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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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SAP Core HR and Payroll

SAP HR can be well suited for global companies with operations in multiple countries. The Payroll module needs to be limited to one instance per country, otherwise trying to maintain multiple countries on the same instance is too complicated.I would not recommend using SAP HR and Payroll for smaller companies because the total cost of ownership and the lack of flexibility will make it unfeasible. There are many cloud-based options now a days available that would fit better for this type of scenario.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
8.1
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
6.0
Employment history
Ascentis
7.8
SAP Core HR and Payroll
10.0
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
5.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
6.7
SAP Core HR and Payroll
10.0
Organizational charting
Ascentis
5.9
SAP Core HR and Payroll
10.0
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.3
SAP Core HR and Payroll
10.0
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
6.8
SAP Core HR and Payroll
6.0

Payroll Management

Ascentis
7.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
7.6
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll
10.0
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
6.0
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
6.9
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.8
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
8.7
SAP Core HR and Payroll
10.0
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
7.3
SAP Core HR and Payroll
10.0
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
6.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
5.0

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
7.6
SAP Core HR and Payroll
6.9
Approval workflow
Ascentis
7.4
SAP Core HR and Payroll
5.8
Balance details
Ascentis
7.6
SAP Core HR and Payroll
7.5
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
SAP Core HR and Payroll
7.5

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
7.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
6.8
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll
10.0
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.3
SAP Core HR and Payroll
10.0
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.4
SAP Core HR and Payroll
2.0
Employee recognition
Ascentis
6.8
SAP Core HR and Payroll
1.9
View job history
Ascentis
7.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll
10.0

Asset Management

Ascentis
5.9
SAP Core HR and Payroll
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
5.9
SAP Core HR and Payroll

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.3
SAP Core HR and Payroll
7.8
Report builder
Ascentis
6.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
10.0
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
6.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
10.0
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
5.7
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.6

Onboarding

Ascentis
7.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
1.0
New hire portal
Ascentis
7.3
SAP Core HR and Payroll
1.0
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.8
SAP Core HR and Payroll
1.0

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
6.4
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.3
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.4
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
6.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
6.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll
2.0
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.3
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.2
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0
Review status tracking
Ascentis
6.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0

Succession Planning

Ascentis
5.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
2.8
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
5.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
2.0
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
5.4
SAP Core HR and Payroll
2.0
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.3
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Candidate development
Ascentis
5.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.9
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.1
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.4
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.7
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.7
SAP Core HR and Payroll
2.0
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.8
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
5.8
SAP Core HR and Payroll
1.0
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
7.5
SAP Core HR and Payroll
4.0
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
6.6
SAP Core HR and Payroll
3.0

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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SAP Core HR and Payroll

  • Record Keeping of financial data.
  • Record keeping of personnel data.
  • Reports are very easily attainable.
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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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SAP Core HR and Payroll

  • The interface and graphic look and feel are not very modern.
  • Provide more intuitive and easier screens and functionality - Too many scroll bars.
  • Make messages back to users more descriptive.
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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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SAP Core HR and Payroll

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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SAP Core HR and Payroll

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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SAP Core HR and Payroll

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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SAP Core HR and Payroll

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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SAP Core HR and Payroll

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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SAP Core HR and Payroll

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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SAP Core HR and Payroll

We use SAP HR and Payroll because in our company it is the corporate mandate. However, based on our regional/business unit requirements and strategic plans other system would provide a better fit. However, just like in many large global corporations these type of decisions are made at the corporate level, many times giving priority to technology standardization instead of business priorities.
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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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SAP Core HR and Payroll

  • SAP is a very intuitive platform to use.
  • Saves money and time in record keeping.
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Pricing Details

Ascentis

General

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

SAP Core HR and Payroll

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
5.8
SAP Core HR and Payroll

Usability

Ascentis
7.1
SAP Core HR and Payroll

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
8.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll

Performance

Ascentis
8.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll

Support

Ascentis
7.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll

Online Training

Ascentis
6.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll

Implementation

Ascentis
6.2
SAP Core HR and Payroll

Scalability

Ascentis
5.0
SAP Core HR and Payroll

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