Vista Review

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Vista At A Glance

Good: Personalized career portal available on both desktop and mobile, dedicated portal for hiring managers, ability to load applicant data into new-hire wizard with a single click.
Bad: Not intended for small businesses.
Bottom Line: Recruiting module that automates and streamlines the hiring process so recruiters can focus on providing a better candidate experience.

Product Overview

Vista is an end-to-end human capital management (HCM) system that automates core human resources tasks so HR administrators can focus on more strategic activities. We’ve reviewed Vista in our HRMS section. However, this review focuses on its recruiting component, Vista Recruiting.

Vista Recruiting streamlines the hiring process by automating many tasks. Recruiters can easily manage job requisitions, schedule interviews, communicate with candidates and create actionable reports.

Other benefits of Vista Recruiting include:

  • Personalized career portal where applicants can submit resumes and find out more information about the company
  • Dedicated hiring manager portal so hiring managers can easily access resumes and other information about candidates
  • Mobile functionality so candidates can apply for jobs via smartphones or tablets
  • Email messaging templates to streamline communication with candidates
  • Help with compliance for federal employment laws

Vista Recruiting can be purchased as a stand-alone component or as part of a full product suite.

Features

Vista Recruiting provides clients with full requisition tools to help recruiters plan, approve and post job openings, and find applicants that match them. Recruiters can use customized criteria to easily categorize and rank applicants, such as skills or work history. They can also send screened applicants to the hiring managers for interviewing.

Additionally, there’s a dedicated portal for hiring managers where they can access information on the candidates and track applicants’ status.

Vista Recruiting also provides companies with a career portal (known as the job center) so applicants can submit resumes, find job postings and learn more about the company. The career portal can be personalized with the client’s logo and brand colors, and it has multi-language functionality. Recruiters can promote job openings on the company’s website and direct applicants to the career portal.

Vista Recruiting automates communication between the recruiter and the applicant with built-in messaging templates – for example, informing candidates of their application status or inviting them to an interview.

The solution also includes built-in reporting tools so recruiters can analyze metrics such as requisition and applicant data. Reports can be saved in a variety of formats and automatically scheduled.

Finally, there’s the “click to hire” feature that automatically transfers all applicant data into the new-hire wizard for onboarding.

  • Applicant Tracking?
  • Automated Reference Checks?
  • Onboarding?
  • Recruiting?
  • Social Integration?
  • Video Interviewing?

Target Market

Vista is intended for mid-size and enterprise companies (with 300 to 10,000 employees) in the U.S. and Canada. It targets all industries, including professional services, education, government, manufacturing and utilities.

We’ve listed several of its clients below:

  • PA Cyber Charter School
  • NVR Homes
  • Inglis House
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • CPA of Canada
  • Lee County Clerk of Court (FL)
  • NeInet
  • CPC Logistics
  • Associated Electric Cooperative Inc.
  • The IMA Financial Group

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Implementation/Integration

PDS’ Professional Services implementation is a comprehensive approach that includes discovery, system configuration, data conversion, interface development and training. The vendor has a fully trained, committed, tenured staff of customer support representatives, project managers and implementation specialists that work with customers to make sure their implementation is planned properly with minimal disruption.

Implementation times vary depending upon the product components, but generally range from three to six months.

Customer Service & Support

PDS provides a variety of training courses based on the specific Vista components, including:

  • A two-day course on an overview of Vista Human Resources
  • A two-day course on the Benefits and Leave Accrual module
  • A two-day course on the Payroll module
  • A two-day course on running Crystal Reports within the Vista application
  • A four-day course on technical administration
  • A three-day course on the Vista Recruiting module

The vendor strongly believes in one-on-one relationships with clients. Clients can contact support staff online or by phone. There’s also a support site where users can access demos and product videos, product updates and tax compliance updates.

PDS hosts a user group conference every 18 months where users can network with PDS staff and other users. Conference attendees can participate in brainstorming sessions where they prioritize the features that PDS will add to the product. The 2019 event will be the vendor’s 35th conference, and it’ll be held in Naples, FL.

Pricing

Clients have the opportunity to purchase the full Vista product suite or individual modules. PDS offers both on-premise and cloud deployment, and licensing methods include either a licensed or Software as a Service (SaaS) model with pricing that’s based on the number of active employees. Contact PDS directly for a quote.

Shortcomings

Vista isn’t intended for small businesses, as its features may be too robust. Small businesses can check out our other ATS reviews.

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About

Personnel Data Systems Inc. (PDS) was initially founded in 1974, when it first introduced a personnel and benefits solution. The company has continued to innovate and improve the scope of product components to deliver the solutions customers have asked for.

Vista, its product suite, has grown into a fully integrated recruiting, HR, benefits and payroll solution that supports the U.S. and Canadian markets.

PDS is dedicated to developing a comprehensive solution using the latest technology so employee information is available via a computer or mobile device. Customers enjoy personal attention and the ability to participate in a long-running user group.

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