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What Is Ascender Payroll and HCM?

Ascender provides end-to-end integrated Payroll and Human Capital Management solutions for 1,200+ global brands and listed companies across a range of industries in the Asia Pacific region.

Our proprietary and award-winning payroll and HCM solutions are designed to give you more time and resources to help you focus on putting your people first, with various delivery models so you can choose the best service.

Unlock the full potential of your workforce today with Ascender HCM.

Who Uses Ascender Payroll and HCM?

Our services enable the HR and Payroll Department to strategically manage their people and boost staff-driven profitability for their organisation to unlock the full potential of their workforce.

Ascender Payroll and HCM Details

Ascender

Founded in 2015

Ascender Payroll and HCM pricing

Starting Price:

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  • Yes, has free trial
  • No free version

Ascender Payroll and HCM does not have a free version but does offer a free trial.

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Ascender Payroll and HCM Details

Ascender

Founded in 2015

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Ascender Payroll and HCM deployment and support

Support

  • Email/Help Desk
  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-based
  • Windows (On-Premise)
  • Linux (On-Premise)

Training

  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation

Features of Ascender Payroll and HCM

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Application Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Background Screening
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar Sync
  • Candidate Profiles
  • Candidate Tracking
  • Careers Page
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Email Management
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Onboarding
  • HR Management
  • Internal HR
  • Interview Scheduling
  • Job Application Management
  • Job Management
  • Job Posting
  • Jobs Board
  • Onboarding
  • Pipeline Management
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruiting Firms
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Resume Database
  • Resume Parsing
  • Resume Search
  • Resume Storage
  • Self Service Portal
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Recruiting
  • Tagging
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Task Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Workflow Management

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  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • API
  • Action Management
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Benchmarking
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Content Management
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Recognition Software
  • Employee Reward Programs
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Feedback Management
  • Gamification
  • Goal Management
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Negative Feedback Management
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Progress Tracking
  • Pulse Surveys
  • Question Library
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Search/Filter
  • Single Sign On
  • Survey/Poll Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Management
  • Visual Analytics

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  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • API
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  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Reporting
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  • Applicant Tracking
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Benefits Management
  • Compensation Management
  • Compensation Plan Modeling
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Self Service
  • Feedback Management
  • HR Metrics Library
  • Leave Tracking
  • Organizational Charting
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Performance Management
  • Predictive Modeling
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Self Service Portal
  • Succession Planning
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  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Talent Management
  • Task Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Management
  • Trend Analysis
  • Turnover Tracking
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  • Workflow Management

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  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Approval Process Control
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Benefits Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Compensation Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Self Service
  • HR Management
  • Job Application Management
  • Learning & Development
  • Leave Tracking
  • Onboarding
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Performance Management
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Succession Planning
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Attendance
  • Time Off Management
  • Time Off Requests
  • Timesheet Management
  • Training Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Workflow Management

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  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Employee Portal
  • Gamification
  • Gradebook
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Performance Metrics
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-Learning
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Management
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • eCommerce Management
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  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Approval Process Control
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Benefits Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • E-Verify/I-9 Forms
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Signature
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Self Service
  • Feedback Management
  • HR Management
  • Job Description Management
  • Learning Management
  • Leave Tracking
  • Mentorship
  • Orientation Workflow Management
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Management
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time Off Requests
  • Training Management
  • Workflow Management

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  • API
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  • Attendance Tracking
  • Benefits Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Check Printing
  • Compensation Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Direct Deposit
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • Expense Tracking
  • Leave Tracking
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-State
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Outsourcing
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Performance Management
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Tax Compliance
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time Off Requests
  • Time Tracking
  • Timesheet Management
  • Training Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Workflow Management

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  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Appraisal History
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  • Compensation Management
  • Competency Management
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Document Management
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Self Service
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • HR Management
  • Individual Development Plans
  • Leave Tracking
  • On-going Performance Tracking
  • Organizational Charting
  • Peer Appraisals
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Performance Review Management
  • Progress Tracking
  • Ratings / Reviews
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Review Cycle Tracking
  • Self Assessment
  • Self Service Portal
  • Skills Assessment
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time Off Requests
  • Training Management
  • Weighted Performance Measures
  • Workflow Management

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  • Boolean Search
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Candidate Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Internal HR
  • Interview Management
  • Interview Scheduling
  • Job Application Management
  • Job Management
  • Job Posting
  • Job Requisition
  • Jobs Board
  • Mobile Access
  • Onboarding
  • Recruiting Firms
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reference Checking
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Resume Database
  • Resume Parsing
  • Resume Search
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  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Recruiting
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Task Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Workflow Management

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  • Background Screening
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  • Compensation Management
  • Competency Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Email Management
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Self Service
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • HR Management
  • Individual Development Plans
  • Interview Scheduling
  • Job Application Management
  • Jobs Board
  • Learning Management
  • Onboarding
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Performance Management
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Resume Parsing
  • Self Service Portal
  • Skills Assessment
  • Social Media Integration
  • Succession Planning
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Talent Acquisition
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Reviews of Ascender Payroll and HCM

Read all 38 reviews

Average score

Overall
4.1
Ease of Use
4.1
Customer Service
4.6
Features
3.9
Value for Money
4.3

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Natasha B.
Natasha B.
Executive Manager, Sales & Marketing in Australia
Verified LinkedIn User
Financial Services, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Easy Performance Management

5 3 years ago

Comments: Our Customer Success Manager has been a fantastic support for us along this journey. He is very knowledgeable and happy to help in any way. It took us some time to implement due to the project being managed by only one person - but this goes to show that it is a truly scalable solution for large and smaller businesses.
We will soon implement the Learning & Development Module across our teams and know it will lift our training and personal development to a new level with this professional and well-structured solution.

