Ascentis (discontinued) vs. Cornerstone OnDemand

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Ascentis (discontinued)
Score 7.7 out of 10
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Ascentis HR uses web-based management programs to help automate complex HR processes. Ascentis’ other services included customizable payroll, time and attendance and recruiting modules. Ascentis was acquired by UKG in March of 2022, and will be discontinued.N/A
Cornerstone OnDemand
Score 8.3 out of 10
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Cornerstone OnDemand is a cloud-based application for talent management. Cornerstone offers suites for recruiting, training, performance monitoring and planning, learning, and HR data management. It is scaled for enterprises.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Ascentis (discontinued)Cornerstone OnDemand
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
7.3
150 Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data7.2137 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history7.6140 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration7.3128 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.1126 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting5.890 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management8.0109 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)8.2102 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
8.1
125 Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
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Ratings
Pay calculation7.8115 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors6.762 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment8.228 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration7.3108 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files9.2100 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.692 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management8.851 Ratings00 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
8.0
105 Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
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Ratings
Approval workflow8.399 Ratings00 Ratings
Balance details7.499 Ratings00 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment8.284 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
7.5
153 Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
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Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information8.0138 Ratings00 Ratings
Update personal information8.7151 Ratings00 Ratings
View company policy documentation6.1110 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee recognition6.561 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history8.0108 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
5.9
33 Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
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Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets5.933 Ratings00 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
6.5
147 Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
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Ratings
Report builder6.8144 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.4142 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data5.373 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
5.6
98 Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
124 Ratings
New hire portal5.898 Ratings8.165 Ratings
Manager tracking tools5.476 Ratings7.8108 Ratings
Compliance tracking and reporting00 Ratings8.9117 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
7.1
57 Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.4
110 Ratings
Corporate goal setting6.743 Ratings8.191 Ratings
Individual goal setting7.653 Ratings8.8102 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility7.138 Ratings8.390 Ratings
Performance tracking7.250 Ratings8.6105 Ratings
Subordinate goal setting00 Ratings8.394 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
6.3
63 Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
114 Ratings
Performance plans5.959 Ratings8.189 Ratings
Performance improvement plans6.050 Ratings8.277 Ratings
Review status tracking6.357 Ratings8.392 Ratings
Review reminders6.855 Ratings8.289 Ratings
Multiple review frequency6.450 Ratings8.178 Ratings
Plan weighting00 Ratings8.076 Ratings
Manager note taking00 Ratings8.365 Ratings
Rater nomination workflow00 Ratings8.160 Ratings
Workflow restrictions00 Ratings8.181 Ratings
Reporting00 Ratings8.2108 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
5.9
27 Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.7
56 Ratings
Create succession plans/pools6.421 Ratings8.547 Ratings
Candidate ranking6.421 Ratings8.947 Ratings
Candidate search5.127 Ratings8.850 Ratings
Candidate development5.823 Ratings8.547 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
6.0
89 Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6
64 Ratings
Job Requisition Management6.185 Ratings7.344 Ratings
Company Website Posting5.979 Ratings7.640 Ratings
Publish to Social Media6.159 Ratings7.937 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting6.271 Ratings7.337 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention6.057 Ratings7.939 Ratings
Applicant Tracking6.183 Ratings7.540 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts5.569 Ratings8.353 Ratings
Customized Application Form00 Ratings7.439 Ratings
Resume Management00 Ratings7.642 Ratings
Candidate Search00 Ratings7.340 Ratings
Collaboration00 Ratings7.635 Ratings
Task Creation and Delegation00 Ratings7.237 Ratings
Email Templates00 Ratings8.157 Ratings
User Permissions00 Ratings7.858 Ratings
Reporting00 Ratings7.861 Ratings
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
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Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0
178 Ratings
Course authoring00 Ratings6.8129 Ratings
Course catalog or library00 Ratings8.8176 Ratings
Player/Portal00 Ratings8.2163 Ratings
Learning content00 Ratings8.5140 Ratings
Mobile friendly00 Ratings7.6130 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications00 Ratings7.8160 Ratings
Assignments00 Ratings8.3172 Ratings
Compliance management00 Ratings8.2153 Ratings
Learning administration00 Ratings8.3175 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics00 Ratings8.5174 Ratings
Social learning00 Ratings7.1110 Ratings
User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
7.5
(164 ratings)
8.4
(248 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
6.3
(12 ratings)
9.7
(37 ratings)
Usability
7.6
(44 ratings)
8.5
(36 ratings)
Availability
6.6
(7 ratings)
7.3
(5 ratings)
Performance
7.1
(5 ratings)
6.4
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(252 ratings)
6.6
(50 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.0
(1 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Online Training
8.3
(4 ratings)
9.0
(8 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.3
(8 ratings)
9.0
(19 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(1 ratings)
7.5
(218 ratings)
Ease of integration
3.0
(1 ratings)
5.5
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
6.6
(4 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.6
(3 ratings)
9.1
(4 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.6
(3 ratings)
5.5
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
Ascentis (discontinued)Cornerstone OnDemand
Likelihood to Recommend
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
The dashboards and reporting needs more additional features to clean up the old reports, manage dashboards more effectively is my main concern. I recently launched one of three phases for dashboards and I noticed I cannot work efficiently seeing which dashboard is important to me, which has been shared with me. More organization is requested
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Pros
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  • 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!
