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What Is Absorb LMS?

Absorb LMS empowers businesses across the globe to surpass learning goals. Built to deliver flexible training, the intuitive design and robust features create an engaging learning environment that keeps your employees, customers and partners coming back for more. Serving customers in 120 industry verticals, Absorb LMS offers automation and deep reporting capabilities to save time and prove ROI. Tap the scalable LMS that supports integration and security, while offering 24/7 in-house support.

Who Uses Absorb LMS?

Organizations providing employee training, external training, or both, including e-commerce. We work for organizations with a few hundred learners right through to hundreds of thousands of learners.

Where can Absorb LMS be deployed?

Cloud-based
On-premise

About the vendor

  • Absorb
  • Located in Calgary, Canada
  • Founded in 2002

Absorb LMS support

  • Phone Support
  • 24/7 (Live rep)
  • Chat

Countries available

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil and 34 others

Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch and 18 others

Absorb LMS pricing

Starting Price:

Not provided by vendor
  • Yes, has free trial
  • No free version

Absorb LMS does not have a free version but does offer a free trial.

Pricing plans get a free trial

About the vendor

  • Absorb
  • Located in Calgary, Canada
  • Founded in 2002

Absorb LMS support

  • Phone Support
  • 24/7 (Live rep)
  • Chat

Countries available

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil and 34 others

Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch and 18 others

Absorb LMS videos and images

Absorb LMS Software - Branded Learner Interface
Absorb LMS Software - Branded Learner Interface
Absorb LMS Software - Admin Course Assembly
Absorb LMS Software - Rich Course Detail Pages
Absorb LMS Software - Absorb Inform Dashboard
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Absorb LMS Software - Branded Learner Interface
Absorb LMS Software - Branded Learner Interface
Absorb LMS Software - Admin Course Assembly
Absorb LMS Software - Rich Course Detail Pages
Absorb LMS Software - Absorb Inform Dashboard

Features of Absorb LMS

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Management
  • Competency Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Content Library
  • Content Management System (CMS) Software
  • Content Sharing
  • Course Authoring Software
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Customizable Branding
  • Electronic Forms
  • Employee Engagement Software
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Portal
  • Gamification Software
  • Gradebook Software
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Orientation Workflow Management
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-Learning
  • Self-Service Content Curation
  • Social Learning
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Management
  • User Management
  • Virtual Classroom Software
  • eCommerce Management

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Reviews of Absorb LMS

Average score

Overall
4.4
Ease of Use
4.4
Customer Service
4.4
Features
4.2
Value for Money
4.3

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Nicolas
Nicolas
Financial Analyst in U.S.
Verified LinkedIn User
Financial Services Software, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Flexible and very complete LMS

5.0 3 months ago

Pros:

It stands out for its simplicity of use and its pleasant user interface. It offers great flexibility in the design of learning experiences, adapting them to the characteristics of each training process. It has an electronic signature so that participants can demonstrate that they met the requirements of their training process. Integrates seamlessly with any eLearning content library.

Cons:

I consider that this is a platform with a lot of potential, the only thing that I think can be improved is to simplify some processes to make the configuration easier.

Mark
Training Program Manager in U.S.
Oil & Energy, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Making My Life Easier

5.0 4 months ago

Comments: My overall experience has been great. The LMS has allowed me to build an entire corporate training program while simultaneously building the LMS to support it. The time-based credential reporting and compliance tracking has allowed to avoid those possible awkward moments with clients' specific training requirements. With this tracking and reporting, we're also able to respond to a client's immediate need by knowing who is qualified and current on a given access or occupational training requirement.

Pros:

The Absorb LMS is easily customizable and Admin/Learner user-friendly. This allowed me to expand my Training effort and capabilities with not only scope but greater efficiencies in that I can customize the LMS to meet the varying needs of my different stakeholders.

Cons:

If there is a negative, it is in the format of the Training Transcript when printed, or exported as an electronic file. The courses appear in alphabetical order without the ability to filter for a time period, or sort chronologically. This frustrates Supervisors who then have to review the entire transcript to find what training an employee has completed in the last year. I understand the Transcript are being reworked by Absorb for 2022, so this may become a non-issue.

