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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

UKG Workforce Central

This product was marketed to us as a school and several schools in our area use the program. However, the implementation team we were set-up with had limited school experience and we are still working on the best way to do some of the timekeeping issues where I know that could have been handled better. That being said from a payroll and reporting side it has been great to capture so much data (at times almost too much) and have the system do automatic allocations of salaries and general ledger reports. The reporting takes some getting used to, but overall I've been able to run reports to see and track just about anything I want. Our employees also love the self service compared to our previous products where they can make W4, direct deposit and other updates on their own without having to get HR involved.
Gretchen Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

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

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
8.0
UKG Workforce Central
Approval workflow
Ascentis
8.4
UKG Workforce Central
Balance details
Ascentis
7.9
UKG Workforce Central
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.7
UKG Workforce Central

Employee Self Service

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

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.1
UKG Workforce Central
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.1
UKG Workforce Central

HR Reporting

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

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.6
UKG Workforce Central
New hire portal
Ascentis
6.8
UKG Workforce Central
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.4
UKG Workforce Central

Performance and Goals

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

Performance Management

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

Succession Planning

Ascentis
6.3
UKG Workforce Central
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
6.3
UKG Workforce Central
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
6.5
UKG Workforce Central
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.1
UKG Workforce Central
Candidate development
Ascentis
6.4
UKG Workforce Central

Recruiting / ATS

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

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

UKG Workforce Central

  • I personally feel like timekeeping is very well thought out and has some powerful tools built in. There is a bit of a learning curve but with strategically placed SMEs we were able to get the use and functionality we needed out of the system.
  • Workforce planning has been crucial in planning operational support in our retail and customer service centers. It is also editable and modifiable as needed.
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

UKG Workforce Central

  • Reporting - some of the reports' names do not coincide with the data that is pulled from the system
  • System errors - the system crashes regularly on us with no real explanation why
  • Punch accuracy - sometimes the punches from the timeclocks do not feed into the system
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

UKG Workforce Central

UKG Workforce Central 5.0
Based on 11 answers
Now that the system is installed and operational, the "pain is gone"...therefore we see no reason to change to a different application. There is no functionality that is missing from the system that would drive us to consider another solution at this time. Maintenance support from Kronos is sufficient and updates occur regularly.
Spencer Hamons, MSOL, CHCIO | 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

UKG Workforce Central

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

UKG Workforce Central

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

UKG Workforce Central

No score
No answers yet
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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

UKG Workforce Central

UKG Workforce Central 7.8
Based on 16 answers
Having no experience with Kronos prior to using it in March 2016, their customer service team taught me how to use it the right way after my initial training at work. I am well-versed in data analysis using Excel and Access primarily, so once I discovered that Kronos had a reporting feature built in, I've used the feature quite a few times to help our properties evaluate their production costs and make good labor decisions. I give Kronos a 10 because once a person takes the time to learn how to use the software, they'll realize that Kronos is far more effective than most, and gives users more ways to access their information where and when they want to.
Juan Osegueda | 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

UKG Workforce Central

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

UKG Workforce Central

UKG Workforce Central 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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

UKG Workforce Central

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

UKG Workforce Central

Kronos and Dayforce are the two timekeeping systems I’ve worked with in recent years. Kronos feels a little more comprehensive and is my primary timekeeping tool both for myself as well as my staff. Kronos is a great tool for a wide range of shifts, working locations, and pay codes. In this context, I would pick Kronos over Dayforce. On the opposite side, Dayforce is extremely user-friendly and has a “cleaner” user interface if that is a contributing factor for anyone. Also, for managers who oversee large teams (30-50 team members) then Dayforce is a bit more simple to approve time cards, hours, and leave. Kronos is a bit clunky with all the clicks, and managing large teams of hourly employees would be a huge time suck to go in to review/approve all.
John Pavarini | 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

UKG Workforce Central

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

UKG Workforce Central

  • Kronos is much more expensive than the previous systems we were using, so at this point the ROI is negative. The idea is that it will allow us to scale and grow the company more easily so time will tell if that is the case.
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

UKG Workforce Central

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis
7.5
UKG Workforce Central
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis
6.3
UKG Workforce Central
5.0

Usability

Ascentis
7.5
UKG Workforce Central

Reliability and Availability

Ascentis
6.3
UKG Workforce Central

Performance

Ascentis
6.7
UKG Workforce Central

Support Rating

Ascentis
8.0
UKG Workforce Central
7.8

In-Person Training

Ascentis
8.0
UKG Workforce Central

Online Training

Ascentis
8.0
UKG Workforce Central
8.0

Implementation Rating

Ascentis
8.0
UKG Workforce Central

Scalability

Ascentis
6.0
UKG Workforce Central

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