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Score 8.3 out of 101
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Score 7.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Asana

Overall, despite its drawbacks, Asana works really well for our team. I think this is an appropriate [tool] for a mid-sized digital marketing firm, like ourselves. A software development team is going to want something more robust, like JIRA. However, if you're just shopping for an easy-to-learn tool that will help you manage responsibilities without relying on email? Asana is perfect. Its flexibility also makes it a great fit for most work-flows in almost any industry. Asana is simple out-of-the-box, but it does have robust functionalities that will allow your team to ramp up if desired.
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Mavenlink

Managing our projects and employees' work is handled through Mavenlink. The resource planner is great for giving the company an "at-a-glance" view of who is working on what, who has bandwidth, and who is slammed. Being able to create projects, assign tasks, and collaborate across the organization works really well for us. The main thing that is lacking is file management. When files are added to a project, they go into a repository that does not allow for any structure or hierarchy.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Asana
7.8
Mavenlink
7.3
Task Management
Asana
9.1
Mavenlink
8.5
Resource Management
Asana
7.8
Mavenlink
7.7
Gantt Charts
Asana
6.5
Mavenlink
8.1
Scheduling
Asana
8.5
Mavenlink
6.1
Workflow Automation
Asana
7.5
Mavenlink
8.2
Team Collaboration
Asana
9.0
Mavenlink
7.6
Support for Agile Methodology
Asana
8.5
Mavenlink
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Asana
8.5
Mavenlink
Document Management
Asana
6.8
Mavenlink
6.1
Email integration
Asana
7.4
Mavenlink
7.6
Mobile Access
Asana
7.8
Mavenlink
5.7
Timesheet Tracking
Asana
6.1
Mavenlink
8.6
Change request and Case Management
Asana
8.4
Mavenlink
6.2
Budget and Expense Management
Asana
7.0
Mavenlink
7.1

Professional Services Automation

Asana
6.2
Mavenlink
5.9
Project & financial reporting
Asana
5.5
Mavenlink
7.2
Integration with accounting software
Asana
7.0
Mavenlink
4.0
Quotes/estimates
Asana
Mavenlink
7.3
Invoicing
Asana
Mavenlink
5.2

Pros

  • Project management and workflow
  • Create customized lists of tasks and reminders.
  • Employee activity tracking
  • One-time solution for project tracking
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  • Reporting: Mavenlink has extensive reporting capabilities that fulfill almost all of our needs. We used Analytics for basic, daily reporting, and we use Insights for a "deeper dive". When we need something different from what Insights provides out-of-the-box, we can build custom reports & dashboards.
  • Resource planning: Mavenlink far surpassed all other tools when we looked for their attention to resource planning capabilities. Managers are very happy with the ease of use and flexibility when looking to see their reports' schedules.
  • Customer service: the support we've gotten from all levels of the Mavenlink team is outstanding, whether it's getting questions answered, hearing suggestions for features, providing training, or giving process input.
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Cons

  • The layout of Asana is a little intense and could be cleaned up a bit to provide a cleaner, more focused look.
  • Can't drag and drop all tasks from one subtask to another.
  • Would be nice if one subtask could live in two tasks (similarly that one task can live in multiple projects).
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  • Finer points of building a project plan: Mavenlink has a solid foundation for project plans - creating and assigning tasks/dates/metadata is pretty simple. Unfortunately, the Task Tracker and Gantt views don't have all the same functionality or show the same information, so we have to use some workarounds or work specifically in one view to keep all the timelines accurate. Since our implementation, Mavenlink has released a number of improvements in this area, and I'm told there are more to come.
  • Time tracking: A basic timesheet is available, but some of our staff have qualms with the usability of the timer and the experience of entering their time. Mavenlink was receptive to our feedback, and they're planning on addressing the issues in a future release.
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Likelihood to Renew

