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Abacus

10 Ratings

Harvest

Top Rated
68 Ratings

Abacus

10 Ratings
Score 6.6 out of 101

Harvest

Top Rated
68 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Abacus

Abacus has been great for our small startup of 37 employees, it has grown with our team since we were very small. Since we have not experienced it as a bigger company, I am not sure what the scalability would be like. If you're looking for a site with a cleaner look that is easy to use, Abacus is it. I haven't had to reach out to customer service yet because I haven't had any issues. If that isn't proof positive of how easy it is to use, I don't know what is!
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Harvest

Harvest is great for tracking time across numerous employees that work on numerous projects, and need to be kept track of what piece each of the employees does separately from each other. It would be overkill if just one employee works on a project, or there's not very many projects or tasks that are worked on.
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Pros

  • It is very easy for employees to upload their expense receipts to abacus.
  • Abacus has an easy UI.
  • We haven't had any issues with their customer service team not responding when asked.
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  • Ease of use - Especially once a project in Harvest is setup, it's easy to duplicate the project from month to month
  • Multiple ways to track time - Our team uses Harvest in different ways, and it's easy to use for everyone's style. Some people run their timer constantly and switch when they change tasks, and some add all of their time at the end of the day.
  • Graphs - A simple color-coded line graph shows for each client and project so with a quick look at the screen we can tell which clients are under and over budget.
  • Reminders - The system reminds users if they've left a timer running overnight or all weekend, both with an email and a message within the system.
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Cons

  • When you upload a receipt to abacus it would be great to port in the information from the receipt to the text fields.
  • It would be good to have a more automated way for Abacus to integrate in with other payroll systems.
  • It would be nice to have more levels of permissions, e.g. manager level, administer level and employee level.
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  • Price is somewhat high as compared to alternatives
  • Reporting could be a little better, but really it's not bad
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They got back to me quickly, although couldn't resolve my problem due to my subscription level.
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Alternatives Considered

I used expensify in my last role, however it was at a bigger company so I was not involved in the process besides being a user. Abacus seems easier to use from a user perspective. It would be great to have a better integration with our payroll system, but it seems like with all softwares, you can't have it all
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I looked at many different products at the time, but I liked the way the timesheet and job list worked best on Harvest, the others were trying to be too cool, or too complex.
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Return on Investment

  • It does seem like they are still working out some kinks in the web and mobile apps – a few times the app has crashed. But they're also very fast to push updates.
  • The benefits are simple. No one likes taking time out of their day to do expense reporting. Abacus speeds that process up considerably. The interface is clean, and I'm able to see what expenses are pending vs. expenses that are already cleared.
  • The benefit from a user standpoint is that it adds an element of organization to a process that is typically disorganized. It has saved us numerous hours.
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  • Timely submission of accurate timesheets and projects
  • Timely and effective invoice creation
  • We do bi-monthly billing and payments with a large group of contractors and it has made the creation and turnaround of timesheets, project reports, invoices and reminders easy.
  • Mobile apps are excellent making for easy time entries.
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Pricing Details

Abacus

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Abacus Editions & Modules
Abacus
Edition
Abacus
$51
1. Per User per Month
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Harvest

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Harvest Editions & Modules
Harvest
Additional Pricing Details