Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ActiveCollab
Score 4.3 out of 10
N/A
Active Collab is a project management solution built around features such as task management, collaboration, time tracking, and invoicing.
$8
per member/per month
Wrike
Score 8.2 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Wrike is a project management and collaboration software. This solution connects tasks, discussions, and emails to the user’s project plan. Wrike is optimized for agile workflows and aims to help resolve data silos, poor visibility into work status, and missed deadlines and project failures.
$9.80
per month per user
Pricing
ActiveCollabWrike
Editions & Modules
ActiveCollab Project Management
$8
per member/per month
Self-Hosted Plan
$999.00
license
Wrike Free
$0
per month per user
Wrike Team
$9.8
per month per user
Wrike Business
$24.8
per month per user
Wrike Enterprise
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per month per user
Pinnacle
Request a quote
per month per user
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ActiveCollabWrike
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup Fee$6.25 per member, per month, annual billingNo setup fee
Additional DetailsEvery premium plan begins with a 14-day trial period.
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
ActiveCollabWrike
Considered Both Products
ActiveCollab
Chose ActiveCollab
ActiveCollab has fewer functions than Wrike and a simpler interface, but generally, the team collaboration purpose is fulfilled.
Chose ActiveCollab
ActiveCollab is 100% better than any of the other tools we have used. We had previously spent thousands of dollars trying out different software that was comparable, but this has been one of the best decisions we have made as a company. It's also the cheapest ongoing option, …
Wrike
Chose Wrike
ActiveCollab - the version from around 2013 was great. My current employer tested a newer version of ActiveCollab but it didn't give us the functions the old AC had. In the end we opted for Wrike.

Teams Planner (Microsoft) - we started to use this 6 months ago to get an overview …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
ActiveCollabWrike
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
3.7
13 Ratings
68% below category average
Wrike
7.8
705 Ratings
4% above category average
Task Management5.612 Ratings8.6699 Ratings
Resource Management1.08 Ratings7.7589 Ratings
Gantt Charts3.07 Ratings7.8490 Ratings
Scheduling1.011 Ratings7.9610 Ratings
Workflow Automation7.01 Ratings7.6593 Ratings
Team Collaboration6.313 Ratings8.6698 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology7.07 Ratings7.8357 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology7.01 Ratings8.1315 Ratings
Document Management3.08 Ratings7.3589 Ratings
Email integration4.09 Ratings7.2533 Ratings
Mobile Access1.310 Ratings7.6505 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking2.09 Ratings8.0315 Ratings
Change request and Case Management1.08 Ratings7.723 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management2.07 Ratings7.8236 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
5.7
8 Ratings
26% below category average
Wrike
7.8
240 Ratings
6% above category average
Quotes/estimates6.97 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Invoicing6.96 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Project & financial reporting1.07 Ratings8.1236 Ratings
Integration with accounting software7.94 Ratings7.7135 Ratings
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User Ratings
ActiveCollabWrike
Likelihood to Recommend
3.1
(13 ratings)
8.4
(739 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.4
(94 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(54 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.2
(17 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(14 ratings)
Support Rating
7.1
(3 ratings)
9.1
(83 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(4 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.6
(10 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(30 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
5.9
(9 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
6.9
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(5 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(10 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
7.5
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
6.6
(6 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
6.3
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
ActiveCollabWrike
Likelihood to Recommend
ActiveCollab
Scenarios where ActiveCollab works well 1) ActiveCollab works well for small teams specifically T&M teams.Its invoicing feature is unique & can make your life easy. 2) It is very easy to use & posses good range of filters like on the task list, we can drag/drop tasks, Filter by assignee's,
tasks lists, due dates, or completed tasks. 3) It has some simple but awesome features like when you're in
the middle of writing something i.e a comment on story and get interrupted,
it retains what you wrote. 4) It allows you to tag team members in threads of comments to grab their attention, its really needed when teams are distributed. Thus helping team members to collaborate easily & stay on same page. 5) It integrates pretty well with other web apps like quickbooks , Slack, Trello, HubSpot, Zapier etc Scenarios where ActiveCollab did not work well 1) Tasks can not have multiple assignee's here so if two members are working on same task it did not allow you to reflect that. 2) Sorting capability is not their under invoicing 3) It did not work well for larger teams 4) Search option is not very detailed & you may end up wasting lot of time searching one particular bug or issue.












