Orbital Shift Features

Orbital Shift

Online employee scheduling & time clock software

4.86/5 (29 reviews)

Orbital Shift Feature Summary

  • Attendance Tracking
  • Employee Lifecycle Management
  • Employee Scheduling
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Time Tracking
  • Online
  • Online Scheduling
  • Online Time Tracking
  • Reservations
  • Resource Scheduling
  • Salaried Employee Tracking
  • Scheduling
  • Shift Scheduling
  • Time & Attendance
  • Time Tracking
  • Time per Project Reporting

Competitor Feature Comparison

API
Attendance Tracking
Automated Scheduling
Automatic Notifications
Clock In / Out
Custom Fields
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Employee Database
Employee Management
Employee Onboarding
Employee Portal
Employee Self Service
Employee Time Tracking
Labor Cost Reporting
Leave Tracking
Lifecycle Management
Mobile Integration
Project Time Tracking
Real Time Reporting
Receiving
Reporting & Statistics
Reservations Management
Resource Allocation
Resource Management
SMS Integration
Scheduling
Self Service Portal
Summary Reports
Third Party Integration
Time Clock
Time Clock Integration
Timesheets
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API
Attendance Tracking
Automated Scheduling
Automatic Notifications
Clock In / Out
Custom Fields
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Employee Database
Employee Management
Employee Onboarding
Employee Portal
Employee Self Service
Employee Time Tracking
Labor Cost Reporting
Leave Tracking
Lifecycle Management
Mobile Integration
Project Time Tracking
Real Time Reporting
Receiving
Reporting & Statistics
Reservations Management
Resource Allocation
Resource Management
SMS Integration
Scheduling
Self Service Portal
Summary Reports
Third Party Integration
Time Clock
Time Clock Integration
Timesheets
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API
Attendance Tracking
Automated Scheduling
Automatic Notifications
Clock In / Out
Custom Fields
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Employee Database
Employee Management
Employee Onboarding
Employee Portal
Employee Self Service
Employee Time Tracking
Labor Cost Reporting
Leave Tracking
Lifecycle Management
Mobile Integration
Project Time Tracking
Real Time Reporting
Receiving
Reporting & Statistics
Reservations Management
Resource Allocation
Resource Management
SMS Integration
Scheduling
Self Service Portal
Summary Reports
Third Party Integration
Time Clock
Time Clock Integration
Timesheets
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Mobile apps

iOS App


5 reviews

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Android App


28 reviews

Orbital Shift Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Orbital Shift's features:

Aaron Comstock

The best time-management service we have used!

2018-03-06

Better monitoring of employee time management, saved time working on schedules and processing payroll, freed-up management from having to go to a computer every time we need to look-up any shift info, all of which help to save our company money.

Pros

There is an extensive list of reports for payroll or other monitoring, and you can even export to QuickBooks to take much of the work out of processing payroll.

Cons

With Orbital Shift, downtime or performance issues are very rare, but hiccups happen, as with every cloud-based service.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Maggie McCarthy

Flexible Functionality to Meet Diverse Needs in Higher Education Setting

2019-08-19

They are responsive, knowledgeable, and I consider them a partner in our university's time management solution, more than simply a vendor and us the client.

Pros

The automated notifications and communication tools empower managers and employees to be more efficient.

Cons

There was a need for tracking call out and various types of clocked events to abide by union contracts, which Orbital Shift worked with us on, developed in the software, and fulfilled the need.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Orbital Shift


Maggie, thank you for your positive and detailed review of the partnership between your organization and Orbital Shift. We are constantly working to enhance our services so that we can better serve our customers and appreciate your feedback on release notes. Thanks again! ~ Orbital Shift Team

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Daniel Good

Thank you Orbital Shift!

2019-12-11

As well as seeing the opportunities that we have to further streamline our labor cost based on the reporting aspects provided within the software (i.e. employee shift to clock differentials, employee by position totals, the ability to break down multiple aspects of reporting for budget forecasting, etc.).

Pros

The information provided by the reporting aspects of the software helps managers make more informed decisions regarding staffing, managing labor costs, budget forecasting, communication to staff, and the overall support of our daily operations and needs.

Cons

The mobile app has a different interface style than the desktop version which has caused some very minor confusion, but staff has adapted very quickly to the differences in systems, and we have heard about an update in their mobile platform moving forward that we look forward too seeing implemented to support a better user interface for employees.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Orbital Shift


Thank you for the review and feedback, Dan! We are thrilled that you are enjoying your Orbital Shift experience! We will be sure to share your feedback with our product teams. I think you're going to like the new mobile experience coming out soon!

