UltiPro changed my payroll life!
Overall Satisfaction with UltiPro
UltiPro is currently being used by the HR and payroll departments. Our employees are also using it for self service options to update address information, view their pay statements and W-2s, as well as viewing their benefits information. We've also launched the performance management tools and are conducting performance reviews and compensation reviews within the application.
Over the next 12 months, we'll be using the application to better communicate metric data to executive managers all the way down to our front line supervisors.
- Payroll processing - We have six pay groups and we can pick and choose which pay groups we'll run payroll for and which ones we're not quite ready to run yet. There is a great deal of configurability and flexibility when running the payroll. Since our launch of UltiPro in October, we've shortened the time it takes to run payroll from roughly 2 and a half days, to 1 day.
- The business intelligence reporting is amazing. It took approximately 2 weeks for us to learn, but after learning where the fields are located, the tool is great!
- The configurability of the application was one of the aspects that I liked best when going through the review process. When the salesperson tells you that the system is highly configurable, that is exactly what it means. Practically everything that I have looked at, I have been able to configure the page, fields or business rules to fit what I wanted to do.
- The talent management area is very easy to use and intuitive.
- Perception survey tool is incredibly insightful and has allowed us to better measure our employee's engagement.
- One area that I would consider UltiPro to be lacking is with their Time Management portal. While I feel that the tool is indepth and has a great deal of potential, the user interface can be confusing, both from an administrator and an end user standpoint. The reporting functionality is clunky and not nearly as intuitive as what is available in UltiPro core HR/Payroll.
- The tax, wage attachments and garnishments area is working its way back to being a strength, but they've had some significant challenges over the last 2 years.
- Costs savings
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- With the most recent release, we are not able to move all of our job descriptions to be included within the Jobs business rule. The job description can be made viewable to whomever needs to see it and can be updated as necessary.
- Additional qualifiers were added for us to be able to pick and choose how we wanted to distribute our document acknowledgments.
- We are now able to disable the ratings for our competencies. We are moving some of our performance reviews to have no ratings and it is just for informational and feedback purposes. The release now allows us to move forward with that initiative.
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The online training experience while we were going through implementation was decent. The environment at that time was a virtual environment and was somewhat difficult to set up on our secure network. However, once the details of the environment were taken care of, the training itself was good. There was a lot of information covered during those training sessions, and we were not yet in our actual environment yet, so it was challenging to visualize the information that was being discussed.
Today, they have done away with the virtual environment for the training and they are doing everything via WebEx and in a sandbox environment with a user name and password provided to you during the training session. It is much easier to attend these sessions. There are also self paced training sessions that are very helpful for those that don't have the time during the day to attend a 2-3 hour training session.
Our HR department has a staff of 7, including myself, 1 payroll specialist, 3 generalists and 2 recruiters. Most often, we are accessing the payroll and time management functions, but we are also regularly accessing the benefits administration module, performance management, business intelligence and the employee information for regular employee file maintenance.
Since we have been using UltiPro, as a department we have become more efficient with our processes and have had the opportunity to reinvent some processes with the new system.
- Performance Management
- Time Management
- Career Development
- Benefit Administration
- Measure employee engagement
- Creating alerts and other emails that are auto generated based on events that happen in UltiPro rather than manually sending reminders/alerts
- Tying our jobs and competency models to our core values
- High level metrics dashboards.
- Career development and leadership development.
- Onboarding new employees.
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- Product Features
- Product Usability
- Product Reputation
- Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor
- We had internal turnover within the HR department which significantly impacted our already small staff. However, when I talked to my system consultant about the issues I was facing, they were very supportive and offered as much assistance and support as they could do.
- We also experienced issues with the multi-jurisdiction tax reporting moving from ADP to UltiPro. This was a known issue at the time with ADP and so there was some manual work that had to be done in order for Ultimate to import the correct tax amounts for employees.
The only negative that I would add is that several cases will get added to the list of open cases, by Ultimate support staff, and not much detail is provided when those cases get submitted, so I am not always clear on what is supposed to be done. Especially with the Payment Services area, it would be nice to have them give a little more detail when submitting a case that needs to be addressed.
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
Like to use
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
- Employee maintenance, like pay changes and job changes.
- Benefits administration
- Preparing time files for payroll
- Time management and reviewing time cards
- Performance evaluations can be challenging to distribute when you have multiple reviews to distribute each month for several individuals in different departments or locations.
Our integrations do not have any impact on the performance of either UltiPro or the other systems that are integrated.
- BVS (learning management system)
- Active directory
- FIS (Core banking system)