Smartsheet

Smartsheet

An online work execution platform for any size organization.

4.3/5 (1002 reviews)

Smartsheet Overview

Smartsheet is a SaaS, enterprise-ready cloud app for work management and collaboration, trusted by more than 80,000 businesses and millions of users in over 175 countries.

Regarded for its online project management, collaboration, and file sharing features, Smartsheet's intuitive spreadsheet-like app is used broadly to track and manage diverse types of work including: team projects and task lists, customer information, sales pipelines, event schedules, and business processes.

Customers can access their accounts online or through integrations with leading web services. Smartsheet is a top-rated online project management solution for Google Apps and Salesforce, and is also integrated with leading web apps such as Box, Dropbox and Zapier.

Since 2006, Smartsheet has established a proven track record for ease of use, security, and system availability. Customers include small and medium businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and academic institutions, as well as local and federal government agencies.

The management team is composed of experienced business leaders with a track record of building innovative, easy-to-use business software. The company’s headquarters are located in Bellevue, Washington. Investors include Sutter Hill Ventures, Insight Venture Partners, and Madrona Venture Group.

Pricing

Starting from
US$14,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Canada, China, Europe and 5 others, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa

Supported Languages

English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Smartsheet Reviews

Overall rating
4.3/5
88% positive reviews
498
Excellent
386
Very good
97
Average
16
Poor
5
Terrible
Sadaf G.

SmartSheet- Highly recommended Project Management Software

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/03/16
Review Source: Capterra

We have a global team of collaborators often working on the same document. SmartSheet, being a web-based collaborative tool makes it effortless to delegate and track tasks, allocate resources, and oversee budget in a concise form. The transparency in this tool is exemplary as one can view activity logs and track changes. Unlike its main competitor MS Project, SmartSheet is capable of tracking real-time workflow wherein changes made by one individual can be reflected across the entire team in an instant.
It functions spectacularly on a range of operating systems (I use it on iOS as well) and has proven to be a cohesive platform to visualize project data in real time, all in one place for all relevant team members to view and work on. I would highly recommend SmartSheet for teams who are looking for project management software that requires minimum training with maximum output.

Pros

SmartSheet is a cloud-based tool that helps Project Managers better align their resources, cost and time. Being a part of a virtual team responsible for collaborating whilst managing critical projects, Smartsheet has been indispensable in helping us track project timeline through interactive Gantt charts, establish critical paths, manage team resources, analyze budget and costs, in addition, to document sharing through OneDrive, Skype and even the app.
It is definitely reliable, has a simple user interface, flexibility in function, offers real-time data tracking through dashboards and training additional collaborators is uncomplicated. I love how SmartSheet offers a powerful conditional formatting feature, visualization of data that is editable and printable for presentations and has a spreadsheet-like interface (like Excel) yet is straightforward, unlike its counterparts.
Another thumbs up feature is that SmartSheet offers a 30-day trial wherein full functionality can be tested and project plans produced before actually investing in the software!

Cons

Our firm works from Sunday to Thursday (unlike the USA) and though they are advised well ahead, maintenance windows don't always align with our schedule, and we have to work around that. One attribute that can definitely be improved is the option of turning on auto-save, instead of manually saving the document. Often the development of a comprehensive project plan across several collaborators is quite intense and even if one of them fails to manually save the document, it is quite a hassle.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

7.0/10

Smartsheet - Functionality and Communities make this an indispensable application

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2019/02/01
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, my experience with Smartsheet has been wonderful. The extremely active Community has made all the difference in the world, answering questions within an hour or two. The staff are also active in the Community and you can see their passion for the application and truly helping their customers. Smartsheet is highly worth the investment.

Pros

Smartsheet has so much going for it. It truly fits the new technological world that we live in by providing more than just the basics. Being a cloud-based application (SaaS), and compatible with mobile devices, makes it more functional across the board. It mostly touts itself as a project management tool, which is very true. Most project managers utilize certain applications that require the project to be saved down to a file, which is not easily shareable. Smartsheet can handle the same project management tools and live in cyberspace that can be utilized by numerous people, which different levels of access (viewing, editing, administering) and different views (tasks, gantt, kanban, etc.), and allow people to make comments, add attachments, and more. The most use I have made of Smartsheet within my organization is using it like a spreadsheet. I'm able to have numerous sheets for different departments where they have access to only their own sheets and update only what they need to update. Then I can create a new sheet that combines information from all of the sheets that will auto-update from the original sheets. I can also create reports and dashboards (with charts, metrics, etc.) based on information from all the different sheets. It's quite functional and utilizes much of the same fundamental logic that Excel provides. The Smartsheet website has an extremely detailed (and searchable) Help section and very active Community. Even includes videos to help guide!

