Cornerstone OnDemand vs. Saba Cloud

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
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
Saba Cloud
Score 7.4 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Saba Cloud is a talent management suite which includes performance management, succession planning, learning management, planning, and recruiting. The vendor intends the cloud-based platform to be highly scalable to enable continuous corporate employee development.N/A
Pricing
Cornerstone OnDemandSaba Cloud
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cornerstone OnDemandSaba Cloud
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Cornerstone OnDemandSaba Cloud
Considered Both Products
Cornerstone OnDemand
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
When I was looking at Workday they were in the beta phase of their learning module, and it was great, but it had features that Cornerstone OnDemand had that they didn't. They also had great features that they had that Cornerstone didn't. Using Saba and sumtotal, I would say …
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
We selected Cornerstone versus Saba during our initial implementation because of the Administrative resources and the easy of use for administering training at the time Saba had a better learner experience in our reckoning. Now they are one company so it seems we chose well. …
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
Cornerstone perfectly fits into a mid-size company, also in prizing (annual fee and implementation), where flexibility is key.
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
I had experience with SABA prior to [Cornerstone OnDemand]. The comparison is night and day. Now that [Cornerstone OnDemand] has purchased SABA it will be interesting to see how the transition impacts service levels (my biggest complaint with SABA). We researched other …
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
Great for onboarding and training new hires. It sets everything up so well based on schedule and also a punch list effect.
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
There were two other finalists in the RFP process. Saba was very close to being awarded the contract. CSOD won due to the Fed Ramp Certified.
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
Aside from what's listed above, I've also evaluated Myagi, Docebo, and some other companies I can't recall... Ultimately, when it comes down to it, the ability to set training visibility and availability, accurate reporting, user interface and user experience customization and …
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
We essentially had these 3 providers in a dead heat in regards to their performance. We ultimately ended up choosing Cornerstone largely on the ability for the platform to grow with as, as well as the packaged content that they provide (which we could add at a later date).
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
Cornerstone OnDemand consistently ranked in the highest among existing capability, streamlined administrator experience, and also based future product roadmap. Their vision for the future appears to be set much further out and ahead of their competition to remain competitive. …
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
Like most LMS systems they have the same basic core components, but where Cornerstone in my opinion really stacks up is that it has great customer support and consultants that can help you build your training platform, so they just don't provide you with an LMS, they help build …
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
Contact me and I can provide many more details than I can write today.
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 …
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
The product continually improves based on their client feedback. I would love to work in more of Cornerstone platforms but we only use the Learning platform.
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
Cornerstone is better in the following areas:
  1. Reporting.
  2. Service from the support team.
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
On the whole, CSOD outperforms the other LMS systems I've had experience with. In my experience the codebase is more robust and reliable, and the architecture allows a greater degree of flexibility when mapping HRIS fields to reflect an organization's structure. From a …
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
Other products were either inferior or too expensive. The one product that was closest to what we needed was Halogen. In the end, our selection of Cornerstone was based on:

  • Breadth of services
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
The organizations for which I work and/or volunteer selected Cornerstone and I was not a part of the decision to select Cornerstone. I have used Plateau and Saba in the past.
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
We felt that CSOD had better capabilities that matched with the requirements we had defined for this type of solution. We also saw that the primary alternative we were considering was having financial concerns and were potentially going to be purchased by another company. The …
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
We thought CSOD offered the most comprehensive suite of products and we really wanted to centralize efforts. However, some of the modules are newer to CSOD and should get the kinks worked out before rolling them out. We like the performance and succession modules!
Chose Cornerstone OnDemand
We used Saba and ViewCentral in the past. the data extraction of the two LMS's mentioned were great. CSoD was chosen by our IT department based on pricing and feasability.
