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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

CATS ATS

I don't know how appropriate it'd be for large organizations with very large recruiting teams - cost per license might not make sense after a certain point. For small/medium sized businesses, it's absolutely worth a look. It's very affordable, super-easy to use, highly configurable, and set up is an breeze. Knowledge base is decent, and support is generally OK, though it's not necessarily a strength. The product team is engaged with the user community to crowdsource suggestions for updates/improvements and allows users to vote on others ideas that are appealing. Search functionality is solid and documents are instantly indexed as far as I can tell - I've never noticed any delay. It'll push postings out to various free job boards and you can customize to push out to pay boards as well. It will integrate to certain HRIS packages, so if that's of interest, making sure yours is on the supported list would be important. Data backup is super easy and would likely make changing to another ATS down the road pretty simple if the need arises.
Randall Kooistra | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

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

Leave and Attendance Management

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

Employee Self Service

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

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
CATS ATS
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
CATS ATS

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.5
CATS ATS
Report builder
Ascentis
6.2
CATS ATS
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
7.0
CATS ATS
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
6.4
CATS ATS

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
CATS ATS
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
CATS ATS
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
CATS ATS

Performance and Goals

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

Performance Management

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

Succession Planning

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

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.7
CATS ATS
8.3
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.0
CATS ATS
8.0
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.0
CATS ATS
8.0
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.9
CATS ATS
10.0
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.6
CATS ATS
10.0
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.7
CATS ATS
7.5
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
6.5
CATS ATS
8.0
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
5.8
CATS ATS
4.0
Customized Application Form
Ascentis
CATS ATS
10.0
Resume Management
Ascentis
CATS ATS
10.0
Candidate Search
Ascentis
CATS ATS
8.0
Collaboration
Ascentis
CATS ATS
7.0
Task Creation and Delegation
Ascentis
CATS ATS
10.0
Email Templates
Ascentis
CATS ATS
10.0
User Permissions
Ascentis
CATS ATS
7.0
Reporting
Ascentis
CATS ATS
7.0

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

CATS ATS

  • Custom fields for all entities of any data type let's you track what you care about. Also customizable workflow with triggers can save a ton of time in automating processes and also ensuring steps aren't missed/established processes and protocols are adhered to.
  • Support is extremely responsive, knowledgeable and committed to resolving any issue.
  • Integrations with LinkedIn, job boards etc. is a big time saver and helps bring it all to one place.
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

CATS ATS

  • Reporting has improved over the years but could still be better. It is what I would call "semi-customizable" in terms of what I can generate a report on, but would like full customization capability.
  • Mobile access is OK but not slick. Usually I don't need mobile access but every once in a while I'm out somewhere, need to grab something out of CATS and I can get it but I think there's a good opportunity to make it better.
Dave Murry | 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

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

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

CATS ATS

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

CATS ATS

CATS ATS 9.1
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

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

CATS ATS

CATS ATS 5.9
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

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

CATS ATS

CATS ATS 4.5
Based on 1 answer
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

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

CATS ATS

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

CATS ATS

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

CATS ATS

CATS ATS 9.1
Based on 1 answer
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

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

I find CATS ATS easier to use then Salesforce, on the recruitment side. It's hard to create pipelines like you can in CATS ATS. I, however, have used other customized ATS using Microsoft Access. I have used HRConnect which was developed by a firm I worked for using MS Access. It which was a great tracking and reporting tool. It logged calls out, calls in, length of calls, job orders, candidate submissions and tracked all the status automatically.
Ashley Thompson | 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

CATS ATS

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

CATS ATS

  • We were able to reduce the amount of time we spent posting to various job boards by more than 75%.
  • We were able to reduce the time it takes to find, engage, submit and ultimately hire candidates.
  • We were able to recoup the entire cost of the tool within less than 2 months.
LeQuay Marsh, MHCS, TAS, ECRE | 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

CATS ATS

General

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

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
CATS ATS
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
CATS ATS
8.4

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
CATS ATS
2.7

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
CATS ATS
9.1

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
CATS ATS
5.9

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
CATS ATS
4.5

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
CATS ATS

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
CATS ATS

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
CATS ATS
9.1

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
CATS ATS

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