Cons

Smartsheet does have some limitations. Most specifically, it isn't Excel and it isn't Project, so users shouldn't expect it to do everything those applications can do. However, there are times when it seems obvious that a particular functionality should be included that isn't. With that said, Smartsheet does a great job of listening to the Community and is constantly improving the application with enhancements to help the Community with its most voted on requests. Another thing that is frustrating is when an error pops up. More often than not, the error is written in a way that doesn't tell the user how to fix the error. Again, when this happens, I just reach out to the Community and get the answers I need.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Nathan R.

Project Management in the Cloud

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/12/17
Review Source: Capterra

It does help us track projects and the alerts we've set up help keep users aware of deadlines. So for that, Smartsheet works well. We've found a workaround for the one area we've paid extra for--the reporting--that is deficient. The biggest selling point is its approachability: anyone that is familiar with a spreadsheet application should be able to intuitively understand how SmartSheet basically works. That at least removes the biggest obstacle for a project management solution being ignored: the difficulty of use.

Pros

SmartSheet allows individuals and teams to work projects together, plotting milestones and critical paths, tracking tasks, creating alerts, and using gantt charts to quickly view how various team members are allocated and intersect. It does a good job of integrating with Office 365, allowing you to share links to files in OneDrive and to Skype within SmartSheet. The revamped interface makes it closer to working in Excel, which is the really the whole premise to Smartsheet: providing a familiar spreadsheet interface for working projects. To that end, there is a wealth of functionality for formatting cells to indicate project stages, task completion, etc. You can even apply conditional logic to have cells change color when a task reaches a certain stage. There are good controls for determining levels of access, so you prevent changes to your sheet except by authorized persons. Overall, it's a good tool for managing projects.

Cons

The reporting functionality we paid extra for is a joke. Instead, we've resorted to pulling data into Microsoft's Power BI to create reports and visualize data. And like many other Cloud-based services, there's a core product and then tiers of functionality that cost significantly more. Smartsheet is a capable product, but I'm frankly unsure it's cost is justified by its maturity. I've had the feeling I've been paying for what's coming, not for what's already there. But since we've invested in it, I guess we'll stay the course.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

7.0/10

Fantastic Product

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/11/16
Review Source: Capterra

Great customer service. Ever-improving features. 100% cloud so you can collaborate from anywhere with virtually any device (desktop and/or app).

Smartsheet has become an indispensable part of how we run our business.

Pros

Smartsheet is an amazing product and helps keep our whole company on schedule and collaborating in real time. It is really flexible and easy to start using.

Once you have used it for a while, you will want to do more and more with it, and there never seems to be a limit to what you can do. They are also constantly adding new helpful features. One that was really useful to me was a kanban view called cardview. But there is also classic spreadsheet view, gannt view, and calendar view.

In addition to sheets, you can also run reports off the sheets which filter the data down for particular users or departments. These reports can be editable or read-only. You can also look at your data in real time using dashboards.

We have been using Smartsheet for several years now, and we still feel like we are only scratching the surface of its capabilities.

Another great feature is that you can have unlimited free collaborators. These people can use the sheets/reports/dashboard and enter data. However, it is only the paid users who can create and maintain the sheets. Over time, you may find more people in your organisation want to be creators, and it is easy to add licenses as needed.

Cons

There's not much I can say negative about this software. On rare occasions there can be unexpected outages or loss of functionality, but that is very rare indeed. There are sometimes maintenance windows on the weekend which can last up to 4 hours at a time, but these are advised well ahead of time. I think the only business that wouldn't want to use smartsheet is one that operates 24/7. If you are a normal Monday to Friday business, smartsheet will be fine for you.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Andrew K.

Smartsheet has the perfect balance between usability and feature set

Reviewed on 2016/09/22
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Pros

Not as complicated and cumbersome as MS Project, which tries too hard to apply complicated logic to your project plans. Smartsheet simply gives you the ability to create plans of any level of complexity. Conditional formatting allows easy review of start/finish dates and who is assigned what.

Collaboration is easy and effective as you can share with different levels of permission, and export only those elements you want others to see and work with. Having the product in the cloud makes access simple and reliable. Only once in 3 years have I not been able to access my project plan immediately, and even then it was up within 5 minutes.

Easy to learn and train others on, so you can bring collaborators in quickly. Easy to edit as it uses all the intuitive elements of cut/paste and drag/drop.

