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

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Stu from TechCrete Contracting, Inc.
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Foundation Construction - Decent Entry Level Software

Ease-of-use

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Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A

If you need a basic software this is as good as anything else out there. You will be pleased with migrating away from manual systems, but will probably be ready to migrate again in 5-7 years to a more robust package.

Pros

Handles AP/AR/Gl/PR/ and job costing adequately. This is definitely a step up from Quick Books. Good customer support when contacted.

Cons

Very little help collateral for clients. Usually, a software whether ERP, Office, or even photo/video editing has a robust users group with many YouTube videos online to provide a self-service kiosk of information and recommendations on how people use the software. Virtually everything online is aimed at marketing the product, not supporting existing users. The Help Desk people are great, but I would rather be able to research my own solutions from people that are actually in the industry using the software rather than programmers.

 
 

Melissa from Collier Construction Company
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2017

May 2017

I have not been using Foundation for very long but I am very pleased with the product, the support for implementation and the overall process of coversion.

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Overall very happy with my decision to go to Foundation.

Pros

Much more robust product than what I have been using. The job costing module is very intuitive and seems to have all the reporting options I will need. The implantation process has been smooth and my trainer has been extremely professional and helpful.

Cons

I have only found a few small things that I would change. Would like more contact fields for contacts in the vendor maintenance.

 
 

Hyo (Max) from
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2017

May 2017

All encompassing software program

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Value for Money

I would highly recommend this program to contracting and construction businesses that employ 20+ people and also wants to track maintenance for equipment. The program, in my opinion, is not cost effective for smaller businesses

Pros

Very user friendly, if you have a basic understanding of accounting practices, it is easy to figure out where to go or what to do to find things, or fix errors. The report are easy to find, run & read. Customer service is excellent! The company hosts a training week for the software that is incredibly beneficial for both new & seasoned users. This software is similar to People Soft in what it can do without the complications and confusions!

Cons

Some of the add on programs (such as project management) appear to be unnecessary or even over complicated. You purchase a specific number of "seats" for users to log on which can be a huge hassle if you do not have enough seats, as it leaves employees waiting for others to finish up their work or stop mid-stream so that another user can log on and work.

 
 

Matthew from Primer Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Foundation - great product, setup is not

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The bad: When you sign on to Foundation, you get a shell program. They expect you to setup the system with them over the phone, did not want to perform a site visit. It takes 3 months of weekly phone calls to get the system operational. They also expect you to be an accountant to set up this system. Not a great system to create job invoices. Cannot calculate monthly union benefits - can only do by week.
The good: Great time card management system, certified payrolls, AIA billing, accounts payable and accounts receivable.

 
 

Danielle from Glassman Corporation
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Foundation Soft

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We are still in the implementation stage of this product use. It's a slow process but for good reason so we can ensure our new software is setup correctly. We are looking forward to getting it live and running.

 
 

Jesse from LRC
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Foundations

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Value for Money

I use this product daily and it helps me be confident in my pricing and layouts of jobs at and or jobs in the future

 
 

Donnie from VEI Solutions, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Executive Vice President

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I love the Project Management features! This is a huge help!

 
 

Cheryl from American Southwest Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

I Like Foundation Software

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Value for Money

We are starting our third full year using Foundation Accounting Software. We are an Electrical Contractor and we reviewed and watched demos of many different construction software packages before we made the choice to switch to Foundation Accounting Software. I enjoyed the conversion process, even though the process of running parallel is big and burdensome. I had a trainer who listened to my questions and guided my set up with patience and showed me the "right" way to fix my errors. I still occasionally request help when I have a problem and I am always pleased with the quick response from the support staff. I would highly recommend this software.

Advice to Others

Look at as many software options as you can.
Make sure you get the answers to your questions when you demo different software options.
Sometimes the most expensive is not the best option.

 
 

Ryan from VEI Solutions, Inc.
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Best Find of the Year

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I began searching for a replacement for previous software because it simply couldn't provide the reporting and controls that we needed as we continued to grow. Foundation was one of the several options provided to me by Software Advice. After doing my due diligence and sitting through multiple live and online demos, I was most impressed with Foundation. Moreover, the Foundation sales team and later implementation team exhibited a level of professionalism that really stood out compared to competitors. I was so impressed I wrote a letter of praise to Foundation's Vice President. They also gave me a list of references. I checked several of them and received glowing reviews not only of the software but also of customer service. The latter is a huge consideration.

Advice to Others

If you get matched with this software, absolutely take the time to go through the live demo. Think of your most frustrating issues with your current software, and make sure Foundation can solve at least most of them. If they can, it should be a strong contender.

 
 

Daniel from Kickin' A Inc.
Specialty: Utility contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Just starting up

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Value for Money

So far the experience has been very good! We are currently going through the setup process

Pros

How it combines multiple sources of information and combines them into a easier way to track close to accurate job cost.

Cons

Setup time is lengthy.

Advice to Others

Do your research well to make sure your investment is the right one for your company!

 
 

jimmy from International export llc
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Easy to use most of the time

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Value for Money

A solid piece of software, easy to use, and cost friendly. enjoy it

Pros

Ease of functionality

Cons

none yet

 
 

Michael from Systemp Corp
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Solid system

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Very good cost accounting software. Had multiple modules that cover many facets of the construction industry.

Pros

Multiple modules to cover several different construction business'

Cons

Service mobile module is behind. Does not offer all the functionality we are looking for.

