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Ascentis HR

Ascentis HR would be well-suited in situations where a detailed job history of the employee and/or his/her supervisor would be of value to the company. I also think that Ascentis HR would be appropriate for a smaller to a mid-sized organization who has a fairly tech-savvy person on staff and is able to navigate through the backend of Ascentis HR. I feel as though it would be more appropriate for an office setting than for a mobile workforce; however, that being said, we have made it work for a mobile workforce. I personally do not think that this would be the right software for anyone who is looking for state-of-the-art technology or something that is super user-friendly.
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Kronos Workforce Ready

We have a large population of employees who don't have access to a computer during the day (and some who don't own one at home). The phone app is great! They can see their paystubs, request vacation, look at their benefits, etc., all on their phones. This is a great feature. Kronos is very easy to customize which is helpful because every employee and manager has different preferences on what is on their home page, how they use the system, what they want to see in the system and what they don't want to see. I think it would be very wise of Kronos to find a new partner in regards to taxes. BSI is no where near the kind of company or has the kind of system that Kronos provides. I have been so frustrated at times with BSI that I have thought about switching the entire HRIS system to someone else so I don't have to deal with BSI. The partnership makes Kronos look bad.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis HR
7.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.9
Employee demographic data
Ascentis HR
7.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.0
Employment history
Ascentis HR
7.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.6
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis HR
7.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis HR
7.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.1
Organizational charting
Ascentis HR
5.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.6
Organization and location management
Ascentis HR
7.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis HR
7.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.5

Payroll Management

Ascentis HR
7.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.2
Pay calculation
Ascentis HR
7.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.9
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis HR
7.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.0
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis HR
7.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.6
Direct deposit files
Ascentis HR
8.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.7
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis HR
7.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Reimbursement management
Ascentis HR
6.2
Kronos Workforce Ready

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis HR
7.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.0
Approval workflow
Ascentis HR
7.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Balance details
Ascentis HR
7.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.0
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis HR
7.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.2

Employee Self Service

Ascentis HR
7.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.1
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis HR
8.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.4
Update personal information
Ascentis HR
8.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.6
View company policy documentation
Ascentis HR
7.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.0
Employee recognition
Ascentis HR
7.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
View job history
Ascentis HR
7.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.5

Asset Management

Ascentis HR
7.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.4
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis HR
7.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.4

HR Reporting

Ascentis HR
6.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.8
Report builder
Ascentis HR
6.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.8
Pre-built reports
Ascentis HR
6.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.8
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis HR
5.5
Kronos Workforce Ready

Onboarding

Ascentis HR
6.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.5
New hire portal
Ascentis HR
6.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis HR
6.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.5

Performance and Goals

Ascentis HR
6.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.0
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis HR
6.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
Individual goal setting
Ascentis HR
6.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
3.7
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis HR
5.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
Performance tracking
Ascentis HR
6.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.2

Performance Management

Ascentis HR
6.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.9
Performance plans
Ascentis HR
6.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.7
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis HR
5.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.5
Review status tracking
Ascentis HR
6.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.6
Review reminders
Ascentis HR
6.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.4
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis HR
5.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.1

Succession Planning

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

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis HR
6.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.3
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis HR
6.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4
Company Website Posting
Ascentis HR
7.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.8
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis HR
7.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
9.2
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis HR
6.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
10.0
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis HR
6.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis HR
7.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.5
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis HR
6.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6

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.
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  • The workflow system for time off approval works really well with reminders sent to the approvers until the time is approved. This prevents employees who have requested the time off from being short of paid time when the payroll is process.
  • The time off accrual calculations are useful for employees to see in real time the quantity of hours or days available for requesting time off.
  • The reporting available in Kronos is especially helpful for the accounting department. It is very easily modified to accommodate multiple filters and additional information upon request. It is also very user friendly and does not require technical assistance for customizations to the data extracted.
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Cons

  • There were some minor "nice to haves" that Ascentis could incorporate into their system for users. Most of these suggestions are being included in their upcoming release of Ascentis Payroll. (So minor, I can't even remember what we suggested.)
  • We ran into only one unique multiple garnishment scenario that required us manually review the one employee. (Very minor, compared to prior vendor system calculations.)
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  • Various bugs - these are usually small items that aren't work stopping, but can be an annoyance since they pop up in random places.
  • Time off rules - these are not very intuitive. They "work", but there are various places that you need to set them up and it's not easy to figure out.
  • Documentation - this is probably the biggest con. The documentation is lacking and not kept up to date.
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Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis HR5.3
Based on 8 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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Kronos Workforce Ready1.6
Based on 2 answers
We have begun looking for other vendors to supply this products need as Kronos WFR cannot deliver the suite of applications which it should with this product.*6/5/17 Edit - We started the new year with a new application. WFR proved to be unable to correct the errors within the application. We are much happier with the new application as we can use it effectively.
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Usability

Ascentis HR7.0
Based on 7 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.
Kelly C. Neill, SPHR profile photo
Kronos Workforce Ready9.6
Based on 3 answers
While some tasks such as updating an employee's basic info, password, and approver preferences are very easy to do and straightforward (all combined on a single employee maintenance page and updateable through a single 'save'), other items prove to be more cumbersome such as navigating through multiple layers of employees when you are up higher in management with more system rights
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Performance

Ascentis HR8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.
Kronos Workforce Ready6.5
Based on 5 answers
We were always told that Kronos was the best, but there are reports that we got out of ADP and other payroll providers that we cannot get out of Kronos. One example is a report of Productive/Non-productive hours by department. We also need the dollar amount associated with the hours. This is information that is required on our cost report and we were told that that report is unavailable. It is very frustrating when I can't get what I need.
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Support

Ascentis HR7.3
Based on 85 answers
With most issues, Ascentis support is very responsive and helpful, however when the issue is one that requires technical review and/or support, there is rarely any follow-up or response. The issues with the electronic transmittal of benefit information to carriers was one that after 1.5 years has yet to be resolved and follow-up from Ascentis on the status has been minimal. I have only receive information after repeated complaints were filed and escalated to top management.
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Kronos Workforce Ready7.6
Based on 52 answers
This is a nice system and does more than most full featured HR systems. However, you will often find yourself fighting the system because of strange restrictions on where data can flow.
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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.
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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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Kronos Workforce Ready10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

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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Initially, we decided with WFR over Paycor as we had Kronos' time and attendance module in WFC. Kronos does a great job of managing time and attendance but an absolute horrible job of anything else. Were we to know this before we made the selection we would have chosen Paycor
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Return on Investment

  • Hmm - it projects a level of professionalism to staff and third parties. Many of our 'sister-agencies' do not have HR software at all.
  • As stated - we were excited about the idea of scheduling through NovaTime but it became a costly venture to customize - and there were a lot of grey promises on both sides.
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  • I'm still new to Kronos, so I can't really speak about these things.
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Yes
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