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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.https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/tt/zF/D74HNCCX6XWO.JPEGOverall SatisfactionWe use it for payroll and human resources within a department of 3. We use it for all of our HR and Payroll needs. It allows all functions of HR to be stored within the system. Has a vast tracking system for all employee information.,User-friendly and easy to learn. Reporting options through Crystal Reporting. The best support team when something is not right, especially if they are aware that you are currently running payroll.,If you manually input a transaction into the payroll entry screen once payroll is run you can no longer see that transaction. It would be nice to be able to see a history of all transactions per employee. Future changes cannot be made on the HR side during the payroll processing time frame or the changes will occur during the current payroll. For example, if someone is getting a wage increase it cannot be future dated because payroll will pick it up even though it is future dated.,8,We are more organized and efficient in the HR/Payroll department now [that they are] using the system,,150,5,we use the employee tracking system along with our WS&H Coordinator to track all employee injuries.,tracking training and development tracking recruitment,look in to using the system more with the recruitment portion. Use it for tracking applicants and resumes.,10,Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation Vendor Reputation Third-party Reviews,I would have better examples of what we would like to use the system for so that they can show up in real time how that would work.,9,YesPDS is money in the bank!It is used across the whole organization. It provides more detail to our users for payroll and benefits. It also allows us to use the data and integrate other data from other systems to report out information and tie in employment and demographic information. It allows our admins to spend less time manually updating data as well.,Security - flexibility to a wide variety of types of users. Expansion - When acquisitions happen it was quick to add a company. User Exp - Users find it easy to navigate and find what they need.,Job History - Too many areas that dates populate. ATS - There is a lack of flexibility for applicants when applying for multiple jobs. Searching - The functionality is a little limited, would be nice to type in any information on a person and search.,10,Automation of reporting has cut manual tracking down by 75% for benefits.,,ADP Vantage HCM, Paylocity Web PayGreat application and great serviceWe use PDS’ Vista HRMS application for HR, benefits, and payroll for ourselves (the Lee County Clerk of Courts) and also Lee County government, airport and court administration employees. Additionally, we track benefits for retirees and twelve other agencies that utilize the county’s benefit plans. All total, there are approximately 5,000 active employees and enrollees. The clerk of courts maintains the application and develops any custom programs.,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.,The time entry features historically weren’t robust enough for our needs so we went with a separate application. We haven’t evaluated Vista’s current improvements so it may be better now. We do use the leave accrual processing in Vista though and it works perfectly. Sometimes we have trouble reporting on our old historical data. PDS has improved their history and reporting on it, we need to review our data. We would like to have PDS add employer benefit costs to history though.,10,Increased efficiency for HR, benefits and payroll staff Employees are very happy to have immediate access to their data Our HR benefits staff saves a lot of time since we began using the employee self-service online Open Enrollment,,No,10,Yes,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.,Yes, but I don't use it,9PDS Vista's strong pointsWe use Vista for all HR and PR processing and record keeping. We have about 50 managers with access to see employee information but most of the managers have read only access. Hope to enhance the use of the system in the coming years. Right now we have a few users in the accounting PR department and a few users in the HR department which I manage.,Good at record retention and ease of historical data for recall and report writing. We use the entire employee benefits processing function and it works very well. Good flexibility for payroll processing and special pay runs and bonus calculations.,It's pretty stressful to get hit with multiple releases at the end of the calendar year when we are already stressed about getting our year end processes completed. One suggestion might be to rank the error warnings in some way that gives them a severity rating, or maybe something that tells you this is a recurring warning that you might have already reviewed at the last release, and this time around you can ignore it again rather than investigate it. Employee self-service is easy to use. We have challenges getting security to work properly for people who don't use the system on a regular basis. We are going to try giving our employees cards to write their log on and password on it.,9,Unfortunately, we do not measure, but I am sure it would be favorable if we did.,ADP and PaychexCPP has used Vista HRMS for payroll for over 18 yearsVista is the HRMS we currently use to produce our bi-weekly net payroll and W-2s. Everyone in the company has access to review individual payroll information. Payroll has enhanced reporting and interface capabilities that produce post processing journal entry interfaces, documentation to support account balances in our general ledger and all data necessary to stay compliant with federal and state agencies.,Vista allows us to have different "Distribution" areas within each FEIN. These distribution types sort and subtotal by type and then provide a grand total for the FEIN. We can organize more efficiently and have subtotals by distribution available to management in a very timely manner. Navigating through Vista is extremely intuitive. You don't have to memorize screen names, labels or numbers to find information. The standard report process quickly and can be save in excel for sorting and analysis.,Due to our established SOX requirements, we do a lot of screen prints. There are many screens that have a printer icon facilitate this process. There are instances in which we need to drill down and require a screen print from a different level, the printer icon is there, but it prints