Pros:

Peoplestreme is customisable and is very 'follow your nose' in terms of employee and manager use. Dashboards are great to easy report on individuals, teams and also for compliance requirements. For a business which did not have anything in place previously it has helped is to implement a performance management program which is best of breed and best practice.

Cons:

There were a couple of items with our version which meant we needed some manual workarounds but with our upgraded version ready to go live next month everything will be resolved.

PeopleStreme Response

3 years ago

Hi Natasha, Thanks for your kind words and the trust you put in us. This is the reason we come to work every day and hope the team can continue to add value to Northern Inland Credit Union and the team. Jean-Paul

Sheralyn S.
Senior Consultant in Australia
Higher Education, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Ascender Payroll - sound and proven payroll for complex configuration and requirements

4 last year

Pros:

Our current Account Executive is great, always ready to help and is easily at hand whenever we have any queries or issues. She is very professional and provides a level of assurance over working with Ascender. We have used Ascender Pay for around 30 years since it was first released and find it suits our complex enterprise agreement requirements. There is an abundance of new functionality being released for review and implementation. Ascender is a big part of my life and I am very attached since my connection goes back some 23 years. I almost feel part of their family working with some of the long-term staff for such a time – they are just wonderful people.

Cons:

With all the new functionality being released it is hard to keep up.

Danielle R.
HRBP in Australia
Construction, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

System lacks basic Functionality & Oversold Product

1 11 months ago

Comments: Overall, my recommendation is to avoid this product, it is not worth the increased administrative burden that the modules come with. The product is expensive for the lack of functionality and the presentation of the modules.

Pros:

Performance Management Module is only Module I would recommend purchasing.

Cons:

Customer Service: -Disconnect from the sales team and product delivery team -Sales team over sale PeopleSteme Modules that doesn't save time but increases administrative tasks -Product team provides workarounds to compensate for the lack of the system functionality once you have purchased the modules - PeopleStreme can't commit to timeframes for the companies 'road map' on new features System: -There is minimal automation provided by the purchased modules -System is extremely slow -Inability to bulk upload all historical data (e.g. Job Ads, Position Descriptions, Resumes) -Purchased modules don’t communicate to one another, requiring a increased workload for the HR team -There is no Employee Landing page that displays basic employee data (hire date, department, job title), which is collected from the Onboarding process. Sales team now tells us that this is only available to them because of their access permissions and not part of the package sold -Onboarding Module does not allow for cross-boarding to be captured in PeopleStreme

Alternatives Considered: ELMO Software

Reasons for Choosing Ascender Payroll and HCM: To improve employee engagement and reduce the admin burden amongst the HR team, however PeopleStreme has significantly increased the admin burden.

Reasons for Switching to Ascender Payroll and HCM: PeopleStreme has a good Performance Management system. The company sales a false product of the Ascender Payroll as an all-in-one HR system, but the modules (eRecruitment, OnBoarding, Performance Management, Talent Management module) do not communicate to one another and require the user to enter the information more than once.

Verified Reviewer
Human Resources Manager in Australia
Verified LinkedIn User
Construction, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Great affordable product

5 4 years ago

Comments: Saving on time and money!

Pros:

The software is easy to use and more affordable than others on the market. The system allows you to easily find a candidate using the search function and has saved our company thousands in recruiter fees as a result. As adverts are directly uploaded to SEEK and our website the software has saved me time. In addition, the ability to mass (personalised) respond to candidates has saved me time and ensured a better candidate experience with our organisation.

Cons:

The software does not imped itself into our website to suit our style guide. It clearly looks like it has been added, rather than matching the rest of our webpage.

Anne T.
HR Manager in Australia
Verified LinkedIn User
Construction, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

eRecruitment - Effective, streamlined recruitment process, Peoplestreme supportive, responsive

5 3 years ago

Comments: Highly positive relationship developed with Peoplestreme. Useful tool in the management of high volume recruitment. Database functions highly useful and efficient for management reporting. Intuitive software, easy to follow and matches our company processes well. This is one of the reasons why we selected this module for our company. We have been impressed with the level of customer service and promptness in delivery of troubleshooting.

Pros:

Easy to use, intuitive software that enables recruitment to work in line with our internal company processes. Highly responsive troubleshooting. Punctual support when needed.

Cons:

System inability to identify same candidate twice. Candidates that apply for multiple roles within company cannot be easily identified under search. Candidates within system are not easily identifiable as they are assigned by number not name.