I’m not sure what to file this under, but someone needs to know and change this. Paychex just crossed the line for this end user! I hope that my software development skills never stoop this low.
I enter time into the Paychex website on a weekly basis, or at least I am supposed to. The entry page has no totals, so there’s no way to make sure that everything adds up when I get done entering. The way the web page works is like a website from the 90’s in my opinion. I had to write a Tampermonkey script just to make the page usable for me. That right there should be a sign that something is not right.
This week, everything quit working. I could log in, but before I could get very far, I would get this message:
Web Server Security Alert
This website uses special security software that monitors suspicious network traffic and behavior. If you feel that you have caused this security error unintentionally, please contact our Customer Service Center at the address below and be sure to include all the information below in your message.
Email contact: email@example.com
Reference ID: 20150618USTXFA46
Date and Time: Thu Jun 18 2015 17:28:21 GMT-0500 (CDT).
Web Browser Information: 5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/43.0.2357.125 Safari/537.36
I started troubleshooting by turning off my tampermonkey script. I even completely disabled the extension. No luck. I rebooted the PC and tried several times during the day to make sure it wasn’t a bandwidth issue.
I noticed several of the images on the page were not loading. So, I popped open the console, and saw all of these errors:
Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 406 (Not Acceptable)
Finally, I emailed the address in the original error message. No response came in the next day or two, and I was told to call 1-877-281-6624 . Apparently, that was the wrong number, and I was forwarded to 888 246 7500 as the Time and Labor technical support line.
Paychex support’s solution was to clear cache, clear browser history, install the latest version of flash, and add their 5 sites as trusted sites. That was no help for a Ubuntu user. Their end solution was since it works in Firefox, I still have a way to enter time, so that’s good enough.
So, I don’t know if this was a Chrome on Ubuntu issue or an issue with the network. It’s got to be something like that because I seemed the only one affected.
The final straw for me was when I asked about not getting a response back to my email. “Oh, that email address is no good.” It’ was almost like “duh, what are you thinking”. I don’t remember a sorry or anything like that, but maybe I was just upset and missed it.
So, here’s my rant:
- Why do I have to write my own code in a Tampermonkey script to total the hours?
- Why do they use flash? It’s not like the site looks fancy or does any cool features like remote desktop sharing. It’s just as basic as you get: type some numbers in some fields and hit submit.
- Why do I have to enter 4 codes for each time that I enter?
- Why do they have 5 different host names?
- Why does their error message tell you to email some address that doesn’t work (doesn’t send a reply back, just goes into a black hole)?
Ok, I’m done. Be warned: if you pick Paychex, your end users won’t like it. Hopefully, Paychex will wake up and fix things.
Update: It’s beginning to look like Paychex just does not support Linux. They require Flash. Adobe says that it doesn’t support Linux anymore. Also, it is not an issue with the hotel network that I was using. I am getting the same errors on my home network.