Cheap, easy to share, lacking features vs Office
February 21, 2018

Cheap, easy to share, lacking features vs Office

Eric Farnham | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with G Suite

We use g suite for email, shared docs and spreadsheets, drive for file storage and sharing. It's an affordable solution versus MS Exchange/Office and is easy to set up which is why it was chosen. As a startup without dedicated IT staff it's critical to have something that can be set up and managed easily. Personally, I find the individual apps each to be less complete than their MS counterparts. G Docs is an ok substitute for some of Word functionality but the browser-based interface makes it difficult to do some activities. I have less satisfaction with Sheets which has some significant drawbacks versus MS Excel. Bottom line is that for sharing and ease of use G-Suite solves a problem but if I need to do real work on a doc or xls then I always download and use Microsoft's much more feature-filled Office products.
  • Sharing
  • Ease of Use
  • Cloud Storage
  • Docs feature gap vs Word
  • Sheets feature gap vs Excel
  • I prefer to use Outlook to manage my mail rather than the browser interface to Gmail
  • Positive: quick start, low cost, easy sharing
  • Neutral: Still have to have MS Office on my machine
  • Negative: email management is a little harder, when an employee leaves you can't just "point" his email at his manager's address, have to change password and manager has to log into it
Cheaper than Office 365, probably easier to manage, seriously lacking in features especially vs. Word/Excel. The organization selected G Suite because it's easier to manage; CEO was able to set up organization himself early on in the company's life. G Suite makes sharing and collaborating easy but not more so than 365.
Great for startups without dedicated IT resources, great for budget minded organizations. Great for distributed organizations that need to share files. Not so great for spreadsheet/document editing. Unfortunately, in order to get my work done I have to keep MS Office on my machine because Sheets/Docs just don't cut it with features and usability.