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Score 6.5 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

Shiftboard

It's a great intro into a workforce management tool, but our use of it is basically as a calendar without it being linked to our actual calendars. It's just another tab that we have to keep open throughout our workday. It's great that we're able to see everyone who is working at what time and what channel of support, but I believe that there are visual aids that can be added to it to make everything much easier to read and more user-friendly.
Rachel Blankenship | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

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

Leave and Attendance Management

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

Employee Self Service

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

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Shiftboard
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Shiftboard

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.6
Shiftboard
Report builder
Ascentis
6.2
Shiftboard
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
7.0
Shiftboard
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
6.4
Shiftboard

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
Shiftboard
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
Shiftboard
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
Shiftboard

Performance and Goals

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

Performance Management

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

Succession Planning

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

Recruiting / ATS

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

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

Shiftboard

  • Mobile accessibility
  • Cloud-based software
  • Compliant with all necessary information security standards
Anonymous | 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

Shiftboard

  • The ability to print a month view of the schedule would be a great benefit.
  • The signup list is a great feature, but there are too many steps to make it easy to use.
  • The bulk add and delete process works well, but tends to be confusing for users.
Jared Hammond | 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

Shiftboard

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

Shiftboard

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

Shiftboard

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

Shiftboard

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

Shiftboard

Shiftboard 3.1
Based on 4 answers
I never sought out Shiftboard support.
Keysha Chapman | 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

Shiftboard

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

Shiftboard

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

Shiftboard

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

Shiftboard

We have not used another product like Shiftboard at our company.
Rachel Blankenship | 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

Shiftboard

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

Shiftboard

  • Effective allocation to proper shows/projects for our network
  • Effectively catches any discrepancies between scheduled hours and actual hours for employees
  • Requires significant manpower to maintain scheduling accuracy
Anonymous | 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

Ascentis Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Shiftboard

General

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

Shiftboard Editions & Modules

Edition
Lite$45 per month1
Standard$120 per month2
Plus$276 per month3
  1. up to 35 employees
  2. up to 70 employees
  3. up to 125 employees
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
Shiftboard
6.5

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
Shiftboard

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
Shiftboard

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
Shiftboard

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
Shiftboard

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Shiftboard
3.1

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Shiftboard

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
Shiftboard

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Shiftboard

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
Shiftboard

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