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Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis Payroll

Ascentis Payroll is well suited for small companies where there is minimal audit/review that needs to happen. The system is something that has to be audited regularly. Also may be a good solution for an organization that has a well versed Payroll MANAGER, versus a Payroll Administrator that may require some guidance.
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QuickBooks is well suited for any business where invoices, bills, and payments are used. Especially where customers have time to pay, it helps keep track of who is paying and how timely they are paying. I would guess it might be cumbersome to use if the customer base was over 500, but maybe with several users that would work.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.3
Pay calculation
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.5
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
5.8
Direct deposit files
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.0
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
6.7
Reimbursement management
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.4

Customization

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
6.9
API for custom integration
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.0
Plug-ins
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
6.9

Security

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.5
Single sign-on capability
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.2
Role-based user permissions
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.9

Reporting & Analytics

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.3
Dashboards
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.1
Standard reports
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.9
Custom reports
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.9

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.0
Accounts payable
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.6
Accounts receivable
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.5
Cash management
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.1
Bank reconciliation
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.8
Expense management
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.2
Time tracking
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.5
Fixed asset management
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.6
Multi-currency support
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.5
Multi-division support
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.5
Regulations compliance
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.8
Electronic tax filing
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.0
Self-service portal
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.3
Global Financial Support
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.4
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.8
Intercompany Accounting
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.3
Localizations
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.6
Journals and Reconciliations
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.5
Enterprise Accounting
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.2
Configurable Accounting
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.5
Centralized Rules Framework
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
6.9
Standardized Processes
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.3

Inventory Management

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
6.1
Inventory tracking
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
6.8
Automatic reordering
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
5.5
Location management
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
6.0
Manufacturing module
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
6.0

Order Management

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.6
Pricing
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
6.9
Order entry
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.2
Credit card processing
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.7
Cost of goods sold
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.3
Order Orchestration
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.6
End-to-end order visibility
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.7
Order exception Resolution
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
6.4

Accounting Firm BPO Features

Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.5
Branded client dashboards
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
6.7
Client data roll-up capabilities
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.0
Client data consolidation for benchmarking
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.0
Configurable alerts
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.2
Billing bypass
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.5
Client template cloning
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.0
Single sign-on
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
9.0
Configurable client onboarding questions
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
8.0
Cross-client workflow management
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.0
Industry-specific versioning
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
6.4
Legacy system data migration
Ascentis Payroll
QuickBooks Pro
7.0

Pros

  • Creating Manual Checks: this system is very easy to create a manual check on an emergency/as needed basis.
  • Canned reports: good selection to choose from
  • Easy to load reports from timekeeper to ensure accurate processing
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  • Inventory Control - we are able to easily control what inventory comes in and goes out through our use of this feature.
  • Invoicing - we are able to easily invoice clients without the hassle of hand written (and sometimes illegible) invoices. Printing, emailing and saving invoices to a PDF make getting the invoices out seamless and allows cash flow to continue uninterrupted.
  • Billing - we use this feature in an unconventional way that allows us to see what we are paying out for services rendered by contract employees. Again super easy and seamless processing of outgoing funds.
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Cons

  • Custom reports: not user friendly or intuitive and have to call support every time and they are not the most trained to be able to assist
  • Taxes: A lot of back and forth with the Tax team and they make the ownership on the employer without providing much support
  • Not all items flow from Ascentis HR to Ascentis Payroll so there are many duplicate manual additions to record.
  • All updates have to be entered into HR before it flows to Payroll system. If update made in Payroll system, it will not flow over to HR system.
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  • The accountants export file has to be in the same year and version. This leads to extra work to match them up.
  • The ability of clients to go into a closed year and make changes to invoices causes problems.
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Likelihood to Renew

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QuickBooks Pro10.0
Based on 17 answers
We've used the program for more than 20 years in our firm both with clients and as our software. For the cost and value of the program it works well for our firms needs and desires for an accounting software program. At this point to switch would not make sense.
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Usability

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QuickBooks Pro9.0
Based on 8 answers
It does the job. Mistakes can be corrected and it provides overall the information needed to complete financial statements or tax returns.
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Reliability and Availability

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QuickBooks Pro8.3
Based on 2 answers
I haven't experienced a time when QuickBooks Pro was unavailable when I needed it in the entire 20 years of using the software
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Support

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QuickBooks Pro8.0
Based on 7 answers
I haven't had any major issues or complaints. I think there is always room for improvement; the software isn't flawless, but it has been super helpful in creating manageable financials for our start-up business. When I have needed support help, which hasn't been real often, usually the problem is resolvable. I have occasionally had to pay extra fees for help, but nothing unreasonable.
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In-Person Training

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QuickBooks Pro10.0
Based on 1 answer
Best thing I ever did was to attend a two day training seminar on QuickBooks, I learned an immense amount in a short time with hands on training by experts. I strongly recommend such training for anyone using any part of the software. It will pay for itself in the first month.
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Implementation

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QuickBooks Pro9.0
Based on 6 answers
We implemented the software ourselves. The training we received on the software was done by taking a community course teaching us how to use QuickBooks. It allowed me to get started with some basics of how to use the program and have not needed much assistance since completing the course work.
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Alternatives Considered

Paychex worked a lot easier and their representatives knew the system in and out. Any issues were easily resolved and if a solution required time, they would always find a way to help the customer versus having the customer try to figure out what a solution is. This can be rather frustrating when you are an administrator and are not the subject matter expert
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Ultimately, QuickBooks Pro was better suited for how we internally run our operations. AccountEdge Pro seemed to have more bells and whistles we wouldn't need to use.
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Rating for Public Practice CPAs

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QuickBooks Pro8.5
Based on 22 answers
I set it up for my clients as part of my service to them
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Return on Investment

  • Positive: One seamless solution that pulls in time and attendance for quick processing
  • Negative: Multiple audit of system and information processed through
  • Negative: taxes-- must have knowledge of payroll taxes, their "experts" are not always helpful
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  • QuickBooks eliminated the problem of me missing incidental project costs when it came for invoicing.
  • As a sole proprietor, taking the time to properly set up tax lines early on has saved large amounts of reporting time during tax preparation.
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Pricing Details

Ascentis Payroll

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

QuickBooks Pro

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