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Likelihood to Recommend

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage is suited in large companies if you like ADP, are planning on staying with ADP, and are knowledgeable with autopay, how to stop autopay, familiar with multi-J reports, understand ADP tax adjustments and manual check adjustments, and have multiple pay groups. If you have a need for multiple retro calculations and use a different system for HCM then you do for payroll, you will still have some manual work, and need to watch your date data lines as this can cause issues. Once you understand how it works, and create a system, you will be ok
Sarah Truman | 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

Human Resource Management

ADP Vantage HCM
7.0
Ascentis
7.0
Employee demographic data
ADP Vantage HCM
8.2
Ascentis
7.9
Employment history
ADP Vantage HCM
7.0
Ascentis
7.5
Job profiles and administration
ADP Vantage HCM
7.2
Ascentis
6.8
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
ADP Vantage HCM
7.4
Ascentis
6.4
Organizational charting
ADP Vantage HCM
6.0
Ascentis
6.1
Organization and location management
ADP Vantage HCM
7.0
Ascentis
7.5
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
ADP Vantage HCM
6.3
Ascentis
6.5

Payroll Management

ADP Vantage HCM
7.9
Ascentis
7.7
Pay calculation
ADP Vantage HCM
8.1
Ascentis
8.5
Support for external payroll vendors
ADP Vantage HCM
7.2
Ascentis
7.8
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
ADP Vantage HCM
8.2
Ascentis
Benefit plan administration
ADP Vantage HCM
6.8
Ascentis
6.7
Direct deposit files
ADP Vantage HCM
8.4
Ascentis
8.9
Salary revision and increment management
ADP Vantage HCM
7.7
Ascentis
7.2
Reimbursement management
ADP Vantage HCM
9.1
Ascentis
6.9

Leave and Attendance Management

ADP Vantage HCM
8.4
Ascentis
7.6
Approval workflow
ADP Vantage HCM
7.1
Ascentis
7.3
Balance details
ADP Vantage HCM
9.0
Ascentis
7.7
Annual carry-forward and encashment
ADP Vantage HCM
9.1
Ascentis
7.8

Employee Self Service

ADP Vantage HCM
7.8
Ascentis
7.3
View and generate pay and benefit information
ADP Vantage HCM
8.5
Ascentis
7.4
Update personal information
ADP Vantage HCM
8.3
Ascentis
7.9
View company policy documentation
ADP Vantage HCM
8.0
Ascentis
7.5
Employee recognition
ADP Vantage HCM
7.1
Ascentis
6.4
View job history
ADP Vantage HCM
7.4
Ascentis
7.1

Asset Management

ADP Vantage HCM
7.4
Ascentis
3.2
Tracking of all physical assets
ADP Vantage HCM
7.4
Ascentis
3.2

HR Reporting

ADP Vantage HCM
6.8
Ascentis
6.1
Report builder
ADP Vantage HCM
7.3
Ascentis
6.1
Pre-built reports
ADP Vantage HCM
6.9
Ascentis
6.3
Ability to combine HR data with external data
ADP Vantage HCM
6.2
Ascentis
6.0

Onboarding

ADP Vantage HCM
7.8
Ascentis
7.1
New hire portal
ADP Vantage HCM
7.8
Ascentis
7.3
Manager tracking tools
ADP Vantage HCM
7.9
Ascentis
6.9

Performance and Goals

ADP Vantage HCM
6.0
Ascentis
6.3
Corporate goal setting
ADP Vantage HCM
6.4
Ascentis
6.1
Individual goal setting
ADP Vantage HCM
5.9
Ascentis
6.2
Line-of sight-visibility
ADP Vantage HCM
6.1
Ascentis
6.4
Performance tracking
ADP Vantage HCM
5.9
Ascentis
6.6

Performance Management

ADP Vantage HCM
5.8
Ascentis
5.9
Performance plans
ADP Vantage HCM
6.3
Ascentis
5.7
Performance improvement plans
ADP Vantage HCM
6.3
Ascentis
6.5
Review status tracking
ADP Vantage HCM
5.1
Ascentis
6.3
Review reminders
ADP Vantage HCM
5.6
Ascentis
6.3
Multiple review frequency
ADP Vantage HCM
5.9
Ascentis
4.7

Succession Planning

ADP Vantage HCM
6.3
Ascentis
5.4
Create succession plans/pools
ADP Vantage HCM
6.3
Ascentis
5.1
Candidate ranking
ADP Vantage HCM
6.2
Ascentis
5.2
Candidate search
ADP Vantage HCM
7.2
Ascentis
6.3
Candidate development
ADP Vantage HCM
5.3
Ascentis
5.1

Recruiting / ATS

ADP Vantage HCM
7.1
Ascentis
6.9
Job Requisition Management
ADP Vantage HCM
7.2
Ascentis
7.6
Company Website Posting
ADP Vantage HCM
8.1
Ascentis
7.9
Publish to Social Media
ADP Vantage HCM
7.7
Ascentis
6.5
Job Search Site Posting
ADP Vantage HCM
7.9
Ascentis
6.5
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
ADP Vantage HCM
5.2
Ascentis
5.1
Applicant Tracking
ADP Vantage HCM
6.7
Ascentis
7.5
Notifications and Alerts
ADP Vantage HCM
7.0
Ascentis
7.0

Pros

ADP Vantage HCM

  • ADP Vantage HCM is nicely laid out so it is user friendly. It gives you the look and feel of what other popular apps might look like so there is a familiarity there.
  • ADP Vantage HCM being a one stop shop, makes it nice to only have to keep track of one log in and I have all of the information I need at my fingertips.
  • ADP Vantage HCM is always evolving and while at times this can be a challenge I find it to be a strength that they are always trying to improve the product.
Anonymous | 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

