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Ascentis HR

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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BambooHR

Bamboo is an excellent HRIS system. We use it for tracking vacation, sick days, and personal days. Bamboo is also well suited to keep track of all employee personal information, such as phone number, addresses, social security and birth dates. Bamboo has a wonderful org chart that we use to share with our employees so they are able to view the breakdown of departments.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis HR
7.2
BambooHR
8.0
Employee demographic data
Ascentis HR
7.9
BambooHR
8.2
Employment history
Ascentis HR
7.7
BambooHR
8.2
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis HR
7.4
BambooHR
8.7
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis HR
7.1
BambooHR
8.5
Organizational charting
Ascentis HR
5.8
BambooHR
7.1
Organization and location management
Ascentis HR
7.1
BambooHR
7.5
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis HR
7.1
BambooHR
7.6

Payroll Management

Ascentis HR
7.4
BambooHR
7.2
Pay calculation
Ascentis HR
7.8
BambooHR
8.1
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis HR
7.2
BambooHR
3.0
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis HR
7.2
BambooHR
6.7
Direct deposit files
Ascentis HR
8.2
BambooHR
7.4
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis HR
7.5
BambooHR
9.1
Reimbursement management
Ascentis HR
6.2
BambooHR
8.7

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis HR
7.5
BambooHR
9.1
Approval workflow
Ascentis HR
7.5
BambooHR
9.3
Balance details
Ascentis HR
7.3
BambooHR
9.0
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis HR
7.5
BambooHR
9.1

Employee Self Service

Ascentis HR
7.6
BambooHR
8.8
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis HR
8.0
BambooHR
7.8
Update personal information
Ascentis HR
8.4
BambooHR
9.1
View company policy documentation
Ascentis HR
7.4
BambooHR
8.9
Employee recognition
Ascentis HR
7.0
BambooHR
9.2
View job history
Ascentis HR
7.3
BambooHR
8.9

Asset Management

Ascentis HR
7.0
BambooHR
8.9
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis HR
7.0
BambooHR
8.9

HR Reporting

Ascentis HR
6.2
BambooHR
8.1
Report builder
Ascentis HR
6.7
BambooHR
8.5
Pre-built reports
Ascentis HR
6.4
BambooHR
7.8
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis HR
5.5
BambooHR
7.9

Onboarding

Ascentis HR
6.6
BambooHR
7.9
New hire portal
Ascentis HR
6.9
BambooHR
7.9
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis HR
6.3
BambooHR
7.8

Performance and Goals

Ascentis HR
6.1
BambooHR
8.6
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis HR
6.2
BambooHR
9.0
Individual goal setting
Ascentis HR
6.4
BambooHR
8.5
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis HR
5.9
BambooHR
9.1
Performance tracking
Ascentis HR
6.0
BambooHR
7.7

Performance Management

Ascentis HR
6.0
BambooHR
8.5
Performance plans
Ascentis HR
6.0
BambooHR
8.0
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis HR
5.9
BambooHR
7.8
Review status tracking
Ascentis HR
6.3
BambooHR
8.7
Review reminders
Ascentis HR
6.1
BambooHR
8.6
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis HR
5.5
BambooHR
9.4

Succession Planning

Ascentis HR
5.4
BambooHR
8.2
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis HR
5.2
BambooHR
9.8
Candidate ranking
Ascentis HR
5.5
BambooHR
6.0
Candidate search
Ascentis HR
5.6
BambooHR
7.2
Candidate development
Ascentis HR
5.3
BambooHR
10.0

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis HR
6.8
BambooHR
8.1
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis HR
6.8
BambooHR
8.5
Company Website Posting
Ascentis HR
7.1
BambooHR
8.8
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis HR
7.0
BambooHR
9.1
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis HR
6.7
BambooHR
9.1
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis HR
6.6
BambooHR
6.3
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis HR
7.0
BambooHR
6.9
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis HR
6.4
BambooHR
8.1

Pros

  • A clean system that is easy to navigate through and change information
  • Ability to grow into the system and customize to our company's tracking needs and changes
  • Robust system that holds a tremendous amount of critical information in one place
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  • Bamboo has excellent reporting. Along with custom reports that I can run, Bamboo provides a list of standard reports that are extremely helpful.
  • Bamboo's interface is so user-friendly. It makes it fun to work within the platform!
  • I like the automated onboarding task list items. They make it easy to notify everyone of new hires.
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Cons

  • 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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  • You are unable to view the Get to Know You emails before they are sent out to all employees - to me this is a huge oversight because you definitely need to be able to view and make sure that the answers are appropriate before they send out.
  • Task list items are only for onboarding and offboarding - which limits the usability. I wish I could create tasks for anyone at anytime or have separate lists for things other than onboarding and offboarding.
  • Customer support is nice but they have gotten more lax with answers. Instead of helping with solutions they often just answer with a simple "no, you can't do that" when I would prefer to be given some ideas of a work around or solution to the issue.
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Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis HR5.3
Based on 8 answers
I love this product and have no plans on changing. Despite how much I like Ascentis, changing providers is an enormous undertaking and not one that I plan on taking on again
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Ascentis HR7.0
Based on 7 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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BambooHR9.0
Based on 1 answer
The fact that I could jump in for the first time ever using BambooHR and figure out how to use the system within minutes makes for a high usability rating.
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Support

Ascentis HR7.3
Based on 85 answers
It is frustrating to call in and not be able to connect to a person. More and more we are being directed to "communities" but that does not take the place of support. For the money we pay each month we should be able to speak to a person with ease.
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

In-Person Training

Ascentis HR8.0
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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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Ascentis HR6.0
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 profile photo
No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Ascentis HR7.0
Based on 3 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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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Ease of use between our satellite offices and corporate
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BambooHr was selected by me because it was at the company before I started work here. However, I have used Bamboo for the past four and a half years and have been very happy. I love that it's user friendly and has a wonderful interface. It makes it fun to work on the platform because it has a clean interface and is not bulky.
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Return on Investment

  • 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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  • It has enabled my company to accurately track employee time off and maintain a system.
  • We're a small company, so having a central tool has made it less of a burden on our managing partner.
  • Company employees are well informed and the tool provides a much better experience to find out info needed.
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Pricing Details

Ascentis HR

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

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Call for Quote*
1.  company size
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