Vendor has been helpful when needed, but mostly in the background which is what I want. I just need functioning software and a place to go for help, not endless tips and promotions.

Cons

Creating a backup is a challenge. It's not intuitive and involves way too many menus and steps. There should be a simple way to create a backup offline for audit or versioning purposes.

There needs to be an auto-save feature. I've had new collaborators lose their work because they forgot to manually save. For a product that operates with the ease of Google Docs in the cloud, the expectation is that there is an auto save feature. The 10-minute reminder message is not sufficient.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
User Recommendation
8.1/10
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Smartsheet Pricing

Starting from
US$14,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Plans start at $14.00/mo. (*Users create sheets and decide who and how others can collaborate on them. Collaborators are invited to sheets with edit or view permissions. A user requires a Smartsheet license, collaborators have free access.) Nonprofit, schools, gov't agency receive additional discounts on annual plans.

Value for Money
4.2/5
Based on 1002 reviews
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Smartsheet Features

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Gantt Charts
  • Prioritizing
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Projections
  • Task Management
  • Task Planning
  • Task Tracking
  • Third Party Integration

  • Progress Tracking
  • Timesheets
Features
4.2/5
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Additional information for Smartsheet

Key features of Smartsheet

  • Access control
  • Access via mobile & tablet devices
  • Activity dashboard
  • Activity management
  • Activity tracking
  • Assignment management
  • Attach files & Google Docs to any task (row)
  • Automatic backup
  • Automatic notifications
  • Automatic reminders
  • Calendar management
  • Calendar sync with Google
  • Card view
  • Cell linking
  • Charting
  • Collaboration tools
  • Collaborative review
  • Collaborative workspace
  • Collapsible sub-tasks
  • Commenting
  • Communication management
  • Custom fields
  • Customizable reporting
  • Dashboard creation
  • Data import / export
  • Data sync
  • Deadline tracking
  • Desktop notifications
  • Document management
  • Document review
  • Document storage
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Email alerts
  • Email integration
  • Email invitations & reminders
  • Email notifications
  • Employee management
  • Familiar spreadsheet-like interface
  • Feedback collection
  • File management
  • File sharing
  • Filtered views
  • Flexible: customize your project to work the way you do
  • Forms management
  • Gantt charts
  • Multiple projects
  • Periodic reporting
  • Permission management
  • Prioritizing
  • Project management
  • Project notes
  • Project planning
  • Project time tracking
  • Project tracking
  • Projections
  • Real time data
  • Real time notifications
  • Real time updates
  • Receiving
  • Recourse management
  • SSL security
  • Scheduled reporting
  • Secure data storage
  • Status tracking
  • Task dependencies
  • Task management
  • Task planning
  • Task scheduling
  • Task tracking
  • Template management
  • Third party integration
  • To-do list
  • User activity monitoring
  • View history of changes on any cell
  • Web forms

Benefits

Seamless integration with Google Apps:
- Sign in with your Google account info
- Sync with Google Calendar
- Works with Google Drive: attach Drive files to any row in Smartsheet
- Update project info from Gmail
- Import/Export between Google Spreadsheet and Smartsheet
- Import Google Contacts
- Open attached Microsoft Project and Excel files in Google Drive

Salesforce integration:

Smartsheet and Salesforce work together for ultimate productivity. Link project sheets to Salesforce accounts, contacts, opportunities or cases for real-time collaboration on project status, files, and discussions. Other perks include:
- Single sign-on from Salesforce
- Create new project sheets from Salesforce
- Link to existing project sheets
- Access key project sheets from any Salesforce account, contact, opportunity or case.

Box integration:

Collaboration takes on new meaning with the Smartsheet and Box integration. The cloud apps are easy to use together and offer instant value. Teams can quickly share and collaborate on files related to specific projects with internal staff as well as external teams, including vendors clients and contractors. Some other benefits include:
- Perfect for the Small Teams or Large Enterprise: Smartsheet and Box are easy to use, don't require IT to install or manage, and immediately deliver value to users
- Add Structure, Save Time: Access files from Box in the context of your project or task
- No Need to Upload New Versions: All changes made to documents in Box are instantly available in Smartsheet
- Share Files with Teams Near and Far: Smartsheet's project sharing and row sending capabilities allow you to share files in Box with other team members with a click of the mouse
- A Little or A Lot: Link a specific document - or an entire folder of documents - to your Smartsheet project

GetApp Analysis

A cloud-based project management solution, Smartsheet is an integrated platform combining essential tools for work management, file sharing, and collaboration. Using a familiar spreadsheet interface that requires zero to minimal learning curve, it enables businesses of all sizes to organize and coordinate work of any kind, from organizing a product launch to structuring budgets or deal pipelines.

