HotSchedules vs Forecast Comparison

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Overview

HotSchedules is an employee scheduling tool for managing & communicating with workforces, as well as forecasting sales, generating...

Forecast organizes your team’s schedule into visual plans that let you map out your upcoming projects and make smarter resourcing decisions.

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

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  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
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$5.00/mo.month
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

211

134

34

4

8

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
94%
would recommend this app

4.2

(21)

5

4

3

2

1

9

7

5

0

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
85%
would recommend this app

Pros

I also enjoy the creation of House Shifts to help meet projected labor needed. There are some cool reporting functions and the Broadcast feature is great for company-wide announcements.
Its super helpful with mapping weekly schedules and for staff communication. Ease of use could be improved and the app should be free.
Great idea and nice to have for many industries with hourly employees, but I wouldn't view this as a solid solution for large organizations quite yet.

Pros

Overall, it's a very helpful tool that keeps our business running. I think it's a great tool and would recommend to others.
I liked that this was integrated with Harvest when we were using Harvest. It made it super easy to use.
If they can work on improving the design and layout, it could be the perfect team management system.

Cons

We are not using HotSchedules and the overall experience has been horrible.
The messages are easy to missed. Since HotSchedules can put out so many notifications - messages get lost in the jumble.
Horrible experience, cannot get customer service to assist us in restarting service that has been interupted or correct verification processes. Delaying our hiring process and reopening of business.

Cons

That also means we can prevent time collisions for project planning purposes and figure out where we went wrong if timelines are missed.
We use Forecast with Harvest to suck in projects and schedule the work our creatives will be working on. It serves as a pipeline so we know who's busy and who's got capacity.
It works on mobile but not very well and basically shows you the desktop version.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review9 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review5 months ago

Key features

  • Total features61
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Approval Process Control
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Availability Indicator
  • Availability Management
  • Budget Control
  • Budgeting
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar Sync with Google
  • Capacity Management
  • Certification Tracking
  • Chat
  • Clock In / Out
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • Estimating
  • Exception Reporting
  • Facility Scheduling
  • Filtered Views
  • Forecasting
  • Gantt Charts
  • History Tracking
  • Instant Messaging
  • Job Scheduling
  • Labor Cost Reporting
  • Labor Management
  • Labor Projection
  • Leave Tracking
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Overtime Tracking
  • POS
  • POS Integration
  • Payroll Integration
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Reports
  • Permission Management
  • Project Planning
  • Projections
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SMS Integration
  • Sales Reporting
  • Sales Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Task Scheduling
  • Team Calendars
  • Template Management
  • Time Clock
  • Time Clock Integration
  • Time Off Requests
  • Timesheets
  • Vacation Tracking
  • Widgets
  • Total features14
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Approval Process Control
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Availability Indicator
  • Availability Management
  • Budget Control
  • Budgeting
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar Sync with Google
  • Capacity Management
  • Certification Tracking
  • Chat
  • Clock In / Out
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • Estimating
  • Exception Reporting
  • Facility Scheduling
  • Filtered Views
  • Forecasting
  • Gantt Charts
  • History Tracking
  • Instant Messaging
  • Job Scheduling
  • Labor Cost Reporting
  • Labor Management
  • Labor Projection
  • Leave Tracking
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Overtime Tracking
  • POS
  • POS Integration
  • Payroll Integration
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Reports
  • Permission Management
  • Project Planning
  • Projections
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SMS Integration
  • Sales Reporting
  • Sales Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Task Scheduling
  • Team Calendars
  • Template Management
  • Time Clock
  • Time Clock Integration
  • Time Off Requests
  • Timesheets
  • Vacation Tracking
  • Widgets

Integrations

  • Total integrations7
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • BambooHR
  • Facebook
  • G Suite
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Greenhouse
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Okta
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Twitter
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • iCIMS Recruit
  • Total integrations3
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • BambooHR
  • Facebook
  • G Suite
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Greenhouse
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Okta
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Twitter
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • iCIMS Recruit

Security

  • Encryption of sensitive data at rest
  • HTTPS for all pages (web-based apps)
  • Reports/alerts for security breaches
  • Multifactor authentication options
  • Customer data removed upon service cancellation
  • Encryption of sensitive data at rest
  • HTTPS for all pages (web-based apps)
  • Reports/alerts for security breaches
  • Multifactor authentication options
  • Customer data removed upon service cancellation

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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HotSchedules

Great Scheduling App

Reviewed 4 years ago

It has my life so easy. Employees get their schedule via text and I don't have to worry about it m.

Pros

Forecasting sales, Employee Schedule

Cons

Not much room for recruitment

Vendor response

Muhammad, Thank you for taking time to provide us with feedback! We love to serve those who serve and are happy to help your business run more efficiently. We actually have a recruiting application called "HotSchedules Recruit" tailored specifically for recruiting talent that you should check out! Best! https://www.hotschedules.com/recruit/

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