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ADP Vantage HCM

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Likelihood to Recommend

ADP Vantage HCM

I think it all depends on what the client is looking for. I mean we have been using Vantage for the last 6 years and it has come a long way from where it started. The nice thing is we have been able to grow with it and configure things to how we need them to be for our business. So each business needs are going to be different and ADP Vantage can keep up with those needs.
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Ascentis

Pulling information quickly: to do Employment Verification for existing or former employees, getting contact and benefit information about employees, compensation history, and present history, job title, position hours per week, and pulling reports for EEO reporting, employee lists for audits or evaluations etc.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

ADP Vantage HCM
6.5
Ascentis
7.2
Employee demographic data
ADP Vantage HCM
7.1
Ascentis
8.0
Employment history
ADP Vantage HCM
7.0
Ascentis
7.8
Job profiles and administration
ADP Vantage HCM
7.0
Ascentis
7.3
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
ADP Vantage HCM
6.0
Ascentis
6.9
Organizational charting
ADP Vantage HCM
5.4
Ascentis
5.8
Organization and location management
ADP Vantage HCM
6.6
Ascentis
7.2
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
ADP Vantage HCM
6.2
Ascentis
7.0

Payroll Management

ADP Vantage HCM
7.4
Ascentis
7.4
Pay calculation
ADP Vantage HCM
7.3
Ascentis
8.0
Support for external payroll vendors
ADP Vantage HCM
6.4
Ascentis
7.3
Benefit plan administration
ADP Vantage HCM
6.7
Ascentis
7.0
Direct deposit files
ADP Vantage HCM
8.2
Ascentis
8.4
Salary revision and increment management
ADP Vantage HCM
6.9
Ascentis
7.4
Reimbursement management
ADP Vantage HCM
8.7
Ascentis
6.4

Leave and Attendance Management

ADP Vantage HCM
7.6
Ascentis
7.5
Approval workflow
ADP Vantage HCM
6.0
Ascentis
7.6
Balance details
ADP Vantage HCM
8.3
Ascentis
7.4
Annual carry-forward and encashment
ADP Vantage HCM
8.4
Ascentis
7.6

Employee Self Service

ADP Vantage HCM
7.1
Ascentis
7.6
View and generate pay and benefit information
ADP Vantage HCM
7.6
Ascentis
8.1
Update personal information
ADP Vantage HCM
8.0
Ascentis
8.4
View company policy documentation
ADP Vantage HCM
7.0
Ascentis
7.4
Employee recognition
ADP Vantage HCM
6.1
Ascentis
6.8
View job history
ADP Vantage HCM
6.7
Ascentis
7.3

Asset Management

ADP Vantage HCM
7.0
Ascentis
6.4
Tracking of all physical assets
ADP Vantage HCM
7.0
Ascentis
6.4

HR Reporting

ADP Vantage HCM
6.2
Ascentis
6.2
Report builder
ADP Vantage HCM
6.7
Ascentis
6.6
Pre-built reports
ADP Vantage HCM
6.5
Ascentis
6.5
Ability to combine HR data with external data
ADP Vantage HCM
5.5
Ascentis
5.6

Onboarding

ADP Vantage HCM
7.0
Ascentis
6.8
New hire portal
ADP Vantage HCM
6.8
Ascentis
7.1
Manager tracking tools
ADP Vantage HCM
7.1
Ascentis
6.5

Performance and Goals

ADP Vantage HCM
5.5
Ascentis
6.2
Corporate goal setting
ADP Vantage HCM
5.2
Ascentis
6.3
Individual goal setting
ADP Vantage HCM
5.2
Ascentis
6.4
Line-of sight-visibility
ADP Vantage HCM
5.7
Ascentis
6.0
Performance tracking
ADP Vantage HCM
5.8
Ascentis
6.2

