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Score 9.4 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

Calamari

The very user-friendly interface encourages our team members to use Calamari regularly. The tool is also very simple to use so all in-house communication is strengthened because of that. The Success team writes back within minutes and helps with literally everything so the communication between us/our team and Calamari is great.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

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

Leave and Attendance Management

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

Employee Self Service

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

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Calamari
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Calamari

HR Reporting

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

Onboarding

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

Performance and Goals

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

Performance Management

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

Succession Planning

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

Recruiting / ATS

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

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

Calamari

  • Feature rich.
  • Cheap.
  • Professional and helpful support team.
  • Beautiful and clear UI.
Anonymous | 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

Calamari

  • Lack of a mobile app.
  • A little tricky at first to use.
  • Need HR-friendly features to add.
Anonymous | 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

Calamari

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

Calamari

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Calamari

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

Calamari

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

Calamari

Calamari 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Working with my rep is so easy and has been the selling point on this platform. I like that I don't have to think about it much, love the Slack integrations for my team and how easy it was to transition from our old process into Calamari. It's simple, clear, and for a small team, it has everything I need. The customer support team has always responded promptly when I need anything, and we were even able to extend our trial period in the beginning and converted to a paying customer shortly after.
Anonymous | 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

Calamari

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

Calamari

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

Calamari

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

Calamari

Our HR department used Excel and paper request forms for our vacation management, and tracking working hours didn't exist. We were only obliged to sign a list when we were entering the office. Calamari is a huge improvement in every aspect of time tracking and vacation management for your company. We're loving it!
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

Calamari

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

Calamari

  • Our vacations are accepted by team leaders and the hr department, so it's super easy to plan projects.
  • Clocking in/out helps everyone with punctuality.
  • It's easier to manage overtime hours.
Anonymous | 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

Ascentis Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Calamari

General

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

Calamari Editions & Modules

Edition
Leave MgmtStarting at 101
Clock In/Clock OutStarting at 201
Leave Mgmt + Clock In/Clock OutStarting at 301
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
Calamari
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
Calamari

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
Calamari

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
Calamari

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
Calamari

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Calamari
10.0

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Calamari

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
Calamari

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Calamari

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
Calamari

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