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Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis

While the Recruiting module itself is difficult to get it the way we need, moving applicants into HR has saved us tons of time since it is fully integrated. Everything works well together and the support services teams for all modules are outstanding. Within Recruiting, there are no integrated Reference check capabilities, so it has to be done manually outside the system. With the volume of seasonal hiring we do, we simply don't have the time to do this effectively. If there was a way to run reference checks and have them flow back to the employee record in the form of an attachment for their file, it would be awesome!
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iSmartRecruit

Posting our openings to our website is #1. This saves us a lot of time and eliminates the need to have a website resource do it every time we have a new opening. Prospective candidates can email us directly.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.1
iSmartRecruit
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.0
iSmartRecruit
Employment history
Ascentis
7.8
iSmartRecruit
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.1
iSmartRecruit
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
6.7
iSmartRecruit
Organizational charting
Ascentis
5.9
iSmartRecruit
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.3
iSmartRecruit
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
6.8
iSmartRecruit

Payroll Management

Ascentis
7.5
iSmartRecruit
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.2
iSmartRecruit
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.5
iSmartRecruit
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
6.9
iSmartRecruit
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
8.7
iSmartRecruit
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
7.3
iSmartRecruit
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
6.5
iSmartRecruit

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
7.6
iSmartRecruit
Approval workflow
Ascentis
7.4
iSmartRecruit
Balance details
Ascentis
7.6
iSmartRecruit
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
iSmartRecruit

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
7.5
iSmartRecruit
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.0
iSmartRecruit
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.3
iSmartRecruit
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.4
iSmartRecruit
Employee recognition
Ascentis
6.8
iSmartRecruit
View job history
Ascentis
7.2
iSmartRecruit

Asset Management

Ascentis
5.9
iSmartRecruit
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
5.9
iSmartRecruit

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.3
iSmartRecruit
Report builder
Ascentis
6.5
iSmartRecruit
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
6.5
iSmartRecruit
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
5.7
iSmartRecruit

Onboarding

Ascentis
7.1
iSmartRecruit
New hire portal
Ascentis
7.3
iSmartRecruit
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.8
iSmartRecruit

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
6.4
iSmartRecruit
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.4
iSmartRecruit
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
6.5
iSmartRecruit
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
6.2
iSmartRecruit
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.3
iSmartRecruit

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.0
iSmartRecruit
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.1
iSmartRecruit
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.2
iSmartRecruit
Review status tracking
Ascentis
6.2
iSmartRecruit
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.1
iSmartRecruit
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.1
iSmartRecruit

Succession Planning

Ascentis
5.5
iSmartRecruit
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
5.1
iSmartRecruit
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
5.4
iSmartRecruit
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.3
iSmartRecruit
Candidate development
Ascentis
5.1
iSmartRecruit

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.9
iSmartRecruit
8.9
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.4
iSmartRecruit
9.1
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.6
iSmartRecruit
9.1
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.7
iSmartRecruit
9.1
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.8
iSmartRecruit
8.8
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
5.8
iSmartRecruit
9.1
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
7.5
iSmartRecruit
9.1
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
6.6
iSmartRecruit
9.1
Customized Application Form
Ascentis
iSmartRecruit
8.5
Resume Management
Ascentis
iSmartRecruit
8.5
Candidate Search
Ascentis
iSmartRecruit
8.5
Collaboration
Ascentis
iSmartRecruit
9.1
Task Creation and Delegation
Ascentis
iSmartRecruit
9.1
Email Templates
Ascentis
iSmartRecruit
9.1
User Permissions
Ascentis
iSmartRecruit
9.1
Reporting
Ascentis
iSmartRecruit
9.1

Pros

Ascentis

  • The scheduling function provides a good platform that allows employees to see what their schedule is. If multiple departments have need of their time, they can look and see availability. If none, they can negotiate with the employee's direct report to get them in. We use it to coordinate both work hours and training hours.
  • It can be programmed to notify if someone clocks in/out early/late and awards points accordingly. Our frontline staff have a work requirement for in/out timeliness. It lets Managers know when and where to intervene with HR to bring this performance focus back into line.
  • If there are log-in/out errors, Supervisors can easily make corrections. This is important when there are issues that might affect an employee's points.
Drew Bishop profile photo

iSmartRecruit

  • iSmartRecruit had very strong reports for every process starting with Client/Job Reports, Team Reports, Performance Report, Attendance Reports, Prospect Reports and many more. That's a very big plus point to analyze our company growth.
  • So many examples! Before iSmartRecruit, we had a mix of electronic and paper reviews, our merit increases were done via a spreadsheet, and we lacked true reporting capabilities. iSmartRecruit has allowed our organization to reach its full HR potential and save time and efforts.
  • iSmartRecruit has a strong sourcing function. We can source a particular candidate with many filters from the internal database. Call reminders, notes, history of candidates, and mass mail features are there. That's awesome for me.
  • It also has great features to publish active jobs on social sites like Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter as well couple of job boards and the career page of a website. I love it.
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Cons

