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Score 7.5 out of 100
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Score 7.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis

While the Recruiting module itself is difficult to get it the way we need, moving applicants into HR has saved us tons of time since it is fully integrated. Everything works well together and the support services teams for all modules are outstanding. Within Recruiting, there are no integrated Reference check capabilities, so it has to be done manually outside the system. With the volume of seasonal hiring we do, we simply don't have the time to do this effectively. If there was a way to run reference checks and have them flow back to the employee record in the form of an attachment for their file, it would be awesome!
Gail Bettcher | 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
6.9
Bamboo
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
7.8
Bamboo
Employment history
Ascentis
7.5
Bamboo
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
6.8
Bamboo
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
6.2
Bamboo
Organizational charting
Ascentis
6.2
Bamboo
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.4
Bamboo
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
6.6
Bamboo

Payroll Management

Ascentis
7.8
Bamboo
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.6
Bamboo
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.9
Bamboo
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
6.6
Bamboo
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
9.0
Bamboo
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
7.2
Bamboo
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
7.2
Bamboo

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
7.8
Bamboo
Approval workflow
Ascentis
7.5
Bamboo
Balance details
Ascentis
7.9
Bamboo
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
8.0
Bamboo

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
7.3
Bamboo
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
7.4
Bamboo
Update personal information
Ascentis
7.8
Bamboo
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.4
Bamboo
Employee recognition
Ascentis
6.8
Bamboo
View job history
Ascentis
7.1
Bamboo

Asset Management

Ascentis
2.7
Bamboo
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
2.7
Bamboo

HR Reporting

Ascentis
5.9
Bamboo
Report builder
Ascentis
5.9
Bamboo
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
6.1
Bamboo
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
5.8
Bamboo

Onboarding

Ascentis
7.1
Bamboo
New hire portal
Ascentis
7.5
Bamboo
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.8
Bamboo

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
6.9
Bamboo
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.6
Bamboo
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
6.7
Bamboo
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
7.1
Bamboo
Performance tracking
Ascentis
7.1
Bamboo

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.1
Bamboo
Performance plans
Ascentis
5.9
Bamboo
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.6
Bamboo
Review status tracking
Ascentis
6.7
Bamboo
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.0
Bamboo
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.5
Bamboo

Succession Planning

Ascentis
5.4
Bamboo
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
5.1
Bamboo
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
5.2
Bamboo
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.3
Bamboo
Candidate development
Ascentis
5.1
Bamboo

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.9
Bamboo
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.7
Bamboo
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
8.0
Bamboo
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
7.1
Bamboo
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.6
Bamboo
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
5.0
Bamboo
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
7.2
Bamboo
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
6.5
Bamboo

Pros

Ascentis

  • The scheduling function provides a good platform that allows employees to see what their schedule is. If multiple departments have need of their time, they can look and see availability. If none, they can negotiate with the employee's direct report to get them in. We use it to coordinate both work hours and training hours.
  • It can be programmed to notify if someone clocks in/out early/late and awards points accordingly. Our frontline staff have a work requirement for in/out timeliness. It lets Managers know when and where to intervene with HR to bring this performance focus back into line.
  • If there are log-in/out errors, Supervisors can easily make corrections. This is important when there are issues that might affect an employee's points.
Drew Bishop | 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

  • NovaTime is the biggest hiccup that we've consistently encountered with Ascentis. We've encountered some of the same issues time and time again throughout our cooperative and I've opened numerous tickets and I've yet to feel like those issues have been resolved. Generally, the program will work, however, when it doesn't it creates frustration with the employee group.
  • I've noticed that when NovaTime has gone down an email has now been sent out notifying the administrators. This is a positive step!
  • I'm wondering if HR and payroll, can, at some point, be one of the same program. I know that with the most recent web updates it sounds like it's moving to one complete system so you don't have to go to two different spots to seek information. If that information was in one spot that would be helpful.
Megan Hoffmann | 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 6.6
Based on 9 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 7.0
Based on 8 answers
Overall, it is fairly usable for the average user as long as he/she is at a computer, laptop or a larger tablet and has the ability to view the employee self-service webpage on an internet browser. Because it does not have an app or other mobile interfaces right now, it makes it difficult for it to be useful for most of our employee population who utilize their phones to access the internet. As for the HR professional who would be also working on this interface, it is somewhat easy as about two-thirds of the screens are fairly user-friendly and easy to navigate. Nevertheless, it still leaves about one-third of them that are not as user-friendly and would require more technical knowledge to figure out how to best use them.
Jennifer Steffens | 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

Support Rating

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.8
Based on 106 answers
During a transition, we had an issue where there was no one in the company who had the SQL database password, which was needed in order to pull over historical data. Ascentis technology team worked tirelessly and were able to get into the database and make a smooth transition of the data.
Dawn Haag-Hatterer, JD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

Bamboo 7.7
Based on 7 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 6.0
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.
Jennifer Steffens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Bamboo

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.0
Based on 4 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

1. Customer Service - listens to clients (per our due diligence during evaluation phase and own experience thereafter)2. System ability to interface with in-house systems. (Other vendors evaluated could not guarantee success.)3. Report Writing - prewritten + ad hoc. User-friendly. Payroll staff could write. Freeing up IT resource time. (+ Payroll more self-sufficient)4. Import/Export Capabilities. (Not all systems are equal)5. Garnishment / Third Party Check module. (Had vision from prior in-house system, this was the only vendor that had what we wanted in this area.)6. Employee satisfaction with increased payroll department efficiency and Ascentis Employee Self-Service.
Dottie Abston, CPP | 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

Return on Investment

Ascentis

  • By far, fewer errors in capturing information or giving information
  • Easily see what benefits an employee has enrolled or declined and historical information
  • Easily see what compensation an employee has had historical, or where their compensation is at currently
  • Easily see what positions an employee has had within the company for how long, and why they were transferred
Catherine Peterson | 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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