SumTotal Talent Development vs. UKG Ready

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SumTotal Talent Development
Score 7.8 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
The SumTotal Core Platform (formerly elixHR) is a human resource information system (HRIS) integrable with the SumTotal Talent Expansion Suite of software: SumTotal (LMS), and the SumTotal Work workforce management and payroll system. All SumTotal software is now offered and supported by Skillsoft since the October 2014 acquisition.N/A
UKG Ready
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Designed for small businesses where everyone wears multiple hats, UKG Ready® is an HR solution that guides users through their day-to-day HR activities. Capabilities span from HR and payroll to talent and time.N/A
Pricing
SumTotal Talent DevelopmentUKG Ready
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SumTotal Talent DevelopmentUKG Ready
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional Details
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
SumTotal Talent DevelopmentUKG Ready
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
SumTotal Talent Development
1.9
1 Ratings
122% below category average
UKG Ready
7.7
181 Ratings
2% below category average
Employee demographic data1.01 Ratings8.7157 Ratings
Employment history5.01 Ratings7.5153 Ratings
Job profiles and administration2.01 Ratings7.9153 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.1.01 Ratings7.6143 Ratings
Organizational charting1.01 Ratings7.2115 Ratings
Organization and location management1.01 Ratings7.2136 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)2.01 Ratings7.7112 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
SumTotal Talent Development
3.3
1 Ratings
84% below category average
UKG Ready
8.2
178 Ratings
2% above category average
Pay calculation8.01 Ratings8.6166 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors1.01 Ratings7.6103 Ratings
Benefit plan administration1.01 Ratings7.8127 Ratings
Direct deposit files3.01 Ratings8.9131 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings7.968 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings8.1122 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
SumTotal Talent Development
6.7
3 Ratings
19% below category average
UKG Ready
7.8
164 Ratings
4% below category average
Approval workflow8.52 Ratings8.1149 Ratings
Balance details8.53 Ratings7.5156 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment3.01 Ratings7.7133 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0
1 Ratings
92% below category average
UKG Ready
8.2
169 Ratings
1% above category average
View and generate pay and benefit information5.01 Ratings8.3149 Ratings
Update personal information2.01 Ratings8.6156 Ratings
View job history2.01 Ratings8.0132 Ratings
View company policy documentation00 Ratings8.0129 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
SumTotal Talent Development
7.2
3 Ratings
5% below category average
UKG Ready
7.5
176 Ratings
1% below category average
Report builder7.03 Ratings7.4169 Ratings
Pre-built reports6.52 Ratings7.5170 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
SumTotal Talent Development
8.2
2 Ratings
2% above category average
UKG Ready
7.3
116 Ratings
10% below category average
New hire portal8.02 Ratings7.3114 Ratings
Manager tracking tools8.52 Ratings7.391 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
SumTotal Talent Development
8.8
1 Ratings
7% above category average
UKG Ready
7.3
65 Ratings
11% below category average
Corporate goal setting9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting8.01 Ratings7.358 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking9.01 Ratings7.364 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
SumTotal Talent Development
8.2
2 Ratings
3% above category average
UKG Ready
6.9
82 Ratings
14% below category average
Performance plans8.02 Ratings6.973 Ratings
Performance improvement plans7.52 Ratings7.068 Ratings
Review status tracking8.02 Ratings7.473 Ratings
Review reminders8.52 Ratings6.076 Ratings
Multiple review frequency9.01 Ratings7.162 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
SumTotal Talent Development
7.0
1 Ratings
13% below category average
UKG Ready
5.5
23 Ratings
36% below category average
Create succession plans/pools8.01 Ratings6.522 Ratings
Candidate search7.01 Ratings6.63 Ratings
Candidate development6.01 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings7.12 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
SumTotal Talent Development
7.9
2 Ratings
1% above category average
UKG Ready
6.8
90 Ratings
14% below category average
Job Requisition Management8.02 Ratings6.876 Ratings
Company Website Posting7.52 Ratings6.875 Ratings
Publish to Social Media8.02 Ratings5.753 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting8.52 Ratings6.956 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention6.52 Ratings6.657 Ratings
Applicant Tracking8.02 Ratings7.078 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.52 Ratings7.683 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
SumTotal Talent Development
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Ratings
UKG Ready
8.4
61 Ratings
8% above category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings8.461 Ratings
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Score 9.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
SumTotal Talent DevelopmentUKG Ready
Likelihood to Recommend
7.5
(9 ratings)
8.1
(205 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
6.0
(5 ratings)
7.4
(18 ratings)
Usability
2.0
(2 ratings)
7.5
(87 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.3
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
3.0
(2 ratings)
8.1
(73 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(2 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.3
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.1
(10 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
5.6
(60 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
SumTotal Talent DevelopmentUKG Ready
Likelihood to Recommend
SumTotal
Very good for learning and development and training of employees. For Applicant tracking, recuirement, onboarding, and enablement, I prefer SAP SuccessFactors or Skillate. I also found that the SumTotal app is not very friendly on android and crashes sometimes and it is not optimized for mobile. Hence I end up never using it.
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UKG
It's amazing for providing data to a location; especially when that data hasn't been available to get before. The reporting ability is phenomenal; some more tutorials on how to get that data out of the system would be wonderful. The user experience is really good - it is something that almost any level of user can easily access and comprehend. It seems to meet users where they are from an intuitive level.
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Pros
SumTotal
  • 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.
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UKG
  • I find timesheets to be easy to use and provide good details for employees and employers.
  • I love how customizable the dashboard is. This is a time saver for someone working in HR.
  • The payroll process was easy to learn. The steps are simple to follow, and changes can be made to the pay statements with ease.
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Cons
SumTotal
  • 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
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UKG
  • I would like to see the balances for PTO described and grouped differently. Employees continue to be confused with the "Projected balances" section. Maybe this can be worded one way for the users and another for the admins.
  • The Passwords to access the system, plus the need for a verification code, is a huge pain point for our deskless workers. We have a lot of frustration around accessing the system to clock in and out, request time off, etc. The increase in user adoption is a struggle.
  • It would be great to have UKG Pro and UKG Ready in one application on the mobile app; having access to areas to simply punch in and out for your daily shift is counterintuitive.
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Likelihood to Renew
SumTotal
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.
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UKG
We plan to renew our support and use of UKG Ready each year unless it becomes unavailable or the district seeks another vendor. As of now, there are no plans to changes vendors. The district staff is now familiar with using UKG. Another vendor will need to meet the same expectations we have come to enjoy with using UKG
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Usability
SumTotal
I do not find SumTotal to be intuitive. I feel we need to adjust our needs to meet the functionality available in the tool.
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UKG
For the average user they do not struggle. We do have a handful of users who struggle using their own smartphones, and of course, they struggle with any technology. However, we do not let this sway us from helping them learn. Managers have found the system easy to navigate once fully trained.
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Reliability and Availability
SumTotal
No answers on this topic
UKG
The system seems very stable. Being hosted in the cloud, we are vulnerable to internet speeds and busy times. The system has been down a couple times over the 3 months we have been live, but Kronos resolved the issues very quickly. To have access from a desktop, tablet, time clock, or phone app is one of the best features....users have almost NO REASON they can't clock in.
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Performance
SumTotal
No answers on this topic
UKG
We were always told that Kronos was the best, but there are reports that we got out of ADP and other payroll providers that we cannot get out of Kronos. One example is a report of Productive/Non-productive hours by department. We also need the dollar amount associated with the hours. This is information that is required on our cost report and we were told that that report is unavailable. It is very frustrating when I can't get what I need.
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Support Rating
SumTotal
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.
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UKG
If I was only rating support itself that would be a 10. Every support case I have entered has been addressed efficiently and with the desired result. On the implementation and transition to support there were multiple issues that those doing the implementation or transition could not answer or workflows and various settings left undone only to be discovered later. We implemented 3 different modules and the expertise we got for each one varied widely.
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In-Person Training
SumTotal
No answers on this topic
UKG
Our in-person training was a hybrid. Live online training with an instructor. They were very knowledgeable of the product & the area they were training on. I asked several specific questions and if they didn't know the answer immediately they followed up after class.
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Online Training
SumTotal
No answers on this topic
UKG
Pretty good online training, you have many how to options and can watch them several times. It can be hard at times to dig through the amount of data online but can usually find what you are looking for. Also you can download documentation for setting up the profiles and policies.
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Implementation Rating
SumTotal
No answers on this topic
UKG
Make sure the people who are doing the build have extensive knowledge on employment law and asking the right questions. I would bet that the people who helped with our builds did not read any of our employment contracts or ordinances; and when I asked questions about how other companies handled certain basic dictates from federal employment laws, they didn't have any idea what FMLA, FLSA, etc were.
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Alternatives Considered
SumTotal
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
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UKG
UKG is great for reporting and for having a pleasant UI. I find that Paylocity has a lot more innovation, but sometimes its reach exceeds its grasp when it comes to implementation of those features. ADP is bog standard, and it works pretty well, but there's little interest in looking good, which matters a lot when it comes to the wide variety of users the systems need to handle.
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Scalability
SumTotal
No answers on this topic
UKG
Thus far we are able to add as many users as necessary, implement 3 different bargaining units, 5 different types of user groups. Very flexible.
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Return on Investment
SumTotal
  • 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.
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UKG
  • Ability to manage all HR activities within one platform
  • Built in Workflows make approval process seamless
  • UKG Ready offers a solid solution and ROI on our investment
  • Easy to navigate Time & Attendance into Payroll, making processing seamless
  • Great customer service offering several methods to contact UKG for support, fast to reply and offer a solution to the issue
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ScreenShots