Asana10.0
Based on 32 answers
I just can't see us getting it off of Asana any time soon, despite the many headaches it has caused us. We have too much data in there, too much time & training invested into it, too much at stake to move. If we were just starting out today, fresh, I don't know for certain that I would absolutely go the same direction, but I *think* I still would. I just haven't seen anything better yet. Maybe if Podio's support staff hadn't treated me like a worthless nuisance to them, I might feel differently, but the fact is that their task management is simply inferior to Asana's. That can't be denied, and in fact Podio said it themselves: "Tasks are a simple function. They cannot be customized. Tasks in Podio can be used for quick to-do's for you and your team members." In our operation, however, prompt task completion is a big deal; one task can't be completed until another one is done first, and closing the gaps between those tasks is critical in meeting deadlines and servicing our customers. Asana gets us there, the others don't.
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Mavenlink8.8
Based on 4 answers
We are hooked on Mavenlink resource planning and the attention being paid to its integration in the full project lifecycle! We love the Mavenlink team support
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Usability

Asana6.0
Based on 5 answers
This is the best task management App for teams I have used
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Mavenlink7.2
Based on 4 answers
It constantly changes and you have no control over changes.
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Reliability and Availability

Asana8.4
Based on 2 answers
Working with Asana on a daily basis
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Mavenlink9.1
Based on 1 answer
Mavenlink gives advance notice for system upgrades, and they're not during our business day. Mavenlink has always been available when we needed it.
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Mavenlink7.7
Based on 2 answers
There were less than a handful of times where we saw any issues with Mavenlink performance. Pages load quickly. Sometimes a search seems to take more than few seconds, but it's never been a huge deal.
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Support

Asana8.3
Based on 2 answers
They don't fix everything, but they have certainly gone the extra mile for us. When we were frustrated with a recent change that altered our default view of every project, changing it from all projects being visible to just incomplete projects being visible, they wrote a custom script to change all of our default views back for us, so we didn't have to manually click 3,000 times (we have over a thousand projects).
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Mavenlink9.1
Based on 5 answers
The Mavenlink team is very responsive to our feedback and bug reports. We've built a reputation as conscientious reporters, which I think is appreciated.
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In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Mavenlink9.1
Based on 1 answer
We prepared questions in advance, and our trainer was an expert in what Mavenlink was and wasn't able to do. We were able to have multiple people trained at once.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Mavenlink8.2
Based on 1 answer
The training was very well-organized. We were able to send questions in advance so the instructor knew what to cover, and the brought up related topics to maximize the usefulness of what they were teaching us.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Mavenlink5.6
Based on 4 answers
Dedicate as much internal time to the implementation effort as possible, even if you're using a 3rd party or Mavenlink services. Your team knows your processes the best
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Alternatives Considered

Asana lets you view things in tasks. Trello is more geared toward projects with their board layout. I find Asana to have the best user interface of all project management softwares. It may be missing some functionality (like budgeting and time tracking -- which you can add on with integrations), but I feel that I can actually use it. With the other project management tools I get frustrated by trying to figure them out that I don't use them at all
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Mavenlink is much more robust than other project management platforms that we have used in the past. The ability to match each task to a preset time, budget and invoice objective is better than their competitors. It is also worth noting that Mavenlink has the built-in time tracker for employees to use, a nice and convenient feature
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Scalability

Asana8.2
Based on 1 answer
I used this tool on a daily basis at work and it runs as a solid rock
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Mavenlink8.2
Based on 1 answer
It's very easy to add users and contractors into Mavenlink. There's also an option that let's you manage access for teams in multiple locations.
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Return on Investment

  • Asana has helped us be more efficient in tracking projects while simultaneously eliminating the clutter of emails.
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  • Greatly improved productivity by saving time and improving project organization and team collaboration
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Pricing Details

Asana

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
8.33*
1.  per user per month
Asana Editions & Modules
Asana
Additional Pricing Details
Asana is always free for teams of up to 15 people.

Mavenlink

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$199 / hour*
1.  Training starts at $199. Additional client success programs are available.
Mavenlink Editions & Modules
Mavenlink
Edition
Teams
$191
Premier
$492
Professional
$293
1. annually, for up to 5 users. Additional Users: $4/month/user
2. For larger customers, price can go as low as $10.
3. per user, per month
Additional Pricing Details