FOUNDATION Construction Accounting Software


 

FOUNDATION® construction accounting software is a job costing, project management and scheduling solution available as traditional installed software and on the cloud.

The system offers hundreds of automatic job costing reports and formats, as well as the ability to create custom reports. FOUNDATION is able to calculate and track multiple jobs, unions, rates, states and localities, as well as automatically job cost labor burden.

FOUNDATION offers a variety of additional modules that include Project Management, Scheduling, Service Dispatch, Document Imaging & Routing, Equipment, Inventory, Fixed Assets, Time & Material, Unit Price Billing, Consolidated General Ledger, and the Executive Dashboard. Mobile solutions are also available to extend FOUNDATION’s capabilities into the field.

FOUNDATION is used by commercial, government, prevailing wage and industrial contractors that range widely in trades and sizes. The system is developed, sold, and supported by Foundation Software, Inc., a single-owner company with over 30 years of industry experience. Foundation Software offers support with expert training and continuing education programs.

 

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8

56 Reviews of FOUNDATION Construction Accounting

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from Accurate Firestop
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

We recommend it to everyone we know. We love th product.

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The support is excellent. Our rep is excellent and we have enjoyed having her help us. She has made our software personalized to us and we get exactly what we need. I love that we can track change orders and the budgeting set up is great.

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It would be nice to have some more features targeted at the Sub Contractors. Also, an integrated scheduler that is as easy to use as WhenIWork Software that the employees can clock in and out from an app on their phones. Also, reporting should be easier to create for the users instead of having to call Foundation to set up reports.

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Get training from Foundation. it is worth it to spend the money to learn from them and be able to use your software well from the get go.

 

from Tavares Concrete Company, Inc.
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

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It is dependable. I have worked at many other companies where the system would go down for unknown periods of time. That's not the case with Foundations. I've been working on it for over 2 years and the only conflicts we had was with Windows 10 and a sleep schedule of a monitor causing error boxes to populate as if the system had not been used for an extended period, and it was really easy to fix.
I find the accounting side of the application to be the most user friendly of any program I have used. I like that it imports any file you'd like into CSV so that you can easily create a custom report. I like that they've made it incorporate with the State's requirements for Certified Payroll, while I don't process the payroll myself it saves my colleague many hours of manually entering that data.

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Flexibility. We utilize excel to compensate for what Foundations lacks. For instance tracking projects quantities. The engineer at the company and project manager don't find Foundations user friendly or to be flexible enough to handle evolving projects.

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I like Foundations. I like that they have a mobile application now too. I'd focus on finding the right mobile application that will fit your business needs and then go from there. We are currently shopping mobile solutions and if we find one that we like more we'd consider changing our accounting software.
Also, I'd look for a program that is not web based and is written in SQL like foundations. I think that is part of why it's so reliable.

 

from AMPCO Contracting
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

I use Foundation to manage my accounts as a demolition contractor.

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The corporate office is responsive to most inquiries and the product is fairly comprehensive if you are willing to pay for each module individually.

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There are not a lot of resources without additional cost available to customers.

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The software is solid and easy to use. Certainly worth the investment if your company needs an all inclusive ERP tool.

 

from American Southwest Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Great software - smooth conversion

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The software is logical and easy to learn. I have recommended this construction software to a couple of my peers who are looking for new software.

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Some corrections take several steps, but overall it works very well

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This software has it all and what it doesn't have you can create easily.

 

from Urland Development
Specialty: Real estate developer
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

New Foundation user - loving it so far

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We have just started using Foundation and so far I am extremely impressed with their implementation and training staff. They've been fast, friendly and accommodating to all my needs and questions. This product will help our company move to the next level because it will allow us to easily track where our expenses, costs and profits are going. The only reason my rating isn't higher is because I haven't used it long enough to give it a better rating.

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we haven't used this product long enough to have found anything we don't like. It is simple to understand and easy to use.

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There are many different products available that claim to do the same thing. We had demonstrations with several other products and contacted clients of other software brands to ask about their experiences. After much consideration, we went with Foundation and have not been sorry.

