Paskr allows construction firms to take control of their entire operation with the convenience of an Internet client. Delivered as an on-demand offering, Paskr has amassed an impressive user base that includes over 17,000 contractors that have completed thousands of projects using the software. The fact that the software is delivered as an on-demand offering means that firms can purchase only the software they need to use and can access the software from anywhere they desire. After start-up and implementation costs are covered, the fee is volume based with a modest hosting fee attached. Paskr also offers implementation that can be completed in only a few days.
In addition to adding convenience to project management, the software also allows for greater collaboration between the multiple entities involved in a single project. Construction firms can share project designs and schedules between key players such as the engineers, architects, and subcontractor. The software offers estimating, project management, and bid management applications to manage a firm’s construction projects. Both the bid management and project management applications can be purchased separately but the estimating application only comes with the suite.
The project management suite provides all aspects of subcontractor management - from bid management to sub billing, as well as owner and architect management - from bid proposals to owner billing. Additionally, the software improves collaboration between the general contractor and the project team through RFIs, submittals, punchlists, meeting minutes, daily logs and scheduling as well as collaboration between your project managers and accountants through real time budget updates, time cards and sub-billing approval/pass off.
We often find ourselves recommending the software to construction firms that have up to $50 million in operating revenue and come from construction manager, general contractor, and design and build trades.
Alan from Boyd Construction
Specialty: Design/build firm
Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users
Some things take a little time to understand, but once you understand why it works the way it does, then it all makes sense.
I have tried my own Excel version of something similar where fields auto populate, but it was subject to errors. This cloud-based system solves that problem, and best of all, it reduces the amount of paper I have to deal with. I hate paper.
They are working on improvements to some modules that work fine, but they could use a little tweaking.
As mentioned, they chat isn't always available, but they reply quickly to email if the chat isn't available.
They have thought of almost everything. I wish I would have had this ten years ago. The support team has bent over backwards to make sure we understand and get the most out of the system. I'm not sure about other companies, but Paskr really wants you to know how to use their system. Although they do web conferences and you can watch the recorded versions on you own, they don't leave you to figure it all out on your own. That's nice. I like that.
The chat support isn't always available. I would like to have vendors bill against a PO, but there is a workaround for that. Plus, I think that they are working on this feature.
It's a great product, especially for the price. I'm almost over the learning curve, and I love it. It will save our company so much time, and it's a great way to keep all of our project information in one place.
Jackson from Morrison Tool & Fab
Specialty: Construction manager
Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users
The intuitive layout. Stay positive through the face-to-face training Paskr offers, and you will master it in no time.
It does what it supposed to do. Another key aspect is that Paskr makes any organization, big or small, look very professional.
It is very well-designed. If an issue ever arises, support is a phone call away.
This is a key aspect we as a team have enjoyed but rarely ever used. If an issue ever arises or our team member within our organization ever makes a mistake, we have our own Paskr representative right on the phone assisting us.
It takes 16-division commercial construction and molds it into a manageable format that anyone can use. These divisions can be set up to be as simple or complex as you need them.
The payment and subcontractor section could improve.
Be patient. With anything of this nature, Paskr has breadth and depth in its layout, so you must go into it knowing this upfront. Stay positive through the face-to-face training Paskr offers.
Keith from Crosby Construction, LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Portfolio size: Single user
Our rep is great in training! Once you get used to what goes where, it is very easy to use.
We just finished implementation, but so far, it's meeting most of our needs.
They really get contracting and have all aspects covered.
They answer each question quickly and thoroughly. I've never had to wait more than a few hours to address an issue.
I like the collaboration with subcontractors and client/architects.
I have to be careful setting up cost codes. After you use them, you cannot change them. There are a few glitches that are being worked out. There's too much clicking with mouse; it needs more hotkeys. They need to fix the sales tax issues.
Be very careful when setting up cost codes and putting in your vendors.
Joel from Lipsky Enterprises
Specialty: General contractor
Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users
Using Paskr reminds me of an app from my iPad. The functions are very user-friendly. It takes some playing around with to discover lots of neat features.
This product meets about 85% of our company's needs in regards to project management.
If a desired function is not there, chances are Paskr Programming can figure out a way to give it to you.
