Foundation Software is the developer of FOUNDATION for Windows, a construction job cost accounting, project management, and scheduling system. It is a fully integrated system that uses the powerful Microsoft SQL Server database. Contractors use FOUNDATION for its job costing, payroll, accounting, and construction reporting capabilities.
FOUNDATION for Windows is a comprehensive accounting system with job costing, payroll, general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and purchase order modules. Construction reporting is a strength of FOUNDATION, with hundreds of instant reporting options available. Examples include the US Department of Labor Certified Payroll in addition to special state and agency formats; AIA Billing/Progress Billing; Job Overhead Allocation; Estimated vs. Actual; Production; Bonding, Over/Under Billing, WIP; EEO Minority compliance and many others.
FOUNDATION also offers add-on modules, including project management, scheduling, service dispatch, document imaging and routing, equipment, inventory, fixed assets, time and material billing, unit price billing and an award-winning Executive Dashboard for performance monitoring with detailed drill-down.
FOUNDATION is used by commercial, governmental and industrial contractors of all trades and sizes. Examples include both general contractors and specialty trade contractors such as electrical, mechanical, heavy/highway, roofing, plumbing, paving, and many others. The system is also popular with general contractors who self-perform a component of their work. FOUNDATION is used by contractors with as few as 10 employees and $1 million in annual revenue to as many as 1,000 employees and up to $500 million in revenue.
In business since 1985, Foundation Software is available nationally with over 3,000 construction clients and has received several awards over the years for excellence in product development and corporate growth.
Megan from M Bar C Construction
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users
It's very easy to grasp. We learn more in reading the help section then some training.
The payroll/employee module is a big deal for us, and it doesn't allow you to easily move from one record to the next, you have to manually type it in. Payroll timecards are not easy to view by batch. It's easy to create multiple timecards without realizing it.
We have had a few errors that cannot be explained.
They call right away, and keep calling until they reach you. They're always very understanding.
Month to month pricing allows you to test the software, without spending a lot. The payroll corrections and options for information are great.
I dislike the inability to have "sub jobs" (cannot print CPR by phase/site). I cannot track labor to change orders.
It requires a discussion with the software developers. The salesmen know the product and it's capabilities, but the software developers know its restrictions.
Lisa from Renegade Sports Surfacing, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users
It's difficult to find items and batch numbers don't run concurrently. The payment for an invoice has one transaction number, but the invoice has another, so you can't look up any transaction by the number.
If we could get the system set up correctly, the reports would be amazing.
It's poorly designed. Three to five steps to account for something is ridiculous.
Although they try, they failed. Not everyone has the knowledge to help with our complaints.
There isn't much! Trial balances weren't separated out into enough accounts. We lost two months of records and have no way to account for them. Our controller can't get the answers we need from customer service. It had to escalate to a manager who then didn't have time to completely answer all of the Controllers questions.
We got five different answers to the same question from Customer Service. We had customer service actually purge information, but didn't know how to get the information back into the system correctly. The trainer didn't complete the training on certain modules. We didn't finish the training on how to record payment for an AIA contract, because we ran out of time with the trainer. We were not given an opportunity to "buy" more time with trainer.
Have a CPA or a CFO do the installation/transition with the trainer.
Rey from CSI 3000
Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users
The interface is friendly, but implementation is difficult.
The software offers a full service system for the type of work we perform.
The user interface is very easy to comprehend, but implementation of the program is a bit difficult.
Customer support was very knowledgeable regarding our system implementation.
The ability to combine project management and accounting departments into a seamless operation.
Implementation is a bit tough. While we began to transition to this product, it became very difficult to do in our busy season.
Be ready for a full office implementation. Develop a systematic plan with project management staff, accounting personnel, and field staff.
Roy from Qualified Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users
There are several ways to get to the information you need. From virtually any screen, the info is at your fingertips. The executive dashboard makes navigating this software a cinch.
Every question we have asked or issue we have run into has been handled immediately.
Ease of use is fantastic. Navigation is super easy.
The multiweek user training has been ideal for us. We can take what we learn during our session and apply it in real time. Very helpful in learning the system and integrating our company info leading up to the go live date.
This product matches our business model and accounting practices perfectly. The interface is very easy to learn and use. We are extremely happy with Foundation Software.
We haven't found anything we don't like about this product.
Don't hesitate to give this one a try. The online tutorial and free demo really helped us arrive at our final decision to go with Foundation.
Sharon from Common Links Construction
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users
Not nearly as easy as QuickBooks. Data isn't easily accessed or errors corrected. Would like to see more drill down features instead of having to run a report. We were expecting a more Windows-looking app.
We feel confident the data is correct, and we can trust the reports.
The tax forms are poorly supported. 941 forms had to be downloaded from the Internet. Doesn't everyone have to do those? Wondering what year end will be like.
