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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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Sage HRMS

Sage HRMS is a software that fits in all organizations whether small or large and this makes it the most suitable HR solution as it will help you manage your workforce even if it may appear small. The software has analytics and reporting tools that are applicable in performance management where you will use them in assessing the productivity of your employees and plan on how to improve further as a workforce. It further helps in employee on-boarding, payroll management, and talent management
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.1
Sage HRMS
8.4
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.0
Sage HRMS
8.0
Employment history
Ascentis
7.8
Sage HRMS
9.0
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.1
Sage HRMS
8.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
6.7
Sage HRMS
8.0
Organizational charting
Ascentis
5.9
Sage HRMS
9.0
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.3
Sage HRMS
8.0
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
6.8
Sage HRMS
9.0

Payroll Management

Ascentis
7.5
Sage HRMS
8.7
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.2
Sage HRMS
9.0
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.5
Sage HRMS
9.0
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
6.9
Sage HRMS
8.0
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
8.7
Sage HRMS
9.0
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
7.3
Sage HRMS
9.0
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
6.5
Sage HRMS
8.0

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
7.6
Sage HRMS
8.7
Approval workflow
Ascentis
7.4
Sage HRMS
9.0
Balance details
Ascentis
7.6
Sage HRMS
8.0
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
Sage HRMS
9.0

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
7.5
Sage HRMS
8.4
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.0
Sage HRMS
9.0
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.3
Sage HRMS
8.0
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.4
Sage HRMS
9.0
Employee recognition
Ascentis
6.8
Sage HRMS
8.0
View job history
Ascentis
7.2
Sage HRMS
8.0

Asset Management

Ascentis
5.9
Sage HRMS
9.0
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
5.9
Sage HRMS
9.0

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.3
Sage HRMS
8.3
Report builder
Ascentis
6.5
Sage HRMS
8.0
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
6.5
Sage HRMS
9.0
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
5.7
Sage HRMS
8.0

Onboarding

Ascentis
7.1
Sage HRMS
7.5
New hire portal
Ascentis
7.3
Sage HRMS
8.0
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.8
Sage HRMS
7.0

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
6.4
Sage HRMS
8.5
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.4
Sage HRMS
8.0
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
6.5
Sage HRMS
9.0
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
6.2
Sage HRMS
8.0
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.3
Sage HRMS
9.0

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.0
Sage HRMS
8.6
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.1
Sage HRMS
9.0
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.2
Sage HRMS
8.0
Review status tracking
Ascentis
6.2
Sage HRMS
9.0
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.1
Sage HRMS
8.0
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.1
Sage HRMS
9.0

Succession Planning

Ascentis
5.5
Sage HRMS
8.5
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
5.1
Sage HRMS
9.0
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
5.4
Sage HRMS
8.0
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.3
Sage HRMS
8.0
Candidate development
Ascentis
5.1
Sage HRMS
9.0

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.9
Sage HRMS
8.4
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.4
Sage HRMS
8.0
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.6
Sage HRMS
9.0
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.7
Sage HRMS
9.0
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.8
Sage HRMS
7.0
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
5.8
Sage HRMS
8.0
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
7.5
Sage HRMS
9.0
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
6.6
Sage HRMS
9.0

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.
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Sage HRMS

  • Reporting - there are three levels of reporting - 1. Standard Reports 2. Query Tool - users can create very simple list with some filtering functionality 3. Crystal Reports - user can create very simple to complex report pulling data from multiple table, calculated fields, etc.
  • Benefit Tracking - benefit plans are setup utilizing rate tables therefore rate changes are updated globally
  • Payroll - everyday payroll processing and tax filing that is very user friendly
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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.
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Sage HRMS

  • It is sometimes hard to identify parts of competency/compensation history. We built tables to store this data but it is not laid out well on the screen.
  • Sometimes, even when you tell the system to "Add to History" it doesn't update so there is history missing. This impacts someone that relies on history for troubleshooting and reports.
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Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis

Ascentis 5.8
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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Sage HRMS

Sage HRMS 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I do not work with this software anymore, and I am not involved with the renewal of it. However, if I were, I would still suggest using it unless something better was introduced
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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.
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Sage HRMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
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Sage HRMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
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Sage HRMS

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.
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Sage HRMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.2
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.
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Sage HRMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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Sage HRMS

Sage HRMS was very cost effective for a non-profit. It does all that we needed as a company and more. It also allows us to handle payroll ourselves instead of outsourcing [it].
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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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Sage HRMS

  • As we have grown as an organization, the deficiencies in the reporting function have created more work for staff as we have to find other ways to create reports.
  • Over the last few years, we have encountered a few issues with calculations from the system which have caused a lot of additional labor hours and dollars to correct the problem.
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Pricing Details

Ascentis

General

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

Sage HRMS

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.0
Sage HRMS
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
5.8
Sage HRMS
8.0

Usability

Ascentis
7.1
Sage HRMS

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
8.0
Sage HRMS

Performance

Ascentis
8.0
Sage HRMS

Support

Ascentis
7.2
Sage HRMS

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Sage HRMS

Online Training

Ascentis
6.0
Sage HRMS

Implementation

Ascentis
6.2
Sage HRMS

Scalability

Ascentis
5.0
Sage HRMS

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