Ratings00 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
8.0
16 Ratings
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
Report builder8.014 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-built reports8.016 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data8.013 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
7.3
1 Ratings
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
New hire portal7.31 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
5.8
2 Ratings
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
Corporate goal setting5.52 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting5.52 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking6.42 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
7.3
4 Ratings
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
Performance plans7.32 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance improvement plans7.31 Ratings00 Ratings
Review status tracking7.32 Ratings00 Ratings
Review reminders7.23 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple review frequency7.32 Ratings00 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
3.6
1 Ratings
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
Create succession plans/pools3.61 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate ranking3.61 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate search3.61 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate development3.61 Ratings00 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
2.5
3 Ratings
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
Job Requisition Management3.13 Ratings00 Ratings
Company Website Posting3.13 Ratings00 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention1.92 Ratings00 Ratings
Applicant Tracking2.33 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts2.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Online
5.6
69 Ratings
API for custom integration00 Ratings5.455 Ratings
Plug-ins00 Ratings5.958 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Online
6.9
109 Ratings
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings6.882 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings7.1103 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Online
7.3
132 Ratings
Dashboards00 Ratings7.0124 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings7.6128 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings7.3116 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Online
6.2
143 Ratings
Accounts payable00 Ratings7.0122 Ratings
Accounts receivable00 Ratings7.6131 Ratings
Cash management00 Ratings6.6119 Ratings
Bank reconciliation00 Ratings7.6137 Ratings
Expense management00 Ratings6.7123 Ratings
Time tracking00 Ratings5.355 Ratings
Fixed asset management00 Ratings6.454 Ratings
Multi-currency support00 Ratings5.423 Ratings
Multi-division support00 Ratings5.142 Ratings
Regulations compliance00 Ratings6.538 Ratings
Electronic tax filing00 Ratings6.266 Ratings
Self-service portal00 Ratings5.266 Ratings
Global Financial Support00 Ratings4.616 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings5.834 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting00 Ratings6.729 Ratings
Localizations00 Ratings6.621 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations00 Ratings7.174 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting00 Ratings5.926 Ratings
Configurable Accounting00 Ratings6.138 Ratings
Centralized Rules Framework00 Ratings5.724 Ratings
Standardized Processes00 Ratings6.348 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Online
5.0
48 Ratings
Inventory tracking00 Ratings4.846 Ratings
Automatic reordering00 Ratings4.722 Ratings
Location management00 Ratings5.021 Ratings
Manufacturing module00 Ratings5.617 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
PDS Vista
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Online
6.1
86 Ratings
Pricing00 Ratings7.156 Ratings
Order entry00 Ratings7.054 Ratings
Credit card processing00 Ratings6.364 Ratings
Cost of goods sold00 Ratings6.368 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings6.221 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility00 Ratings6.020 Ratings
Order exception Resolution00 Ratings4.018 Ratings
User Ratings
PDS VistaQuickBooks Online
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(23 ratings)
6.1
(159 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(7 ratings)
7.3
(23 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(2 ratings)
6.5
(75 ratings)
Availability
9.5
(4 ratings)
10.0
(7 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(2 ratings)
10.0
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
8.2
(6 ratings)
5.4
(72 ratings)
Online Training
9.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.3
(2 ratings)
5.2
(8 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
3.6
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
3.9
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
3.9
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
PDS VistaQuickBooks Online
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Intuit
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.
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Pros
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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Intuit
  • 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
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Cons
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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Intuit
  • 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.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Intuit
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.
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Usability
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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Intuit
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.
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Reliability and Availability
Personnel Data Systems (PDS)
No answers on this topic
Intuit
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.
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Performance
Personnel Data Systems (PDS)
No answers on this topic
Intuit
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.
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Support Rating
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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Intuit
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.
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Online Training
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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Intuit
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
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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Intuit
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
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Alternatives Considered
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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Intuit
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.
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Scalability
Personnel Data Systems (PDS)
No answers on this topic
Intuit
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
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Return on Investment
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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Intuit
  • 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.
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