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Score 8.3 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

Priority AccountEdge

If you are handling a large client list, and are selling services, it is dead easy. If you are managing/selling a physical inventory, it seems like it has great options to do that quite well (disclaimer, I do not use those functions, but I have paid attention as that functionality was built into the software). If you want to link your bank account to a bookkeeping platform, this is not the software for you (at least so far).
Dan Workman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

Ascentis
8.3
Priority AccountEdge
8.0
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.5
Priority AccountEdge
9.0
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.7
Priority AccountEdge
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Ascentis
8.3
Priority AccountEdge
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
7.7
Priority AccountEdge
7.0
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
9.0
Priority AccountEdge
9.0
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
8.1
Priority AccountEdge
7.0
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
8.4
Priority AccountEdge
8.1

Leave and Attendance Management

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

Employee Self Service

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

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Priority AccountEdge
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Priority AccountEdge

HR Reporting

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

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
Priority AccountEdge
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
Priority AccountEdge
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
Priority AccountEdge

Performance and Goals

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

Performance Management

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

Succession Planning

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

Recruiting / ATS

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

Security

Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
9.0
Role-based user permissions
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
9.0

Reporting & Analytics

Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
8.4
Dashboards
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
7.3
Standard reports
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
9.0
Custom reports
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
8.9

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
7.7
Accounts payable
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
9.0
Accounts receivable
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
9.0
Cash management
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
8.1
Bank reconciliation
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
8.6
Expense management
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
7.5
Time tracking
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
8.8
Multi-currency support
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
9.0
Multi-division support
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
9.1
Regulations compliance
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
8.0
Electronic tax filing
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
5.0
Self-service portal
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
2.7

Inventory Management

Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
8.0
Inventory tracking
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
8.0
Automatic reordering
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
8.0
Location management
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
8.0
Manufacturing module
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
8.0

Order Management

Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
7.0
Pricing
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
7.0
Order entry
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
7.0
Credit card processing
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
7.0
Cost of goods sold
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
6.9

Customization

Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
7.0
Plug-ins
Ascentis
Priority AccountEdge
7.0

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

Priority AccountEdge

  • AccountEdge has a robust report menu that allows a user to slice and dice data for analysis. Report on projects for the life of the project across fiscal years. Report on different departments with segregated income statements.
  • For users who want to run payroll in house that is easily done through the payroll module. Print physical checks or direct deposit to employee's account, process payroll taxes and file year end W2s.
  • My personal favorites are time billing and retainers. As a service based business I can at my fingertips review how much money a client has on deposit with me and how much of that will be billed out at the end of the month. The integration with AccountEdge Mobile rounds it all out with being able to log my time on-site.
  • Last but not least AccountEdge Mobile in general, as the companion app for the desktop software is invaluable. My heaviest use is the spend money feature. Excellent for logging travel receipts & cash expenses while they are fresh on the brain. Really cuts back the data entry at the end of a trip and trying to recall what something may have been for.
joAnn Ortiz | 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

Priority AccountEdge

  • My biggest frustration, and one that I've mentioned to Acclivity for many years, is that it only permits opening nine windows at a time (plus the home window). I hit that limit almost daily, and then I have to decide what do I close so I can complete the transaction that needed the "9th" window.
  • The Accounts section includes two quick reports, "Analyze Profit and Loss" and "Analyze Balance Sheet. These can be filtered for the current month or any prior month in the current fiscal year. And that's fine most of the year, but at the beginning of the next year, when I haven't yet started the new fiscal year, these only go to December of the prior year. The regular reports for these can select "next year;" why can't these?
  • It would be helpful if the journal entry number would have one or two additional digits available. For example, when I am entering journal entries for a client, I would like to use a number such as CPA2014001, CPA2014002, etc. to distinguish what I enter from the "automatic" entries that AccountEdge does. But that's one more digit than AccountEdge allows, so if I had over 100 adjustments, I would run out of entry numbers.
Thomas Healy | 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

Priority AccountEdge

Priority AccountEdge 8.8
Based on 10 answers
Without a doubt, when you need to do accounting use the program that will get the job done in the least amount of time with the least amount of errors. Once you are using a program that works you stay with it year after year and you will find yourself even excited about the updates
Sharon L. Nash | 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

Priority AccountEdge

Priority AccountEdge 8.2
Based on 2 answers
AccountEdge Pro & Basic is laid out in easy to use centers which compartmentalize a users needs based on departments. Along with that one can set up recurring transactions for things that repeat daily through annually and anything in between. You can set a preference for automatic posting or a user specific reminder to post the action
joAnn Ortiz | 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

Priority AccountEdge

Priority AccountEdge 9.1
Based on 1 answer
One of the finer advantages of desktop software, it's always available. AccountEdge doesn't suffer from outages or sluggish internet like web based applications do. It's always there when you power on your device!
joAnn Ortiz | 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

Priority AccountEdge

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

Priority AccountEdge

Priority AccountEdge 5.5
Based on 2 answers
Rarely do we get support due to it costing money. Sell us on a Monthly service, bump up your CRM and Marketing and AccountEdge could easily be getting $2k/ month from us.
Jeremy Doyle | 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

Priority AccountEdge

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

Priority AccountEdge

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

Priority AccountEdge

Priority AccountEdge 7.0
Based on 1 answer
unfortunately no.
Jeremy Doyle | 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

Priority AccountEdge

For Mac enthusiasts, AccountEdge is the complete installed software solution for small to medium-sized businesses, as it has so many capabilities that QuickBooks for Mac lacks. However, it holds your hand less than QuickBooks for Mac does, so you ought to know what your are doing in keeping business books properly. If your needs are simple, QuickBooks for Mac may be a better solution. QuickBooks Online and Xero are excellent cloud accounting solutions that can be used on the Mac equally well as on Windows. QuickBooks Online offers a similar set of features as QuickBooks for Mac, with the addition of anywhere, anytime access. Xero is a great basic accounting solution in the cloud that can also be used equally well on Macs and WIndows, and offers endless customization and flexibility through its extensive third-party app integration for almost any need.
Brent Blackburn | 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

Priority AccountEdge

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

Priority AccountEdge

  • Increased employee efficiency - Time is no longer spent switching between programs because all of the information can be found in one place.
  • Customer service has also improved because employees find the program much easier to use, even at the point of sale.
  • Better record keeping - AccountEdge has a very simple invoicing application that allows us to keep track of and balance our accounts.
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

Priority AccountEdge

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
Priority AccountEdge
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
Priority AccountEdge
8.8

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
Priority AccountEdge
8.2

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
Priority AccountEdge
9.1

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
Priority AccountEdge

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Priority AccountEdge
5.5

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Priority AccountEdge

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
Priority AccountEdge

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Priority AccountEdge
7.0

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
Priority AccountEdge

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