Why I choose and have stuck with Shortlist, despite a few setbacks
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated April 27, 2020

Why I choose and have stuck with Shortlist, despite a few setbacks

Score 5 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Shortlist

I use Shortlist every day to manage our freelance vendors. We have thousands of vendors across the country in every major city and all states. We use shortlist as our payment system and as our project management system for these vendors. Shortlist allows us to collect bids in the same location that we pay our vendors based on their bid/project amount, and also provide them with the project details all in a single linked system. The ability to have all those very different pieces live under one digital roof is helpful.
  • Managing payments.
  • Managing year-end tax documents.
  • Allowing for minor customization to profiles and platform.
  • Shortlist only allows for minor customizations to their platform. It would be great if each company could create their own view/usage set for the system.
  • The help chat box needs some work for sure. It takes days for someone to respond if they ever respond and often there is nothing they can do to remedy the issue at hand.
  • Payments should be able to be made every day, not just on Fridays.
  • Overall shortlist has helped us because we don't have another way to collect and accept bids, create project information, and conduct payments and contracts with vendors.
  • The negative side is the extremely time consuming nature of navigating through the platform. It takes hours of team members' time to complete simple tasks.
We've never found another platform that does exactly what Shortlist does in terms of payments, taxes, project management, and on-boarding. We use other sites to source our new vendors (like Indeed, craigslist, etc...) but ultimately we direct all those applicants to our onboarding in Shortlist. I wish some of the more "minor" platform issues we've had over the last year were fixed sooner (or fixed at all) but it does the job!
I've found Shortlist support to be at very best, mediocre. They take up to days to respond, if they respond at all. We message them every day with the same issue until they eventually respond. They seem to never be able to fix the issue at hand so much so that we don't feel value in even reaching out to them, other than to just let them know that there's another issue. The support team responds in a friendly manner, but when they're always saying NO to our requests or presented issues, the friendliness doesn't seem to matter.

Do you think Shortlist delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Shortlist's feature set?

No

Did Shortlist live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Shortlist go as expected?

No

Would you buy Shortlist again?

No

We haven't found another system that can do all that Shortlist can do (payments, tax paperwork, profile management, project management, on-boarding, etc...) but it doesn't mean we always love using Shortlist. Shortlist is cumbersome to work in and requires LOTS of redundant clicking. Something as simple as being able to right-click to open on any profile/page/account/link would save hours in a week where as now to get to two side-by-side items on some lists, you have to click back a page, re-load, and scroll down to select the next option. I appreciate that Shortlist manages all the tax paperwork and has created for us a on-boarding system that flows nicely and allows multiple team members to manage their piece of the process.