Absorb LMS vs. ADP Workforce Now

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Absorb LMS
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Absorb LMS aims to empower organizations to train employees with the skills needed to stay modern and relevant in today's fast-paced world. The LMS software focuses on aligning learning needs with business demands.N/A
ADP Workforce Now
Score 8.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
ADP Workforce Now is a cloud-based HR platform for mid-sized businesses. It features customizable modules of various HR services that businesses can tailor to their specific needs, as well as regulatory monitoring and alerts to help businesses remain compliant.N/A
Pricing
Absorb LMSADP Workforce Now
Editions & Modules
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Essential
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Enhanced
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Complete
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HR Pro
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Payroll Essentials
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HR Plus
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Hiring Advantage
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Performance Plus
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Absorb LMSADP Workforce Now
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredRequired
Additional DetailsPlease contact ADP for a product demo and ask about a hands-on "test drive" of Workforce Now.
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
Absorb LMSADP Workforce Now
Considered Both Products
Absorb LMS
Chose Absorb LMS
The main reasons why we chose Absorb LMS was:
1) Best overall features for the cost
2) Easy integration with our HRIS, (ADP WFN)
Chose Absorb LMS
Absorb LMS was better priced that Cornerstone on Demand and is so much more user-friendly. Cornerstone was difficult to use, the fonts were very small, whereas Absorb LMS has larger fonts and more color to the platform, making it more visually appealing and user-friendly. …
ADP Workforce Now

