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Likelihood to Recommend

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool

I can't imagine a scenario where it is less appropriate than any other 360 tool. It's easy to use, customizable, and inexpensive. Reports are easy to interpret. Great tool for anyone looking to implement a new 360.
Ellen Spara | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ascentis

While the Recruiting module itself is difficult to get it the way we need, moving applicants into HR has saved us tons of time since it is fully integrated. Everything works well together and the support services teams for all modules are outstanding. Within Recruiting, there are no integrated Reference check capabilities, so it has to be done manually outside the system. With the volume of seasonal hiring we do, we simply don't have the time to do this effectively. If there was a way to run reference checks and have them flow back to the employee record in the form of an attachment for their file, it would be awesome!
Gail Bettcher | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Performance and Goals

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
6.0
Ascentis
6.3
Corporate goal setting
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
6.0
Ascentis
6.1
Subordinate goal setting
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
6.0
Ascentis
Individual goal setting
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
6.0
Ascentis
6.2
Line-of sight-visibility
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
6.0
Ascentis
6.4
Performance tracking
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
6.0
Ascentis
6.6

Performance Management

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
7.0
Ascentis
5.9
Performance plans
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
7.0
Ascentis
5.7
Plan weighting
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
7.0
Ascentis
Performance improvement plans
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
7.0
Ascentis
6.5
Review status tracking
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
7.0
Ascentis
6.3
Rater nomination workflow
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
7.0
Ascentis
Review reminders
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
7.0
Ascentis
6.3
Workflow restrictions
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
7.0
Ascentis
Multiple review frequency
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
7.0
Ascentis
4.7
Reporting
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
7.0
Ascentis

Human Resource Management

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.0
Employee demographic data
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.8
Employment history
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.5
Job profiles and administration
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.8
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.4
Organizational charting
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.1
Organization and location management
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.5
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.5

Payroll Management

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.7
Pay calculation
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
8.5
Support for external payroll vendors
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.8
Benefit plan administration
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.7
Direct deposit files
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
8.9
Salary revision and increment management
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.2
Reimbursement management
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.9

Leave and Attendance Management

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.6
Approval workflow
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.3
Balance details
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.7
Annual carry-forward and encashment
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.8

Employee Self Service

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.3
View and generate pay and benefit information
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.4
Update personal information
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.9
View company policy documentation
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.5
Employee recognition
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.4
View job history
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.1

Asset Management

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
3.2
Tracking of all physical assets
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
3.2

HR Reporting

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.1
Report builder
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.1
Pre-built reports
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.3
Ability to combine HR data with external data
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.0

Onboarding

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.1
New hire portal
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.3
Manager tracking tools
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.9

Succession Planning

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
5.4
Create succession plans/pools
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
5.1
Candidate ranking
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
5.2
Candidate search
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.3
Candidate development
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
5.1

Recruiting / ATS

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.9
Job Requisition Management
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.6
Company Website Posting
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.9
Publish to Social Media
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.5
Job Search Site Posting
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.5
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
5.1
Applicant Tracking
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.5
Notifications and Alerts
EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.0

Pros

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool

  • EchoSpan was extremely supportive in the initial training portion and is extremely quick to offer support when required.
  • Filled our request for customization and were easy to work with.
  • Excellent on-line training videos
Michelle Martfeld | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ascentis

  • The scheduling function provides a good platform that allows employees to see what their schedule is. If multiple departments have need of their time, they can look and see availability. If none, they can negotiate with the employee's direct report to get them in. We use it to coordinate both work hours and training hours.
  • It can be programmed to notify if someone clocks in/out early/late and awards points accordingly. Our frontline staff have a work requirement for in/out timeliness. It lets Managers know when and where to intervene with HR to bring this performance focus back into line.
  • If there are log-in/out errors, Supervisors can easily make corrections. This is important when there are issues that might affect an employee's points.
Drew Bishop | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool

  • EchoSpan's 360s are completely customizable, so content improvements are up to the user
Ben Dattner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ascentis

