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Score 6.1 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

SumTotal Talent Development

SumTotal Learn is well-suited for Life Science industries (based on my experience) from the compliance perspective and also in dealing with GxP document management. It has GDPR regulations as well hence can be used in EU regions as well. If the organization is small or medium-sized, then the license and implementation cost would be slightly high. However we get the value for the investment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.5
SumTotal Talent Development
1.9
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.0
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Employment history
Ascentis
7.9
SumTotal Talent Development
5.0
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.7
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
7.3
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Organizational charting
Ascentis
6.5
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.6
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
7.7
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0

Payroll Management

Ascentis
8.3
SumTotal Talent Development
3.3
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.5
SumTotal Talent Development
8.0
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.7
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Ascentis
8.3
SumTotal Talent Development
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
7.7
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
9.0
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
8.1
SumTotal Talent Development
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
8.4
SumTotal Talent Development

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
8.0
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0
Approval workflow
Ascentis
8.4
SumTotal Talent Development
Balance details
Ascentis
7.9
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
8.2
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.2
SumTotal Talent Development
5.0
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.6
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.7
SumTotal Talent Development
Employee recognition
Ascentis
7.7
SumTotal Talent Development
View job history
Ascentis
8.6
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
SumTotal Talent Development
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
SumTotal Talent Development

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.5
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Report builder
Ascentis
6.2
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
7.0
SumTotal Talent Development
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
6.4
SumTotal Talent Development

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
SumTotal Talent Development
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
SumTotal Talent Development
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
SumTotal Talent Development

Performance and Goals

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

Performance Management

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

Succession Planning

Ascentis
6.3
SumTotal Talent Development
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
6.3
SumTotal Talent Development
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
6.5
SumTotal Talent Development
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.1
SumTotal Talent Development
Candidate development
Ascentis
6.4
SumTotal Talent Development

Recruiting / ATS

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

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

SumTotal Talent Development

  • Assign complete learning plans to users so they don't have to spend time searching for courses.
  • Export learner's transcripts so managers can easily see their employee's progress.
  • Embed Social Media feeds that are relevant to their business.
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

SumTotal Talent Development

  • Reporting
  • Mass importing of manual checks to be issued in California
  • Ability to fund pay cards immediately
  • Perform gross-up calculations within the payroll system automatically
Anonymous | 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

SumTotal Talent Development

SumTotal Talent Development 10.0
Based on 6 answers
I have transitioned from a position who supported the product to a position where I use the product. I continue to be impressed with the robustness of the product and how efficient it is. It is a user friendly software that can be used to navigate and accomplish tasks to meet organizational requirements.
Kimberly Barricklow | 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

SumTotal Talent Development

SumTotal Talent Development 2.0
Based on 2 answers
I do not find SumTotal to be intuitive. I feel we need to adjust our needs to meet the functionality available in the tool.
Anonymous | 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

SumTotal Talent Development

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

SumTotal Talent Development

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

SumTotal Talent Development

SumTotal Talent Development 6.3
Based on 6 answers
I am supporting SumTotal Learn because I have been using the product since 2015 as a user and as an implementation consultant. The application provides the overall learning solutions to large organizations. It is in compliance with GDPR, CFR 11, and other regulatory requirements hence suitable for industries having mandatory compliance requirements. From value for money to customer support, SumTotal earns good credits for its performance, features, etc.
Anonymous | 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

SumTotal Talent Development

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

SumTotal Talent Development

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

SumTotal Talent Development

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

SumTotal Talent Development

When I came to my company, they had been using a "light" LMS called Articulate. It was cheap and bare bones; i.e. not a lot of features, really just a platform to launch eLearning from and not real interface for student to utilize. When I began to overhaul the training department, this was one of the first things I changed. Articulate would only run courses built in their software, and the software was not 508 compliant. In addition, we had no ability to create learning plans, house transcripts, customize the interface, or manage the students. I made the choice to select and LMS that was a true LMS with all of the features that were critical to our clients' needs. Thus far, SumTotal has been able to support all of our needs, except one; mobile learning that is media rich
Anonymous | 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

SumTotal Talent Development

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

SumTotal Talent Development

  • Clean front-end user interface for easier course catalog management.
  • Reporting has been more difficult than previous LMS.
  • Audience building has more variables making it more difficult to manage.
  • Slower overall client turnaround due to admin side interface.
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

SumTotal Talent Development

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
SumTotal Talent Development
5.3

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
SumTotal Talent Development
10.0

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
SumTotal Talent Development

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
SumTotal Talent Development

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
SumTotal Talent Development
6.3

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
SumTotal Talent Development

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
SumTotal Talent Development

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
SumTotal Talent Development

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
SumTotal Talent Development

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