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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!
Gail Bettcher | TrustRadius Reviewer

Montage

While video interviewing is still considered too "unconventional" by too many small business HR people I visit with, the ROI can easily be found within 4-6 months (if the company is having to fly more than 3 or 4 candidates in for interviews)... so I would argue that Montage is well-suited for organizations of all sizes. For best success, though, I would make sure that any HR leader seeking to implement spend the time to educate your leadership team on how the technology works and why it is a worthwhile investment (especially underscoring the risk mitigation provided against alot of frivolous EEOC claims, as the interviews are recorded and the records are yours to keep... meaning you have Exhibit A to share should you ever receive a Charge Notice, which demonstrates exactly what was asked by the employer and how the candidate responded).
Brad Holliday, PHR, SHRM-CP, CBM, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.1
Montage
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.1
Montage
Employment history
Ascentis
7.8
Montage
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.0
Montage
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
6.6
Montage
Organizational charting
Ascentis
5.9
Montage
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.4
Montage
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
6.7
Montage

Payroll Management

Ascentis
7.6
Montage
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.3
Montage
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.5
Montage
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
6.8
Montage
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
8.8
Montage
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
7.3
Montage
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
6.6
Montage

Leave and Attendance Management

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

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
7.5
Montage
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
7.9
Montage
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.3
Montage
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.4
Montage
Employee recognition
Ascentis
6.7
Montage
View job history
Ascentis
7.2
Montage

Asset Management

Ascentis
5.6
Montage
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
5.6
Montage

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.3
Montage
Report builder
Ascentis
6.5
Montage
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
6.6
Montage
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
5.8
Montage

Onboarding

Ascentis
7.2
Montage
New hire portal
Ascentis
7.4
Montage
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
7.0
Montage

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
6.4
Montage
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.5
Montage
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
6.6
Montage
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
6.2
Montage
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.4
Montage

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.0
Montage
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.2
Montage
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.3
Montage
Review status tracking
Ascentis
6.2
Montage
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.2
Montage
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.0
Montage

Succession Planning

Ascentis
5.5
Montage
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
5.1
Montage
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
5.4
Montage
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.4
Montage
Candidate development
Ascentis
5.1
Montage

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
7.0
Montage
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.6
Montage
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.8
Montage
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.7
Montage
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.8
Montage
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
5.6
Montage
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
7.6
Montage
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
6.7
Montage

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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Montage

  • Montage is easy to use. Scheduling is intuitive.
  • It sends invitations with links directly to attendees Calendars...which streamlines the meeting scheduling process.
  • Technically easy to use and informative for all users.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Montage

  • While we are a fan of the concierge service, there have been a time or two where we have scheduled for it but the Montage partner didn't log-in/dial-in in a timely manner and we were left trying to address technical issues outside our comfort zone.
  • The Montage platform is solid, without question. That said, there are pieces of the interface for both the prospective candidate and the hiring manager which could be made far-more intuitive than they exist today. We all know that in hard-to-fill roles across the nation today, there are more opportunities than there are great candidates with which to fill them... so we need to do all we possibly can to make the candidate experience as simple, quick and painless as possible.
  • It would be great if the Montage platform could easily interface with our ATS.
Brad Holliday, PHR, SHRM-CP, CBM, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.0
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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Montage

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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Montage

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.1
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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Montage

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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Montage

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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Montage

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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Montage

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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Montage

Technology is similar, though Montage is a bit more user-friendly. Also found the recordkeeping and release of same to be more attractive with Montage. Both are competitively priced.
Brad Holliday, PHR, SHRM-CP, CBM, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Montage

  • We have seen saved travel spend.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Ascentis

General

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

Montage

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.1
Montage
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.0
Montage

Usability

Ascentis
7.1
Montage

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
8.0
Montage

Performance

Ascentis
8.0
Montage

Support

Ascentis
7.1
Montage

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Montage

Online Training

Ascentis
6.0
Montage

Implementation

Ascentis
6.2
Montage

Scalability

Ascentis
5.0
Montage

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