  • NovaTime is the biggest hiccup that we've consistently encountered with Ascentis. We've encountered some of the same issues time and time again throughout our cooperative and I've opened numerous tickets and I've yet to feel like those issues have been resolved. Generally, the program will work, however, when it doesn't it creates frustration with the employee group.
  • I've noticed that when NovaTime has gone down an email has now been sent out notifying the administrators. This is a positive step!
  • I'm wondering if HR and payroll, can, at some point, be one of the same program. I know that with the most recent web updates it sounds like it's moving to one complete system so you don't have to go to two different spots to seek information. If that information was in one spot that would be helpful.
Megan Hoffmann | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool 9.6
Based on 2 answers
Customer support and the cost of the product would be my number one reasons. Customer support is fantastic!
Michelle Martfeld | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.4
Based on 9 answers
This rating would be a 10 if it were not for some issues we have been having recently with the benefit carrier connections. The carrier connections are critical for us so how these issues are resolved will be key in our renewal decision.
Kelly C. Neill, SPHR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.0
Based on 8 answers
Overall, it is fairly usable for the average user as long as he/she is at a computer, laptop or a larger tablet and has the ability to view the employee self-service webpage on an internet browser. Because it does not have an app or other mobile interfaces right now, it makes it difficult for it to be useful for most of our employee population who utilize their phones to access the internet. As for the HR professional who would be also working on this interface, it is somewhat easy as about two-thirds of the screens are fairly user-friendly and easy to navigate. Nevertheless, it still leaves about one-third of them that are not as user-friendly and would require more technical knowledge to figure out how to best use them.
Jennifer Steffens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The system is easy to use, the Echospan support is fantastic and the cost is very competitive.
Michelle Martfeld | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support Rating

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.8
Based on 105 answers
During a transition, we had an issue where there was no one in the company who had the SQL database password, which was needed in order to pull over historical data. Ascentis technology team worked tirelessly and were able to get into the database and make a smooth transition of the data.
Dawn Haag-Hatterer, JD | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 1 answer
First, to clarify our "in-person" training was done mainly through Web-X meetings and conference calls. It was the closest thing we got to as far as an "in-person" training for this software. However, for the large majority of it, this type of training worked out well. We were able to share our screens and the trainer was able to share his/her screen. We could follow along with what we were doing in our database in real time and see how different functions worked and how manipulating our information could produce different results. It was also nice in that it provided for real-time results if something hadn't been coded correctly or we were having issues as to why something wasn't working the way we thought it should be. However, it did have some downsides in that we often had to rely on a conference phone and that made it difficult to hear people on both sides. Also, sometimes the trainers had internet difficulties when working from home and that caused issues with the WebX meetings.
Jennifer Steffens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.0
Based on 2 answers
Ascentis HR has a number of online training videos to watch on a number of different topics. I gave it a lower rating because there is not much interactivity with the videos and it seems to cater to really only one or two learning styles. Plus, one has to be pretty motivated to go to a separate area to access the videos and then pull up a specific one to watch it and then learn. From my experience, people know that they are there, many just don't take the time and effort to go find them and actually watch them - especially since the username and password are different from their normal username and password.
Jennifer Steffens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.1
Based on 4 answers
It was very easy to implement, but the customization pieces should really be fleshed out in order to determine the full need of an organization at the time of implementation. I believe if a little more time was spent on the requirements, the recruiting module would not have to be customized again at a cost at a later date.
Mary Meadows | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool

Reporting, conciseness and detail.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ascentis

1. Customer Service - listens to clients (per our due diligence during evaluation phase and own experience thereafter)2. System ability to interface with in-house systems. (Other vendors evaluated could not guarantee success.)3. Report Writing - prewritten + ad hoc. User-friendly. Payroll staff could write. Freeing up IT resource time. (+ Payroll more self-sufficient)4. Import/Export Capabilities. (Not all systems are equal)5. Garnishment / Third Party Check module. (Had vision from prior in-house system, this was the only vendor that had what we wanted in this area.)6. Employee satisfaction with increased payroll department efficiency and Ascentis Employee Self-Service.
Dottie Abston, CPP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool

  • Improved awareness of employee strengths and weaknesses
Ellen Spara | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ascentis

  • By far, fewer errors in capturing information or giving information
  • Easily see what benefits an employee has enrolled or declined and historical information
  • Easily see what compensation an employee has had historical, or where their compensation is at currently
  • Easily see what positions an employee has had within the company for how long, and why they were transferred
Catherine Peterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Ascentis

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
9.0
Ascentis
7.0

Likelihood to Renew

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
9.6
Ascentis
6.4

Usability

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
7.0

Reliability and Availability

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
8.0

Performance

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
9.0
Ascentis
8.0

Support Rating

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.8

In-Person Training

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
8.0

Online Training

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.0

Implementation Rating

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
6.1

Scalability

EchoSpan 360-Degree Feedback Tool
Ascentis
5.0

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