Ascentis (discontinued) vs. Saba Cloud

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Ascentis (discontinued)
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
Ascentis HR uses web-based management programs to help automate complex HR processes. Ascentis’ other services included customizable payroll, time and attendance and recruiting modules. Ascentis was acquired by UKG in March of 2022, and will be discontinued.N/A
Saba Cloud
Score 7.5 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Saba Cloud is a talent management suite which includes performance management, succession planning, learning management, planning, and recruiting. The vendor intends the cloud-based platform to be highly scalable to enable continuous corporate employee development.N/A
Pricing
Ascentis (discontinued)Saba Cloud
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Ascentis (discontinued)Saba Cloud
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Ascentis (discontinued)Saba Cloud
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
7.1
150 Ratings
10% below category average
Saba Cloud
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Ratings
Employee demographic data6.8137 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history7.3140 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration6.9128 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.6.7126 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting5.290 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management8.0109 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)8.8102 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
7.8
125 Ratings
3% below category average
Saba Cloud
-
Ratings
Pay calculation7.1115 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors6.162 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment8.328 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration6.7108 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files9.2100 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.692 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management8.851 Ratings00 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
7.8
105 Ratings
3% below category average
Saba Cloud
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Ratings
Approval workflow8.099 Ratings00 Ratings
Balance details7.099 Ratings00 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment8.484 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
7.0
153 Ratings
15% below category average
Saba Cloud
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Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information7.8138 Ratings00 Ratings
Update personal information8.6151 Ratings00 Ratings
View company policy documentation5.4110 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee recognition6.061 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history7.3108 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
5.8
33 Ratings
29% below category average
Saba Cloud
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Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets5.833 Ratings00 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
6.4
147 Ratings
17% below category average
Saba Cloud
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Ratings
Report builder7.0144 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.5142 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data4.673 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
5.1
98 Ratings
44% below category average
Saba Cloud
8.0
24 Ratings
9% above category average
New hire portal5.398 Ratings7.411 Ratings
Manager tracking tools4.976 Ratings8.519 Ratings
Compliance tracking and reporting00 Ratings8.223 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
7.2
57 Ratings
12% below category average
Saba Cloud
7.9
26 Ratings
8% above category average
Corporate goal setting6.743 Ratings8.724 Ratings
Individual goal setting7.653 Ratings8.026 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility7.138 Ratings8.725 Ratings
Performance tracking7.250 Ratings7.025 Ratings
Subordinate goal setting00 Ratings7.025 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
6.1
63 Ratings
26% below category average
Saba Cloud
7.5
28 Ratings
9% above category average
Performance plans5.659 Ratings8.022 Ratings
Performance improvement plans5.650 Ratings7.818 Ratings
Review status tracking5.857 Ratings8.519 Ratings
Review reminders6.555 Ratings8.618 Ratings
Multiple review frequency6.650 Ratings7.116 Ratings
Plan weighting00 Ratings6.614 Ratings
Manager note taking00 Ratings7.016 Ratings
Rater nomination workflow00 Ratings7.515 Ratings
Workflow restrictions00 Ratings6.414 Ratings
Reporting00 Ratings7.027 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
5.9
27 Ratings
29% below category average
Saba Cloud
7.7
14 Ratings
7% above category average
Create succession plans/pools6.421 Ratings8.613 Ratings
Candidate ranking6.421 Ratings7.312 Ratings
Candidate search5.027 Ratings7.512 Ratings
Candidate development5.823 Ratings7.413 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
5.5
89 Ratings
34% below category average
Saba Cloud
8.6
8 Ratings
16% above category average
Job Requisition Management5.585 Ratings7.75 Ratings
Company Website Posting5.279 Ratings8.35 Ratings
Publish to Social Media5.759 Ratings8.54 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting5.871 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention5.657 Ratings9.15 Ratings
Applicant Tracking5.783 Ratings9.25 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts5.369 Ratings9.17 Ratings
Customized Application Form00 Ratings8.34 Ratings
Resume Management00 Ratings7.64 Ratings
Candidate Search00 Ratings8.55 Ratings
Collaboration00 Ratings9.15 Ratings
Email Templates00 Ratings9.26 Ratings
User Permissions00 Ratings9.15 Ratings
Reporting00 Ratings9.28 Ratings
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
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Ratings
Saba Cloud
8.9
31 Ratings
23% above category average
Course authoring00 Ratings9.024 Ratings
Course catalog or library00 Ratings9.030 Ratings
Player/Portal00 Ratings8.528 Ratings
Learning content00 Ratings9.029 Ratings
Mobile friendly00 Ratings8.025 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications00 Ratings9.530 Ratings
Assignments00 Ratings9.529 Ratings
Compliance management00 Ratings9.030 Ratings
Learning administration00 Ratings9.030 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics00 Ratings9.030 Ratings
Social learning00 Ratings8.021 Ratings
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Ascentis (discontinued)Saba Cloud
Small Businesses
Patriot Software
Patriot Software
Score 9.0 out of 10
Paycor
Paycor
Score 7.4 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.5 out of 10
Darwinbox
Darwinbox
Score 8.1 out of 10
Enterprises
Infor Human Resources
Infor Human Resources
Score 7.4 out of 10
Oracle Fusion Cloud HCM
Oracle Fusion Cloud HCM
Score 7.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
Ascentis (discontinued)Saba Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
7.2
(164 ratings)
9.0
(50 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
6.3
(12 ratings)
4.5
(5 ratings)
Usability
7.6
(44 ratings)
7.8
(11 ratings)
Availability
6.7
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
