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Ascentis HR

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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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SAP Core HR and Payroll

SAP HR can be well suited for global companies with operations in multiple countries. The Payroll module needs to be limited to one instance per country, otherwise trying to maintain multiple countries on the same instance is too complicated.I would not recommend using SAP HR and Payroll for smaller companies because the total cost of ownership and the lack of flexibility will make it unfeasible. There are many cloud-based options now a days available that would fit better for this type of scenario.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis HR
7.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.7
Employee demographic data
Ascentis HR
7.8
SAP Core HR and Payroll
6.0
Employment history
Ascentis HR
7.7
SAP Core HR and Payroll
6.7
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis HR
7.4
SAP Core HR and Payroll
5.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis HR
7.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.1
Organizational charting
Ascentis HR
5.8
SAP Core HR and Payroll
2.7
Organization and location management
Ascentis HR
7.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis HR
7.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
6.0

Payroll Management

Ascentis HR
7.3
SAP Core HR and Payroll
5.3
Pay calculation
Ascentis HR
7.8
SAP Core HR and Payroll
5.1
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis HR
7.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll
6.0
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis HR
7.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.7
Direct deposit files
Ascentis HR
8.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
6.0
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis HR
7.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
5.0
Reimbursement management
Ascentis HR
6.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll
5.0

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis HR
7.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
6.9
Approval workflow
Ascentis HR
7.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
5.7
Balance details
Ascentis HR
7.3
SAP Core HR and Payroll
7.5
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis HR
7.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
7.5

Employee Self Service

Ascentis HR
7.6
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.2
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis HR
8.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.1
Update personal information
Ascentis HR
8.3
SAP Core HR and Payroll
5.7
View company policy documentation
Ascentis HR
7.4
SAP Core HR and Payroll
2.0
Employee recognition
Ascentis HR
7.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll
1.9
View job history
Ascentis HR
7.3
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.1

Asset Management

Ascentis HR
7.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis HR
7.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll

HR Reporting

Ascentis HR
6.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.8
Report builder
Ascentis HR
6.7
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.9
Pre-built reports
Ascentis HR
6.4
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.9
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis HR
5.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.6

Onboarding

Ascentis HR
6.6
SAP Core HR and Payroll
1.0
New hire portal
Ascentis HR
6.9
SAP Core HR and Payroll
1.0
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis HR
6.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll
1.0

Performance and Goals

Ascentis HR
6.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.3
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis HR
6.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Individual goal setting
Ascentis HR
6.3
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis HR
5.9
SAP Core HR and Payroll
2.0
Performance tracking
Ascentis HR
6.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0

Performance Management

Ascentis HR
5.9
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.2
Performance plans
Ascentis HR
6.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis HR
5.9
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0
Review status tracking
Ascentis HR
6.3
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Review reminders
Ascentis HR
6.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis HR
5.4
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0

Succession Planning

Ascentis HR
5.3
SAP Core HR and Payroll
2.8
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis HR
5.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
2.0
Candidate ranking
Ascentis HR
5.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
2.0
Candidate search
Ascentis HR
5.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Candidate development
Ascentis HR
5.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis HR
6.8
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.1
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis HR
6.8
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Company Website Posting
Ascentis HR
7.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis HR
7.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll
2.0
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis HR
6.7
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis HR
6.6
SAP Core HR and Payroll
1.0
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis HR
7.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis HR
6.4
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0

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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  • SAP HR is a mature system that provides robust support to global companies, with employees in multiple countries.
  • Because SAP HR is used by many global companies and has a large market share, developers and consultants are usually available.
  • Also, because SAP HR and Payroll have been used for long time, many vendors and providers will be familiar with the system and have pre-defined system interfaces to exchange information.
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Cons

  • The organizational structure of Ascentis and segregated nature of the system and system support can be confusing. For example, if I need assistance with onboarding an employee it is not often clear who I should contact for assistance. The company seems to be divided by Ascentis HR, Ascentis Payroll, Ascentis TimeKeeping, and Ascentis Recruiting, It would be nice to have one point of contact for customer support for the entire Ascentis system rather than having multiple points of contact that are often changing.
  • I attending the Ascentis User Conference in 2013 during which we were told that Ascentis HR would be transitioning to a new platform in early 2014. Since that conference, I have received no communication from Ascentis as to the status of the transition and we are still on the Remote Desktop platform.
  • During the User Conference 2013 there was no one from Ascentis that was familiar with the Onboarding side of Ascentis. I got the impression that we were one of very few customers utilizing the onboarding feature and the Ascentis staff was not aware of the features and were unable to answer any questions. In fact, I felt like I was answering their questions rather than them answering mine.
  • Would love to see the system be more flexible for international use. The system does not allow international contact information to be entered and does not allow for selection of any country locations other than US and Canada. We have had to work around these limitations.
  • The Attendance tracking is somewhat limited in that it does not allow for a policy which awards PTO in lump sums at multiple intervals throughout the year. It allows a policy where a flat amount is awarded once a year or where the PTO is accrued on a regular basis only.
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  • The SAP HR unser interface is not intuitive and requires significant training and experience to master. A web-based, simple and intuitive UI will mitigate this issue.
  • In general running reports and extracting information from SAP HR and Payroll is complex and time consuming. Since the reporting tools are limited and very basic, one ends up extracting raw data to be manipulated in standard tools like MS Excel.
  • The standard SAP HR and Payroll system integration tools are inefficient and ineffective; very often they fail to transfer small amounts of data requiring constant verification and rework of data transfers.
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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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Usability

Ascentis HR7.0
Based on 7 answers
The system is intuitive and user friendly. My only concern is when it is time to create benefit plans for end of year open enrollment, I will need a refresher on all the great things I learned. The beauty of this is that they maintain a video library so you can walk through the steps as a refresher and then contact customer support with any specific questions. They truly give you the tools to make it easy.
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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.
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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
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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

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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We use SAP HR and Payroll because in our company it is the corporate mandate. However, based on our regional/business unit requirements and strategic plans other system would provide a better fit. However, just like in many large global corporations these type of decisions are made at the corporate level, many times giving priority to technology standardization instead of business priorities.
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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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  • SAP HR is suited for large companies with a sufficient budget. Small budgets will not be able to cover the expensive licensing, technical personnel and consultants required of an SAP installation.
  • In regards to the total cost of ownership, my ROI experience has been that by replacing SAP HR modules with cloud solutions we have been able to reduce the cost up to 60% while modernizing our systems and improving the employee experience.
  • I would encourage decision makers to look for cloud-based alternatives with a robust system integration, before believing that supporting every area of HR with a single SAP installation is a good long-term strategy. Having SAP HR as the core integrated to best-in-class cloud-based systems is a very valid and effective system strategy.
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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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SAP Core HR and Payroll

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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SAP Core HR and Payroll More Information