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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

Ceridian Powerpay

In all honestly I don’t know a situation where Ceridian Powerpay would not be appropriate to use. I have used it at a company with 12 employees, and at a company with 100 employees. The system works great regardless of company size and the benefits significantly outweigh any (if any) negatives.
I only have experience with the system in the hospitality industry but it covered all our needs and more that I can only imagine that would apply to other industries as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

Ascentis
8.3
Ceridian Powerpay
9.5
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.5
Ceridian Powerpay
10.0
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.7
Ceridian Powerpay
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Ascentis
8.3
Ceridian Powerpay
10.0
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
7.7
Ceridian Powerpay
8.0
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
9.0
Ceridian Powerpay
10.0
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
8.1
Ceridian Powerpay
9.2
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
8.4
Ceridian Powerpay
9.6

Leave and Attendance Management

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

Employee Self Service

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

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Ceridian Powerpay
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Ceridian Powerpay

HR Reporting

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

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
Ceridian Powerpay
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
Ceridian Powerpay
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
Ceridian Powerpay

Performance and Goals

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

Performance Management

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

Succession Planning

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

Recruiting / ATS

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

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

Ceridian Powerpay

  • Ceridian Powerpay simplifies the payroll process, very little manual work involved during each payroll run.
  • Ceridian Powerpay is mostly an intuitive interface with easy to understand workflows to allow for multiple users to be able to use the system if required.
Matt LeMaire, B.A., M.A. | 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

Ceridian Powerpay

  • Would be great if you could search for specific ROEs in the system rather than having to go into each individual pay period package to locate - especially when there may be 10+ ROEs.
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

Ceridian Powerpay

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

Ceridian Powerpay

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

Ceridian Powerpay

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

Ceridian Powerpay

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

Ceridian Powerpay

Ceridian Powerpay 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Generally, Ceridian Powerpay support is strong, with the edge given to the telephone staff, which is prompt and always helpful. When I have had to reach out via telephone, I am greeted quickly and provided with a quick resolution to my issue. The email support leaves a bit to be desired, though, as my experience with change requests result in long waits for confirmation and completion, with some instances not even being given a resolution to an issue without requiring additional follow-up. I shouldn’t have to stay on top of the support in addition to providing the details needed, and it should just get done.
Matt LeMaire, B.A., M.A. | 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

Ceridian Powerpay

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

Ceridian Powerpay

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

Ceridian Powerpay

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

Ceridian Powerpay

Have not used any other payroll software in my experience.
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

Ceridian Powerpay

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

Ceridian Powerpay

  • Positive: Ceridian Powerpay is cost-effective for our organization as we do not require a more robust solution—it fits our needs well without breaking the bank.
  • Positive: Ceridian Powerpay is mostly intuitive, easy to use, and as a result, easy to train team members in. This allows for additional coverage for the payroll system should the key user not be available or require assistance.
Matt LeMaire, B.A., M.A. | 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

Ceridian Powerpay

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
Ceridian Powerpay
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
Ceridian Powerpay

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
Ceridian Powerpay

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
Ceridian Powerpay

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
Ceridian Powerpay

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Ceridian Powerpay
8.0

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Ceridian Powerpay

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
Ceridian Powerpay

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Ceridian Powerpay

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
Ceridian Powerpay

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