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Smartsheet is #6 ranked solution in top Project Portfolio Management tools and #7 ranked solution in top Project Management Software. PeerSpot users give Smartsheet an average rating of 8 out of 10. Smartsheet is most commonly compared to Microsoft Project: Smartsheet vs Microsoft Project. Smartsheet is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 66% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 16% of all views.
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What is Smartsheet?

Smartsheet is the enterprise platform for dynamic work. A leading cloud-based platform for work management, Smartsheet empowers organizations and teams to dynamically plan, execute, and report on work at scale, resulting in more efficient processes, innovative solutions, and better business outcomes.

Today over 90% of Fortune 100 companies and over 75% of Fortune 500 companies rely on the secure, scalable Smartsheet platform to connect the entire enterprise. The single Smartsheet platform gives people a solution flexible enough to adapt to the changing needs of dynamic work across a broad array of departments and use cases.

Smartsheet Customers

Sony Music, ESPN, Hilton, Unisource, Colliers, Extreme Networks, Groupon, Netflix

Smartsheet Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Smartsheet pricing:
  • "For a normal license, like the one I had: I had my own Smartsheet because I wanted to play with it and I didn't want to mess with what I was doing in Verizon, so I paid $200 monthly, and it gave me all the same functionalities, so I could do whatever I wanted for $200. The problem is if you have anyone else working on it or deploying on it, it's $200 a month for every single person who's deployed on it, that's working on it as an owner or an administrator, so owners and administrators are the only ones who can change, edit, and add data to worksheets and columns. Depending on the size of your organization, Smartsheet can be costly. As for implementing its Control Center, Smartsheet forces you to have three people come in: it's a minimum of three people from Smartsheet for three months who will provide you the solutions for the Control Center side, and that's $150 an hour, so it can become very expensive. For my company, not having the Control Center would save on the setup fees and then the $20,000 a year, because the Control Center of Smartsheet is a yearly subscription of $20,000."
  • "Smartsheet only requires licenses for project managers. When we were using Asana, we had to purchase a license for everyone who wanted to access their tasks and use the system. That gets costly fast. It was one of the main reasons we left Asana. As Asana and these other tools scale, they become way more expensive."
  • "Its licensing is on a yearly basis. I was responsible for negotiating the price with the Smartsheet team, but I don't remember what the price was. Its standard license probably was around 5,000 to 6,000 a year. The enterprise version is significantly more expensive."
  • "It is less expensive than Microsoft Project for enterprise or Oracle Primavera by an order of magnitude. If you buy a Microsoft Project license, it's probably $300 or so by itself, whereas Smartsheet is probably less than $50 per head."
  • "I would assume there is a licensing fee. I don't think that it is free."
  • "There would be more extensive usage if the solution were cheaper. It's really expensive right now, and that's why we provide a few licenses for admins. The rest of them are just users without admin privileges."
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    Has customization, data pulling, and cross-functional global communication features; it's a secure solution
    Pros and Cons
    • "What I found most valuable in Smartsheet is its project customization feature. It's a great solution because you can add in your own WBS. You can see it in Jira style, Kanban, and you can even do Agile and Waterfall. Another feature that's valuable in the solution is when you have those connections, you have that API, you have a sandbox, and you can make a solution, it's a tremendous product because you can pull data."
    • "An area for improvement in Smartsheet is that if you're in the government or you're a regulated customer, you're not allowed to use APIs due to internal restrictions, so there are specific things that you cannot connect to it. Another area for improvement in the solution is that because there's a capacity of how many records you can have, and there's a capacity of how many functions you can apply, Smartsheet has set up their system where they can force people into purchasing a $20,000 additional module that is called Control Center, that will create documents for them on the fly, so they don't use so many functions and automation. Smartsheet also needs to improve on training, because the training that is out there is very little. The solution requires a steeper learning curve. You have to do your own training and you have to work on your own solution."

    What is our primary use case?

    Smartsheet is used for secure team collaboration, whether with global or with cross-functional teams. It's a good solution for a PMO, even for marketing strategies, IT tech dashboards for ticketing, etc. My scope was mostly learning Smartsheet for the first few months, which was the hardest part because it's a huge learning curve. There's not a lot of documentation, and their training was extremely general because it's your solution you're building. It was not like Excel where if somebody runs into a problem or has hit an error or has had an issue, they could quickly look it up and find some community support. The Smartsheet community is very good, but they're also still new, so trying to find advanced solutions to have to work around within Smartsheet was the hardest part. It became, instead of an eight-hour job, more like between sixteen to twenty hours of work to get the full solution done.  The thing about the emerging technology team that I worked with at Verizon using Smartsheet was that the team thought it was like Excel on steroids. That's the idea that everybody keeps thinking, that it's an out-of-the-box experience and that it's going to be the solution that they need. You have to apply full rules and functionality the way that you need to from the very beginning, you need to know what you want, have everything set up the way that you want it to be set up, and designed the way you want it to be designed, and customized before you ever produce. Because once you get started in Smartsheet, people just don't stop, so making sure you add that baseline of everything that you want it to be and understand its capacity, scalability, and true functionality, it's an extreme sport, I can tell you that for sure.

