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Ascentis HR

175 Ratings

CakeHR

3 Ratings

Ascentis HR

175 Ratings
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Score 6.6 out of 101

CakeHR

3 Ratings
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Score 8.7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis HR

Reporting is of great use in Ascentis. It is very user-friendly and no coding experience is necessary.
Dawn Haag-Hatterer, JD profile photo

CakeHR

I would really recommend it to other companies. Especially to companies like ours, startups, 10+ employees. CakeHR gives you a good overview of all the teams, days off, and you have all the data about employees in one system.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis HR
7.2
CakeHR
6.7
Employee demographic data
Ascentis HR
7.9
CakeHR
5.5
Employment history
Ascentis HR
7.7
CakeHR
4.5
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis HR
7.4
CakeHR
7.7
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis HR
7.1
CakeHR
Organizational charting
Ascentis HR
5.8
CakeHR
9.1
Organization and location management
Ascentis HR
7.1
CakeHR
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis HR
7.1
CakeHR

Payroll Management

Ascentis HR
7.4
CakeHR
Pay calculation
Ascentis HR
7.8
CakeHR
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis HR
7.2
CakeHR
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis HR
7.2
CakeHR
Direct deposit files
Ascentis HR
8.2
CakeHR
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis HR
7.5
CakeHR
Reimbursement management
Ascentis HR
6.2
CakeHR

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis HR
7.5
CakeHR
8.6
Approval workflow
Ascentis HR
7.5
CakeHR
8.2
Balance details
Ascentis HR
7.3
CakeHR
9.1
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis HR
7.5
CakeHR

Employee Self Service

Ascentis HR
7.6
CakeHR
8.6
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis HR
8.0
CakeHR
Update personal information
Ascentis HR
8.4
CakeHR
9.1
View company policy documentation
Ascentis HR
7.4
CakeHR
Employee recognition
Ascentis HR
7.0
CakeHR
View job history
Ascentis HR
7.3
CakeHR
8.2

Asset Management

Ascentis HR
7.0
CakeHR
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis HR
7.0
CakeHR

HR Reporting

Ascentis HR
6.2
CakeHR
6.8
Report builder
Ascentis HR
6.7
CakeHR
7.3
Pre-built reports
Ascentis HR
6.4
CakeHR
6.4
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis HR
5.5
CakeHR

Onboarding

Ascentis HR
6.6
CakeHR
9.1
New hire portal
Ascentis HR
6.9
CakeHR
9.1
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis HR
6.3
CakeHR
9.1

Performance and Goals

Ascentis HR
6.1
CakeHR
9.1
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis HR
6.2
CakeHR
9.1
Individual goal setting
Ascentis HR
6.4
CakeHR
9.1
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis HR
5.9
CakeHR
9.1
Performance tracking
Ascentis HR
6.0
CakeHR
9.1

Performance Management

Ascentis HR
6.0
CakeHR
8.0
Performance plans
Ascentis HR
6.0
CakeHR
7.3
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis HR
5.9
CakeHR
6.4
Review status tracking
Ascentis HR
6.3
CakeHR
9.1
Review reminders
Ascentis HR
6.1
CakeHR
8.2
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis HR
5.5
CakeHR
9.1

Succession Planning

Ascentis HR
5.4
CakeHR
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis HR
5.2
CakeHR
Candidate ranking
Ascentis HR
5.5
CakeHR
Candidate search
Ascentis HR
5.6
CakeHR
Candidate development
Ascentis HR
5.3
CakeHR

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis HR
6.8
CakeHR
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis HR
6.8
CakeHR
Company Website Posting
Ascentis HR
7.1
CakeHR
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis HR
7.0
CakeHR
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis HR
6.7
CakeHR
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis HR
6.6
CakeHR
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis HR
7.0
CakeHR
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis HR
6.4
CakeHR

Pros

  • Recruiting/Onboarding - We typically hire candidates site unseen and send them overseas to work. Ascentis allows us to capture information on the candidates from the recruiting phase all the way through the onboarding phase of the hiring process.
  • Extremely Customizable HRIS - The ability to customize and add tabs to the HR side of Ascentis provides endless opportunities to capture any and all data that needs to be tracked and/or reported on for employees.
  • The Benefits enrollment, open enrollment and carrier connect features of the system have streamlined the Benefits Administration process in my organization to a point where it requires very little time and attention. Once the benefits are set up through Setup Manager and tied to the benefit provider through Carrier Connect, there is very little maintenance or attention required.
Kelly C. Neill, SPHR profile photo
  • Super easy and usable system.
  • Great customer service; listens to feedback and does something with it, answers really quickly.
  • A good overview per team for managers.
  • An app available for every employee to quickly arrange a request.
Maaike van der Kroon profile photo

Cons

  • The product is accessed through a remote desktop. This makes the product extremely slow. So slow sometimes, that the reaction time lags so much that it isn't worth it to make any changes in the system.
  • The bonus and performance modules are not conducive for a successful performance management campaign. There are so many unique situations in our organzation, that these modules can't keep up with all of the intricacies.
  • The support staff has given misguided advice. Perhaps they need to be trained better?
  • We have two different company names, so in the system, we have to select the correct company name in order to view that company's information. It makes it difficult for running reports for the entire organization because you have to run one report in one company code and then select the other company code to run an identical report and then combine the two reports in order to run a report for the entire organization.
Ashley Mattix, CHRS profile photo
  • Not all features for an HR system are available in CakeHR, but they are working on it to improve and expand
Maaike van der Kroon profile photo

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
Heidi Thomsen profile photo
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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!
Heidi Thomsen profile photo
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Support

Ascentis HR7.3
Based on 85 answers
Ascentis support usually responds to email in a timely manner - sometimes a quick phone call helps speed things up. Overall quite pleased with their support, although for the most part it is simply password resets for the RDP users.We hope to see a full web-based employee manager function soon.
iain Stephen profile photo
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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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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
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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.
Kelly C. Neill, SPHR profile photo
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Alternatives Considered

We previously used SAP which while much less intuitive to use, it was a far more robust system. Before selecting Ascentis we look at ADP and Paychex. Ascentis is all in one and the support and account managers are genuine people. The ESS portal and ease of use were big selling features.
Kathi Groth profile photo
This is the first HR system we have used in our company.
Maaike van der Kroon profile photo

Return on Investment

  • Ascentis HR has had a positive impact on employee satisfaction.
  • The home page of Ascentis is such a great communication tool for our whole Agency!
Suzanne Simmerman profile photo
  • The system shows us all days off and overtime, so we can manage this and know everything is like agreed in the contract.
  • A simple and affordable system with room to grow.
Maaike van der Kroon profile photo

Pricing Details

Ascentis HR

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Ascentis HR Editions & Modules
Ascentis HR
Additional Pricing Details

CakeHR

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
CakeHR Editions & Modules
CakeHR
Edition
Monthly
4.201
1. per user, per month
Additional Pricing Details
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