Ascentis HR Review
Olivia Ruiz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated March 18, 2019

Ascentis HR Review

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Ascentis

Ascentis HR is used by our Admin and Finance department, in-conjunction with Employee Self-Service which is used across the whole district. This allows for employee to review the benefits and change information electronically online versus using paper or processing these items at home with their families.
  • Ascentis HR allows administrators to attach paperwork, now that we've gone mostly electronic on our new hire paperwork.
  • Ascentis HR allows us to maintain the benefits setup, administration, and changes electronically in the system to help with ACA and this information rolls into Payroll another module we use
  • Ascentis HR allows us to configure and add fields and information that pertain to our District directly to track and run reports. This is a huge benefit, then just maintaining in an Excel spreadsheet
  • Ascentis HR will soon go online versus remote desktop access. This will be a huge improvement, so that we don't need to involve our IT department in remote desktop issues when we get new computers.
  • Ascentis HR and ESS should improve on its functionality be allowing attachments for the managers perspective. It would be nice to create a manager/supervisor section, so they can take notes on an employee with HR approval. The manager/supervisor needs to improve more.
  • Ascentis HR should also improve on allowing or showing an employee in ESS their job or pay rate history (compensation history)
  • Ascentis HR is making this simple by helping us go electronic and access records electronically instead of paper files
  • Save in printing paper and the need of distribution
None; we've always had EBS, Ascentis. However, I would like to evaluate other products to compare and give better feedback to Ascentis. I have several improvements to share with the different modules that would benefit the product and our District. I want to attend the conference, but this year is not a good year to attend.
MIP Fund Accounting (formerly Abila MIP)
I find it a little more difficult to get a hold of someone at Ascentis HR for support without a contact, but it seems that the business is busy these days. The email notifications are extremely helpful, but i'm not sure why these are not posted on the community website. I find that I use the community website a lot, but some information is not on the site.
Michelle Diez my payroll support direct contact at the time was always extremely thorough, timely, and responsive to any usually payroll concern or issues I had. Ascentis no longer provides direct contact help, but the service is still okay.
Ascentis HR is suited for small agencies needing to track and employees basic information.

Ascentis Feature Ratings

Employee demographic data
Employment history
Job profiles and administration
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Organizational charting
Organization and location management
Pay calculation
Benefit plan administration
Direct deposit files
View and generate pay and benefit information
Update personal information
View job history
View company policy documentation
Employee recognition
Report builder
Pre-built reports
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Performance plans
Performance improvement plans
Review status tracking
Review reminders
Multiple review frequency
Not Rated
Corporate goal setting
Not Rated
Individual goal setting
Not Rated
Line-of sight-visibility
Not Rated
Performance tracking
Not Rated

Using Ascentis

3 - HR, Payroll
1 - Analytical, report writing in insta report, patience
  • taxes
  • recording deductions
  • tracking payrate
  • compensation change workflow
  • electronic paystubs
  • electronic W-2
  • If Ascentis was more flexible, create dashboards, total compensation information
Ascentis needs to be more flexible in their software for users. We should be able to create additional dashboards and total compensation and make it more user-friendly for employees using the system. More charts, graphs, pie charts more dynamic

Evaluating Ascentis and Competitors

looking for more flexible, user-friendly dynamic payroll, hr, software all combined into one program. We use multiple systems for setup, processing, and data entry.

Ascentis Implementation

Nothing seems to work the way you were taught during implementation until you go live
Yes - Employee Self-Service, then Performance Management
Change management was minimal
  • The program did not work as the training videos during implementation
  • implementation is very basic setup almost canned type of setup

Ascentis Support

Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
No escalation required
Support cares about my success
Not kept informed
Difficult to get immediate help
Need to explain problems multiple times
No - This should be included in the price already. Most support questions are about functionality on how things work together, so either provide training or quick support.

Using Ascentis

system needs to more flexible and dynamic
Like to use
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Quick to learn
Not well integrated
Lots to learn
  • enter data entry
  • View paystub on Employee Self-Service
  • View W-2 on Employee Self-Service
  • accessing my paycheck (we have two directories, not sure why)
  • extra steps to save settings electronically for w-2 and 1095
  • administration of setting up the system and benefits in Ascentis HR
  • multiple remote desktops, different programs for setup and employee manager, employee self-service, Payroll, Performance Management, Learning Management
  • creating workflows in the system for approval process
  • website it hard to find and identify with
  • payroll connect sometime does not work and does not transfer data from HR to payroll