    What is most valuable?

    What I found most valuable in Smartsheet is its project customization feature. It's a great solution because you can add in your own WBS. You can see it in Jira style, Kanban, and you can even do Agile and Waterfall.  Another feature that's valuable in the solution is when you have those connections, you have that API, you have a sandbox, and you can make a solution, it's a tremendous product because you can pull data. Smartsheet tries to enforce people to use their Control Center which costs $20,000, but what's good about that module is that it allows you to also create some cool solutions that even the Smartsheet team didn't know. In the end, I had a check done by Smartsheet on our system and they said, "You recreated Control Center, and we don't know how you did this, but it's insane." They were extremely shocked. They could only offer a dynamic view, which I think is what they wanted to try and push, but that would entail sleepless nights. Smartsheet pushes out weekly updates because it's still new, and its team is trying to make it a nice product even for people that want to use it out-of-the-box for their enterprise solution, and this could be another pro in the solution. I haven't seen anything like Smartsheet before. It is great and it is an amazing solution. It allows cross-functional global communications with offshore teams, and this means those teams can do the work, put in all that's needed and what's been done, have scrum meetings, and have all the data and documentation attached to row-level. If the teams do use AI, the data can be corrected, updated, and sent back. You can pull the data out, put it into a Data Lake or Hadoop, or any kind of SQL, or Oracle, or whatever data system that you have, and you can streamline it out of the system just like you can with Excel. Smartsheet is a great product if you know how to use it right. The free version allows you to use the basic Smartsheet abilities, then for the enterprise edition, there's a lot more you can work on and do with it. Smartsheet is very secure. It's really impressive if you can use it right and you can train your team.

    What needs improvement?

    An area for improvement in Smartsheet is that if you're in the government or you're a regulated customer, you're not allowed to use APIs due to internal restrictions, so there are specific things that you cannot connect to it. Another area for improvement in the solution is that because there's a capacity of how many records you can have, and there's a capacity of how many functions you can apply, Smartsheet has set up their system where they can force people into purchasing a $20,000 additional module that is called Control Center, that will create documents for them on the fly, so they don't use so many functions and automation. Smartsheet also needs to improve on training, because the training that is out there is very little. The solution requires a steeper learning curve. You have to do your own training and you have to work on your own solution. I created about a hundred training videos for Verizon, particularly on how to use Smartsheet, and I was told that Verizon's still using the videos and that Verizon still loves them. Smartsheet also puts a lot of updates out quite often, so there was a time when I had a form that was capturing ten to fifteen entries every hour, and one of the things is that new addition or an enhancement was put into the form, and it skewed the form. In this case, Smartsheet doing a lot of implementations and enhancements quickly became a con. What also needs to be improved in Smartsheet is allowing columns to be changed, not to have to roll over, and one thing about it is row-level. There's a reason for that: it's how you can send out secure update requests. I have to pull in data from another sheet, which includes all of the data from the columns, and used a formula that was such an advanced formula, which I had to check using Smartsheet's restrictions: at thirty characters, a space, and a colon, and add all that to a column onto the other sheet, then pull that data in using a function. Smartsheet should have a functionality that would automatically pull in all the data for you and update your dropdown menu via a summary sheet, so that was what my team couldn't do without using the Control Center, and in the end, I was able to do without using the Control Center. I don't think the Smartsheet team even knew that the solution had that ability. You should not have to pull in columns that you don't need if you need to move data, because you may not want somebody seeing the baseline column, you may just want the person to be able to look at specific columns and it brings the whole row in, so it can become really slow if you're hiding columns. You'd like to avoid that at all costs. Another thing I would change in Smartsheet is its backup ability: it's terrible. I've heard other people lose data, and that some formulas don't work as they were supposed to, particularly some Excel-type formulas, though I never really had any struggle with that because I always found some workaround. In the next release of Smartsheet, I'd also like the forms to be improved. If you wanted to ask a person a question, you had to create a field. Smartsheet created an environment where you can ask a question, but you can't add any conditions to it. There are conditional rules, for example, you don't want to show somebody a form that has a hundred questions if you don't need to ask them a hundred questions, but you would need to create a hundred fields to ask those questions if you wanted them to conditionally show up or not, so I'd like that changed and have Smartsheet create a better environment for asking questions via the forms.

    How are customer service and support?

