Sling Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives


Employee scheduling & communication for retail & restaurants

4.5/5 (34 reviews)

Sling overview

Sling is a web-based staff scheduling and communication software for retailers and restaurants with shift-working employees. The software allows managers to assign shifts and tasks to employees across multiple work sites, using a single shared calendar.

Sling is built around four central features: tasks, shifts, messages and newsfeed, and allows managers to coordinate all of their scheduling tasks on one platform. Managers can create shift schedules, manage shift trade and time-off requests; chat with employees and share photos, links and videos; post information and updates to a company newsfeed; and create and assign tasks to employees.

Shift templates can be saved an reused any number of times, saving time for scheduling managers. Within the template, data can be filtered by date, position or department to find out the total number of employees assigned to a particular task or department. Employees can submit time-off and shift trade requests via the employee portal, where they're sent to the location manager for approval and re-assignment to other staff members where necessary.

Users can create to-do lists and tasks, then assign these to a single employee or a group of employees. Users can set task timelines which generate automatic SMS or email reminders a few days before the deadline. Employees can send messages, work files, photos, videos and links to each other via Sling, as well as search for past conversations using keywords. Retail and restaurant outlets that have used Sling include Subway, Aveda, The UPS Store, Applebee’s and Securitas.


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United States, Europe

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Sling reviews

Value for money
Ease of use
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Jamie Whoolery

Great scheduling system for decentralized team

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-10-12
Review Source: Capterra

Our schedule and our employees' availabilities are fluid. Sling! is able to keep up without even breaking a sweat. My employees love the mobile app, which can push reminders about scheduled shifts. I love that my employees show up on time, because Sling! can push reminders about scheduled shifts. I managed to get by before I discovered Sling!, but I honestly can't remember how. I'm able to spend so much more time doing the work now that I don't have to chase my employees down to get them scheduled to work.The mobile app is what makes this package great. My employees love the push notifications when new shifts are posted. We have a variable schedule and a student workforce. Our MO is to post available shifts when we need people to work. Sling! lets our students apply for as many or as few shifts as they like. We can then approve individuals to put our team for the day together based on the skills of those who have applied and the needs of the tasks at hand.

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Marlesha Keys

GREAT for managing many employees with unusual/atypical Shifts. Very scaleable, efficiency improves.

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2017-09-08
Review Source: Capterra

So many 'Pros'!! -- - supports multiple work sites/locations. - supports different employee roles/titles. - supports large (unlimited?) number of employees. - can 'deactivate' employees & then reinstate them at a later date (no need to delete the employee's entire profile). - There are even more 'Pros' that we haven't fully explored yet, such as employees communicating with each other through the app to arrange shift swaps, etc. So much potential!! I work at a college Math Learning Center where we provide additional assistance to students seeking extra math support. Having a scheduling app/software that can manage many employees with atypical/changing/unusual shifts is crucial!! We employ both full-time permanent staff and temporary students tutors and with our temporary staff we have a lot of turnover as students come-and-go. Thus we have changes to the schedule constantly. So for us, a dynamic system is a must. The Sling support staff is also very responsive and open to suggestions and ideas. Some of my suggestions have been incorporated, such as being able to included a 'break' duration for a shift which then is subtracted from the shift hour total. These changes have made Sling even more useful! I am so thrilled to have found this FREE scheduling web application. We don't have the budget to pay for a scheduling software/app, yet we needed a tool that could handle our very specific and complicated needs. We found it in Sling!!

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Great Scheduling app with tons of potential

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-04-25
Review Source: Capterra

Very easy to use, lots of view options and adjustments, fairly clean interface, amazing features for free. Amazing that you can drag and drop, use keyboard shortcuts to copy shifts. UI is fairly full featured! Mobile apps are great, notifications are amazing.

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Excellent time management tool

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-04-03
Review Source: Capterra

Using Sling, we're able to correspond with our staff more effectively and schedule more efficiently. It keeps payroll costs in budget and keeps employees happy...No complaints!In my office, we have a different platform already in place for time tracking, but Sling was recommended to us as a scheduling service. It works great! At no cost, we can allow our employees to request hours, we can assign shifts, and we can communicate schedules to our staff. It's helped us to keep our payroll costs in check at no additional cost. If we had the opportunity to switch to Sling for actual time tracking as well, we'd probably consider it.

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Nicole Wade

Helpful and Cost Effective

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-10-24
Review Source: Capterra

My company uses the free version of Sling, and for something that is cost free it's really wonderful. It's easy to navigate, and the messaging system has come in handy for us when our main method of communication (Slack) is down. We've tried several other paid and unpaid employee scheduling programs, and Sling has been the best one by far.

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Sling pricing

Pricing options
Free trial
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Sling is free to use and available for an unlimited number of employees. Sling also offers custom versions to large corporations.

Sling features

Automatic Notifications
Custom Fields

Activity Dashboard (346 other apps)
Activity Tracking (218 other apps)
Audit Trail (182 other apps)
Auditing (265 other apps)
Compliance Management (213 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (269 other apps)
Data Import/Export (262 other apps)
Document Storage (198 other apps)
Electronic Signature Capture (181 other apps)
Inventory Management (212 other apps)
Inventory Tracking (208 other apps)
Invoice Management (197 other apps)
Monitoring (200 other apps)
Real Time Data (236 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (267 other apps)
Third Party Integration (251 other apps)
Workflow Management (232 other apps)

Security and privacy


Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options

Data policy

Data backup in multiple locations/GEO regions
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Additional information for Sling

Key features of Sling

  • Group scheduling
  • Communication management
  • RSS feeds
  • Time planning
  • Change tracking
  • Mobile alerts
  • Availability management
  • Data filtering
  • Customizable fields
  • Instant messaging
  • Chat functionality
  • File transfer
  • Group forums
  • Employee portal
  • Employee profile
  • Task scheduling
  • Recurring schedules & tasks
  • Real-time notifications
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Time Off Requests
  • Filtered Views
  • Scheduling management
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• Managers can save and copy employee schedules from previous days or weeks, and create recurring shifts, rather than start from scratch with each one.

• Sling's drag and drop interface allows managers to simply drag an employee’s name on to a particular shift to assign it to them.

• Schedules and shift alerts can be pushed to employees' phones as notifications to remind them of upcoming shifts.

• Sling provides managers with an up-to-date view of employee availability and time-off requests helping them to avoid schedule conflicts and double-booking.

• Should a shift-assigned employee back out at the last moment, the software sends a notification alert to all employees in order to find a replacement.

• Sling helps location managers to create schedules that are in line with their defined labor budget, and avoid cost overrun.