When Using NetSuite SuitePeople Payroll, be sure you understand the Ceridian connection.....don't be surprised
Overall Satisfaction with NetSuite
IPS is a smaller company and we really wanted a totally integrated system so that time seamlessly flows to payroll, accounting, and jobs. We view three main integrated functions that have tremendous overlap as the CRM, ERP and Payroll. NetSuite represented early on this was their Suite Success service with SuitePeople US Payroll. We were a QuickBooks shop having defined most accounting functions as a mini ERP but it was limited to accounting and never automatically touched the large JOB and CRM activities, QuickBooks does have an integrated payroll function that even banks recognize their file format for data exchange. Our goal was to capture work and time and have it flow to jobs, purchases and eventually sales orders and payroll.....with some ability to scale.
- Utilizing the Chart of Accounts, we were quick to catalog and organize our expenses, purchases and costs. NetSuite with its foundations as an ERP has sound accounting practices and fields, categories and displays for all aspects of ERP.
- The payroll module is not fully integrated into the product, we were never told this. In fact NetSuite oursources the payroll to a Ceridian Payroll and Tax engine. This makes payroll a bit distant and harder to use, extra steps involved to even add an employee and pay them. The Ceridian product was supported completely by another team and 4-5 months into the implementation Ceridian sprung on us multiple contracts and forms needing signature, and there was no turning back. Can you imagine being forced into this relationship with NetSuite never exposing it to us as a new customer even from day one!
- NetSuite account management never attempted to make our first year equitable for the Ceridian issues that kept coming up. This made the ERP and CRM somewhat un-usable for us as the data was not flowing across the module as Ceridian refused to implement Payroll until the ERP was complete, no idea of parallel processing.
- Zero, in fact it was a loss, we were never able to implement Payroll so we terminated.
We thought that the NetSuite bundle was a totally integrated and seamless package, both from an IT perspective and from a contractual perspective...we found that the payroll module utilizes the Ceridian Payroll engine, and there are extra steps to "synchronize" the Ceridian database when you make modifications to employees, it is not done directly to the NetSuite database...big shock for us. Additionally NetSuite team did not inform or present to us the Ceridian legal and software relationship, forms, documents, contracts upon signing of the NetSuite agreement...very bad way to conduct business, we had no opportunity to "decide" if we wanted Ceridian as our payroll partner, how they are reviewed and how clunky the interface is...big disappointment. Most importantly Ceridian put up "their" road blocks or requirements that were never shared and delayed our project to where we had to let the term expire and not renew.
Our requirement was to have full integration (no patching or special interfaces) between CRM, ERP and Payroll. NetSuite falls short by having the payroll as an outsourced third party that we never knew or were told of, never mentioned in the NetSuite contract and then surprise!