    I contacted the technical support for Smartsheet just once, because of an issue with the drop sheet. There was an update that was done and a sheet that was put into deleted sheets was moved, and that sheet was the central source of connection for all projects. Projects were connected through it as it was the project consolidation sheet, so all projects that were in work pulled data from this project consolidator. It would implement who the managers are, who the team is, and what the project is about, then it would pull in from those projects, how the project's doing based on functions, how you look at it, and what kind of value you place on the work that's being done, and how you can show it off in your PMO, in your executive boards, etc. If that dropped even one more time, there's no way you could have remade it. It had everything, and it had all of the most complex parts of everything. It was the connector to everything and it was deleted. Thank goodness I made sure that there was a backup after that constantly, so every time something was added or changed, it would delete it: delete the table where it was, and then re-copy itself. It came to you in an Excel file and you had to restructure everything, so I just would copy it. Everything was copied to another file, and it was just like having an additional copy of itself somewhere else, so there was an error.
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    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I feel like Smartsheet tries to get people to spend a lot of money, particularly because of that $20,000 Control Center where you still have to develop all of your solutions. All it does is control how it's automated, so you won't have to worry about setting up workspaces or security because it can do it for you, but you still have to customize everything. When you have to do these helper sheets, then it adds a lot of functions, and looking at other sheets and trying to drive data without having to move those columns, that's when you'll end up buying the Smartsheet Control Center, so it feels like, at some point, when I wanted to have a nice talk with the makers of Smartsheet, but at the same time, it's a good mechanism to get money and they do a good job of it. For a normal license, like the one I had: I had my own Smartsheet because I wanted to play with it and I didn't want to mess with what I was doing in Verizon, so I paid $200 monthly, and it gave me all the same functionalities, so I could do whatever I wanted for $200. The problem is if you have anyone else working on it or deploying on it, it's $200 a month for every single person who's deployed on it, that's working on it as an owner or an administrator, so owners and administrators are the only ones who can change, edit, and add data to worksheets and columns. Depending on the size of your organization, Smartsheet can be costly.  As for implementing its Control Center, Smartsheet forces you to have three people come in: it's a minimum of three people from Smartsheet for three months who will provide you the solutions for the Control Center side, and that's $150 an hour, so it can become very expensive. For my company, not having the Control Center would save on the setup fees and then the $20,000 a year, because the Control Center of Smartsheet is a yearly subscription of $20,000.The $200 monthly I paid is a fair price for what the solution does. It's like having a project such as MS project, but you're just paying for what you want from the MS project, because MS project is just such a needle in the haystack that if you want to change, it won't be as easy, and you can't build your solution within projects. You only can use what the solution has and manipulate it the way that you want to, as far as some parts of it. In Smartsheet, projects are fully manipulatable. so they'd be fully customizable and they have a Jira personality to them. This means you can have a dashboard that only purposely changes depending on whoever's looking at it, so your whole team that is free to use it can work within it, and those are your resources. The team doesn't need a license because you can add on as unlicensed users. Anyone can access the sheet, but they just can't edit it or add to it. In this sense, Smartsheet is free for people to play with, but it's not free for you to automate and customize unless you have a license. In the team, there was a need for three people with a license and that was me. I created the whole system: all four levels of it, then I needed to transfer it all over, and that was a nightmare, but it was okay. It was not that bad, but then the team only needed to have two Smartsheet licenses after I left, so it was whoever took over the ownership and then one administrator as backup, just in case.

    What other advice do I have?

    Smartsheet itself hasn't been around for that long. They started engaging in bigger firms and contracts in 2018, but before that, they were very much just a startup in Seattle. Basically, what they built was a great solution for collaborating with cross-functional teams and global teams, securely. They're still a little bit behind on some stuff that they could do, but they've brought in just about all of the functionality that you can do in Excel as far as major functions and automation. My advice to anyone looking into using Smartsheet is if you want to jump into Smartsheet, you need to have a background in Excel, have project management skills, and try to understand rules, processes, and how you want the system to be started, and set up. When you start connecting things and start sending records from one person to another through email or through whatever source you do, if you're not going to use APIs and you're not going to use anything extra, and you're just using an out-of-the-box solution, then you really need Smartsheet to be set up and understand it truly. A lot of Smartsheet training needs to be put into place. My rating for Smartsheet, even with all its setbacks, is a nine or a ten. I would probably rate it a nine just because of the money scheming part of it. I'm not happy with that, because it doesn't feel so ethical if you're a small business and you're wanting to expand. Otherwise, I don't even like looking at Excel as much as I used to because Smartsheet has so many additional automation features. For example, you can connect it to power BI just like you can Excel, but it does it differently. You can connect it through an API, or you can connect it to Jira. There are so many connections that you can make to Smartsheet, and you can target the data and move the data out so that you don't get that cap. Otherwise, it's a great solution for opening up communication channels, for helping cross-functional teams work, for example, when one's gone, the other one's there, and the work is accelerated to market. You're saving your company millions of dollars by being able to have this open communication channel that's different from other systems. You won't be needing email or anything else, because you'll just need your team, so I think Smartsheet is a great solution. It's very robust if you know how to use it, but that's the kicker: you have to learn how to use it. The best training that they offer is the advanced university training, and that requires a license, and then you have to pay an additional $199 for that, but you do get your PUs, and you get additional ones you can use for your PMI certification, particularly for the next certification and to keep your certification valid. There are a lot of good things about Smartsheet, but the idea of it is amazing. If they get it together, it can be the best solution. They really wouldn't need the $20,000 control center if they just made it a robust solution and provided it, and then just charged everybody the nominal fee to use it, for example, to Microsoft as a different model of charging people. I think that would be better because then they could focus their efforts more on those enhancements that are needed. Otherwise, Smartsheet is a really good concept. It's a really good idea.
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    Ian Herzing - PeerSpot reviewer
    Resource Manager at a non-tech company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    I like the workflows, automation, and low-code capabilities
    Pros and Cons
    • "We like Smartsheet's workflows, automation, and low-code capabilities. I don't know of any other project management tool with low-code functionality designed for project managers."
    • "I would like if Smartsheet allowed more formulas in its sheets. I don't think working with formulas is as intuitive as it is in Excel. I use Vlookups and index matches in some of my sheets, and I had to find an outside consultant to help me build out those formulas."

