Sling

Employee scheduling & communication for retail & restaurants

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Sling Overview

What is Sling?

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.

Sling Overview

Pricing

Starting from
N/A

Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

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


Sling Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States
Supported Languages
English

Media

A central dashboard provides information about all employees as well as their respective locations and positions
Create shifts and assign them directly to employees
Assign shits to employees
Employees can setup their own profiles on Sling
Employees are sent notifications when shifts are assigned to them
Sling's drag & drop interface enables the easy transfer of shifts to other days and people
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Sling Reviews

Sling Reviews

Overall rating
4,5
/
5
Excellent
39

Very good
25

Average
1

Poor
1

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,7
Features
4,5
Ease of Use
4,6
Customer Support
4,6
97% recommended this app
Anthony M.

The best scheduling software I've ever used.

This is has been an eye-opening experience. I didn't know such an awesome scheduling solution existed and is perfect for small or large businesses. Everybody with a team should be using Sling.


John T.

Best scheduling app out there

It truly has been a real asset for our business, I really believe we would be lost without this fantastic software.


Corey K.

Probably the Best Streaming Service Available

Fair to partly cloudy. The app itself is much better than it used to be.


Stephen M.

Excellent with limitations...

As a scheduling software great. no need for the extra features.


Lynn V.

This app is a game changer

Sling is excellent! I have been using it for several years and it’s getting better every year. I highly recommend it. It’s allows real time scheduling for team members as well as time off requests, shift notifications and several more options. It’s extremely convenient and easy to use. There are great simple features like colour blocking specific roles, it’s the little things that count. Along with all of that there is virtually no annoying advertising.

Sling has created a seamless connection between schedule creators and team members creating easy communication and boundaries.

Thank you Sling for generously offering such a great app.


Anthony M.
Industry: Retail
Company size: 11-50 Employees

The best scheduling software I've ever used.

Used Daily for Free Trial
Reviewed on 2020/05/05
Review Source: Capterra

This is has been an eye-opening experience. I didn't know such an awesome scheduling solution existed and is perfect for small or large businesses. Everybody with a team should be using Sling.

Pros

It allows for coordination across unlimited business locations and unlimited employees. The ability to offer shifts to employees and allow them to claim or apply for them is incredible. SMS notifications to employees for their shifts, daily email notifications for managers to know who is working where, allowing staff to call out or switch shifts, apply for time off, set availability, and more.

Cons

I don't really have anything negative to say about this software. If I had to find something, it would be that at times, the interface is laid out unusual to our expectations but once you see what it's doing, it makes perfect sense.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

John T.
Industry: Security & Investigations
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Best scheduling app out there

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/08/28
Review Source: Capterra

It truly has been a real asset for our business, I really believe we would be lost without this fantastic software.

Pros

Clocking in works great with SLING, scheduling and the employee interaction with the app is fantastic!

Cons

Getting use to messaging for help, were all used to calling someone. I found it works great and the response time is quick and responsive.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Corey K.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: Self Employed

Probably the Best Streaming Service Available

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/12/29
Review Source: Capterra

Fair to partly cloudy. The app itself is much better than it used to be.

Pros

Sling has excellent offerings that are far cheaper than what one would pay for cable tv. The add-on's aren't terribly expensive, either.

Cons

Sling has a tendency to change their pricing/packages frequently. It's annoying and I've written them to ask them to cool it, but I'm very sure that falls on deaf ears. So far it's been worth holding on to.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Stephen M.
Industry: Food & Beverages
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Excellent with limitations...

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2020/04/25
Review Source: Capterra

As a scheduling software great. no need for the extra features.

Pros

Easy access to distribute schedules and messages.

Cons

Private messaging. Users can private message each other within Sling. If these messages take a negative turn. Sexual Harassment or something else. There is no way no monitor these messages. Unless a screen shot was taken there is no proof, because if the either of the user deletes the message it is gone.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5.0/10

Lynn V.
Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
Company size: 11-50 Employees

This app is a game changer

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/11/06
Review Source: Capterra

Sling is excellent! I have been using it for several years and it’s getting better every year. I highly recommend it. It’s allows real time scheduling for team members as well as time off requests, shift notifications and several more options. It’s extremely convenient and easy to use. There are great simple features like colour blocking specific roles, it’s the little things that count. Along with all of that there is virtually no annoying advertising.

Sling has created a seamless connection between schedule creators and team members creating easy communication and boundaries.

Thank you Sling for generously offering such a great app.

Pros

There are so many options and it’s very easy to use from both the administrator and users point of view. It’s constantly being updated for improvements and there is absolutely no advertising on the free version.

Cons

It’s not really a con more of a possible option in the future and perhaps this is already an option. It would be great if it could link to iCal for apple users.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8,7/10
Based on 66 user ratings
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Sling Pricing

Sling Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

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

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

Value for Money
4,7/5
Based on 66 user ratings
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Sling Features

Sling Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Audit Trail
Auditing
Automatic Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Compliance Management
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Inventory Management
Inventory Tracking
Monitoring
Real Time Data
Real Time Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4,5/5
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Additional information for Sling

Additional information for Sling

Key features of Sling

  • Availability management
  • Change tracking
  • Chat functionality
  • Communication management
  • Customizable fields
  • Data filtering
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Employee portal
  • Employee profile
  • File transfer
  • Filtered Views
  • Group forums
  • Group scheduling
  • Instant messaging
  • Mobile alerts
  • RSS feeds
  • Real-time notifications
  • Recurring schedules & tasks
  • Scheduling management
  • Task scheduling
  • Time Off Requests
  • Time planning

Benefits

• 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.

Sling FAQs

Sling FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Sling.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Sling offer?

Sling offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Free, Subscription

Free Trial: Available

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

Q. What are the main features of Sling?

Sling offers the following features:

  • Availability management
  • Change tracking
  • Chat functionality
  • Communication management
  • Customizable fields
  • Data filtering
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Employee portal
  • Employee profile
  • File transfer
  • Filtered Views
  • Group forums
  • Group scheduling
  • Instant messaging
  • Mobile alerts
  • RSS feeds
  • Real-time notifications
  • Recurring schedules & tasks
  • Scheduling management
  • Task scheduling
  • Time Off Requests
  • Time planning

Q. Who are the typical users of Sling?

Sling has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Sling support?

Sling supports the following languages:

English

Q. Does Sling support mobile devices?

Sling supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Sling integrate with?

Sling integrates with the following applications:

Gusto

Q. What level of support does Sling offer?

Sling offers the following support options:

Online Support, FAQs, Video Tutorials, Knowledge Base