Cornerstone LMS Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Cornerstone LMS

Centralized learning management system

4.26/5 (77 reviews)

Cornerstone LMS overview

Cornerstone LMS is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) which enables users to deliver virtual learning courses, instructor-led training, certifications, exams, compliance content, and more. More than 30,000 courses are included with the system, from a range of over 20 content providers, and a variety of curated, mobile-ready course playlists are built in.

Content in Cornerstone LMS can be personalized for each employee based on their role, department, location, needs, and personal interests. Employees can request training which interests them or relates to their role or career aspirations, and they can set up alerts to notify them of any recurring training to ensure they stay compliant and up-to-date. Organizational skill matrices are available for managers to review, allowing the identification of skills gaps within the company, and the assignment of training courses to close these gaps and maintain compliance.

Cornerstone LMS also includes social tools and group learning capabilities, with the option to offer cohort programs to provide personalized guided learning to groups of employees, ensuring that groups are trained at the same speed and time. Badges can be awarded to top performers, and employees can discuss their training while participating in courses. Best practices can also be submitted by employees and converted into formal training, to retain and pass on company knowledge and skills.


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Business size



United States, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada and 9 other markets, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Italian and 4 other languages, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
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Cornerstone LMS reviews

Value for money
Ease of use
Customer support
Jamie Drahos

A quality LMS and performance management product

Reviewed 2016-02-15
Review Source: Capterra

I've been an administrator for Cornerstone (CSOD) for about 2 years now. We use the Learning and Connect modules and we have added Observation Checklists from the Performance module. I've previously managed 5 other LMSs in both corporate and education settings. I can honestly say that CSOD is one of my favorites, however, it's not without frustrations at times. Pros: -There's been little to no unscheduled downtime. -They have a quarterly release schedule, which is packed with useful features and updates and then bug fixes/maintenance windows EOW. -The LMS module works well with most SCORM compliant courses. An issue I struggled with while managing another competitor. We mainly use Articulate Storyline 1 & 2, but it also works well with tutorials that we've purchased from third parties. -Reporting is powerful and available real-time. -The enrollment tools allow for a single enrollment or dynamic/scheduled enrollments. -I really like the customization offered in the portal. Welcome and custom pages have just enough flexibility to allow for creativity, yet are still easy to use. There are also settings for the menu and branding, which allow you to create a unique experience for you audience. -The system has played well with our nightly user feed from SAP. -I manage several user roles that allow me to effective manage the rights of various users throughout the system. -CSOD has revamping several areas of the system to give them a more modern look and feel. -Additionally, they have a mobile app that just recently received an update that updated its UI. -Their user conference is one of the best I've ever attended. Cons: -Their Global Product Support is sub-par and has been ever since I started managing the system, despite what they call "growing pains" within their structure that they are supposed to be addressing. Not a very good excuse and it is tiring working with them at times. -Although their mobile app is decent, they seem to introduce a new bug with every release and they only update the app quarterly, so my users have to live with the bug for 3 months before it is patched. -Their integration with WebEx for vILT just broke last year and it took them 8-10 months to patch it. -There overall message is that they are a tech company that is fun and nimble like Google or Facebook, however, with their fast growth, they feel like they are moving the direction of SAP and Oracle.

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Giulia Molisani

Easy to use for the Learner and Administrator

Reviewed 2015-11-13
Review Source: Capterra

The best part of the product is reporting functionality. I love the custom reporting function that allows me to gather and analyze specific data. It is easy to organize my reports and run them time and again. I also love that it has the ability to send my reports directly to my e-mail. The reporting has been especially helpful for when auditors request training records and managers need full reports of their direct reports' training. In addition to the reporting functionality, Cornerstone as a vendor has been great! I have an amazing team that I can rely on to provide me with the answers and solutions to my issues and initiatives. When evaluating a Learning Management System, I think that the support you receive after implementation is just as important as the product itself. Of course, you wish to receive a product that meets all of your business needs, but it's important to also look for a company that provides ongoing support. Cornerstone provides that to their clients. As an administrator, I found the system to be very easy to learn and use. It's logical and provides a clean look. Users require very little training on how to use the system. It's intuitive for them and for someone like me, saves time from needing to train users. Thus far, I have been able to implement all business initiatives through the Cornerstone system. There have even been a few requests that I have been able to accommodate using a work-around that Cornerstone helped me create. The system is well designed. I have never logged onto the system and have it be unavailable (unless during scheduled maintenance). You can trust this product and its team to fix system issues quickly and efficiently. Cornerstone consistently provides support to its clients. In the beginning stages, the sales person helps you to purchase the right product for your business needs. You are then paired with an implementation specialist who makes the process easy! After implementation, you are assigned a client success manager. My CSM always makes time for me and returns my e-mails/phone calls. In addition, I can always reach out to global product support and take part in webinars with other clients and CSMs to get answers to my questions.

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Franz Villa

CSOD Client Services Structure Is Great!

