Vista is an integrated human resource, benefits, payroll, recruiting and self-service application that offers tools for administrative HCM and payroll processes.
Functional elements include workflow, tax management, recruitment, staffing, position and training management, OSHA, workers’ compensation compliance and performance and compensation. Vista tracks vital information for strategic planning and decision making and offers self-service HR and payroll capabilities for employees and managers.
Users can develop their own custom reports in addition to those already available in their report library. In addition, an English language query tool is provided. Teams can specify user privileges based on job responsibility in order to control access to confidential employee information.
The solution serves a variety of organizations, including finance, healthcare retail, manufacturing and education. Users can contact the support team via phone and email, as well as access online tutorials for basic knowledge.
Cody from Lincoln Industries
Employees number: 501-1,000 employees
Flexibility and Customer service. The security in the system is also great for multiple companies in multiple pay groups.
Job history has been really hard to accurately track. Tracking applicants in multiple reqs has also been hard.
Debbie from RCO Engineering, Inc.
Flexible full HRMS solution. This is PDS' core product line versus developers who also dabble in payroll, project accounting, accounts payable, etc. For PDS it is their bread and butter.
The old COBOL reports that currently exist in the system. However PDS is in process of replacing these in 2017.
Look at all the reports and get full disclosure on the backend of the product. We were told this was a SQL product. While the DB is in SQL much of the old code and reports are still in COBOL. There is a plan for change however it still varies from what our understanding of the product was during the demo process.
Tonia from Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation
Vista HRMS is a complete and comprehensive HR system, from the hiring process, through benefits, payroll, taxes, time management, etc. The Vendor is always on top of the latest tax laws (at least in the US) as well as always moving forward in the use of new technology while maintaining for those who haven’t quite caught up in technology. In addition, the system is open enough to allow the general super user to customize to fit their needs or for higher level customizations to meet even the most out-of-reach needs.
I personally came in after our Vista HRMS was installed and in use. What I found was our staff was lacking the training to make the system do what they needed. When inquiring our staff of this, it was expressed that the training they did receive was rushed and not understood. Since we went through a 3rd party instead of PDS directly, we were not able to work with PDS which reflected this lack of training. I cannot say that this is the vendors down fall exactly as I know my users but had there been a choice we would choose to work directly with PDS.
Be prepared by laying out all rules, policies, procedures, responsibilities where everyone (your team) can review and understand. The system will do anything you need and want it to do but if you really don't have the specifics laid out and agreed on by your team, it can easily spiral downhill.
Lydia from Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Employees number: 201-500 employees
Before we did everything manual including payroll now I know it saves time, energy and our time is more easily viewed.
Easy to change features within the system. If you want to add something it can be done to only a few people or a lot.
Reporting isn't easy if you want something different. The system has canned reports but anything else is difficult to achieve. Also the audit reporting isn't very clear.