    What is our primary use case?

    I am using the core Smartsheet product right now and one of their premium add-ons called Resource Management. It was previously called 10,000ft, but they rebranded it. We're launching various programs at this university, and each project has a lot of steps. We need to highlight the essential metrics that executives want to monitor and talk about at their meetings when they discuss the program launch status.

    We built a dashboard in Smartsheet that pulls data from 50 different projects and highlights things like program launch dates, marketing launch dates, past-due items, at-risk items, etc. I have a module for revisions to existing programs. This dashboard feature sold us on the core product, and it's where we get the most value

    How has it helped my organization?

    Smartsheet has help us scale our organization past Excel sheets. We were manually updating cells upon cells of information in Excel and no one had a clear picture of what was happening with projects in real time. Smartsheet changed that.

    Information for projects was fluid and the automations and alerts were able to keep key stakeholders aware of pertinent information at the click of a button. With Smartsheet, we are able to focus on the "why" behind our project data. We are able look at our dashboards and see the big picture.

    What is most valuable?

    We like Smartsheet's workflows, automation, and low-code capabilities. I don't know of any other project management tool with low-code functionality designed for project managers. 

    For example, you can build a workflow to alert your marketing director when assets have been approved. I can't think of another tool that has the same low-code functionality.

    The capabilities of connecting your project portfolio together helps remove administrative work. That's Smartsheet's selling point, removing the manual work from your day-to-day with automation, alerts, and workflows so you can focus on managing the project itself.

    What needs improvement?

    I would like if Smartsheet allowed more formulas in its sheets. I don't think working with formulas is as intuitive as it is in Excel. I use Vlookups and index matches in some of my sheets, and I had to find an outside consultant to help me build out those formulas. 

    I'm a pretty smart guy, but I could not figure out how to get the formulas to work in tandem across a couple of different sheets so I could pull in the necessary information. They could make the formulas more intuitive or provide more training. That's probably my biggest complaint.

    I also don't like having to save when I update a sheet or a report. Autosave is standard in most solutions these days. They have autosave, but it's not as quick as I'd like it to be. When I update a sheet, I want it to save instantly, so I can go to the next one. If you make a quick update and want to move on, you have to hit Ctrl-S and remember to save. It'll give you a pop-up window that reminds you to save. Most competitors, like Asana, have a quick autosave feature. 

    In the next release, I'd like to see improvements to the dashboards. The dashboards are a critical feature, and I love building them for our executives here. They look fine, but they're simple lines of text and blocks. I think they could look a bit prettier.

    Smartsheet has invested time into thinking about how they display information on the dashboards, but they could do better. While I don't think there's anything wrong with their current dashboard visualizations, I would love to see a more modern look. Right now, the interface looks a bit dated.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've used Smartsheet for three years.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I've only had to scale up Smartsheet to about 500 users. I've never been in the thousands, but I haven't had problems. Smartsheet is the most affordable project management tool because you can invite users into your system, and they don't have to have a license. That's one of the most significant benefits. 

    The only people who need licenses in our Smartsheet environment are the ones building sheets, reports, and dashboards. We only need to pay for the managers of the system that I have to pay for, which is highly affordable. Everyone else has shared access. They have a link that gets them into a sheet to see what's happening.

    On the other hand, if you're not saving and refreshing your sheets all the time, people with shared access might be looking at inaccurate data. At the end of the day, it gets the job done. I haven't had issues adding a bunch of people to the sheets.

    How are customer service and support?

    I've never contacted Smartsheet technical support, but I've reached out to my customer service representative and had them walk me through how they set up a sheet to get their opinion. 

    They aren't miracle workers, but they provide a frank answer whenever I have a problem. They'll also take my feedback and put it into their suggestion box. They take requests for features I want that they don't necessarily have. That's more than I can ask for.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Positive

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We were using Asana, but we switched to Smartsheet because it offered more features for the price. The primary reason we switched was the functionality. Smartsheet's price was great, but we like the low-code functionality and automation. It ties our entire project management ecosystem together. 

    No other tool lets me tie it together so that all the data points talk to one another. The sheets talk to the reports, which take to the dashboard. The intake is integrated into our Outlook environment. It's all connected. That was the main reason we switched. It connects in a manageable way, and I don't need a developer to help me navigate the system. It's simple enough that a project manager can figure out how to build these systems to talk to one another. 

    How was the initial setup?

    If you're a PMP-certified project manager with a good background in project management, I think Smartsheet's setup is quite intuitive. Smartsheet took the formula that MS Project and made it more accessible. MS Project is a  nightmare to learn. They made it easier for project managers using MS Project to build a project management environment.

