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Ascentis HR

175 Ratings

Ascentis HR

175 Ratings
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Score 6.6 out of 101

Viventium Software

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Score 9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis HR

I would recommend the HR system over the Payroll system 10x over. The payroll system has many more glitches and workarounds; however, if you are like our organization you want an integrated product. If you are a smaller organization and have the time to reverify the report information, I would recommend the HR piece. The ESS system is a strong positive for us!
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Viventium Software

Love Viventium, can't say enough positive things about our experience. Of course, this is really in comparison to our old vendor. It was easy to implement, has been easy to maintain on a daily basis. There is some functionality that I think could be changed, however, it is minor. Processing payroll, which was our one main pain in the past has become very easy to do, errors are non-existent. While our main payroll person was out, the substitute didn't submit payroll, the error wasn't noticed until 9 am on the day of payroll. The Viventium customer service staff saw to it that everyone was paid that day by 5 pm. Win! Functionality moving around in Viventium has been great, it is easy to move from one employee to the next, or even one screen type between employees. Customization is easy and wonderful.I would say that Viventium is great for a company that wants hands-on customer service in the implementation process. Budget wise, paying per employee per month was a much better pricing model for us, it has saved me in the long run. I am able to run extra checks in the year without having to worry about the expense.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

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

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis HR
7.5
Viventium Software
Approval workflow
Ascentis HR
7.5
Viventium Software
Balance details
Ascentis HR
7.3
Viventium Software
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis HR
7.5
Viventium Software

Employee Self Service

Ascentis HR
7.6
Viventium Software
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis HR
8.0
Viventium Software
Update personal information
Ascentis HR
8.4
Viventium Software
View company policy documentation
Ascentis HR
7.4
Viventium Software
Employee recognition
Ascentis HR
7.0
Viventium Software
View job history
Ascentis HR
7.3
Viventium Software

Asset Management

Ascentis HR
7.0
Viventium Software
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis HR
7.0
Viventium Software

HR Reporting

Ascentis HR
6.2
Viventium Software
Report builder
Ascentis HR
6.7
Viventium Software
Pre-built reports
Ascentis HR
6.4
Viventium Software
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis HR
5.5
Viventium Software

Onboarding

Ascentis HR
6.6
Viventium Software
New hire portal
Ascentis HR
6.9
Viventium Software
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis HR
6.3
Viventium Software

Performance and Goals

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

Performance Management

Ascentis HR
6.0
Viventium Software
Performance plans
Ascentis HR
6.0
Viventium Software
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis HR
5.9
Viventium Software
Review status tracking
Ascentis HR
6.3
Viventium Software
Review reminders
Ascentis HR
6.1
Viventium Software
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis HR
5.5
Viventium Software

Succession Planning

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

Recruiting / ATS

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

Pros

  • The ESS system is great to have for our employees. This takes a lot of time off of HR and provides a pretty seamless experience for my employees when making changes to their address, benefits, viewing their paystub, W2 etc.
  • The new look and feel of the user TimeKeeper interface were much needed. Our system integrates with RFID card readers, which our employees love!
  • Originally we had several issues with our EDI feeds, and their team was willing to step in and help set up new feeds with as many vendors as possible. Although, this should have been working when originally set up when brought to the account managers attention (A. Lisecki - who is amazing) we got on the phone with all parties to find a resolution.
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  • User-friendly, easy to navigate around the system. Employees love it.
  • Payroll is very fast and quick, logical steps.
  • Customer support is great.
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Cons

  • The Time module could improve greatly. That is the one area that frustrates me the most. The system lags horribly on busy days . They could also add some more customizable features such as the abiliy to manipulate shift differentials/shift rules a bit more to the customer's liking.
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  • More items that employees can change (address/withholding)
  • HR having the ability to cancel leave (vacation/PTO/sick) instead of just the manager
  • Ability to show when deductions dropped/started
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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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Viventium Software9.0
Based on 1 answer
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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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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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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

The employee self-service is the key strength to Ascentis - staff like it - and use it. The employee manager is also strong - and the setup just works once it is done.
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We used Paylocity previously to Viventium. I would say hands down, Paylocity has better functionality and more power. What they are lacking is customer service and accuracy. When it comes to payroll, those are the two things that are critical. Viventium has the backing of a long history of a payroll company, it all depends on what you are looking for. An HRIS, or a payroll company. I wanted a mix of both. I also wanted to move away from the per transaction pricing structure, with Paylocity, we were charged for every little thing. It got to be a hunt for the over charges
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Return on Investment

  • By consolidating recruiting, onboarding, and HR functions to one system we have been able to save money and time.
  • One of our business objectives is to concentrate on being on the leading edge of technology. Ascentis does this.
  • Ascentis has allowed us to avoid hiring one more person for HR.
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  • Dropped payroll budget
  • Saves time in payroll processing
  • Reporting is easy/quick better functionality
  • Employees love it
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Pricing Details

Ascentis HR

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

Viventium Software

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details