7.1
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.2
(150 ratings)
8.3
(16 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.3
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.3
(5 ratings)
4.5
(2 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
3.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
6.7
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.6
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.6
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Ascentis (discontinued)Saba Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
Our organization uses Saba Cloud primarily to manage all types of learning systems or staff training empirically. In addition, it provides us with a quick test-based follow-up to the trainees. We use Saba Cloud to train our clientele in a professional manner with respect to our worldwide online service. With this tool we are able to enhance the customer experience with the organization. Similarly, our organization uses Saba Cloud to monitor the performance and effectiveness of our employees and customers after having access to all the information provided by the application to subsequently make learning and development reports.
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Pros
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  • 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!
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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Skills Management - Saba has allowed us to set specific expectations for employees based upon their role, and this has clarified the skill requirements for employees.
  • Goal Management - With Saba, managers can easily create goals aligned up to senior leadership, and then work with their direct reports to create supporting goals.
  • Learning Management - Using Saba's built-in Smart Lists, assigning compliance training is a simple process that used to be a challenge in our former LMS.
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Cons
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  • 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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Saba continues to improve their reporting and analytics. While it is much improved over previous versions, it can be improved.
  • Release Notes for system updates need to be delivered to admins farther in advance of the update in order to prepare properly.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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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Cornerstone OnDemand
Typically customers that acquire a Saba solution rarely move away. There are reasons and "legends" behind this. The investment is significant. Time and money are required to make the engine go smoothly. But once it runs at full capacity, it doesn't stop! Professional Services are extremely competent and able to close implementation gaps quickly.
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Usability
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
As someone who creates classes and is also a learning administrator in the system, I have run into some issues with the system's capabilities for my needs. I am not a fan of having to use Adobe Captivate to download a PowerPoint presentation into the system, as my training sessions are much more than a glorified PowerPoint. Our organization has yet to turn on Saba Meetings, which may help with these limitations.
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Reliability and Availability
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
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Performance
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
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Support Rating
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
For the times that we have used the support provided by Saba, it has been a very pleasurable experience for our department. Part of our package with Saba includes a specified number of hours of "training" time with Saba. During these meetings, we have shared our desires of the product and the support personnel have either shown us how to accomplish our task or they have taken our requests to their developers to look at future enhancements. Overall, very pleased with the support.
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In-Person Training
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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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Cornerstone OnDemand
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Online Training
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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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Cornerstone OnDemand
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Implementation Rating
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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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Cornerstone OnDemand
Was not involved with integration.
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Alternatives Considered
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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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
We had extensive reviews with a plan of what we needed and must have out of the system, including custom learning paths and tracking inside our HRIS system to grant permissions and positions based on completed learning certifications and courses. We weighed each option and chose based on the one that met the most of the must-haves.
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Scalability
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Large acquisition would be very complicated, seems more appropriate for companies under 100
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Cornerstone OnDemand
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Return on Investment
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  • 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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • This may seem small but with 90% of our workforce not at our main facility just the fact that since July 1, 2021, we have had over 18,956 compliance-related training completed by our staff. Do the math the ROI is wonderful.
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ScreenShots

Ascentis (discontinued) Screenshots

Screenshot of Access all of your details including, paychecks, personal file, timeclock, etc via our mobile app.Screenshot of Punch-in and punch-out on the go.Screenshot of Centralized location for everything related to a user or admin.Screenshot of Every employee has access to their personal information in one location.Screenshot of Pre-built reporting along with Ad Hoc reporting gives you the ability to understand your business as a whole.Screenshot of Benefit enrollment made easy for your employees.

Saba Cloud Screenshots

Screenshot of The Intelligent Mentor in Action - RecommendationsScreenshot of Learning PlanScreenshot of Informal LearningScreenshot of Performance Check-insScreenshot of Succession Talent DashboardScreenshot of Organizational Planning