    The setup is straightforward when you know precisely what sheets, reports, and dashboard information you need. It's intuitive to a person with project management training, but you'll probably struggle if you're a marketing coordinator. Those types of people would probably be more comfortable in Asana, ClickUp, or Teamwork, but it was easy for me because I understand project management fundamentals.

    What was our ROI?

    We practically couldn't run our business without it at this point. Sure, we could run the company, but it'd be a lot more cumbersome. I've built so much automation now that kicks out immediate communications in Slack, Microsoft Teams, etc. It would all be manual without that, and it would add a massive administrative burden to the way my people do their work here.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    We pay for a yearly license, and the price is reasonable compared to Smartsheet's competition. It's one of the cheapest solutions compared to Asana, ClickUp, or other project management solutions. 

    Smartsheet only requires licenses for project managers. When we were using Asana, we had to purchase a license for everyone who wanted to access their tasks and use the system. That gets costly fast. It was one of the main reasons we left Asana. As Asana and these other tools scale, they become way more expensive.

    My advice for people thinking about implementing Smartsheet is to go ahead and set up whatever project management environment you want. There isn't a better low-cost option than Smartsheet. For around 25 bucks, you can make your own system. You get three licenses and can start playing around with it.

    The initial up-front investment will be low, and you have a support community that has the answers to nearly any question about the types of sheets and reports you want to build. If you just Google any question and add the word "Smartsheet," you'll probably find an answer.

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate Smartsheet 10 out of 10. There's no other project management tool that's even worth my time. I like its low-code functionality and how it integrates the entire project management environment in an evergreen fashion. Once I set up all the automation, I don't have to touch it again. 

    It saves you all the administrative hassle you usually face when you work in Excel or Google Sheets, so you can focus on doing the work, managing your projects, and looking at the data. It saves you a lot of work that you normally do when you're working on Excel or even some of these other project management tools that don't offer the same features.

    There's tons of information to help you build the environment you want. I recommend going with Smartsheet, engaging with the support community, and using Smartsheet's templates. Smartsheet already has 50 to 100 different templates that you can leverage that are pre-built with automation and alerts to get you started.

    You can figure out what parts of the templates you like or don't and customize your system. They offer so many resources. If you engage with them at the start, you can figure out what you like. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

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    Senior PM / Scrum Master at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Powerful, integrates with a lot of tools, and does a really good job of creating Gantt charts
    Pros and Cons
    • "Smartsheet does a really good job of creating Gantt charts. Export to Excel feature was also very useful."
    • "The fact that you can have different access groups is definitely a pro for Smartsheet. It also has the ability to integrate with a lot of tools."
    • "The downside of Smartsheet is that there are some security concerns. We were able to restrict people from sharing sheets with anyone who was not in our domain, but it could be easier. We also found it hard to restrict certain user groups from adding attachments to sheets."
    • "It already has a really powerful Export to Excel feature, but it can have an Excel add-on. The way to set up single sign-on wasn't too easy in the beginning, and it was hard to get hold of customer service. They should make it easier to set up SSO. Smartsheet's customer service also definitely needs to be improved."

    What is our primary use case?

    I use it to collect the status of various projects. Before we moved to Agile, a lot of us used it for project planning. In the PMO, I created a master list of all the projects in the company and basically just started compiling statistics on them, such as the project managers assigned to each project, what sprint they were in, and things like that. We are using its enterprise version.

    What is most valuable?

    The Gantt chart feature was incredibly useful. Smartsheet does a really good job of creating Gantt charts. Before moving to Agile, a lot of us used it for project planning. We basically used it to create a project plan, and we were able to add Gantt charts just like Microsoft Project.

    Export to Excel feature was also very useful. I used it to export to Excel and gather project status. I also used it to customize forms and collect project status and other information from users. Basically, I used it very much like Excel, except it is way more robust.

    The fact that you can have different access groups is definitely a pro for Smartsheet. It also has the ability to integrate with a lot of tools. You can integrate it with other major tools like Jira and Microsoft Teams, which is incredibly useful.

    What needs improvement?

    The downside of Smartsheet is that there are some security concerns. Security is quite good
    with the enterprise version, but there are some loopholes. It should be easier to restrict the users within the organization from sharing sheets outside of the domain. We were able to restrict people from sharing sheets with anyone who was not in our domain, but it could be easier. We also found it hard to restrict certain user groups from adding attachments to sheets. We have analytical groups in our company who should not be allowed to add attachments because they can attach sensitive information, which is something we don't want. The ability to prevent certain features of Smartsheet for a user group is not there. I couldn't find a way to do that. This is where there is room for improvement.

    It already has a really powerful Export to Excel feature, but it can have an Excel add-on. It can have something just like an Excel integration or something that would make it easier for people who aren't really familiar with Smartsheet but are more familiar with Excel. 

    The sign-in process was actually confusing. The way to set up single sign-on wasn't too easy in the beginning, and it was hard to get hold of customer service. They should make it easier to set up SSO.

