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Score 5.8 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

Sage People

Sage People is well suited to small-medium sized organizations that would like a cloud-based HR solution with no need for servers or software to install. I really like the fact that it is based on Salesforce.com so you know that it will be extremely reliable and well supported. It is very flexible and customizable and can work in complex HR arrangements. For example, we have employees in nearly 60 countries and multiple HR jurisdictions and we are able to make it work for us. However, if you are moving from a traditional or customized HR system there may be a steep learning curve and you should be prepared to spend a lot of time setting up and customizing to your needs, in addition to training.
Jeremiah Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.5
Sage People
6.9
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.0
Sage People
6.7
Employment history
Ascentis
7.9
Sage People
9.6
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.7
Sage People
9.6
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
7.3
Sage People
3.3
Organizational charting
Ascentis
6.5
Sage People
7.8
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.6
Sage People
8.2
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
7.7
Sage People
3.1

Payroll Management

Ascentis
8.3
Sage People
9.6
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.5
Sage People
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.7
Sage People
9.6
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Ascentis
8.3
Sage People
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
7.7
Sage People
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
9.0
Sage People
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
8.1
Sage People
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
8.4
Sage People

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
8.0
Sage People
9.1
Approval workflow
Ascentis
8.4
Sage People
9.2
Balance details
Ascentis
7.9
Sage People
9.0
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
Sage People
9.2

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
8.2
Sage People
8.7
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.2
Sage People
9.8
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.6
Sage People
9.8
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.7
Sage People
10.0
Employee recognition
Ascentis
7.7
Sage People
4.1
View job history
Ascentis
8.6
Sage People
9.6

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Sage People
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Sage People

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.5
Sage People
9.8
Report builder
Ascentis
6.2
Sage People
9.8
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
7.0
Sage People
9.8
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
6.4
Sage People
9.8

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
Sage People
9.6
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
Sage People
9.6
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
Sage People
9.6

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
7.1
Sage People
7.1
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.6
Sage People
7.2
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
7.4
Sage People
7.4
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
7.3
Sage People
7.4
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.9
Sage People
6.4

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.6
Sage People
6.8
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.6
Sage People
5.7
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.7
Sage People
5.0
Review status tracking
Ascentis
7.1
Sage People
5.6
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.9
Sage People
8.8
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.7
Sage People
9.0

Succession Planning

Ascentis
6.3
Sage People
8.0
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
6.3
Sage People
8.2
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
6.5
Sage People
8.0
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.1
Sage People
8.0
Candidate development
Ascentis
6.4
Sage People
7.8

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.6
Sage People
6.5
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.0
Sage People
8.0
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.0
Sage People
7.4
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.9
Sage People
7.4
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.6
Sage People
7.2
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.7
Sage People
2.1
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
6.5
Sage People
5.6
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
5.8
Sage People
8.0

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

Sage People

  • Sage is highly flexible and configurable, allowing us to manage the variety of geographies and functional units in one platform.
  • Sage is highly customer focused, with great CSM support.
  • Sage People will be able to integrate with other Sage pillars such as Accounting and Payroll.
Stacie Alexander, SPHR | 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

Sage People

  • We found out-of-the-box configuration and fields for employees and salary to be lacking and had to do extensive customization especially for salary.
  • Basic salary functionality like uniform pay grades and automatic calculations based on FTE are lacking. This makes simple things like COLA adjustments to be a chore.
  • It is very easy to customize, which is a "Pro", but also means that you might have to do quite a bit of customization to get it to do what you'd like.
  • The employee Self-serve ("WX") interface can be a bit slow at times.
Jeremiah Miller | 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

Sage People

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Sage People

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Sage People

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

Sage People

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

Sage People

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.
Jennifer Steffens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage People

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

Sage People

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

Sage People

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Sage People

Sage was a better fit for us for two reasons. One is that SuccessFactors seemed geared toward larger, more structured companies rather than to mid-size companies. The second reason is that from an Implementation standpoint, Sage has their own team while SuccessFactors uses third-party vendors. We felt that Sage would be more invested with us and a better partner in our success.
Stacie Alexander, SPHR | 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

Sage People

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

Sage People

  • Sage People has helped us to standardize our HR processes across a complex multinational environment. Overall, this has saved us time and resources
  • Licensing can be expensive especially for HR administrator licenses, and non-profit pricing isn't as good as we would hope. However, in the long run, costs are saved because there is no need for internal infrastructures such as servers or client applications
  • Integration with multiple payroll providers saves time and money and reduces the chance for errors.
Jeremiah Miller | 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

Sage People

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
Sage People
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
Sage People

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
Sage People

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
Sage People

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
Sage People

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Sage People

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Sage People

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
Sage People

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Sage People

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
Sage People

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