Sling

Sling

Employee scheduling & communication for retail & restaurants

4.5/5 (49 reviews)

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
Europe, United States
Supported Languages
English

Screenshots

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

Sling Reviews

Sling Reviews

Overall rating
4.5
/
5 49 reviews
Excellent
28

Very good
20

Average
0

Poor
1

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4.6
Features
4.4
Ease of Use
4.6
Customer Support
4.6
98% recommended this app
Jamie W.

Great scheduling system for decentralized team

Our schedule and our employees' availabilities are fluid. Sling! is able to keep up without even breaking a sweat.

My employees love the mobile app, which can push reminders about scheduled shifts. I love that my employees show up on time, because Sling! can push reminders about scheduled shifts.

I managed to get by before I discovered Sling!, but I honestly can't remember how. I'm able to spend so much more time doing the work now that I don't have to chase my employees down to get them scheduled to work.


Marlesha K.

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


Verified Reviewer

Sling a must to check it out.

My personal feelings after having to pay such high prices for cable channels on the market we just had to drop them. Someone told us about sling and to try it. We love it. We will stick with sling for a long time. And to enjoy all the channels for cheap prices and affordable. Check it out and try it. Highly recommended Sling.


Verified Reviewer

Great Scheduling app with tons of potential


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.


Jamie W.
Industry: Events Services
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Great scheduling system for decentralized team

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 12/10/2017
Review Source: Capterra

Our schedule and our employees' availabilities are fluid. Sling! is able to keep up without even breaking a sweat.

My employees love the mobile app, which can push reminders about scheduled shifts. I love that my employees show up on time, because Sling! can push reminders about scheduled shifts.

I managed to get by before I discovered Sling!, but I honestly can't remember how. I'm able to spend so much more time doing the work now that I don't have to chase my employees down to get them scheduled to work.

Pros

The mobile app is what makes this package great. My employees love the push notifications when new shifts are posted.

We have a variable schedule and a student workforce. Our MO is to post available shifts when we need people to work. Sling! lets our students apply for as many or as few shifts as they like. We can then approve individuals to put our team for the day together based on the skills of those who have applied and the needs of the tasks at hand.

Cons

There is no view available that visually groups like time blocks into shifts.

Our shifts don't follow a set schedule, but we often need more than one person to work the same time block on a given day. There are now several features to help you save time when scheduling things like this. For example, you can copy shifts to avoid having to enter all of the same details multiple times, and you can select several different positions when creating a shift, but once created, each person shows up as their own event on the schedule.

If I've got a half dozen different people working for each of four different time blocks on a single day, the calendar starts to get a little overwhelming with 24 separate events represented. If there was a way to group like time blocks into shifts with multiple employees assigned, this example would be down to 4 separate events, which is much easier to quickly get your head around.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Marlesha K.

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

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 08/09/2017
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

So many 'Pros'!! --
- supports multiple work sites/locations.
- supports different employee roles/titles.
- supports large (unlimited?) number of employees.
- can 'deactivate' employees & then reinstate them at a later date (no need to delete the employee's entire profile).
- There are even more 'Pros' that we haven't fully explored yet, such as employees communicating with each other through the app to arrange shift swaps, etc. So much potential!!

I work at a college Math Learning Center where we provide additional assistance to students seeking extra math support. Having a scheduling app/software that can manage many employees with atypical/changing/unusual shifts is crucial!! We employ both full-time permanent staff and temporary students tutors and with our temporary staff we have a lot of turnover as students come-and-go. Thus we have changes to the schedule constantly. So for us, a dynamic system is a must.

The Sling support staff is also very responsive and open to suggestions and ideas. Some of my suggestions have been incorporated, such as being able to included a 'break' duration for a shift which then is subtracted from the shift hour total. These changes have made Sling even more useful! I am so thrilled to have found this FREE scheduling web application. We don't have the budget to pay for a scheduling software/app, yet we needed a tool that could handle our very specific and complicated needs. We found it in Sling!!

Cons

- Would like to be able to add more details about each employee, such as customized checkboxes for employee 'expertise'. (There is a 'notes' section for each employee profile, which is nice.)
- Be able to make tags/notes for certain dates, such as 'holiday' or 'extended day' to remind the scheduler of different scheduling needs.
- Have a shift-responsibilities designation option, such as 'Opener' or 'Closer'
- Would like to be able to 'collapse' some of the hours from view and/or designate a viewing window that shows only when our center is open (must be unique by location). Though being able to schedule shifts beyond 'operating hours' is needed (set-up, take-down time) but many hours before and after our operating hours don't need to be displayed.
- Would like there to be a way to designate general staff 'types' (i.e. permanent vs temporary) not just different employee position. A Permanent staff member had additional responsibilities and must be staffed at all times, so being able to look at the shifts of just Permanent staff would be beneficial.
- More customizable options for the print-view.

All these cons, if addressed, would just be icing on the cake. The app, as it is now, is completely functional and covers all the necessities and more!

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Verified Reviewer
Industry: Retail
Company size: Self Employed

Sling a must to check it out.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 18/05/2019
Review Source: Capterra

My personal feelings after having to pay such high prices for cable channels on the market we just had to drop them. Someone told us about sling and to try it. We love it. We will stick with sling for a long time. And to enjoy all the channels for cheap prices and affordable. Check it out and try it. Highly recommended Sling.

Pros

Sling is a great program. We have been with sling for 3 years now. We love sling. It better than spectrum for cable. Sling is way cheaper than any cable on market unless you go annetena. In order to use sling we had to buy roku to get sling for our tv. Sling programs offers very good rates for cable channels and more. Sling also offers dvr for any channel they have. My favorite channel is hallmark. Sling offers 3 hallmark channels that i never knew was on market. So being on a budget this was good buy and reasonable. Just to enjoy sling. I highly recommend it to anyone that is on a budget.

Cons

I don't have any complaints or downfall with sling. I am very happy and pleased with sling. I don't know what i do without sling program. It great program and you can't go wrong with sling.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Hospitality

Great Scheduling app with tons of potential

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 25/04/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Very easy to use, lots of view options and adjustments, fairly clean interface, amazing features for free.

Amazing that you can drag and drop, use keyboard shortcuts to copy shifts. UI is fairly full featured!

Mobile apps are great, notifications are amazing.

Cons

We have multiple managers using Sling, and one annoyance is that we can't see each other's unpublished shifts. We end up using each other's accounts to see and adjust shifts.

The messaging app seems like it would work really well, but we already use another way to communicate (Slack, FB messenger, WhatsApp are all viable and free). Same goes with Tasks and Newsfeed. I would've preferred the Clock in/out as an included feature over Tasks, Messages, and Newsfeed. Beggers can't be choosers though!

I tried to contact Sling for interfaces, but got no response. Would like to know some of the interfaces they've already developed to be in the Premium prices.

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John T.
Industry: Security & Investigations
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Best scheduling app out there

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 28/08/2019
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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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8.8/10
Based on 49 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
4.6/5
Based on 49 user ratings
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Sling Features

Sling Features

API
Automatic Notifications
Custom Fields
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Audit Trail
Auditing
Compliance Management
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Document Storage
Inventory Management
Inventory Tracking
Invoice Management
Monitoring
Real Time Data
Real Time Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4.4/5
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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:

Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

Q. What languages does Sling support?

Sling supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Sling offer?

Sling has the following pricing plans:

Free, Subscription

Q. Does Sling support mobile devices?

Sling supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Sling integrate with?

We do not have any information about what integrations Sling has

Q. What level of support does Sling offer?

Sling offers the following support options:

FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials