Based on our research and feedback from restaurants who have used both platforms, here are the major differences.
7shifts provides all restaurant employees free mobile apps for iOS and Android to help them manage their schedule, requests and shift swaps. On the other hand, the HotSchedules mobile apps for staff cost $3 to download. Meaning, some staff will not (or can not) pay for the app and will not have access to their shifts.
With 7shifts you always know who has made edits or changes to the schedule or approved / denied requests via the account activity log. HotSchedules does not offer this functionality, which means restaurant managers are left in the dark when changes are made.
7shifts provides powerful, free integrations for many of the industry’s leading POS systems including Toast, Touchbistro, Upserve, Square and more. By comparison, HotSchedules charges restaurants hefty fees to integrate their POS of choice.
When you visit the 7shifts website, the price you see is the price you pay – always. We do not force users to sign contracts and you can cancel at any time. HotSchedules does not make their pricing available on their website and is determined by a variable quote from a salesperson.
Feature comparisons were compiled based on publicly available information as of August, 2018.
"We had Hotschedules for over a year and we decided to switch to 7shifts. 1) 7shifts integrates with our POS System Toast so we can finally can see our labor % in relation to sales in real time. 2) 7shifts is very user friendly 3) Plus, it’s also cheaper than our previous platform. No brainer!"
Hengam Stanfield, Schertz, TX
"7shifts not only was easy for our management staff to adjust to after being with Hotschedules for years but they also do not charge our employees for the app. Its a win win, staff and management approved."
Dana Curley, Austin, TX