Flexible and customizable, you can set it up to your liking, instead of you adapting to it. With all your tasks, files, documents, and processes in one centralized place that your team and collaborators can access anytime, anywhere, running your day-to-day operations doesn’t have to involve numerous phone calls, email or SMS exchanges to get things done.

Smartsheet’s core features include Gantt charts, file sharing, collaboration, alerts and reminders, and reporting.

Smartsheet has the familiar look and feel of an Excel spreadsheet, so there's no need to learn an entirely new software.

What is Smartsheet?

With the simplicity of a spreadsheet but the power of a project management, database, and collaboration solution in one, Smartsheet is used by more than 5 million users and 60,000+ businesses in 175+ countries. The mobile app enables on-the-go project management and task completion, and automated push notifications alert pertinent people of changes in real time.

Workspaces can be created to share sheets, folders, and reports, and a sheet can be published as an interactive sheet or read-only HTML page that you can embed on your website or link in an email. Smartsheet’s cell linking functionality enables you to link data across multiple sheets, such as when you’re aggregating departmental budgets in a single sheet or creating cross-project dependencies. Linked cells automatically update when information in the source sheet changes.

Workspaces, which are areas where sheets, templates, reports, files, and subfolders can be shared and organized, are customizable and brandable.

Smartsheet Main Features

Gantt Charts

Gantt charts are a visual way to plan and schedule projects, assess timelines, analyze resource assignments, and understand task prioritization and dependencies. Smartsheet’s interactive Gantt charts allow teams to stay up to date on the progress of a project through color-coded task status levels that can be set up via a simple rule called conditional formatting. This way, even at a glance, those involved in the project are immediately aware of what’s going on.

Smartsheet’s user-friendly drag-and-drop interface makes it easy for you – even when you’re new to Gantt charts – to update a project, adjust a date, or reassign a task.

Smartsheet Gantt charts make it easy to visualize how a project is progressing and how tasks are related to each other.

File Sharing

At the heart of every team-based project are files that take on various forms – PDFs, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, images, videos, and more. And then there are threaded discussions and free-form notes to keep everyone in the loop and apprised of the project’s progress. Smartsheet enables team members and other stakeholders to collaborate on various pieces of a project through file sharing.

Files and attachments are in one central location, and available to you anytime. To attach an item to a row on your sheet, simply click on the plus sign in the paperclip column or go to the row menu and select Row Attachments from the options. You’re then ready to drag and drop files to the attachment window. You can also click on the Attach button to navigate to the locations of the files you want attached. Attachments can be from your computer or sites such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, and Box.

The files you share with your team and other collaborators can come from your own computer or third-party document management apps like Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box.

Collaboration

For teams to effectively collaborate on tasks, Smartsheet allows you to share your sheets, send row attachments, or publish sheets as a webpage. Multiple people can simultaneously work on a sheet, and the latest version of a shared sheet is available to collaborators anywhere, anytime, and on any device.

Smartsheet’s Highlight Changes feature is a handy tool to visually keep track of recent changes to a shared sheet. Alerts can be set up to notify collaborators of any changes. There’s also a lock feature you can use for rows or columns you don’t want changed. Update requests to rows or columns can be requested, and individual rows can be shared even with others without a Smartsheet account.

An entire sheet can be sent as an email attachment or published as a webpage, which can be accessed by anyone with a link. The published sheet can be made editable or read-only.

With Smartsheet, you can assign tasks to your team, share notes and attachments with them, request updates when needed, and simultaneously work on the same sheet.

Alerts and Reminders

The Smartsheet Alerts and Reminders feature enables you and your team to keep track of changes to a sheet and remember important dates, such as upcoming deadlines, meetings, and board room presentations, among others.

To create an alert for changes made to a sheet, go to the Alerts tab and click on New Notification. Specify who receives the notification, how often, and under which circumstances or conditions. For new reminders, from the Alerts tab, click on the New Reminder button. Identify who gets the reminder and the date it should be sent. Alerts and notifications are received via email.

Smartsheet's alerts and reminders ensure that no sheet updates and important dates fall through the cracks.

Reporting

For a view into the status of your tasks and projects, Smartsheet’s reporting functionality provides high-level insight into tasks that are behind schedule, those that are becoming due, aren’t assigned yet, assigned to a specific person, and so on. Just like sheets, reports can be shared or sent as an attachment. They can also be saved as Excel or PDF files, or sent out on a recurring basis.

