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Ascentis HR

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Ascentis HR

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Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis HR

Well-suited: Providing a one-stop solution for your administrative business needs. You have it all in one package and the ability to build as you see fit.Less well-suited: If you are looking for fancy bells and whistles, you may be disappointed. The system is easy to navigate, but not flashy with graphics, etc.
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Namely

Namely is especially well-suited for small to mid-sized companies that are looking to shift core HRIS functions under a single platform. Everything works as smoothly as advertised- payroll, benefits, time and attendance, workflows, onboarding. Especially if the employee population is comfortable with social media sites; Namely's landing page functions like an internal Facebook feed.Namely might not be well-suited for companies that have a significant employee population outside of the US . We've had some issues integrating our international employees into the core HRIS and benefits modules.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis HR
7.2
Namely
8.8
Employee demographic data
Ascentis HR
7.8
Namely
9.1
Employment history
Ascentis HR
7.7
Namely
9.0
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis HR
7.4
Namely
10.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis HR
7.1
Namely
8.5
Organizational charting
Ascentis HR
5.8
Namely
8.0
Organization and location management
Ascentis HR
7.1
Namely
8.5
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis HR
7.1
Namely
8.3

Payroll Management

Ascentis HR
7.3
Namely
8.7
Pay calculation
Ascentis HR
7.8
Namely
9.3
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis HR
7.2
Namely
8.3
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis HR
7.2
Namely
8.6
Direct deposit files
Ascentis HR
8.1
Namely
8.8
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis HR
7.5
Namely
8.4
Reimbursement management
Ascentis HR
6.2
Namely
8.7

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis HR
7.5
Namely
8.5
Approval workflow
Ascentis HR
7.5
Namely
8.9
Balance details
Ascentis HR
7.3
Namely
8.6
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis HR
7.5
Namely
7.9

Employee Self Service

Ascentis HR
7.6
Namely
8.9
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis HR
8.0
Namely
8.9
Update personal information
Ascentis HR
8.3
Namely
8.9
View company policy documentation
Ascentis HR
7.4
Namely
9.1
Employee recognition
Ascentis HR
7.0
Namely
8.6
View job history
Ascentis HR
7.3
Namely
9.0

Asset Management

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

HR Reporting

Ascentis HR
6.2
Namely
8.0
Report builder
Ascentis HR
6.7
Namely
8.3
Pre-built reports
Ascentis HR
6.4
Namely
7.5
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis HR
5.5
Namely
8.3

Onboarding

Ascentis HR
6.6
Namely
8.3
New hire portal
Ascentis HR
6.9
Namely
8.7
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis HR
6.2
Namely
7.8

Performance and Goals

Ascentis HR
6.1
Namely
7.1
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis HR
6.2
Namely
7.6
Individual goal setting
Ascentis HR
6.3
Namely
6.7
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis HR
5.9
Namely
7.1
Performance tracking
Ascentis HR
6.0
Namely
6.8

Performance Management

Ascentis HR
5.9
Namely
7.3
Performance plans
Ascentis HR
6.0
Namely
7.3
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis HR
5.9
Namely
7.5
Review status tracking
Ascentis HR
6.3
Namely
7.4
Review reminders
Ascentis HR
6.1
Namely
7.1
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis HR
5.4
Namely
7.4

Succession Planning

Ascentis HR
5.3
Namely
6.9
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis HR
5.1
Namely
Candidate ranking
Ascentis HR
5.5
Namely
Candidate search
Ascentis HR
5.5
Namely
6.9
Candidate development
Ascentis HR
5.2
Namely

Recruiting / ATS

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

Pros

  • Customer Service - our project manager listened to our struggles and was quick to ensure that she put the right people on our team to get us through. As a company, I feel our "asks" were a little difficult at times but Ascentis helped us get through it.
  • Webinars - most of their webinars are very informative and give you more knowledge of the product.
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  • Every person I've worked with in Namely is competent, friendly, quick, patient, and very helpful. I've never before worked with any company like this. Their customer service, professionalism, and forward thinking blow me away.
  • Namely is quick to listen to client feedback and solve problems. They're constantly adding new features, so even if it doesn't have everything you want now, there is a good chance it will.
  • Namely's platform is very user-friendly. It's easy to navigate and learn how to use. For many users, it's self-explanatory. They provide great training tools as well.
  • Namely Payroll is easy to use and provides a large variety of reports that you can access immediately. It's easy to update employee and company tax information.
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Cons

  • ESS Widgets - the widgets are a great tool but are so cumbersome to build I find we use them less and less
  • In our past we used the time system and it wasn't really robust enough for our needs
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  • Onboarding - I wish that they would incorporate offer letters and that task lists were kicked off automatically after an employee was onboarded. I also wish background checks were fully integrated within Namely.
  • Benefits view - currently employees can view their benefits in a separate section within Namely - but it would be nice if it was in their profile. I also wish the app would autopopulate their member ID numbers and group numbers so they would always have the information on the phone.
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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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Namely9.1
Based on 2 answers
Game-changer for small to mid-sized companies. Makes our work so much easier to do well
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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!
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Namely9.0
Based on 2 answers
Overall, Namely is a very user friendly platform, most of the functionality can be learned with out much training or guidance. They have designed it to be modeled similar to other social media sites interface which makes it clean in design and easy to navigate. If you do have someone at your organization that is less tech savvy, one of the most impressive parts of Namely continues to be their client support. They will support you and give guidance in every aspect if its training or just pointing out a feature and how it works
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Support

Ascentis HR7.3
Based on 85 answers
They are always right on with helping!
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Namely4.4
Based on 3 answers
They have always (3 years worth) been extremely responsive and will escalate it on their own if they don't have an answer
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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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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

Ease of use between our satellite offices and corporate
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Simply put, Namely met the most needs from our list for the right price. The team was great (we miss Regina) during presentation and implementation. TribeHR didn't have the review process according to anniversary dates, which we need. Proliant didn't have the right API availability, Namely has a far better UI than Paychex. Bamboo was the closest, but at the time didn't have all the product integrations we need for our ATS, benefits portal, and internal reporting software.
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Return on Investment

  • Switching to Non-Exempt colleagues, Ascentis has helped us save payroll, but documenting in an out and paying for time logged in versus salary really started to create saving across the board.
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  • Overall, it has been a positive ROI for our company. It has streamlined many processes and allowed HR and the company to expand what we do.
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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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Namely

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

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