Absorb LMS vs. Cornerstone OnDemand

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
Cornerstone OnDemand
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Cornerstone OnDemand is a cloud-based application for talent management. Cornerstone offers suites for recruiting, training, performance monitoring and planning, learning, and HR data management. It is scaled for enterprises.N/A
Pricing
Absorb LMSCornerstone OnDemand
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Absorb LMSCornerstone OnDemand
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredRequired
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Absorb LMSCornerstone OnDemand
Considered Both Products
Absorb LMS
Chose Absorb LMS
We vetted several web-based systems, but I don't recall all of the names.
Chose Absorb LMS
Absorb LMS in far superior to any other LMS platform I have used - in capability/functionality, user-friendliness, and customer service.
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. …
Cornerstone OnDemand
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
Considering all five Learning Management Systems that I have been the admin for, Cornerstone OnDemand is my favorite; especially for corporate organizations. I believe they offer a complete package. I always keep my eye on new solutions and some are doing some interesting …
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
Cornerstone OnDemand is definitely at the top of my list. I would say that Cornerstone is probably my second or third choice of Learning management systems. However, my opinion may change once we implement our Performance system as the systems will be integrated. I have heard …
Chose 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 …
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
We're currently entertaining alternatives as other HRIS systems have LMS features, but other learning system competitors do not have comparable capabilities for hosting and monitoring learning. Other systems have better integration capabilities, but Cornerstone has a stronger …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Absorb LMSCornerstone OnDemand
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
8.5
61 Ratings
4% above category average
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.5
187 Ratings
6% above category average
Course authoring9.148 Ratings5.6138 Ratings
Course catalog or library9.255 Ratings8.4185 Ratings
Player/Portal9.255 Ratings7.8172 Ratings
Learning content8.043 Ratings8.2147 Ratings
Mobile friendly7.941 Ratings7.9135 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications9.256 Ratings7.4168 Ratings
Assignments8.450 Ratings7.8181 Ratings
Compliance management9.246 Ratings7.5162 Ratings
Learning administration9.659 Ratings7.6184 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics9.156 Ratings7.7183 Ratings
Social learning6.926 Ratings6.9116 Ratings
Gamification6.425 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning8.439 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
132 Ratings
11% above category average
New hire portal00 Ratings8.369 Ratings
Manager tracking tools00 Ratings8.0114 Ratings
Compliance tracking and reporting00 Ratings8.4125 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
114 Ratings
13% above category average
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings8.095 Ratings
Subordinate goal setting00 Ratings8.398 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings8.8106 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility00 Ratings8.194 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings8.1109 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8
119 Ratings
13% above category average
Performance plans00 Ratings8.193 Ratings
Plan weighting00 Ratings7.480 Ratings
Manager note taking00 Ratings7.969 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings7.781 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings8.396 Ratings
Rater nomination workflow00 Ratings7.664 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings8.293 Ratings
Workflow restrictions00 Ratings7.485 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings7.082 Ratings
Reporting00 Ratings8.1113 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
9.1
58 Ratings
24% above category average
Create succession plans/pools00 Ratings8.449 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings9.349 Ratings
Candidate search00 Ratings9.352 Ratings
Candidate development00 Ratings9.249 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.6
66 Ratings
16% above category average
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings8.745 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings8.841 Ratings
Publish to Social Media00 Ratings8.738 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting00 Ratings8.638 Ratings
Customized Application Form00 Ratings8.740 Ratings
Resume Management00 Ratings8.743 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention00 Ratings8.840 Ratings
Candidate Search00 Ratings8.641 Ratings
Applicant Tracking00 Ratings8.841 Ratings
Collaboration00 Ratings8.836 Ratings
Task Creation and Delegation00 Ratings8.638 Ratings
Email Templates00 Ratings8.359 Ratings
User Permissions00 Ratings8.360 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts00 Ratings8.355 Ratings
Reporting00 Ratings8.363 Ratings
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User Ratings
Absorb LMSCornerstone OnDemand
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(63 ratings)
8.2
(257 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.9
(5 ratings)
9.9
(37 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.1
(37 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
8.5
(50 ratings)
6.6
(36 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
8.0
(10 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.2
(1 ratings)
8.0
(10 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(115 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.2
