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Likelihood to Recommend

Ascentis

While the Recruiting module itself is difficult to get it the way we need, moving applicants into HR has saved us tons of time since it is fully integrated. Everything works well together and the support services teams for all modules are outstanding. Within Recruiting, there are no integrated Reference check capabilities, so it has to be done manually outside the system. With the volume of seasonal hiring we do, we simply don't have the time to do this effectively. If there was a way to run reference checks and have them flow back to the employee record in the form of an attachment for their file, it would be awesome!
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Kronos Workforce Central

Kronos Workforce Central is well-suited for large organizations seeking a simplified time-recording system or are trying to get away from manual timesheets being submitted. Larger organizations would see a greater return on investment while using this system. It is less appropriate for smaller organizations with fewer employees, as the cost of the system likely would be greater than the investment of the system.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Ascentis
7.1
Kronos Workforce Central
Employee demographic data
Ascentis
8.0
Kronos Workforce Central
Employment history
Ascentis
7.8
Kronos Workforce Central
Job profiles and administration
Ascentis
7.2
Kronos Workforce Central
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Ascentis
6.8
Kronos Workforce Central
Organizational charting
Ascentis
5.9
Kronos Workforce Central
Organization and location management
Ascentis
7.2
Kronos Workforce Central
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Ascentis
6.9
Kronos Workforce Central

Payroll Management

Ascentis
7.5
Kronos Workforce Central
Pay calculation
Ascentis
8.1
Kronos Workforce Central
Support for external payroll vendors
Ascentis
7.4
Kronos Workforce Central
Benefit plan administration
Ascentis
6.9
Kronos Workforce Central
Direct deposit files
Ascentis
8.5
Kronos Workforce Central
Salary revision and increment management
Ascentis
7.4
Kronos Workforce Central
Reimbursement management
Ascentis
6.4
Kronos Workforce Central

Leave and Attendance Management

Ascentis
7.5
Kronos Workforce Central
Approval workflow
Ascentis
7.5
Kronos Workforce Central
Balance details
Ascentis
7.5
Kronos Workforce Central
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Ascentis
7.6
Kronos Workforce Central

Employee Self Service

Ascentis
7.6
Kronos Workforce Central
View and generate pay and benefit information
Ascentis
8.0
Kronos Workforce Central
Update personal information
Ascentis
8.3
Kronos Workforce Central
View company policy documentation
Ascentis
7.4
Kronos Workforce Central
Employee recognition
Ascentis
6.9
Kronos Workforce Central
View job history
Ascentis
7.2
Kronos Workforce Central

Asset Management

Ascentis
6.3
Kronos Workforce Central
Tracking of all physical assets
Ascentis
6.3
Kronos Workforce Central

HR Reporting

Ascentis
6.2
Kronos Workforce Central
Report builder
Ascentis
6.6
Kronos Workforce Central
Pre-built reports
Ascentis
6.5
Kronos Workforce Central
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Ascentis
5.6
Kronos Workforce Central

Onboarding

Ascentis
6.9
Kronos Workforce Central
New hire portal
Ascentis
7.2
Kronos Workforce Central
Manager tracking tools
Ascentis
6.6
Kronos Workforce Central

Performance and Goals

Ascentis
6.3
Kronos Workforce Central
Corporate goal setting
Ascentis
6.3
Kronos Workforce Central
Individual goal setting
Ascentis
6.5
Kronos Workforce Central
Line-of sight-visibility
Ascentis
6.1
Kronos Workforce Central
Performance tracking
Ascentis
6.2
Kronos Workforce Central

Performance Management

Ascentis
5.9
Kronos Workforce Central
Performance plans
Ascentis
6.1
Kronos Workforce Central
Performance improvement plans
Ascentis
6.1
Kronos Workforce Central
Review status tracking
Ascentis
6.2
Kronos Workforce Central
Review reminders
Ascentis
6.1
Kronos Workforce Central
Multiple review frequency
Ascentis
5.2
Kronos Workforce Central

Succession Planning

Ascentis
5.4
Kronos Workforce Central
Create succession plans/pools
Ascentis
5.1
Kronos Workforce Central
Candidate ranking
Ascentis
5.4
Kronos Workforce Central
Candidate search
Ascentis
6.1
Kronos Workforce Central
Candidate development
Ascentis
5.1
Kronos Workforce Central

