Absorb LMS vs. Rippling

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
Rippling
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Rippling gives businesses one place to run HR, IT, and Finance. It brings together all of the workforce systems that are normally scattered across a company, like payroll, expenses, benefits, and computers. This enables users to manage and automate every part of the employee lifecycle in a single system. For example, when onboarding a new employee, Rippling can take a new hire from anywhere in the world and set up their payroll, corporate card, computer, benefits, and even third-party…
$8
starting price per user, per month
Pricing
Absorb LMSRippling
Editions & Modules
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$8.00
starting price per user, per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Absorb LMSRippling
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional DetailsFor additional pricing details visit the Rippling pricing page.
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Features
Absorb LMSRippling
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
8.5
56 Ratings
4% above category average
Rippling
-
Ratings
Course authoring9.243 Ratings00 Ratings
Course catalog or library9.250 Ratings00 Ratings
Player/Portal9.250 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning content8.038 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile friendly7.937 Ratings00 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications9.251 Ratings00 Ratings
Assignments8.446 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance management9.242 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning administration9.654 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics9.151 Ratings00 Ratings
Social learning7.022 Ratings00 Ratings
Gamification6.522 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning8.535 Ratings00 Ratings
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Rippling
8.0
546 Ratings
2% above category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings7.9362 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings8.0380 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings8.3439 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings8.3371 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings8.0461 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings8.4391 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings7.4296 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Rippling
8.5
590 Ratings
6% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings8.6511 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings8.3315 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings8.7536 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings9.0517 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings8.5352 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings8.0292 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Rippling
8.9
508 Ratings
10% above category average
Approval workflow00 Ratings9.0485 Ratings
Balance details00 Ratings8.9446 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment00 Ratings8.6306 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Rippling
8.8
630 Ratings
8% above category average
View and generate pay and benefit information00 Ratings9.1592 Ratings
Update personal information00 Ratings9.3619 Ratings
View company policy documentation00 Ratings8.8496 Ratings
Employee recognition00 Ratings8.1299 Ratings
View job history00 Ratings8.7419 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Rippling
7.7
230 Ratings
1% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings7.7230 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Rippling
8.2
254 Ratings
8% above category average
Report builder00 Ratings8.0247 Ratings
Pre-built reports00 Ratings7.9232 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data00 Ratings8.6197 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Rippling
8.7
416 Ratings
8% above category average
New hire portal00 Ratings8.8408 Ratings
Manager tracking tools00 Ratings8.7290 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Rippling
8.6
161 Ratings
5% above category average
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings8.8136 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings8.6143 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility00 Ratings8.2138 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings8.7142 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Rippling
8.6
189 Ratings
8% above category average
Performance plans00 Ratings8.3164 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings8.3154 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings9.0163 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings9.1178 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings8.5147 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Rippling
9.1
148 Ratings
14% above category average
Create succession plans/pools00 Ratings8.9123 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings9.2130 Ratings
Candidate search00 Ratings9.1135 Ratings
Candidate development00 Ratings9.0127 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Absorb LMS
-
Ratings
Rippling
8.7
168 Ratings
12% above category average
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings9.1128 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings8.4124 Ratings
Publish to Social Media00 Ratings8.7115 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting00 Ratings8.9117 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention00 Ratings8.2118 Ratings
Applicant Tracking00 Ratings8.6123 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts00 Ratings8.8152 Ratings
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User Ratings
Absorb LMSRippling
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(58 ratings)
8.1
(669 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.9
(5 ratings)
9.1
(6 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.5
(666 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(45 ratings)
8.1
(599 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.2
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.2
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Absorb LMSRippling
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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Rippling
Rippling shines in companies that prioritize streamlined HR operations and user-friendly experiences. It's ideal for: Growing companies: Easily manage HR as teams expand. Efficiency seekers: Automate tasks to save time and resources. Simple HR needs: Focus on core functionalities without overwhelm. Rippling might not be best for: Highly complex HR: Unique processes may require specialized solutions. Cloud-based hesitation: Some prefer traditional on-premises systems. Large international workforce: Current focus is on the US.
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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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Rippling
  • Clean UI - there is no ambiguity about what function each button will perform.
  • Very easy to navigate. It is not difficult to find what is being looked for.
  • Single location for multiple functions. This is great for me as there is one central hub for all professional admin matters. Saving me valuable time that I can better spend on more pressing work matters.
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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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Rippling
  • The immediate learning curve of working with workflows and recipes
  • Building Reports from scratch can be fairly tedious and time consuming. Not streamlined because of having to drill down click by click.
  • I am still mystified by all of the formulas that can be used to make custom reports. Rippling is robust and it takes a lot to learn what it can really do.
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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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Rippling
Rippling continues to innovate and amaze me with their new innovations and features. Product feedback is taken seriously so I always give it whenever I can and end up seeing results. Rippling is the new wave of HRIS that cannot compare against others in the industry just due to the fact they are super user friendly!
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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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Rippling
Great product, easy to use. We've had great employee buy in at this point, and want to continue to partner with Rippling to make the live of our employees easier, more productive, and get them back to the professional roles they are good at, while offering the administrative support they need through an HRIS.
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Reliability and Availability
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Rippling
I like that the availability in using Rippling at any given time is useful to me. Getting on the site freely when I need gives me security of knowing that I can be in control of viewing health insurance and hours information. I have yet to get any errors in using the Rippling app.
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Performance
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Rippling
Rippling's performance has been great, no errors or glitches yet so far. I am confident that Going from one page to the next and all its complexity usage does not lag or times out, it works effectively and efficiently. While using Rippling and other apps it does not tend to slow it down, works great. No complaints.
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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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Rippling
Overall customer support for Rippling have been excellent anytime that I have emailed. Their team responds usually within the day and have a great explanation on the issue and the recommendation on how to proceed going forward. I feel that the person that responds actually have a vested interest and truly cares about the issue/problem that you have.
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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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Rippling
No answers on this topic
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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Rippling
Proof was much more convoluted and not easy to maneuver. Also all the platforms could not relate to each other and so nothing was streamlined in its approach. Also things seemed to lag and was not very up to date when it needed to be. I feel rippling has simplified their processes
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Scalability
Absorb Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Rippling
I can go on here and see all my hours and pto plus health benefits. I like to have the work handbook handy to refer to legal things. How to work my role within it's limits. Being able to put in my hours and view when they are approved is a huge benefit for me.
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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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Rippling
  • The organization of information increased the business efficiency
  • Employee can search for themselves, leaving HR to do the things they need to be productive
  • Access 24/7 thru mobile app allows employee to function when they have the opportunity leaving the normal work hours for other business.
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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.

Rippling Screenshots

Screenshot of Rippling Dashboard: Employees' home for their payroll, benefits, documents, devices, expenses, and apps.Screenshot of Rippling Payroll: Runs payroll in 90 seconds. Pays employees and contractors around the world. Automatic tax filing.Screenshot of Rippling Benefits Administration: Management of employees' Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, FSA, HSA, and commuter benefits.Screenshot of Rippling Single Sign-On: Employees can access all of their SaaS apps in one click from their Rippling dashboard.Screenshot of Rippling’s Time & Attendance platform integrates with the rest of the product suite so that when employees clock in, their approved hours automatically synced with payroll and accounting systems.Screenshot of Rippling Mobile Device Management: To manage employees' computers and devices 100% remotely.