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Score 9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Sparkrock ranks higher in 1 feature set: Payroll Management

Human Resource Management

7.5

Ascentis (discontinued)

75%

Sparkrock

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 7/7 features

Employee demographic data

7.6
76%
137 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Employment history

7.8
78%
140 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Job profiles and administration

7.6
76%
128 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.

7.4
74%
126 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Organizational charting

6.3
63%
90 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Organization and location management

7.9
79%
109 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

7.8
78%
102 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Payroll Management

8.3

Ascentis (discontinued)

83%
9.4

Sparkrock

94%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 5/7 features

Pay calculation

8.3
83%
115 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Support for external payroll vendors

7.2
72%
62 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

8.2
82%
28 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

7.7
77%
108 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Direct deposit files

9.2
92%
100 Ratings
10.0
100%
3 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

8.5
85%
92 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Reimbursement management

8.8
88%
51 Ratings
10.0
100%
3 Ratings

Leave and Attendance Management

8.1

Ascentis (discontinued)

81%

Sparkrock

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 3/3 features

Approval workflow

8.5
85%
99 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Balance details

7.8
78%
99 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Annual carry-forward and encashment

8.0
80%
84 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Employee Self Service

7.9

Ascentis (discontinued)

79%

Sparkrock

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 5/5 features

View and generate pay and benefit information

8.2
82%
138 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Update personal information

8.8
88%
151 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

View company policy documentation

6.9
69%
110 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Employee recognition

7.1
71%
61 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

View job history

8.5
85%
108 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Asset Management

6.0

Ascentis (discontinued)

60%

Sparkrock

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 1/1 features

Tracking of all physical assets

6.0
60%
33 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

HR Reporting

6.6

Ascentis (discontinued)

66%

Sparkrock

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 3/3 features

Report builder

6.5
65%
144 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Pre-built reports

7.3
73%
142 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Ability to combine HR data with external data

6.0
60%
73 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Onboarding

6.3

Ascentis (discontinued)

63%

Sparkrock

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 2/2 features

New hire portal

6.5
65%
98 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Manager tracking tools

6.1
61%
76 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance and Goals

7.0

Ascentis (discontinued)

70%

Sparkrock

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 4/4 features

Corporate goal setting

6.5
65%
43 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Individual goal setting

7.5
75%
53 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Line-of sight-visibility

7.1
71%
38 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance tracking

7.0
70%
50 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance Management

6.4

Ascentis (discontinued)

64%

Sparkrock

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 5/5 features

Performance plans

6.2
62%
59 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance improvement plans

6.3
63%
50 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Review status tracking

6.7
67%
57 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Review reminders

7.0
70%
55 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Multiple review frequency

5.9
59%
50 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Succession Planning

6.0

Ascentis (discontinued)

60%

Sparkrock

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 4/4 features

Create succession plans/pools

6.4
64%
21 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Candidate ranking

6.4
64%
21 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Candidate search

5.4
54%
27 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Candidate development

6.0
60%
23 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Recruiting / ATS

6.4

Ascentis (discontinued)

64%

Sparkrock

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 7/7 features

Job Requisition Management

6.7
67%
85 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Company Website Posting

6.5
65%
79 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Publish to Social Media

6.5
65%
59 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Job Search Site Posting

6.5
65%
71 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

6.5
65%
57 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Applicant Tracking

6.4
64%
83 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Notifications and Alerts

5.6
56%
69 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Customization

Ascentis (discontinued)

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
10.0

Sparkrock

100%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 2/2 features

API for custom integration

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
2 Ratings

Plug-ins

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
2 Ratings

Security

Ascentis (discontinued)

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.5

Sparkrock

95%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 2/2 features

Single sign-on capability

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
4 Ratings

Role-based user permissions

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
5 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

Ascentis (discontinued)

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.0

Sparkrock

90%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 3/3 features

Dashboards

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Standard reports

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
4 Ratings

Custom reports

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Ascentis (discontinued)

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.8

Sparkrock

88%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 11/11 features

Accounts payable

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
5 Ratings

Accounts receivable

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
5 Ratings

Global Financial Support

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Primary and Secondary Ledgers

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Intercompany Accounting

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Localizations

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Journals and Reconciliations

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Enterprise Accounting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Configurable Accounting

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Centralized Rules Framework

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Standardized Processes

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Inventory Management

Ascentis (discontinued)

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.3

Sparkrock

93%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 3/3 features

Inventory tracking

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Automatic reordering

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Location management

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Subledger and Financial Process

Ascentis (discontinued)

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.6

Sparkrock

96%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 13/13 features

Automated Invoice Processing

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Shared Services Payments

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Billings Management

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Customer Receipt Applications

