TimeTrax PC Review


PROS /
The time clock is simple for employees to use.

CONS / This program doesn't have as many tools and functions as higher-ranked products.

VERDICT / TimeTrax PC is easy for employees to use, though it doesn't have as many time tracking and administrative tools as its competitors.


TimeTrax PC is the only employee time tracking software we reviewed that didn't allow us to download or access online. Instead, we had to purchase the software program and wait for it to arrive before installing it on our test computer. Getting the program up and running was very easy and the user guide that came along with the CD-ROM was very helpful when we didn't know how to deploy a certain function.


The program itself is very clean and easy to navigate through. The employee time clock was in sync with our server's clock and was simple to figure out how to use. Even employees without a lot of computer skill should be able to figure out this time clock since it looks and operates similarly to a physical one. However, once punched in, there isn't an employee portal or any way for workers to request time off or notify managers of any time card issues. Though these can be taken care of through the administrator's portal, employees will have to notify their manager via email or other means to let someone know they need a day off.


From the administrative portal, you can modify time cards and track accruals. The system will award time off with each pay period if you set it up do to so. However, you will have to manually deduct these hours once used since TimeTrax will not automatically calculate when time is taken.


This employee time card tracking program doesn't have a traditional looking in and out board. Instead, you will need to click on each individual employee to see his or her current status and any time card issues, such as missed punches, that need to be addressed. The program is very easy to use, though, with intuitive functions for adding information and switching between employees. Keyboard shortcuts can be used with this software, which isn't a very common feature with time card software. As a result, this software received a higher score for ease of using the administrative tools than others that are not as intuitive.


This program does have specific fields and functions for awarding specific accruals. These include vacation, holiday and sick time. You can designate the personal time as bereavement or any other specific PTO as your company needs.


While TimeTrax won't calculate time taken off, it will track overtime. It doesn't have the capability to track California's unique overtime rules, but traditional overtime pay will be calculated based on each employee's time clock activities.


In addition to tracking employee time, TimeTrax PC lets you set up payroll, including creating different files that are compatible with a variety of different payroll services and accounting software. ADP and QuickBook files are both supported, though you can create CSV files that are compatible with more payroll services and software.


There are several functions and tools missing in TimeTrax that are included with the best time card software on our review. For example, there isn't a scheduler that allows you to create and assign shifts to your employees. It also doesn't have tools to create company messages to let workers know about important activities in your business. TimeTrax PC will only track hourly employees since there isn't a function for salary employees.


There is also very little support available. You are given an email address and phone number when you receive the software program. You then have 90 days of free technical support to help you set up and learn the system. The program does come with a user guide that is very thorough with detailed screenshots of each functions and how to work through them. Each activity is also designated in the Table of Contents so it's easy to quickly look up that particular function if you need help.


Summary

Though it doesn't have as many tools and functions as higher-ranked time card software, the interface is clean and the program easy and intuitive to use. We like that the time clock is easy enough for just about any employee to use and that many types of payroll files can be generated.


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