Teams looking for a powerful project management tool often turn to monday work management or ClickUp. The two project management platforms are similar, yet the tools have different features.

monday work management is a highly customizable project management tool that helps users manage teams through a simple, intuitive layout without as many bells and whistles as some platforms, while also helping them with typical workflow tracking and keeping up with their processes.

ClickUp is a versatile all-in-one cloud-based project management tool that enables teams of all structures and sizes to manage projects of varying levels of complexity through features such as time tracking, task management and agile management among others.

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monday.com vs. ClickUp: Comparison table

Featuresmonday.comClickUp
Agile project managementNoYes
Time trackingYesYes
TemplatesYesYes
Integrations200+1,000+
Multiple viewsYesYes
Starting price$9/user/month$7/user/month

monday.com and ClickUp: Pricing

monday.com pricing plans

monday.com offers a tiered pricing model that caters to a variety of needs, from individual freelancers to large enterprises. The pricing plans include:

  • Free: This is ideal for individuals or very small teams and includes up to three boards, unlimited docs, 200+ templates and two team members.
  • Basic: Priced at $9 per seat per month billed annually and $12 when billed monthly, this plan offers unlimited free viewers, unlimited items and 5GB of file storage.
  • Standard: At $12 per seat per month billed annually and $14 when billed monthly, this plan includes timeline, Gantt and calendar views and 250 integration actions per month.
  • Pro: Costs $19 per seat per month billed annually and $24 when billed monthly and includes private boards, time tracking and 25,000 actions per month for integrations.
  • Enterprise: Includes enterprise-grade governance and security, advanced reporting and a dashboard that can combine up to 50 boards, but pricing isn’t publicly listed, meaning that prospective users will have to contact monday for a quote.

As much as the pricing structure of monday.com is quite thorough, the pricing can quickly escalate as you add more team members and need more advanced features. Its free tier’s features can be quite limited too, even for small teams. Also note that, unlike ClickUp, monday’s free plan limits the number of members to only two.

For more on monday.com, check out our full monday.com review.

ClickUp pricing plans

ClickUp also offers a variety of pricing plans designed to suit different team sizes and needs. They are:

  • Free Forever: This plan is great for personal use, with 100MB storage, unlimited tasks and unlimited members.
  • Unlimited: Priced at $7 per member per month billed annually and $10 when billed monthly, this plan offers unlimited storage, unlimited integrations and native time tracking, among other features.
  • Business: At $12 per member per month billed annually and $19 when billed monthly, this plan includes advanced automations, advanced time tracking and workload management.
  • Enterprise: Its pricing isn’t publicly listed, but it includes enterprise API, advanced permissions and unlimited custom roles.
  • ClickUp AI: An add-on to any premium plan for $5 monthly per member.

Comparing the two tools, ClickUp is the more budget-friendly option. However, compared to monday’s 500MB storage, the Free Forever plan is quite limited with its 100MB storage. Note that with both tools, some useful features such as native time-tracking are only available in premium tiers. Speaking of time-tracking, note that in ClickUp it’s available with the cheapest premium package while it’s available in monday’s Pro tier, which is the most expensive of the tiers where pricing is listed.

For more in-depth lists of features and analysis, read our full ClickUp review.

monday.com and ClickUp: Feature comparison

Agile project management

While monday.com is an extensive project management tool, it doesn’t explicitly offer Agile project management features. This will likely be a drawback for software development teams or organizations that strictly follow Agile methodologies.

Figure A

Setting up card filters to track agile metrics in ClickUp.
Setting up card filters to track agile metrics in ClickUp

On the other hand, ClickUp covers Agile project management with features like Scrum and Kanban boards, sprint dashboards (Figure A) and Agile reporting. Among the two software tools, it’s a better fit for agile teams such as software development teams.

Time tracking

Time tracking (Figure B) is available in monday.com, allowing team members to log their hours directly within tasks. This comes in handy when you want to bill clients or simply keep track of how much time is spent on specific projects. But, as mentioned previously, you need monday Pro to access this feature.

Figure B

Tracking project time in monday.
Tracking project time in monday

ClickUp also offers native time-tracking features, including the ability to track time from any device, whether desktop, mobile or web. You can also integrate your favorite time-tracking apps to sync time tracking. This is particularly attractive to users who already use other time management software. ClickUp’s time-tracking features are available in all paid plans, with the Business plan offering more advanced time tracking than the Unlimited plan.

Templates

monday work management features many templates (Figure C) across a wide range of industries and use cases to set up and complete a project on time.

Figure C

A project portfolio template in monday.
A project portfolio template in monday

ClickUp offers over 1,000 templates spread across a similar range of use cases as monday. This access to ready-to-go templates saves project managers time as they set up the boards for each project and line item. ClickUp takes that a step further by allowing users to develop and upload custom templates.

Integrations

monday.com offers integrations (Figure D) with more than 200 tools, including popular collaboration tools such as Slack, Google Drive and Microsoft Teams. This makes work convenient by bringing work into one centralized platform.

Figure D

Integrations in monday.
Integrations in monday

ClickUp also offers lots of integration options, with over 1,000 tools. ClickUp also ships features and integrations weekly to ensure the app catalog and functionality are constantly expanding.

Multiple views

monday.com offers multiple board views for your tasks and projects, including table, calendar, Gantt, Kanban, chart, form, blank, files gallery and chart views. This gives users the flexibility they need for visualizing their work.

Similarly, ClickUp offers multiple views (Figure E) spanning Gantt, timeline, team, table, mind map, workload, activity, map and more. You can save and share these custom views with your team. Both tools help their users execute their visualization preferences.

Figure E

View options in ClickUp.
View options in ClickUp

monday.com pros and cons

Pros

  • Easy-to-use interface.
  • Ability to easily and flexibly centralize work.
  • Collaboration features such as real-time messaging.

Cons

  • Some crucial features are only found in the Pro pricing tier.
  • More expensive than ClickUp.
  • Limited users in its free plan.

ClickUp pros and cons

Pros

  • Competitive pricing plans.
  • Great customer support.
  • Incredibly versatile project management tool.

Cons

  • Complexity may stem from its vast array of features.
  • Limited free plan, particularly with its 100MB storage.
  • Notifications can be overwhelming.

Methodology

After noting the features they list on their websites, we tested these two project management tools to understand how they approach the features they listed and to form our insights. We then compared our findings to those of verified reviewers to see parallels and nuances between our experiences across the features, user experience and pricing.

Should your organization use monday.com or ClickUp?

Your needs and layout preferences will determine which platform you should choose. Should you need agile features for your team, alongside a high degree of customization and flexibility, ClickUp becomes the obvious choice. However, if your team needs advanced project management features and is willing to spend what’s required to access those features, monday is a strong contender.

Ultimately, the best approach is to take some time to either sign up for the free accounts of both tools or their free trials to get full access to their capabilities.

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