Response time could be improved, and their knowledge could be better, but at least they are in good old USA, and you can understand them.
We needed a starting point to find new software. We were directed to several vendors.
The transition was not what we were expecting. But then, I guess we didn't ask the right questions.
I suggest you give them your data and have them show you how it will be transferred to their software and what the finished product will look like. Support and Training can't be understated. It's what matters most.
Steve from Adams-Bickel Associates, LLC
Date: August 2013
In early 2013 we made the decision to transition our company from the traditional server-based construction accounting software that we had used for over 20 years, to a cloud-based system. We were looking for a solid, reliable software solution that would run on the cloud without sacrificing accuracy, functionality, or speed of entry.
After looking at demos of several different products we decided to implement Foundation for several key reasons. First, their reliability - after checking with existing users and some CPA firms that were familiar with the Foundation system, we were confident that we were choosing a product that we could depend on to consistently deliver what we require from an accounting system. Their scalability - we are currently a fairly small company, so the ability to easily add users as we grow was key to our decision. They have great features - of the products that we reviewed, Foundation had the richest set of features that we wanted in a construction software package. Although we were looking for an accounting solution, we were excited to see the range of capabilities in the project management and scheduling modules that Foundation offers. Their affordability - the initial implementation was very affordable, and the scalability of the product allows us to tailor the cost of the product to our budget as our business grows. They have a great reputation - Foundation has an excellent reputation for quality and service in the construction community, which is demonstrated with every interaction that we have had with their staff.
We have only been using the system for about 2 months now, and have been able to manage our business operations without any issues. I attribute this to the excellent (and friendly, and patient) training that we received, as well as the quality of the product itself.
I have had no reservations about our choice - Foundation is perfect for our organization!
Marilyn from J. P. Rainey & Company, Inc.
Date: July 2013
J. P. Rainey Company is an electrical contractor in Philadelphia. We wanted a software unique to electrical contractors, so we looked into Foundation. Before that we were doing the books by hand, so you can imagine how long we have been with the company. When we started with Foundation, it was a DOS program and then as time went along it went to the Windows format. We have been a long ways together. They continued to update the system to make it more user friendly and give you the most up to date technology. We couldn't be more pleased.
Diana from P & S Paving, Inc.
Date: July 2013
We are a Heavy Highway Construction Company that went from an annual sales of $20M (using Quickbooks) to $80M within a few years with the help of FOUNDATION Software.
We would not have been able to handle the increased workload had it not been for the implementation of this software.
The transition was almost flawless with the training and support from the FOUNDATION Staff. Within a week after implementation we were up and running and since that time have been able to train new staff with ease.
They continue to upgrade the software as the needs of their customers change.
Anytime we have a question or an issue we generally receive assistance from Foundation within the hour. I have never worked with a company with such a quick response time and they have always been able to resolve our problems.
I would highly recommend FOUNDATION to any company in the construction industry.
Shelli from P.J. Albert, Inc.
Date: May 2013
My family owns a complete Road Construction business. We have been in business for over 32 years and have tried many accounting programs. They all were lacking something. Most were just not construction specific or were more geared towards buildings and had very few vague options for Road Work. The other down side was the cost increased every year for support and maintenance, and the programs were just not user friendly!
We read an article about Foundation Software in a construction magazine, which in part listed Foundation Software as America’s #1 construction accounting software. We decided to look into it and get a demo cd. We could tell right away this program made sense. It was like the staff at Foundation was running a Road Construction business and knew exactly where everything needed to flow and offered all the options we had been longing for. A few months later, we purchased Foundation Software for windows and could not be happier!!!!
The implementation went very smoothly and only took a couple of months. The training was very easy and the support staff is extremely knowledgeable.
With Foundation, we have saved time and money. We used to have 4 people in the office inputting different information into our accounting program. We were able to cut down to 2, comfortably. The modules are integrated perfectly and therefore double entry of items is no longer necessary. Foundation Software is extremely user friendly and is setup to fit your specific needs – customized for the way you run your business!
Just a few of our favorite things about Foundation Accounting Software - the Date Genie easily creates and customizes just about any report to fit your needs, cutting back almost entirely on manual spreadsheets. You can add notes to a vendor’s record, a job, or a customer, and then view that note in reports. There are no updates or software versions to pay for – just continuous enhancing of the program and the annual fee stays at 18% of the purchase price. The reports offer a wide range of filtering and sorting options – allowing for very specific reporting. Certified payroll reports cover all required forms with a wide variety of options– no need for a manual weekly hours and minority spreadsheet. Import bid’s from estimating software to create estimates and AIA forms– no need to manually type them. Also, we have found answers to most questions/issues by clicking on the help button whereas with previous programs we had to wait to receive a call back. Sometimes it took a day or more! Finally, you can set up each module to prevent errors like double entry, paying a vendor who has an outdated certificate of insurance, posting to a closed gl period, and much much more!
