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64 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

PiiQ by Cornerstone

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thinkific

Thinkific is well suited to small organizations that don't have the time or skill to make a beautiful course website from scratch. It's great for start-ups and soloprenuers who want to get their message out to the world and present it professionally. It's also great for creating excellent lead magnets.
Joe Gatto | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

PiiQ by Cornerstone
6.6
Thinkific
8.4
Course authoring
PiiQ by Cornerstone
6.1
Thinkific
9.3
Course catalog or library
PiiQ by Cornerstone
6.8
Thinkific
8.9
Player/Portal
PiiQ by Cornerstone
6.7
Thinkific
8.5
Learning content
PiiQ by Cornerstone
6.5
Thinkific
8.4
Mobile friendly
PiiQ by Cornerstone
7.8
Thinkific
8.3
Progress tracking & certifications
PiiQ by Cornerstone
6.3
Thinkific
9.0
Assignments
PiiQ by Cornerstone
6.7
Thinkific
8.2
Compliance management
PiiQ by Cornerstone
5.8
Thinkific
7.7
Learning administration
PiiQ by Cornerstone
6.6
Thinkific
8.2
Learning reporting & analytics
PiiQ by Cornerstone
6.6
Thinkific
7.8
Social learning
PiiQ by Cornerstone
Thinkific
7.7

Pros

PiiQ by Cornerstone

  • 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.
Gene Aldava, SPHR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thinkific

  • Ability to customise your school to match your branding and to therefore link to your own company website
  • Ability to upload images, videos, presentations, PDFs and audio recordings as well as create quizzes to assess your students knowledge
  • Able to drip your course content for when it's ready to be released and not be pressurized to only publish a full course when it's ready
  • Integrate with third-party tools such as PayPal, MailChimp, Google analytics and Zapier to name a few
  • Promote individual courses on your website by embedding widgets
Ayo Bamgbose, Assoc CIPD, MSc | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

PiiQ by Cornerstone

  • 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thinkific

  • When viewing your content as a student, it does not provide easy navigation back to the Creator Dashboard which is not necessarily the most intuitive navigation for the creator.
  • With the basic plan, you don't have the ability to allow students to have a monthly payment option for purchase. For this feature, you must upgrade. I think it should be part of the basic plan.
  • I'm not a fan of their affiliate interface. It is not very robust. I actually purchased this software originally because they included an affiliate dashboard within the system making it easier to convert students into affiliates, but I quickly realized that it was not robust enough for my needs.
Kate Murray, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

PiiQ by Cornerstone

PiiQ by Cornerstone 3.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thinkific

Thinkific 7.8
Based on 2 answers
We will continue to use Thinkific for our company pieces of training. Until we are able to create our own in house portal, this is an excellent source to have a learning management software tool that is easy to use and easy to implement without much technical training to administer
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

PiiQ by Cornerstone

PiiQ by Cornerstone 7.8
Based on 37 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thinkific

Thinkific 9.5
Based on 2 answers
Out of the box, Thinkific is very user-friendly. Though if you want more customizations, you do have to understand some code.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

PiiQ by Cornerstone

PiiQ by Cornerstone 10.0
Based on 1 answer
So far 100%.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thinkific

Thinkific 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I've never had any issues with accessing Thinkific but I can see when it has been a problem for others. When I get updates on when they are doing maintenance to their platform I tend to make sure that is not the day I plan to be working on my school so as not to get frustrated
Ayo Bamgbose, Assoc CIPD, MSc | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

PiiQ by Cornerstone

PiiQ by Cornerstone 7.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thinkific

Thinkific 8.0
Based on 1 answer
When it comes to the performance of Thinkific for me I find that it's good but could be better. I tend to think that the larger the files and videos you upload on your courses may add to the impact of it's uploading (not sure if that's actually true or not). But overall the performance of Thinkific via my tablet and desktop is very good when I have a fast speed broadband speed
Ayo Bamgbose, Assoc CIPD, MSc | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

PiiQ by Cornerstone

PiiQ by Cornerstone 8.1
Based on 36 answers
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.
John Gwynn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thinkific

Thinkific 9.0
Based on 7 answers
We haven't needed to contact support as their knowledge base provided all the answers to our questions. The majority of the platform was intuitive and easy to use and navigate, so that is why we have given it a high support score. We didn't even need to contact support when we were integrating with our gamification engine.
Alvin Landicho | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

PiiQ by Cornerstone

PiiQ by Cornerstone 9.0
Based on 1 answer
We bought training provided by 3rd party – it was fabulous.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thinkific

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

PiiQ by Cornerstone

PiiQ by Cornerstone 9.0
Based on 2 answers
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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thinkific

Thinkific 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The implementation period took time like it would in earning and using any new tool. It was more about being organised, having better time management processes in place and having people you were able to reach out to if you were every able stuck. The other key ting with the implementation period was giving yourself a realistic time scale to get the job completed.
Ayo Bamgbose, Assoc CIPD, MSc | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

PiiQ by Cornerstone

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thinkific

We chose Thinkific because of its price point and financial structure, the ability to customize it to suit our needs, the range of features it had, and also the look/feel of the course experience itself.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

PiiQ by Cornerstone

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Thinkific

Thinkific 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The opportunities to scale your online course business with Thinkific is endless. They provide a great range of plans with features, integrations and support to suit the needs of any business as different levels. The key here is knowing where to start with the budget you have and then knowing when it's time to scale up and the tools and resources it will require.
Ayo Bamgbose, Assoc CIPD, MSc | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

PiiQ by Cornerstone

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Thinkific

  • Ability to attract leads with a FREE membership library option
  • Ability to quickly and easily deliver course content without much of a learning curve for course creators
  • If you need affiliates to help sell your product, even though they advertise that they have the option for affiliates, if you want to do it right you must use an additional integration for affiliate software.
Kate Murray, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

PiiQ by Cornerstone

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$1,000*

* per installation

PiiQ by Cornerstone Editions & Modules

Edition
PiiQ Performance$8.001
PiiQ Learning + Content & Performance$15.001
PiiQ Learning + Content$8.001
  1. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details

Thinkific

General

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

Thinkific Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

PiiQ by Cornerstone
8.2
Thinkific
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

PiiQ by Cornerstone
3.0
Thinkific
7.8

Usability

PiiQ by Cornerstone
7.8
Thinkific
9.5

Reliability and Availability

PiiQ by Cornerstone
10.0
Thinkific
10.0

Performance

PiiQ by Cornerstone
7.0
Thinkific
8.0

Support Rating

PiiQ by Cornerstone
8.1
Thinkific
9.0

Online Training

PiiQ by Cornerstone
9.0
Thinkific

Implementation Rating

PiiQ by Cornerstone
9.0
Thinkific
8.0

Scalability

PiiQ by Cornerstone
Thinkific
8.0

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