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.2
(1 ratings)
9.5
(4 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
7.0
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
8.9
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Absorb LMSCornerstone OnDemand
Likelihood to Recommend
Absorb Software Inc.
Absorb LMS is appropriate for any continuing education organization or company that wants a reliable platform to host enduring educational content. It has been a great experience in terms of building and designing courses, monitoring learner progress, and as another touch point for learners to access other resources our organization offers.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
I feel Cornerstone OnDemand is a great solution for companies that have a large amount of compliance training that needs to be assigned and closely tracked. The features of dynamic groups (based on specific user criteria) allows you to target very specific audiences. The assignment functionality gives you great flexibility on when the assignment runs and how often, and also provides many options for due dates (static date or dynamic date - x days from hire date, date assigned, etc.). This has allowed us to have a clear and consistent user experience for both our newly hired employees and our seasoned employees.
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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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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Automatic recurring assignments are easy to get that refresher training out without needing to assign it fresh each time.
  • Reporting 2.0 makes it easy to write and share your reports with just selected filters. Making it easy for people receiving it to just change what they need to see.
  • Learning Admin Console makes it easy to peek at what is going on in your portal and open up connected reporting when needed.
  • Success Center is a great resource for getting peer answers to questions and learning about the releases and suggesting changes that should be added to the roadmap.
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Cons
Absorb Software Inc.
  • Uploading documents is perceived as hard for employees, especially with video uploads.
  • Sometimes the program lacks and then an employee has to start all over.
  • Spacing courses is possible but not with a certain amount of time, which would be useful if the next course could open after a week/month instead of when the employee finishes the previous course.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Sometimes finding the right answer to your support question can be a bit more difficult than it should be.
  • I would like to see more OSHA related courses.
  • At times, the administrative interface seems to need to be updated, but the tradeoff honestly might be the absolute rock-solid stability of the platform.
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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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Cornerstone OnDemand
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.
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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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Cornerstone OnDemand
Easy to use, easy to learn, lots of support during the learning process. There are a few parts of the system we don't use and I'm hesitant to begin using because other clients have said they're difficult and cumbersome (certifications) or outdated (libraries)
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Reliability and Availability
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Cornerstone OnDemand
I haven't really had any major availability problems. The service is practically impeccable but it is true that at times, due to server and latency problems, the application has been slower. But these have been specific issues that have resolved themselves.
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Performance
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Cornerstone OnDemand
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
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Support Rating
Absorb Software Inc.
I know the support team is hard at work! We are currently dealing with a confusing issue where our buttons don't connect to the pages we assign them, and they have been looking into this for a number of weeks. I hope they will unravel the issue soon so we can role out our modules!
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Cornerstone OnDemand
Its always important to have support when you are facing problems and when you are the main admin of the organization. Cornerstone Support is very supporting when you have not found the answer in the help guide. its very useful to have a team support to guide you.
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In-Person Training
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Cornerstone OnDemand
we use also to admin all our training in person events and sessions. Its easy to admin this kind of trainings and automatize some processes we have. Also de user experience and the integration with other systems helps to the employees to use more. All modules integrated oriented to develop people is the principal reason to have CSOD. The training administration is very complete and allows to automate many processes.
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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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Cornerstone OnDemand
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.
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Implementation Rating
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Cornerstone OnDemand
The implementation was pretty difficult. We felt they (Cornerstone) didn’t properly allocate the resources to complete our implementation in the timetable we wanted.

