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Basecamp

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Score 8.3 out of 100

Smartsheet

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Score 8.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Basecamp

Basecamp is a wonderful tool for teams of varying degrees of technical knowledge, teams managing lots of different types of "agifall" and waterfall projects, and teams that are remotely distributed. It's probably less useful for more strictly agile-focused development teams, compared to other more flexible software applications like Jira and Asana.
Andrea Hester | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

For teams and users who are very familiar with Excel and its mode of operation, Smartsheet will feel like a walkover. If you have a number of users who use Excel or Google Sheets for their personal project management then you will find this tool to be very useful and somewhat familiar.
Teams that may be used to other project management suites or styles would find Smartsheet a bit challenging to adapt to, as formulas and formatting can be challenging to adapt to.
Abigail Selebe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Basecamp
7.8
Smartsheet
8.2
Task Management
Basecamp
8.1
Smartsheet
8.7
Resource Management
Basecamp
7.8
Smartsheet
7.8
Gantt Charts
Basecamp
7.5
Smartsheet
8.6
Scheduling
Basecamp
8.1
Smartsheet
8.4
Workflow Automation
Basecamp
7.0
Smartsheet
8.0
Team Collaboration
Basecamp
8.5
Smartsheet
8.7
Support for Agile Methodology
Basecamp
7.5
Smartsheet
7.9
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Basecamp
8.0
Smartsheet
8.2
Document Management
Basecamp
7.9
Smartsheet
7.8
Email integration
Basecamp
7.8
Smartsheet
8.2
Mobile Access
Basecamp
8.4
Smartsheet
8.0
Timesheet Tracking
Basecamp
7.3
Smartsheet
8.4
Change request and Case Management
Basecamp
7.6
Smartsheet
8.0
Budget and Expense Management
Basecamp
7.8
Smartsheet
8.1

Professional Services Automation

Basecamp
7.7
Smartsheet
8.2
Quotes/estimates
Basecamp
8.0
Smartsheet
7.9
Invoicing
Basecamp
7.2
Smartsheet
8.3
Project & financial reporting
Basecamp
7.9
Smartsheet
8.2
Integration with accounting software
Basecamp
7.6
Smartsheet
8.5

Pros

Basecamp

  • Task management - It is very easy to add, organize and discuss tasks within Basecamp's interface.
  • The "Campfire" function is great for communicating when you just have a quick question for someone on the team.
  • Notifications - Basecamp lets you decide how often and about what you'd like to be notified. The ability to respond to messages in Basecamp directly via email saves a lot of time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

  • To manage all the office main things with the help of Smartsheet. I have been using this platform for a very long time in my organization and it is pretty much one of the best available in the marketplace.
  • The main feature that Smartsheet has that it is a cloud-based platform that deals with work management in the workplace.
  • It helps me to assign tasks to other team members, track the deadline of work that I have assigned to different team members and manage calendar events.
Elizabeth Mason | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Basecamp

  • High Learning Curve. It's true that it can be easy to use, but to use well and effectively takes some time to learn. It's recommended to have an agreed-upon system in your team of what tools to use and when.
  • Notification Overload. If people aren't careful they could send a notification to everyone when only a couple people were meant to be prompted. And since emails are sent by default, you could have your mailbox overloaded with unnecessary updates. This is where it takes a bit of training in your team to have an agreed-upon system.
  • Lack of organization with Archived Projects. I will often need to reference an archived project to make a new one, but there is only a list of archived projects in alphabetical order, with no way to organize by archive date, or even search.
Heather Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

  • Smartsheet set up is similar to Excel, yet when you upload an Excel file, things like conditional formatting are lost. Smartsheet has its own conditional formatting, and you have to reinstate the rules. It would be great if those would apply automatically once a file is uploaded
  • Some Smartsheet management and access rules can take some tweaking to work properly. This may be a case of offering more info to admins so they can apply these better and with more efficiency
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Basecamp

Basecamp 10.0
Based on 27 answers
When I bring new people onto a project, it's immediately obvious how to use Basecamp. I don't have to worry about teaching them the features or walking them through it, it's just incredibly user-friendly. For this reason, I'll continue to renew my subscription even as new people are brought onto production jobs or the client changes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

Smartsheet 10.0
Based on 23 answers
It definitely meets our needs as far as organizing and archiving our tasks and files. As we train more staff to view it, I see opportunities for more improvement, which I am sure this program can handle. I look forward to seeing continued improvement from Smartsheet on their capabilities and functionality.
Courtney Barringer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Basecamp

Basecamp 7.8
Based on 15 answers
Basecamp is a little tricky to learn. I've used it for quite a while but I feel like there's still so much I don't know. It took me a while to learn but having used it in college definitely helped me integrate it into my work career.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