Alternatives Considered: Accord LMS, Totara Learn, Adobe Learning Manager, Cornerstone LMS and SAP Litmos

Reasons for Choosing Absorb LMS: I was seeking a fully supported proprietary platform with the enhanced features and functionality my training program had grown to demand.

Reasons for Switching to Absorb LMS: Absorb met the overlapping sweet spot between cost, features, supported company size, and alignment with the structure of our training program.

Leonard
Leonard
Business Analyst in U.S.
Verified LinkedIn User
Financial Services Software, 501-1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Easy to use and highly customizable LMS

5.0 last month New

Comments: In an organization where the employee training process is very significant, it is necessary to have a robust tool that facilitates the planning and execution of staff professional improvement courses. This platform offers a very versatile set of tools.

Pros:

I really like that navigating through its functions is very easy. It allows you to design a personalized, interactive and very flexible learning experience. The tracking of participants' progress is very effective and offers very complete reports that provide detailed information for the improvement of the following courses. The electronic signature helps to confirm the fulfillment of the different training stages that are planned.

Cons:

I would like to see more integration options to strengthen corporate learning paths.

Verified Reviewer
HR Manager in Ireland
Verified LinkedIn User
Construction, 1,001-5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Great Software, Suffers terribly from its customer service.

3.0 2 years ago

Comments: I rushed into this purchase a little and didnt investigate the level of support that would be offered. In hindsight this would have been a game changer for me as I would have went elsewhere.
The software is good, though it doesnt manage blended learning easily which is frustrating.
Customer Support is absolutely non existent.

Pros:

Good User Interface, Good Course Management. Good sync with BambooHR on most things. Good Learner interface. Good Customisation options.

Cons:

Difficult to manage blended learning. Some factors in course management could use improvements. (Managing assessments) Cannot see how many absences from courses that users have. Some issues with how it syncs with Bamboo(overwriting course information) Customer Support is non existent. 10+ days to resolve any issues. Most issues I have to try and resolve myself by resetting and that causes me other issue. Can sometimes be 'buggy' and will introduce random bugs which can be time consuming to fix and result in me resetting the system sync.

Stefan
Manager, Knowledge Management in Canada
Computer Software, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Easy to use LMS platform with the right amount of features for our needs

4.0 5 months ago

Comments: We were looking for an LMS platform for internal training that could be expanded to customer training afterwards. The sales engagement with Absorb LMS has been a great experience, providing us with the tools and knowledge to properly evaluate the platform (including a trial portal which we could test with our own content). Onboarding was well structured, with a clear plan of tasks to accomplish both on our side and on the vendor side. Absorb provides a series of well-made self-training modules to go through, which complemented the training provided by the implementation project manager. Compared to other LMS, the platform itself is easy to use while providing a good breadth of features for our use. It's a mature product, with a solid backend. We did not experience any performance issues or security concerns. Look and feel customization is relatively basic. The interface is also quite rigid: for example, thumbnails or banners must have precise dimensions, otherwise images are stretched. Because of that it requires a lot of efforts, trials and errors, if you want to have a visual experience distinct from the Absorb default. The main shortcoming we experienced is that some common workflows could be streamlined. They can involve a lot of clicks, which is irritating when you're repeating the same workflow several times in a row. Keyboard shortcuts could be introduced to facilitate some operations, which would alleviate this.

Pros:

Easy to use Solid onboarding training for admins Provides content hosting Supports SCORM and xAPI (Tin Can) Supports Instructor Led Classes Zoom integration BambooHR integration Salesforce integration Overall mature platform Great customer support

Cons:

Look and feel customization lacks flexibility Some workflows could be streamlined, especially for course management No actual course authoring functionality: users need to import learning objects created with external tools, such as 3rd party eLearning authoring tools. This is fine for our needs, but it would add flexibility if there was at least some content authoring functionalities.

Alternatives Considered: Skillsoft, Cornerstone LMS and SAP Litmos

Reasons for Switching to Absorb LMS: The intersection of ease of use, features, customer service and costs of Absorb was superior to all other alternatives we considered. Some were superior in terms features but were too expensive for our needs. Some were less expensive but the customer service was a concern. Some were not as user-friendly. It all came down to that equation: ease of use + features + services + costs. Absorb LMS hit the sweet spot for us.