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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

Paylocity

We have a large and complicated payroll process which we were very excited that Paylocity was equipped to handle as long as we upload our payroll correctly. It is not, however, equipped to track these complex structures within the system because bonus metrics have to be tied to the position rather than the employee. Because of this, we have to use clunky custom fields with limited functionality
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.5
Paylocity
6.9
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.0
Paylocity
7.2
Employment history
Ascentis
7.9
Paylocity
6.9
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.7
Paylocity
7.9
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
7.3
Paylocity
7.3
Organizational charting
Ascentis
6.5
Paylocity
6.1
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.6
Paylocity
6.6
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
7.7
Paylocity
6.4

Payroll Management

Ascentis
8.3
Paylocity
6.8
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.5
Paylocity
6.9
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.7
Paylocity
6.0
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Ascentis
8.3
Paylocity
5.0
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
7.7
Paylocity
6.7
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
9.0
Paylocity
8.1
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
8.1
Paylocity
7.2
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
8.4
Paylocity
7.6

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
8.0
Paylocity
7.5
Approval workflow
Ascentis
8.4
Paylocity
7.6
Balance details
Ascentis
7.9
Paylocity
7.6
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
Paylocity
7.4

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
8.2
Paylocity
7.8
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.2
Paylocity
7.7
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.6
Paylocity
8.6
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.7
Paylocity
7.1
Employee recognition
Ascentis
7.7
Paylocity
8.0
View job history
Ascentis
8.6
Paylocity
7.6

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Paylocity
8.6
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Paylocity
8.6

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.6
Paylocity
6.0
Report builder
Ascentis
6.2
Paylocity
6.8
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
7.0
Paylocity
6.3
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
6.4
Paylocity
4.9

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
Paylocity
7.2
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
Paylocity
6.9
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
Paylocity
7.5

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
7.1
Paylocity
8.0
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.6
Paylocity
7.5
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
7.4
Paylocity
8.2
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
7.3
Paylocity
8.0
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.9
Paylocity
8.3

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.6
Paylocity
7.9
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.6
Paylocity
6.8
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.7
Paylocity
7.7
Review status tracking
Ascentis
7.1
Paylocity
8.0
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.9
Paylocity
8.4
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.7
Paylocity
8.7

Succession Planning

Ascentis
6.3
Paylocity
7.6
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
6.3
Paylocity
7.3
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
6.5
Paylocity
7.9
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.1
Paylocity
7.8
Candidate development
Ascentis
6.4
Paylocity
7.5

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.6
Paylocity
7.4
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.0
Paylocity
6.4
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.0
Paylocity
8.3
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.9
Paylocity
6.6
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.6
Paylocity
7.7
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.7
Paylocity
8.9
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
6.5
Paylocity
7.7
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
5.8
Paylocity
6.4

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

Paylocity

  • It has a very cool and easy to use recognition function called impressions. Instead of a simple instant message or email saying thank you, you can offer an impression saying thanks that can be categorized and made public the rest of the company when they access Paylocity. It's just a cool function that spreads thanks and engagement across the organization with little cost and effort.
  • The self service portal for employees is easy to use as well. If you need to access vacation accrual and balances, PTO requests, pay check stubs, pay information, need to change your address or name, etc. it's very easy to find and navigate. You don't need to dig or click everywhere.
  • The journal entry function is useful too for 1:1 meetings or check in meetings for manages and their direct reports. It gives an easy module to record notes, discuss topics, attach documents, or make notes of items that need to be followed up on. Not everyone here uses it, but it does help organize meetings and keep them on track.
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

Paylocity

  • The on-boarding area could be a bit less tedious- starting a new hire from recruit to hire is a bit tedious but you get used to it
  • The time clocks need to be hardwired to a running computer at all times- very old technology, even ADP lets us hardwire it to our network (so we do not have to rely on our clocks running on computer)
Suzy Vera, MBA | 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

Paylocity

Paylocity 9.2
Based on 6 answers
The transition from my old provider to Paylocity was virtually painless. I always felt well supported by my account rep. I would use Paylocity again, but I'm not in a position to change providers at my current company right now.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Paylocity

Paylocity 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Paylocity provides a friendly user experience with large icons on the web interface to allow ease of use. There has hardly ever been an outage on the website; the uptime is superb! Our employees provide positive feedback on their experience with using Paylocity as their time, benefits, and payroll provider.
Kirk Lewis | 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

Paylocity

Paylocity 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Solid network - down for upgrades at late hours during the weekend when I am definitely not in the system to use it. Even if I was, they provide excellent advance notice.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Paylocity

Paylocity 5.0
Based on 1 answer
It's so manual, not automated or intuitive.
Bonny O'Neill | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Paylocity

Paylocity 7.2
Based on 24 answers
Every time I call, their security is amazing. You have to provide company ID, your name, and your employee ID# so that they know whether or not they can speak to you or give you any information. When you have a question they are always available to walk you through whatever it is you are having trouble with. If they don't have an answer, they will take your information and get back to you in a timely manner.
Maria MARTI | 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

Paylocity

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

Paylocity

Paylocity 10.0
Based on 1 answer
very knowledgeable presenters for their webinars and very user friendly; you can learn at your own pace
Yolanda Dunleavy | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Paylocity

Paylocity 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The Implementation team members are very knowledgeable in their field and made this such an easier process
Yolanda Dunleavy | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Paylocity

The ADP platforms did not allow us as much access to our data as Paylocity. We were constantly needing to reach out to the ADP support team to run reports or fix things within the system. With Paylocity, we have significantly more access, which leads to reduced wait times and higher efficiency. Employees have also found the self-service aspect to be leaps and bounds ahead of the prior ADP system.
Jason Magill | 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

Paylocity

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

Paylocity

  • Paylocity has permitted our company to reduce the time commitment to payroll processing and enabled our company to reduce one position in our accounting department. It has also made our Human Resources department become more effective and reduce overtime costs.
  • Paylocity's report allow for better measuring of expenses and better financial management.
  • Through Paylocity, we are better able to serve our employees with real time information and easier access to their records at their immediate disposal.
Matt Brager | 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

Ascentis Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Paylocity

General

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

Paylocity Editions & Modules

Edition
Paylocity$2.001
  1. Per Employee Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
Paylocity
5.8

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
Paylocity
9.2

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
Paylocity
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
Paylocity
9.0

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
Paylocity
5.0

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Paylocity
7.2

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Paylocity

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
Paylocity
10.0

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Paylocity
10.0

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
Paylocity

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