 
 

Kristeen Lentvorski from Powercom, llc
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Excellent

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Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

The software was easy to to follow.Foundation and alot of features that I would be able to use. Customer support was very helpful. I felt I would definitely get my money worth.

Pros

I felt that it would be easy to learn the software.

Cons

There was nothing I did not like about the product.

Advice to Others

Be sure to take advantage of the helpful customer support.

 
 

Pat from SolarCraft Services, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

A very satisfied customer

Ease-of-use

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Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Foundation is an extremely user-friendly Accounting tool. It is obvious to me that all aspects of design, function, and user interface well very very well though out and are being constantly improved based on customer feedback and industry requirements.

Pros

Solid Service Dispatching tool
Creative and useful DataGenie tools
All Modules are well integrate together

Cons

None so far

Advice to Others

For a robust and intelligent solution to Accounting, Service Dispatching, Project Management, and Job Costing, go with Foundation.

 
 

Talisha from BMI
Specialty: Utility contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Highly Dissapointing

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Value for Money

Promises promises. Sales people will tell you anything to get you to make the purchase. Then you can expect to be hit whit a lot of "no! the software cannot do that", "you'll have to use a workaround", and "There is no easy way around that". Every transaction takes an additional couple steps in comparison to other accounting software. You cannot write a simple check without entering an invoice or using a part of the system that is full of glitches. The whole system needs a lot of work before the usability is compatible to it's competitors. Reports are difficult to read without knowing the format. Employees are forced to use a login to eaccess system to view paystubs, which costs additional $$. In addition, you cannot offer the employee the option of sending them a paper stub because the format is so messed up a "normal"person cannot read and understand it. The modules do not communicate effectively. As an experienced construction accountant I feel this system is difficult to deal with and disregards many state and federal rules in relation to construction accounting and labor compliance etc. CPR reports are useless. There are no tax reporting forms available, so get ready to go back to manual tax return completion (including 941 and state level payroll forms).

Pros

Increases job security because there are not many people who already know how to use the system, so once you are that person in your company you are valuable. Custom reporting is nice

Cons

Lack of tax reports and tax information availability for reporting taxes. Difficult processes, too many restrictions where they shouldn't be and not enough where there should. Most of the system is a Con.

Advice to Others

Ask them to use your data to create a practice file (before you make the purchase). Check it out, talk to other companies who use the software, be sure this is what you need for your company before it's too complicated.

  Response: Foundation Software, Foundation Software

Date: November 2016

November 2016

 

Thank you for taking the time to speak with our Manager of Training about the frustrations that you addressed in your review. As discussed, a trainer will be contacting you shortly to discuss these items thoroughly and work together toward resolving them.

Our goal is to provide you with all of the tools needed to successfully use FOUNDATION and ensure that the software is working optimally for your business.

Please feel free to contact us at any time with your questions or concerns. We are here to serve you.

 
 

Amanda from Georgia Commercial Builders
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Construction Software

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Value for Money

While the price is a little $$$, the software is definitely worth it! When it comes to software you absolutely get what you pay for! This software took our company to the next level. We grew from a basement office software to an actual company producing legible financial reports. We love FOUNDATION!

 
 

Jackie from Vertex Steel
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Excellent Software

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Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A

If you are in construction-this is the software to use. It has everything you could possibly need. I especially love the drill downs.

 
 

Gabrielle from Accurate Firestop
Specialty: Construction manager

September 2016

September 2016

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

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Likes Best

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.

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

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.

 
 

Lauren from Tavares Concrete Company, Inc.
Specialty: Concrete

September 2016

September 2016

SQL Foundations

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Customer Support

Value for Money

Likes Best

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.

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

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.

 
 

Ben from AMPCO Contracting
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

September 2016

September 2016

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

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Value for Money

Likes Best

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

Likes Least

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

Recommendations

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

 
 
 
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Patrick from Dallas Glass

January 2017

January 2017

Buyer Beware

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We used Foundation for just under 2 years. We had previously used some other software but had to find and different software program because our business had outgrown it. We spent a lot of time and money trying to get Foundation to work for our business but it was never a good fit. After just under 2 years we heard that our previous software had made some big changes and was able to accommodate our business so we made the transition back to them.

Foundation may be good for some business, but it wasn't a good fit for ours. At the time they had no representation on the west coast and only a few of their customer service/tech support could ever answer our questions. The system was very complicated and even seasoned 'pros' with years of experience in accounting and construction management struggled to use it effectively.

Source: Capterra
 

Becky from HSC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Good for simple process

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Software is good for basic uses in contract work. It is not the most user friendly for financial accounting report. Correcting mistakes is some times difficult and cause many steps to correct issues

Pros

Software is great for tracking construction jobs

Cons

Making corrections is difficult to do

Source: Capterra
 

Troy from Troy's painting

March 2016

March 2016

Purchased Foundation for my painting business in 2015

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Quality
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Cons-software did not perform as promised by the sales staff, poor implementation process from the company trainers, too many different trainers, help hot line took too long to answer questions, extremely difficult to learn., a very cumbersome system.
Pros-basic reports are good balance sheet, income statement, A/R & A/P
My company has been in business for 36 years, as our business has grown we have installed 4 different software systems all with great success. I spent a great deal of money, time and resources trying to implement Foundation software only to scrap the whole process and go back to my old software.
If you employ a full time IT person it might work for you but as a company averaging 4-6 million a year it didn't work for us

Source: Capterra