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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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QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

It is extremely well suited for smaller companies who are trying to manage things on their own without outsourcing too much. The program is easy to learn and doesn't require too much training time before it can be implemented. The online/cloud feature makes it even more accessible to our employees, so it's great. It would be hard for a large company to use it since it is geared towards smaller companies and the interface may become overwhelming with too many inputs/bills to manage.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.1
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.0
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Employment history
Ascentis
7.8
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.2
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
6.8
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Organizational charting
Ascentis
5.9
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.3
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
6.9
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

Payroll Management

Ascentis
7.5
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.9
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.1
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.5
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.4
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
6.9
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.4
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
8.6
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.0
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
7.4
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.4
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
6.5
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.0

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
7.5
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Approval workflow
Ascentis
7.4
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Balance details
Ascentis
7.5
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.6
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
7.6
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.0
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.3
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.4
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Employee recognition
Ascentis
6.8
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
View job history
Ascentis
7.2
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.2
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.2
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.2
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Report builder
Ascentis
6.6
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
6.5
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
5.7
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

Onboarding

Ascentis
7.0
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
New hire portal
Ascentis
7.2
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.7
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
6.3
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.4
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
6.5
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
6.1
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.2
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

Performance Management

Ascentis
5.9
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.1
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.1
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Review status tracking
Ascentis
6.2
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.1
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.2
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

Succession Planning

Ascentis
5.4
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
5.1
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
5.4
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.2
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Candidate development
Ascentis
5.1
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.9
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.3
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.5
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.8
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.8
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.0
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
7.4
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
6.6
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

Customization

Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.2
API for custom integration
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.3
Plug-ins
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.0

Security

Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.9
Single sign-on capability
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.4
Role-based user permissions
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.5

Reporting & Analytics

Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.9
Dashboards
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
9.0
Standard reports
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.9
Custom reports
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.7

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.3
Accounts payable
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
9.1
Accounts receivable
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.9
Cash management
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.4
Bank reconciliation
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.7
Expense management
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.1
Time tracking
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.8
Fixed asset management
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.8
Multi-currency support
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.5
Multi-division support
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.9
Regulations compliance
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.9
Electronic tax filing
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.4
Self-service portal
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.9
Global Financial Support
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.2
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.6
Intercompany Accounting
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.5
Localizations
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.1
Journals and Reconciliations
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.6
Enterprise Accounting
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.6
Configurable Accounting
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.7
Centralized Rules Framework
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.6
Standardized Processes
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.0

Inventory Management

Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.8
Inventory tracking
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.3
Automatic reordering
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.0
Location management
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.2
Manufacturing module
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.7

Order Management

Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.3
Pricing
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.2
Order entry
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.1
Credit card processing
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.7
Cost of goods sold
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.5
Order Orchestration
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.1
End-to-end order visibility
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.2
Order exception Resolution
Ascentis
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.2

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.
Drew Bishop profile photo

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

  • Online banking is easy and fun to learn, and saves data-entry for those little debits/ATM's on your bank statement.
  • Invoices can be designed to look nice and emailed with a "Pay link which speeds up cash flow; a #1 concern for new businesses.
  • Save money by using the online payroll that syncs in data so you don't have to enter complicated paychecks at all.
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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.
Megan Hoffmann profile photo

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

  • One regular bug I experience with the desktop app is the "shoe came untied" error. It seems to happen all the time but is usually fixed with a restart. Just a minor annoyance.
  • There is so much QB can do, it's hard to know how to use it. I'm no professional accountant so I'm not familiar with most of the reporting and functions that are useful - so better training and support for noobs would be helpful. That said, I've noticed a ton of resources, I just haven't taken advantage of them - so it's probably more user error than QB's problem - though I suppose I haven't felt that learning new things within the app are the easiest.
  • I have had a specific error where one of my banks is only importing 1 credit card, rather than all 5 of the cards on the same account. I think this is a Quickbooks error, however, it's possible it may be from the bank side. This is an issue I wish Quickbooks would help resolve.
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Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis

Ascentis 5.7
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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QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 8.0
Based on 9 answers
I haven't spent that much time with the newer versions of QuickBooks for Mac, but I think I'm seeing it make the much-needed improvements. For example, something as simple as undoing the previous reconciliation was a terrible chore, and I'm glad that feature has been included in the newer versions of QuickBooks for Mac
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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.
Jennifer Steffens profile photo

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 8.0
Based on 3 answers
The Mac version is OK overall. I find the Windows versions to be much more robust but Mac is quite good for Mac users. Though I think die hard Mac users should consider QuickBooks Online instead as there is a new QB for Mac app that makes using QBO much better!
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Reliability and Availability

Ascentis

Ascentis 8.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I've been using the QuickBooks online version for a little over 6 months now (upgraded from Mac desktop) and I haven't had any access issues. There have been times when it was down for service/upgrade however there is always plenty of notification time given by the Quick Books Online Support team. These upgrade maintenance time frames are always over night hours and on the weekends so everything can be worked around very easily.
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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.
Dawn Haag-Hatterer, JD profile photo

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Because the support level I get is probably not what the average user gets
Robyn Smithson, CB profile photo

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 profile photo

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

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.
Jennifer Steffens profile photo

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.3
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.
Mary Meadows profile photo

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 5.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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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QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

QuickBooks for Mac definitely outshines other competitors mainly due to its ability to sync seamlessly with all mac products, which other programs have continual problems with. Although the Mac version isn't quite as powerful as the Microsoft counterpart, it is still one of the best programs out there and will not disappoint.
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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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QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

  • I have been using QB for so long that it is for me a quick and easy process and I don't think twice about hoping in and out many times a day
  • With the ability to sync with financial institutions and credit card providers the automation reduces my workload SIGNIFICANTLY
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Pricing Details

Ascentis

General

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

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

General

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

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