Ascentis (discontinued) vs. Sage People

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Ascentis (discontinued)
Score 7.5 out of 10
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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
Sage People
Score 8.5 out of 10
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An extensible, configurable, and flexible global cloud HR and People solution, Sage People aims to empower HR to lead change. Built on Salesforce, Sage People enables business to flow by being inclusive, agile, and resilient, designing new ways of working, successfully competing for talent, and driving business transformation. It does this through automation, to elevate the work of their HR teams and the workforce, using actionable People insights to experiment and innovate, while…N/A
Pricing
Ascentis (discontinued)Sage People
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Ascentis (discontinued)Sage People
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional Details
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Features
Ascentis (discontinued)Sage People
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
Sage People
7.1
3 Ratings
10% below category average
Employee demographic data6.7137 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Employment history7.3140 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Job profiles and administration6.9128 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.6.7126 Ratings3.32 Ratings
Organizational charting5.290 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Organization and location management8.0109 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)8.8102 Ratings3.12 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
7.8
125 Ratings
3% below category average
Sage People
9.2
3 Ratings
14% above category average
Pay calculation7.1115 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors6.162 Ratings9.62 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment8.328 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration6.7108 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Direct deposit files9.2100 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.692 Ratings9.01 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
4% below category average
Sage People
9.7
3 Ratings
18% above category average
Approval workflow7.999 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Balance details7.099 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment8.484 Ratings10.03 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
Sage People
8.2
3 Ratings
1% above category average
View and generate pay and benefit information7.8138 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Update personal information8.6151 Ratings10.03 Ratings
View company policy documentation5.4110 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Employee recognition6.061 Ratings5.03 Ratings
View job history7.3108 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
5.8
33 Ratings
29% below category average
Sage People
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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
Sage People
9.8
2 Ratings
25% above category average
Report builder7.0144 Ratings9.82 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.5142 Ratings9.82 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data4.673 Ratings9.82 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
5.1
98 Ratings
45% below category average
Sage People
9.0
3 Ratings
11% above category average
New hire portal5.398 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Manager tracking tools4.976 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
7.2
57 Ratings
13% below category average
Sage People
8.5
3 Ratings
4% above category average
Corporate goal setting6.743 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Individual goal setting7.653 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility7.138 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Performance tracking7.250 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
6.0
63 Ratings
28% below category average
Sage People
7.8
3 Ratings
2% below category average
Performance plans5.659 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Performance improvement plans5.650 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Review status tracking5.857 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Review reminders6.555 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Multiple review frequency6.650 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
5.9
27 Ratings
29% below category average
Sage People
8.0
2 Ratings
1% above category average
Create succession plans/pools6.421 Ratings8.22 Ratings
Candidate ranking6.421 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Candidate search5.027 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Candidate development5.823 Ratings7.82 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Ascentis (discontinued)
5.5
89 Ratings
35% below category average
Sage People
6.7
3 Ratings
16% below category average
Job Requisition Management5.585 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Company Website Posting5.279 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Publish to Social Media5.759 Ratings7.42 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting5.871 Ratings7.22 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention5.657 Ratings2.12 Ratings
Applicant Tracking5.783 Ratings5.62 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts5.369 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Best Alternatives
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Small Businesses
Patriot Software
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Patriot Software
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.6 out of 10
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Infor Human Resources
Infor Human Resources
Score 7.2 out of 10
Infor Human Resources
Infor Human Resources
Score 7.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
Ascentis (discontinued)Sage People
Likelihood to Recommend
7.2
(164 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
6.3
(12 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
7.6
(44 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
6.7
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
7.1
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.2
(150 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.3
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.3
(5 ratings)
-
(0 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)Sage People
Likelihood to Recommend
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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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Sage
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.
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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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Sage
  • 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.
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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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Sage
  • Training manuals are not much useful. You always need a helping hand to move forward.
  • When you have to look up employees, we have to provide their job title which I feel is not an efficient way.
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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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Sage
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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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Sage
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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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Sage
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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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Sage
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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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Sage
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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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Sage
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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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Sage
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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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Sage
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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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Sage
We moved to Sage People from a 20+-year-old internally developed HR software. We also evaluated other HR software such as Kronos, SAP, and BambooHR. Ultimately, we chose Sage because of the extensive support they provided to us and the ability to customize to fit our organization's needs. We loved the fact that they were completely cloud-based and built on a reputable platform (Salesforce).
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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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Sage
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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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Sage
  • Has significantly improved our team resources by having one system and set of processes, rather than managing duplicate entry in multiple systems
  • Has allowed us to finally have a process for ensuring we can approve, manage, track and report employee PTO liability in one system
  • Improved HR Data reporting and Data Analytics for both HR and for managers, so that we can make better people and business decisions
  • Better manager and employee experiences by eliminating paper based request forms and automating workflows
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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.

Sage People Screenshots

Screenshot of Reports on the matters that mean the most to the organization. Offers insights about a global workforce to suppot informed, data-driven business decisions with data that is always up to date.Screenshot of An employee self-service portal gives the workforce access to common HR tasks, such as managing personal and pay details, viewing company communications, and managing their time off.Screenshot of Sage People is used to manage time off, and track and manage planned and unplanned absences by team or by an individual.Screenshot of Locates future leaders, close skills gaps, and develops talent with a system for employees and managers to engage in conversations anytime, anywhere, with real-time feedback, instant recognition, flexible goal setting, and formal, flexible performance reviews.Screenshot of The Sage People mobile app is used to manage HR processes on-the-go.Screenshot of Sage People Payroll is a unified HR and Payroll system for UK and US teams, to provide an accurate, synced view of people costs.​