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Score 6.4 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

Sapling HR

I think for specific use cases it makes a lot of sense- I would blindly recommend it to anyone- I think it serves a purposes- has areas of growth potential and does some things well. So I'd want to spend some time understanding the users needs before recommending. That said- for a team that is locked into ADP I think it serves a great purpose as ADP is very non-user friendly for the average employee. And for a team that needs some workflows more automated because they don't have people to manage process, it is really helpful.
Adrienne Barnard | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

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

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
8.0
Sapling HR
Approval workflow
Ascentis
8.4
Sapling HR
Balance details
Ascentis
7.9
Sapling HR
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
Sapling HR

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
8.2
Sapling HR
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.2
Sapling HR
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.6
Sapling HR
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.7
Sapling HR
Employee recognition
Ascentis
7.7
Sapling HR
View job history
Ascentis
8.6
Sapling HR

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Sapling HR
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Sapling HR

HR Reporting

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

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
Sapling HR
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
Sapling HR
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
Sapling HR

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
7.1
Sapling HR
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.6
Sapling HR
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
7.4
Sapling HR
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
7.3
Sapling HR
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.9
Sapling HR

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.6
Sapling HR
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.6
Sapling HR
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.7
Sapling HR
Review status tracking
Ascentis
7.1
Sapling HR
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.9
Sapling HR
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.7
Sapling HR

Succession Planning

Ascentis
6.3
Sapling HR
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
6.3
Sapling HR
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
6.5
Sapling HR
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.1
Sapling HR
Candidate development
Ascentis
6.4
Sapling HR

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.7
Sapling HR
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.0
Sapling HR
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.0
Sapling HR
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.9
Sapling HR
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.6
Sapling HR
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.7
Sapling HR
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
6.5
Sapling HR
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
5.8
Sapling HR

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

Sapling HR

  • Organized documents.
  • Ability to DocuSign.
  • Email intra and inter.
Michelle Thornton | 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

Sapling HR

  • Though the system is easy to use and set up, getting in contact with a customer support representative can take some time.
  • As highly customizable as it is, there are some features that you cannot change or bypass.
Aldo Gomez | 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

Sapling HR

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

Sapling HR

Sapling HR 6.4
Based on 1 answer
To use this system you need to buy several add-ons. If add-ons do not fit your business model you will have to access platforms from different companies. The system is not easy to use for onboarding. Candidates cannot change and update settings. To use the system a person must click in the correct spots. If not it leads you someplace else. Then you have to start clicking all over again.
Michelle Thornton | 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

Sapling HR

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

Sapling HR

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

Sapling HR

Sapling HR 6.7
Based on 3 answers
Sapling HR helps my HR team keep track of our personal information like contact information or t-shirt sizes (who doesn't like free shirts), as well as helping new hires onboard. I think it's super simple to use and keeps everything pretty nicely organized.
Danny Eng | 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

Sapling HR

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

Sapling HR

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

Sapling HR

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

Sapling HR

Very very similar- it is not worth switching from one to the other unless you want to have payroll in the same tool
Adrienne Barnard | 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

Sapling HR

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

Sapling HR

  • We were able to get the system implemented very quickly, which was of great importance to us as we were undergoing rapid growth.
  • The system has helped us keep and stay organized and allowed team members to work collaboratively to get tasks done. Many of these tasks were previously managed with various spreadsheets and other trackers that were quickly becoming unmanageable.
  • Sapling has greatly decreased the time we needed to onboard and employee and has prevented many errors.
Aldo Gomez | 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

Sapling HR

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
Sapling HR
6.1

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
Sapling HR

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
Sapling HR
6.4

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
Sapling HR

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
Sapling HR

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Sapling HR
6.7

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Sapling HR

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
Sapling HR

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Sapling HR

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
Sapling HR

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