Marilyn from Trans Continental Installation Company
Date: May 2013
Our company is an installation company prividing intense labor for a warehouse type of environment, working nationwide. We started using the Foundation DOS system in 1999. We were very happy with the DOS system, however, keeping up with the times, we decided to update and go with the Foundation windows system. As always with something new, you can be a little reluctant, but after a week of going live we were extremely happy with the results.
The windows system is pretty straight forward, I found it very easy to make the transition. We have been using the Foundation window system for just over one year. We are currently on version 12.13. We took the time to go into the all the different modules and find out how they worked. When a mistake is made it is very easy to correct for payables, receivables, and payroll.
The customer support is excellent. Most of the time we receive a call back the same day from support, or early the next morning. It is extremely easy to log a call for support while you are actually working in Foundation. The instructors are very knowledgeable and quick to let you in on a the short cuts. Last fall, our server crashed and the Foundation support team came to our rescue until a new server was up and running.
At first we did have one small prolem when looking for a specific report for our job costing needs. That was easily remedied by support, and we have every thing we need to follow our job progress from inception to completion now. Foundation made my work life run like a well oiled machine!
Marian from JD Candler Roofing Company
Date: February 2013
JD Candler Roofing used Q360 for less that one year and BCC Acccounting software for almost 20 years. The implementation of Foundation was very simple, we were extremely satisfied with the trainer we had on site. We were up and running in 2 days. It is very easy to use and we have always received the help needed.
Gretchen from Finishing Edge Curb & Sidewalk, LLC
Date: December 2012
We started using Foundation Software in 2004. We had been using MAS-90, which is more of a manufacturing industry type software. We are a concrete subcontractor and the Job Cost Module is very important for our company.
We also love the fact that you can have multiple databases. We operate in three different states and this feature really helps keep the different operations running separately. Foundation Software continues to listen to the customer and keeps making changes/upgrades that benfit the user. We are continually finding ways to save time and become more efficient in our every day accounting duties. It is also really nice to be able to control with a couple of clicks, which users can access/modify certain data within different modules.
Since we are located in Washington state, we do utilize the customer support line from time to time. We have always found that the technicians go above and beyond to help with our specific problem. They have the ability to log into your actual session, so they can actually understand and visually see what you are trying to explain. I have always given Foundation Software permission to use our company as a reference. We have had only good feedback to deliver. Foundation Software is definitely a good investment if you are a construction company looking to utilize job cost, in house payroll, A/R, & A/P.
Jen from SPE, Inc.
Date: December 2012
We are a small construction business specializing in structural steel installation. We have been extremely happy with Foundation Software. We upgraded our old system to the Foundation Software for Windows. The system if very user friendly, and can be used by a beginner or there are much more advanced functions that can be used by your avid user. It took no time at all for our staff to adjust to the use of Foundation Software, we could not believe we did not make the switch sooner. One of the neat things about Foundation Software is the customer support. No question is too big or small, in fact if there is something you'd like added to the system the support team will look into your request to see if they can make it work in the system. Switching our accounting software to Foundation was one of the best business decisions we have made.
Mandi from IET Corporation
Date: December 2012
We are a low voltage electrical/telecommunications company that started in June 2006. In 2009 our company was beginning to outgrow the capacity of Quickbooks. We needed something that would give us a more in depth look at job costing as well as track our expenses and all other apsects of doing business. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into and how far we could take Foundation.
We implemented Foundation on January 1, 2010 and are still learning functions everyday that contiue to help us grow! We have grown to a multi-million dollar a year company and we truly believe that we wouldn't have come this far without Foundation. With the detailed job costing we are able to see exactly to the penny where every job comes in at as well as calculate our rates for estimating purposes. We run our accounts payable, accounts receiveable, and payroll all through Foundation. The ease of doing AIA billing as well as certified payroll with a click of a button was one of the major reasons we first looked at Foundation. Today, we couldn't survive without Foundation. We have three administrators that work in Foundation daily to enter all of the information and we have 6 project managers that view reports daily. To this day, my husband, Owner and President no longer has to rely on the information for the jobs, costs, accounts payable accounts receiveable and many other things being kept in his head or many notebooks because he can rely on the detailed information that he can see in Foundation.
We purchase the webinars every year along with the support and updates because we want to continue to grow with Foundation and we want to make sure that we are learning everything that we can.
Switching from one accounting system to another is a big project, but this one was well worth it. We love working with the customer service and technical departments. Everyone is so helpful and makes sure that all of your needs are taken care of.
As a side note, we also love seeing the Christmas Cards that are sent out each year! It reminds us that everyone at Foundation is a person and it really puts into perspective how much everyone must really love being a part of the Foundation team!
