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

66 Reviews of FOUNDATION Construction Accounting

 
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from Decline to answer
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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We are still in the set-up phase, and are finding out it's not what we thought it was. VERY CUMBERSOME! I can see my already limited processing time limited even further. It will be very slow going from here on out. Too many "workarounds". What I would really like to find is software written by people who use it, not by people who just think they know what you need. If we stick with this, I will probably quit.

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Keep Looking...

 
 

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

Easy to use most of the time

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

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none yet

 
 

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

Solid system

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

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Multiple modules to cover several different construction business'

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

 
 

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

Excellent

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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.

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

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There was nothing I did not like about the product.

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Be sure to take advantage of the helpful customer support.

 
 

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

A very satisfied customer

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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.

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

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None so far

Advice to Others

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

 
 

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

Highly Dissapointing

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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

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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.

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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: Tracie, 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.

 
 

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

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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!

 
 

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

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

 
 

from Accurate Firestop
Specialty: Construction manager

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

SQL Foundations

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"!!

 
 
 
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