    Smartsheet's customer service definitely needs to be improved. They create a ticket, and then it disappears. It is very hard to understand to whom that ticket is assigned.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using it for almost three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is 100% stable. It probably went down only once or twice in the last almost three years.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I don't know about scalability, but it has the ability to integrate with a lot of tools. We have integrated it with Microsoft Teams and Jira. These are the two most powerful integrations that are helping it scale. The fact that you can integrate it with other major tools like Jira and Microsoft Teams is incredibly useful. The Microsoft Teams integration is very useful because if a certain project manager or a scrum master is required to enter a status for their project, they receive an instant message in their Microsoft Teams inbox. This is a really nice feature.

    In terms of the number of users, we have 5,000 people, and only a fraction of those people use it. We have around 2,000 users. The security concern is the reason why a large portion of them aren't allowed to use it.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Smartsheet's customer service definitely needs to be improved. It has been a few months since I've talked to them. They're easy to get ahold of, but it has been the general consensus in our company that they create a ticket, and then it disappears. It is very hard to understand to whom that ticket is assigned. Their customer service definitely needs to improve, but for the most part, it has definitely improved over the past year since I've used it.

    How was the initial setup?

    Its initial setup was extremely straightforward. It is very easy to use in terms of the learning curve.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Its licensing is on a yearly basis. I was responsible for negotiating the price with the Smartsheet team, but I don't remember what the price was. Its standard license probably was around 5,000 to 6,000 a year. The enterprise version is significantly more expensive.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We did not really evaluate other options. We use Microsoft Project, and we tried using Jira for a project management solution. Now that we're fully Agile, we don't really have the need for project plans, but we still use Smartsheet.

    What other advice do I have?

    It is a really robust tool, and it has really improved. They've improved its user interface a lot. Before using this tool, I would advise evaluating the size of your organization and your security needs. If you don't have too many people using Smartsheet, or if you have less than 50 licensed people, it is completely acceptable to go with the standard implementation. It isn't at all bad for a small startup in terms of pricing. Similarly, if there isn't really a huge need for security, you don't need to go with the enterprise version. It is significantly more expensive. Because we're a fairly large organization compared to startups, we went with the enterprise solution, which provides a slew of features. It is more than okay to go with the basic version of it.

    I would rate Smartsheet an eight out of ten. There are some small flaws, but it is definitely a very powerful tool.

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    Ciprian Porutiu - PeerSpot reviewer
    Vice President, Operations & Delivery | Change Management | Digital Transformation at Marsh Limited
    Real User
    Top 20
    Great dashboard, is easy to enter data, and is very reliable
    Pros and Cons
    • "The dashboard feature is the most valuable aspect of the solution."
    • "Maybe the solution could be a little bit more flexible."

    What is our primary use case?

    I'm working around the project management delivery. Most of the use cases center around project management - planning, action items, decisions, issues, or rate logs, plans, and sometimes forms to collect information, however, not as much.

    How has it helped my organization?

    The ability to have users without a license has helped us a lot. Meaning if I'm working on a project with a certain amount of team members, the next time I'm working on another project with other stakeholders, the ability to have them access all the resources based only on my license was pretty cool and made it easy to use, meaning even creating a template, it allows others use it. In my case, there are not as many creators, just users. It was very useful compared to anything else that we had, any other solutions that we had.

    What is most valuable?

    The dashboard feature is the most valuable aspect of the solution. The ability to put a lot of stuff easily into various sheets is something that I'm using particularly often. 

    What needs improvement?

    I'm working around project management. Anything that they can emulate from the more specialized solutions, in terms of Microsoft Project or anything else that could bring the project plans to a closer alignment with Microsoft Project, that'd be great in terms of task dependency and automatic adjustments. 

    Maybe the solution could be a little bit more flexible. It's a very nice and optimal solution, however, it's not 100% in all directions. Some of the more advanced features of Excel could be there. 

    You have certain fields that you conditionally format. On certain occasions, you are not able to override those. You have to go by the formula or eliminate the formula, the conditional formatting thing. That is sometimes in project management - you have to go by the rules, then you have to overrule certain times. It's a little annoying sometimes that you have to remove the conditional formatting in order to impose, for example, the red status, red, amber, or green, according to what you know, not what was calculated. 

    Overall, it's something that we use and then we adapt our ways of working around the tools that we have. Altogether, it's a positive experience.

    I'm not a heavy user. Once I set up the template, it's just like using it there, however, I would be interested in maybe being connected to the labs, their labs in which they've got beta or gamma versions of proposed features being tested, and I would be willing to test them out. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for three or four years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I've never encountered anything that can qualify as a performance issue or instability. It's stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Here's maybe the limitation. Obviously, it's very good for smaller projects. When you try to combine and make it become more of a program or portfolio, then probably it has its limits. I understand there are extensions, however, the extensions are paid and not necessarily used in every single location. Purchasing a module just one or two times, it's probably good for that use case. For other cases, in which it's more scaled use, it's not necessarily from the standpoint of the number of users using it. However, from the features, more advanced features, and collating features from multiple sources, then it becomes a little bit more difficult to manage and/or there are no features to work in that situation.

    The solution is not extremely widely used. I have been hesitant on promoting the solution as I don't want to become the point of contact and/or support for it now. Although I'm a self-learner and I created my templates and I've done everything on my own without necessarily professional services support from Smartsheet, promoting it elsewhere might put me in a situation in which I will be called for solving or implementation somewhere else, and this is not necessarily my calling.

