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Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis

In working with Ascentis in payroll, the program makes my job so much easier. I am new to this position and the learning process has been so much easier with this product than those in the past. I appreciate the patience I am given when I call in for assistance as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

If you value integration over cost, Bamboo is clearly the way to go. It offers tight integration to the rest of the Atlassian suite, and when you need traceability from issue to build, Atlassian is the right way to go. However, if you find yourself needing to save on costs, you may consider taking an approach of rolling your own build system with open source alternatives, such as Jenkins, if you don't [mind] putting in a little extra elbow grease.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.5
Bamboo
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.0
Bamboo
Employment history
Ascentis
7.9
Bamboo
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.7
Bamboo
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
7.3
Bamboo
Organizational charting
Ascentis
6.5
Bamboo
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.6
Bamboo
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
7.7
Bamboo

Payroll Management

Ascentis
8.3
Bamboo
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.5
Bamboo
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.7
Bamboo
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Ascentis
8.3
Bamboo
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
7.7
Bamboo
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
9.0
Bamboo
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
8.1
Bamboo
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
8.4
Bamboo

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
8.0
Bamboo
Approval workflow
Ascentis
8.4
Bamboo
Balance details
Ascentis
7.9
Bamboo
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
Bamboo

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
8.2
Bamboo
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.2
Bamboo
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.6
Bamboo
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.7
Bamboo
Employee recognition
Ascentis
7.7
Bamboo
View job history
Ascentis
8.6
Bamboo

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Bamboo
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Bamboo

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.6
Bamboo
Report builder
Ascentis
6.2
Bamboo
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
7.0
Bamboo
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
6.4
Bamboo

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
Bamboo
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
Bamboo
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
Bamboo

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
7.1
Bamboo
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.6
Bamboo
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
7.4
Bamboo
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
7.3
Bamboo
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.9
Bamboo

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.6
Bamboo
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.6
Bamboo
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.7
Bamboo
Review status tracking
Ascentis
7.1
Bamboo
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.9
Bamboo
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.7
Bamboo

Succession Planning

Ascentis
6.3
Bamboo
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
6.3
Bamboo
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
6.5
Bamboo
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.1
Bamboo
Candidate development
Ascentis
6.4
Bamboo

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.6
Bamboo
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.0
Bamboo
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.0
Bamboo
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.9
Bamboo
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.6
Bamboo
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.7
Bamboo
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
6.5
Bamboo
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
5.8
Bamboo

Pros

Ascentis

  • Easy to use software. I have had several new HR employees comment on how easy the system is to learn!
  • Problem Solving- Ascentis is always problem solving! When we were in the process of selecting a new payroll company, we needed unemployment claims management assistance for our locations, something Ascentis did not currently offer. The sales rep went out of his way to find a unemployment claims management company that would work with Ascentis and us. That company has helped us keep an 80% win rate for our claims!
  • User conference- Engage is an awesome way to learn more about the products Ascentis has available as well and meet up with the staff you work with every day!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

  • Levels of granularity. Organization has many projects that have many build plans that have many jobs that have many tasks, etc. And branch builds allow source control branches to be built separately.
  • Versatility. I can use bamboo to manage my Java, node, or .NET build plans. I can use it to spin up Windows or Linux build agents, or install it on a Mac to build there as well.
  • Bamboo integrates with other Atlassian products like Bitbucket, Stash, JIRA, etc. If a company commits to the entire Atlassian stack then work can be tracked through the whole development lifecycle which is really useful.
Erik Bean | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Ascentis

  • Updating the system so it is one platform and not two.
  • Create changes to the benefit enrollment process and upgrade the system so hire dates do not need to be changed to trigger benefits for status changes.
  • Focus updates on HR Admin, mobile application, ATS and transitioning to one platform. Larger areas of focus have been on the payroll portion of the system with a few updates to other areas.
  • When something is broken, quicker turn time on fixing the issue.
  • System needs updates to support AAP reporting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

  • Extremely hard barrier to entry for non-backend developers
  • Blackbox makes it hard to customize functionality
  • The inability to add features without breaking core functionality
  • No cloud solution
  • Tasks cannot be put in if/else statements
  • No clear right way to form build plans
Jonathan Kempf, UXC | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.3
Based on 13 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.
Kelly C. Neill, SPHR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.5
Based on 45 answers
I'd give it a 7.5. If the modules were easier to access and not so buried (or placed in left field to find), I would give it a higher rating. As I said, as the potential to be great if ACCESS to other modules was easier.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

Bamboo 6.5
Based on 2 answers
Bamboo was fairly easy to navigate but in the end it always felt as if it was developed as a bolt-on and not a true group up user interface. There were multiple ways to get to everything and the path was never the same. So it was difficult for users to really get a feel of how to use the application.
Kyle Kochtan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.3
Based on 5 answers
They normally give you notice when an update will affect the use of the system. Otherwise, when we have an error , we send a message to the support team. Sometimes someone will get right back with you and sometimes it takes a while.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.7
Based on 4 answers
Yes, this pages do load pretty good but there are times when things are slow and I believe that's because they are sometimes trying to do updates.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 157 answers
Support is attentive and quick to answer the call and get the answer for you. If they for any reason cannot answer right then, they are back to you within a day and always seem to have a sense of urgency. You truly get the impression that they are aiming to make you happy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

Bamboo 7.8
Based on 14 answers
Atlassian support is also great for all its offerings including Bamboo. However, we feel that Bamboo does not get as much love as some of their more popular offerings such as Jira and Confluence, and it sometimes takes a bit longer for issues and feature requests to get addressed in comparison.
Patrick Li | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
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.
Jennifer Steffens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 4 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.
Jennifer Steffens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 6 answers
It was very easy to implement, but the customization pieces should really be fleshed out in order to determine the full need of an organization at the time of implementation. I believe if a little more time was spent on the requirements, the recruiting module would not have to be customized again at a cost at a later date.
Mary Meadows | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Ascentis

Ascentis has far better customer service and the implementation experience was also better. The ability to do a lot of customization is also easier with Ascentis as it's smaller organization. The payroll has positive and negatives compared to ADP but the accuracy is the same in both. Ascentis just started their community site which doesn't have a lot of traffic but hopefully can become more like ADP's community site, which was extremely helpful to me as an administrator.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

Bamboo's ability to integrate with Bitbucket and Jira (the other two key systems we use) pretty much sealed the deal on our decision to choose Bamboo over other alternatives. Being able to map every build result back to the relevant code changes and Jira issues are just too valuable for us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.0
Based on 4 answers
Large acquisition would be very complicated, seems more appropriate for companies under 100
Christina Miyamoto, PHR® | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Ascentis

  • HR DPT. is much more effective, as we can assess any employee information no matter where we are, etc. This helps to provide information immediately when requested!
  • Employees have access to Ascentis, and therefore to their timecard, open enrollment, etc., from anywhere at any time!
  • Time, PTO requests, employee goals, and evaluations can be approved from anywhere at any time!
  • Recruiting can be accessed any where at any time, and this helps with hiring, internal communication, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

  • It helped us achieve the Continuous Deployment and Continuous Integration goals for our applications, a huge milestone that saved a lot of time for developers in making the builds and deployments and saved time for QA in running the automated tests.
  • Helped with DevOps: we moved the formal approval from the email to the system and allowed the approver to actually push the button for the production deployments.
  • Biggest positive impact of using Bamboo is that it improved our response time to customers and increased the frequency of our deliveries to them.
Cristian Bodnarasec | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Ascentis

General

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

Bamboo

General

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

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