Based on 10 reviews and ratings
7Shifts is ideal for a broad number of restaurant clients, whether it is a single unit, independent location or multi-unit, multi-jurisdiction group like ours. Pricing is very reasonable, and as mentioned earlier, a lightweight and intuitive platform makes it easy to implement and maintain, and scalable for growth
In my experience, Bookafy has pretty much the same features as the other well-known scheduling apps. In terms of functionality, the two obstacles I experience were setting up a hidden (not shown on the main booking page) meeting for special bonus calls you don't want anyone to have access to. Yes, you can set up a paid meeting and give someone a coupon to access it free but that seems like an extra unnecessary step. The other limitation was how ugly it looks to embed meetings on a website. The scheduler looks fine inside Bookafy, but when embedded, it doesn't flow as well. For everything else, it works well. If you want to sync the scheduler with email marketing systems, most of the integrations work through Zapier so that can be an additional cost. Bookafy focuses on the meeting schedules.
Staff can easily access fellow team members' contact info (phone & email).Staff can easily enter availability or time off.Managers have a log book to share issues or updates from the days’ shift so quick action can be completed easily if needed.Being able to communicate with managers only, with a specific department, or with the entire staff easily is very helpful.
Easy to embed the appointment form to websitesYou can show off professionalism while booking meetingsYou can sync the appointments with Google CalendarEasy to use interface, so you don't waste time trying to figure out things around.
When creating schedules I wish there was a way to remember the last schedule you were on instead of ordering them in alphabetical order.When working on a schedule, again when you revisit it, it alphabetizes the employees instead of keeping them in the order you add them. This is pertinent for our business because we're reservation-based and work off of a rotating schedule where the lowest ones are called off if there are not enough reservations.
It can be difficult with the back and forth of rescheduling meetingsYou have to remember to manually block off time on your calendarThe calendar tab can be confusing at times
No setup fee
30% discount available for annual pricing.
I would say everyone at our store really appreciates the fact that we have 7shifts. We would be lost with out it. It would be hard to find anyone that does not support the software.
For me, 7Shifts has the same amount of functionality, but for a much better price. The app functionality of 7shifts was easier to navigate and allowed me to do more than HotSchedules. I've recommended it to several other local businesses who have implemented it as well and had great luck.
I found that the pro membership is where we needed to sit on Bookafy for the services we required. Bookafy is a far superior platform to the likes of Calendly so would be great for a small start-up with minimal staff. Once you start to get to 5+ staff the cost becomes quite high and there are alternative options.
Positive: Less call outs/ and missed communication due to internal conversations that were never communicated. For example, employees tell manager A they are not coming but Manager A does not tell manage B and C.Positive: Manager log book has helped multiple departments stay in touch and on the pulse of the floor operation. Departments like HR, events, reservations, AP/ AR, etc. are not empowered to be more proactiveLabor and sales are tracked and can be forecasted which has helps us schedule SMARTER
I ended up trying Bookafy thanks to a lifetime deal so the savings on subscription payments is greatIt has saved me countless hours of back and forth trying to setup a meeting with someoneAutomatic time blocking on my calendar and spacing of meetings have saved me from tardiness and not having time to eat.