Saba Cloud
Chose Saba Cloud
We shopped Cornerstone OnDemand and Saba. The customer support during the review process was hands-down better at Saba than COD. Saba was responsive to our questions and listened to our needs before responding to how they could help us meet them. Although they did keep in touch …
Chose Saba Cloud
Saba Cloud has a more straightforward user interface than Cornerstone OnDemand, but the simplicity is not always a benefit. We moved from SilkRoad because of its lack of features. Saba Cloud has a more features than SilkRoad, but fails to make those feature accessible in an …
Chose Saba Cloud
As I mentioned earlier, I was one of the many volunteers who undertook the sandbox activity to choose between Saba and Cornerstone for the LMS. The reason why Saba was chosen as a hands-down favorite was because of its user-friendliness and the ease of usage. Other factors …
Chose Saba Cloud
I believe we selected Saba because of the promise of seamless integration with Workday, a cloud service, and cost.
Chose Saba Cloud
As an LMS, it has everything that its competitors offer. The integration capability at a great price made the decision easy.
Chose Saba Cloud
Saba is by far the best LMS on the market. It was one of the first cloud-based systems and have had experience with multiple LMS systems before the Saba platform was even launched. For the size that Saba can handle the price although a little bit more expensive can do pretty …
Chose Saba Cloud
Saba was extremely similar to Cornerstone, but we decided to go with Saba because of the cost of implementation and the integration with job competencies.
Chose Saba Cloud
Looking for new kind of courses, specifically in the enterprise model, is good to have. In terms of reports it generates, Saba is good, rather than going for the Zoho Reports, where we have to make every thing by hand.
Chose Saba Cloud
Cornerstone offers a cloud-only solution, which may not be convenient for large enterprises with a solid IT department that prefers to own the infrastructure. Saba also has a more complete and unified offering, fruit of a decennial experience in the market. Vision and ability …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Cornerstone OnDemandSaba Cloud
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.1
132 Ratings
10% above category average
Saba Cloud
7.9
24 Ratings
7% above category average
New hire portal8.269 Ratings7.511 Ratings
Manager tracking tools8.0114 Ratings8.219 Ratings
Compliance tracking and reporting8.2125 Ratings8.223 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.2
114 Ratings
12% above category average
Saba Cloud
7.8
26 Ratings
7% above category average
Corporate goal setting8.095 Ratings8.424 Ratings
Subordinate goal setting8.398 Ratings7.025 Ratings
Individual goal setting8.8106 Ratings8.026 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility8.194 Ratings8.525 Ratings
Performance tracking8.1109 Ratings7.025 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
119 Ratings
12% above category average
Saba Cloud
7.3
28 Ratings
7% above category average
Performance plans8.193 Ratings8.022 Ratings
Plan weighting7.380 Ratings6.514 Ratings
Manager note taking7.869 Ratings7.016 Ratings
Performance improvement plans7.681 Ratings7.318 Ratings
Review status tracking8.396 Ratings8.119 Ratings
Rater nomination workflow7.564 Ratings7.415 Ratings
Review reminders8.193 Ratings8.218 Ratings
Workflow restrictions7.385 Ratings6.414 Ratings
Multiple review frequency6.982 Ratings7.116 Ratings
Reporting8.0113 Ratings7.027 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Cornerstone OnDemand
9.0
58 Ratings
23% above category average
Saba Cloud
7.6
14 Ratings
6% above category average
Create succession plans/pools8.349 Ratings8.213 Ratings
Candidate ranking9.349 Ratings7.312 Ratings
Candidate search9.352 Ratings7.412 Ratings
Candidate development9.149 Ratings7.413 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.5
66 Ratings
15% above category average
Saba Cloud
8.6
8 Ratings
16% above category average
Job Requisition Management8.745 Ratings7.75 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.841 Ratings8.35 Ratings
Publish to Social Media8.638 Ratings8.54 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting8.538 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Customized Application Form8.740 Ratings8.34 Ratings
Resume Management8.643 Ratings7.64 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention8.740 Ratings9.15 Ratings
Candidate Search8.641 Ratings8.55 Ratings
Applicant Tracking8.741 Ratings9.25 Ratings
Collaboration8.836 Ratings9.15 Ratings
Task Creation and Delegation8.638 Ratings00 Ratings
Email Templates8.259 Ratings9.26 Ratings
User Permissions8.360 Ratings9.15 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.355 Ratings9.17 Ratings
Reporting8.263 Ratings9.28 Ratings
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
187 Ratings
4% above category average
Saba Cloud
8.9
31 Ratings
23% above category average
Course authoring5.4138 Ratings9.024 Ratings
Course catalog or library8.3185 Ratings9.030 Ratings
Player/Portal7.7172 Ratings8.528 Ratings
Learning content8.1147 Ratings9.029 Ratings
Mobile friendly8.0135 Ratings8.025 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications7.3168 Ratings9.530 Ratings
Assignments7.7181 Ratings9.529 Ratings
Compliance management7.3162 Ratings9.030 Ratings
Learning administration7.3184 Ratings8.930 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics7.3183 Ratings8.930 Ratings
Social learning7.0116 Ratings8.021 Ratings
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User Ratings
Cornerstone OnDemandSaba Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(257 ratings)
9.0
(50 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.9
(37 ratings)
4.5