Performance Management

ADP Vantage HCM
5.9
Ascentis
5.9
Performance plans
ADP Vantage HCM
6.4
Ascentis
6.0
Performance improvement plans
ADP Vantage HCM
6.4
Ascentis
6.1
Review status tracking
ADP Vantage HCM
6.0
Ascentis
6.2
Review reminders
ADP Vantage HCM
5.4
Ascentis
6.1
Multiple review frequency
ADP Vantage HCM
5.3
Ascentis
5.2

Succession Planning

ADP Vantage HCM
6.4
Ascentis
5.4
Create succession plans/pools
ADP Vantage HCM
7.5
Ascentis
5.1
Candidate ranking
ADP Vantage HCM
6.0
Ascentis
5.4
Candidate search
ADP Vantage HCM
6.6
Ascentis
6.0
Candidate development
ADP Vantage HCM
5.5
Ascentis
5.1

Recruiting / ATS

ADP Vantage HCM
5.6
Ascentis
6.8
Job Requisition Management
ADP Vantage HCM
4.0
Ascentis
7.1
Company Website Posting
ADP Vantage HCM
7.3
Ascentis
7.4
Publish to Social Media
ADP Vantage HCM
7.1
Ascentis
6.7
Job Search Site Posting
ADP Vantage HCM
7.1
Ascentis
6.6
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
ADP Vantage HCM
2.4
Ascentis
6.0
Applicant Tracking
ADP Vantage HCM
5.9
Ascentis
7.2
Notifications and Alerts
ADP Vantage HCM
5.2
Ascentis
6.4

Pros

ADP Vantage HCM

  • The new user interface is friendly and easy to use.
  • The Succession Management module is one of the best I've seen. It is easy to navigate the talent assessment and easy to use to facilitate calibration sessions.
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Ascentis

  • Ascentis HR is particularly helpful in keeping a record of past jobs and/or managers. If you have an organization that lets employees move from one department to another fairly often, this software has a tool that will help you keep track when Employee "A" moved from Supervisor "X" to Supervisor "Y" as well as from Department "B" to Department "F" without having to restart that employees length of service.
  • Ascentis HR also has a number of ways that you can customize tabs. If you want to keep track of something for your organization that you don't see on one of their prefabricated tabs or screens you can make one of your own. We have made several different ones to help us keep track of different information such as driver's licenses and expiration dates as well as specific training and/or orientation tasks that we want supervisors to accomplish with their new employees.
  • Ascentis HR lets you upload documents (particularly pdf) to employees files, which is particularly helpful. Additionally, you can mark these so that the employee can or cannot see them when they log onto their side of the Employee Self Service. One of the things I particularly like about these uploaded documents is that each part cluster of tabs has its own tab for attachments. When you open the "Employee" section where you find information about the employee and his/her personal information as well as job information, you will also find a tab where you can put attachments for personal and/or job-related information - such as a job description sign off or something of the like. When you open the "Compensation" section you will find another tab for attachments, and this might be where you decide to upload copies of direct deposits if you require them or wage changes.
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Cons

ADP Vantage HCM

  • The product is sold as fully integrated but it is not. The Recruiting Management module isn't considered part of Vantage by the ADP team members. And, the look and feel of it is very different than the other modules. And, it is very difficult to use.
  • The Performance Management module is designed to support a very traditional approach to performance management and it is very rigid. It's very difficult to support more progressive ways of developing performance and keeping employees motivated.
  • The configuration/implementation was extremely painful. Implementation consultants vary wildly on their knowledge of their own modules and almost none of them understand how what is built in their module might impact configuration in other modules.
  • Five months post go-live we continue to have significant issues. Many of which seem to arise when updates are made by ADP.
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Ascentis

  • One of the biggest issues I have had with Ascentis HR is that it lacks updates. We started using it four years ago. We stopped using it because we were trying to piecemeal three different systems together. We tried another system for two and a half years. That didn't work out any better. We decided to give Ascentis HR another try. I was hoping that there would be a few upgrades, but the system was largely the same. On the one hand, I admit it was nice because there was not a steep learning curve, but on the other, the technology was behind a lot of the other systems that we were presented with.
  • The complaint that I hear the most from my employees is that there is no app for the program and that it is extremely hard to use on any mobile device. The Employee Self Service/Portal is set to be used on a computer or laptop - not a small mobile device. With so many people using their phones as the main internet source, it does make it difficult for many of our employees to access their self-service portal outside of the work environment.
  • Because it is an older system, some of the things can be a little trickier to set up. Benefits are one of them. There are multiple screens that need to be gone through and rules that need to be built. It can seem a little like a choose-your-own-adventure at times. If you don't hit the correct button on the right page, you may miss out on options down the road. There is no real safeguard built in and no particular view mode to see if things were done correctly. You have to make things "live" in order to see if your rules and the benefits worked. In addition, once the benefits have been set up correctly for the employees, it still has to be mapped and moved over for payroll to be able to see things.
  • Currently, we are using their remote desktop service which requires us to move anything we want to put on our Employee's Self Service Portal from our desktops to their remote desktops and then copying the correct path to bring it back to our online version of an old MySpace page. I know that they are trying, but it seems as though it is a lot of work for something that should be a lot easier to do with a few more layout and posting options.
  • Although they do have some canned reports, most of the reporting functions take time to learn and is best done when one understands how to write Custom Reports to get the information that one is seeking. The Customer Service Reps are usually more than happy to help, but it does take time to explain just what you are looking for and how to make it into a report that would help you. Overall, I think that the structure of the reporting function is solid; however, the user-friendliness of it is not.
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Likelihood to Renew

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 7.5
Based on 8 answers
We always want the latest updates.
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Ascentis

Ascentis 5.7
Based on 9 answers
If I were given the opportunity to select a new system, Ascentis would definitely be a strong contender. It links together the functions much more seamlessly than other systems I have used. By far the best part though is the customer support after implementation, this is where many companies fail. It was very appreciated that even after every module went live the service level was still high.
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Usability

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 6.1
Based on 5 answers
Despite minor glitches, we satisfied overall with the capacity of data processed.
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Ascentis

Ascentis 7.0
Based on 8 answers
Overall an excellent system, very user friendly and flexible. I am looking forward to the enhancements that will be provided with the new platform and hoping that the new platform provides the same level of flexibility and adaptability that the current system does.
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Reliability and Availability

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 6.4
Based on 1 answer
The system tends to act up/glitch on payroll processing days.
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Ascentis

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

Performance

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 8.2
Based on 2 answers
Overall it works very well, except the occasional glitching which causes delays in processing.
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Ascentis

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

Support

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 7.7
Based on 6 answers
Our support team staff are great! They are in constant communication with us, and follow-up timely on our SRs
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Ascentis

Ascentis 7.3
Based on 100 answers
Sometimes it can take a while to receive a response since we now have to email support. Before we used to have a designated person to contact and if we had a pressing question we could email or call and receive help right away.
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In-Person Training

ADP Vantage HCM

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 Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 5.9
Based on 3 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.
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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 Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 6.2
Based on 5 answers
Review, review, review. Make sure tax data is accurate. Run multiple parallel payrolls
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Ascentis

Ascentis 6.4
Based on 4 answers
Don't skip steps. The customer support for Ascentis HR left it up to us how far we wanted to go with implementation of benefits for example. I was very glad that I elected to go into the detail implementation that I did rather than just doing the basics and waiting until later to complete the process.
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Alternatives Considered

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM crushes our previous product, Tock.
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Ascentis

Ascentis is more user-friendly and has more reports available. ADP has a more user-friendly employee self-service and has more reports readily available.
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Scalability

ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Ability to adapt to large amounts of data.
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Ascentis

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

Return on Investment

ADP Vantage HCM

  • Easier access to payroll info.
  • good functionality.
  • Self service.
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Ascentis

  • By consolidating recruiting, onboarding, and HR functions to one system we have been able to save money and time.
  • One of our business objectives is to concentrate on being on the leading edge of technology. Ascentis does this.
  • Ascentis has allowed us to avoid hiring one more person for HR.
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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
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Ascentis

General

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

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