Reviewed 2015-12-08
Review Source: Capterra

Cornerstone OnDemand's Learning Cloud is a robust LMS that provides all of the necessary functions to properly administer an organizations training operations. Our training department manages hundreds of simultaneous training sessions every week, from self-paced elearning and webinars to ILT sessions and third party vendor training, CSOD has helped us keep accurate training records and produce valuable reporting data integral to our business strategy. There are many helpful functions within the Learning Cloud, but one in particular that has been a time-saver is the Test Engine. The Test Engine within CSOD has helped us reduce the cost of administering and maintaining tests. We constantly test our employees for job proficiency. After much thought and planning, although we had the option of building tests using authoring software like Adobe Captivate or Articulate Quizmaker and then uploading them to the Learning Cloud, we instead decided to use the Test Engine. The Test Engine allows us to build a database of test questions and categorize them. This makes organizing, updating and create new tests simple and faster than using authoring software. In addition to the useful functionality within the Learning Cloud, CSOD's client support team has been outstanding. I can't rave enough of how valuable it is for any company it is to have a DIRECT relationship with their LMS vendor. CSOD provides us with a dedicated client support representative and a whole team of troubleshooting partners that are available to answer questions or resolve issues. CSOD's client support is amazing. In addition to having actual people you can talk to over the phone, CSOD hosts several live webinars that touch upon different functionality within the software. There are even office hours where a CSOD specialist is available for discussions about LMS administration or strategy. With so many useful features and an absolutely fantastic client support structure, CSOD should definitely be in the conversation when discussing the top five enterprise level LMS applications in the market today.

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Amy Scharffe

Adding and tracking attendance for our training courses is easy to maintain with Cornerstone.

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-11-17
Review Source: Capterra

The main benefits are being able to track on report on which customers attend our courses and how they evaluated our courses.What I like most about Cornerstone is that I can add and track our courses and customers who have attended our courses. A majority of our courses are offered virtually so being able to effectively track attendance for these courses in a simplified way is very beneficial to us. We also have advanced courses that our customers need and since we do not allow customers to take an advanced course with the pre-requisite course is extremely valuable to us. We do not want out customers to get frustrated when they attend a training that overwhelms then when they should have take a introductory course first. Cornerstone makes this easy to implement our protocol. I also like they customer can easily receive email confirmation when they locate and register for the course. They also can get in their email the Student Manual for the course and also integrate the date/time of the course in the email application.

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Jamie Drahos

Quality product, poor support, costly price tag

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-05-24
Review Source: Capterra

We use Cornerstone LMS to manage our global employee training. It supports SCORM tutorials, videos, and materials, as well as robust reporting. Full functionality for an LMS. Can integrate with many other Enterprise systems. New learner experience features are bringing a modern approach to corporate learning. They have started to support xAPI.

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Cornerstone LMS pricing

Pricing options
Free trial
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Pricing information is available on inquiry.

Cornerstone LMS features

Compliance Management
Reporting & Statistics

API (333 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (266 other apps)
Activity Tracking (163 other apps)
Applicant Tracking (204 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (266 other apps)
Automatic Reminders (176 other apps)
Customizable Branding (199 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (196 other apps)
Data Import/Export (192 other apps)
Employee Management (234 other apps)
Employee Onboarding (148 other apps)
Employee Portal (167 other apps)
Employee Self Service (178 other apps)
Real Time Reporting (160 other apps)
Recruiting Management (165 other apps)
Third Party Integration (200 other apps)
Time & Attendance Tracking (156 other apps)
Time Off Requests (143 other apps)

Additional information for Cornerstone LMS

Key features of Cornerstone LMS

  • Instructor-led training
  • Virtual learning
  • Exams
  • Collaborative learning
  • Transcripts
  • Peer-to-peer knowledge capture
  • Social learning programs
  • Curated playlists
  • Personalized content
  • Alerts for recurring training
  • Social tools & discussions
  • Cohort programs
  • Course authoring from best practices
  • Organizational skill matrices
  • Training requests
  • Training assignment
  • Compliance management
  • Gamification
  • Training management
  • Group training
  • Training tracks
  • Learning management
  • Self-learning
  • Assessment management
  • Certification management
  • Certification tracking
  • Offline access
  • Course authoring
  • Mobile learning
  • Administrative task management
  • Data visualization
  • Self-serve reporting & dashboards
  • Multi-language
  • Collaboration tools
  • Machine learning & A.I.
  • Employee performance management
  • Performance reports
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Search filters
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More than 30,000 courses are included, from over 20 different content providers, and a range of curated mobile-ready course playlists are built-in.

Content can be personalized to each employee’s location, department, needs, and personal interests.

Employees can set up alerts for any recurring training to ensure they stay up-to-date.

The collaborative platform allows employees to learn together and discuss their training, with cohort programs to provide guided personalized learning for groups, social tools, and badges.

Managers can view organizational skill matrices to identify any skills gaps and assign training to any non-compliant employees.