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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

Cornerstone OnDemand is well suited for large organizations with plenty of money to implement all the features you want and need. It is also well suited for organizations that need all of their modules, all the security features, and all of the various built-in reporting. It is also well suited for organizations with a full-service IT group to implement daily data loads and single sign-on. Cornerstone OnDemand is less well suited for small organizations without the IT support and for organizations who only need a simple place to serve up content. Cornerstone OnDemand is also not well suited for quick yet detailed, on-the-fly reporting.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Onboarding

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.1
New hire portal
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.6
Manager tracking tools
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Compliance tracking and reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
9.6

Performance and Goals

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
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
7.9
Line-of sight-visibility
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Performance tracking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0

Performance Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6
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
7.6
Review status tracking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
Rater nomination workflow
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
Review reminders
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.1
Workflow restrictions
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0
Multiple review frequency
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.8
Reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.8

Succession Planning

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.3
Create succession plans/pools
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3
Candidate ranking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
5.3
Candidate search
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
5.7
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
8.8
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
4.5
Email Templates
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.4
User Permissions
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
Notifications and Alerts
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
5.3

Pros

  • Clean interface for learners
  • Logical organization of courses
  • Admin portal is OK
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  • Cornerstone OnDemand is very robust and has a lot of room as the firm grows. This is a big plus if you are starting out and want to add features as you develop your training program.
  • Cornerstone OnDemand is a cloud-based, hosted system. This means updates are implemented in the background, no server administration, up-time is excellent, and everything is secure and backed up. In addition, Cornerstone provides two mirror sites where you can test updates and other concepts you would like to implement without affecting users.
  • Cornerstone OnDemand is a total HRD/HRM package with several different modules. For large organizations who have a lot of HR needs, Cornerstone offers all the support you need. The modules are designed to work seamlessly and share data according to the needs of the organization.
  • Cornerstone OnDemand has a very strong security system. Security parameters can be set on people and objects. This allows a lot of strength and flexibility.
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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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  • The only general area I feel that can be a challenge for users is the Administration tools. They are VAST! I had already been an LMS for over a decade before I started using CSOD, so it was easy for me to jump right in. If you don't have prior system admin experience, it can be quite a learning curve. However this is always the double edged sword....to get a robust set of tools, you have to embrace some complexity.
  • As a seasoned LMS admin who has seen it all, I can definitely say there are some tools missing that could help me out....but these tools are very specific and way "in the weeds".
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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 OnDemand7.0
Based on 12 answers
Cornerstone isn't intuitive always as a new user but once training is done and you understand more about what it can do, it is capable of many things
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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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Our shortlist was: Litmus, Success Factors, Absorb, and Bloomfire. Our primary business need was learning management

a) Bloomfire – seemed more of a social networking, knowledge management tool, not really for learning management and so was eliminated.

b) Our initial choice was Success Factors, but we couldn’t come to terms on the contract. They weren’t willing to work with us on contract language for future purchases. Workday (who we use for HRIS) used Success Factors as their LMS at the time, but I understand it's since been decommissioned.

c) We didn’t know about Cornerstone at the time we selected Success Factors, but would have picked them otherwise. We learned about them after we had ruled out Success Factors. We ended up choosing Cornerstone as it had the best integration with Outlook and the highest capability to integrated with our HRIS (Workday) and to customize. You can change the display of the interface and put things where you want to go. It is highly customizable for branding and business
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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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