Float

Float

Resource planning for agencies, consultancies and firms.

4.5/5 (791 reviews)

Float Overview

What is Float?

Float is the world's leading resource management software for agencies, consultancies, and firms. Since 2012, Float has been helping the world’s best teams including RGA, VICE, Deloitte, and Buzzfeed schedule and deliver over 5.5million tasks, in more than 150 countries.

With an easy to use, intuitive interface, drag and drop features, and powerful editing tools, Float makes planning your projects and scheduling your team's time visual and simple. Search your schedule for practically anything and track your team's utilization with powerful reporting tools. Forecast your budget spend and plan ahead based on your team's real capacity and resources.

Integrate your schedule with Slack, Google Calendar, and 1,000+ of your favorite apps via Zapier. Access and update your Float schedule from anywhere with apps for iOS and Android.

By providing a single view of your real resource capacity and a shared calendar of who's working on what, Float makes team scheduling across multiple projects faster, easier, and more efficient.

Float Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$5.00/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Only $5 per active user. Guest, archived users and projects are all unlimited!


Float Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America
Supported Languages
English

Screenshots

Float screenshot: One shared schedule, always in sync. At a glance see who's working on what and click anywhere to start assigning tasks in seconds.
Float screenshot: One shared schedule, always in sync. At a glance see who's working on what and click anywhere to start assigning tasks in seconds. Float screenshot: Start assigning tasks in seconds by clicking anywhere on your schedule. Make changes quickly with powerful editing tools and scenario plan by assigning tentative tasks on your schedule. Float screenshot: Add team members and customize their availability based on working hours, scheduled time-off, public holidays and hourly rates. Float screenshot: Add a project budget and forecast your spend based on real capacity. Access powerful reporting tools to track your team utilization and plan ahead with accuracy. Float screenshot: View your schedule by projects or people and visualize your team capacity at a glance. Float screenshot: With apps for iOS & Android, you can update your schedule any time, on the go. Integrate with Slack, Google Calendar, Outlook & 1,000+ apps via Zapier to streamline your workflow.

Float Reviews

Float Reviews

Overall rating
4.5
/
5 791 reviews
Excellent
416

Very good
334

Average
40

Poor
0

Terrible
1

Value for Money
4.3
Features
4.1
Ease of Use
4.5
Customer Support
4.5
95% recommended this app
Aidan D.

Beautifully simple and easy to use

Float is a product I like using, and I wish some of its features and UX elements were in the other software that I use! We use Synergist for job and project management, but Float for scheduling because it UX is so much better than Synergist's scheduler tool.


Stephen C.

Easy to use

I have a team spread around the globe and this really highlights what work and projects are being carried out by the team and provides a good forecast of where resource shortfalls are.


Brian D.

Scheduling application for groups

I needed a place to make calendar entries and schedules visible to PMs and consultants without having to set and manage permissions in other popular email and calendaring applications. Float fits the bill giving my entire team access to their tasks and view others. It allows the PMs to see this information as well. It also provides mobile access through a dedicated appm


Laura P.

Great value. Lots of potential

I've been using CETA scheduling software for the last 4 years in big VFX companies and I must say that Float is not there yet but is actually getting broadly comparable. In the last 4 months that I introduced it into my new team it's proved to be quite useful to keep track of the progression of our projects. During these months I've seen that it has already improved in many areas that I'm excited to see what comes next.
I can see it can become a really powerful software.


Boston H.

Simple Project and Schedule Manager


Aidan D.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Beautifully simple and easy to use

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 26/1/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Float is a product I like using, and I wish some of its features and UX elements were in the other software that I use! We use Synergist for job and project management, but Float for scheduling because it UX is so much better than Synergist's scheduler tool.

Pros

Float's user interface and logic are inspirational. They have made the activity of coordinating multiple resources on multiple projects about as easy as it can be. They have paid a lot of attention to usability, efficient use of screen real estate and simple navigation. However the killer feature is the intuitive yet clever way that searching and data navigation work. All searching and filtering is done using a single search field, which offers indexed word search on pretty much everything including tags. There is also a well-worked out protocol for handling union and intersect searches.

Cons

The only real bugbear is that any user that can enter data into the system can define new values for any field. It isn't possible to centrally control lists such as task names, clients, job descriptions etc. This means that if you have more than one person using the system, very quickly you get different versions of the same thing being defined (e.g. job roles being slightly different) which makes it difficult to analyse across records. Not a dealbreaker, but I do think it should be possible to lock down lists of values. Also it would be good if you could zoom out the view a little more - if you're dealing with more than a dozen resources/projects.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Stephen C.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Easy to use

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 6/2/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I have a team spread around the globe and this really highlights what work and projects are being carried out by the team and provides a good forecast of where resource shortfalls are.

Pros

The software is easy to use and has many features that support resource planning in flexible ways.

Cons

There could be some work on the global settings where we can convert from a local currency (i.e. Euros, Pounds, Aussie dollars) into a default currency to see how projects compare with each other when normalised.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Brian D.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Scheduling application for groups

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 15/11/2019
Review Source: Capterra

I needed a place to make calendar entries and schedules visible to PMs and consultants without having to set and manage permissions in other popular email and calendaring applications. Float fits the bill giving my entire team access to their tasks and view others. It allows the PMs to see this information as well. It also provides mobile access through a dedicated appm

Pros

I like the ability to see and control the schedules of my consultants at a glance. It's simple to use and create new entries for others. I can see where my resources are scheduled and their availability to be scheduled for additional tasks and projects. I like that I can move tasks around easily.

