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Score 9.4 out of 101

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Score 7.2 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Appcast

It has allowed me to streamline my job ad buying and selling process all in one dashboard.
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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

Recruiting / ATS

Appcast
9.0
Ascentis
6.9
Job Search Site Posting
Appcast
10.0
Ascentis
6.8
Reporting
Appcast
8.0
Ascentis
Job Requisition Management
Appcast
Ascentis
7.4
Company Website Posting
Appcast
Ascentis
7.6
Publish to Social Media
Appcast
Ascentis
6.7
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Appcast
Ascentis
5.8
Applicant Tracking
Appcast
Ascentis
7.5
Notifications and Alerts
Appcast
Ascentis
6.6

Human Resource Management

Appcast
Ascentis
7.1
Employee demographic data
Appcast
Ascentis
8.0
Employment history
Appcast
Ascentis
7.8
Job profiles and administration
Appcast
Ascentis
7.1
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Appcast
Ascentis
6.7
Organizational charting
Appcast
Ascentis
5.9
Organization and location management
Appcast
Ascentis
7.3
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Appcast
Ascentis
6.8

Payroll Management

Appcast
Ascentis
7.5
Pay calculation
Appcast
Ascentis
8.2
Support for external payroll vendors
Appcast
Ascentis
7.5
Benefit plan administration
Appcast
Ascentis
6.9
Direct deposit files
Appcast
Ascentis
8.7
Salary revision and increment management
Appcast
Ascentis
7.3
Reimbursement management
Appcast
Ascentis
6.5

Leave and Attendance Management

Appcast
Ascentis
7.6
Approval workflow
Appcast
Ascentis
7.4
Balance details
Appcast
Ascentis
7.6
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Appcast
Ascentis
7.7

Employee Self Service

Appcast
Ascentis
7.5
View and generate pay and benefit information
Appcast
Ascentis
8.0
Update personal information
Appcast
Ascentis
8.3
View company policy documentation
Appcast
Ascentis
7.4
Employee recognition
Appcast
Ascentis
6.8
View job history
Appcast
Ascentis
7.2

Asset Management

Appcast
Ascentis
5.9
Tracking of all physical assets
Appcast
Ascentis
5.9

HR Reporting

Appcast
Ascentis
6.3
Report builder
Appcast
Ascentis
6.5
Pre-built reports
Appcast
Ascentis
6.5
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Appcast
Ascentis
5.7

Onboarding

Appcast
Ascentis
7.1
New hire portal
Appcast
Ascentis
7.3
Manager tracking tools
Appcast
Ascentis
6.8

Performance and Goals

Appcast
Ascentis
6.4
Corporate goal setting
Appcast
Ascentis
6.4
Individual goal setting
Appcast
Ascentis
6.5
Line-of sight-visibility
Appcast
Ascentis
6.2
Performance tracking
Appcast
Ascentis
6.3

Performance Management

Appcast
Ascentis
6.0
Performance plans
Appcast
Ascentis
6.1
Performance improvement plans
Appcast
Ascentis
6.2
Review status tracking
Appcast
Ascentis
6.2
Review reminders
Appcast
Ascentis
6.1
Multiple review frequency
Appcast
Ascentis
5.1

Succession Planning

Appcast
Ascentis
5.5
Create succession plans/pools
Appcast
Ascentis
5.1
Candidate ranking
Appcast
Ascentis
5.4
Candidate search
Appcast
Ascentis
6.3
Candidate development
Appcast
Ascentis
5.1

Pros

Appcast

  • Makes it easy to manage job feeds.
  • Makes it easy to manage traffic acquisition from multiple publishers.
  • Easy to use reporting dashboard for you and your customers.
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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

Appcast

  • Need to be more open to suggestions from clients.
  • Need to get better customer service turnaround time.
  • Need more knowledgeable staff.
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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.
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Likelihood to Renew

Appcast

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ascentis

Ascentis 5.8
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.
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Usability

Appcast

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.1
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.
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Support

Appcast

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.2
Based on 104 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.
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In-Person Training

Appcast

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

Appcast

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

Appcast

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.2
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

Appcast

No answers on this topic

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.
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Return on Investment

Appcast

  • Positive sales margins.
  • Positive time allocation.
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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
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Pricing Details

Appcast

General

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

Appcast Editions & Modules

Edition
Appcast Exchange$01
Clickcast$02
  1. Pay-Per-Applicant
  2. License
Additional Pricing Details

Ascentis

General

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

Ascentis Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Appcast
9.0
Ascentis
7.0

Likelihood to Renew

Appcast
Ascentis
5.8

Usability

Appcast
Ascentis
7.1

Reliability and Availability

Appcast
Ascentis
8.0

Performance

Appcast
Ascentis
8.0

Support

Appcast
Ascentis
7.2

In-Person Training

Appcast
Ascentis
8.0

Online Training

Appcast
Ascentis
6.0

Implementation

Appcast
Ascentis
6.2

Scalability

Appcast
Ascentis
5.0

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