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Score 8.4 out of 100

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

Novatime

It does all aspects you need for timekeeping and PTO accruals. They also have back-end options to apply rules to applied breaks or PTO rollovers from year to year. The system is very complex, but at the same time, very simple to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

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

Leave and Attendance Management

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

Employee Self Service

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

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Novatime
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Novatime

HR Reporting

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

Onboarding

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

Performance and Goals

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

Performance Management

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

Succession Planning

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

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.6
Novatime
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.0
Novatime
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.0
Novatime
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.9
Novatime
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.6
Novatime
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.7
Novatime
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
6.5
Novatime
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
5.8
Novatime

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

Novatime

  • User interface is great for administrators.
  • User experience has been really appreciated by our users (managers/supervisors).
  • User experience has also been really appreciated by our non-exempt employees when punching in and out.
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

Novatime

  • It can be very slow and delayed in punches.
  • It doesn't always capture everyone's punches immediately.
  • There are quite a few areas where you have to be mindful of saving it correctly otherwise the information is all lost and that can be frustrating for users.
Anonymous | 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

Novatime

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

Novatime

Novatime 7.0
Based on 1 answer
On the employee's side of things, Novatime is pretty intuitive and fairly easy to use. All they have to do is either press a button to punch in or punch out. If they are entering in their hours, all they have to do is type in the number of hours per day.On the manager's side of things, Novatime is also fairly easy to use. It highlights in red any missed punches and in green any OT that the employee has. There are links on the homepage of the manager's page that will lead them to a list of all their employees' missed punches for a pay period and they can fix them all before payroll is due.Novatime becomes a bit more complicated on the administrator's side. The issues I have run into with Novatime normally come after updates/upgrades to their system. They have been getting better, but the administrator's side is still a bit clunky and takes a while to find what you are looking for. It is not as intuitive as the other sides and takes a bit of computer knowledge to figure it out.
Jennifer Steffens | 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

Novatime

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

Novatime

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

Novatime

Novatime 8.5
Based on 4 answers
The program itself can be customized in many different ways to meet the needs of the company/organization that it is working with. The charts/graphs on the new homepage are somewhat helpful and link to useful information. It has some really nice scheduling features that allow managers to see the difference between hours expected to work and actual hours worked as well as overtime, absences, and non-scheduled shifts. Processing payroll is quite simple. PTO request off is straightforward.
Anonymous | 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

Novatime

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

Novatime

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

Novatime

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

Novatime

The product is easy to use, and everyone picks up on it quickly. It is less expensive, and has more to offer than any other product I’ve found.
Adam Bander | 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

Novatime

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

Novatime

  • We've had great positive impact from our employees and supervisors, who have been really appreciative of improvements over our last timekeeping system.
  • Less time has been spent in dealing with system issues/errors for timesheets, etc.
Anonymous | 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

Novatime

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
Novatime
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
Novatime

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
Novatime
7.0

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
Novatime

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
Novatime

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Novatime
8.5

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Novatime

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
Novatime

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Novatime

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
Novatime

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