For example, we worked on Workday and SSO integrations - work that we had specifically contracted for in advance. When we were ready to work on that project, they didn’t have the people ready to help us, so it took a lot longer than necessary. That was my biggest pain point.

The implementation approach we went with was a self-led implementation. We would speak to the implementation manager once per week, and self-trained. We met with implementation manager to discuss issues, review things that we’d learned for 1 hour. We found that wasn’t enough. Other things would come up outside that one hour window that we couldn’t get answers to. We didn’t have anyone to ask about those things and we had to wait to ask during our weekly meeting.

The advantage of the self-led implementation approach was that it was really inexpensive – significantly less than the implementation cost for the other systems that we looked at. I also liked that we could pace ourselves. There were however big roadblocks. We would have to make sure the right resources were available. We had an implementation/project manager with a lot of experience and felt that the person was knowledgeable but missed on a few things.

In hindsight, I would still go with the self-led implementation, but knowing what I know now, I would ask for the integration person to be available more. I would work that into the contract. With single sign-on, we needed deep linking to build direct links through a Single Sign-On tool, e.g. when someone gets an email, it directs them to training. But it has to go through SSO to get them to the correct link. Deep linking wasn’t turned on in our system and they had to activate it. We encountered little things like that – sequencing pre-requisites which were problematic. We tried to troubleshoot ourselves.

I recommend you consider contracting for some extra implementation hours and determine when they are going to be available. Work it into the contract that you have the ability to call tech support during implementation. In addition to weekly implementation meetings, they have technical webexes – 4 every week, but 2 didn’t apply to us – one as we were using SSO. The challenge is they were not always relevant – we had specific questions that didn’t fall into those categories
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Alternatives Considered
Absorb Software Inc.
Our organization previously used LMS365, which did not support eCommerce and had difficulties supporting external users. (My understanding is the issues with external users may have been directly related to our Microsoft implementation and not directly LMS365's fault, but it was nonetheless a deal breaker for us.) Docebo was the runner up in our LMS selection process and I spent significant time chatting with the team at Docebo. It seemed like a strong competitor to Aborb. Ultimately, Absorb was both slightly more cost-efficient for our scenario.
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Cornerstone OnDemand
The user experience is a lot better than using SumTotal as an admin CSOD makes working easy. Without having workarounds. Reporting is a lot better than both platforms. Reporting in CSOD is complex however easy to manage and create when you understand the data points collected
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Cornerstone OnDemand
It is important to be familiar with the terms and annual increases in licenses and other aspects of the contract. I recommend analyzing this from the beginning and the permanence is relevant because Cornerstone updates its modules and brings out new features that may allow you to leave a module to acquire another
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Scalability
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Cornerstone OnDemand
It's a great product with some pieces that are set but many things that can be customized as needed for individual needs
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Professional Services
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Cornerstone OnDemand
As I have said before, I have no doubt that the services of the Cornerstone sales people were very good. In particular, our salesperson spent a lot of time in contact with us to make the process go smoothly. Perhaps being a large company in some cases the times were slowed down but it is something normal to take into account.
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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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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • We are in the process of trying to increase employee engagement through content expansion. We are in the early stages of this.
  • The Edge Import Tool, in conjunction with Reporting 2.0, has done a great job of helping to automate/semi-automate tasks for huge time savings.
  • Maintaining compliance. Achieved through dynamic/automated groups, assignments, communication, and reporting.
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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 the course creation workflow, that offer a diverse set of formats, including instructional videos, quizzes, and assessments.Screenshot of Absorb's course details page, accessible from the course catalog dashboard, used to give learners an understanding of the course material.Screenshot of learners' progress insights, used to make data-driven decisions with the reporting capabilities of Absorb LMS.Screenshot of course creation with Create AI Beta.

Cornerstone OnDemand Screenshots

Screenshot of A personalized, modern user experience and self-service capabilities to engage employees, ensure productivity, and centralize employee dataScreenshot of With Cornerstone Learning, go beyond compliance and training - truly develop an engaged and collaborative workforce.Screenshot of Cornerstone Recruiting takes care of all talent acquisition needs and provides candidates with an amazing experience.Screenshot of With Cornerstone Performance, benchmark your people's performance, align them with your strategy, and provide feedback that matters.Screenshot of Cornerstone HR offers a personalized, modern user experience and self-service capabilities to engage employees, ensure productivity, and centralize employee data.Screenshot of With Content Anytime, quickly deliver hundreds of eLearning courses covering key soft-skills such as communication, time management, leadership, teamwork, and emotional intelligence.