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Customer Collections

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Revenue Recognition

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Cash Management

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Asset Management

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Travel & Expense Management

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Period Close

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Transactions Tax

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Subledger Reconciliations

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Project Financial Management

Ascentis (discontinued)

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.4

Sparkrock

94%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 12/12 features

Budgeting and Forecasting

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Project Costing

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Cost Capture

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Capital Project Management

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Customer Invoicing

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Customer Contract Compliance

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Project Revenue Recognition

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Project Financial Performance Analysis

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Project Financials Dashboard

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Real-time Financial Reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Embedded Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Project Planning Collaboration

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Grants Management

Ascentis (discontinued)

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.3

Sparkrock

93%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 3/3 features

Award Lifecycle Management

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Spending Control

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Indirect Cost Management

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Procurement

Ascentis (discontinued)

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.6

Sparkrock

96%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 19/19 features

Sourcing Team Collaboration

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Sourcing Analysis

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Bids Analyzed and Compared

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Catalog Shopping E-Commerce for Employees

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Contract Authoring

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Contract Compliance Management

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Contract History

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Contract Renewal Automation

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Contract Repository

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Contract Standardization and Enforcement

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Electronic Signatures

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Invoice Automated Matching

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Purchasing Risk and Compliance Management

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Spend Compliance Management

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Supplier Assessment

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Supplier Communication and Collaboration

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Supplier Management

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Supplier Portal

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Supply Chain

Ascentis (discontinued)

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.3

Sparkrock

93%
Sparkrock ranks higher in 4/4 features

Forecasting

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Inventory Planning

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Multi-tier Supply Chain Planning

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Performance Monitoring

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • Sparkrock is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

7.6

Ascentis (discontinued)

76%
164 Ratings
9.0

Sparkrock

90%
9 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

6.3

Ascentis (discontinued)

63%
12 Ratings
9.1

Sparkrock

91%
1 Rating

Usability

7.5

Ascentis (discontinued)

75%
44 Ratings
9.0

Sparkrock

90%
1 Rating

Availability

6.5

Ascentis (discontinued)

65%
7 Ratings

Sparkrock

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

6.9

Ascentis (discontinued)

69%
5 Ratings

Sparkrock

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.1

Ascentis (discontinued)

81%
252 Ratings
9.0

Sparkrock

90%
1 Rating

In-Person Training

8.0

Ascentis (discontinued)

80%
1 Rating

Sparkrock

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

8.2

Ascentis (discontinued)

82%
4 Ratings

Sparkrock

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.2

Ascentis (discontinued)

82%
8 Ratings

Sparkrock

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

6.4

Ascentis (discontinued)

64%
4 Ratings

Sparkrock

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis (discontinued)

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

For all companies that want to improve the performance of their employees and increase productivity, this software helps all daily business tasks to be executed on time efficiently and smoothly. A very useful program that's why we don't stop using it.
Andres Pirela Loyo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Ascentis (discontinued)

  • 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

  • Data collection - the system is robust and we can tailor it to collect the information we need.
  • Easily configurable - the system is easy to configure to meet our specific business needs.
  • Reporting and data extraction - the system allows for easy access to information that helps inform business decisions.
Malcolm McAuley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Ascentis (discontinued)

  • 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

  • Many of the improvements are being met with each upgrade. Altus Dynamics has an idea portal that customers can add ideas to and vote on other customer ideas. This means that most issues that come up are resolved with each new upgrade.
Phyllis Fidler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Ascentis (discontinued)

General

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

Starting Price

Sparkrock

General

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

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 6.3
Based on 12 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 (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 7.5
Based on 44 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

Sparkrock 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Complete workflow management to keep up to date and orderly the daily activities of employees. Allows for seamless cash flow, invoicing, general ledger, payroll, and inventory.
Andres Pirela Loyo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 6.5
Based on 7 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 (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 6.9
Based on 5 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 (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 8.1
Based on 252 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

Sparkrock 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Complete tracking of employee performance, hours worked, attendance and absences, vacations, and overtime.
Andres Pirela Loyo | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Ascentis (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 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 (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 8.2
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 (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 8.2
Based on 8 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 (discontinued)

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

  • Real-time data that is available at our fingertips
  • Flexibility of the system to address changing needs over time
  • Elimination of the huge administrative burdens that we were experiencing as a result of the previous system due to lack of integration
Alecia Lantz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Ascentis (discontinued)

Ascentis (discontinued) 6.4
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 (discontinued)

  • 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

  • As a technician it's hard for me to say what effect the ROI has had on our organization, however our finance team seems satisfied on it. We look forward to deploying the staff dashboards for better financial tracking throughout our whole organization.
Shaun Sinden | TrustRadius Reviewer

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