 

from SMA LLC
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Experience was very bad, and this was a poor decision to convert to it

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The Reports on foundation, and Dashboard are developed well and provide good financial feedback for managers

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The software is not user friendly. The vendor did not support our transition, and we are changing our software after less than six months of use

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Make sure you know what you need before you buy this

 

from Gunter Construction Company
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Considering moving back to QuickBooks or another product

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The thing I really like is that we can process Multi-state payroll on all our employees on 1 check, whereas before on Quick Books we had to give each employee 2 payroll checks.

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Their trainers and support staff do not know every piece of the system, yet we as users are supposed to know everything. We have had to call support numerous times on one issue because during setup with our trainer he did not know to select check boxes to activate accruals. By the way you have several different screens to setup 1 item so it functions properly.

Also, we came from Quick Books where you can e-file tax reports and payments directly from the system. Foundation does NOT have this functionality. They asked me to show them this function of Quick Books so they could see how it worked. Unbelievable! Don't they research their competition?

Reports- Their standard reports that come with the system do not allow you to drill down into more detail. That my friend is in another screen (you'll find there is A LOT of this). They will try to sell their software by telling you there is a report Genie, which is true, but I hope you know how to make query's' because that is about the only way you'll be able to customize reports properly. If you don't know how to do this you can pay Foundation to teach you! Also, you cant properly export an actual excel file properly, so be aware, it will take your CPA longer to reconcile accounts because of this you will spend more money.

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Run. If you like over complicated, multiple screen set-ups then this is the product for you! Be prepared to be VERY frustrated no matter your experience level with accounting, even our outsourced CPA's have difficulty with it and don't find the software user friendly.

  Response: Tracie, Foundation Software

Date: August 2016

August 2016

 

Dear Stephanie,

Thank you for taking the time to review our software. We are sorry to hear that you’ve had anything less than a positive experience with FOUNDATION.

A member from our Client Advocate team will be in touch to talk about and help resolve the various issues that you have outlined. Our main priority is to get you the tools and resources that are needed for you and your company to successfully use FOUNDATION.

Please do know that you can call us at any time with questions or for additional help; we are at your service.

 

from Bud's Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

This is a great software to use

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I really like the payroll module, it's easy to use once you get use to it.

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I don't really have anything major. The one thing I can think of is the lines of the description in the Entering AP Invoices is not long enough sometimes. The only other thing I don't care for is the Sales Tax Report breakdown. It could be very confusing at first.

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The only thing I wish I would have done different was the way I set up the names on my Vendors and Customers. Coming from AC they were not sorted any certain way besides alphabetical.

 

from All Area Plumbing, Inc.
Specialty: Plumbing
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Foundation user for 3 years

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The product is pretty user friendly and very robust. The vendor is very responsive to our needs and requests, are always available to help and provide excellent resources for learning and training. It is also nice to deal with the same people on a regular basis.

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There are a few California compliance issues that we have to make adjustments for...lien releases, pay applications and time cards. I also wish the annual webinar package was less expensive. We already pay a lot for annual maintenance and the webinar package is very expensive.

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Consider the continued support and training opportunities offered and the frequency and expense. This will be vital to continued learning and mastery of software as well as for training new hires.

 

from metal craft co
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Go live date bad experience

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As of now not a lot, poor training poor start up support

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Customer support and training methods are completely wrong

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Be prepared to be frustrated during training do to training sequence and poor explanation of why your doing steps

 

from McPhillips Bros Roofing Co
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Foundation delivers!

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Love how they laid out a step by step plan of the entire process from installation to training to going live. Really liked that they could upload customers, vendors and chart of accounts. In the past, that was done manually. Training sessions were great. Louise explained everything so well, made it very easy to follow and understand. The entire staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Its a very upbeat company. Looking forward to a very long relationship with all of them.

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More short cuts please. Too much tab tab tab or mouse use.

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Reporting features. Foundation has so many reports to choose from but also you have the ability to easily create your own.
The payroll module is incredibly thorough. It calculates everything for you.

 

from Popham Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

14 years of excellent service and performance

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The vast amount of information Foundation has compiled to construct such an amazing Software that supports all aspects of our needs as a contractor.

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Can't think of any. We have never had an issue that could not be resolved in a single phone call.

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Don't listen to your elders when they say "it is too good to be true"!!