ADP Vantage HCM

  • Although Time and Payroll are integrated, it's not integrated enough. The data sometimes doesn't "flow over" to Time and we have to call ADP to have them push it through. When you are on an employee's record in Payroll, you can go to any other part of there profile such as Tax Withholding, Deductions, etc...which is great, but if you want to go to their timecard, you have to go into Time and do another search to find the employee then open the timecard.
  • The audit trail in the system needs to be enhanced. Currently you can run a report to get an audit trail on user activity, but not all screens are auditable. If I need to know who made a change to the Time Information screen, and when the change was made...I am out of luck.
  • Some records should not allow backdating the effective date. This causes us problems with data validity. For example, Direct Deposit, you can't change history so this screen should never allow you to enter an effective date of a closed pay period that already was paid.
  • The Time Off Request feature has lots of room for improvement. One of the biggest issues we have is that a manager will Approve a request then later realize they need to Refuse it, or the employee needs to Retract it. The system gives you the option to open the Approved request then you can Retract or Refuse it...but that action does nothing. Common sense would tell you it removes the PTO day, but it doesn't. To remove a prior Approved PTO day you have to go to a completely different area, which the average user would never find.
  • Our employees earn an annual amount of PTO based on their hire year. The system should not allow them to use more PTO than what they earn for the year, but this is not an option. We can easily put a limit on the balance, but not on the amount used.
  • Garnishment module of Vantage is not user friendly, very difficult to use. They do have a WGPS service you can purchase, but if you want to do garnishments in house without paying extra, its a struggle.
Lydia Chodnicki | 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

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 7.1
Based on 14 answers
Because we have only been using the system for 5 years, we will continue using this service until our business outgrows the support we need or is unable to meet our needs. we need a system that will integrate with our carriers and well as our general ledger system. We are currently looking for another GL system to fit our needs that will need to integrate with ADPVantage
Kathy Brubaker | 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

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 7.8
Based on 10 answers
when required to move from PayForce to Vantage we expected to have greater functionality and reporting - did not expect to be forced to move to a product that was not ready, provided less functionality, required more dependence on ADP Service Rep for day to day function and cost more - was a big swing and a miss for ADP
Shelly Guilmette | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Reliability and Availability

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 7.3
Based on 4 answers
We have rarely run into any issues with the applicable not being available. This is normally a client issues on their side.
Jon Freedman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 7.4
Based on 5 answers
Pages do load pretty swiftly, and reports do not take too long. However, I have noticed that most reports become available sooner than some. Which if you are trying to process payroll, it may slow you down and tends to be time consuming when you're in a crunch
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ascentis

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

Support Rating

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 7.4
Based on 19 answers
I think it's important for other companies to do their research and to make sure to not be oversold like we were. We needed to have an implementation expert with the sales person who could have explained some of what we wanted was not doable without costing extra. It's for this reason that I'm giving ADP Vantage HCM this rating. Everything is a project and comes with an additional cost.
Brianna Borman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 9.0
Based on 1 answer
My instructor as amazing and very knowledgeable. My instructor kept my attention and made sure that I understood each module before he moved on. No matter how many times I asked a question for clarification, he answered them. I've taken other instructor led training's before, I have to say that ADP made it easy
Shelly Jackson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 6.8
Based on 7 answers
A lot of set ups vary from company to company so parts of our training we found it difficult to relate it to our processes. They have TONS of training modules available and a streamlined process for what you should complete and when. Would have been helpful to have onsite training for how much one pays for the system.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 7.6
Based on 11 answers
Still not implemented
Maria Vladova | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

ADP Vantage HCM

Our organization chose ADP Vantage HCM in order to eliminate the on premises solution of PeopleSoft as well as to outsource payroll processing. The cloud based, fully integrated solutions that the Vantage product line offers allows us to have a true "one-stop shop" for all our HR systems.
Jacqueline Raymond | 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

Scalability

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 7.4
Based on 4 answers
ADP Vantage is able to scale to our needs. As your organization's payroll and time and attendance needs grow, ADP has optional modules (scheduler, HR, ect.) that can be purchased. The basic reporting and metrics are nice add-ons.
Jon Freedman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ascentis

Ascentis 5.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Return on Investment

ADP Vantage HCM

  • Since we went live about four months ago, we've had several significant pay related issues. The business is extremely frustrated that what was working smoothly prior to Vantage has been disrupted.
  • Since going live, the Recruiting Management module has had issues unexpectedly pop-up like applicants not being able to complete their applications and being sent back to the job posting list. ADP has trouble identifying the root cause of why this happened leaving us with little certainty that it won't be repeated. Several other pop-up issues have happened in other modules as well. Again, they seem unable to determine root cause.
  • When we enabled managers to promote or transfer employees in Vantage, they were able to see the pay for any job in the company including the CEO. When we asked that this be fixed, we are told that it requires development to create that fix and could be several months before it's done. As a result, we had to remove our salary grades from the system.
Diane Hartley | 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

ADP Vantage HCM

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Ascentis

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ADP Vantage HCM
7.4
Ascentis
7.0

Likelihood to Renew

ADP Vantage HCM
7.1
Ascentis
6.4

Usability

ADP Vantage HCM
7.8
Ascentis
7.0

Reliability and Availability

ADP Vantage HCM
7.3
Ascentis
8.0

Performance

ADP Vantage HCM
7.4
Ascentis
8.0

Support Rating

ADP Vantage HCM
7.4
Ascentis
6.8

In-Person Training

ADP Vantage HCM
9.0
Ascentis
8.0

Online Training

ADP Vantage HCM
6.8
Ascentis
6.0

Implementation Rating

ADP Vantage HCM
7.6
Ascentis
6.1

Scalability

ADP Vantage HCM
7.4
Ascentis
5.0

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