(5 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(37 ratings)
7.8
(11 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
6.6
(36 ratings)
8.3
(16 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.6
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.0
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(10 ratings)
4.5
(2 ratings)
Configurability
7.3
(115 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.5
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.5
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Professional Services
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.0
(3 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cornerstone OnDemandSaba Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
Our organization uses Saba Cloud primarily to manage all types of learning systems or staff training empirically. In addition, it provides us with a quick test-based follow-up to the trainees. We use Saba Cloud to train our clientele in a professional manner with respect to our worldwide online service. With this tool we are able to enhance the customer experience with the organization. Similarly, our organization uses Saba Cloud to monitor the performance and effectiveness of our employees and customers after having access to all the information provided by the application to subsequently make learning and development reports.
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Pros
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Skills Management - Saba has allowed us to set specific expectations for employees based upon their role, and this has clarified the skill requirements for employees.
  • Goal Management - With Saba, managers can easily create goals aligned up to senior leadership, and then work with their direct reports to create supporting goals.
  • Learning Management - Using Saba's built-in Smart Lists, assigning compliance training is a simple process that used to be a challenge in our former LMS.
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Cons
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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  • Saba continues to improve their reporting and analytics. While it is much improved over previous versions, it can be improved.
  • Release Notes for system updates need to be delivered to admins farther in advance of the update in order to prepare properly.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
Typically customers that acquire a Saba solution rarely move away. There are reasons and "legends" behind this. The investment is significant. Time and money are required to make the engine go smoothly. But once it runs at full capacity, it doesn't stop! Professional Services are extremely competent and able to close implementation gaps quickly.
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Usability
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
As someone who creates classes and is also a learning administrator in the system, I have run into some issues with the system's capabilities for my needs. I am not a fan of having to use Adobe Captivate to download a PowerPoint presentation into the system, as my training sessions are much more than a glorified PowerPoint. Our organization has yet to turn on Saba Meetings, which may help with these limitations.
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Reliability and Availability
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
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Performance
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
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Support Rating
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
For the times that we have used the support provided by Saba, it has been a very pleasurable experience for our department. Part of our package with Saba includes a specified number of hours of "training" time with Saba. During these meetings, we have shared our desires of the product and the support personnel have either shown us how to accomplish our task or they have taken our requests to their developers to look at future enhancements. Overall, very pleased with the support.
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In-Person Training
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
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Online Training
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
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Implementation Rating
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
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
We had extensive reviews with a plan of what we needed and must have out of the system, including custom learning paths and tracking inside our HRIS system to grant permissions and positions based on completed learning certifications and courses. We weighed each option and chose based on the one that met the most of the must-haves.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
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Scalability
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
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Professional Services
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
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Return on Investment
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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Cornerstone OnDemand
  • This may seem small but with 90% of our workforce not at our main facility just the fact that since July 1, 2021, we have had over 18,956 compliance-related training completed by our staff. Do the math the ROI is wonderful.
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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.

Saba Cloud Screenshots

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