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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

This software works great to manage HR in a growing organization. The org chart is always nice especially for a quickly growing organization so you can keep up with new people, moves, and changes. At the entry level security access, the application is very limited in functionality and it gets more useful as you gain more responsibility.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis HR
7.2
BambooHR
8.1
Employee demographic data
Ascentis HR
7.8
BambooHR
8.1
Employment history
Ascentis HR
7.7
BambooHR
8.2
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis HR
7.4
BambooHR
8.4
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis HR
7.1
BambooHR
8.5
Organizational charting
Ascentis HR
5.8
BambooHR
7.7
Organization and location management
Ascentis HR
7.1
BambooHR
7.9
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis HR
7.1
BambooHR
8.1

Payroll Management

Ascentis HR
7.3
BambooHR
8.0
Pay calculation
Ascentis HR
7.8
BambooHR
8.3
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis HR
7.2
BambooHR
6.8
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis HR
7.2
BambooHR
7.3
Direct deposit files
Ascentis HR
8.1
BambooHR
8.2
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis HR
7.5
BambooHR
8.9
Reimbursement management
Ascentis HR
6.2
BambooHR
8.4

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis HR
7.5
BambooHR
8.8
Approval workflow
Ascentis HR
7.5
BambooHR
9.1
Balance details
Ascentis HR
7.3
BambooHR
8.9
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis HR
7.5
BambooHR
8.5

Employee Self Service

Ascentis HR
7.6
BambooHR
8.4
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis HR
8.0
BambooHR
7.7
Update personal information
Ascentis HR
8.3
BambooHR
8.9
View company policy documentation
Ascentis HR
7.4
BambooHR
8.3
Employee recognition
Ascentis HR
7.0
BambooHR
8.5
View job history
Ascentis HR
7.3
BambooHR
8.6

Asset Management

Ascentis HR
7.0
BambooHR
8.7
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis HR
7.0
BambooHR
8.7

HR Reporting

Ascentis HR
6.2
BambooHR
8.2
Report builder
Ascentis HR
6.7
BambooHR
8.4
Pre-built reports
Ascentis HR
6.4
BambooHR
8.1
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis HR
5.5
BambooHR
8.1

Onboarding

Ascentis HR
6.6
BambooHR
8.2
New hire portal
Ascentis HR
6.9
BambooHR
8.1
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis HR
6.2
BambooHR
8.2

Performance and Goals

Ascentis HR
6.1
BambooHR
8.3
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis HR
6.2
BambooHR
8.5
Individual goal setting
Ascentis HR
6.3
BambooHR
8.2
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis HR
5.9
BambooHR
8.5
Performance tracking
Ascentis HR
6.0
BambooHR
7.9

Performance Management

Ascentis HR
5.9
BambooHR
8.3
Performance plans
Ascentis HR
6.0
BambooHR
8.2
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis HR
5.9
BambooHR
8.0
Review status tracking
Ascentis HR
6.3
BambooHR
8.4
Review reminders
Ascentis HR
6.1
BambooHR
8.4
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis HR
5.4
BambooHR
8.4

Succession Planning

Ascentis HR
5.3
BambooHR
8.0
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis HR
5.1
BambooHR
8.4
Candidate ranking
Ascentis HR
5.5
BambooHR
7.4
Candidate search
Ascentis HR
5.5
BambooHR
7.6
Candidate development
Ascentis HR
5.2
BambooHR
8.5

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis HR
6.8
BambooHR
8.2
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis HR
6.8
BambooHR
8.5
Company Website Posting
Ascentis HR
7.1
BambooHR
8.5
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis HR
7.0
BambooHR
8.3
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis HR
6.7
BambooHR
8.7
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis HR
6.6
BambooHR
7.2
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis HR
7.0
BambooHR
7.7
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis HR
6.4
BambooHR
8.4

Pros

  • 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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  • 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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  • User Experience - the user experience for personal assessments isn't easy to find. It's a little clunky to use, but still better than other companies (For specifics: All of those links should be featured in the top navigation so it's easy to get to. Otherwise I have to go My info -> performance)
  • Announcements - I receive the email, but have a hard time finding old announcements. E.g. company holidays are announced, but after a few weeks it disappears from the homepage.
  • Documents/Files - These are similar, but live in two entirely separate places, this also goes back to the user experience, but it can take a while to find the document I'm looking for.
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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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Usability

Ascentis HR7.0
Based on 7 answers
As a user of the software for less than a year, we still have much to learn. There are many areas of the software that we are just not completely comfortable with yet. Still much to learn. Several of our employees will be attending the Ascentis training in May, and we are really looking forward to learning more.
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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
When you get someone on the phone the support is great; the problem is at times, there isn't anyone that is answering the phones so you are waiting for a call or email back. This is why a manual would be nice.
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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
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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.
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No score
No answers yet
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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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Alternatives Considered

The user adaptability of Ascentis is far superior to other HRIS I have used. The ability for the user to taylor the system to the specific needs of the company is by far the biggest selling point of the system. Additionally, the reporting feature which allows the user to pull data from any field in the system, even customized fields, is extremely attractive and not common with other HRIS
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JazzHR and Comeet are much more advanced as ATSs. The UX of BambooHR is a bit better than both of them.
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Return on Investment

  • All were motivated, and the implementation was smooth with 3 parallel payrolls to test calculations. Therefore, no burn-out during implementation phase. Mentioning, as often staff have anxiety about system conversions.
  • Our Payroll Department was able to focus on providing better customer service internally and externally.
  • We used the standard Ascentis ESS, which was easy to customize with additional company policy notes and links to company specific information for employees. Employees had access 24 x 7 which was important to our 24 x 7 manufacturing work schedules.
  • Decreased labor costs in the Payroll Department due to Ascentis Payroll System efficiencies.
  • With the Ascentis Payroll being a SaaS operating in "the cloud", our department was able to respond to employees after hours increasing our customer service. Also, this structure made Disaster Recovery planning much easier.
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  • It has helped our HR team scale better with our company growth
  • It has reduced personnel overhead on HR tasks
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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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