Google Sheets vs Microsoft Excel from an long time Excel user
July 30, 2021

Google Sheets vs Microsoft Excel from an long time Excel user

Elizabeth Keller | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Google Sheets

Wonderful for sharing and updating teams on the status of collection accounts and other projects. That it is web-based and easily accessible by all team members is the most useful part.
  • Multiple users
  • Web-based product
  • Multi-column V-lookup is handy. Type formula once, multiple columns returned.
  • Shifting to Sheets after years and years of Excel is like learning to crawl after I've been running for years. Some sort of translator document. Such as if you use XYZ in Excel, the same function can be found here in Sheets
  • Functionality shuts down after 5K or so lines are used. I work in finance. We have hundreds of thousands of transactions we need to analyze.
  • If Big Query is the answer to large amounts of data, it needs to be as easy to use as Sheets is.
  • Wonderful for dashboards.
  • Easy to connect with and update multiple users working remotely on same project.
  • Still need outside program to deal with large amounts of data.
Excel can house large amounts of data so it is easy to work with, analyze, make visualizations, import/export other file types. It does it all, except be easily shared. Sheets is fantastic for sharing instantly, creating team dashboards, organizing tasks. Formulas that are in Excel are now functions within Sheets as well. The largest drawback with Sheets is how functionality slows to a stop and crashes with large data sets. It would also be nice for there to be an Excel to Sheets reference guide for those of us who have been using Excel since the 1990s. Now that there is another viable option for most things, all you can do to help us learn where to find what we have been using would be helpful.

Do you think Google Sheets delivers good value for the price?


Are you happy with Google Sheets's feature set?


Did Google Sheets live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Google Sheets go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy Google Sheets again?


Would recommend it for anything that Excel does *EXCEPT* working with large amounts of data. If you are working with large amounts of data, you will still need to analyze in Excel then share results with Sheets. In my company, we do not all have access to Big Query to accommodate this.