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Ascentis

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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

Lever

Lever is an online recruitment platform that supports all companies that wish to study and provide information to their candidates through a reliable source for recruitment, allowing to take advantage of the time prior to hiring to instruct and train them, this in order to help choose employees who meet the requirements and the required profile, and in turn, are interested in exercising with commitment their work in the field of work.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

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

Leave and Attendance Management

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

Employee Self Service

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

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Lever
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Lever

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.5
Lever
Report builder
Ascentis
6.2
Lever
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
7.0
Lever
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
6.4
Lever

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
Lever
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
Lever
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
Lever

Performance and Goals

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

Performance Management

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

Succession Planning

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

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.7
Lever
7.7
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.0
Lever
7.8
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.0
Lever
8.0
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.9
Lever
7.8
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.6
Lever
7.8
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.7
Lever
7.6
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
6.5
Lever
8.5
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
5.8
Lever
7.5
Customized Application Form
Ascentis
Lever
8.0
Resume Management
Ascentis
Lever
8.2
Candidate Search
Ascentis
Lever
8.0
Collaboration
Ascentis
Lever
7.3
Task Creation and Delegation
Ascentis
Lever
7.1
Email Templates
Ascentis
Lever
8.0
User Permissions
Ascentis
Lever
7.8
Reporting
Ascentis
Lever
6.7

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

Lever

  • Great integration: Keeps a list of Outlook email communication along with LinkedIn and other data sources
  • Is fairly lively, not too much lag between screens even though it is looking through a lot of data.
  • Has excellent reporting on how well each email message is working.
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

Lever

  • [In my experience,] terrible customer support - pay more to get less...
  • Integrations are spotty and can break without reason
  • Lever has so much potential, but their Roadmap is lacking in ways that will really help customers succeed
  • Focuses on the number of candidates and not the company's need to build talent in a cost effective, data driven and collaborative way
  • Overpromised and underdelivered in [the] capability of the tool. [I believe that you should] not trust your sales team.
Corinne Clawson, PHR | 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

Lever

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Lever

Lever 5.0
Based on 1 answer
It isn't difficult to use for the applicant processing, but [I feel] if you want to pull reports or use their tools, good luck!
Corinne Clawson, PHR | 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

Lever

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

Lever

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Lever

Lever 6.0
Based on 7 answers
What support? - Add a ticket and get links to [I believe] their unhelpful user guide. Add a charge if you want better support - afterward just got those links faster...
Corinne Clawson, PHR | 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

Lever

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

Lever

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

Lever

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Lever

I think that lever is much more secure and manageable than similar tools, especially when dealing with warm referrals. Lever may not have the outbound/social aspect that other cold-recruitment tools may have, but as I said before I think the quality of hires has increased greatly through an increased focus on warm referrals from existing champions here at our company.
Hayden Anderson | 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

Lever

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

Lever

  • Time - I personally recognized that I'm saving time in the total candidate evaluation process and was quicker.
  • Tracking, Tagging, Quality and Security - As the biggest advantage I see is to have all candidate information, evaluation and communication at one place.
  • Prize Structure - To have the biggest advantage out of the Lever system you have to be the full Enterprise package. At the beginning, it is too expensive and therefore I could not take out the full advantage of the system. It is important to generate a clear understanding and negotiation with Lever Sales upfront.
Thomas Wieler | 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

Lever

General

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

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