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Score 7.5 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

PCRecruiter

PCRecruiter is a great tool for staffing agencies. The ability to pull candidate info from your desktop rather than to search through file cabinets is a huge time saver. The only downside to PCRecruiter is that it could be more user-friendly and it takes some time in getting used to the features. The time it saves our recruiters definitely outweighs the Cons.
Ray Fisher | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

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

Leave and Attendance Management

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

Employee Self Service

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

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
PCRecruiter
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
PCRecruiter

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.6
PCRecruiter
Report builder
Ascentis
6.2
PCRecruiter
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
7.0
PCRecruiter
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
6.4
PCRecruiter

Onboarding

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

Performance and Goals

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

Performance Management

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

Succession Planning

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

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.6
PCRecruiter
7.0
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.0
PCRecruiter
7.5
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.0
PCRecruiter
7.1
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.9
PCRecruiter
7.0
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.6
PCRecruiter
7.3
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.7
PCRecruiter
7.2
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
6.5
PCRecruiter
7.3
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
5.8
PCRecruiter
6.6
Customized Application Form
Ascentis
PCRecruiter
7.6
Resume Management
Ascentis
PCRecruiter
6.2
Candidate Search
Ascentis
PCRecruiter
7.0
Collaboration
Ascentis
PCRecruiter
7.0
Task Creation and Delegation
Ascentis
PCRecruiter
7.0
Email Templates
Ascentis
PCRecruiter
6.7
User Permissions
Ascentis
PCRecruiter
7.3
Reporting
Ascentis
PCRecruiter
6.6

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

PCRecruiter

  • All client and candidate activities are tracked and documented in one place. This makes it very easy for our team to work collaboratively. For example all email correspondence is written to client or candidate record, sales calls, follow-up, etc. are all contained in one place.
  • We like the ability to customize fields and the work flow. We have created specific data field that are relevant to some of the niche markets we work. This has allowed us to quickly slice and dice our data for marketing and recruiting campaigns.
  • The Bulk email feature is very easy to use and we incorporate it into most of our marketing and recruiting campaigns and since it is fully integrated we see all of the activity associated with the client or candidate.
  • The RSS feed of jobs has allowed us to easily integrate with social media. when a position is posted into PCR it is automatically fed to multiple social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and twitter.
  • We use the calendar and Rollup list function to organize all of our recruiting and marketing campaigns. Rollups simplify the planning part of our business.
  • The metrics reporting is great. We are in a metrics driven business and with PCR we have automated most of the reporting such as interviews/hires, attempts/presentations, presentations/ interviews, etc.
Paul Cornell | 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

PCRecruiter

  • Customization - there are a few functions that do not work well with our company so if we could customize them to fit our company better, that would make PCR an even better program to utilize.
  • Updates - I don't receive too many emails in regards to updates so I will come across a few times that I cannot use PCR as I need to so it can become frustrating.
  • Alerts - if there was a function that would alert you for every inquiry, that would really help out instead of having to log in and see for yourself.
Adriana Garza | 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

PCRecruiter

PCRecruiter 8.9
Based on 8 answers
Right now, PCR is doing everything we need it to do. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our bottom-line, and PCR is getting it done leaving the work for us to implement and if we fall behind, that's on us. I am hoping PCR 9 is a big upgrade and pretty satisfied with PCR overall
Dave Bevington | 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

PCRecruiter

PCRecruiter 6.4
Based on 4 answers
The software is easy to access, operate and update. Screen designs and sequencing are excellent.The company Technical Service people are knowledgable and responsive. It can't get much better than this!
Anonymous | 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

PCRecruiter

PCRecruiter 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I have had little to no downtime with PC Recruiter (except for planned maintenance). Whether I am using it on my laptop or the mobile versions (iPad and Android based phone), I am able to get to my information quickly and easily
Mark Carlson, CPC | 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

PCRecruiter

PCRecruiter 9.6
Based on 2 answers
Except for an occassional "bug" in the software the system works very well and has for many years and thru sevewral upgrades.
Anonymous | 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

PCRecruiter

PCRecruiter 7.3
Based on 5 answers
I gave it this rating because I find that even though they are great support, they don't help to improve the situation because often it is out of their hands. It is that the website is down or some other issue that they can not readily fix. While helpful, I think some changes need to be made for this software to work better.
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

PCRecruiter

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

PCRecruiter

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

PCRecruiter

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

PCRecruiter

We used a software called CAPs before this that was antiquated in comparison. It didn't offer the same capabilities that PCR has and it saved locally on the premises so it could not easily be used from anywhere in the world. It didn't have a web scraping tool that was as useful as PCRs. It just wasn't the data powerhouse that PCR is.
Eric Noon | 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

PCRecruiter

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

PCRecruiter

  • Because I am a solo practitioner, with low volume recruiting, I don't use it to the fullest extent. So I'd say zero impact other than to track my information in case of discrepancies with clients.
  • There is a learning curve, so it does take away time from your day to learn the system.
  • Price is good.
Paul Lipman | 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

PCRecruiter

General

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

PCRecruiter Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Basic$851
  1. per user/per month
SaaS Edition
Basic$851
  1. per user/per month
Additional Pricing Details
Discounts available based on number of users, affiliations, length of contract, and other needs.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
PCRecruiter
7.5

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
PCRecruiter
8.9

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
PCRecruiter
6.4

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
PCRecruiter
9.0

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
PCRecruiter
9.6

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
PCRecruiter
7.3

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
PCRecruiter

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
PCRecruiter

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
PCRecruiter

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
PCRecruiter

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