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Absorb Anywhere LMS

5 Ratings
Score 4.9 out of 101

PiiQ by Cornerstone

46 Ratings
Score 7.8 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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PiiQ by Cornerstone

Great for managing medium sized teams of people spread over geographically dispersed offices. Not so good for small teams (less than 15). Requires a degree of time and effort to set up correctly to provide useful data for management and a good experience for staff members, but once that effort has been made the results are great.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Onboarding

Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
9.0
Compliance tracking and reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
9.0

Performance and Goals

Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
7.9
Corporate goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
7.6
Subordinate goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
8.1
Individual goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
8.4
Line-of sight-visibility
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
8.2
Performance tracking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
7.0

Performance Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
6.4
Performance plans
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
8.3
Plan weighting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
5.9
Manager note taking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
5.6
Performance improvement plans
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
3.0
Review status tracking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
7.1
Rater nomination workflow
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
4.0
Review reminders
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
7.9
Workflow restrictions
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
7.5
Multiple review frequency
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
8.1
Reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
6.9

Learning Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
8.8
Course authoring
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
8.2
Course catalog or library
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
9.2
Player/Portal
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
8.3
Learning content
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
8.2
Mobile friendly
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
9.0
Progress tracking & certifications
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
9.0
Assignments
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
9.2
Compliance management
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
9.0
Learning administration
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
9.2
Learning reporting & analytics
Absorb Anywhere LMS
PiiQ by Cornerstone
8.4

Pros

  • Clean interface for learners
  • Logical organization of courses
  • Admin portal is OK
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  • Great way to visually identify how different staff members are progressing and performing
  • Simple and intuitive interface for staff members to use - making the process of job performance reviews more enjoyable
  • Good existing library of competencies to draw upon
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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 way that weighting is indicated on goals would be easier if you could just type in a number instead of those dots.
  • Not having the weightings automatically added/included to blank/empty goals
  • A feature that allows other managers to provide input on employees reviews (on the actual review, not via 360)
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Likelihood to Renew

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PiiQ by Cornerstone3.0
Based on 2 answers
It's not that CSB isn't a decent performance management system, but we have decided to go with just one vendor (Workday) for an HRIS/performance management/payroll system so we can directly relate pay to performance. We are more interested in having just one system that "talks" to the other pieces instead of having to work with several vendors. It reduces the hassle of having to communicate with different support teams, having different contracts, and so on.
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Usability

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PiiQ by Cornerstone7.6
Based on 23 answers
The update caused a lot of conufsion for the admins and managers that assign courses.
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Reliability and Availability

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PiiQ by Cornerstone10.0
Based on 1 answer
So far 100%.
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Performance

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PiiQ by Cornerstone7.0
Based on 1 answer
The saving process slows it down. It doesn’t auto save. If you leave a page, it will sometimes warn you, but not always. When you hit the save button, a window pops up that says creating/saving packets. It feels very archaic.
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Support

Absorb Anywhere LMS1.0
Based on 1 answer
Poor response time and generally poor responses.
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PiiQ by Cornerstone8.7
Based on 22 answers
Their help desk system is good, quick responses and I used it mostly during set up
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Online Training

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PiiQ by Cornerstone9.0
Based on 1 answer
We bought training provided by 3rd party – it was fabulous.
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Implementation

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PiiQ by Cornerstone9.0
Based on 2 answers
I think we could have done a better job of rolling out the tool to our managers. We were under a tight timeline. In the training, we showed them everything and said go do it by this date. Looking back, I would have done it in pieces: for example, 2 weeks to write goals, 2 weeks to get sign-off from direct reports. I just let them go at it. Since then we’ve moved to agile development environment and are applying the technique to everything. In future would only do through change sprint. It is a big change I didn’t take it seriously enough.

I had a team of 3 project managing. You need a champion from every department to make sure you’re getting it right and to make sure what’s happening is communicated. It’s not something you can do without input from department heads
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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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Most review packages I've used in the past have been attached to the HRIS or created in house.
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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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  • As with any review process it opens a dialog between the manager and employee. PiiQ assists in starting that conversation.
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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
Absorb Anywhere LMS Editions & Modules
Absorb Anywhere LMS
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PiiQ by Cornerstone

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$1,000*
1.  per installation
PiiQ by Cornerstone Editions & Modules
PiiQ by Cornerstone
Edition
PiiQ Performance 1-49 Users
$8.001
PiiQ Performance & Learning 1-49 Users
$10.001
PiiQ Performance 50-99 Users
$7.001
PiiQ Performance 100-249 Users
$6.001
PiiQ Performance 250+ Users
Custom
PiiQ Learning 1-49 Users
$4.003
PiiQ Learning 50-99 Users
$3.503
PiiQ Learning 100-249 Users
$3.003
PiiQ Learning 250+ Users
Custom
PiiQ Performance & Learning 50-99 Users
$8.755
PiiQ Performance & Learning 100-249 Users
$7.505
PiiQ Performance & Learning 250+ Users
Custom
1. per user per month
3. per user per month
5. per user per month
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