UKG Workforce Central (discontinued) vs. WorkForce Suite

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
UKG Workforce Central (discontinued)
Score 6.6 out of 10
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UKG Workforce Central (formerly Kronos Workforce Central) was a suite of HR Management offerings targeted mainly at enterprise customers with larger-scale and more complex HR and workforce management issues. The product is discontinued.N/A
WorkForce Suite
Score 4.5 out of 10
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The WorkForce Suite, by WorkForce Software, is a mobile-first, cloud-based modern workforce management solution with integrated employee communications and collaboration capabilities. The WorkForce Suite aims to help global enterprise organizations optimize their labor, protect against compliance risks, and maximize productivity while building a highly engaged, resilient, and agile workforce.N/A
Pricing
UKG Workforce Central (discontinued)WorkForce Suite
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
UKG Workforce Central (discontinued)WorkForce Suite
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
UKG Workforce Central (discontinued)WorkForce Suite
Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
UKG Workforce Central (discontinued)WorkForce Suite
Small Businesses
Jolt
Jolt
Score 9.5 out of 10
Jolt
Jolt
Score 9.5 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.5 out of 10
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.5 out of 10
Enterprises
Calabrio Teleopti WFM
Calabrio Teleopti WFM
Score 8.0 out of 10
Calabrio Teleopti WFM
Calabrio Teleopti WFM
Score 8.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
UKG Workforce Central (discontinued)WorkForce Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
6.7
(38 ratings)
1.8
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
5.0
(11 ratings)
8.7
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
7.1
(8 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
8.0
(1 ratings)
3.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
UKG Workforce Central (discontinued)WorkForce Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
This product was marketed to us as a school and several schools in our area use the program. However, the implementation team we were set-up with had limited school experience and we are still working on the best way to do some of the timekeeping issues where I know that could have been handled better. That being said from a payroll and reporting side it has been great to capture so much data (at times almost too much) and have the system do automatic allocations of salaries and general ledger reports. The reporting takes some getting used to, but overall I've been able to run reports to see and track just about anything I want. Our employees also love the self service compared to our previous products where they can make W4, direct deposit and other updates on their own without having to get HR involved.
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WorkForce Software
EmpCenter is really well suited for companies with minimal variety in time keeping needs. Certainly somewhere that has fairly regular work schedules and operational needs the system would be programmed for and meet those needs quite well. I think they assert themselves as a product specifically for those more complex companies, and I believe it is one of a few products available for companies with many employee types and complex work schedule and pay needs, but because of those complexities each have their own specific customizations I feel it is difficult for the company to then manage the different products that end up existing. Each ends up being unique so applying large scale changes doesn't work well as something we may request and need if applied over EmpCenter in general may cause problems for another company. Therefore everything has to be done on an individual basis and is more time consuming and costly.
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Pros
Discontinued Products
  • 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.
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WorkForce Software
  • A lot flexibility in configuration of the system
  • works well with other systems. We were able to collect data from another time system, Avaya phone systems and even a point of sale system with not a lot of difficulty.
  • They know their product and integration points. They were able to troubleshoot problems with hardware time collection devices quite quickly. We found the devices they sold to be quite durable.
  • Out of the box they have more reports than I would have anticipated. Creating new reports was sometimes a task if it was complex but there were usually similar reports you could use as a starter template
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Cons
Discontinued Products
  • Reporting - some of the reports' names do not coincide with the data that is pulled from the system
  • System errors - the system crashes regularly on us with no real explanation why
  • Punch accuracy - sometimes the punches from the timeclocks do not feed into the system
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WorkForce Software
  • Difficult to use
  • Retroactive adjustments must be made by an administrator
  • Delegation of duties must be done by an adminstrator
  • Data must be exported and then imported into pay system, does not support interface
  • Product has not changed or been updated in 4+ years
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Likelihood to Renew
Discontinued Products
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.
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WorkForce Software
After spending close to 5 years to decide on which payroll product to acquire for our University, I cannot image we would switch now that we have it in use.
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Support Rating
Discontinued Products
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.
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WorkForce Software
Extremely knowledgeable staff that truly care about our business processes
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Alternatives Considered
Discontinued Products
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.
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WorkForce Software
EmpCenter is a new software to the company however, I only trained on the old software for a few months before EmpCenter was introduced. I think EmpCenter has a smoother data entry process and can run more in depth reports, but since this is the system I know best I cannot accurately compare it to previous software.
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Return on Investment
Discontinued Products
  • Kronos is much more expensive than the previous systems we were using, so at this point the ROI is negative. The idea is that it will allow us to scale and grow the company more easily so time will tell if that is the case.
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WorkForce Software
  • EmpCenter has reduced the amount of time administrators are spending on payroll. Certainly it has made our entry to our pay system more efficient since we can simply load the data from the time keeping system and we are not collecting actual physical signatures and paper timesheets that must be reviewed for accuracy and completeness. The system does this for us and some automatic calculating of certain pay due that we were hand adding. However the feedback I am getting is that the supervisors feel their work has been increased greatly. They are spending more time correcting and approving time. Essentially the work we were doing in our central offices to review and correct time the supervisor must now do as they approve the time. We have now asked them to be more responsible for proper reporting and use which requires they know more about the rules and many different aspects of pay than they had before. We have employees who are union represented and get some benefits from the contract others do not receive, contract employees who have certain pay aspects in their contracts that must be known, as well as temporary employees and students who get very different pay from the other employees. While some things have been programmed for the system to know and handle, some things must be added to the time sheet to pay properly or the way time is reported is different (some clock out for lunch some don't) supervisors must now know these differences while that used to be a role that was more mine as an administrator. Now I just help them and audit and review.
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ScreenShots

WorkForce Suite Screenshots

Screenshot of WorkForce HUB: More than just a dashboard, the WorkForce HUB provides an interactive control center for major actions and daily messages that matter most in a typical workday. Available on any device.Screenshot of WorkForce Absence and Leave Management: Manage all aspects of employee absence and leave with a single source of record that removes administrative overhead.Screenshot of WorkForce Time: Remove error-prone and labor-intensive manual time processes with automated global compliance and real-time visibility into workplace operations.Screenshot of WorkForce Assistant: Identifies and prioritizes urgent matters, such as potential compliance risks or labor attendance issues, and triggers predictive and proactive notifications that alert stakeholders when action is required.Screenshot of WorkForce Experience: Communication and collaboration channels, feedback and in-the-moment information gathering, micro-training, self-service, and access to critical work resources – optimizing employee experience while strengthening workplace bonds.Screenshot of WorkForce Scheduling: Gives employees a voice in how they are scheduled while maintaining compliance and meeting the business needs for every employee population.