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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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Kronos Workforce Ready

Administration and accounting for employees to input their hours. As long as an employee can have the training, then they can go in and input their hours. However, Kronos can be slow and it can be confusing without the training needed to input the hours. Otherwise, once you have the training it's very self-explanatory
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.2
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.2
Employment history
Ascentis
7.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
6.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.1
Organizational charting
Ascentis
5.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.1
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
6.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.3

Payroll Management

Ascentis
7.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.7
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.1
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.1
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
6.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.0
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
8.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.1
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
7.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.4
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
6.5
Kronos Workforce Ready

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
7.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.2
Approval workflow
Ascentis
7.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Balance details
Ascentis
7.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.1
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.5

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
7.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.2
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.4
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.3
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.1
Employee recognition
Ascentis
6.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
View job history
Ascentis
7.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.1

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.6
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.6

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.1
Report builder
Ascentis
6.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
6.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.9
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
5.7
Kronos Workforce Ready

Onboarding

Ascentis
7.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.7
New hire portal
Ascentis
7.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.9
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
6.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.1
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
6.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.0
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
6.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.3

Performance Management

Ascentis
5.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.3
Review status tracking
Ascentis
6.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.7
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8

Succession Planning

Ascentis
5.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.3
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
5.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.3
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
5.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
Candidate development
Ascentis
5.1
Kronos Workforce Ready

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.7
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.5
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.3
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
7.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.4
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
6.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.0

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.
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Kronos Workforce Ready

  • The hardware is the industry best--we never hear any complaints about the card swipe machines or their usage
  • Easy synchronization with other software platforms like Nortel, NICE WFM and many more
  • User facing portal is simple to use and lets everyone keep up to date on their usage and accruals
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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.
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Kronos Workforce Ready

  • The tax piece of Kronos was the one thing that has made me slightly regret my decision to use Kronos. We have 7 EINs so we have a lot of taxes to file on a quarterly basis. The BSI system we have to use (which is a third party) is terrible. We have had nothing but problems with it. BSI has some agreement with Kronos that doesn't allow us to speak directly with BSI and it's extremely frustrating. We are on our 5th quarter of filing using the BSI system and are still having issues. This is not much of an automated process and the BSI system seems so far behind Kronos' technology. It's not user-friendly and has definitely caused a lot of issues. If there was one thing I would change about Kronos it would be the tax filing portion. Maybe if we didn't have to use BSI it would be different. The systems I have used in the past have processed our quarterly taxes for us so this was a big change for me.
  • I do not like that the system allows employees to request vacation time that they may not have available. Employees can request time off even if they don't have any vacation available and if their supervisor approves it, it populates in their timecard. I have caught several employees with negative vacation balances in the system. I think it should not allow them to request this time off if they don't have a current balance in the system.
  • When you terminate an employee, their benefits don't automatically terminate. You have to go into each active benefit and put the termination date in or your reports won't be correct. This should be something that automatically occurs once you terminate that employee.
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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.
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Kronos Workforce Ready

Kronos Workforce Ready 1.3
Based on 2 answers
We have begun looking for other vendors to supply this products need as Kronos WFR cannot deliver the suite of applications which it should with this product.*6/5/17 Edit - We started the new year with a new application. WFR proved to be unable to correct the errors within the application. We are much happier with the new application as we can use it effectively.
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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.
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Kronos Workforce Ready

Kronos Workforce Ready 9.6
Based on 3 answers
While some tasks such as updating an employee's basic info, password, and approver preferences are very easy to do and straightforward (all combined on a single employee maintenance page and updateable through a single 'save'), other items prove to be more cumbersome such as navigating through multiple layers of employees when you are up higher in management with more system rights
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Performance

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Kronos Workforce Ready

Kronos Workforce Ready 6.7
Based on 5 answers
We were always told that Kronos was the best, but there are reports that we got out of ADP and other payroll providers that we cannot get out of Kronos. One example is a report of Productive/Non-productive hours by department. We also need the dollar amount associated with the hours. This is information that is required on our cost report and we were told that that report is unavailable. It is very frustrating when I can't get what I need.
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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.
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Kronos Workforce Ready

Kronos Workforce Ready 7.5
Based on 52 answers
Kronos support is great in the ability for a representative to take our needs seriously and respond with care, however, there are times when the need for support was time sensitive (for payroll processing purposes) and the response rate caused us hiccups in our timeline. Our company also has many customized options to our package and company build and at times things were miscommunicated in regards to the builds - this was only in the beginning though and has since been great.
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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.
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Kronos Workforce Ready

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.
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Kronos Workforce Ready

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.3
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.
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Kronos Workforce Ready

Kronos Workforce Ready 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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.
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Kronos Workforce Ready

We selected Kronos Workforce Ready as it was priced right for what we intended on using it for. We selected them also because we have been using Kronos Workforce Central for manufacturing and it seemed like the right thing to do for consistency in processes for timekeeping. It was a bit of a long implementation but there was a lot of change management for all users, managers, and payroll as well as reporting needs and file transfer requirements from our source system. KWR is well known and we have a good relationship with them as a vendor. We are continuing to look at how to upgrade our Kronos Workforce Central application to make life easier on the manufacturing clerks and hoping to provide them with some new functionality in the process.
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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
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Kronos Workforce Ready

  • Kronos Workforce Ready has had a very positive impact on our organization. We set up notices that go to the managers to alert them if an employee shows up late for work or comes in late after lunch. It also alerts the manager if an employee is approaching overtime hours. This has helped our bottom line greatly.
  • Kronos Workforce Ready has reduced the number of payroll errors and increased productivity by having the timekeeping module flow directly into the payroll module. We used to have them hand send in paper time sheets which we had to key into the old payroll system. That took a lot of time and there was ample opportunity for mistakes.
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Pricing Details

Ascentis

General

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

Kronos Workforce Ready

General

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

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