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Ascentis HR

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Score 6.6 out of 101
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Score 6.8 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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Kronos Workforce Central

We use Kronos Workforce Central only for it's timekeeping and scheduling/forecasting capabilities. It absolutely meets our needs for these areas. The reporting functionality also serves us well; exporting reports in excel covers the needs for most teams that use the system. Finally, business leaders and local HR crews are able to run reports on the teams they support.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

Ascentis HR
7.3
Kronos Workforce Central
Pay calculation
Ascentis HR
7.8
Kronos Workforce Central
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis HR
7.2
Kronos Workforce Central
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis HR
7.2
Kronos Workforce Central
Direct deposit files
Ascentis HR
8.1
Kronos Workforce Central
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis HR
7.5
Kronos Workforce Central
Reimbursement management
Ascentis HR
6.2
Kronos Workforce Central

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis HR
7.5
Kronos Workforce Central
Approval workflow
Ascentis HR
7.5
Kronos Workforce Central
Balance details
Ascentis HR
7.3
Kronos Workforce Central
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis HR
7.5
Kronos Workforce Central

Employee Self Service

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

Asset Management

Ascentis HR
7.0
Kronos Workforce Central
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis HR
7.0
Kronos Workforce Central

HR Reporting

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

Onboarding

Ascentis HR
6.6
Kronos Workforce Central
New hire portal
Ascentis HR
6.9
Kronos Workforce Central
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis HR
6.2
Kronos Workforce Central

Performance and Goals

Ascentis HR
6.1
Kronos Workforce Central
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis HR
6.2
Kronos Workforce Central
Individual goal setting
Ascentis HR
6.3
Kronos Workforce Central
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis HR
5.9
Kronos Workforce Central
Performance tracking
Ascentis HR
6.0
Kronos Workforce Central

Performance Management

Ascentis HR
5.9
Kronos Workforce Central
Performance plans
Ascentis HR
6.0
Kronos Workforce Central
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis HR
5.9
Kronos Workforce Central
Review status tracking
Ascentis HR
6.3
Kronos Workforce Central
Review reminders
Ascentis HR
6.1
Kronos Workforce Central
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis HR
5.4
Kronos Workforce Central

Succession Planning

Ascentis HR
5.3
Kronos Workforce Central
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis HR
5.1
Kronos Workforce Central
Candidate ranking
Ascentis HR
5.5
Kronos Workforce Central
Candidate search
Ascentis HR
5.5
Kronos Workforce Central
Candidate development
Ascentis HR
5.2
Kronos Workforce Central

Recruiting / ATS

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

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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  • Communication with the Kronos Project Manager - there has never been an occasion when the Project Manager has not made themselves available to get on a call or resolve issues.
  • Managing Resources - On many occasions multiple projects were overlapping one another and the Kronos Team was excellent in organizing their time to meet various due dates.
  • Resolving issue - Being able to resolve application and database concerns are critical when working on a project and on several occasions we've met to define, research and resolve issues.
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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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  • Now that I work at a smaller company I do not see having such an elaborate system for time keeping, but with a group at 100 plus, it has great function in the day to day operations.
  • I really do not have much to complain about the usefulness of KRONOS
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Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis HR5.3
Based on 8 answers
If I were given the opportunity to select a new system, Ascentis would definitely be a strong contender. It links together the functions much more seamlessly than other systems I have used. By far the best part though is the customer support after implementation, this is where many companies fail. It was very appreciated that even after every module went live the service level was still high.
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Kronos Workforce Central5.0
Based on 11 answers
We have chosen to fully embrace Kronos as our primary system of TLM and Employee management --
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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
They are always right on with helping!
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Kronos Workforce Central9.4
Based on 2 answers
Having no experience with Kronos prior to using it in March 2016, their customer service team taught me how to use it the right way after my initial training at work. I am well-versed in data analysis using Excel and Access primarily, so once I discovered that Kronos had a reporting feature built in, I've used the feature quite a few times to help our properties evaluate their production costs and make good labor decisions. I give Kronos a 10 because once a person takes the time to learn how to use the software, they'll realize that Kronos is far more effective than most, and gives users more ways to access their information where and when they want to.
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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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Kronos Workforce Central8.0
Based on 1 answer
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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

Ascentis was already in place when I joined the company 9 months ago.
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I have not been involved in the product selection process.
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Return on Investment

  • We are still working on the ROI calculation as it hasn't been a year yet
  • The initial investment will show a negative ROI, but it's believed that once they system is fully implemented and the staff is over the learning curve the ROI will be seen.
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  • Kronos works well. We have had some trouble with JBoss and Apache Access on the server growing so large that they cause the app to become sluggish or appear to freeze. Support has been responsive and is working to assist us. Preventing employee theft of time and restricting overtime has helped offset the cost of the program.
  • Punch documentation has proven very valuable.
  • It would be nice to have another source for time clock devices that would encourage competitive pricing.
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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

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Kronos Workforce Central

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details
Contact sales for pricing information at 1 (800)-225-1561.

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