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What is Productive?

Productive is the all-in-one agency management software for running profitable advertising agencies.

Focus on your creative work and high-level planning – Productive will do the rest. Improve team collaboration with intuitive Task Management and Time Tracking features. Get advanced financial insights with flexible Budget Management and Profitability reports. Build connected workflows from sales to marketing with Productive's Sales Pipeline. Then, finalize your project with seamless Billing.

Who Uses Productive?

Productive is an all-in-one agency management software designed to support agencies and other professional services of all shapes and sizes during their entire project lifecycle.

Where can Productive be deployed?

Cloud-based
On-premise

About the vendor

  • Productive
  • Located in San Francisco, US
  • Founded in 2014

Productive support

  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium and 48 others

Languages

English

Productive pricing

Starting Price:

US$9.00/month
  • Yes, has free trial
  • No free version

Productive does not have a free version but does offer a free trial. Productive paid version starts at US$9.00/month.

Pricing plans get a free trial

About the vendor

  • Productive
  • Located in San Francisco, US
  • Founded in 2014

Productive support

  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium and 48 others

Languages

English

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Features of Productive

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Approval Workflow
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Billable & Non-Billable Hours
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budget Management
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Campaign Management
  • Capacity Management
  • Cash Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Cost Management
  • Cost-to-Completion Tracking
  • Customisable Invoices
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualisation
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Scheduling
  • Expense Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Forecasting
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Goal Setting/Tracking
  • Idea Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Issue Management
  • Kanban Board
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile App
  • Multi-Department/Project
  • Notes Management
  • Online Time Clock
  • Order Management
  • Overtime Calculation
  • Performance Metrics
  • Prioritisation
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real-Time Data
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Updates
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Resource Management
  • Resource Request
  • Resource Scheduling
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Scenario Planning
  • Scheduling
  • Search/Filter
  • Skills Tracking
  • Status Tracking
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sub-Task Management
  • Task Editing
  • Task Management
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Template Management
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Timesheet Management
  • Utilisation Reporting
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Vendor Management
  • Workflow Configuration
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews of Productive

Average score

Overall
4.6
Ease of Use
4.3
Customer Service
4.7
Features
4.4
Value for Money
4.6

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

Find reviews by score

5
69%
4
25%
3
4%
2
2%
Nazirul
Nazirul
Managing Partner in Malaysia
Verified LinkedIn User
Marketing & Advertising, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Core functions are great - would be better with more

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: Best experience hands down comes from the account management team, which deals with our issues swiftly and effectively. Almost every SAAS has 1 or 2 key differentiators, but Productive stands out in terms of their support and dedication to ensuring a positive customer relationship experience

Pros:

Everything is all in one place without the need of multiple softwares

Cons:

Some features that are a no-brainer (eg. tracking non-billable proposal hours) should have been able to be directly tracked from the sales function instead of having to be tracked as internal hours. But these are nitty gritty details which should make way to Productive sometime in the near future

Alternatives Considered: ClickUp

Reasons for Choosing Productive: Complex and not used to its full advantage

Switched From: monday.com

Reasons for Switching to Productive: Clickup was similar to other flexible-tasks allocation management system and does not offer the overall suite of features that Productive does

Dave
Dave
Owner and developper in Canada
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

One of the most practical for profitability tracking

4.0 4 months ago

Comments: It does what I need it to do and for a price that is worth it.
Again, tracking project profitability is my main reason to use it.

Pros:

The main reason I chose Productive was to be able to track the profitability of each project, by assigning a cost by ressource (employee) and tracking billing + expenses on each project. The reporting and customizable dashboard are very appreciated features. I also like the fact that we can email directly to a deal to add entries in the crm. I also like the Notion type documents. Could have more options though

Cons:

- The CRM is a bit basic. Notes and followups could be more intuitive and organized. - The navigation inside the app is not always clear and I found myself often searching for the way to get to where I need. - When adding time outside the dates of a budget, the error preventing me from adding it was annoying. I would have prefferred a warning and be able to choose to add it anyway. - I'd like to be able to quickly create a task from the time tracking entry on the calendar view if I found myself on working on something that was not initially listed. - Managing billing and budget is not user friendly, especially when pre-selling hours.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Design, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source
Source: GetApp

Fatal bugs ruin an otherwise promising product

2.0 3 years ago

Comments: Productive could be a very promising product but there are bugs littered throughout the product especially in critical modules like timesheets and invoicing which makes us very hesitant to switch over to it. Their support team is slow to answer if you are in the US since they are in Europe, and they don't fix bugs quickly.

Pros:

In theory, Productive has the perfect set of tools for the modern agency. Powerful project budget tools including weekly or monthly budgets for retainer clients make it easy to make sure you are utilizing 100% of budgeted time but no more. Reporting tools are in theory very flexible and easy to spit out exactly the right data you want - from team utilization to billing to profitability, task completion - you name it! Productive is also pretty easy to set up and the UI is very clean, modern, and not clunky in the least bit like many competitors.

Cons:

There are SERIOUS bugs that totally defeat the purpose of using this product. All of these I've brought to their attention but they have dragged their heels on fixing. Here are some of the top bugs: #1: When you/your team logs time and goes to create an invoice from it, the date for every single time entry is off by one day as it appears on the invoice, vs. the date you actually logged that time. You can get the accurate dates with time logs from the reporting module and when you compare, you'll see every date on the invoice is incorrect and your customers will start questioning why you logged time on the weekend... #2: When you go to download a custom report made in the report module, e.g. the hours report mentioned in #1, you get a blank PDF. Try CSV format? Also blank file, with only the header row filled in, 0 rows of data. #3: Invoice formatting - if you use Productive with Quickbooks Online, when your invoice syncs over you will end up with some random HTML code as part of the descriptions e.g. <ul><li>Notes about this time entry</li></ul> on each line of the invoice. Have fun manually cleaning these up!

Ian
Founder and Director in UK
Design, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Everything we need in one platform

5.0 4 months ago

Pros:

Productive includes all the features we wanted and nothing we didn't. We used ClickUp for some time, but found it was hard to use and customise to our needs. Productive gives us the tools we need to keep projects on track and assigned to the right people and gives us business metrics that keep us aligned and on-point. It's been a game-changer for us, and we can only see it getting better.

Cons:

Productive is expensive, especially as you add more users. Other products are cheaper, but they aren't tailored to what we need, so they end up costing in other ways.

Clifton
Owner in US
Graphic Design, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Great project/task management product!

5.0 9 months ago

Comments: Implementation was easy with the Design team and easy with clients once they were trained a bit on the product. Overall my team likes Productive way better than previous Project Management tools we've used. The reporting has also been amazing! Seeing how profitable the company is as a whole and each employee. That's a game changer!

Pros:

Project managemement, task management, time tracking, invoicing, there isn't much I don't love about Productive!

Cons:

I wish there was a way to better implement email into the product. Right now email and Productive are separate. Having them tied closer together would help eliminate on additional product.

Alternatives Considered: Todoist, Paymo, Zoho Projects, Pipefy, Front, monday.com, ClickUp, Hive, Asana and ClientFlow

Reasons for Choosing Productive: Made the switch from Accelo, as the email integration caused all kinds of issues and our email got placed on blacklists, so we had to switch our domain name completely for our website and email. We originally used Teamwork, then switched to Accelo because of the email integration. Teamwork was great, but missed some key features at the time we used it.

Switched From: Teamwork.com and Accelo

Reasons for Switching to Productive: Had almost all of the features I needed. Others were missing features.