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Absorb Anywhere LMS

5 Ratings
Score 4.9 out of 101

Cornerstone OnDemand

131 Ratings
Score 7.3 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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Cornerstone OnDemand

The tool is so flexible and powerful. We have recently trained 4 system administrators in one of our Call Centers to publish eLearning and assign this learning to their call center reps. They have to assign multiple courses every single day. I was able to create a role in the system, where these admins can create content and assign to just their division and it doesn't disrupt our overall corporate training initiatives, while supporting their needs fully.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Onboarding

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0
New hire portal
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.5
Manager tracking tools
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Compliance tracking and reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
9.5

Performance and Goals

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3
Corporate goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
Subordinate goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3
Individual goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.9
Line-of sight-visibility
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.9
Performance tracking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8

Performance Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.5
Performance plans
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8
Plan weighting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
Performance improvement plans
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.5
Review status tracking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6
Rater nomination workflow
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
Review reminders
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
Workflow restrictions
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
Multiple review frequency
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.5
Reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.2

Succession Planning

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.5
Create succession plans/pools
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3
Candidate ranking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
5.5
Candidate search
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.0
Candidate development
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0

Recruiting / ATS

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.1
Job Requisition Management
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.6
Company Website Posting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
Publish to Social Media
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.4
Job Search Site Posting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.9
Customized Application Form
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.7
Resume Management
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.9
Candidate Search
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.5
Applicant Tracking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0
Collaboration
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.4
Task Creation and Delegation
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
4.6
Email Templates
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
User Permissions
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
Notifications and Alerts
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8
Reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
5.2

Pros

  • Clean interface for learners
  • Logical organization of courses
  • Admin portal is OK
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  • Cornerstone Learning is very powerful and flexible. I have now administered 2 other Learning Management Systems for my organization and Cornerstone is by far the easiest to manage. I haven't run into a learning challenge that I couldn't solve with the Cornerstone Learning system and this system is more intuitive and easy to administer than previous systems. I found myself doing a lot of the work for others in previous systems, however, this system has the capability to easily distribute permissions and roles to Learning Partners throughout the organization to free my time up for more development and testing of new functions for the training organization.
  • Cornerstone Reporting is very easy to use and provides the ability for me to create reporting and share out to various Managers and Departments within the organization and has the flexibility to constrain permissions, so that only various areas see what they need to see. This has been a huge time saver in our organization.
  • Cornerstone has excellent online and inline help which is great when training additional administrators throughout the system. I believe that Cornerstone sets the standard in this area and is truly a Learning organization. You can click Help from any page you are on in Cornerstone and helpful how to videos and documentation immediately pops up to explain how to use that function. It is truly an invaluable resource.
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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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  • I don't really have any complaints with this system. I always would like customer support to be more responsive and better, but this is likely due to my personal standard. Cornerstone does have better customer support than I have been used to with previous vendors.
  • Cornerstone is currently transitioning from their legacy to mobile platform and we have recently implemented, so we are having to wait on new build out and design for these mobile enhancements. Of course, as a client, I would like this tomorrow, but have been very pleased with the design and work.
  • We are integrated with the Workday HRIS and the integration between Workday and Cornerstone is a standard integration. It would be nice if this integration was more flexible, however, we did buy Cornerstone Web Services which allows us to create our own API integrations between the two systems to get data that may not have been included in the standard integration.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Cornerstone OnDemand6.6
Based on 16 answers
We are still new and to consider making a change at this point seems far off.
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Usability

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Cornerstone OnDemand6.7
Based on 12 answers
Cornerstone OnDemand in general has very good usability. It is easy for end users to start using it. We don`t need to provide any trainings for learners or line managers. At maximum we can create one pager with general information. It is easy to search trainings. You don’t need to know the ID or full name of training.
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Reliability and Availability

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Cornerstone OnDemand8.2
Based on 2 answers
It was down for a couple of hours in our first month. Occasionally, in the evening we have trouble logging in even though it is not a maintenance window.
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Performance

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Cornerstone OnDemand2.7
Based on 2 answers
It’s surprisingly slow for a SAAS product. When you click on links, there’s no hourglass or waiting indicator, so it’s difficult to tell if the system is going to respond.
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Support

Absorb Anywhere LMS1.0
Based on 1 answer
Poor response time and generally poor responses.
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Cornerstone OnDemand5.0
Based on 8 answers
They are doing a great job of creating new features and fixing anything that is broken. However, sometimes you have to wait until the next quarterly update to get something fixed. I also feel like their Global Product Support team could be better. Perhaps hiring additional people would help.
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In-Person Training

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Cornerstone OnDemand8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very personable and patient. Features that I'm sure to them are very simple and repetitive were trained with patience and understanding.
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Online Training

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Cornerstone OnDemand9.1
Based on 2 answers
The interface not great. It would be nice to have a full video vs. slide by slide.

They use their LMS tool – it’s a curriculum. It is slow going.
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Implementation

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Cornerstone OnDemand6.4
Based on 4 answers
Dig deep on what your current processes are and how they match up to Cornerstone OnDemand functionality. It's not that the Cornerstone OnDemand is bad, it just the amount of work it requires you to do to get your current data to fit into their system.
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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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Considering all five Learning Management Systems that I have been the admin for, Cornerstone OnDemand is my favorite; especially for corporate organizations. I believe they offer a complete package. I always keep my eye on new solutions and some are doing some interesting things, however, I will stick with Cornerstone OnDemand for the foreseeable future.
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Scalability

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Cornerstone OnDemand9.1
Based on 1 answer
It can accomodate any number of users (that you're willing to pay for) and serves as a training archive
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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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  • Cornerstone OnDemand's robust reporting features has allowed us to provide senior management with robust operational metrics around our talent development initiatives for the first times. Reports are straightforward to build and the resulting data is used to populate a broader HR scorebook.
  • CSOD has made it easier for our employees and partners to find critical training due to its modern search facilities.
  • CSOD has enabled us to automate the enrollment e of several mandatory training initiatives, effectively eliminating hours of tedious manual work by members of our talent development staff
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Pricing Details

Absorb Anywhere LMS

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

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
1.  One-time fee
Additional Pricing Details

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