without the employee's name or number which is not adequate. There are times we would prefer to key specific information rather than choose a validated item from a drop down screen. We have multiple FEINs, companies, districts and distributions. There are a few areas/screens where it is difficult to see exactly what company, etc you are working on in the table set ups. We have gotten in the habit of triple checking the company.,10,It is currently allowing us to replace several software components with Vista functionality. Less to maintain and train.,TesserAct and Oracle PeopleSoft HCM,Kronos Workforce Central, Ventyx EllipseVista HRMS: What more can a company hope for?We have been using Vista HRMS for the past 3 years. The program has helped us better organize our HR, Payroll, Benefits and Staffing departments by consolidating our numerous databases and spreadsheets into one database that can be accessed by everyone. Now our employees, supervisor and office staff have a place they can go to for employee information and at the same time only accessing what they are allowed to see.,Vista HRMS is web-based; easy to navigate and easy to customize. If your company doesn't have a technically saavy individual, PDS can take care of it for you. Their customer service is second to none. Reps can be contacted by phone or email with quick responses to resolve any question or issues quickly Vista HRMS is constantly providing updates to the system, whether it is tax related issues or the latest regulation changes to the Affordable Care Act,Some customizations can be costly; although they are worth investing the money to further personalize the system to your specific needs The recruiting module still needs further work for it to function as a true ATS. In order to create your own custom reports, you will need someone knowledgeable in Crystal Reports.,10,Increased efficiency and productivity of our HR department (and all departments using the system) Employees can now access information regarding themselves (such as pay info and benefits) that they never had access to before. We are now able to track information that we never could before.,,1000,5,Ensuring that all departments can communicate effectively Ensuring that all necessary departments are notified when pertinant employee information is updated Ensuring that the sytem is updated in a timely manner when new releases come out,We created an automated checklist that populates based on an employees function and location Properly tracking company property Using it to better track employees working on a Visa,10,10,10Great Customer ServiceVista is our HRIS and payroll system. In the future, we hope to use it for recruiting and performance management.,Reporting Customer Service Ease of using the system,8,PDS Vista can do almost anything!!We use Vista to store all of our employee demographic, benefits and payroll information. And on a bi-weekly basis, we process payroll for over 600 employees across 4 pay companies. Most of our employee-related reporting is produced through Crystal by querying the Vista database. By utilizing a fully integrated HR/Payroll database, we have reduced data entry time, enhanced payroll accuracy and streamlined the entire HR/Payroll function.,Ability to customize. Many programs we've used previously do not have the ability to customize to the specific user's needs. Vista is extremely flexible and customizable, which has served our company well. Automation of data entry. Many of our payroll adjustments impact multiple employees, so the ability to upload time card entries is a real time-saver! Ability to interface easily with our Accounting software. Updating our General Ledger with the bi-weekly payroll amounts is a breeze!,Troubleshooting problems that cross modules (e.g.: HR/Benefits/Payroll) can be difficult, since each area has it's own specialist...who oftentimes is not proficient in the other modules. The Help Screen within the program is not always updated, as new enhancements and upgrades are added. This makes it difficult to independently troubleshoot issues that may occur. Some of the Vista reporting is a bit outdated. I would love to see the Payroll Registers updated, so they could be easily exported to Excel for sorting and manipulating.,9,Definitely better customer service. Employees seem to love Employee Self-Service. Ability to add custom processes to streamline and automate previously manual processes.,Mangrove,ACCPAC,10Vista - 5 years in and countingVista HRMS is our HR and Payroll system of record. When I first started, it was only our HR and Payroll departments that are using it. Now it is being used across the organization by implementing Self-Service where employees can go to view their paystubs, managers can do the employee performance reviews. In addition, I have made it the source of employee information in our desktop/web applications that we've written in-house,Vista HRMS is extremely configurable, from being able to update the webpages to adding additional columns in tables. No system is perfect right out of the box, but Visa HRMS gives us the tools to make it perfect. Customer service is awesome. When I have a problem, they normally get back to me within a business day. If it's an emergency, they're there right away. Their reps do build a relationship with you Updates to the system from Vista HRMS are very easy. They have a tool called VistaFresh that you use. You click a button and watch it spin. It handles everything from database updates to webpage updates,I think their interfaces could use some, I can't say improvement, but let us say robustness. Their interface mechanism lets you import or export data from the system. It seems to handle just about every datasource except Excel files, which my people live and die by. We don't want to have to convert Excel files, it makes the auditors take a second look and plus it's an extra step for some already very busy people. More documentation. They have a very good technical resource, but I'd like to see a system user guide. There's many features, I just don't know what they do and having a user guide written for the end user would be very helpful. A lot of times, I receive this documentation after I have a problem and contact support. They could do better capturing payroll history employer paid amounts. We have a home-grown way of doing it, but with ACA, we have found some new challenges with the way we're doing it. It would be nice if payroll processing would capture these amounts Having to have a separate environment for Year End processing, it would be nice if we didn't have to have multiple production environments,9,Once