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Cornerstone OnDemand Overview

Santa Monica, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (CSOD)
Computer Hardware & Software
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
We are proud to be Cornerstars because we know that a few passionate people are capable of accomplishing big things and that small ideas can grow exponentially. We are not a typical tech company (even with our free massages, yoga studio, arcade, movie theatre, free breakfast and ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to empower people, businesses and communities through lifelong learning and development. We have remained passionate since we were founded in 1999 to improve access to education on a global basis through online learning. This has created a culture created less by ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2014 (#4)

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Cornerstone OnDemand – Why Work For Us?


Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ:CSOD) is a global leader of cloud-based talent management software solutions. Over 29 million users across 190 countries rely on Cornerstone to maximize their potential, develop their skills and foster new levels of collaboration. Cornerstone empowers some of the world’s leading organizations, such as Starwood Hotels & ResortsThe Neiman Marcus Group, Save the ChildrenTurner Broadcasting SystemVirgin Media and Pinkberry, to engage their workforces and leverage people performance for greater business results.

Based on Cornerstone’s  pure cloud architecture, Cornerstone’s comprehensive solution helps organizations manage entire employee lifecycle, from hiring through retirement.
The solution includes:
Cornerstone also offers software and services for organizations of all sizes, including:
Cornerstone is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with offices in London, Paris, Munich, Tel Aviv, Mumbai, Sydney and Hong Kong.

Do Big Things.

Hard to believe that when it started in 1999, Cornerstone OnDemand was nothing more than
an idea and a whiteboard. Today, that simple idea has grown into a billion dollar
global technology company that’s changing the way the world works.

Being a Cornerstar

We think that’s pretty cool. And we think it’s important, because
that same spirit of collaboration and innovation, that same acute awareness that a few passionate people are capable of accomplishing big things and that small ideas can grow exponentially, lives on at Cornerstone today. We’re not a typical tech company (even with our foosball tables, complimentary food and generous stock options), because, well, our employees aren’t your typical techies.

Meet the people at Cornerstone

undefined"If terabytes of data doesn't excite you
  I don't know what will."
Oren Goldfinger, Technology
undefined"There's not a single person here who I wouldn't love
  to sit down and have a beer with."
Elvis Ha, Products
undefined"I am constantly being challenged to learn and grow."
Jamie Stivala,  Talent & Administration

The culture of Cornerstone

Our mission is to empower people, businesses and communities. A culture created less by what we do and more by who we are. When people are asked to describe the team, the answer is always the same: smart, cool, dependable and visionary.



It doesn’t take long to realize that people who work here are very, very smart. It’s the reason we consistently outperform and constantly evolve. Nobody is ignored and ideas are welcome at all times. One consequence is that we move dynamically. If someone has a good idea, we implement it. Complex problems can be broken down and solved through team collaboration. It’s an environment where you can be challenged, have an opportunity to learn, develop your skills and be very successful.



To us, cool is someone you’d want to have a beer (or meal) with; someone who is interesting and fun. We have people who would be considered cool in any group, at every age. We also have people who were not necessarily part of the popular crowd in their high school, but are definitely well-rounded, self-confident, creative and interesting.


We believe the most dependable people are those who are willing to take initiative and are self-empowered. The expectation of our team is to make our clients successful, so we have to have people who can be depended upon. People who are responsive, proactive, reliable and able to provide exceptional service while earning the trust and respect of both our clients and our teammates.



To continue our success in leading the market with state-of-the-art solutions, we must be innovative and resourceful. Capable not simply of thinking outside of the box but of actually redesigning the scope and scale of the box itself.

Alyssa- Sales Manager

"As a naturally curious person, I have thrived in Cornerstone’s culture of learning. Development days & team trainings are core to who we are, since Cornerstone actually started as a learning software company 17 years ago!"

Ravin- Director of Development

"I started as a developer and over the last several years I have had the opportunity to advance my career to the Senior level I am now, leading a team of over 50 people. I have also had a chance to see Cornerstone grow into the largest LA based tech company it is now. A lot of that has to do with the amazing team we have in place."

Khoa- Lead Product Manager

"As a recent UCLA grad, I was ready to take on the tech world and create amazing product. Cornerstone gave me the opportunity to push my vision forward and really make a difference. I also got tons of rewards and recognition along the way!"

Cornerstone OnDemand Reviews

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    Helpful (5)

    "Incredibly happy after 3 years here! Hoping for many more!"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Santa Monica, CA
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    I have been working at Cornerstone OnDemand full-time (More than 3 years)


    Cornerstone is a fantastic place to work. The work is engaging and challenging, and my colleagues are bright, dedicated, collaborative, and a blast to be with. People are genuinely interested in everyone being successful, and that leads to a willingness to teach, share, and help one another. In my few years with the company, I have worked for two of the best managers I have ever had. Both gave me freedom to work with autonomy, while also providing support and guidance whenever I needed it. Additionally both successfully advocated for early promotions on my behalf, which just shows how much the company is focused on employee growth. I have also been able to get involved in all sorts of activities and clubs. We have terrific triathlon and marathon programs, interesting employee led development day sessions, and great annual events like our beach day and hackathon. Through all of these experiences I have been able to build closer relationships with my coworkers, blow off steam, and try new things. On top of all if this, the work environment has been flexible, enabling me to work around grad school, doctors appointments, and the other things that pop up. I truly feel like Cornerstone has been investing in me, helping me develop new skills, and providing real world opportunities for growth. These include attending conferences, presenting to clients, and even working with teams around the world. I feel like I'm leaving so many things out. Just take my word that this is truly a special organization and definitely a place you want to apply to. I had never heard of Cornerstone until a friend referred me, and I am forever grateful.


    It's really hard for me to think of downsides when it comes to Cornerstone. I do feel like I have worked much harder here than in previous roles, but not because anyone asked me to. I think when you are around a group of smart and hard-working people, you naturally want to make sure you feel like you are contributing equally, or even going above and beyond.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep doing what you're doing :)

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Cornerstone OnDemand Photos

Cornerstone OnDemand photo of: Cornerstone Family at the HR Tech World Conference in Paris
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Cornerstone OnDemand photo of: Team building event in Germany with our local team
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Cornerstone OnDemand Interviews



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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience


    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Cornerstone OnDemand in May 2017.


    First I was engaged by a technical recruiter. This guy is very responsive so the process a lot easier I think. I was scheduled with phone screen interview then 2 hours on-site interview with manager and then senior director and tech lead.

    I did not make through send round even I think I finish coding interview question. I think I spent more time to solve than expected.

    Even I do not get the offer but it was good experience though. Recruiter guy let me know result immediately next day and appreciate that (no long hope/hopeless waiting you kn0w). Nice and smart folks to talk with.

    Interview Questions

    • phone screen interview about anagram and how to improve the running time of the code I wrote.

      First session was about sql design table and some queries. Then system design question for online ticketing system.
      Second session about solving stock trade algorithm with array of price and figure out both max profit along with best time to buy/sell.   Answer Question
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Cornerstone OnDemand Awards & Accolades

  • Great Places to Work in Technology, Fortune and Great Place to Work, 2016
  • Top 100 Tech Companies, Built in LA, 2017
  • Companies with Unbelievable Work-Life Balance, The Muse, 2018
  • Best Leadership Teams and Managers, Comparably, 2018
  • Best Places to Work(#4), Glassdoor, 2014
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