Vista is a solid product for small/medium organizations
May 14, 2021

Vista is a solid product for small/medium organizations

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source

Modules Used

  • HR
  • Payroll
  • Vista Time
  • Recruiting

Overall Satisfaction with Vista

We are implementing Vista HRMS across the entire Perkins organization. It addresses the business problems of having disconnected HR and payroll systems and no time and attendance system. It also enables workflow, self-service, and better reporting.
  • Seems intuitive, well organized
  • Mostly configurable--just a few customizations required
  • Reporting structure is well defined and ready for reporting
  • Vista Time system is a different product, but it's integrated. Sold as "one system"
  • Not yet fully accessible for Screen Reader users so we are working with PDS on a solution
  • We haven't implemented the system yet
  • Hoping for improved efficiency with time and attendance and employee self-service
  • Hoping to onboard more efficiently
  • One integrated HR/Payroll system promises improved operational efficiency
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.

Do you think PDS Vista delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with PDS Vista's feature set?

Yes

Did PDS Vista live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of PDS Vista go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy PDS Vista again?

Yes

We have not gone live yet, but the product seems solid. It has alot of features for the price (features like self-service, mobile, reporting, and core HR/Payroll). Our biggest challenges have come in the implementation. We are a fairly large non-profit, so the level of effort and complexity for our implementation may have been underestimated. The PDS "team" has been primarily one implementation resource who is very knowledgeable, but they work almost exclusively off site and in a different time-zone. And, they are not full-time on our project, so there are some gaps we need to work around. This has presented some challenges in communication between our team and theirs. Also, PDS is hosting the application for us which should alleviate most of the technical work, but the setup was a bit complex. This is my perspective, and these challenges may not exist for smaller companies just looking to put in core HR and Payroll.

PDS Vista Feature Ratings

Employee demographic data
9
Employment history
9
Job profiles and administration
9
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
7
Organizational charting
7
Organization and location management
7
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
6
Pay calculation
Not Rated
Support for external payroll vendors
Not Rated
Benefit plan administration
Not Rated
Direct deposit files
Not Rated
Salary revision and increment management
Not Rated
Reimbursement management
Not Rated
Approval workflow
Not Rated
Balance details
Not Rated
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Not Rated
View and generate pay and benefit information
Not Rated
Update personal information
Not Rated
View company policy documentation
Not Rated
Employee recognition
Not Rated
Tracking of all physical assets
Not Rated
Report builder
8
Pre-built reports
8
Ability to combine HR data with external data
8