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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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

I think it's a good platform for tracking and monitoring goals, feedback, and development. We don't use the 1:1 meeting feature, however, I can see how that would be valuable for many organizations. I do like that it is very customizable, however, that also presents problems in that sometimes forms and/or processes can be a bit challenging to create easily and quickly.
Eric Bryant, PHR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

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

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
8.0
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Approval workflow
Ascentis
8.4
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Balance details
Ascentis
7.9
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
8.2
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.2
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.6
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.7
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Employee recognition
Ascentis
7.7
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
View job history
Ascentis
8.6
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.5
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Report builder
Ascentis
6.2
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
7.0
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
6.4
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
7.8
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
7.7
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
7.6
Compliance tracking and reporting
Ascentis
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
8.0

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
7.1
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
5.7
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.6
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
4.3
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
7.4
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
7.6
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
7.3
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
4.8
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.9
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
7.2
Subordinate goal setting
Ascentis
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
4.6

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.6
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
6.5
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.6
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
5.8
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.7
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
4.6
Review status tracking
Ascentis
7.1
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
6.2
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.9
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
6.9
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.7
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
7.0
Plan weighting
Ascentis
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
8.7
Manager note taking
Ascentis
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
6.7
Rater nomination workflow
Ascentis
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
7.8
Workflow restrictions
Ascentis
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
8.1
Reporting
Ascentis
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
3.1

Succession Planning

Ascentis
6.3
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
7.8
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
6.3
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
7.6
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
6.5
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
7.6
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.1
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
8.0
Candidate development
Ascentis
6.4
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
8.0

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.7
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.0
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.0
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.9
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.6
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.7
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
6.5
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
5.8
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

  • 1:1 agendas are easy to create, add comments to and prompt excellent conversation flow on the topics that truly matter to the manager and the employee.
  • The system can be easily customized to reflect your company's language and culture. We did this in several areas of the platform (goals, development, learning), and it made a world of difference in the understanding and adaptation of our users. One example is that in each learning module, we added 3 questions in the course description so that managers would be automatically prompted to ask to follow up / learning transfer questions when their employees enroll and take a learning course.
  • Halogen support is outstanding. Any question I have had has been answered upon the first contact or within 24 hours.
Bonnie Van Epps | 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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

  • My organization does not use all of the functions/modules that Halogen offers, but I find that those modules still appear on the Halogen main page. I think a great area for improvement is to hide these functions so as not to confuse employees.
Anonymous | 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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen) 8.0
Based on 11 answers
Implementing a new system and process company wide is never an easy task. We moved so quickly in such a short period of time that we were able to learn quickly but also have the opportunity to improve the Halogen experience. We will more than likely will renew our use of Halogen as we already are seeing a small impact which hopefully in the long run will lead to a greater impact
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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen) 9.1
Based on 4 answers
Halogen is very intuitive and provides very clean work-space ... lots of white space and modern layouts. There is more than one way to accomplish your action, too!
Karen Blalock | 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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

No score
No answers yet
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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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen) 5.9
Based on 13 answers
We only purchased the appraisal module and without the other modules offered, you are really limited in what you can do and the process becomes much more involved with needing to maintain information across multiple platforms. We found that they charge for everything and call it "consulting." We poured so much money and time into a system that was just overkill for what we really needed.
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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen) 8.1
Based on 3 answers
Very easy to implement and Halogen has a well-trained implementation staff!
Ron Ketelsen | 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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

I have used other systems in the past and I like that Halogen provides everything in one space. I would like to see a more developed way to report training, not in the LMS, but I think that for the most part that Halogen is a robust system that is superior to its competition.
L Bednar, Learning and Development Guru | 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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

  • We are able to get our reviews done in a quicker amount of time. Instead of 4-8 weeks we were able to get it done under a month.
  • Halogen has gotten better at given us a heads up when the system will be down. Most patches are done overnight so we can at least verify it was done, but their success rate of a patch not breaking something is not at 99%. So we do lose productivity when the system is down.
  • The tool is easier to do so there are fewer questions from users outside the core team.
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

Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
5.0

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
8.0

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
5.9

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)
8.1

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
Saba TalentSpace (formerly Halogen)

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