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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 5.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

A great scenario where LinkedIn Learning is fantastic is when working on a project where we miss specific skill sets. My coworker was skilled in Microsoft Power BI, while I was not. So I spent 3 hours going through a few LinkedIn Learning Power BI trainings to get up to speed. Another coworker was not experienced in Google Analytics, and again, LinkedIn Learning filled in the blanks.A scenario where it's less appropriate is finding specific needs for your use case. While LinkedIn Learning is great for learning how something works and exploring test projects - don't expect it to hold your hand to do something very specific. For example - if you need to deploy a app using YOUR SPECIFIC WORKFLOW, you're not going to find a point-by-point tutorial. You'll find courses on how to deploy it in different ways, but not exactly the way you need it.
Rocky Kev | TrustRadius Reviewer

SumTotal Talent Development

SumTotal Learn is well-suited for Life Science industries (based on my experience) from the compliance perspective and also in dealing with GxP document management. It has GDPR regulations as well hence can be used in EU regions as well. If the organization is small or medium-sized, then the license and implementation cost would be slightly high. However we get the value for the investment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
1.9
Employee demographic data
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Employment history
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
5.0
Job profiles and administration
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Organizational charting
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Organization and location management
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0

Payroll Management

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
3.3
Pay calculation
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
8.0
Support for external payroll vendors
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Benefit plan administration
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Direct deposit files
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0

Leave and Attendance Management

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0
Balance details
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0
Annual carry-forward and encashment
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0

Employee Self Service

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
3.0
View and generate pay and benefit information
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
5.0
Update personal information
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0
View job history
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0

HR Reporting

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0
Report builder
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
SumTotal Talent Development
1.0

Pros

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

  • Industry expert authors/instructors - you're learning from people with pedigree.
  • Breadth and depth of catalog - not only is there a wide range of topics and disciplines, but there are frequently several levels of depth within each (eg. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced).
  • Time needed to complete each course AND each section of a course are included - you know what you're getting into from the first click.
Chris Salles | TrustRadius Reviewer

SumTotal Talent Development

  • Assign complete learning plans to users so they don't have to spend time searching for courses.
  • Export learner's transcripts so managers can easily see their employee's progress.
  • Embed Social Media feeds that are relevant to their business.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

  • Different results depending on each person's learning style or each expert's teaching style. Like in school, not all matchups will be beneficial and totally, completely informational.
  • Sometimes the videos can be long, which means it can be easy to get distracted/not pay attention. Sometimes long videos are warranted, sometimes they're not. Lynda is best for candidates with the self-discipline to stay committed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SumTotal Talent Development

  • Reporting
  • Mass importing of manual checks to be issued in California
  • Ability to fund pay cards immediately
  • Perform gross-up calculations within the payroll system automatically
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) 9.6
Based on 2 answers
It can help all employees learn to strengthen current skills or to learn new skills and then can learn to excel in their current department or they learn a new skills in a new department creating interconnection and cross-departmental value in a company.
Erika Schaefer | TrustRadius Reviewer

SumTotal Talent Development

SumTotal Talent Development 10.0
Based on 6 answers
I have transitioned from a position who supported the product to a position where I use the product. I continue to be impressed with the robustness of the product and how efficient it is. It is a user friendly software that can be used to navigate and accomplish tasks to meet organizational requirements.
Kimberly Barricklow | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
If there's one thing this product does well, it's the user interface and overall usability. If you look up a course, you'll find it; if you want to watch a video, it's there. There's no special wizardry required to make it functional— they either have it, or they don't. They really do a fantastic job of making it painless.
Jaymason Gallien | TrustRadius Reviewer

SumTotal Talent Development

SumTotal Talent Development 2.0
Based on 2 answers
I do not find SumTotal to be intuitive. I feel we need to adjust our needs to meet the functionality available in the tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) 9.1
Based on 12 answers
Support has been fantastic and responsive. I have experienced very few issues with LinkedIn Learning but when I have had to reach out, there is very little time between the initial contact and a response from LinkedIn. They offer easy solutions and are able to help sort out any issues quite well. Moreover, our account manager was highly responsive and always making solid suggestions on how to optimize our usage of the platform.
Matt LeMaire, B.A., M.A. | TrustRadius Reviewer

SumTotal Talent Development

SumTotal Talent Development 6.1
Based on 6 answers
I am supporting SumTotal Learn because I have been using the product since 2015 as a user and as an implementation consultant. The application provides the overall learning solutions to large organizations. It is in compliance with GDPR, CFR 11, and other regulatory requirements hence suitable for industries having mandatory compliance requirements. From value for money to customer support, SumTotal earns good credits for its performance, features, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

We have both lynda.com and Plural sight at my job. I like lynda.com when I am searching for a specific tool as it contains videos that hone in on teaching the attributes of a specific tool. Pluralsight's videos generally are longer and are more project based. But both sites are excellent resources. I can't really say which is better than the other.
Ai Ashe | TrustRadius Reviewer

SumTotal Talent Development

When I came to my company, they had been using a "light" LMS called Articulate. It was cheap and bare bones; i.e. not a lot of features, really just a platform to launch eLearning from and not real interface for student to utilize. When I began to overhaul the training department, this was one of the first things I changed. Articulate would only run courses built in their software, and the software was not 508 compliant. In addition, we had no ability to create learning plans, house transcripts, customize the interface, or manage the students. I made the choice to select and LMS that was a true LMS with all of the features that were critical to our clients' needs. Thus far, SumTotal has been able to support all of our needs, except one; mobile learning that is media rich
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

  • ROI has been positive. I've needed to know how to use an application, and lynda.com has helped me develop my skills. I know more after taking a lynda.com course than I did before it. That increase in knowledge and skills translates into greater productivity.
  • To be fair, I've never paid for a lynda.com license. I've used the licenses of former employers, and our public library has licensing deals with lynda.com for patrons. Since I have $0 invested in lynda.com, any knowledge gains represent a significant ROI.
Benjamin Brogdon | TrustRadius Reviewer

SumTotal Talent Development

  • Clean front-end user interface for easier course catalog management.
  • Reporting has been more difficult than previous LMS.
  • Audience building has more variables making it more difficult to manage.
  • Slower overall client turnaround due to admin side interface.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

General

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

SumTotal Talent Development

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
9.0
SumTotal Talent Development
4.7

Likelihood to Renew

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
9.6
SumTotal Talent Development
10.0

Usability

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
9.0
SumTotal Talent Development
2.0

Support Rating

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
9.1
SumTotal Talent Development
6.1

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