Recruiting / ATS

Ascentis
6.9
Kronos Workforce Central
Job Requisition Management
Ascentis
7.2
Kronos Workforce Central
Company Website Posting
Ascentis
7.5
Kronos Workforce Central
Publish to Social Media
Ascentis
6.8
Kronos Workforce Central
Job Search Site Posting
Ascentis
6.8
Kronos Workforce Central
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Ascentis
6.0
Kronos Workforce Central
Applicant Tracking
Ascentis
7.3
Kronos Workforce Central
Notifications and Alerts
Ascentis
6.6
Kronos Workforce Central

Pros

Ascentis

  • Customer Service is outstanding!
  • They listen to our requests and suggestions and try to understand why we are asking for certain things.
  • Things flow from one place to another with relative ease and behind the scenes workflows.
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Kronos 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.
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Cons

Ascentis

  • Recruiting has been challenging to us because we do a lot of seasonal hiring, and we also want to utilize the system to capture volunteer applications as well as full-time hiring. The verbiage within the system is not as customizable as we would like to accommodate these workflows.
  • To build out several offer letters is costly, and the inability to easily correct or create/update forms is frustrating.
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Kronos Workforce Central

  • Administration of the system is complex. There is no way that an organization with no formal IT department will be able to effectively able to manage the complexity of the system without some outside assistance. This wasn't a problem for our organization as we had a large, formal IT department, but we had four people involved in the build process and one person dedicating approximately 30% of their time to the day-to-day management of the system.
  • The server requirements are extremely robust for the system, utilizing more resources than I really think should be required. Although the system does support virtualization, you have to dedicate a significant amount of CPU and memory to each virtual machine to obtain peak performance.
  • Although you can import data from an extract, this is complex to do. Even if you have someone who is a SQL (this is the version we used) expert, developing importation scripts is difficult. Most likely, if you are doing a switch from a previous system, you will need third party assistance to develop the import / validation scripts.
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Likelihood to Renew

Ascentis

Ascentis 5.7
Based on 9 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.
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Kronos Workforce Central

Kronos Workforce Central 5.0
Based on 11 answers
We have chosen to fully embrace Kronos as our primary system of TLM and Employee management --
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Usability

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.0
Based on 8 answers
Overall, it is fairly usable for the average user as long as he/she is at a computer, laptop or a larger tablet and has the ability to view the employee self-service webpage on an internet browser. Because it does not have an app or other mobile interfaces right now, it makes it difficult for it to be useful for most of our employee population who utilize their phones to access the internet. As for the HR professional who would be also working on this interface, it is somewhat easy as about two-thirds of the screens are fairly user-friendly and easy to navigate. Nevertheless, it still leaves about one-third of them that are not as user-friendly and would require more technical knowledge to figure out how to best use them.
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Kronos Workforce Central

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Ascentis

Ascentis 7.2
Based on 104 answers
I commented on support previously but have found that the reliability of the support is very hit or miss. We have not had support as competent, communicative, or as reliable since our set up
Sherry DesRosier profile photo

Kronos Workforce Central

Kronos Workforce Central 9.4
Based on 2 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.
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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 profile photo

Kronos Workforce Central

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.0
Based on 2 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 profile photo

Kronos Workforce Central

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

Implementation

Ascentis

Ascentis 6.3
Based on 4 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.
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Kronos Workforce Central

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Ascentis

I do not believe Ascentis can compete with either Ceridian or ADP (or SAP). I implemented, utilized and managed these various systems years ago and even at that time, the products were more advanced than Ascentis is today.
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Kronos Workforce Central

KRONOS is by far one of the best, if not THE best multi-faceted systems I have used. Right up there with ADP but slightly better for what I needed it for.
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Return on Investment

Ascentis

  • Hmm - it projects a level of professionalism to staff and third parties. Many of our 'sister-agencies' do not have HR software at all.
  • As stated - we were excited about the idea of scheduling through NovaTime but it became a costly venture to customize - and there were a lot of grey promises on both sides.
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Kronos Workforce Central

  • It is easier to manage this system since we have moved it from on-premise to the cloud. I like that Kronos handles things like upgrades for us.
  • The cost of being in the cloud is definitely higher than operating on-premise.
  • While we don't have many, Kronos has always been willing to work with us on needed customizations.
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Screenshots

Ascentis

Pricing Details

Ascentis

General

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

Kronos Workforce Central

General

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

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