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Score 7.8 out of 100
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Score 6.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • CATS Applicant Tracking System ranks higher in 1 feature set: Recruiting / ATS

Human Resource Management

7.5

Ascentis (discontinued)

75%

CATS ATS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 7/7 features

Employee demographic data

7.6
76%
137 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Employment history

7.8
78%
140 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Job profiles and administration

7.6
76%
128 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.

7.4
74%
126 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Organizational charting

6.3
63%
90 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Organization and location management

7.9
79%
109 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

7.8
78%
102 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Payroll Management

8.3

Ascentis (discontinued)

83%

CATS ATS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 7/7 features

Pay calculation

8.3
83%
115 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Support for external payroll vendors

7.2
72%
62 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

8.2
82%
28 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

7.7
77%
108 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Direct deposit files

9.2
92%
100 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

8.5
85%
92 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Reimbursement management

8.8
88%
51 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Leave and Attendance Management

8.1

Ascentis (discontinued)

81%

CATS ATS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 3/3 features

Approval workflow

8.5
85%
99 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Balance details

7.8
78%
99 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Annual carry-forward and encashment

8.0
80%
84 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Employee Self Service

7.9

Ascentis (discontinued)

79%

CATS ATS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 5/5 features

View and generate pay and benefit information

8.2
82%
138 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Update personal information

8.8
88%
151 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

View company policy documentation

6.9
69%
110 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Employee recognition

7.1
71%
61 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

View job history

8.5
85%
108 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Asset Management

6.0

Ascentis (discontinued)

60%

CATS ATS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 1/1 features

Tracking of all physical assets

6.0
60%
33 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

HR Reporting

6.6

Ascentis (discontinued)

66%

CATS ATS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 3/3 features

Report builder

6.5
65%
144 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Pre-built reports

7.3
73%
142 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Ability to combine HR data with external data

6.0
60%
73 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Onboarding

6.3

Ascentis (discontinued)

63%

CATS ATS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 2/2 features

New hire portal

6.5
65%
98 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Manager tracking tools

6.1
61%
76 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance and Goals

7.0

Ascentis (discontinued)

70%

CATS ATS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 4/4 features

Corporate goal setting

6.5
65%
43 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Individual goal setting

7.5
75%
53 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Line-of sight-visibility

7.1
71%
38 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance tracking

7.0
70%
50 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance Management

6.4

Ascentis (discontinued)

64%

CATS ATS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 5/5 features

Performance plans

6.2
62%
59 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance improvement plans

6.3
63%
50 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Review status tracking

6.7
67%
57 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Review reminders

7.0
70%
55 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Multiple review frequency

5.9
59%
50 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Succession Planning

6.0

Ascentis (discontinued)

60%

CATS ATS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 4/4 features

Create succession plans/pools

6.4
64%
21 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Candidate ranking

6.4
64%
21 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Candidate search

5.4
54%
27 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Candidate development

6.0
60%
23 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Recruiting / ATS

6.4

Ascentis (discontinued)

64%
8.1

CATS ATS

81%
CATS Applicant Tracking System ranks higher in 14/15 features

Job Requisition Management

6.7
67%
85 Ratings
9.5
95%
17 Ratings

Company Website Posting

6.5
65%
79 Ratings
9.5
95%
17 Ratings

Publish to Social Media

6.5
65%
59 Ratings
8.5
85%
17 Ratings

Job Search Site Posting

6.6
66%
71 Ratings
10.0
100%
17 Ratings

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

6.5
65%
57 Ratings
4.5
45%
18 Ratings

Applicant Tracking

6.4
64%
83 Ratings
7.5
75%
19 Ratings

Notifications and Alerts

5.7
57%
69 Ratings
9.5
95%
17 Ratings

Customized Application Form

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5
95%
18 Ratings

Resume Management

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
19 Ratings

Candidate Search

N/A
0 Ratings
6.0
60%
19 Ratings

Collaboration

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5
85%
12 Ratings

Task Creation and Delegation

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5
85%
15 Ratings

Email Templates

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5
95%
19 Ratings

User Permissions

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5
85%
17 Ratings

Reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
4.5
45%
18 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Ascentis (discontinued) is rated higher in 3 areas: Usability, Performance, Support Rating
  • CATS Applicant Tracking System is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Availability, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

7.6

Ascentis (discontinued)

76%
164 Ratings
8.0

CATS ATS

80%
28 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

6.3

Ascentis (discontinued)

63%
12 Ratings
8.4

CATS ATS

84%
10 Ratings

Usability

7.5

Ascentis (discontinued)

75%
44 Ratings
2.7

CATS ATS

27%
1 Rating

Availability

6.5

Ascentis (discontinued)

65%
7 Ratings
9.1

CATS ATS

91%
4 Ratings

Performance

6.9

Ascentis (discontinued)

