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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

Sparkrock

Altus Dynamics CRM is a fabulous tool that meets our needs. Where we identify gaps, we can quickly and easily configure the system to meet those needs. Altus Dynamics as a partner were excellent at helping us get the system set up initially to meet our needs, though the lack of function specific training meant that we had to ensure resources on our end to learn through some trial and error at times. That said, Dynamics CRM resources are bountiful on the internet through community forums and groups and questions can often be solved within minutes of searching for the item.
Malcolm McAuley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

Ascentis
8.3
Sparkrock
7.7
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.5
Sparkrock
7.4
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.7
Sparkrock
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Ascentis
8.3
Sparkrock
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
7.7
Sparkrock
7.3
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
9.0
Sparkrock
8.9
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
8.1
Sparkrock
7.4
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
8.4
Sparkrock
7.4

Leave and Attendance Management

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

Employee Self Service

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

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Sparkrock
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Sparkrock

HR Reporting

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

Onboarding

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

Performance and Goals

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

Performance Management

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

Succession Planning

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

Recruiting / ATS

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

Customization

Ascentis
Sparkrock
3.6
API for custom integration
Ascentis
Sparkrock
2.7
Plug-ins
Ascentis
Sparkrock
4.5

Security

Ascentis
Sparkrock
7.2
Single sign-on capability
Ascentis
Sparkrock
7.1
Role-based user permissions
Ascentis
Sparkrock
7.2

Reporting & Analytics

Ascentis
Sparkrock
7.1
Dashboards
Ascentis
Sparkrock
7.1
Standard reports
Ascentis
Sparkrock
6.6
Custom reports
Ascentis
Sparkrock
7.4

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Ascentis
Sparkrock
7.8
Accounts payable
Ascentis
Sparkrock
8.9
Accounts receivable
Ascentis
Sparkrock
7.8

Inventory Management

Ascentis
Sparkrock
7.3
Inventory tracking
Ascentis
Sparkrock
7.3

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

Sparkrock

  • Integrates finance with payroll. Many solutions still run these as separate functions and this was one of the deciding factors for King's when purchasing Microsoft NAV in 2005.
  • Altus has added an employee web app that seamlessly connects the outside 'users' to the information they require.
  • HR position management has taken the many details of an employee in this environment and allowed each position to be tracked individually.
Phyllis Fidler | 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

Sparkrock

  • Building in additional training support for end users as part of an implementation or upgrade.
  • Sharing of best practices amongst like minded organizations and creating system and or reporting standardizations where possible.
  • It would be great to see a "cashless schools" module as part of the product which integrates into the financial system!
Alecia Lantz | 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

Sparkrock

Sparkrock 9.1
Based on 1 answer
We are already scheduled for our upgrade to NAV 2016 beginning in May 2016.
Phyllis Fidler | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Sparkrock

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

Sparkrock

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

Sparkrock

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

Sparkrock

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

Sparkrock

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

Sparkrock

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

Sparkrock

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

Sparkrock

We came from a product that was specific to our industry. It was old, tired and did not do many of the things the Altus Dynamics solution does. The only other product that we seriously considered was Microsoft Dynamics GP, however our finance team felt that product was too light for our needs and growth
Shaun Sinden | 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

Sparkrock

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

Sparkrock

  • In some cases the system has helped bring efficiencies to our world. The workflow capabilities of Dynamics CRM are extremely functional and helpful.
  • The learning curve can be challenging for some. Those that are overwhelmed by technology in general can struggle with understanding how the system works and where to find what they need.
Malcolm McAuley | 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

Sparkrock

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
$50,000*

* per installation

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
Sparkrock
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
Sparkrock
9.1

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
Sparkrock

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
Sparkrock

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
Sparkrock

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Sparkrock

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Sparkrock

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
Sparkrock

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Sparkrock

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
Sparkrock

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