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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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UltiPro

We have found that UltiPro is good for our international needs but less appropriate for robust budgeting/position management needs.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.4
Employee demographic data
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.9
Employment history
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.5
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.6
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.3
Organizational charting
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
7.8
Organization and location management
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.3
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.4

Payroll Management

Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.6
Pay calculation
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.9
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.4
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.6
Direct deposit files
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
9.2
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.8
Reimbursement management
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
7.8

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.2
Approval workflow
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.5
Balance details
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.0
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.2

Employee Self Service

Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
9.0
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
9.2
Update personal information
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
9.4
View company policy documentation
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.9
Employee recognition
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.3
View job history
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
9.0

Asset Management

Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.0
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.0

HR Reporting

Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.3
Report builder
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.8
Pre-built reports
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.3
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
7.9

Onboarding

Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.5
New hire portal
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.7
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.4

Performance and Goals

Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.3
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.2
Individual goal setting
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.6
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.0
Performance tracking
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.6

Performance Management

Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.2
Performance plans
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.2
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.1
Review status tracking
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.0
Review reminders
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.1
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.5

Succession Planning

Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
7.9
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
7.8
Candidate ranking
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
7.9
Candidate search
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.2
Candidate development
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
7.7

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.3
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.1
Company Website Posting
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.7
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.0
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.2
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.2
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.5
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis Payroll
UltiPro
8.2

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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  • Employee Self-Service - This is a strength because it is easy to use and allows the user to manage their personal information.
  • Business Intelligence Reporting - The IBM Cognos solution used is robust and flexible and is easy for someone with BI experience to create and manage custom reports.
  • Adding a new hire to the system - This process is simple and easy and value rules can be used to make this even simpler.
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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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  • UTM PTO Balances - These are inaccurate when you are processing timesheets in arrears and the balance brought back in from Core HR/Payroll is inconsistent with what is in UTM.
  • GL Actual Accrual Reporting - It was suggested to move to bi-weekly payroll but then there is no way to report on the actual accrual on a monthly basis. I have heard a report is in development but is not available yet.
  • Mobile App - The mobile app works great for what is working but it has taken a long time to get timesheets incorporated and is still not ready yet so we have not rolled it out to the organization. When this comes, we will have to test thoroughly.
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Likelihood to Renew

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UltiPro9.3
Based on 164 answers
We are overall happy with UltiPro and it works well for our organization and we have plans to expand our usage of it even more so we will definitely be continuing with the product. We are thinking of adding the functionality for training and recruiting as well, which is an add-on product
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Usability

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UltiPro8.5
Based on 89 answers
Ultipro is by far the very best HCM solution that I've used, and I don't mind acting as a point of contact to anyone that might be interested in hearing from an actual user about my experiences with the suite. Ultipro can pretty much handle anything that you throw at it, while ensuring that what you throw at it is compliant with federal and state regulations. It really is quite simple to use and only gets easier to use the more you use it obviously. I would encourage anyone that is having issues with the suite to partner with their customer success manager to tackle anything that is at any point problematic.
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Reliability and Availability

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UltiPro8.9
Based on 57 answers
Our up time has been 100% in the 2 and half years as I recall. We have had between 5 to 10 situations where Ultimate proactively advised us that there were global system issues and provide us with updates status until the issue has been resolved. I do not recall any internal incidents from our employees about an inability to access the system of UltiPro
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Performance

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UltiPro9.3
Based on 52 answers
UltiPro rarely has a connectivity issue. If so, you immediately are notified via email and it is fixed very quickly. The pages load very fast and there is very little down time or lag time. The reports are amazing! Each and every field is reportable. Simply drag and drop the field into a preview window and you can instantly see a sample of the report you are creating. Even complex reports complete almost instantly
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Support

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UltiPro8.0
Based on 211 answers
Tickets are easy to put in. I've always gotten a call regarding my ticket and Ultipro has helped to resolve any problems pretty quickly. There is a lot of training available as well.
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In-Person Training

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UltiPro9.9
Based on 68 answers
Nov 2018 Update: In-person training is a must-do for anyone wanting to get more familiar with Ultipro. Going to a live class is ideal because it allows one to network with peers in or not in your field, but more importantly you can spend time with an Ultipro expert (instructor) that has that added inside edge (knowledge) that makes one want to learn just a bit more to be at the same level as the instructor.

April 2016: I've been to more than five in-person training sessions and each and every time the instruction has been superb. I had never used UltiPro prior to March 2016, but their Intro classes were so well-designed and at a reasonable pace that I was quickly able to learn the platform and even fall in love with the ease of use. Once the in-person training is complete, Ulti even has a rewards program of sorts where the classes you take rewards you with points that you can trade in for novelty items or additional specialized training and gift cards. Pretty cool!
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Online Training

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UltiPro9.3
Based on 158 answers
Training is good and provides what it states it will. If you are a more advanced user, it is sometimes hard to find training that will meet your needs.
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Implementation

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UltiPro8.6
Based on 69 answers
The team we worked with during our UltiPro implementation was the best! They always were available to help and give us a better understanding of how the system works. The biggest key for me was understanding the business rules and how changes impacted various parts of data fields. I thought this was the best knowledge transfer provided for us to use UltiPro on our own in the future
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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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We looked at a number of products including ADP Workforce Now and none of the products seemed to even come near to UltiPro's capabilities.
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Scalability

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UltiPro8.8
Based on 77 answers
We have been able to continue to grow and add on to UltiPro.
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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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  • ne stop data record management that is unified
  • simplified reporting, data in the hands of HR and the user
  • improved HR and payroll efficiency
  • complete support from Ultimate
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Pricing Details

Ascentis Payroll

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

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
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