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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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Oracle HCM Cloud

Very well suited for permanent employees in global organizations.

Not well suited for contingent workforces as you have to pay for Oracle licenses for all of them. We are looking at moving some of our temporary associate payrolls to Oracle Cloud, but the license cost is prohibitive (even though they will not have access to most features within Oracle).
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.1
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.4
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.1
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.8
Employment history
Ascentis
7.8
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.5
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.1
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.7
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
6.7
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.1
Organizational charting
Ascentis
5.9
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.3
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.3
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.6
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
6.8
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.0

Payroll Management

Ascentis
7.5
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.4
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.2
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.7
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.5
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.1
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
6.9
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.2
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
8.7
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.9
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
7.3
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.3
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
6.5
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.4

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
7.6
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.3
Approval workflow
Ascentis
7.4
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.5
Balance details
Ascentis
7.6
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.2
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.1

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
7.5
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.7
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.0
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.6
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.3
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.9
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.4
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.5
Employee recognition
Ascentis
6.8
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.5
View job history
Ascentis
7.2
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.9

Asset Management

Ascentis
5.9
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.4
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
5.9
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.4

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.3
Oracle HCM Cloud
6.7
Report builder
Ascentis
6.5
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.1
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
6.5
Oracle HCM Cloud
6.5
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
5.7
Oracle HCM Cloud
6.4

Onboarding

Ascentis
7.1
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.8
New hire portal
Ascentis
7.3
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.2
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.8
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.2

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
6.4
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.6
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.4
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.7
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
6.5
Oracle HCM Cloud
8.0
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
6.2
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.6
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.3
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.6

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.0
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.9
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.2
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.6
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.2
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.5
Review status tracking
Ascentis
6.2
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.2
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.1
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.6
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.1
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.8

Succession Planning

Ascentis
5.5
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.5
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
5.1
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.7
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
5.4
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.6
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.3
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.3
Candidate development
Ascentis
5.1
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.4

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.9
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.6
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.4
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.3
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.7
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.2
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.7
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.0
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.8
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.3
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
5.8
Oracle HCM Cloud
6.6
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
7.5
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.6
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
6.6
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.3

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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Oracle HCM Cloud

  • Streamlines processes by making them consistent but also allows ability to slightly change those processes based upon business units needs.
  • With new newsfeed capabilities making system access more readily available to all users on all devices.
  • Allows for upgrades which allows end user to be on the most up to date product but now incorporates features to truly let you determine when to release those features.
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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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Oracle HCM Cloud

  • Reporting out of Taleo Learn is difficult.
  • Automation of performance plans in Taleo performance is difficult given our complexity
  • Historic performance records of terminated associates can be difficult to find due the the large number of previous associates records we have
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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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Oracle HCM Cloud

Oracle HCM Cloud 9.3
Based on 29 answers
Taleo does what we need it to do and based on the costs from both a time and money perspective, I don't see us changing anytime soon. If anything I think we will look to leverage the capabilities available that we may not already be using.
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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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Oracle HCM Cloud

Oracle HCM Cloud 8.0
Based on 4 answers
Oracle managed to maintain its useability advantage. It will have new competitors on eRecruitment, where needs are quickly changing.
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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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Oracle HCM Cloud

Oracle HCM Cloud 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Oracle has an excellent support model. The challenge is in adopting this support model and making traditional IT and non-mature system administrators use this model. In combination with the Oracle Cloud (client) Community, the support is excellent.
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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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Oracle HCM Cloud

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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Oracle HCM Cloud

Oracle HCM Cloud 8.8
Based on 4 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

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.
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Oracle HCM Cloud

Oracle HCM Cloud 7.0
Based on 2 answers
There is a lot of potential on Fusion. We have reaped about 10% of potential benefits. Especially on Workforce Intelligence, the opportunities are huge. The reason why we do not use the solution at its full potential is not in the product (which is simple and transparent). A roadmap is under construction to bring more of its potential to the end user.
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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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Oracle HCM Cloud

I personally liked using Bullhorn better, everything was easy to pick up on and flowed really nicely. I feel that it was very intuitive were as Taleo does not have the same flow to it. Bullhorn also has a modern look and the ability for me to open all the jobs I am currently working on and candidate profiles at the same time
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Scalability

Ascentis

Ascentis 5.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Oracle HCM Cloud

Oracle HCM Cloud 8.0
Based on 5 answers
Taleo (owned now by Oracle) continues to be an incredibly powerful product and it's scalability is among the most robust of any ATS in use today.
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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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Oracle HCM Cloud

  • Once Taleo is up and running at your organization you will see a ROI within your first hire. I was using a lot of outside vendors prior to using Taleo which typical cost me 20K per hire for an engineer. So it was clear to the CEO once I made my first hire using Taleo via a job posting or referral or sourcing method that the ATS was the way to go. He was quite pleased. Cut the vendor fees from 500K a year down to under 100K!
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Pricing Details

Ascentis

General

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

Oracle HCM Cloud

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.0
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.5

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
5.8
Oracle HCM Cloud
9.3

Usability

Ascentis
7.1
Oracle HCM Cloud
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
8.0
Oracle HCM Cloud

Performance

Ascentis
8.0
Oracle HCM Cloud
9.0

Support

Ascentis
7.2
Oracle HCM Cloud
8.0

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Oracle HCM Cloud

Online Training

Ascentis
6.0
Oracle HCM Cloud
8.8

Implementation

Ascentis
6.2
Oracle HCM Cloud
7.0

Scalability

Ascentis
5.0
Oracle HCM Cloud
8.0

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