Frustrating payroll program

Spend more time entering passwords than doing payroll with this disappointing program.

Payroll Master is a basic payroll program that, in theory, allows users to process payroll quickly and easily. Although the program works, we found some aspects of its operation annoying and time-consuming.

The program's interface is basic and not particularly attractive. The first annoying thing we noticed about it is that users must enter their password for every single function of the program. Want to open the employee database? Enter your password. Want to look at the tax table? Enter it again. Over and over. Since virtually all of the program's features are password-protected individually, we have no idea why the program's creator did not simply password-protect the whole thing to begin with. What a pain! We also didn't care for the way the program's features each opened in a separate window within the program, sometimes underneath other windows. Although the program's Help file is well-written and thorough, it didn't compensate for these basic design flaws. The program's features aren't bad, once you access them. Users can keep track of employees' paid time off, easily calculate overtime, and print checks and check stubs with the click of the button. Although the program's features are adequate and would probably satisfy most payroll needs, we just can't get past the frustrating aspects of the user interface.

Payroll Master has a 30-day/30-use trial period. It comes as a ZIP file but installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program but with reservations; there's nothing functionally wrong with it, but users can likely find a similar program that's easier to use.

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