 

from Smithco Construction Inc
Specialty: Utility contractor
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Totally Satisfied and Happy

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The software is very user friendly, easy to navigate throughout the different modules and the support team is very friendly, knowledgeable and they take the time to work with you until you figure out the problem. There is no condemnation or guilt feeling for not being computer literate.

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I don't have anything negative to say. I have always been very happy and satisfied with the whole software system.

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Make sure the product you are looking at has a good support team that is willing to take the time to work with you no matter how simple or detailed your issue may be. That is very important. You don't ever want to feel like you are a bother or treated like you are ignorant.

 

from Capital Heating & Cooling
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Full Function Construction Accouting

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This system has lots of flexibility which is great, but can also be intimidating when setting up. My advice is to take your time, and invest time to mapping out expectations, needed reports, etc. The trainers have been excellent and very quick to answer questions or concerns which has been invaluable in making the switch from QuickBooks.

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All software has limitations, and if I was to point to something we miss when moving from QuickBooks is the ability to "zoom" on on any transaction to see detail. Foundation has its own method for this, so you can get to the information, it just isn't quite as quick. Having said that, the construction reporting, controls are in a different league than QuickBooks

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As I said above, take time to map out expectations, and give yourself plenty of adjustment time when moving from another system. At first I thought the system was difficult to navigate, but now I really appreciate its layout. We are on the cloud version and some functions can be slow, such as document imaging but it is a small trade-off for being able to sign in anywhere and not having to maintain a server for accounting. It freed up our existing server which is now much faster at everything else.

 

from Bumgarner Electric Company
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Foundation Software review - small contractor

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Very good support and training staff but the software is too hard to use. Seems to have alot of functionality, if you can find it.

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User interface is not good at all. Almost like working in a database.

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Make sure the everyday user gets a chance to look at it

 

from Integrated Services Group
Specialty: Real estate developer
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Foundation Construction Software

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Numerous available historical and accounting reports that are available.

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Nothing really bad to say about the product or vendor.

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Decide beforehand if you want your software to focus more on Accounting, Financial & Payroll or Job Costing.
This product is really great but you will need to decide where you want your focus to be so you can ask the proper questions in deciding on modules, reporting etc.

 

from CRC Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Making Windows 95 Look Good!

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Nothing. Sales representative sold the product really well; however, the product performed terribly and is vastly behind their competitors.

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Interface is outdated. Took over 3 months to get custom forms developed. Customer support is horrid. PM module is an afterthought (Direct Quote from Trainer). 'Online" version is a basic remote desktop-in with poor performance in the field. Document management is too slow to be useful.

With the online version. You need two separate passwords to login, which is annoying and complicated to implement with non-computer savy users.

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Look into other software options immediately. This product isn't worth your time. If you're interested in an accessible software in the field, this isn't it.

 

from Mason & Barry, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Foundations review of software,

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It seems it will take care of what we need. We have several divisions and a service department and will be able to utilize Service module to make our dispatching and scheduling more efficient.

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We were assured the information in our previous software could be imported. However, it continues to be a challenge. We were told it will be not problem and they are familiar with our old software during the sales meeting. When we started the import, the technicians were not familiar at all with Open Systems. I am unhappy about the slow progress in converting to the new software. However, I know we will get there but probably not at the target date.

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Read up on what it will do, obtain references, basically do your homework.

 

from Western Mechancial
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Not at all happy with the software

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There are some features that are a step up from our old software. In accounts payable you can see the open balance by job. The 941 Breaks-out and summarizes much better on the report.

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Where do I start. The certified payroll reports are useless. They don't calculate the benefits correctly. The sales tax report does not work at all in our state, so Foundations had to create an excel spreadsheet that every month so far they have had to readjust because it doesn't work properly. The SUTA report lumps everything together so now I have to do an excel spreadsheet to make sure my totals are correct because our state has two different rates. I have to reenter the job number when entering PO's because the software has a glitch and won't recognize the entire job number. It takes customer service a long time to call back and many times they don't know how to fix the issue. The software is cumbersome and not at all intuitive. I could go on and on

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I would recommend spending a little more on a software that has an easier work flow and not so many programming issues.

 

from Riley Construction Company, Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

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Its overall capability or reporting accounting vs estimating.

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So far no dislikes. We have only been using the software for six months.

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Definitely give Foundation a look. It has the greatest capability for the cost.

 
 
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