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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Automatic recurring assignments are easy to get that refresher training out without needing to assign it fresh each time.
  • Reporting 2.0 makes it easy to write and share your reports with just selected filters. Making it easy for people receiving it to just change what they need to see.
  • Learning Admin Console makes it easy to peek at what is going on in your portal and open up connected reporting when needed.
  • Success Center is a great resource for getting peer answers to questions and learning about the releases and suggesting changes that should be added to the roadmap.
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Cons
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  • 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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Sometimes finding the right answer to your support question can be a bit more difficult than it should be.
  • I would like to see more OSHA related courses.
  • At times, the administrative interface seems to need to be updated, but the tradeoff honestly might be the absolute rock-solid stability of the platform.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
As long as pricing stays reasonable, we will likely stay with Cornerstone for at least one more contract renewal. It would be a large task to migrate all of our content to a new system. However, the LMS landscape is diversifying with new startups that are showing some real innovation.
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Usability
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
Easy to use, easy to learn, lots of support during the learning process. There are a few parts of the system we don't use and I'm hesitant to begin using because other clients have said they're difficult and cumbersome (certifications) or outdated (libraries)
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Reliability and Availability
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
It was down for a couple of hours in our first month. Occasionally, in the evening we have trouble logging in even though it is not a maintenance window.
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Performance
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
Pages do not load quickly. Often times any action or selection of a box, drop down, check, pretty much ANY Javascript interaction causes the whole entire page to load/reload/start doing something in the background. This makes a nightmare for having to mass edit courses or upload ILT sessions. It's the one of the archaic web designs they use that really bugs me as an admin and makes working in the portal at times intolerable and insufferable
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Support Rating
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
Its always important to have support when you are facing problems and when you are the main admin of the organization. Cornerstone Support is very supporting when you have not found the answer in the help guide. its very useful to have a team support to guide you.
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In-Person Training
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
we use also to admin all our training in person events and sessions. Its easy to admin this kind of trainings and automatize some processes we have. Also de user experience and the integration with other systems helps to the employees to use more. All modules integrated oriented to develop people is the principal reason to have CSOD. The training administration is very complete and allows to automate many processes.
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Online Training
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
The online modules are pretty good. You can access them at any time, which we have done. You learn a lot in the beginning, but having the ability to retake short lessons when you are working on those items was very helpful.
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Implementation Rating
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
Due to the uncomplex data model, Cornerstone can be implemented very fast (2 - 4 months for each module), this makes it easy to deliver first results in an adequate way. Based on this, the implementation is not that complicated so you can strongly focus on HR-relevant topics and issues.
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Alternatives Considered
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
The Sales Pitch for Cornerstone while being great, left us a bit disappointed when the tool got implemented. Although it is a game-changer and radically improved the learning experience the after-sales service has left us a bit disappointed. Since the overall package makes up for the situation, we can safely recommend it but while exercising caution.
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Scalability
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Large acquisition would be very complicated, seems more appropriate for companies under 100
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Cornerstone OnDemand
I have had no problem scaling the platform across various areas of the business
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Return on Investment
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  • 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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • We are in the process of trying to increase employee engagement through content expansion. We are in the early stages of this.
  • The Edge Import Tool, in conjunction with Reporting 2.0, has done a great job of helping to automate/semi-automate tasks for huge time savings.
  • Maintaining compliance. Achieved through dynamic/automated groups, assignments, communication, and reporting.
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