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Score 6.9 out of 100

Cornerstone OnDemand

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Likelihood to Recommend

Absorb 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

Cornerstone OnDemand

If your organization has either solid cross-functional business processes or you are moving in that direction, Cornerstone OnDemand will serve your needs well. If, however, you will need to operate the system within a highly self-contained silo, you may not be able to fully realize the benefits of the system and may struggle to find the value.
Clyde Parson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Absorb LMS
9.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0
Course authoring
Absorb LMS
8.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6
Player/Portal
Absorb LMS
8.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
Mobile friendly
Absorb LMS
7.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3
Progress tracking & certifications
Absorb LMS
10.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Assignments
Absorb LMS
10.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.6
Compliance management
Absorb LMS
10.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Learning administration
Absorb LMS
9.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.4
Learning reporting & analytics
Absorb LMS
10.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Course catalog or library
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.5
Learning content
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Social learning
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.7

Onboarding

Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6
New hire portal
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6
Manager tracking tools
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
Compliance tracking and reporting
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9

Performance and Goals

Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.1
Corporate goal setting
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8
Subordinate goal setting
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Individual goal setting
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Line-of sight-visibility
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Performance tracking
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3

Performance Management

Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
Performance plans
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
Plan weighting
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
Manager note taking
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.5
Performance improvement plans
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.4
Review status tracking
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
Rater nomination workflow
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Review reminders
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
Workflow restrictions
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.7
Multiple review frequency
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.7
Reporting
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.1

Succession Planning

Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6
Create succession plans/pools
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
Candidate ranking
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6
Candidate search
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.1
Candidate development
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9

Recruiting / ATS

Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.5
Job Requisition Management
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.9
Company Website Posting
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Publish to Social Media
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8
Job Search Site Posting
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3
Customized Application Form
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3
Resume Management
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.2
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.6
Candidate Search
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.3
Applicant Tracking
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
Collaboration
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3
Task Creation and Delegation
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
Email Templates
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
User Permissions
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.6
Notifications and Alerts
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
Reporting
Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4

Pros

Absorb LMS

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

Cornerstone OnDemand

  • Permissions - Almost everything within the tool is permissionable, which allows us to show only needed pieces to employees.
  • Releases - The quarterly release cycle is communicated very well with enough supporting documentation to gain knowledge of what is happening and prepare your org prior to upgrades.
  • Flexibility - The system is very flexible to meet many needs of a diverse organization. There are built-in pieces that can be adapted to fit a need and fill gaps.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Absorb 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

Cornerstone OnDemand

  • Customization. Editing the performance review questions was limited and confusing.
  • Saving work. Dozens of employees would type directly into the performance review question boxes only for the system to refresh and not save their work. This is because the system logs you out after a short time on the website.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Absorb LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 9.4
Based on 25 answers
As long as pricing stays reasonable, we will likely stay with Cornerstone for at least one more contract renewal. It would be a large task to migrate all of our content to a new system. However, the LMS landscape is diversifying with new startups that are showing some real innovation.
Jamie Drahos | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Absorb LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 8.3
Based on 25 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.
Andriy Verminskyy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Absorb LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 9.0
Based on 4 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Absorb LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 3.0
Based on 4 answers
Pages do not load quickly. Often times any action or selection of a box, drop down, check, pretty much ANY Javascript interaction causes the whole entire page to load/reload/start doing something in the background. This makes a nightmare for having to mass edit courses or upload ILT sessions. It's the one of the archaic web designs they use that really bugs me as an admin and makes working in the portal at times intolerable and insufferable
Joseph Madere | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Absorb LMS

Absorb LMS 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Poor response time and generally poor responses.
Ron Massicotte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 7.1
Based on 34 answers
They are still working out issues with their support ticket system. I think we are now experienced enough that when we submit a ticket, there is not a quick easy answer and involves higher levels of support so it does tend to take a LONG time to get assistance. When there is a major issue, their communication is getting better but when you have a defect to report or a high level support it's going to be a while. They do have EXCELLENT online help, a very active online community where customers help customers and great user groups so there is other avenues of help
Melissa Odom | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Absorb LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 4.3
Based on 2 answers
Very personable and patient. Features that I'm sure to them are very simple and repetitive were trained with patience and understanding.
Joseph Madere | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Absorb LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 5.0
Based on 5 answers
The online modules are pretty good. You can access them at any time, which we have done. You learn a lot in the beginning, but having the ability to retake short lessons when you are working on those items was very helpful.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Absorb LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 8.3
Based on 19 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Absorb 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

Cornerstone OnDemand

I wasn't involved in the selection at my current company. However, at my previous company, Absorb was a very close contender due to their modern and vibrant portal features, but we decided to stick with Cornerstone because of ease of configuration for our compliance training program and security permissions/constraints
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Absorb LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It can accomodate any number of users (that you're willing to pay for) and serves as a training archive
Joseph Madere | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Absorb 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

Cornerstone OnDemand

  • We are tracking learning and performance and using it to direct career growth and goal planning.
  • We have increased employee engagement in HR activities with 4 consecutive years of YOY increases in employee directed learning initiatives.
  • We have created learning content for new hires, career pathing, and compliance that we never had before.
Jennifer Goodwin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Absorb LMS

General

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

Cornerstone OnDemand

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

* One-time fee

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Absorb LMS
8.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
9.4

Usability

Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3

Reliability and Availability

Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
9.0

Performance

Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
3.0

Support Rating

Absorb LMS
9.0
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.1

In-Person Training

Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
4.3

Online Training

Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
5.0

Implementation Rating

Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3

Scalability

Absorb LMS
Cornerstone OnDemand
10.0

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