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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

IBM Kenexa

Kenexa is is well suited for any organization that has more than 3000 employees globally. I would not recommend this to startups or a growing organization with less than 3000 employees. But once you cross this number, Kenexa becomes useful and is a brilliant tool for global operations - recruiting. I would recommend this tool to any organization that has offices in many countries/geographies as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

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

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
8.0
IBM Kenexa
Approval workflow
Ascentis
8.4
IBM Kenexa
Balance details
Ascentis
7.9
IBM Kenexa
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
IBM Kenexa

Employee Self Service

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

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
IBM Kenexa
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
IBM Kenexa

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.6
IBM Kenexa
Report builder
Ascentis
6.2
IBM Kenexa
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
7.0
IBM Kenexa
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
6.4
IBM Kenexa

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
IBM Kenexa
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
IBM Kenexa
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
IBM Kenexa

Performance and Goals

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

Performance Management

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

Succession Planning

Ascentis
6.3
IBM Kenexa
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
6.3
IBM Kenexa
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
6.5
IBM Kenexa
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.1
IBM Kenexa
Candidate development
Ascentis
6.4
IBM Kenexa

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.6
IBM Kenexa
7.2
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.0
IBM Kenexa
7.1
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.0
IBM Kenexa
8.0
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.9
IBM Kenexa
8.0
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.6
IBM Kenexa
8.0
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.7
IBM Kenexa
5.3
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
6.5
IBM Kenexa
5.3
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
5.8
IBM Kenexa
8.1
Customized Application Form
Ascentis
IBM Kenexa
8.1
Resume Management
Ascentis
IBM Kenexa
8.1
Candidate Search
Ascentis
IBM Kenexa
6.2
Collaboration
Ascentis
IBM Kenexa
6.2
Task Creation and Delegation
Ascentis
IBM Kenexa
6.2
Email Templates
Ascentis
IBM Kenexa
8.1
User Permissions
Ascentis
IBM Kenexa
7.1
Reporting
Ascentis
IBM Kenexa
8.0

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

IBM Kenexa

  • Kenexa allows Boolean key word search within a particular requisition so it makes sifting through a high number of applicants manageable and effective
  • Kenexa can be tailored to meet individual business needs. During the time we’ve had Kenexa here I’ve used it in support of a few different business segments and for each the way the system was used to “position” candidate statuses have varied based on the individual need of the business. One example is when interviewing a high volume of applicants internationally, we were able to send qualified applicants through to the “event manager” and it would enable the candidate to select his/her interview date/time based on previously submitted options inputted by our Kenexa users.
  • Kenexa allows one to customize and score questions for each open requisition that applicants complete as they apply. The system then sorts applicants according to the score of candidate answers allowing for easy sorting of top qualified candidates.
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

IBM Kenexa

  • BrassRing's application system for candidates is prone to freezing and crashing in the middle of the application causing potential candidates to lose all progress. I filled out the application myself and witnessed these issues first hand, on top of several complaints I received via phone and email from candidates attempting to apply via the BrassRing service. Also, the Parsing system within the application is not capable of pulling any meaningful information out of text documents.
  • Each user must be added to each job in order for that job, and the candidates in it, to show up in relevant searches. This becomes a problem when a new team member joins the account and needs access to all of the previous openings just so that they can find candidates already in the system. The account I was working on involved literally hundreds of new openings a month, meaning that any movement of personnel on or off the account would mean having to update potentially thousands of old positions just to allow them to be able to mine the ATS for candidates. I don't see any particular reason why someone with access to the system should have to be given access to each individual job. If a particular position needs to be kept confidential for whatever reason then that individual position should be able to be set to only show to authorized recruiters. The rest of the positions should automatically be searchable by anyone with appropriate access to the ATS to allow for basic level candidate mining and movement.
Aaron Binkley | 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

IBM Kenexa

IBM Kenexa 6.0
Based on 12 answers
I am confident that the Kenexa product will continue to evolve to meet the needs of our business in an ever changing work environment. The affiliation with IBM also plays a factor as we have a long standing successful relationship with IBM products. We will be looking to integrate other Kenexa products in the near future to streamline our HR processes.
Brett Kummer, PHR | 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

IBM Kenexa

IBM Kenexa 7.0
Based on 3 answers
I feel like I am pretty decent with computers and systems. It was fairly easy to use it after about a week or two . But I have seen people struggle with it as well as some people not use it at all. It can be slow at times and not work at times. But Its a fine system.
Dennard Melton | 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

IBM Kenexa

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

IBM Kenexa

IBM Kenexa 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Just slow for what we are doing here
Dennard Melton | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

IBM Kenexa

IBM Kenexa 1.8
Based on 2 answers
It is a very basic system. It may be OK for entry level positions only. The practice of removing CVs while the recruitment process is ON is disturbing and there is no one to explain or to inform why it is being done. Even a routine mail is not sent to the client/consultant. I am surprised how this system is continuing without too many complaints.
sanjeev shrivastava | 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

IBM Kenexa

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

IBM Kenexa

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

IBM Kenexa

IBM Kenexa 2.6
Based on 2 answers
We purchased an out of the box solution and that worked well for us.
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

IBM Kenexa

SF ATS was not available at the time and Taleo was thought to be too expensive. In retrospect, given the amount of customization and leveraging of other vendor technology for things like analytics I suspect any cost advantage we realized evaporated
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

IBM Kenexa

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

IBM Kenexa

  • Kenexa has assisted us in identifying top talent within our target market of applicants.
  • Kenexa may exclude potentially good associates that don't test well.
  • Kenexa clearly defines specific categories and general notes for training, development, & coaching of associates on areas of opportunity.
Daniela Whitfield | 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

IBM Kenexa

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
IBM Kenexa
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
IBM Kenexa
6.0

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
IBM Kenexa
7.0

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
IBM Kenexa

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
IBM Kenexa
5.0

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
IBM Kenexa
1.8

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
IBM Kenexa

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
IBM Kenexa

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
IBM Kenexa
2.6

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
IBM Kenexa

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