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Absorb LMSADP Workforce Now
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
8.6
51 Ratings
5% above category average
ADP Workforce Now
-
Ratings
Course authoring9.238 Ratings00 Ratings
Course catalog or library9.245 Ratings00 Ratings
Player/Portal9.246 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning content8.033 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile friendly7.932 Ratings00 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications9.246 Ratings00 Ratings
Assignments8.441 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance management9.237 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning administration9.649 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics9.146 Ratings00 Ratings
Social learning6.918 Ratings00 Ratings
Gamification6.718 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning8.631 Ratings00 Ratings
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
ADP Workforce Now
7.8
1017 Ratings
0% below category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings8.3898 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings8.3934 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings8.1885 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings7.4912 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings6.9638 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings7.5699 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings7.8644 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
1029 Ratings
1% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings8.8990 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings7.1384 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings8.2290 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings8.0795 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.9978 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings8.1764 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings7.9463 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
841 Ratings
6% below category average
Approval workflow00 Ratings7.8763 Ratings
Balance details00 Ratings7.5797 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment00 Ratings7.6645 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
1010 Ratings
0% below category average
View and generate pay and benefit information00 Ratings8.3973 Ratings
Update personal information00 Ratings8.8964 Ratings
View company policy documentation00 Ratings8.4778 Ratings
Employee recognition00 Ratings7.4363 Ratings
View job history00 Ratings7.732 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
ADP Workforce Now
6.0
12 Ratings
25% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings6.012 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
ADP Workforce Now
7.3
940 Ratings
4% below category average
Report builder00 Ratings7.6923 Ratings
Pre-built reports00 Ratings7.8919 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data00 Ratings6.4546 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
ADP Workforce Now
7.3
112 Ratings
8% below category average
New hire portal00 Ratings7.7108 Ratings
Manager tracking tools00 Ratings6.988 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
307 Ratings
3% below category average
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings8.4236 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings8.1288 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility00 Ratings7.3235 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings7.7281 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
ADP Workforce Now
7.5
398 Ratings
6% below category average
Performance plans00 Ratings7.4357 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings7.5305 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings7.7362 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings7.5374 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings7.5309 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
ADP Workforce Now
6.0
7 Ratings
27% below category average
Create succession plans/pools00 Ratings5.86 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings5.86 Ratings
Candidate search00 Ratings6.37 Ratings
Candidate development00 Ratings6.26 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
ADP Workforce Now
6.7
418 Ratings
14% below category average
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings7.4363 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings8.0355 Ratings
Publish to Social Media00 Ratings7.3284 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting00 Ratings7.2318 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention00 Ratings2.38 Ratings
Applicant Tracking00 Ratings7.2359 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts00 Ratings7.8380 Ratings
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User Ratings
Absorb LMSADP Workforce Now
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(53 ratings)
8.4
(1084 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.9
(5 ratings)
7.8
(82 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(1 ratings)
6.7
(78 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.0
(14 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
7.1
(13 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(40 ratings)
7.3
(461 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(9 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
5.8
(17 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.2
(1 ratings)
1.6
(34 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(10 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
6.1
(8 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.2
(1 ratings)
7.6
(746 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
5.2
(8 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
6.1
(8 ratings)
User Testimonials
Absorb LMSADP Workforce Now
Likelihood to Recommend
Absorb Software Inc.
Absorb is suited for any organization looking for an LMS that covers all aspects of L&D without needing other programs to create courses or analyze progress. It has many functionalities, so if one is looking for an easy, no-nonsense platform, it may be complicated.
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ADP
If you are looking to automate processes and have the system handle administrative, boring tasks this is the system for you. They are continuing to evolve and are coming out with improvements constantly. Have a suggestion on an improvement they will listen and consider implementing.
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Pros
Absorb Software Inc.
  • Usability - Both the User and Admin Experience is so simple and intuitive. The admin tools are clearly defined and laid out, yet the functionality makes it still powerful.
  • Integration - We used the Scheduled Data Imports and Exports to connect with our HRIS tool. After the initial configuration, it has worked reliably and gives me all the custom data I need to make assignments and reporting a breeze.
  • Design - I know it's covered a little bit in the Usability above, but the site just looks fantastic. There are a lot of options to customize and fit your branding requirements and all of the thumbnails/posters/billboards/etc give a very visual and appealing look to the LMS. Much better than I've seen in other products.
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ADP
  • HRIS that is personalized for the employee and addresses DE&I needs.
  • Payroll, of course! The system addresses all needs, such as deductions, additional pay, premium OT, and shift differentials.
  • Onboarding is an excellent way to stay in compliance and have all documents completed.
  • Tax and Banking and resolution to any issues.
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Cons
Absorb Software Inc.
  • You don't have the option to make your buttons within an object skip to the next course (only the next page within the Create object), so people have to navigate using buttons on the bottom panel, which is not always intuitive
  • If you un-enroll someone and re-enroll them, they start back where they left off, instead of wiping the slate clean
  • I have not been able to figure out how to clean up the courses page (ie putting them into folders)
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ADP
