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Vista Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Vista product overview

What is Vista?

With more than 45 years of experience in HCM, Vista provides the tools to streamline maintaining information for your employees throughout their entire employment life cycle.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

FAQs/Forum
Knowledge Base
24/7 (Live rep)
Phone Support
Email/Help Desk
Chat

Training options

In Person
Documentation
Live Online
Webinars
Videos

Vista features

Functionality

4.4

/5

15
Total Features29 5 categories

Most valued features by users

Reporting/Analytics
Self Service Portal
API
Employee Database
Performance Management
Employee Profiles
Recruitment Management
Applicant Tracking

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Vista users reviews

Overall rating

4.5

/5

15

Positive reviews

93%

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Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8.87/10
Rating distribution

5

4

3

2

1

10

4

1

0

0

Pros
It is cleaner than 4 and it is more intuitive. The upgrade went smoothly thanks to the help of PDS Team.

LP

Lydia P.

PDS's customer support is the best in the industry - resolving most of my issues in less than a day.

BC

Barbara C.

If you like personalized service and a team who genuinely cares about their customers you should definitely consider use of this product.

MC

Melissa C.

Cons
Job history has been really hard to accurately track. Tracking applicants in multiple reqs has also been hard.

CP

Cody P.

The position structure is very cumbersome and difficult to update.

LP

Lydia P.

Also when using the timesheet to add deduction or fringe adjustments that apply only for the specific pay period it doesn't stay on the same tab when changing employees.

WT

Wendy T.

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Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Flexibility built in from the foundation

Reviewed 3 years ago

The customer support makes this system a great system and the company a great company to do business with.

Pros

I have supported many HR and Payroll systems and this is by far the most flexible and risiliant systems that I have worked with. The system is designed to allow for installing updates as well as for including custom code in a way that preserves the functionality and integrity of the original base code. This is essential when considering the long term support and maintenance of a system. Customer support is great and very personal. The techs know me and my system and are always able to provide insight and assistance in a timely manner.

Cons

I am not a fan of the crystal reporting engine but this implementation seems to be sound and pretty resiliant. We were able to create reports we needed to fit our organizations needs. I prefer SSRS.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Vista 7 is a hit with employees

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall we have been happy with the Vista 7 upgrade. I look forward to seeing what the payroll change will bring.

Pros

We upgraded to the Vista 7 platform in September after being on PDS Vista for 9 years. The new version is a lot more intuitive and our self-service employees love the icons instead of drop downs for finding their information. As a payroll user I like that there is more information on each tab, a lot less clicking. I also like that all the payroll processes, reports and timesheets are in one pop up box.

Cons

Some of the things that used to work fine in 4.1 don't work in 7. I like that there is more screen print buttons added , but they only print the screen showing, not all the information on the page if you have to scroll down. It kind of defeats the purpose when it doesn't print all the information. Also when using the timesheet to add deduction or fringe adjustments that apply only for the specific pay period it doesn't stay on the same tab when changing employees.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Vista 7 Review

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

It is cleaner than 4 and it is more intuitive. The upgrade went smoothly thanks to the help of PDS Team. They were very knowledgeable.

Cons

The position structure is very cumbersome and difficult to update. Though it has changed quite a bit from Vista 4 the changes made weren't for the better.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great All Around Product

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

Excellent support. Many features to support from small to large customers. Continue enhancements to stay current. Web Based. Cloud Version available but also supports on-prem

Cons

Reporting needs to be improved, although you can create you own custom reports

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Tip of the Iceberg

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Vista FAQs and common questions

Vista has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


Vista supports the following languages:
English


Yes, Vista has an API available for use.


Vista offers the following support options:
FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, 24/7 (Live rep), Phone Support, Email/Help Desk, Chat

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