To create a report, click on the Add New (+) button and select Blank Report. The Report Builder then lets you select the sheets you want included in the report. Depending on the type of report you need, you can choose a single or multiple sheets. The columns you include in your reports are totally up to you.

Smartsheet reports can show which projects are tracking as expected, lagging behind, due in the following weeks or so, or which of your team members are struggling to meet their goals.

Smartsheet Integrations

Aside from an open API that allows you to build your own integrations, Smartsheet readily integrates with third-party apps such as Microsoft Outlook, Evernote, DocuSign, Box, Dropbox, Google Apps, iCal, Harvest, MailChimp, Marketo, Salesforce, JIRA, Office Timeline, OneLogin, Tableau, Zapier, and many more.

Smartsheet Pricing

When your free 30-day trial expires, you can upgrade to any of Smartsheet’s subscription options: Basic, Team, or Enterprise. Basic is for individuals and is priced at $14 per month, if billed annually. It can accommodate an unlimited number of collaborators, has a total storage capacity of 3 GB, and supports Gantt charts, web forms, mobile, customization, and a total of 10 sheets.

Team is priced at $39 per month, if billed annually, for three creators and unlimited collaborators. Storage space is 45+ GB. The app accommodates 150+ sheets and carries all Basic features plus reporting, user management, groups, and resource management. Each additional creator costs $9 per month.

Pricing for the Enterprise account can be requested from Smartsheet’s sales team. Aside from all the features available in the Team plan, the Enterprise subscription covers unlimited sheets, unlimited file storage, dedicated support, single sign-on, and automated provisioning.

Discounts are available for schools and nonprofits.

Smartsheet Bottom Line

  • Project management software with the familiar look and feel of an Excel spreadsheet
  • Integrated platform for work management, collaboration, and file sharing
  • Enables sheets and reports to be shared or sent to people without a Smartsheet account
  • Has numerous sheet templates available in the templates library
  • Available as a mobile app for the iPhone and iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire

Smartsheet FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Smartsheet.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Smartsheet offer?

Smartsheet offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$14,00/month

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Plans start at $14.00/mo. (*Users create sheets and decide who and how others can collaborate on them. Collaborators are invited to sheets with edit or view permissions. A user requires a Smartsheet license, collaborators have free access.) Nonprofit, schools, gov't agency receive additional discounts on annual plans.

Q. What are the main features of Smartsheet?

Smartsheet offers the following features:

  • Access control
  • Access via mobile & tablet devices
  • Activity dashboard
  • Activity management
  • Activity tracking
  • Assignment management
  • Attach files & Google Docs to any task (row)
  • Automatic backup
  • Automatic notifications
  • Automatic reminders
  • Calendar management
  • Calendar sync with Google
  • Card view
  • Cell linking
  • Charting
  • Collaboration tools
  • Collaborative review
  • Collaborative workspace
  • Collapsible sub-tasks
  • Commenting
  • Communication management
  • Custom fields
  • Customizable reporting
  • Dashboard creation
  • Data import / export
  • Data sync
  • Deadline tracking
  • Desktop notifications
  • Document management
  • Document review
  • Document storage
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Email alerts
  • Email integration
  • Email invitations & reminders
  • Email notifications
  • Employee management
  • Familiar spreadsheet-like interface
  • Feedback collection
  • File management
  • File sharing
  • Filtered views
  • Flexible: customize your project to work the way you do
  • Forms management
  • Gantt charts
  • Multiple projects
  • Periodic reporting
  • Permission management
  • Prioritizing
  • Project management
  • Project notes
  • Project planning
  • Project time tracking
  • Project tracking
  • Projections
  • Real time data
  • Real time notifications
  • Real time updates
  • Receiving
  • Recourse management
  • SSL security
  • Scheduled reporting
  • Secure data storage
  • Status tracking
  • Task dependencies
  • Task management
  • Task planning
  • Task scheduling
  • Task tracking
  • Template management
  • Third party integration
  • To-do list
  • User activity monitoring
  • View history of changes on any cell
  • Web forms

Q. Who are the typical users of Smartsheet?

Smartsheet has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Smartsheet support?

Smartsheet supports the following languages:

English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Q. What type of pricing plans does Smartsheet offer?

Smartsheet has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Smartsheet support mobile devices?

Smartsheet supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Smartsheet integrate with?

Smartsheet integrates with the following applications:

Azuqua, Bitium, ClicData, Dropbox, Evernote, Klipfolio, Meisterplan, Salesforce Sales Cloud, Slemma, Zapier

Q. What level of support does Smartsheet offer?

Smartsheet offers the following support options:

Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials