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Sr HRIS Analyst at a real estate/law firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
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Enables us to manage the system ourselves, saves cost, and is user-friendly and mobile-ready
Pros and Cons
  • "It enables us to manage the system ourselves. We don't need an additional team to do a lot of maintenance and add the things that we want."
  • "Reporting is always a hurdle for any user just because it is so extensive. They provide a lot of out-of-the-box reports, but it is something that you always need to work on because you need more advanced writing of reports."

What is our primary use case?

We bought the whole package except for recruiting. We use it for performance, case management, file management, learning, payroll, reporting, etc.

It is a software-as-a-service.

How has it helped my organization?

It is very agile. There are some custom fields that we need, and we're able to add them ourselves. We have two people on our team, and if someone comes to us and says, "Hey, I need a new field on this particular page," we're able to do that without anybody else's assistance.

It is mobile-ready, and you can do everything on your phone. Everything that you can do on a desktop can be done on your phone. It helps with self-service because we're pushing people to utilize the system to their best ability.

What is most valuable?

It enables us to manage the system ourselves. We don't need an additional team to do a lot of maintenance and add the things that we want. 

It is very user-friendly, and the configuration is relatively easy to do. Its user interface is very easy to use. 

They also have surveys. They have a feature called Focus that has artificial intelligence that you can use for analysis or surveys for engagement. They're continuing to push the envelope for new advancements with features like AI. They keep on making leaps and bounds. They have rolled out additional features that help with all of the mandates. They did that quickly and provided that service for all of those different states that have different requirements for vaccine mandates. They continue to make different things to help us be more agile. They are constantly making things available to their users.

What needs improvement?

Reporting is always a hurdle for any user just because it is so extensive. They provide a lot of out-of-the-box reports, but it is something that you always need to work on because you need more advanced writing of reports. 

For how long have I used the solution?

It went live in October 2020, and we are currently using it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable. We've had some outages, but they're very responsive. Because the two systems merged, they had their own growing pains, but we've had great success with them so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very scalable. We have a thousand users at max who use the system today. We have all kinds of roles from general users to payroll administrators, etc. We have 18 different solutions in it for performance, case management, file management, learning, payroll, reporting, etc.

We have been trying to improve adaptability since we went live. Over 90% of our user base have walked in and used the system. So, it has been successful. We're trying to improve our customer base and keep exploring its capabilities.

How are customer service and support?

They have always been very friendly and very resourceful. They have good SLAs and the ability to increase a ticket if there is something that you need assistance with. They have a 24/7 rapid response team that you can call on any issue. It could be a current or a new issue.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had Oracle for payroll and Taleo was our performance and learning solution. It was mostly on-premise setup, and we had a ginormous team that was offshore. They did all of the maintenance. We were looking for a system that we could manage ourselves. We needed to upgrade or implement a new solution. We decided to do our RFP. We narrowed down our scope of solutions, and we went with UKG. It is more agile.

How was the initial setup?

We started our implementation process in May and went live in October of 2020. We had overlapping modules. There were 18 different solutions that we were able to put in UKG. 

We did have a delay on the time entry tool. It was because Ultimate and Kronos merged in October last year, so we didn't go live with the payroll functionality system, which was Kronos, until May of 2021. These two companies were merging, so they had to align their systems. They worked hand-in-hand with us with their hurdles because we were one of the first clients to go live with both systems. It was very successful.

What about the implementation team?

UKG provided an implementation team that helped us. For its deployment and maintenance, there are two core people. There are also different teams, and the two of us help support anything that they are working on. Each subject matter expert is also able to manage things on his or her own, and we are always a resource. We are a very small team, and it seems like more people are trying to go to this model.

What was our ROI?

It definitely saves cost because there is no overhead of having the offshore maintenance team. We have been able to reduce costs there. The cost of Oracle was quite a bit more than UKG's ongoing cost. We no longer have on-premise servers, so we've been able to save a bunch with this new system.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I wasn't involved in the pricing part. I'm a user, and I believe it is based on the user count. One thing that is nice about Ultimate is that you can learn how to use the system without additional fees. The learning aspect is the life of a product, and the training was a huge reason why we went with Ultimate.

We did have some integration costs. They were a part of the implementation because of the integrations to other systems that we included in our implementation. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did a request for a proposal, and we did our own analysis. We looked at places like Software Advice and a couple of other websites to help us identify our wishlist and things that were requirements for the solution. After we narrowed down our top five, we had demos. Workday was one of them, and we also looked at Oracle's cloud solution for HRMS. After our demos, we decided to go with UKG. 

Workday was a little too rigid for what our user base was used to. UKG was more agile for what we were looking for. We liked the Oracle solution, but we had been with Oracle for a long time. Based on our needs, we went with Ultimate Software.

What other advice do I have?

It is a huge time investment. All of these systems are very extensive. While implementing, a lot of other groups have had additional resources to help with the day-to-day things. We were fortunate to be able to do the implementation during COVID. Everyone was working from home, and that was the best time to do an implementation. We were able to see all hands on deck and put in the required hours for its implementation. My boss was amazing, and she had put in a lot of hours scrubbing the data to make sure we have good, clean data in our new system. I can't thank her enough for all of the time that our team put in on this implementation. There were just three of us who were helping everyone else with their pieces. There is a learning curve depending on what you're trying to do, but that's with any of such solutions. 

I would rate it a 10 out of 10. It has the ability to be very agile, and it is robust. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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IT Strategy and Innovation Director at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Easy to customize, but it's a legacy product and not a modern tool
Pros and Cons
  • "I often say that PeopleSoft's greatest feature is how customizable it is."
  • "We have already deployed it and we have had it for several years but we are switching to a modern HCM SaaS cloud product."

What is our primary use case?

This solution is our primary HCM product. We use it for core HR, payroll benefits, time, labor, Regs, and Legs.

How has it helped my organization?

You can meet the business needs of any of our Stakeholders.

What is most valuable?

I love how easy it is to customize. I often say that PeopleSoft's greatest feature is how customizable it is.

What needs improvement?

We are in the process of migrating from PeopleSoft, Oracle HCM Cloud, and Taleo.

Their greatest challenge is how customizable it is because the more you customize, the more the total cost of ownership increases.

We have already deployed it and we have had it for several years but we are switching to a modern HCM SaaS cloud product. We chose Workday, and we are in the process of implementation.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with PeopleSoft since 1995.

We are using the most up-to-date version. 

PeopleSoft no longer has true versioning. They do PUM upgrades and we stay current with our PUM upgrades.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not experienced any issues with the stability of PeopleSoft.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

PeopleSoft is a legacy product and I feel that they have effectively taken care of customers who want to stay on PeopleSoft. From that perspective it is scalable, but certainly not modern. It was created in the early 90s.

I refer to our business partners as clients but they are internal. I am their IT, strategy, and planning. I work with our business strategy teams for the technology enablement of their business needs.

We have 85,000 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

Because it's on-premises, we don't rely on Oracle for support. We have our internal team for production support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I am also using Oracle Taleo, Oracle HCM Cloud, and Ceridian.

Ceridian was a great product, but we made a company change and the new company used PeopleSoft. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Oracle doesn't charge us for all of our customization's but we have an in-house development team that does the customization.

What other advice do I have?

Given that it's a legacy product, there's not a lot of people who are looking to deploy PeopleSoft. We will be moving to a modern solution.

There are no additional features that I would recommend and that it is a legacy product.

Because it is not a modern tool, I would rate PeopleSoft a six out of ten. It was built on 1990s technology.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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