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Score 6.7 out of 100
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Score 5.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Absorb Anywhere LMS

Absorb is very well suited for any company looking to standardize training for all employees. It is also best suited when paired with a course vendor to pick specific courses aimed towards employees and their interests. This makes orientation very simple. We used to have a 2-hour orientation conference to cover everything these courses can cover.
Drew Randles CSSR, CSMR, CIR | TrustRadius Reviewer

SumTotal Talent Development

SumTotal Learn is well-suited for Life Science industries (based on my experience) from the compliance perspective and also in dealing with GxP document management. It has GDPR regulations as well hence can be used in EU regions as well. If the organization is small or medium-sized, then the license and implementation cost would be slightly high. However we get the value for the investment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
9.0
SumTotal Talent Development
Course authoring
Absorb Anywhere LMS
8.0
SumTotal Talent Development
Player/Portal
Absorb Anywhere LMS
8.0
SumTotal Talent Development
Mobile friendly
Absorb Anywhere LMS
7.0
SumTotal Talent Development
Progress tracking & certifications
Absorb Anywhere LMS
10.0
SumTotal Talent Development
Assignments
Absorb Anywhere LMS
10.0
SumTotal Talent Development
Compliance management
Absorb Anywhere LMS
10.0
SumTotal Talent Development
Learning administration
Absorb Anywhere LMS
9.0
SumTotal Talent Development
Learning reporting & analytics
Absorb Anywhere LMS
10.0
SumTotal Talent Development

Human Resource Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
1.9
Employee demographic data
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Employment history
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
5.0
Job profiles and administration
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Organizational charting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Organization and location management
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0

Payroll Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
3.3
Pay calculation
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
8.0
Support for external payroll vendors
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Benefit plan administration
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Direct deposit files
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0

Leave and Attendance Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0
Balance details
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0

Employee Self Service

Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0
View and generate pay and benefit information
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
5.0
Update personal information
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0
View job history
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0

HR Reporting

Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Report builder
Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0

Pros

Absorb Anywhere LMS

  • Clean interface for learners
  • Logical organization of courses
  • Admin portal is OK
Ron Massicotte | TrustRadius Reviewer

SumTotal Talent Development

  • Assign complete learning plans to users so they don't have to spend time searching for courses.
  • Export learner's transcripts so managers can easily see their employee's progress.
  • Embed Social Media feeds that are relevant to their business.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Absorb Anywhere LMS

  • Automated creation of manager groups.
  • Easier way of seeing who employees report to so we can create manager groups.
Drew Randles CSSR, CSMR, CIR | TrustRadius Reviewer

SumTotal Talent Development

  • Reporting
  • Mass importing of manual checks to be issued in California
  • Ability to fund pay cards immediately
  • Perform gross-up calculations within the payroll system automatically
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Absorb Anywhere LMS

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SumTotal Talent Development

SumTotal Talent Development 10.0
Based on 6 answers
I have transitioned from a position who supported the product to a position where I use the product. I continue to be impressed with the robustness of the product and how efficient it is. It is a user friendly software that can be used to navigate and accomplish tasks to meet organizational requirements.
Kimberly Barricklow | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Absorb Anywhere LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SumTotal Talent Development

SumTotal Talent Development 2.0
Based on 2 answers
I do not find SumTotal to be intuitive. I feel we need to adjust our needs to meet the functionality available in the tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Absorb Anywhere LMS

Absorb Anywhere LMS 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Poor response time and generally poor responses.
Ron Massicotte | TrustRadius Reviewer

SumTotal Talent Development

SumTotal Talent Development 6.1
Based on 6 answers
I am supporting SumTotal Learn because I have been using the product since 2015 as a user and as an implementation consultant. The application provides the overall learning solutions to large organizations. It is in compliance with GDPR, CFR 11, and other regulatory requirements hence suitable for industries having mandatory compliance requirements. From value for money to customer support, SumTotal earns good credits for its performance, features, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Absorb Anywhere LMS

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.
Ron Massicotte | TrustRadius Reviewer

SumTotal Talent Development

When I came to my company, they had been using a "light" LMS called Articulate. It was cheap and bare bones; i.e. not a lot of features, really just a platform to launch eLearning from and not real interface for student to utilize. When I began to overhaul the training department, this was one of the first things I changed. Articulate would only run courses built in their software, and the software was not 508 compliant. In addition, we had no ability to create learning plans, house transcripts, customize the interface, or manage the students. I made the choice to select and LMS that was a true LMS with all of the features that were critical to our clients' needs. Thus far, SumTotal has been able to support all of our needs, except one; mobile learning that is media rich
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Absorb Anywhere LMS

  • This has been a positive ROI as we can track all course completions for audits as well as cutting costs for travel and training.
Drew Randles CSSR, CSMR, CIR | TrustRadius Reviewer

SumTotal Talent Development

  • Clean front-end user interface for easier course catalog management.
  • Reporting has been more difficult than previous LMS.
  • Audience building has more variables making it more difficult to manage.
  • Slower overall client turnaround due to admin side interface.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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

SumTotal Talent Development

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Absorb Anywhere LMS
8.0
SumTotal Talent Development
4.7

Likelihood to Renew

Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
10.0

Usability

Absorb Anywhere LMS
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0

Support Rating

Absorb Anywhere LMS
9.0
SumTotal Talent Development
6.1

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