you get the hang of customizing the product, enhancements can be done very quickly. You don't have to wait or spend a lot of money for enhancements that can be done easily Payroll is pretty straightforward Using the workflow functionality, a lot of manual steps can be automated,,1,10New with VISTAThe Alamo Area Council of Governments is currently utilizing VISTA HRMS for all HR Functions across the agency for benefits, employee personnel management, recruitment and payroll.,Benefit Module - Prior to VISTA, AACOG was unable to electronically allow employees to register or maintain their health benefits. The system has allowed for each employee to have a view access to their benefits and if changes are required, communication can be sent to their HR Specialist to request the change. This process has helped eliminate a paper process in which the employees and HR staff would have to manually register and track benefits. AWESOME Payroll - Until the implementation of the Payroll Module, AACOG's employees had to complete a paper version of their work hours and submit to the payroll department. The VISTA Payroll Module allows each employee to enter their time into a system that allows the supervisors to approve and submit automatically to the payroll department. This process eliminates the payroll specialist from having to manually track down supervisor for the employee's paper time report. The system also tracks the employee leave accruals as well as leave that has been used. The system eliminates the need to have multiple tracking systems and all is maintained in one area.,This is a truly a hard question to fairly answer, due to our recent implementation of the VISTA HRMS system it would be unfair to say that the system is not meeting our expectations. There are so many areas and components that we are not utilizing or under utilizing that it will take some trial and errors before we are fully functioning to the best the system has to offer.,10,It is too early to tell, we have only been working with the system for one year and the bulk of that time was set-up.,Epicor HCMPDS VistaHRMSWe use PDS VistaHRMS for our core HR, Benefits, Payroll and Recruiting functions. Our main users are in the Human Resources area but all employees benefit from VistaHRMS due to the self-service functionality it provides as well as the ability to allow supervisors access to review applicants through recruiting..,VistaHRMS' open, customizable architecture which provides ultimate flexibility and opportunities for integration. We can use our technical development skills to create any new module we may need as well as extend the base system code to handle our unique requirements, special circumstances and processes. This also aids greatly in troubleshooting and identifying issues because you can get right down to the source code. VistaHRMS provides flexibility for security so that any employee in the company can have access to the HR information that is pertinent to him or her. PDS staff are spectacular to work with. They provide high-quality, timely support and are always willing to spend the time to get your questions answered. PDS is deeply and sincerely interested in customer feedback. This is the best way to improve the product: listen to your customers. They not only listen to the request, they actually implement many of the changes in base system. PDS is a strategic partner for our organization based on the level of service they have provided and their willingness to act on our feedback.,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.,9,Automation of many processes leading to higher efficiency and the ability to focus on core business as opposed to data processing. This includes our biweekly payroll processing, automated reporting, alert notifications based on certain activities occurring, etc. Integration of separate software systems for HR, Benefits, Payroll and Recruiting into a single suite of modules that all share the same data. Self-service access for employees empowers them to find, review and update information independently which enables HR staff to focus on more valuable efforts.,Oracle PeopleSoft HCM,EmpCenter, Cornerstone OnDemand,,3,Open enrollment - Every employee interacts with PDS to perform their annual open enrollment Payroll and benefit processing - Biweekly payrolls, year-end processing (W2s, 1095Cs), total compensation statements, merit increases and reviews Employee self-service - employees can update basic information (addresses, phone numbers, contacts, etc) and view other information pertaining to their employment Recruiting - allowing hiring supervisors access to applicants electronically as opposed to printing and distributing paper copies of applicant materials,Integration with Active Directory to automatically maintain membership in AD groups and distribution lists based on organization attributes of employees. This removes the need for manual changes to membership when new employees are hired or employees terminate. Salary Administration Module (SAM) - completely custom module built using the PDS development standards that allows for collaboration with VPs and HR business partners during the review and merit increase processes. Great improvement from previous disconnected spreadsheet solution. Notifications using the Issue Detective. These help us identify issues or potential issues with our data and configuration to ensure a smooth running system.,Time Entry Onboarding and offboarding Dashboards,9,Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor,As times have changed, we may have considered a cloud or SaaS solution. Other than that, there are few things that we would change.,Vendor implemented Implemented in-house,Yes,Data migration, particularly historical data, was the most difficult piece. Knowing what we know how, we would have attacked this differently. However, at the time we made the best decisions we could and we have been able to adjust, adapt and clean up as necessary.,8,9,Yes,There have been several times when an issue has arisen that is either a bug or a shortcoming in functionality. When reported, these have occasionally been handled by an almost immediate fix being developed and delivered to us for installation to hold us over until the change is introduced to base system in the next release. If it is possible for them to quickly solve our problem, they try to do that to get us back into business.,Automation of simple tasks via the Enterprise Server,Applicant review in Recruiting Updates via PTF, but this is due to our large set of customizations. The VistaFresh update tool is very simple to use if you have