Absorb LMS vs. PiiQ by Cornerstone

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Absorb LMS
Score 8.9 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
PiiQ by Cornerstone
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
Cornerstone’s PiiQ is an SMB offering formerly known as Sonar6. PiiQ is aimed at small-to-medium sized businesses and includes core learning management and performance management systems, including content creation, mobile accessibility, and in-product reporting.
$8
per user per month
Pricing
Absorb LMSPiiQ by Cornerstone
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
PiiQ Performance
$8.00
per user per month
PiiQ Learning + Content
$8.00
per user per month
PiiQ Learning + Content & Performance
$15.00
per user per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Absorb LMSPiiQ by Cornerstone
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeRequired$1,000 per installation
Additional Details
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Top Pros
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Features
Absorb LMSPiiQ by Cornerstone
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
8.6
52 Ratings
5% above category average
PiiQ by Cornerstone
6.6
11 Ratings
22% below category average
Course authoring9.239 Ratings6.011 Ratings
Course catalog or library9.246 Ratings6.811 Ratings
Player/Portal9.247 Ratings6.810 Ratings
Learning content8.034 Ratings6.611 Ratings
Mobile friendly7.933 Ratings7.98 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications9.247 Ratings6.210 Ratings
Assignments8.442 Ratings6.711 Ratings
Compliance management9.238 Ratings5.89 Ratings
Learning administration9.650 Ratings6.611 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics9.147 Ratings6.911 Ratings
Social learning6.918 Ratings00 Ratings
Gamification6.718 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning8.631 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Absorb LMSPiiQ by Cornerstone
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(54 ratings)
8.6
(40 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.9
(5 ratings)
3.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.5
(37 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.7
(41 ratings)
9.2
(36 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.2
(1 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
6.5
(9 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Absorb LMSPiiQ by Cornerstone
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
Well suited for:
  • A busy environment where you want learners to be self-sufficient and to be able to access learning solutions at a time that suits them.
  • For anyone who wants to access learning using different platforms such as iPad, mobile, PC, etc
  • Anyone who needs a more in-depth learning solution rather than an overview of key learning points.
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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
  • Enables employees to draft work goals and collaborate with their supervisors on a final version - improves mutual understanding right up front.
  • Combines performance goal ratings with competency ratings and provides a blended score. Simplifies the goal weighting so you don't have to do any calculations.
  • 9-box matrix provides useful definitions and descriptions so managers can prepare development notes or plans for individual employees.
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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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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Would be good to have have a virtual "top level" (eg board) user built in to allow senior execs without a direct manager to be able to be set up with KPIs instead of having to create a dummy user
  • Reports have difficulty downloading if pop ups disabled or in some browser environments
  • When competencies are updated while a cycle is open, any changes don't effect that open cycle but only future ones. Would be nice to be able to have the option to apply changes to existing "open" cycles
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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
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
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
There are specific things within the goals and competencies that are user-friendly. For example, the rating slider isn't great in my opinion. You can slide in between ratings which can create some odd scoring (if you use scoring). It seems a better solution would be a drop down where you select your rating. There are also some glitches in the system and have been told Cornerstone is aware of them but are focused on delivering new features. There are workarounds, but that doesn't seem to be a great answer.
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Reliability and Availability
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Cornerstone OnDemand
So far 100%.
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Performance
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Cornerstone OnDemand
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 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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Cornerstone OnDemand
My assistant could better address this issue. My perception is that there is not immediate assistance, and that there can be a wait for help. That is not a negative, just a perception. I have not used support in two years.
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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
We bought training provided by 3rd party – it was fabulous.
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Implementation Rating
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Cornerstone OnDemand
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
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
Lesson.ly has been great to work with but it is a very clear and simple, user-friendly system that anyone can pick up with very little training as it is self-explanatory. It also has a great mobile interface and lots of different features that are easy to add for the admin but really impactful for the user.
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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
  • It's tool and it's only as good as the person wielding it. The investment in PiiQ was accompanied by a quarterly cadence and manager feedback training. We feel like our employees are given regular feedback and bonuses are tied to objective accomplishment.
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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.

PiiQ by Cornerstone Screenshots

Screenshot of PiiQ Performance Employee ReviewScreenshot of PiiQ Learning on DevicesScreenshot of PiiQ Manager/Employee Check-insScreenshot of PiiQ 9-box Talent MatrixScreenshot of PiiQ Learning Publish New ContentScreenshot of PiiQ Learning Searchable Library & Self-registration