Smartsheet 8.6
Based on 13 answers
Smartsheet is very easy to learn. However, while I have been able to pick it easily, Microsoft Excel and Project super users that I have trained on Smartsheet get bogged down in the differences and can find it frustrating. Explaining the differences ahead of time and why Smartsheet is being chosen instead of a different software seems to counteract those reactions
Meghan M. Prentiss | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Basecamp

Basecamp 10.0
Based on 6 answers
I've never experienced downtime while using Basecamp, or been unable to access it when I needed it. That's not to say they've never had downtime, but I've been lucky enough not to encounter any, and I work odd hours, including late nights when maintenance is often undertaken.
Lisa Keyser | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Basecamp

Basecamp 8.4
Based on 29 answers
For the many reasons I've given, Basecamp is a very strong program. There are a few features I can imagine that might make it even better, but I don't have a basis for comparison to be able to say that there is definitely a better one out there. I've noticed that Basecamp has evolved a bit from the time I started using it until now, so that makes me think that the producer of this program values it and believes in continuous improvement. If you could use the features offered by Basecamp, I would think you could use it with confidence.
Anthony Burke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

Smartsheet 8.1
Based on 96 answers
I give this rating because it fills a niche in the market. MS Project scares many away from proper task management but there are limited tools our there, especially cloud-based that are mobile-friendly. Smartsheet fills this market gap, especially for small to medium-sized businesses. IT is not fair to compare it to MS Project, but fairer to see what gaps it fills.
Jesse Bickel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Basecamp

Basecamp 7.7
Based on 4 answers
Decide the process before implementation - i.e. when it's due 8/9 does that mean 8am, noon, 5pm, 11:59pm? Check your to-do list frequentlySet-up templates - just not with the dates (they can be funky)
Jenni Waggoner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

Smartsheet 10.0
Based on 18 answers
It's absolutely paramount to take a few minutes to actually play with the software. It's nearly impossible to do anything wrong or make a mistake which cannot be fixed easily. Under the help menu is Live Training option. After you familiarize yourself with the commands, watch the live training for some in depth understanding of how to make the software fit your needs perfectly.
Stephanie Carpenter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Basecamp

Pretty good, but [Basecamp] has its drawbacks. Honestly I find the interface non-intuitive and sometimes have trouble figuring out how to change the status of a task. Perhaps it has something to do with the way it was originally set up by the admin, but I'm not sure. I liked Jira's drag and drop obvious functionality, but the project management side of the software was lacking. Smartsheet has excellent project management functionality, but the task management isn't as good.
Blake Baron | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

Jira and Redmine are much more robust and technologically advanced project management solutions. I enjoy using either when managing a very large project. However, I prefer to use Smartsheet for my smaller to medium sized projects. As for Google Drive - I would say that Google sheets and Smartsheet are almost identical in my opinion when it comes to functionality. Personally I prefer to manage smaller projects via Google Drive, but it is a personal preference!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Basecamp

  • It has saved me time when having to get the same message out to multiple restaurants
  • It has helped us make smarter operational decisions because we can all collaborate on an answer in a shorter amount of time (instead of calling a meeting!!!)
  • The calendar function allows us to plot out our marketing agenda for the month and add/change it together as needed. The chef will post his recipe, the managers will cost it out, the social media manager will post pictures on it, and ultimately we will get that information out on an info sheet to the staff by printing the page.
Elizabeth Hyman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

  • Monitoring workflow has reduced wastage of time which has helped company a lot of meeting review time
  • ability to have multiple people edit a document saves 100s of hours
  • Monitoring the progress for a planning Engineer like me is useful and saves extra efforts
Hunain Ahmed | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Basecamp

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Basecamp Editions & Modules

Edition
Basecamp PersonalFree1
Basecamp Business$992
  1. Limited Capabilities
  2. Per Month [Unlimited Users]
Additional Pricing Details

Smartsheet

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Smartsheet Editions & Modules

Edition
Individual$141
Business$252
EnterpriseContact Sales
PremierContact Sales
  1. Per Month
  2. Per User / Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Basecamp
8.3
Smartsheet
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Basecamp
10.0
Smartsheet
10.0

Usability

Basecamp
7.8
Smartsheet
8.6

Reliability and Availability

Basecamp
10.0
Smartsheet

Performance

Basecamp
7.3
Smartsheet
10.0

Support Rating

Basecamp
8.4
Smartsheet
8.1

Online Training

Basecamp
5.0
Smartsheet
7.0

Implementation Rating

Basecamp
7.7
Smartsheet
10.0

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