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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 4.6 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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

I believe StratEx is well suited for any type of business at any size. However, I believe the sweet spot would be hotels and restaurants that are small to midsize. With the right HR staff in place, StratEx is so user-friendly and moldable to the needs of the business that it can be used in any industry, location, or by any company with any employee population.
Tyler Collum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.5
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.8
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.0
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
9.0
Employment history
Ascentis
7.9
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
9.0
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.7
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
7.3
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
9.0
Organizational charting
Ascentis
6.5
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.6
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
7.7
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
10.0

Payroll Management

Ascentis
8.3
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.6
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.5
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
9.0
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.7
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Ascentis
8.3
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
7.7
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
7.0
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
9.0
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
10.0
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
8.1
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
9.0
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
8.4
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
8.0
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.7
Approval workflow
Ascentis
8.4
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0
Balance details
Ascentis
7.9
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
9.0
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
9.0

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
8.2
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
6.0
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.2
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.6
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.7
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
2.0
Employee recognition
Ascentis
7.7
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
View job history
Ascentis
8.6
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
5.0
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
5.0

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.5
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
4.7
Report builder
Ascentis
6.2
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
6.0
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
7.0
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
7.0
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
6.4
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
1.0

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
7.5
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
7.0
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
7.1
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.6
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
7.4
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
7.3
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.9
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Performance Management

Ascentis
6.6
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.6
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.7
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Review status tracking
Ascentis
7.1
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.9
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.7
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Succession Planning

Ascentis
6.3
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
6.3
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
6.5
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.1
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
Candidate development
Ascentis
6.4
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.6
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
5.9
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.0
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
6.0
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.0
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
6.0
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.9
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
6.0
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.6
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
6.0
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.7
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
4.0
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
6.5
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
6.0
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
5.8
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
7.0

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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

  • HR Services. StratEx provides you a dedicated HR Services Account Manager. This person not only knows the intricacies of the HR software, but also supports all HR functions within the organization. Our StratEx HR Services Manager stays up-to-date on all laws and governmental guidance and provides support across our multi-location workforce.
  • Sales Experience. We sat through several proposals and demos from lots of companies (including the big players, like ADP, Ultimate, and Ceridian) and all of them were just completely useless. We often left with more questions than we had and we could get no answers--just the same corporate jargon. StratEx offered a different experience. A quick introductory call before we even started looking, and a low-pressure, friendly conversation where they really discovered who we are as a company and then proposed how they could meet our needs.
  • Software support. From the very beginning, the software support was out of this world. During implementation, I could pick up the phone and call one of two people who I had started building a relationship with. They knew me, our account, our practices --- everything. They waited until I told them I was ready to move to General Support. General Support isn't a bad thing! Our dedicated team of two specialized in implementation and they were released to go work on the next client. General Support is a dedicated group of three or four people who also know me and our practices. They are available when I need them to support any issues or changes that come up. StratEx's support is fantastic.
Tyler Collum | 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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

  • I would like to see the reporting features expanded more. I can build custom reports, but I would love to be able to extract any data point I want to create reports I need.
  • Passive benefit enrollment. Currently, their system doesn't support the ability for employees to remain passively enrolled through each benefit enrollment period. Each year, every employee has to go into the system and re-enroll in benefit elections/deferrals. This isn't complicated for our company and requires extra work on our end.
  • I would like to see social functions built into the site. The site is already a platform many employees are in all the time, so instead of us looking for an intra-net or employee site provider, we could simply use StratEx if the option were available.
Tyler Collum | 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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

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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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

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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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

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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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

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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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

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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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

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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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

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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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

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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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Without a doubt, StratEx wins. Against all the major players in the HRS/HRIS industry, StratEx's biggest win is cost, both implementation and ongoing costs. The other's we evaluated offered tons of flashy things that most companies don't really need. When it was all said it done, we looked at what we needed and what we will need and determined that there is no reason to pay for a "big" brand name and be a small fish in their large ponds. I cannot imagine there is a company that would need anything StratEx doesn't offer. And, when it came down to it, all the major players came down from their original proposals by $100,000 or more to be more competitive with StratEx and we still went with StratEx. They've kept every promise, they've always been available, and they know where they are going as a company.
Tyler Collum | 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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

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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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

  • Financial Savings. The costs of StratEx is based on company population and active employees. This saved us a lot of dollars we were able to invest elsewhere in the company. The idea of "we'll grow with you" is modeled here as StratEx's simple cost structure does, in fact, grow as you grow, so the expense for StratEx is relative.
  • The soft savings is also a big ROI. The amount of productivity recovered by bringing an HR system in-house gives us control and easy access. Further, the software is intuitive and user-friendly, which saves so much time.
  • The HR Support services also are an added layer or counsel and guidance on the many HR laws that surround companies these days.
Tyler Collum | 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

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

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