323 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 100
34 Ratings
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Score 6.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 5 feature sets: Human Resource Management, Payroll Management, Leave and Attendance Management, Employee Self Service, HR Reporting

Human Resource Management

7.5

Ascentis (discontinued)

75%
1.9

SumTotal Talent Development

19%
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 7/7 features

Employee demographic data

7.6
76%
137 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Employment history

7.8
78%
140 Ratings
5.0
50%
1 Rating

Job profiles and administration

7.6
76%
128 Ratings
2.0
20%
1 Rating

Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.

7.4
74%
126 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Organizational charting

6.3
63%
90 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Organization and location management

7.9
79%
109 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

7.8
78%
102 Ratings
2.0
20%
1 Rating

Payroll Management

8.3

Ascentis (discontinued)

83%
3.3

SumTotal Talent Development

33%
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 7/7 features

Pay calculation

8.3
83%
115 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Support for external payroll vendors

7.2
72%
62 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

8.2
82%
28 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

7.7
77%
108 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Direct deposit files

9.2
92%
100 Ratings
3.0
30%
1 Rating

Salary revision and increment management

8.5
85%
92 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Reimbursement management

8.8
88%
51 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Leave and Attendance Management

8.1

Ascentis (discontinued)

81%
3.0

SumTotal Talent Development

30%
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
3.0
30%
1 Rating

Annual carry-forward and encashment

8.0
80%
84 Ratings
3.0
30%
1 Rating

Employee Self Service

7.9

Ascentis (discontinued)

79%
3.0

SumTotal Talent Development

30%
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 5/5 features

View and generate pay and benefit information

8.2
82%
138 Ratings
5.0
50%
1 Rating

Update personal information

8.8
88%
151 Ratings
2.0
20%
1 Rating

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
2.0
20%
1 Rating

Asset Management

6.0

Ascentis (discontinued)

60%

SumTotal Talent Development

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%
1.0

SumTotal Talent Development

10%
Ascentis (discontinued) ranks higher in 3/3 features

Report builder

6.5
65%
144 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

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%

SumTotal Talent Development

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%

SumTotal Talent Development

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%

SumTotal Talent Development

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%

SumTotal Talent Development

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

5.3
53%
27 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Candidate development

6.0
60%
23 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Recruiting / ATS

6.4

Ascentis (discontinued)

64%

SumTotal Talent Development

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

Attribute Ratings

  • Ascentis (discontinued) 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
1.1

SumTotal Talent Development

11%
7 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

6.3

Ascentis (discontinued)

63%
12 Ratings
6.0

SumTotal Talent Development

60%
5 Ratings

Usability

7.5

Ascentis (discontinued)

75%
44 Ratings
2.0

SumTotal Talent Development

20%
2 Ratings

Availability

6.5

Ascentis (discontinued)

65%
7 Ratings

SumTotal Talent Development

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

6.9

Ascentis (discontinued)

69%
5 Ratings

SumTotal Talent Development

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.1

Ascentis (discontinued)

81%
252 Ratings
3.0

SumTotal Talent Development

30%
4 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.0

Ascentis (discontinued)

80%
1 Rating

SumTotal Talent Development

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

8.2

Ascentis (discontinued)

82%
4 Ratings

SumTotal Talent Development

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.2

Ascentis (discontinued)

82%
8 Ratings

SumTotal Talent Development

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

6.4

Ascentis (discontinued)

64%
4 Ratings

SumTotal Talent Development

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

SumTotal Talent Development

I personally, am not a fan of SumTotal. I have worked on several different HRIS and Payroll systems which outweigh all aspects of SumTotal (Lawson Interface Desktop, Ceridian Dayforce, ADP Enterprise, and Ultimate Software's UltiPro). As antiquated as Lawson felt, it had more functionality than SumTotal. Of course, all others I worked on were for the most part cloud based and had modern functionality to go with it.
Anonymous | 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

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 (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

SumTotal Talent Development

  • Navigation (too many clicks to get anything done).
  • Reporting is complicated.
  • Buttons everywhere that don't do anything.
  • Features enabled that don't fully work or function the way they should.
  • Support for the product is lacking.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Ascentis (discontinued)

General

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

Starting Price

SumTotal Talent Development

General

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

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

SumTotal Talent Development

SumTotal Talent Development 6.0
Based on 5 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 (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

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 (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

SumTotal Talent Development

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

SumTotal Talent Development

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

SumTotal Talent Development

SumTotal Talent Development 3.0
Based on 4 answers
We have our own IT support to assist in SumTotal issues, however, we have had to log in cases directly. Support is mediocre at best.
Anonymous | 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

SumTotal Talent Development

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

SumTotal Talent Development

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

SumTotal Talent Development

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

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 (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

SumTotal Talent Development

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

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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