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Bridge

45 Ratings

Absorb Anywhere LMS

5 Ratings
Score 4.9 out of 101

Bridge

45 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Absorb Anywhere LMS

Absorb worked well for us for a number of years but once we started to push the limits of the software, the company and the product let us down. Support became unresponsive and the product enhancements that we were told were coming never did.
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Bridge

Bridge is suited for scenarios where you need ppl to complete steps in order or test that they received the correct amount of knowledge after watching a video. I do think Bridge is less appropriate for companies that use it in external training scenarios as there is some key functionality missing. We gotten very good at brainstorming and finding solutions/ways to get Bridge to work the way that we need it to
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Feature Rating Comparison

Onboarding

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.5
New hire portal
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.1
Manager tracking tools
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.7
Compliance tracking and reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.8

Performance and Goals

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.3
Corporate goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.6
Subordinate goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.0
Individual goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
5.8
Line-of sight-visibility
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.2
Performance tracking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
7.1

Performance Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.3
Performance plans
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.9
Plan weighting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
7.3
Manager note taking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.0
Performance improvement plans
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
5.6
Review status tracking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.9
Rater nomination workflow
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.4
Review reminders
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
5.8
Workflow restrictions
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.2
Multiple review frequency
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.4
Reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
5.9

Learning Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.9
Course authoring
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
7.2
Course catalog or library
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.3
Player/Portal
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
7.0
Learning content
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.8
Mobile friendly
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
7.5
Progress tracking & certifications
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
7.1
Assignments
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
7.1
Compliance management
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
7.3
Learning administration
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
7.4
Learning reporting & analytics
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
6.5
Social learning
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Bridge
5.1

Pros

  • Clean interface for learners
  • Logical organization of courses
  • Admin portal is OK
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  • Superb Customer Support: Getting help from Bridge is so accessible; whether it's via our customer relations rep, the chat or email option. I know I can always get immediate help when I need it.
  • Events: The Bridge annual conference is a wonderful way to connect with Bridge and other companies who use it to get inspired and share ideas.
  • Constantly improving: Every Bridge comes out with additions and improvements to make the user experience better.
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Cons

  • Customer Support is unresponsive and poor
  • Inconsistent interface in the product
  • Reporting out of Absorb is cumbersome
  • No search functionality within courses.
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  • There is a 'language' that is used by Bridge staff which takes some getting used to. So many terms are 'tech speak' and it does take some extra time to learn those terms.
  • The menus and links to reports, etc. are not as intuitive as they could be. I find myself frustrated at times trying to navigate. I don't automatically relate terms like 'insights' and 'instance' in the way they are used by Bridge.
  • I've asked for a notification via email when a user completes the program. I recognize that this has been a work in progress but it seems like it should be a relatively simple fix.
  • Initially, Bridge provided sessions which were designed to educate a new user on every aspect of everything Bridge has to offer. Much of this was a waste of time in our case. The training sessions should have asked first what we intended to do and provided only the information needed to get us going. We needed only a push in the right direction, not an overview of every possibility we may encounter.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Pretty likely because Bridge is a good product that will probably meet our needs. However now that I am more familiar with what the LMS can/can't do I will probably be a better shopper to see if there is another LMS that can fill the gaps that this one has
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Support

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Poor response time and generally poor responses.
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Alternatives Considered

At the time of selection, we went with Absorb as they were one of the few that could handle online transactions for courses. We are in the process of migrating to Skilljar and will be discontinuing our subscription to Absorb in 2018.
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We looked at Ruzuku and Lightspeed VT also. Ruzuku lacked some features we considered 'must haves'. Lightspeed VT is a very powerful program but too expensive.
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Return on Investment

  • We were able to lighten the work load on our finance team by moving course purchase processing to the online platform.
  • Learning team was able to reduce the amount of live training and travel.
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  • Certainly, Bridge was not an inexpensive option when we were reviewing platforms. To date, we have not seen a positive ROI but believe that will happen in the near future as we expand an offering of an additional program.
  • Reviews from our users indicate that they appreciate the professional and easy to use features Bridge provides, along with the video based design of the program.
  • The program we developed with the Bridge platform supports our position as educators in our industry.
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Pricing Details

Absorb Anywhere LMS

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

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