few or limited customizations.,Yes,9Vista HRMS Review - Perspective from an HR professional who is in process of modyfying modulesCurrently, it's being used in the HR department with the intention to deliver it across the organization shortly - opportunity to leverage operational factors such as analytics, leave accrual, emergency contacts, recruitment etc.,We can evolve reports to produce metrics that fit the specific needs of the organization. A user can define and create what they need, or contact PDS for assistance. Our ideas don't seem to be impossible - confident that the system can drill into any metric we can think of. Customer support from PDS is fantastic. They respond to our inquiries quickly and professionally. All-in-one package -- this is helpful with planning how to deploy modules without breaking the bank.,Visually, it can improve. It may not be as "cool" as other systems on the market, but the functionality makes up for that tenfold. Upgrades do not always go smoothly on our end but there are diverse factors involved here. We also resolve the issues quickly with PDS.,9,Access to the metrics that we need to support diverse business objectives.,I love VISTAWe selected Vista HRMS after a diligent evaluation process. We were looking for a flexible solution that could grow with us. Vista is highly customizable, and flexible. We have been able to customize screens, user fields and workflows. This was a critical part of our evaluation. Other providers "claimed" the ability to customize, but Vista delivered on it. Our sales team is fabulous and they are still able to assist with support. It's good to know that the sales team stands behind the product, and the product holds up to the promises of the sales team. Vista is being used by our HR, PR and Recruiting teams. It has an easy self service interface for our employees. It's flexibility allowed us to rollout self service in stages, as we were ready. The security allows us to lock out or conceal certain screens or fields, which has allowed us to use Vista as an online employee directory in addition to an HR/PR solution. We are very pleased with the product and the company.,General HR--everything is there Integration with SQL based systems Integration with time systems Processing our complicated PR,The recruiting feature is constantly being enhanced. It still has room to grow in order to compete with the industry leaders. Adding an integrated On Boarding solution would be helpful. I wish I was able to edit screens and employee self service without the need for SQL.,10,Increased integration between HR and PR teams Employee self service,UltiPro, ADP, Kronos and Sabra HRVIsta HRMS, is it right for your company?On the front face of the business our employees would say that Vista HRMS is our time and attendance system. Behind the scenes, Human Resources and Payroll use it for our system of record. All employees are stored in Vista HRMS and our benefits, leave accruals, time keeping and payroll are run through Vista HRMS. This is good for us because it keeps all of our information on one platform and I am not having to toggle between programs to run payroll or check employee records and history. .,Vista HRMS is extremely configurable. It's completely adaptable to your specific business needs. Security is very robust and you have the ability to easily create and adjust access amongst security groups I feel like the payroll process is pretty simple and the system will generate multiple reports for each step so you are able to verify information along the way. You can rerun steps and processes as many times necessary until all your data is accurate and ties out to your business standards. This is always a welcome feature before you hit that magical 'pay' button!,Time entry is very manual, you have to be very specific in your time entry by inserting the colon and also the AM/PM. Military time entry will work if you're settings are set to accept military time entry. A time punch button would be a great addition to this module, or a quick drop down option of base hour or half hour entries. Currently, the system allows employees to enter more leave accrual time then they have available. This error does generate on reports when payroll is run, however as a business rule we do follow up with each individual who has gone over and see if they would like those hours moved over to other available accruals or let them know that it will be unpaid if no other accrual balances exist. I believe you can configure a 'User Exit' to notify employees as soon as they enter the time in that those hours are not available, however it is not part of the base system. This would be a helpful addition and would save quite a bit of time on the follow up during payroll processing. I was not here during implementation of this product, so I am not sure of the training that our administrators received at the time. However I have not had much luck in finding best practices for the system or training manuals. My knowledge has come through trial and error and calling our hosted support team to help walk me through issues. More FAQ material or even module training materials would be great for newly hired employees who need to have access to Vista HRMS in more than a basic time entry capacity.,8,It has greatly increased our payroll processing time. We can do it all in house and prior to Vista HRMS our timekeeping was done on excel spreadsheets! No one is trying to manually calculate overtime for each employee anymore. Reporting data from Vista HRMS is easily done with Crystal Reports, this has helped us improve on multiple efficiencies including posting to our general ledger, tying out our 401K files and state employment surveys. If the data requested has anything to do with fields that are used in Vista HRMS, I can definitely create a report on it!,,7,9Happy with Vista HRMSVista HRMS is being used across the whole organization. This is our HR/Payroll/Benefit/Absence Management solution for our company.,Their staff are available to talk to about existing issues. Their open enrollment process was easy for employees to understand without a high amount of training. Our last software also had employees step through enrollment. The database table names are pretty self explanatory, previous systems I have used this is not always the case.,The inplementation/training is when you are expected to 'set up' your organization etc.It is very difficult to make these decisions that later turn out to be incorrect and difficult to change when you are just being introduced to the system. We had reviewed some very specific wants/needs with sales/demo