Overall Satisfaction with Stride
My company used Stride as an organization-wide communication tool. Besides email, it was the easiest way to get in contact with those in other departments without trekking across the company. It was also helpful for those people who do not necessarily feel comfortable reaching out to colleagues they don't know very well face-to-face as they could talk to them without that social anxiety.
- Directory: an easy way to see who you can contact within the service
- Simple: not overrun with extra, unnecessary features.
- Private group chats. Rooms can be seen by others in the organization. Some matters do not need to be public.
- User Experience/Interface. Not intuitive to use.
- Simple. Missing a lot of features such as emoji, gifs, and connection to other applications that make other programs more fun and useful to use.
- Increase in communication across company.
- Doesn't have integrations like other applications so it is less efficient.
- No extra features to act as distractions.
Stride falls short in almost every regard. While Stride is affordable, Slack and Ryver offer vital integrations that increase efficiency and are more enjoyable for employees to use. The features of Slack and Ryver that add personalization of chat (private vs. public) also add a layer of efficiency and flexibility that are hard to pass up for the simplicity and affordability of Stride.
Stride works well for those looking for just a communication tool. However, there are a lot of similar programs out there that offer more interesting features without being overwhelming. The simplicity works for and against Stride. Smaller groups would find Stride useful, especially if they are not concerned with the public rooms.