Customer support is over the top, hands down. All calls are answered in an expeditious manner. Emails the same. I have been completely satisfied with all answers I have received from the customer support staff. The staff has a extremely professional attitude when dealing with customers.
Low upfront cost. The Paskr fee is captured at the project level and not with general overhead. No long term contracts. Customer Service is over the top. All calls and emails are returned in an expeditious time frame. The learning curve is minimal. Paskr is as easy to use as any app i have on my iPad. Customization of software available with their programming team for a minimal cost. Reports generate critical information to our management team that we were never able to run before. Total oversight of your company employees. Great document control system from bidding to closeout.
I don't think there is ever going to be a perfect system out there that 100% completely satisfies every function of the construction management, process but this sure is to be up in the top 3.
Upfront costs are minimal. Customer service is over the top. It's easy to use. Great system. This changed the way i do business as a general contractor/construction manager.
Jackson from Morrison Tool & Fab
Specialty: General contractor
Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users
It is easy because of the tabulated format.
We based our use through 16 Division construction. It helped keep track of expenses, etc. as the project went along, showing how much money was left at various periods of the project. This allows you to show a project as on time, over budget, etc.
It is well-designed because everything is very clean-cut and manageable.
When there was an issue, the PASKR team responded within 24 hrs usually.
The extra communication it creates between sub contractors and myself when dealing with the steps to receive payment, etc. can be tremendously bogging
Pay attention in training.
Karla from Tenant Project Services, Inc.
Date: May 2012
We are a General Contractor in the Chicago area that was looking for a system that would keep our projects organized and eliminate repetitive entering and incorrect billings. I was looking to find something that could organize the information we receive from our subcontractor’s proposals to the owner’s contracts and the billings that I produce to the owners. I wanted to be able to store documents that were accurate and easy to find.
Paskr Project Management actually exceeded our expectations. The database they have formulated is so complex and every item that is entered into Paskr interfaces with the next document needed. Billing is so simple now and all of my subcontractors love using this system. For them, it eliminates all billing questions, change order questions, and waiver questions. We have received great support from Paskr. They offer great training on the program basics, and their support is there when ever I need it. I would recommend this system very highly and our company and staff all feel the same way.
Heather from Legacy Project Resources, LLC
Date: August 2011
Our company is a small, woman-owned business. We are a commercial general contractor specializing in tenant build-outs. Prior to Paskr we were using Excel to track costs and estimates. This caused multiple entries of information throughout the jobs. We were also not tracking subcontracts and change orders with any consistency. Subcontractors and suppliers were billing on multiple types of forms without a purchase order or subcontract to back it up. Binders of paper were kept to organize project documents.
When we first started looking for a new program, cost was an issue. There were many different options available. However, a small company like ours could not afford the start-up and annual renewal costs.
By investing in Paskr, we committed to new procedures that streamlined our processes and kept them consistent across all project managers. The financial investment was affordable and ongoing costs are based on use.
I have personally been using Paskr for over five years. I was new to construction project management when I first started using it. In that regard, Paskr taught me the proper progression of a construction project. It aided in keeping the job organized and forced subcontractors to sign subcontracts prior to billing.
With Paskr being Internet-based, there is no software to purchase or maintain; I can access Paskr from any computer that has access to the Internet. The owner of our company can "look in" on all jobs to see how they are progressing and with the consistency of the way all jobs are handled, it limits the number of questions.
The company's customer support is remarkable. Whether it is a username/password request or an error message, the response time is close to immediate.
Overall Paskr has provided us a solution for tracking documents and costs for our projects. It has also allowed owners and architects to easily see information regarding the project that keeps them informed. Having this ability with Paskr has helped us "seal the deal" with owners.
Jolene from TG Constructors, Inc.
Date: August 2011
I have been a CFO for a commercial general contractor that uses PASKR for four years now, and have realized the benefits of this system.
-PASKR streamlines the process.
-PASKR provides full disclosure of financial information for each project on a real-time basis.
-PASKR reduces mistakes and thereby increases profits.
-PASKR has enabled both the accounting department and the project management team to work more efficiently.
After PASKR is implemented and employees are appropriately trained to use the software, we had a lot more success ensuring that important deadlines were met and budgets stayed on target, greatly increasing our ROI. PASKR can't replace a dedicated or experienced project manager, but it can help make him significantly more productive and allow him to manage more projects at one time.
As head of the accounting department, I have significantly more confidence with my financial forecasts because I can access all projects on a daily basis. I also have real-time access to pending/approved change orders for our owners and subcontractors. I can also hold my project managers accountable for the post buy-out budget, and easily track overruns.
Prior to implementing PASKR, the month-end closing process consisted of tracking down each project manager and discussing every single expected future costs and change order. I had to rely on the project manager to fully disclose the financial information. With PASKR, all of that information is readily available online.
One of my favorite processes within PASKR is the subcontractor billing process. Subcontractors represent 70%-90% of a general contractor's costs. PASKR provides added audit protection because it requires a subcontractor to sign his subcontract agreement before he is allowed to submit a pay application for a project. Also, it will ONLY allow a subcontractor to bill up to the amount of his contract, plus or minus any approved change orders. Over-billing by a subcontractor doesn't exist with PASKR.
My next favorite process within PASKR is the owner billing process. The project managers build the original schedule of values, and monthly create invoices for the owners based upon the percentage of work completed. All the accounting department needs to do at that point is review the owner pay app, notarize it, and distribute it to the appropriate parties. No extra Excel spreadsheets or wasted time trying to get the information from the forever-busy project manager.
I love being able to access any document (contracts, change orders, correspondence, drawings, etc.) from any computer at any time for any project. I don't even want to think about life in the construction industry without PASKR.
Catlin from White Sands Construction Inc.
Date: August 2011
As a woman-owned company trying to expand and grow our business, we were looking into many project management programs to help us manage our workflow. After numerous demonstrations of different systems, our company decided to go with Paskr.
Paskr is easy to use, and works great for small to large projects alike. The customer support is one of the best available, answering any questions that may arise.
Brad from Flow Construction
Date: August 2011
Paskr has really changed the way we operate our construction projects. Before Paskr, we would have to write contracts, price work, track changes, and send invitations along with various other tasks by using different programs from Microsoft. Once these items were done, we would then print out and try to organize files to make sure all documentation was kept. We can now do all of the items above online and from anywhere. We store them on Paskr’s website and allow our clients access to certain files. It is very convenient to have access to any file you need with a few mouse clicks.
Our project managers are no longer dependent on an assistant for tasks that Paskr makes easy. This has saved the company money by eliminating a position that is no longer needed, and making our project managers more efficient when running or bidding projects. Paskr offers templates of most documents we need, that we can modify slightly without having to type a tremendous amount of additional words.
Another benefit is that our project managers are less likely to make mistakes than the assistant inputting data, because the project manager knows the project better and can make sure to protect the company with proper wording. And, because this does not take a lot of time with Paskr, it is very easy for project managers to do this.
We purchased Paskr about 4 years ago, and our tenant division has been using it ever since. We start the bidding process with Paskr, and we use the system all the way through to billing. It is our project managers' lifeline, and assures that critical items are not missed. It protects from mistakes by tying the contracts to the bidding documents. The software does not allow sub-contractors to bill changes that are not first approved by us, or that have not been approved by the owner. Paskr takes us from start of project to the end, including close-out documentation. It then stores all of that information for us or the clients to review.
In my opinion, project managers are only as good as their system. Paskr has been a way for our company to reduce mistakes and create more efficient project managers. More efficient project managers and less mistakes equals a more profitable company. In other words, Paskr increases our profits.
Our bottom line: Paskr works well for flow construction.
Joey from Dow Smith Contracting Company
Date: July 2011
Our company has been using Paskr for approximately two years and we have been extremely pleased with our experience. Paskr took us to a completely new level in project management. Previously, we used two different PM systems. One was integrated with our accounting system and the other was not. Paskr made these two programs look like dinosaurs. Paskr is written by project managers for project managers. It encourages me to have a disciplined approach to how we execute our projects and it keeps other personnel out of our accounting system, unlike many other project management systems.
Implementation took us approximately one month and the Paskr team has been quick to respond to any question we have had along the way.
