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Likelihood to Recommend

ADP SmartCompliance

I believe ADP SmartCompliance is well suited for any organization that has implemented an HRIS system, such as Workday, but do not want to fully be responsible for the tax filings. I also feel it is very well suited to organizations such as ours that have employees in almost all 50 states. This helps to keep our payroll department staff at a minimum knowing we can rely on the cooperation between the Workday and the ADP SmartCompliance system. I think the only way I would not think SmartCompliance would be helpful would be with a very small company that would prefer to fully outsource their payroll process.
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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!
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Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

ADP SmartCompliance
8.7
Ascentis
7.4
Pay calculation
ADP SmartCompliance
8.9
Ascentis
8.0
Support for external payroll vendors
ADP SmartCompliance
8.5
Ascentis
7.3
Benefit plan administration
ADP SmartCompliance
8.5
Ascentis
7.0
Direct deposit files
ADP SmartCompliance
8.9
Ascentis
8.4
Salary revision and increment management
ADP SmartCompliance
8.8
Ascentis
7.4
Reimbursement management
ADP SmartCompliance
8.8
Ascentis
6.4

Human Resource Management

ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.2
Employee demographic data
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
8.0
Employment history
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.8
Job profiles and administration
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.3
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.0
Organizational charting
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
5.8
Organization and location management
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.2
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.0

Leave and Attendance Management

ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.5
Approval workflow
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.6
Balance details
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.4
Annual carry-forward and encashment
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.5

Employee Self Service

ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.6
View and generate pay and benefit information
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
8.1
Update personal information
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
8.4
View company policy documentation
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.4
Employee recognition
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.8
View job history
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.3

Asset Management

ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.5
Tracking of all physical assets
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.5

HR Reporting

ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.2
Report builder
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.6
Pre-built reports
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.5
Ability to combine HR data with external data
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
5.5

Onboarding

ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.8
New hire portal
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.1
Manager tracking tools
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.5

Performance and Goals

ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.2
Corporate goal setting
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.3
Individual goal setting
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.4
Line-of sight-visibility
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.0
Performance tracking
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.1

Performance Management

ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
5.9
Performance plans
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.0
Performance improvement plans
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.0
Review status tracking
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.2
Review reminders
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.1
Multiple review frequency
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
5.2

Succession Planning

ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
5.4
Create succession plans/pools
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
5.1
Candidate ranking
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
5.4
Candidate search
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.0
Candidate development
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
5.1

Recruiting / ATS

ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.8
Job Requisition Management
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.0
Company Website Posting
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.3
Publish to Social Media
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.8
Job Search Site Posting
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.6
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.1
Applicant Tracking
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
7.2
Notifications and Alerts
ADP SmartCompliance
Ascentis
6.4

Pros

ADP SmartCompliance

  • ADP PROVIDES A VERY WELL KNOWLEDGABLE STAFF TO ADDRESS ANY ISSUE YOU MAY ENCOUNTER
  • ADP ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL AS A USER OF THEIR SERVICES AND ALWAYS OPEN TO LEARN WHAT THEY CAN DO BETTER
  • ADP DEFINITELY WILL SEE ANY ISSUE THRU O THE END; GREAT FOLLOW UP SKILLS
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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.
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Cons

ADP SmartCompliance

  • Welcome any improvement.
  • Can't identify any missing functionality.
  • Have no suggestion on doing things different.
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Ascentis

  • I really can't say that Ascentis needs to improve at this point. It's a great system for organizations who want a full-bodied system without the expense and downtime of implementation and training.
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Likelihood to Renew

ADP SmartCompliance

ADP SmartCompliance 9.1
Based on 2 answers
I use ADP more often than anyone in our company, and it has saved a great deal of time, money, and effort in payroll tax.
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Ascentis

Ascentis 5.7
Based on 9 answers
Nothing against Ascentis, but we have outgrown this system far faster than anticipated. Our company has nearly doubled in size from when we first implemented. It has been an excellent starter HRIS but we just need to add additional functionality.Some of the features we are looking for is ability to pull data and build reports. Ascentis really lags in that category. Also looking to add additional functionality such as performance management and payroll - Ascentis offers these, but not in a fully integrated fashion that would really help.
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Usability

ADP SmartCompliance

ADP SmartCompliance 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Its easy to use just need additional changes to make some functions easier to find on the interface
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Ascentis

Ascentis 7.0
Based on 8 answers
I have used numerous other systems and Ascentis is by FAR the best system I've ever used. I love its ability to customize to your organization's needs!! Would highly recommend to anyone!
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Support

ADP SmartCompliance

ADP SmartCompliance 7.4
Based on 3 answers
Overall most issues are handled quickly and accurately - there is some sloppiness with the Tax notice department in labeling and handling some cases
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Ascentis

Ascentis 7.3
Based on 100 answers
The IT department for HR has been very helpful when I have had issues logging in and were quick to respond. The other support lines have not been that helpful and it takes a while to get a response.
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In-Person Training

ADP SmartCompliance

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.
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Online Training

ADP SmartCompliance

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.
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Implementation

ADP SmartCompliance

ADP SmartCompliance 6.4
Based on 2 answers
almost everything went smoothly, but I needed to check everything, and make some corrections later
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Ascentis

Ascentis 6.4
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.
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Alternatives Considered

ADP SmartCompliance

ADP is a leader in the industry for a reason
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Ascentis

The presentation from Ascentis HR compared to the others seemed like a better fit for our organization and what we were looking to accomplish.
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Return on Investment

ADP SmartCompliance

  • Our Payroll department has been able to move to a 100% electronic payment requirement in the four states we operate in, eliminating approximately $6,000/semi-monthly for postage, packaging and stop payment fees associated with live check processing. We've also been able to reduce the fraud risk in our 64 buildings by eliminating the need to keep a payroll check book in each for emergencies
  • We have been able to reallocate three head counts from manual tracking and entry of garnishments. The Garnishment Service Center has taken the responsibility of answering and tracking orders, issuing copies to employees and handling general inquiries from agencies and employees from our in-house staff.
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Ascentis

  • It helped us go from being a small seasonal employer to a medium sized employer, open year round.
  • It was a hard transition for managers and employees because it was not as user friendly as we had hoped. We have to use a lot of work arounds. Once we were able to get past the initial problems and find the work arounds, it helped to get other employees on the same page.
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Pricing Details

ADP SmartCompliance

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details
Pricing varies based upon modules deployed and features enabled.

Ascentis

General

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

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