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Natalie Cmejla

One of the best administrative decisions we could have made!

2019-01-30

I would highly recommend Orbital Shift's software and mobile apps to anyone looking to make their work lives easier!

Pros

Employee/Manager communication is easy and efficient, with the ability for employees to change shifts and managers to update schedules from any device anywhere.

Cons

Can't really think of any. Guess that's a good thing.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Orbital Shift


Natalie, thank you very much for the kind words and continued support! You just made our morning :)

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Ryan Olson

Great Product. A real time saver

2018-02-16

Time Saver, accountability.

Pros

Great option for both management and employees. Very easy and effective way to ensure everyone is on the same page with scheduling.

Cons

Not much here. Sometimes some functions are not as easily found as others, but once you know where to look it seems intuitive.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Faith Meusey

Orbital Shift was just what we needed to help get our scheduling and payroll organized!

2019-02-11

We are third generation owners of a retail store.

Pros

Orbital Shift has been an enormous time saver for me when it comes to scheduling and payroll, which allows me to spend more time interacting with customers and employees. It is very easy to set up and manage.

Cons

Orbital Shift has been easy to use, even for our “technology challenged” employees.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Kristin Wilson

Orbital Shift has eased the burden of scheduling and payroll

2017-12-12

Pros

It has been easy to train staff to use Orbital Shift and has increased employee engagement and productivity.

Cons

The ability to customize how you print is a nice feature, it just requires more steps and takes longer.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Melissa Rausch

My experience with Orbital Shift has nothing but excellent. They offer local and friendly support.

2017-12-26

This software was user friendly and allowed me to review a business personally, instead of using generic answers.

Pros

Employees are able to create "time off" requests, shift change requests, and unavailable time, which allows, me to accurately schedule. The export option makes the payroll process efficient and precise.

Cons

Orbital Shift is constantly making improvements, which can cause occasional glitches in the software. However, the team usually makes an attempt to contact you directly whenever there are any malfunctions.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Tyler Keating

Easy to use and convenient for accessing my work schedule

2017-12-07

It optimizes your day by taking hourly scheduling organization and management out of your hands.

Pros

Shift change requests were easy to make and because managers received notifications for requests I knew that everything was tracked and legitimized.

Cons

It is difficult to find cons with changing from pen and paper to database managed interactions.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Stew Weis

One of the highlight accomplishments for our company

2019-09-13

Every single one that I’ve evaluated either did not have the necessary features or if it did satisfy the feature requirement, it was simply too complex to learn and use and therefore to be a practical consideration.

Pros

Orbital Shift has all the features that we need in our six-location, 200 employee Company.

Cons

Can't think of any, which is a good thing.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Orbital Shift


Stew, thanks for the kind words and feedback! We're thrilled you love the features and ease of use. Have a great week! ~ Orbital Shift Team

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Gwen Lottman

The Flooring Place

2020-06-16

The payroll reporting is simple.

Pros

It has freed up time for our HR department by giving our individual managers the ability to schedule their own teams and approve time off.

Cons

We worked with Orbital Shift on our initial set-up making sure we had specific features needed for our company. We continue to work with them as our company grows and we find new ways to use scheduling software for our independent contractors and deliveries. They are always finding new ways to make adjustments in order to fit our particular needs.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Orbital Shift


Gwen, thank you for the kind words and continued support! Have a great week ~ Orbital Shift Team

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Jay Thane

Orbital shift makes scheduling for my 45 employees a breeze!

2017-12-20

It save countless hours of my time!

Pros

I employ a large amount of students, not having to remember or have notes on all of their class schedules, or other time off requests is amazing.

Cons

It might be a little to easy for an employee to ask for time off.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Jerry Kuykendall

Orbital shift has streamlined our scheduling process immensely. I highly recommend it.

2018-02-16

Its functionality is perfect for what we need.

Pros

The ability to communicate with employees on shift request coverage and be able to see what each department is spending compared to what they have been allocated is an invaluable feature.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Jessica Hughes

Orbital Shift has made it easy and convenient to use my schedule on the go or at my computer.

2017-12-13

Pros

The software is user friendly and makes it easy to see my schedule, make schedule requests, and create cover requests for other employees to see.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Filippo Carcaci

After a long search we found the perfect software

2019-08-27

Same with clocking, using the position and tags I manage to get useful data to feed my performance sheets.