Cons

I don't like that I have to create a new project and task for each entry. Mostly they are the same types of tasks, but one offs can be irksome at times. It's a small inconvenience since the application meets all of my other needs.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Laura P.
Industry: Media Production
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Great value. Lots of potential

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 5/9/2019
Review Source: Capterra

I've been using CETA scheduling software for the last 4 years in big VFX companies and I must say that Float is not there yet but is actually getting broadly comparable. In the last 4 months that I introduced it into my new team it's proved to be quite useful to keep track of the progression of our projects. During these months I've seen that it has already improved in many areas that I'm excited to see what comes next.
I can see it can become a really powerful software.

Pros

There aren't may softwares that let you schedule a team in such an easy and organised way.
I think most softwares nowadays are too complex and make you spend more time organising tasks than actually working on them.
Float is so clear and simple you can actually use it to manage big projects without spending too much time on it.

Cons

It's getting better, but it would be very useful if we could:

- Right click on a pencil and be able to copy it over into a different person.
- Book more than one person on the same project (for example if two workers are on the same project because one of them is doing a training but you don't want to charge twice for that time).
- Lately when I try to schedule more than 1 project in one day on the same person I get a message saying I can't schedule anyone for more than 24 hours) even if I'm not exceeding the 8 normal working hours. It'd be great if that could be fixed.
- It'd be good if milestones were more visible.
- I think reports should be a bit less complicated and more visual.
- It'd be really helpful if you could group projects up in folders when you go to the Projects tab as at the moment we have like... 45 different projects going on and although we color code them it's difficult to organise all of them.
-I'd like to have more than only three types of view when looking at our schedules a part from 'Days, 'Weeks' and 'Months'.
It'd be great if you could 'Archive' users as well as projects. So when a worker it's not working at the company anymore and you don't want to pay for it on Float you can kind of 'Archive' him (so you are not able to book him on anything but still you can see him on the boards so you don't loose what it's been scheduled on him.)

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Boston H.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Simple Project and Schedule Manager

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 8/2/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

My company tried using Asana for about a year and found it too complicated to get everyone on the same page.
Then we went fully manual, by switching to spreadsheets for schedule and project management.

Float finds a nice middle ground of simplicity and interactive UI. It's great that managers can view everything from a project view and makers and creatives can look at just their own schedule. Plus the option to subscribe to an actual calendar format makes it easy to view our schedules on the go from our phones and personal devices.

Cons

I haven't found a way to specify what TIME of day things need to happen. When viewing from a subscribed calendar, every event is an "all day event"

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

User recommendation
8.2/10
Based on 791 user ratings
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Float Pricing

Float Pricing

Starting from
US$5.00/month
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Only $5 per active user. Guest, archived users and projects are all unlimited!

Only $5 per active user. Guest, archived users and projects are all unlimited!

Value for Money
4.3/5
Based on 791 user ratings
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Float Features

Float Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Drag & Drop Interface
Gantt Charts
Multiple Projects
Prioritising
Progress Tracking
Project Management
Project Planning
Project Time Tracking
Project Tracking
Projections
Reporting & Statistics
Task Management
Task Tracking
Third Party Integration
Timesheets
Features
4.1/5
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Additional information for Float

Additional information for Float

Key features of Float

  • Admin and Super Admin rights
  • Drag n drop n duplicate task allocation
  • Free 30 day trial on all accounts
  • Fully hosted, safe and secure
  • Holiday and personal time off tracking
  • Overtime tracking
  • Personal schedules delivered to your team's inbox
  • Plans to suit your team size
  • Project tags to track your project types
  • Reporting on team utlization
  • Schedule your team from one screen
  • Skill tags to track your team capabilities

Benefits

One shared resource schedule, always in sync - Visualize your team’s workload in one place. Drag and drop to assign tasks with ease and edit tasks on the fly with handy shortcuts. Add unassigned roles to plan ahead for future hires, and store tasks while you’re waiting to confirm resources.

Multi-project Planning - With a single view of all your resources, you can plan your team’s time across multiple projects on the go. Set budgets and target milestones to keep your projects on track and reallocate resources before it’s too late!

Team Availability - Manage your team’s availability with set work hours, public holidays, and scheduled time off. At a glance see who’s free, who’s overbooked, and who’s kicking back on vacation.

Forecasting & reports - Powerful reporting features so you can monitor your team’s utilization. Set project budgets by hours of dollars and forecast your capacity to plan accurately plan ahead.

Apps and integrations - Float has apps for iOS and Android and integrates with Slack, Google Calendar, Outlook, and Zapier.

Float FAQs

Float FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Float.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Float offer?

Float offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$5.00/month

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Only $5 per active user. Guest, archived users and projects are all unlimited!

Q. What are the main features of Float?

Float offers the following features:

  • Admin and Super Admin rights
  • Drag n drop n duplicate task allocation
  • Free 30 day trial on all accounts
  • Fully hosted, safe and secure
  • Holiday and personal time off tracking
  • Overtime tracking
  • Personal schedules delivered to your team's inbox
  • Plans to suit your team size
  • Project tags to track your project types
  • Reporting on team utlization
  • Schedule your team from one screen
  • Skill tags to track your team capabilities

Q. Who are the typical users of Float?

Float has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

Q. What languages does Float support?

Float supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Float offer?

Float has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Float support mobile devices?

Float supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Float integrate with?

Float integrates with the following applications:

Basecamp, Bitium, FreeAgent, Google Calendar, LeadMaster, Metric.ai, QuickBooks, Teamwork Projects, VisitorTrack, Xero

Q. What level of support does Float offer?

Float offers the following support options:

FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials