About Float

Float is the world's leading resource management software for agencies, studios, and firms. Since 2012, Float has helped the world’s best teams (including Metalab, Deloitte, and Buzzfeed) plan their projects, schedule their team’s time and deliver over 10million tasks in more than 150 countries.

With an easy-to-use and intuitive interface, drag-and-drop functionality, and powerful editing tools, Float makes planning your projects and scheduling your team's time visual and straightforward. Manage your team’s availability by setting individual work hours, scheduling time off, and assigning location-based public holidays. Search your schedule for practically anything and track your team's utilization with powerful reporting tools. Forecast your budget spend and plan ahead based on your team's real capacity and resources.

Add Time Tracking to your schedule and get the full picture of your project’s progress. Compare your estimated hours with actual time worked to see whether your projects are on, under, or over budget. Log hours in a single-click against scheduled tasks, or quickly adjust your estimates and submit your actual hours worked.

Integrate your Float schedule with other applications like Teamwork, Slack, Google Calendar, Outlook, and 1,000+ of your favorite apps via Zapier. Access and update your schedule from anywhere or log hours on the go with a mobile app for iOS and Android.

By providing a single view of your real resource capacity and a shared calendar of who's working on what, Float makes team resource scheduling across multiple projects faster, easier, and more efficient.

Pricing starting from:

US$7,50/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Float

One shared resource schedule, always in sync - Visualize your team’s workload in one place. Drag and drop to assign tasks with ease and edit tasks on the fly with handy shortcuts. Add unassigned roles to plan ahead for future hires, and store tasks while you’re waiting to confirm resources.

Multi-project Planning - With a single view of all your resources, you can plan your team’s time across multiple projects on the go. Set budgets and target milestones to keep your projects on track and reallocate resources before it’s too late!

Team Availability - Manage your team’s availability with set work hours, public holidays, and scheduled time off. See who’s free, who’s overbooked, and who’s kicking back on vacation—all at a glance.

Forecasting & reports - Powerful reporting features so you can monitor your team’s utilization. Set project budgets based on hours or dollars and forecast your capacity to plan ahead accurately.

Time Tracking - Add time tracking to your schedule so your team can log hours in a single-click against scheduled tasks, or quickly adjust their estimates and submit their actual hours worked. It’s the fastest way to compare your estimates vs. actuals and monitor whether your projects are on, under, or over budget

Apps and integrations - Float has a mobile app for iOS and Android and integrates with Slack, Google Calendar, Outlook, Zapier, and more.

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Markets

Australia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, China, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Hong Kong SAR China, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, Ukraine, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$7,50/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Float

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Features

Total features of Float: 102

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assignment Management
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Availability Management
  • Budget Management
  • Budget Tracking/Job Costing
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar Sync
  • Campaign Management
  • Capacity Management
  • Client Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Contract/License Management
  • Contractor Management
  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost-to-Completion Tracking
  • Customizable Reports
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Deadline Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Employee Activity Monitoring
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Scheduling
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • Estimating
  • Forecasting
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Group Scheduling
  • Integrations Management
  • Issue Tracking
  • Job Costing
  • Labor Forecasting
  • Leave Tracking
  • Live Chat
  • Messaging
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Location
  • Multiple Projects
  • Online Booking
  • Overtime Calculation
  • Performance Metrics
  • Planning Tools
  • Prioritization
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Scheduling
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Scheduling
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Resource Allocation & Planning
  • Resource Management
  • Resource Scheduling
  • Schedule Distribution
  • Scheduling
  • Search/Filter
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Skills Tracking
  • Staff Calendar
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Task Planning
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Attendance
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Time Zone Tracking
  • Timesheet Management
  • Utilization Reporting
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Visualization
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,5 /5
(1 154)
Value for Money
4,4/5
Features
4,2/5
Ease of Use
4,5/5
Customer Support
4,5/5

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Aidan D.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Beautifully simple and easy to use

Reviewed on 2019/01/26

Float is a product I like using, and I wish some of its features and UX elements were in the other...

Float is a product I like using, and I wish some of its features and UX elements were in the other software that I use! We use Synergist for job and project management, but Float for scheduling because it UX is so much better than Synergist's scheduler tool.

Pros

Float's user interface and logic are inspirational. They have made the activity of coordinating multiple resources on multiple projects about as easy as it can be. They have paid a lot of attention to usability, efficient use of screen real estate and simple navigation. However the killer feature is the intuitive yet clever way that searching and data navigation work. All searching and filtering is done using a single search field, which offers indexed word search on pretty much everything including tags. There is also a well-worked out protocol for handling union and intersect searches.

Cons

The only real bugbear is that any user that can enter data into the system can define new values for any field. It isn't possible to centrally control lists such as task names, clients, job descriptions etc. This means that if you have more than one person using the system, very quickly you get different versions of the same thing being defined (e.g. job roles being slightly different) which makes it difficult to analyse across records. Not a dealbreaker, but I do think it should be possible to lock down lists of values. Also it would be good if you could zoom out the view a little more - if you're dealing with more than a dozen resources/projects.

Roger B.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Development company taking next steps in project management

Reviewed on 2020/08/14

A very positive experience allowing the company I work for to get better more accurate project...

A very positive experience allowing the company I work for to get better more accurate project plans and financial reports.

Pros

The ease of use as a one stop shop, browser based to allow all the development team (and subsiduary but linked teams) to see important dates like dev complete, bug fix windows, cert windows and release dates.

The ability to quickly block out time for features and projects.
The ability to add notes and details to tasks.
Fully fleshed out holiday and time off structure.
Robust financial reports possible with very high degree of accuracy for budget per project, per quarter, per annum.

We used to get by with using Excel, we invested in Float and it has taken the companies' project planning to the next step. I would recommend Float for small to mid sized companies definitely, it is a great product boost and good way of reporting and seeing issues early.

Cons

it does not allow you to easily move a bunch of small tasks along in the timeline, that's my only main gripe, you can't band box select you have to shift select. Everything else is intuitive and easy.

Alternatives Considered

monday.com

Reasons for Choosing Float

Excel was clunky and out schedule was increasing in ambition and scope.

Switched From

Microsoft Excel

Reasons for Switching to Float

the website and videos showing features were clear and clean and one of my peers had previous experience and good reviews of the product and we were given a gratis time period to try things out, this helped us alot in making sure Float was the product for us.
Eric E.
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  • Industry: Market Research
  • Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Need to track people resources, this is the tool you need.

Reviewed on 2021/12/17

Overall, I really like Float. It is really easy to use. It is very customizable.

Overall, I really like Float. It is really easy to use. It is very customizable.

Pros

It's straightforward to add, archive, and customize your space. I love that you can give people various accesses. I love that I can look at a glance and see where everyone is at. In the last week or so, Float did a significant upgrade, and visually it's so much better.

Cons

Float can be a bit slow sometimes. I don't know if it's because it needs more bandwidth or what, but you need to be patient with it some days.

Laura P.
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  • Industry: Media Production
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Great value. Lots of potential

Reviewed on 2019/09/05

I've been using CETA scheduling software for the last 4 years in big VFX companies and I must say...

I've been using CETA scheduling software for the last 4 years in big VFX companies and I must say that Float is not there yet but is actually getting broadly comparable. In the last 4 months that I introduced it into my new team it's proved to be quite useful to keep track of the progression of our projects. During these months I've seen that it has already improved in many areas that I'm excited to see what comes next.
I can see it can become a really powerful software.

Pros

There aren't may softwares that let you schedule a team in such an easy and organised way.
I think most softwares nowadays are too complex and make you spend more time organising tasks than actually working on them.
Float is so clear and simple you can actually use it to manage big projects without spending too much time on it.

Cons

It's getting better, but it would be very useful if we could:

- Right click on a pencil and be able to copy it over into a different person.
- Book more than one person on the same project (for example if two workers are on the same project because one of them is doing a training but you don't want to charge twice for that time).
- Lately when I try to schedule more than 1 project in one day on the same person I get a message saying I can't schedule anyone for more than 24 hours) even if I'm not exceeding the 8 normal working hours. It'd be great if that could be fixed.
- It'd be good if milestones were more visible.
- I think reports should be a bit less complicated and more visual.
- It'd be really helpful if you could group projects up in folders when you go to the Projects tab as at the moment we have like... 45 different projects going on and although we color code them it's difficult to organise all of them.
-I'd like to have more than only three types of view when looking at our schedules a part from 'Days, 'Weeks' and 'Months'.
It'd be great if you could 'Archive' users as well as projects. So when a worker it's not working at the company anymore and you don't want to pay for it on Float you can kind of 'Archive' him (so you are not able to book him on anything but still you can see him on the boards so you don't loose what it's been scheduled on him.)

Alternatives Considered

ShotGrid, Asana and monday.com

Reasons for Choosing Float

Monday has too many tools that you don't really get to use when scheduling. It also doesn't have an overview of projects as clear as the one Float has.

Switched From

monday.com

Reasons for Switching to Float

Its the closes to CETA software that we could find. It's good value for the price it offers and it's very intuitive and flexible.
Dani W.
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Visual and Easy to Use

Reviewed on 2021/11/23

Pros

It's super simple to use, very visual and attend to all my project need (resource and allocation, timesheet tracking and project tracking).

Cons

The software lacks integration with Google Calendar.

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Float offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$7,50/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Only $6 per active user when billed annually. Guest, archived users, and projects are all unlimited!

Float has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

Float supports the following languages:

English

Float supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Float integrates with the following applications:

Asana, Google Calendar, Jira, Microsoft Outlook, Okta, OneLogin, QuickBooks, Slack, Teamwork, Trello, WorkflowMax, Zapier

Float offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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