Pros

We can give certain rights to employees without making them admins, all the information is available in a page, and is exportable quite easily, with some customisable reports.

Cons

There was nothing that we didn't like, and what we needed has been implemented quite quickly.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Orbital Shift


Filippo, we love hearing success stories from clients like you! Thanks for the detailed review and 5-star rating. We're happy to be your valued partner. ~ Orbital Shift Team

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Machele Shifley

Great scheduling and time keeping program with the added benefit of employee and labor management!

2017-12-18

Pros

I also love that Orbital Shift helps us control our payroll dollars in so many ways - employees cannot clock in more than 10 minutes early (you set the minutes), have to be scheduled to clock in, and as long as you enter all of the correct information, the program will calculate your payroll dollars per week (or pay period).

Cons

We are located in a rural location, if the internet or power is down, our time clock is down.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Patrick Weaver

We have been using Orbital Shift for many years for 200-plus employees in different buildings.

2018-02-16

Pros

Quickly accessible from basically anywhere in real time. Easy to filter information that can be used to analyze labor.

Cons

I manage managers and we'd all like to see a mobile app version that is geared towards how we need to use Orbital Shift.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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William Conner

Why Orbital Shift?

2018-08-22

The functionality met our needs and the system architecture was ideal for management and employees alike. Orbital Shift became the obvious choice after various discussions with their owner and support organization.

Pros

They listen to their clients, work hard to find solutions to meet user needs and in their spare time, try to anticipate feature richness that enhances your experience.

Cons

That said, they do have an robust export function that serves as a good workaround for the changelog.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Orbital Shift


Hi Bill, Thanks for the great review! The team is happy to hear that you continue to receive real value in Orbital Shift's products and services. As you know, it takes a lot of work to make something simple to use yet powerful in function, and it's clients like you that make it all worthwhile. Thanks again and have a great week!

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Tia Fluri

Wonderful! It has been a game changer using Orbital Shift to help us manage our employees!

2017-12-14

Pros

From setting up an employee, to scheduling and swapping shifts, to coding payroll correctly depending on work performed it is all easily managed within this one program.

Cons

Because this program allows for many levels of customization to meet a company's needs, it can be time-consuming to set up correctly to be the most efficient in their case.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Connie Murphy

Best customer service we have ever experienced!

2019-02-07

I have over 45 years working in the business sector, and I can say without hesitation that Orbital Shift provides the best customer service I have ever experienced.

Pros

Also, the alerts and notifications sent by the software really help our managers stay on top of changes and issues in real time.

Cons

My staff and I absolutely love the software, no complaints.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Sherri Bradley

Heebs review

2018-08-09

I think the system is great. The ease for my staff to clock in and out on the tablet is wonderful. The staff at OS and customer support is great as well.

Pros

The ability to import my payroll data directly to my quickbooks program.

Cons

The way we have to set up Sunday pay - also the special dates such as holidays can only be put in one at a time. In other words, July 4th is the same every year so it would be nice to have that set up as holiday pay indefinitly

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Robin DeMaio

Try Orbital Shift and you won't be sorry!

2018-09-07

Plus the payroll feature has saved me so much time doing my payroll.

Pros

Plus their customer service team is awesome, they answer quickly and resolve all issues as soon as possible.

Cons

No cons...small learning curve when you first start, but I think that would be true for any new software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Nicholos Wethington

Signing up for this service has dramatically changed our scheduling. It went from painful to easy!

2017-12-18

The greatest benefits have been clearer communication of scheduling, large time savings in creating and managing schedules, and overall better clarity of our needs and budgeting at a glance.

Pros

We also use the time clock functionality, again a huge time savings in terms of creating reports for payroll.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Doug Burke

Orbital Shift has changed the way we schedule

2018-09-07

Also, staff being able to see their schedule online or mobile app along with being able to submit time off requests is a benefit for staff.

Pros

The web browser and mobile app makes it easy for managers and staff to utilize all of the features.

Cons

With the software being web based if your internet connection is slow or interrupted it affects the punch clock. This is not fault of Orbital Shift rather an internet issue.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Jessica Schallock

PEAK GFM Review

2018-08-14

Rep has been a huge help. We appreciate his availability and willingness to teach us how to use the software.

Pros

When we utilize them, it makes shift processes much easier.

Cons

There needs to be a way to communicate shift coverage. A notification should be sent to all eligible subs when a shift is covered, so everyone knows there are no outstanding shifts.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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