staff, spent a lot of time filling out documentation that we believe were never passed on to the Implementation specialist so we had to start over at square one. Some of those items we found out in truth, the system could not do after all and we had to create work arounds. We were leaving our last system partially because there always were patches needing tested and for our size company it is expensive to test all the time. We believed PDS did not have this same cycle of patches, but we have found their have been quite a few. Often until you can test a whole PTF they will send out scripts to fix one thing. Our company does not install things straight into production, so we spend a lot of time having to test the whole system.,8,We really have not seen any ROI as we are just getting used to the project as a whole. We were hoping to use more of Workflow but as PTF's come out if they impact a workflow you ahve you have to also change the workflow. This has been hard to manage so we have not implemented as many workflows as we believed we would have.,,10Vista HRMS ReviewVista HRMS is used across our entire organization for HR data, benefits enrollment and payroll processing.,We have total control of our data. It's awesome having it in a single database! Custom reports through Crystal are easy to create, and to post on Vista for others to access. Based upon their security level, managers can have access to data about their subordinates, without having to request this info from HR or Payroll Annual Open Enrollment for benefits is completely on-line and easy for everyone to complete. Payroll processing is easy to review and complete. We have a large workforce in warehouse jobs where they receive auto increases based upon the time they are in their job. Vista HRMS easily tracks this, processes the auto increases on the correct dates and sends out an e-mail to HR and the manager when the increase was processed.,We do not utilize the performance appraisal process in Vista because our process requires our employees to have individual goals that are tracked and measured in addition to the traditional competencies. We have a very involved bonus calculation process which Vista is not able to support We currently use another product for Time and Attendance because we've been with that system well before Vista added it to their functionality.,8,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.,ADP Vantage HCM,UltiPro,1000Great system to meet your HRMS needs.Vista HRMS is used across our whole organization as our HR system of record, for all our payroll and tax filing requirements and for our benefits administration including annual enrollment. Vista has provided us an integrated solution for our HR, payroll and benefits requirements. We have implemented an in-house solution that allows us easy access to our data in a secure manner that allows us to develop interanl reports and modifications to meet our business needs.,I like the employee and manager self-service screens that are available to employees. They are straightforward and easy to use with little training needed. From a technical point-of-view, I like the fact that we can make modifications to the system using built-in functionality that does not require us to modify the base code. Also, with the use of Crystal reports we are able to access the information we need for reporting.,Performance evaluation is one of the weaker areas, admittedly so by PDS, of the system. The delivered base system is quite simple for this area.,9,Vista HRMS offers a very reasonably priced solution that performs the functions we need for our business. With a very small IT staff we successfully implemented all modules of Vista HRMS in approx. 6 months from start of implementation. Compared to other projects the cost to implement this system was very cost effective. We have been able to maintain our internal benefits, payroll & HR functions in-house with no additional staff at a significantly reduced annual maintenance cost.,Vista HRMSVista HRMS is used for payroll and as a central employee information database. It is used by our payroll department, human resources, health and safety, and training. In addition to payroll and basic HRIS, we use it to track training courses and occupational injuries. Our supervisors and managers all use it very minimally to record employee hours.,Vista HRMS tracks benefits accurately. It allows us to provide accurate payroll to all of our employees with minimal resources. As a US-based company, PDS supports Canadian clients very well. There are Canadian technical specialists and Canadian legislation is accommodated across all provincial jurisdictions.,Our company has struggled with upgrades in the past. We have worked with PDS to develop custom code but this has created issues in staying up to date. But to be fair, PDS has been willing to work with us to correct this. We use Vista to track training courses in a basic way. However, as a LMS its functionality is limited. It specializes in payroll/HRMS. In general, reporting could be more user-friendly. Basic functionality requires knowledge of Crystal Reports to prepare any kind of robust reporting. However, there have been imporvements in this regard in recent years.,8,We do not need to source out payroll to a 3rd party provider such as Ceridian. It is done efficiently and accurately in house. We don't need a dedicated LMS or H&S tracking tool. Vista's functionality suits our needs and data is consolidated in one place.,,8VistaHRMSWe are currently using it for are HRIS in our HR department. It is used for payroll as well. We have rolled out self-service to a few of our employees. It helps bring all functions of the HR/Payroll together in one system.,User Friendly application. All information for employees is a click away. Customer Service for Vista is very helpful. Reports are very useful and easy to pull.,Manual check process is very long and drawn out. Importing a large batch from an excel spreadsheet - without having to ask someone to write a function for that. It would be great if the system gave you some kind of an alert if something was wrong, without having to wait until the employee came to you. Payroll reports that could be more user-friendly.,4,It makes for better customer services when mistakes are made. You can fix it yourself instead of haivng to wait until the next payroll The reports have done wonders for our accounting team the negative impact would not know what errors in the setup process you have until it is too late,ADP Workforce Now,4Windows, Linux, Mac
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PDS is money in the bank!

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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.
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We’ve looked at other HRMS applications over the years and PDS’ product is a great fit for us. Many of the other applications are much more expensive and difficult to install and support.
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The other two I have used in the past were a pay as you go type of a thing where you had to request and pay for every report that you wanted, I like the on demand and licensing concept better.
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We had multiple vendors come and demo their products/systems for us. Each one had great features but at the end of the day, based on what the Vista HRMS system had to offer and how we were able to personalize the system to meet our needs we felt the choice was simple and we havent looked back since.
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I wasn't around when other products were being evaluated. But I've been working with the system for almost 5 years now and I'm pretty happy with it (and I'm picky!) I think the biggest reason we picked it was because of how configurable it is as well as having the ability to have it in-house. It's important to us that we keep control of our data.
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PDS VistaHRMS

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The open environment of our hosted system allows us to develop modules and customizations as if the system were developed in-house. With the IT staff we have, this provides great opportunities for extending PDS' capabilities. Additionally, I have never worked with a better team of support and technical staff that PDS provides. They truly want to improve the system for us as partners. It is a two-way street where we share information and ideas and they provide solutions and improvements.
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Vista has modules built in the system with maintenance fees that are feasible. The functionality and capabilities of the system are robust - not sure what the system cannot do. The system is reliant on your skills to modify the modules but the customer support team will partner up with you to get the job done.
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February 07, 2017

I love VISTA

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Vista was by far the most flexible solution we evaulated.
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I wasn't part of the implementation team for selection of Vista HRMS, but the feedback that I received was that this was the most robust, configurable product on the market for the price range we were looking to spend. No software is perfect, but Vista HRMS does suit our needs and there is always room to enhance the product when you have time, skills and some money for customs to be put in place if you are unable to do them yourself.
I have had the opportunity to work with many other Payroll and HR software programs and none of them were as inclusive as Vista HRMS. We always had issues with syncs and integrations between the programs and at times we even had dedicated employees who did the exact same data entry in multiple different systems. This of course is inefficient as well as leaves quite a bit of room for human error.
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April 15, 2015

Happy with Vista HRMS

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We selected Vista HRMS because of the cost, and the ability to modify base code when needed.
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March 18, 2015

Vista HRMS Review

Score 8 out of 10
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Vista HRMS offered the same or similar options for their product, but Vista's customer service is top notch and can't be beat! When we first selected Vista we were a much smaller company. The people behind Vista HRMS were very forthcoming with answers to our questions and solutions to problems that we had with our prior system. Over the years our company has grown in size and Vista HRMS has grown and improved right along with us, Many times they added functionality even before we knew we needed it.
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We converted from Lawson/Infor's HRMS solution. This was becoming increasing difficult to maintain and the annual maintenance costs were many times higher than PDS. We evaluated Workday, Ultimate, ADP and several other software solutions during our evaluation phase. Workday was much more complicated than we needed. Ultimate offered a nice alternative but we did not like the fact that there are no options to modify the system to meet your needs. You changed your business to fit into their system. There was nothing we liked about ADP. One of the things we liked most about Vista (PDS) was that they are a small company that specializes in HRMS. Lawson/Infor is an ERP solution that happens to have a HRMS component. Workday and Ultimate our huge companies that seem to cater to bigger corporations. We feel that we are an important customer to PDS and that they actually listen to our suggestions. The support we have gotten from them is so much better than what we were receiving from Lawson.
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January 17, 2015

Vista HRMS

Score 8 out of 10
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I have used only Vista HRMS and do not have an accurate comparison.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Employee demographic data (17)
8.3
Employment history (18)
6.9
Job profiles and administration (14)
7.3
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc. (12)
7.9
Organizational charting (12)
6.7
Organization and location management (16)
7.3
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.) (10)
6.4
Pay calculation (17)
8.3
Support for external payroll vendors (9)
7.3
Benefit plan administration (17)
8.0
Direct deposit files (18)
8.1
Salary revision and increment management (14)
8.2
Reimbursement management (5)
8.2
Approval workflow (7)
7.9
Balance details (13)
7.9
Annual carry-forward and encashment (12)
7.9
View and generate pay and benefit information (17)
8.1
Update personal information (15)
7.3
View company policy documentation (9)
7.3
Employee recognition (5)
7.2
View job history (4)
5.8
Tracking of all physical assets (7)
7.3
Report builder (14)
8.2
Pre-built reports (16)
6.6
Ability to combine HR data with external data (13)
8.2
New hire portal (1)
7.3
Corporate goal setting (2)
5.5
Individual goal setting (2)
5.5
Performance tracking (2)
6.4
Performance plans (2)
7.4
Performance improvement plans (1)
7.3
Review status tracking (2)
7.3
Review reminders (3)
7.2
Multiple review frequency (2)
7.3
Create succession plans/pools (1)
3.6
Candidate ranking (1)
3.6
Candidate search (1)
3.6
Candidate development (1)
3.6
Job Requisition Management (3)
3.2
Company Website Posting (3)
3.2
Duplicate Candidate Prevention (2)
1.9
Applicant Tracking (3)
2.4
Notifications and Alerts (2)
2.0