Monica from Cox Construction Company, Inc.
Date: August 2012
We are a general contractor specializing in fire restoration and insurance repair work. We were looking for a software program that offered extensive job cost reporting as well as accounting capabilities. After meeting with several software companies we chose Foundation because they offered the most comprehensive package at a reasonable price. We began with their DOS version in 1998 and are now using their Windows version.
The implementation went smoothly and the initial training was completed in less than four hours. Foundation for Windows is very user friendly. The drop down lists and ease of interacting between windows are helpful when entering or retrieving information. This software also provides us with a variety of job costing reports which can be customized to fit our company needs. When we contact customer support they respond within minutes and will go out of their way to make sure the problem is resolved as quickly as possible.
We have used Foundation for Windows for fourteen years and have never had an issue with it's performance. They continually update their system to modify or enhance its capability. Since using Foundation For Windows we have been able to track our job costs more efficiently and maintain an accurate accounting of our financial records.
Sharon from Joseph W. Davis, Inc.
Date: August 2012
We're a small family-owned paving and excavating company (about 20+ employees). Our original software was 18 years old and obviously antiquated. It was not even Windows based. We were looking for something that would give us the reports we wanted for job costing with good support. In some ways, support was actually one of the biggest factors in selecting Foundation. I have found the level of support to be outstanding. The help I've received has been absolutely wonderful- always patient, courteous and very friendly. I come away from support calls feeling that Foundation must be one very pleasant place to work! Five stars to the support folks!
I researched five different software packages (reading their material and watching live demos) before making the decision (a very major decision, I might add). I also
phoned six or seven of the companies already using Foundation with positive reports. The price and terms available were very good. All things considered, the conversion went smoothly with the help and encouragement of my trainer. I have a new appreciation for the importance of the initial set-up. We went "live" on January 1, 2012. Not a week goes by that I don't have an "AH-HA" moment when I learn something new that the software does to make things even easier. While it has been rather difficult making the mental transition from the old to the new, and I've had frustrating moments learning where to find my reports, I'm very pleased with my decision and would select Foundation again.
Debbie from Lockwood Broadcasting Inc
Date: June 2012
We have several different types of companies and we have found that Foundation was one of the few types of software that would work for all companies. This software is very easy to use. We have been using Foundation software for about 8 years and we have been very pleased. The software offers many features and it continues to be updated on a regular basis to keep up with companies needs. The support entity of Foundation is exceptional. Along with the support you can receive through phone or email or the help manual. Foundation holds a training conference each year that also provides a lot of information to make the job easier when using Foundation.
Tara from Belcher Roofing Corp
Date: June 2012
We are a leader in our industry and well known for our commitment to safety, quality and production. Before working at Belcher Roofing, I worked for my father's commercial union roofing and sheet metal company, Heistand Roofing & Sheet Metal, in Bensalem PA. We were one of the first roofing contractors to use Foundation Software in 1993 (then a DOS program). Even then it was user friendly, had excellent functionality, and easy to read reports including payroll and union.
After joining Belcher Roofing Corp in 2011, I was introduced to the Windows version of Foundation software. Although very familiar with the software, I was impressed with the new features and the extreme ease of day to day operating. I quickly learned the Windows system. The job cost detail is outstanding and the reports are same. General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, etc. are all easy to use with powerful reporting tools. Using the system for almost 20 years, I would recommend Foundation Software to any contractor, union or not, for complete peace of mind. There is no other accounting software that compares.
Billie from J. B. Construction, Inc
Date: May 2012
We are a small Subcontractor in the Commercial Construction Industry. I have worked for this company for 7 years. FOUNDATION is the third accounting software this company has used since I started working here. It is by far my favorite. I have found it to be very user friendly. Whenever I have needed help, customer support has always responded quickly and very effectively. I highly recommend FOUNDATION for Windows to everyone who needs to keep track of the finances and job cost reporting in the construction industry.
Carol from Henry Gurtzweiler, Inc.
Date: April 2012
We are a union steel erection company that works all over the United States. What has been great about FOUNDATION for Windows is that we can get our union reports set so our guys health & welfare, pension, and vacation can come back to their home union. The rest of the deductions and fringes can get reported to the away unions. This has made my life so much easier. We used a custom package before FOUNDATION for Windows and with going into different unions, the speed and user-friendly usage of Foundation, we could not have been nearly as efficient with our old system.
This software saves us a lot of time and effort. I have been at this company for 23 years. I have done bookkeeping before computers were utilized, and I can run this system with great ease. We converted to dos in 1998 and windows in 2003. The change was easy, we received great guidance, and their support system is excellent. If you have a problem or get yourself in a jam FOUNDATIONS Tech's call you back quickly and get your problem solved. I would and have recommend FOUNDATION for Windows to many other construction companies.