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Wrike
My organization used Google Sheets to work with subbies, but we've since switched to Wrike. It is user friendly, has formulas and customizable fields. Wrike has been a lifesaver because instead of sharing Google Sheets with external customers and typically they messing up - deleting formulas, users can simply fill out a request form without logging into Wrike . All details are displayed in a table view, making management much easier.
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Pros
ActiveCollab
  • Great for project and task assignments, project workflow and communications.
  • Solid web-based platform that doesn't require software downloads, also includes great mobile platform.
  • Great reporting tools for managing billing, estimating, project workflow and other essential project details.
  • Allows for both the agency and its clients to interact on a single platform using role-specific permissions.
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Wrike
  • Wrike has been consistent in emailing any updates or changes to each person involved in each task.
  • Wrike has a simple to navigate website, with quick access to each task.
  • Wrike keeps all data files located at the top of the task for quick reference, which makes it easier for each team member to find.
  • Wrike adds date tags as well as any edited or deleted notes where we are able to cross-reference any major changes that may have been made.
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Cons
ActiveCollab
  • It isn't possible to set members of staff as part time, so if someone is unavailable on certain days you must manually enter them as OOO every single day that they are not in, that other teammates work. Hours also can't be edited individually - everyone is treated as working the same hours in a day, rendering capacity planner useless for flexi working teams
  • Subtasks cannot be assigned their own hours and deadlines, meaning the To Do list view can't be seen in actual date order and capacity planner does not reflect all time allocated to an individual's schedule unless every task is set up as a separate task rather than subtask
  • There is no way to see all tasks of a certain type across multiple campaigns (e.g all copywriting tasks vs all technical tasks) - support team suggested exporting data and making spreadsheets
  • Kanban view isn't available for people's own task lists ('board' view here shows a list)
  • Not possible to have one task be assigned to more than one person
  • Notifications are not sent when tasks are updated, so you have to leave comments and tag people each time
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Wrike
  • The email notifications that are automatically sent from Wrike when something is done are easy for users to miss or ignore.
  • Reporting can be limited. You have to create workarounds for collecting/storing the name of the person submitting the form in instances where they do not have their own Wrike license.
  • A more user-friendly interface, especially for those less familiar with project management software, would enhance overall accessibility.
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Likelihood to Renew
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
Wrike
I wish that Wrike had more drag and drop functionality that would be connected to assignee and also I wish that the finish date of a task would update to the date where you checked completed. It does not do that. Also finishing a task doesn't move the start date of the next task it "protects your time in that way", but our management team wants us to quickly see what we have down the pipeline rather than having to scroll down the list of upcoming tasks.
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Usability
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
Wrike
Wrike, overall, is pretty easy to setup and use. I still find challenges in changing milestone dates but our programs / date changes are different than industry standard so that is partly the issue. We love the Excel look along with the dashboards! There are also built in analytics that really assist in seeing where the projects are!
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Reliability and Availability
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
Wrike
Over two years of (almost) daily usage without outages. Don't remember any errors. I give it 9 only because some Wrike plugins (for online document edit) are based on NPAPI architecture. These types of plugins are being phased out in new browsers, and NPAPI plugins are disabled by default in recent versions of Chrome so you have to do some browser adjustments when you switch browsers or move to another computer.
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Performance
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
Wrike
Wrike tasks loads fine, but I hate clicking files and wait for a bit of time since it is powerpoint or word, Wrike assumes I want to open those on Wrike. My suggestion is to link it to office 365 so we do not need Wrike based decoder for PPTX and DOCX
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Support Rating
ActiveCollab
We have not required support for ActiveCollab as it works pretty seamlessly. We didn't have any issues with using the platform or with any billing issues. The self-service aspect of the platform is robust and easy to navigate so we have not encountered any errors that required assistance from the support team.
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Wrike
Support is very quickly and they want to solve problems actively. When I need additional info I can use community forum, when I've an issue I can use support form to get help. The support is of excellent quality from the first level, to grow when you talk to the engineers it becomes even more important
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In-Person Training
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
Wrike
We had staff in person provide some training
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Online Training
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
Wrike
I love the Wrike training options. Wrike Discover has tons of courses, learning plans, certifications, etc. This is an area where Wrike definitely shines! I wish these resources were more in your face for new people, because it seems like a lot of coworkers didn't know all of this training was available to them.
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Implementation Rating
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
Wrike
There are a lot of bells and whistles in Wrike, and not all of it is easy or intuitive to understand once it's plopped in your lap. It's easier when there are a few choice people who understand Wrike as a platform and articulate it in such a way where it makes it easy to pass it along to others in the group
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Alternatives Considered
ActiveCollab
ActiveCollab is easier to use and simpler in its setup. It has the right mix of features and simplicity. It's also project-oriented which is important for our workflow. Other tools are often too task-oriented, making it hard to track projects. Overall, ActiveCollab has a great mix of simplicity with good features.
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Wrike
I have not used other products except Microsoft Teams channels with file sharing and standard sharing from Adobe, text and email messaging, and Zoom/gotomeeting sharing. This is the first product that I have used that had the functionality and platform where the sharing is simplistic. It is better than standard sharing through email or other simple forms because everything stays together.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
Wrike
company purchase
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Scalability
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
Wrike
The sky is the limit for what can be done in Wrike. We started with 1 use case and within 5 months we migrated several key business practices over to Wrike because they were easier to manage. Use cases so far: process improvement, management review, corrective actions, maintenance requests, month-end financial closing, and document management. As we grow, it's easy to imagine putting even more into Wrike where it becomes a cornerstone for how we do business
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Professional Services
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
Wrike
not sure
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Return on Investment
ActiveCollab
  • Allows our team to stay organized and keep conversations on tasks.
  • The To-Do List email every morning helps me mentally prepare and know exactly what I should be doing as soon as I start work.
  • Powerful and useful integrations save lots of time (Google Drive, Slack, Dropbox, Zapier and more!).
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Wrike
  • Adding versions of a document streamlines our editing process, preventing us from reviewing outdated versions of a document. This feature saves time, especially when working with external contributors who may not know Wrike well.
  • Blueprints save time because we do not have to manually enter all the details when scheduling a recurring project.
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ScreenShots

ActiveCollab Screenshots

Screenshot of the dashboard with an overview of projects.Screenshot of multiple task views currently showing a Kanban view of the tasklists and tasks.Screenshot of Overview of all recent activity.Screenshot of Calendar view with task dependencies.Screenshot of Permission settings (owner, member, client, client+).Screenshot of List of available Add-ons.

Wrike Screenshots

Screenshot of Resource ManagementScreenshot of Wrike TemplatesScreenshot of Team WorkloadScreenshot of Wrike ReportsScreenshot of Wrike apps & integrationsScreenshot of Wrike Gantt Chart