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Vista

By PDS
4.8/5 9 Reviews

Vista can help your organization move into a new era of efficiency and opportunity, with PDS professionals providing support and assistance every step of the way. PDS offers a comprehensive HCM software solution that is centered around individual people and their needs. The software by PDS can be deployed across a broad range of industries and includes customizable features.

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PDS Product Overview of Vista

The PDS product suite, called Vista, is a complete software solution that allows organizations to simplify processes and manage all aspects of human resources from one place. Organizations can make their data strategic using analytics and advanced but simple reporting, as well as a unique “Point-In-Time” feature that generates a data snapshot of a particular point in the organization’s past. PDS offers software solutions to simplify business processes.

Unlike other software solutions, Vista by PDS allows organizations the freedom to choose how the software is deployed. Organizations that have the option to commit to a one-time investment may opt for an on-premise licensed ownership deployment that allows customers to perform their own upgrades (using VistaFresh) without recurring monthly costs.

Through this licensed option, customers can choose to add a hosting deployment offered by PDS that backs up data and provides disaster recovery through a secure SSAE16/SOC Data Center for a low PEPM with no minimum contract term, relieving their IT staff of those back-office functions.

Vista also offers a SaaS solution that provides peace of mind in its security, while remaining lower in cost than most software solutions. The application is completely configurable because it is not a shared database, so customers can make it uniquely their own by gearing it to best meet the needs of their organizations.

Why People Are Choosing PDS Software

  • Deployment choice – On premise, Hosted, or SaaS
  • Low PEPM cost option
  • Easy configuration and personalization
  • Canadian cross-border single database
  • Simple English language query tool to report on data
  • Export data to Excel with one click
  • Integrates easily with other systems using the configurable External Interfaces tool
  • Compliance Reporting (e.g. EEO, ACA, OSHA, FMLA, ADA, IRCA, Vets-4212, HIPAA, Federal, State, W-2)
  • Canadian Compliance Reporting (e.g. ROE, AERS, Federal, Provincial, T4, T4A)
  • Translation component enables applicant recruiting and employee self-service outside of U.S. and Canada
  • e-Assistant provides superior assistance with directory services, workflow, and task scheduling
  • Point-In-Time Builder creates data snapshots of historical information
  • Vista Security provides controls that allow you to easily configure access by employee role
  • Works well in a variety of organizations, including retail, hospitality, finance, healthcare, transportation, education, and government

How Can PDS Software Help Your Organization?

Vista can help your organization move into a new era of efficiency and opportunity, with PDS professionals providing support and assistance every step of the way. PDS staff are experts in software and system implementation, and they work closely with you to make sure that transitioning, implementation, and training flow smoothly. The PDS Implementation Methodology keeps you at the center by enabling you to implement on time and within budget, and to immediately begin to recognize a return on your investment. The implementation team works hand in hand with you to answer all of your questions and ensure your PDS software is set up correctly.

Better Data Storage and Access

All employee data, including addresses, phone numbers, security contacts, payroll and benefit information, licenses, certificates, and training information is stored securely and easily accessible with the click of a button and an appropriate password. It is not necessary to store graphic files in a separate document management solution, as PDS Vista software allows these documents to be conveniently stored where they are needed most-with the rest of the employee data. The system also allows stored information to be used to match job applicants or current employees’ qualifications with current job openings for the greatest compatibility during recruitment and promotion.

Empower Employees and Managers with Self-Service Options

Vista self-service allows you to select and control exactly what employees and managers at different levels can view and change so that you can empower employees without the security risks. Manager dashboards with insightful analytics are available to analyze performance and action items. Managers can generate reports, fill out performance reviews for staff, and view data that is relevant to daily tasks so that they can better control their department without delays and frustrations. Employees can access and make changes (with approvals if required) to their personal information, request time off, and enroll in benefits using the enrollment wizard. Managers can use their mobile device to access data for their staff, or process approvals.

Ease Compliance Worries

Compliance worries will be a thing of the past with Vista, as the system will compile information and create government mandated reports such as HIPAA, EEOC, ROE, and OSHA on demand. The system also intuitively collects, manages, and files information as needed according to the ACA requirements so that ACA compliance is simplified. Vista can help your organization stay up to date with reporting requirements and avoid costly errors and penalties.

Vista by PDS is Powerful, Yet Functional

Vista enables businesses to take care of recruiting, human resources, payroll, benefits, workflow, and more, with an efficient and streamlined software. Vista’s comprehensive features make it a one-stop-shop for a business’ HR needs, and its flexibility means the system will grow and evolve with your business.  Organizations in several industries, including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, professional services, transportation, hospitality, education, and government, have adopted Vista by PDS as their HR software solution.  Many Vista customers appreciate how easy it is to customize features to their business’ specific needs. PDS emphasizes personalization, which is why its experts take the time to learn about the business and craft a customized software solution to meet their company’s goals.

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Vista Rating Entries

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The customization allowed is great - allows us to do things that other vendors wouldn't be able to handle (like our stock purchase program). The scheduled reporting and automated delivery is great for communicating information to managers and employees. Employee (and Manager) Self Serve allows our associates to be self-sufficient in common tasks.


There are so many features, I am not certain that we fully utilize all of them. I would like to see better payroll reports but I know that the new payroll being rolled out should solve this "con".

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Ease of use, extremely easy to add customizations, employee/manager self-service, benefits set-up and open enrollment, payroll processing and ACA compliance processing is top notch. PDS's customer support is the best that there is.


Reporting from history can be a challenge.

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Handles a wide array of functions, and can be customized to do most anything you could think of with the flexible Enterprise Service job features.


It is not so much a fault of the software, but we just do not have the man power to setup and use everything we could be getting out of the system.

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The ease of use. We have several companies of various complexities, the system can process all companies in one pay run. The functionality of processing our T4s (Canadian) makes my year-end less stressful.


Being Canadian we have had to build customs for some of our processes. But with that said the customs and the system are working great.

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Employee Self Service/Manager Self Service. Easy to navigate.


Not a point in time system.

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Ease of deployment and use; outstanding functional & technical consulting expertise; customizable/icon-driven self-service pages; manager dashboard and analytics; security


Number of Vista 7.0 bug/fixes (though they were largely resolved with Release 7.1); base org chart functionality lacks usability

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The flexibility to make changes to the base product and continuous updates and improvements.


Because of the extraordinary amount of information in the system, it is sometimes hard to obtain information on how the various areas of the software work.

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Software can be used in-house or in the cloud. Easy to customize. Full range of features


Most reporting needs to be created using customer reports (e.g. Crystal Reports) because the standard reports leave a lot to be desired

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I like the flexibility the system offers. We have a variety of companies. The system allows us to have items automatically setup which generate when a particular payroll is processed. We have employees who receive car allowances with the first check of the month. The system generates the records for the first payroll of the month, but does not import them for any other payrolls. Although we have insurance, motels, and breweries, we are able to maintain a standard processes for completing the payroll for all the companies. Most of the time with diverse payrolls each one has to be processed a little differently. I am glad to say not with this software. It is easy to follow the wizards to setup new hires etc. in the system. The security allows multiple ways of granting access which allows companies to pin point who can review what. The software is robust and an overall great system.


At month end clearing the previous quarter\'s-year end totals. This is done with running a process, having multiple companies I am always afraid I will miss one. It is not an easy task to fix if it is missed. It can be done.

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