SumTotal Talent Development Screenshots

Screenshot of SumTotal Learning Management: Deliver the learning your organization needs including skilling/upskilling/reskilling, career planning & development. All delivered with our engaging learner experience across all modalities (desktop, tablet & mobile) and in the flow of workScreenshot of SumTotal Onboarding: Foster learning before day one with our robust onboarding solution. Build culture, complete necessary paperwork and begin the path to productivity for all your new and returning employees.Screenshot of SumTotal Performance: Performance management that meets the needs of today’s forward-thinking organizations. Align the goals and performance of your entire workforce with those of the broader organization for better business outcomes.Screenshot of SumTotal Succession: Make succession planning an organizational strength. SumTotal allows you to better understand your workforce now and better plan for your future with our intuitive succession planning tools.Screenshot of SumTotal Recruiting: A modern recruiting solution that delivers a powerful candidate experience, recruiter productivity, job matching and internal mobility.Screenshot of SumTotal Compensation: SumTotal makes compensation planning easier and less time consuming. Build a pay for performance culture that meets your organizations goals and objectives while keeping you competitive in the ever-changing marketplace.

UKG Ready Screenshots

Screenshot of UKG Ready® HR - A single solution for employee information that enables comprehensive people analytics and room for HR strategy.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Payroll - Facilitates pay that is quick, simple, and correct.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Time & Attendance - Streamlines time tracking with consistent, fair rules.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Talent - Tools to source, engage, develop and grow people.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Analytics - Offers proactive, practical, and guidance.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Benefits - Right-sizes benefits to match the organization and its people.