  • I would like it if better communication was sent out about new product updates. Sometimes, I go into a screen and things are different and I have to relearn it on the fly.
  • Editing the mobile app - I would like it if what is shown on the desktop version was automatically on the app. WAY more of my employees use the app, but I put the most important information on the desktop version because it is easier to update.
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Likelihood to Renew
Absorb Software Inc.
We have no plans to move away from Absorb at this time. It has all of the functionality we are looking for in a learning management system and we have a lot of info stored in our LMS system for trainings including all of our current and past employee transcripts. It is also getting easier to manager with being able to connect the LMS to ADP to update employee reporting/department/location/etc. We don't have a need or reason to move away from Absorb at this time.
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ADP
Due to the lack of support from the sales and service center we are looking at other options outside of ADP. Again it is a good system, it just lacks the support it deserves from the company employees. It is just unimaginable that you will need to reach out to a service provider several times for the same issue and not get it resolved.
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Usability
Absorb Software Inc.
It's a great place to house our trainings and keep things interesting for our associates.
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ADP
I would give it a 10 however I do not like when ADP does facelifts in Workforce Now which does not add any value other than having to relearn navigation. I am also not a big fan of being forced to refer to the Bridge. We have Google which gives the same results. If I understood the answer I would not contact our Account Rep.
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Reliability and Availability
Absorb Software Inc.
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ADP
ADP outages are very rare
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Performance
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
ADP
Overall, I think the functionality of the program works pretty well. Sometimes, certain browsers do not work well for the policy function of ADP, but that is the only issue thus far
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Support Rating
Absorb Software Inc.
Absorb's support team has always responded to inquiries quickly and has been extremely friendly. Occasionally, our front-line support rep misunderstands the question wildly or provides feedback that is unhelpful. This is particularly true when it appears that problem is a result of a bug, rather than us using the LMS incorrectly. (We do not pay for the escalated/additional support.)
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ADP
I have contacted support multiple times and have always been happy with the results. ADP's support staff is always helpful and makes easy work of solving problems. I love my Payroll Account Manager, as well as my Enhanced Time Account Manager.
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In-Person Training
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
ADP
In-person training was pretty good - I think this significantly depends on the trainer. Our trainer was really good and showed what ADP can do - but I know that all trainers are not the same - and this truly makes such as difference. Overall, our training went pretty well.
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Online Training
Absorb Software Inc.
I meet and do training with my absorb support every week. and I have all my questions answered! it's great
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ADP
At the time training was not as expansive as it is now. If it could go wrong it did for me so the process was difficult and lengthy. I needed to have more in person walkthroughs of things to ensure the transition was done correctly. Not sure what else I can say, we were part of the initial move to Workforce Now when it was introduced.
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Implementation Rating
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
ADP
Either assign more than one specialist to the implementation process, or assign less clients to the implementation specialist. The process requires attention to detail and the ability to test and re-test as well as verify the information. It also requires a lot of back and forth between the client ant the implementation specialist, so they need to be readily available during the whole implementation process.
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Alternatives Considered
Absorb Software Inc.
The main reasons why we chose Absorb LMS was: 1) Best overall features for the cost 2) Easy integration with our HRIS, (ADP WFN) 3) Platform has the ability to add Skill Assessment levels 4) Professional look with easy interface for users
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ADP
Although this SAS takes longer to perform the everyday functions related to payroll and HR data input, the difference in this software and our previous software is like night and day. We were on a very old server platform and had too many issues with continuous need for backup.
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Scalability
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
ADP
It handles very well with very sensitive data of a company especially of employees. Even provides HR services regarding recruitment services like recruitment, providing notification, even handles increment cycle of employee, any awards achieved by employees. All of this services are handled by them in very efficient way.
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Return on Investment
Absorb Software Inc.
  • Course enrollments and completions have increased by 500% since implementation
  • Employee visits to our learning centre have increased by 300% since implementation
  • Cost saving from a time perspective as we can automate a lot of the admin work we used to do.
  • Pre Absorb we had about 3 or 4 e-learnings that were available. We now have over 100 that are accessible to all employees
  • Ability to seamlessly integrate with Workday and Udemy allowing all learning to be in one place, people data to be imported from WD, and very comprehensive reporting
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ADP
  • ADP WorkforceNow has provided a positive ROI for our company. It has saved me countless hours in the time I used to spend preparing reports, managing benefits, and annual enrollment, recruitment tracking, and much more.
  • The integration with Payscale has allowed our company to take every position in our organization and benchmark it to industries and job titles. This has allowed us to be more competitive on recruitment and retention.
  • We have used the new DE&I dashboard to provide valuable information on the landscape of our workforce, as well as areas of our organization that may not be as diverse.
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ScreenShots

Absorb LMS Screenshots

Screenshot of a company's unique identity with a training interface that is custom-designed for the brand.Screenshot of A company's image and values with a training interface that is tailored to the brand's specific needs.Screenshot of Assembling courses that offer a diverse set of formats, including instructional videos, quizzes, and assessments.Screenshot of Gives Learners a thorough understanding of the course material using Absorb's rich course details page, accessible from the course catalog dashboard.Screenshot of Learners' progress insights to make data-driven decisions with the advanced reporting capabilities of Absorb LMS.Screenshot of course creation with Create AI Beta.

ADP Workforce Now Screenshots

Screenshot of ADP Workforce Now: a simple and complete human capital management solutionScreenshot of Benchmarking by ADP DataCloud: an application with an extensive data set ... available to ADP Workforce Now clientsScreenshot of ADP Workforce Now clients can equip their employees with the ADP Mobile self-service app