What used to take me an entire day getting a project bought out, now only takes me about two hours. Paskr has kept me from hiring another project manager. So without a doubt it has paid for itself again and again in the length of time we have used it.
Its internet based approach and paperless qualities have saved my time and money. I can use Paskr anywhere and anytime and I have recommended it no less than one dozen times since I purchased it.
Genny from The Conseco Group, Inc
Date: June 2011
The Conseco Group is a general contractor specializing in ground up commercial projects. Why are we different? When you arrive in our offices, the first thing people notice about our organization is the lack of paperwork and our organization.
We’ve used Paskr over seven years. It has become the rule, not the exception, for bidding, billing, subcontractor maintenance, issuing contracts, budget maintenance, project management and electronic database management. Paskr provides timely, accurate data, protecting our organization with the correctly populated contract terms and amounts. It sets controls that require a subcontractor perform certain tasks when a bill is submitted. These controls ensure the company gets a better return for its investment.
As Conseco’s sales increases, we’ve never added administrative personnel to cover the extra work involved in issuing contracts, opening the mail, keying in contracts and dealing with change orders; there’s no need. Paskr sends everyone an electronic notification, we import the documents and ready, set, go. It takes just as long to import one contract into our accounting software as it does five.
Learning Paskr is easy. If you are already issuing a CO, creating contracts and building budgets, the concept is the same. Now, however, we have more protection, spend less time processing paperwork and more time managing the project or taking care the of the client.
Paskr is a leading technology, perhaps a little before its time seven years ago. Now, a lot of software or sites are “mobile” ready. Our employees, subcontractors and clients enjoy the turnaround, accuracy and it’s how we do business every day.
David from Ascend Construction, LLC
Date: June 2011
We are a small start-up General Contracting business. Paskr Management System allows us to perform more work without hiring additional resources. The implementation went very smoothly. My team learned very quickly because of the efficient design of the workflow.
Paskr's support is very good. They have responded within minutes of each question we have had.
Paskr is a wonderful tool for any General Contractor looking to build their business while increasing their profit margin.
Clay from SouthLand Constructors, LLC
Date: June 2011
Most organizations fear change. However, for the sake of continuous improvement we at SouthLand looked for a tool that would help us provide better service to our customers and streamline our project management systems.
With the PASKR system I have found it to be well thought out and very streamlined. Not only does it make the process easier for the project manager, but it makes it easy for the Contractors Principals to review and check in on the status of projects.
The PASKR team already has a great product but they are still extremely willing to listen to the needs of the contractors and maintain flexibility to make improvements as they go to better fit the individual contractor.
PASKR is a great tool and also lends itself toward a paperless project.
Michael from Construction Associates LLC
Date: May 2011
We are relatively new customers to the PASKR family. We considered the product for several months prior to making the decision to purchase. During that time the PASKR sales team was very helpful in allowing us to explore the product and assess its impact on our operations.
Once we decided to proceed, implementation was quick and trouble-free. The system keys off of a contact database for clients and subs. We do not use the ubiquitous Outlook email client so importation was a little less automatic. The time spent in getting the contact information to PASKR is well spent. This needs to be paid attention to.
We immediately jumped in and started using the system for project bidding and also set up an active project. We were able to get projects out to the subs with little problem. We had spent 2 hours or so in training, which gave us the necessary system background to understand PASKR's approach, jargon and methodology. Once you have a grasp of those concepts, and a grasp is all that is necessary, not full command, you are off and running.
Our first complex project bid was unbelievable. No paper. No piles of sorted information. No struggling to coordinate pricing updates with clarifications. Literally, it is a situation of typing the information once and then having it available throughout the project documents. Our time was spent hustling sub quotes, telephone clarifications, cost adjustments. This was the smoothest bid we have ever done. Period.
Project administration, contracts, subcontracts, RFI's, RFP's, Meeting Minutes....all with the same ease. You will not believe how easy this makes communication with the project team.
Very pleased with the entire experience and operation of the system. When we had issues, the PASKR support was available and helpful, via phone and/or email. We have not visited the same issue twice and the assistance was outstanding.
Can't say enough about PASKR. The system standardization and productivity gains are going to pay off down the road. In fact they already are.