    How are customer service and support?

    I have not directly dealt with technical support. I used their extensive knowledge library, however, I never have actually reached out to technical support.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I was using Microsoft Project as the solution for my project planning activities, however, Microsoft Project had the project plan and the Gantt chart. I was using multiple separate tools, maybe more specialized, however, still in various places, or a few of them in the same place, like the reporting, the project plan, and the rate log in the same place, which made it simpler for the people to access it and for me to use it.

    How was the initial setup?

    In terms of setup, there's nothing to be set up. It's a SaaS. There's nothing to be set up. It's just onboarding in terms of training yourself, or at most, integrating with your SSOs since it's an enterprise solution.

    What other advice do I have?

    I am a user and customer.

    I'm using the cloud version, therefore, I'm on the latest version of the product. It's a SaaS product.

    I'd rate the solution a nine out of ten.

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    Public Cloud
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    Andrea Bracken - PeerSpot reviewer
    KM Manager and Compliance Officer at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Is intuitive with a good interface; constantly improving
    Pros and Cons
    • "The solution has subtasks and a rollup."
    • "They provide a limited number of sheets which is not enough."

    What is our primary use case?

    I use Smartsheet for my own personal task management needs and occasionally I'll share a sheet with somebody in the company when we're working on a particular project together. I tend to use it more for my ongoing long-term projects rather than for day-to-day needs. I'm a customer of Smartsheet and a KM manager and compliance officer.

    What is most valuable?

    I like that the solution has subtasks and a rollup. It has a pretty good interface and it's intuitive. I use it for personal things and I like it even though I have company products that I could use. Smartsheet is worth it for me. They're constantly making improvements and adding things. 

    What needs improvement?

    I'd like to have access to more sheets, and I don't know if this relates to the price I'm paying or that the product needs improvement, but they limit the number of sheets and it's not enough. I think it's around 10 and I've reached capacity. I think it's a little chintzy on what you get for that kind of money and any individual using it would want more than 10 sheets. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using this solution for about five years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    There are no issues with stability. I like that they seem to be constantly improving. I don't really make use of all their improvements, but I know it is improving and that they are adding things all the time. In my situation, through the company, I have access to features that they're adding and I tend to use them through the company solutions. Take web forms, for example, I know Smartsheet has web forms, which is a good thing to have but I use the company product for that. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I'm not sure about scalability and I don't think it's meant to be a business account. I think it's meant for individual use.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I previously used Outlook extensively but when I looked into Smartsheet it worked better than Outlook for my purposes.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was very easy, straightforward and intuitive. At the time I deployed Smartsheet, I hadn't worked with any project management software or task management and setup wasn't a problem. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I have the basic paid license, which is pretty pricey. I think it's $17 a month. For that kind of money, I'd like more sheets. You can upgrade and pay more, whether it's to a higher personal account or a business account, I'm not sure. Because I'm using it independently of the company, I don't want to pay more.

    What other advice do I have?

    I think it's a solution that's definitely worth looking into. I don't know what the cost would be in terms of deploying for a business. And I'm also not sure how it stacks up to other solutions, but I think for unlimited use or even for an enterprise company, it's definitely worth having a look at. I'm not a frequent user but I use it for particular use cases. I don't log on every day, only when I need access to what I've stored there. I tend to store more long-term ongoing-type tasks as opposed to limited projects.

    I rate the solution eight out of 10. 

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    IT Project Management Lead at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
    Real User
    Allows us to quickly build a dashboard for insights and helps in keeping everybody informed, but I would like to be able to do more and have database functionality with it
    Pros and Cons
    • "The ability to build a quick dashboard and give management insight into the progress of the project itself is probably one of the most beneficial pieces."
    • "There are some pain points for me. Other people use it a little differently, but I would like to be able to do a little more with it. I would like database functionality with it wherein if I bring in several Excel spreadsheets of data and load them into Smartsheets, I should be able to make a correlation between an index field and run a report against those two. I can do it, but it's a little clunky. So, I need a little more experience to feel comfortable doing that."

    What is our primary use case?

    We work for an IT corporate here. Any project that is going to have resources expended gets a project manager assigned. We use Smartsheets to track everything from the schedule to the actions.

    It's a cloud solution. We're buying software as a service.

    What is most valuable?

    The ability to build a quick dashboard and give management insight into the progress of the project itself is probably one of the most beneficial pieces.

    One of the nice things about Smartsheets is that we can use it to notify people who have assigned actions. It integrates very easily with email, etc. We can just set it up for certain reminders. The report tools are very easy. I'm pretty impressed with it so far.

    What needs improvement?

    There are some pain points for me. Other people use it a little differently, but I would like to be able to do a little more with it. I would like database functionality with it wherein if I bring in several Excel spreadsheets of data and load them into Smartsheets, I should be able to make a correlation between an index field and run a report against those two. I can do it, but it's a little clunky. So, I need a little more experience to feel comfortable doing that.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using it since I came to this company. It has been about four months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We're buying it as software as a service. It is cloud-based, and we haven't had any outages or trouble trying to get into it.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is scalable. Especially with the way we're buying it, we can just increase the licenses and keep rolling.