Ascentis

  • NovaTime is the biggest hiccup that we've consistently encountered with Ascentis. We've encountered some of the same issues time and time again throughout our cooperative and I've opened numerous tickets and I've yet to feel like those issues have been resolved. Generally, the program will work, however, when it doesn't it creates frustration with the employee group.
  • I've noticed that when NovaTime has gone down an email has now been sent out notifying the administrators. This is a positive step!
  • I'm wondering if HR and payroll, can, at some point, be one of the same program. I know that with the most recent web updates it sounds like it's moving to one complete system so you don't have to go to two different spots to seek information. If that information was in one spot that would be helpful.
Megan Hoffmann profile photo

iSmartRecruit

  • I need to take some time to rename some of the field names. The nice thing is I can do most of this myself as the administrator. I haven't been quick about knowing where to go in the system (my fault).
  • Each business has custom needs and requirements. There are times when this has to be done by iSmart. They are quick to respond to requests.
  • I would like to add some additional reports to the system. I just haven't learned to do this myself (haven't taken the time) - and I haven't requested it.
  • It's a robust system with many features. Because of this - there is a learning curve. It can be difficult to get our recruiters to slow down long enough to learn really learn the system, to enter all of the information, or to check the system before calling a candidate, client or prospect that has already been contacted.
  • I would like to be able to enter 5 or 6 key words to identify the top information about a particular candidate to help with searching. Searching for candidates is a feature in the system - but this might help our recruiters remember to do it.
Joann Cox profile photo

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis

Ascentis 5.8
Based on 9 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 profile photo

iSmartRecruit

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.1
Based on 8 answers
Overall, it is fairly usable for the average user as long as he/she is at a computer, laptop or a larger tablet and has the ability to view the employee self-service webpage on an internet browser. Because it does not have an app or other mobile interfaces right now, it makes it difficult for it to be useful for most of our employee population who utilize their phones to access the internet. As for the HR professional who would be also working on this interface, it is somewhat easy as about two-thirds of the screens are fairly user-friendly and easy to navigate. Nevertheless, it still leaves about one-third of them that are not as user-friendly and would require more technical knowledge to figure out how to best use them.
Jennifer Steffens profile photo

iSmartRecruit

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.2
Based on 104 answers
During a transition, we had an issue where there was no one in the company who had the SQL database password, which was needed in order to pull over historical data. Ascentis technology team worked tirelessly and were able to get into the database and make a smooth transition of the data.
Dawn Haag-Hatterer, JD profile photo

iSmartRecruit

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 profile photo

iSmartRecruit

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.0
Based on 2 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 profile photo

iSmartRecruit

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.2
Based on 4 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 profile photo

iSmartRecruit

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Ascentis

1. Customer Service - listens to clients (per our due diligence during evaluation phase and own experience thereafter)2. System ability to interface with in-house systems. (Other vendors evaluated could not guarantee success.)3. Report Writing - prewritten + ad hoc. User-friendly. Payroll staff could write. Freeing up IT resource time. (+ Payroll more self-sufficient)4. Import/Export Capabilities. (Not all systems are equal)5. Garnishment / Third Party Check module. (Had vision from prior in-house system, this was the only vendor that had what we wanted in this area.)6. Employee satisfaction with increased payroll department efficiency and Ascentis Employee Self-Service.
Dottie Abston, CPP profile photo

iSmartRecruit

I have seen many products but iSmartRecruit won my trust due to being user friendly and having unique features as well excellent support
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Return on Investment

Ascentis

  • By far, fewer errors in capturing information or giving information
  • Easily see what benefits an employee has enrolled or declined and historical information
  • Easily see what compensation an employee has had historical, or where their compensation is at currently
  • Easily see what positions an employee has had within the company for how long, and why they were transferred
Catherine Peterson profile photo

iSmartRecruit

  • It's eliminated the need to hire additional administrative staff. This is the single biggest savings.
  • It has saved a lot of time that allows us to spend more of our time and resources responding to clients and candidates. Our clients and candidates feel we are more service-oriented and different than our competition. We've received referrals this way. Difficult to measure - but definitely huge items.
Joann Cox profile photo

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

iSmartRecruit

General

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

iSmartRecruit Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
On-premise (self hosted)$9,9991
Customized version$02
  1. 10 users
  2. based on requirement
SaaS Edition
SaaS (Cloud)$491
  1. per user
Additional Pricing Details
iSmartRecruit talent acquisition software can be customized based on your needs, like adding some reports or new functionalities, with a plan that is fit for your business requirements. Connect with the vendor for any questions related to plans and pricing.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.0
iSmartRecruit
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
5.8
iSmartRecruit

Usability

Ascentis
7.1
iSmartRecruit

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
8.0
iSmartRecruit

Performance

Ascentis
8.0
iSmartRecruit

Support

Ascentis
7.2
iSmartRecruit

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
iSmartRecruit

Online Training

Ascentis
6.0
iSmartRecruit

Implementation

Ascentis
6.2
iSmartRecruit

Scalability

Ascentis
5.0
iSmartRecruit

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