I think I tried every employee list plugin before taking a gamble on Connections. It seemed a little daunting at first, because there's a lot to it. I'm glad I did, because it does everything that I needed it to do. I purchased the Excerpts Plus template, which gave my directory a nice, professional, responsive look. A couple of times when I had a problem, Steven replied back the same day with a solution. Give it a shot, I think you'll be glad you did.