69%
5 Ratings
5.9

CATS ATS

59%
4 Ratings

Support Rating

8.1

Ascentis (discontinued)

81%
252 Ratings
4.5

CATS ATS

45%
2 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.0

Ascentis (discontinued)

80%
1 Rating

CATS ATS

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

8.2

Ascentis (discontinued)

82%
4 Ratings

CATS ATS

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.2

Ascentis (discontinued)

82%
8 Ratings
9.1

CATS ATS

91%
2 Ratings

Product Scalability

6.4

Ascentis (discontinued)

64%
4 Ratings

CATS ATS

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis (discontinued)

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

CATS ATS

It has a great parsing feature and the extension is very helpful. Many ATS systems do not support parsing within LinkedIn...this one does. I was sad to see this option go when we finally transitioned. I would almost keep CATS just for the LinkedIn parsing if I knew I could easily get the information OUT of the system once it was there. A good API/webhook would be great, but sadly the API connections don't work well. Our firm also works with companies with multiple sites all across the US. There was never a way to "nest" a location with a parent company. Because of this, being able to research or report on a true client relationship was not possible. It was a very manual process.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Ascentis (discontinued)

  • 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

CATS ATS

  • Simple to implement, SaaS based tool that needs no in-house IT support or resources
  • Customizable reports, labels, fields, applications
  • Affordable
  • No long term contract, month-to-month with ability to cancel anytime
  • Data backups are simple
  • Email directly from the candidate record with response coming into Outlook is easy to configure and creates record and updates status automatically
Randall Kooistra | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Ascentis (discontinued)

  • 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

CATS ATS

  • I would like to see either an integration with a robust reporting tool that would allow me to design my own custom reports with a data export or more built-in reporting options.
  • Mobile app is currently mostly just a look-up tool. I would like it to have the ability to do more - add tasks, update pipelines, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Ascentis (discontinued)

General

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

Starting Price

Ascentis (discontinued) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

CATS ATS

General

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

Starting Price

$69 per month

CATS ATS Editions & Modules

Edition
Monthly Pro Plan$991
Annual Pro Plan$691
  1. per user, per month
Additional Pricing Details
Please visit the CATS pricing page to compare plans and features

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 6.3
Based on 12 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

CATS ATS

CATS ATS 8.4
Based on 10 answers
Our company has been using it and enjoying the benefits for a few years now. Its a perfect system for our end goal of finding the best candidate effectively and being able to track and write reports on our progress.
Caitlin Hostetter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Ascentis (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 7.5
Based on 44 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

CATS ATS

CATS ATS 2.7
Based on 1 answer
not recruiter friendly. workflow is not good
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 6.5
Based on 7 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

CATS ATS

CATS ATS 9.1
Based on 4 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

Ascentis (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 6.9
Based on 5 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

CATS ATS

CATS ATS 5.9
Based on 4 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Support Rating

Ascentis (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 8.1
Based on 252 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

CATS ATS

CATS ATS 4.5
Based on 2 answers
I've had mixed results with asking for support. Sometimes they gave a quick answer and sometimes my emails were never responded to. Some responses were a single word.
Bill Branstetter | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Ascentis (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 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

CATS ATS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Ascentis (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 8.2
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

CATS ATS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Ascentis (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 8.2
Based on 8 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

CATS ATS

CATS ATS 9.1
Based on 2 answers
This is an incredibly easy system to implement. There is no hardware or software required, it's entirely SaaS based. Compared to other systems I've implemented, it's breathtaking. Customization can all be done directly in the tool, there is no need for any involvement of consultants and most of the information you cannot figure out intuitively is covered in the knowledge base
Randall Kooistra | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Ascentis (discontinued)

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

CATS ATS

We used to use Sendouts (prior to it being acquired by Bullhorn) - and it wasn't browser based like CATS so instead of being able to access it from a home computer, laptop, mobile phone, etc. you could only use it on the computer with the software uploaded - which is a hindrance. It also wasn't as customizable as CATS. We picked CATS because it the price was right, it was browser-based, had email-integration, and integrates with social media and job posting services to share your jobs
with the public.
Megan Carty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Ascentis (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 6.4
Based on 4 answers
Large acquisition would be very complicated, seems more appropriate for companies under 100
Christina Miyamoto, PHR® | TrustRadius Reviewer

CATS ATS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Ascentis (discontinued)

  • 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

CATS ATS

  • We went from Excel spreadsheets to using CATS so honestly anything would be an improvement. But CATS has saved tremendous time on an on-going basis in terms of managing the career portal automatically.
  • Being able to log email conversations with the click of a button from Outlook right into CATS has been a time-saver and also has helped numerous times in providing better follow-through to candidates and providing better tracking of candidate interactions and what they have previously said (or not).
Dave Murry | TrustRadius Reviewer

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