About Vista

Vista® is a feature-rich, completely integrated human resource, benefits, payroll, recruiting, and self-service software application that aims to enable organizations to minimize the time invested in administrative HCM and payroll activities by streamlining and automating those processes and facilitating strategic decision-making capabilities. Functional elements include workflow, tax management, recruitment, staffing, position and training management, OSHA, workers’ compensation compliance, and performance and compensation. In terms of benefits, according to the vendor, Vista offers important business value by furnishing vital information for strategic planning and decision-making, while self-service capabilities for employees and managers reduce the administrative burden on HR and payroll departments and increase productivity across the entire workforce.

Vista Features

Human Resource Management Features
Has featureEmployee demographic data
Has featureEmployment history
Has featureJob profiles and administration
Has featureWorkflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Has featureBenefits information
Has featureOrganizational charting
Has featureOrganization and location management
Has featureCompliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Payroll Management Features
Has featurePay calculation
Has featureSupport for external payroll vendors
Has featureOff-cycle checks
Has featurePayroll history for each employee
Has featureBenefit plan administration
Has featureDirect deposit files
Has featurePayroll tracking and auditing
Has featureSalary revision and increment management
Does not have featureReimbursement management
Does not have featureStatutory form management
Leave and Attendance Management Features
Has featureApproval workflow
Has featureEmail notifications
Has featureBalance details
Does not have featureTravel absence management
Has featureAnnual carry-forward and encashment
Employee Self Service Features
Has featureEmployee login
Has featureView and generate pay and benefit information
Has featureUpdate personal information
Has featureRequest time off
Has featureView job history
Has featureView company policy documentation
Has featureView company news and information
Has featureEmployee recognition
Asset Management Features
Has featureTracking of all physical assets
Does not have featureAsset issue and transfer management
Has featureAsset return
Does not have featureWarranty and after-sales status maintenance contract tracking
HR Reporting Features
Has featureReport builder
Has featurePre-built reports
Has featureAbility to combine HR data with external data
Integration with other HR capabilities Features
Has featureAdditional HR capabilities (talent management, LMS, etc.) supplied by same vendor
Has featureAdditional HR capabilities (talent management, LMS, etc.) supplied by different vendor
Performance Management Features
Has featurePerformance plans
Has featurePerformance improvement plans
Has featureReview status tracking
Has featureReview reminders
Has featureMultiple review frequency
Succession Planning Features
Has featureCreate succession plans/pools
Has featureCandidate ranking
Has featureCandidate search
Has featureCandidate development
Onboarding Features
Has featureNew hire portal
Has featureManager tracking tools
Performance and Goals Features
Has featureCorporate goal setting
Has featureIndividual goal setting
Does not have featureLine-of sight-visibility
Has featurePerformance tracking
Recruiting / ATS Features
Has featureJob Requisition Management
Has featureCompany Website Posting
Does not have featurePublish to Social Media
Does not have featureJob Search Site Posting
Has featureDuplicate Candidate Prevention
Has featureApplicant Tracking
Has featureNotifications and Alerts
Additional Features
Has featureNatural Language Query Tool
Has featureConfigurable Analytics, Dashboards and KPIs
Has featureConfigurable Workflows
Has featureOn-Premise or Cloud deployment

Vista Integrations

Ceridian Tax Service, ADP Tax Service, EMPTrust, nettime solutions

Vista Competitors

ADP Vantage HCM, Kronos Workforce Central, Ultimate Software, Ultipro, Workday

Pricing

Does not have featureFree Trial Available?No
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?No

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.

Vista Customer Size Distribution

Consumers
0%
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
0%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)
27%
Enterprises (> 500 employees)
73%

Vista Support Options

 Free VersionPaid Version
Phone
Live Chat
Email
Forum/Community
FAQ/Knowledgebase
Social Media
Video Tutorials / Webinar

Vista Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Mobile Web
Supported Countries:U.S. & Canada
Supported Languages: English