    The project managers use it most, but then the leads are also able to update their own tasks within a sheet. Currently, more than 1,000 people have access to it, but there are less than 50 people who are fully licensed to make all the changes, create sheets, etc.

    How was the initial setup?

    I wasn't there when they set it up, so I can't comment on it too much, but we bought the big server solution set that has all the templates and other things. We have the entire project with all the templates and basic sheets and even the dashboard that we need. It works very well when you do that.

    In terms of maintenance, the updates are pushed by the vendor, but we have three people acting as administrators within our environment.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    It is less expensive than Microsoft Project for enterprise or Oracle Primavera by an order of magnitude. If you buy a Microsoft Project license, it's probably $300 or so by itself, whereas Smartsheet is probably less than $50 per head.

    What other advice do I have?

    It is very good for keeping everybody informed. Its interface is a little different from what you're accustomed to if you're a Microsoft Project or Oracle Primavera user, but I wouldn't let that stop you. I would encourage you to take a look at it and see if it'll work for your implementation.

    I'm still early. So, I would rate it a seven out of ten. I'd probably move it to eight once I'm more comfortable with it.

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    Public Cloud
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    Associate Director Of Project Management at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Creates Gantt Charts, has multiple export formats, but the installation could be simplified
    Pros and Cons
    • "For doing project plans what was really valuable is the ability to do a predecessor."
    • "You were forced to create a new tab rather than add another sheet."

    What is our primary use case?

    We used Smartsheet for project plans. It was used for project planning. Basically, the timeline out, the beginning and end of a project, and what that process would be in terms of how many days, and what those phases in the project were.

    What is most valuable?

    For doing project plans what was really valuable is the ability to do a predecessor. You could say "This has to happen before this can happen," then if you change a date, it changes automatically, and you don't have to go back in and change all of those dates.

    I liked that you could save it as an Excel spreadsheet or a PDF. I also liked the fact that you could use a Gantt chart, and you could get different viewpoints on the project plan.

    What needs improvement?

    I don't believe you could add another sheet to it, which is something you can do in an Excel spreadsheet. Such as another tab, you would have to start from scratch.

    You were forced to create a new tab rather than add another sheet.

    In the next release, I would like to see the ability to create additional sheet tabs and keep everything in one place. What you could do, with the way it's set up, which is also nice, is to do one project plan on top and then create another one with different dates and put the predecessor in, and it's all on one sheet. However, you'd have to delete that instead of just deleting the sheet once it's finished.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    My contract had just ended, but they were always fairly up to date on the versions.

    I was using the latest version of Smartsheet at the time.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Smartsheet is a stable solution.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    In terms of scalability, there were some people who could be assigned to make changes to it, but we never collaborated with a large group of people on it.

    I worked with five people who were also using this solution.

    How are customer service and support?

    I have not contacted technical support.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is simple, but if you don't know how to use it, you'll need some training.

    What about the implementation team?

    I completed the installation and deployed this solution.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I would assume there is a licensing fee. I don't think that it is free.

    What other advice do I have?

    I believe it all depends on how you intend to use it. Platforms are used for specific purposes. I would recommend this solution to others who are interested in using it. I think it's a great tool.

    I would rate it a seven because I believe it greatly facilitates the creation of a project plan. And then, if you needed to change dates due to a process being pushed back or content not being delivered on time, it's very easy to do so by changing one line and everything else would change.

    I would rate Smartsheet a seven out of ten.

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    Associate Director at a pharma/biotech company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Program management software that allows you to link interconnected activities and communicate with collaborators on the same platform
    Pros and Cons
    • "The management aspect is the most valuable. You can also prioritize tasks and then view tasks by priorities as passports."
    • "The long-term timelines could be improved, especially the visuals on the projection Gantt chart."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use this solution for portfolio, project, and program management.

    We each have a license on our machines and use the solution online. It's deployed on the cloud.

    We have 50 people using this solution. All of the senior leadership, program leaders, and project managers use this solution. You don't need a license to use it, but you need a license to edit. Everybody has access to it and can see the roles, responsibilities, and comment on it.

    What is most valuable?

    The management aspect is the most valuable. You can also prioritize tasks and then view tasks by priorities as passports. There are also predecessors, and you can link activities that are interconnected and communicate on the same platform with collaborators and team members.

    What needs improvement?

    The long-term timelines could be improved, especially the visuals on the projection Gantt chart. When you have to take the sheet and project it, there's no way to easily convert it into a PowerPoint. You have to use Tableau or something else. If there was a way to quickly capture the long-term timelines from Smartsheet into a visualization software, that would be really useful for board meetings or the more strategic meetings.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for about eight years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability is good.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's scalable.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is good and they provide training.

    How was the initial setup?

    We just purchased it through the company and then it gets installed on our machines. Deployment took a few hours.

    What was our ROI?

    We keep all our timelines and projections on the software, so it's very effective for us.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    There would be more extensive usage if the solution were cheaper. It's really expensive right now, and that's why we provide a few licenses for admins. The rest of them are just users without admin privileges.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution 8 out of 10.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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