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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

Cornerstone OnDemand

This is a great tool for middle to a large company that wants to have virtual learning access, manager rosters, and robust reporting on multiple data points. You want to make sure you have someone fully committed in time and energy to launching and managing [Cornerstone OnDemand]. It does lift a lot of the communication burden when automating email communication and helps to track required training far better than any excel sheet.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.5
Cornerstone OnDemand
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
7.8
Cornerstone OnDemand
Employment history
Ascentis
7.8
Cornerstone OnDemand
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.7
Cornerstone OnDemand
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
7.4
Cornerstone OnDemand
Organizational charting
Ascentis
6.3
Cornerstone OnDemand
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.7
Cornerstone OnDemand
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
7.8
Cornerstone OnDemand

Payroll Management

Ascentis
8.2
Cornerstone OnDemand
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.4
Cornerstone OnDemand
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.4
Cornerstone OnDemand
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Ascentis
8.2
Cornerstone OnDemand
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
7.7
Cornerstone OnDemand
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
9.1
Cornerstone OnDemand
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
8.3
Cornerstone OnDemand
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
8.6
Cornerstone OnDemand

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
8.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
Approval workflow
Ascentis
8.4
Cornerstone OnDemand
Balance details
Ascentis
7.8
Cornerstone OnDemand
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.8
Cornerstone OnDemand

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
8.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.2
Cornerstone OnDemand
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.7
Cornerstone OnDemand
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.4
Cornerstone OnDemand
Employee recognition
Ascentis
7.4
Cornerstone OnDemand
View job history
Ascentis
8.6
Cornerstone OnDemand

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Cornerstone OnDemand
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Cornerstone OnDemand

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.5
Cornerstone OnDemand
Report builder
Ascentis
6.3
Cornerstone OnDemand
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
7.1
Cornerstone OnDemand
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
6.2
Cornerstone OnDemand

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.4
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.6
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.5
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.2
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
Compliance tracking and reporting
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.4

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
7.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.5
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
7.4
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.5
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
7.2
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.9
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.7
Subordinate goal setting
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.5
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.4
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.1
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.5
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.4
Review status tracking
Ascentis
6.9
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.9
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.8
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.8
Plan weighting
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Manager note taking
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.5
Rater nomination workflow
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.1
Workflow restrictions
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.7
Reporting
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9

Succession Planning

Ascentis
6.2
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
6.3
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
6.4
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Candidate search
Ascentis
5.9
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.5
Candidate development
Ascentis
6.3
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.5
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.5
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
6.8
Cornerstone OnDemand
5.9
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
6.8
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.5
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.7
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.6
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.4
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.6
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.1
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
6.5
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.1
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
5.7
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6
Customized Application Form
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.1
Resume Management
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.4
Candidate Search
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
5.7
Collaboration
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.1
Task Creation and Delegation
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.4
Email Templates
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3
User Permissions
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.5
Reporting
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0

Learning Management

Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0
Course authoring
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.5
Course catalog or library
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.6
Player/Portal
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Learning content
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Mobile friendly
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3
Progress tracking & certifications
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.1
Assignments
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.5
Compliance management
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0
Learning administration
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.5
Learning reporting & analytics
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.4
Social learning
Ascentis
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.6

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

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.
Tina Pegar | 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

Cornerstone OnDemand

  • User-submitted external training is editable by users even after it has been approved and completed on their transcript, UNLESS a transcript lock is put into place--which also renders all submitted certificates un-openable once approved. Thus they can never be referenced after approval.
  • The system is designed for annual compliance training to be re-versioned annually. I [believe it] is a very un-user friendly for training that we don't want to re-version because users take it on a rolling, as-needed basis.
  • Some very key components are not configurable and cause our users a great deal of confusion. For example, there is no way to turn off the search bar on a user transcript or even to edit the prompt text within it. Our users are constantly searching for training here, and end up re-opening/re-launching completed courses rather than registering for a new occurrence of a course.
  • In general, we find Cornerstone [onDemand] clunky and that it does not really meet our needs.
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

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 9.7
Based on 35 answers
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.
Jamie Drahos | 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

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 8.5
Based on 35 answers
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)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.4
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

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 7.3
Based on 5 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.7
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

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 6.4
Based on 5 answers
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
Joseph Madere | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 254 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

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 6.6
Based on 49 answers
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.
Jennifer LONGINE | 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

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 8.6
Based on 4 answers
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.
Ruben Fernandez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.1
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

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 8.9
Based on 8 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 10 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

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 9.0
Based on 18 answers
Dig deep on what your current processes are and how they match up to Cornerstone OnDemand functionality. It's not that the Cornerstone OnDemand is bad, it just the amount of work it requires you to do to get your current data to fit into their system.
Anonymous | 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

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.1
Based on 4 answers
Large acquisition would be very complicated, seems more appropriate for companies under 100
Christina Miyamoto, PHR® | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 8.2
Based on 2 answers
I have had no problem scaling the platform across various areas of the business
Mark Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Cornerstone OnDemand

  • We strive to educate our customers and Cornerstone [onDemand] is key to this process. Cornerstone [onDemand] has the ability to deliver content to thousands of users in a reliable environment
  • We need the flexibility to load SCORM courses and videos and Cornerstone [onDemand] nails both of these needs!
  • We have over 100,000 users on our Cornerstone [onDemand] platform! They all have access to our own created material in a reliable and consistent environment!
Donna Conzett | 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

Starting Price

Cornerstone OnDemand

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Starting Price

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
Cornerstone OnDemand
9.7

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.5

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.4
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.4

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.6

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.6

Online Training

Ascentis
8.1
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.9

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
9.0

Scalability

Ascentis
6.1
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2

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