Sage 100 Contractor, formerly known as Sage Master Builder, focuses on small to mid-market construction companies, whether they are a general contractor, specialty contractor, or both. The software is easy to use, affordable, and well-integrated.
Companies that have outgrown generic accounting software will find this solution an especially great fit. The suite of applications encompass the entire construction cycle and include accounting, estimating, project scheduling and management, job costing, and service management. Users only need to enter in new data once, reducing mistakes and keeping information current and accurate.
Its dashboard is uniquely powerful; the dashboard presents at-a-glance information that gives instant visibility into things like the status on current job costs or company performance. From the dashboard you can directly drill down to see more details, which includes opening documents like invoices or the latest change order.
There are hundreds of reports available. Using predefined alerts, they system also send out an email notifying the user of issues like an expiring certificate of insurance or a low bank balance. A centralized view of projects lets the team easily see anything related to a job, whether it’s to view an estimate, transaction, job cost report, or a document such as an RFI, Change Order, Punchlist, and more. Sage 100 Contractor also has cloud-based capabilities.
Sage’s network of business partners and consultants, and their customer support, all specialize in construction software. Ongoing phone support is exceptional, and over 90% of customers rate their phone support experience an eight or higher on a ten-point scale.
Darrell from Payne Construction
Portfolio size: Single user
The entry screens are intuitive and easy to understand.
As a small subcontractor, we needed job costing and task tracking at minimal cost. We also needed multi-union, multi-state payroll, which Master Builder was able to do.
We found Master Builder to be very robust, and it rarely crashed.
We had only good experiences with the customer support at Sage. Questions were answered clearly and concisely.
Ease of learning and teaching to others.
Not able to handle extremely complex payroll matters.
I would recommend Master Builder as a good 'bridge' software from Quickbooks to the high-end packages.
Jill from DPI
Date: November 2012
I have been using Master Builder since 1991. It has seen many changes over the years, some good and some bad. The latest release (18) in my opinion is the least user friendly. The data entry screens between modules (such as A/R and A/P) are inconsistent unlike previous versions. The appearance cannot be changed and now looks like a cartoon. The functionality hasn't changed much and still performs all necessary accounting tasks. I personally like the job costing and payroll reports and their layouts. G/L reporting suits my needs. I do not like Aatrix for reporting W-2's, 941, etc. Annual support has become cost prohibitive. I do not use tech support and in an effort to save costs on annual "maintenance" I dropped to one seat and silver level support which only includes program and tax updates. If Sage makes changes to the software, you must upgrade to the current version for tax updates to work, so you are stuck paying and upgrading each year unless you want to do manual calculations for federal income tax. Other payroll calculations can be changed manually. While the software is adequate, and I've been using it for a long time, the constant changes (requiring expense and time for training) and expensive annual costs are making me consider different software.
Don from Woodwright Construction, Inc.
Date: September 2012
It's expensive out of the gate and only gets more expensive when you add the "modules" that you will need. Without them it's a pretty limiting program that's just plain hard to use and learn. Good luck finding people that don't have a degree in accounting that can use it without investing even more money in training.
If you like the reporting capability of Quickbooks you will not be happy with Sage 100. Contrary to what is said, the reports are limited, hard to read and extremely unflexible.
Job costing is limited to one level. In Quickbooks you can job cost Framing with a sub-item of Roofs with a sub-item of trusses and so on all totaling back up to framing. With Sage 100 you get one code Framing and would have to have another code for Roofs. There are no sub-codes so to speak.
I could go on and on about all of the difficulties I have had with this program but it is difficult to sum-up everything I have been through this year attempting to move from QB to Sage 100 Contractor v. 18.1.230. It has been very expensive, frustrating and dissapointing. I am sure that Sage can do alot of things for a business, but at a huge cost in both time and money to implement and maintain on a yearly basis. And don't forget the ongoing loss in productivity due to the training nesessary to get new people up to speed.
Marie from R.C. Construction Services
Date: August 2012
The program is great. I'm looking at other programs now that do everything Sage 100 Contractor can do but without the exorbitant yearly "support" fees (which amount to getting tax updates, occasional program updates, and we place about 2 support calls a year to them). We've been using Master Builder since version 3.0 (Sage 100 is version 18), and with the exception of one really bad beta release, it's been perfect for our needs. It is a very good accounting program as well as a very good project management program. We also use the purchase order and inventory modules, which don't seem to be as strong. However, that may just be a function of our purchasing agent not using it to its fullest capability. Except for the support cost, I would definitely recommend Sage 100 Contractor.
Kathy from Fullford Electric, Inc.
Date: May 2012
I've been using Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder, formerly Intuit Master Builder) since 2004. I was impressed from day one. This software is seamless and effortless. Job costing is a breeze and extremely accurate. We are a specialty contractor, who sometimes works as a general contractor. Master Builder makes project management easy. It has a very user friendly subcontract module, which assists in verifying insurance, and licenses are current for all subcontractors. The payroll module makes certified payroll a snap and allows for multiple pay rates and cost codes without hassles.
It is friendly to both union and non-union contractors. It comes with what seems to be over 900 canned reports, many of which can be customized to fit your needs. But the best part is the customer support. Sage offers both free and paid online training and your company's advisor will, at times, offer local seminars to spotlight areas of training. This software can be used from bidding all the way to the end of a project. And each project flows in and out of each module (i.e. estimating, payroll, purchase orders) throughout the life of the job. I would highly recommend Sage 100 Contractor for anyone who is looking for a better way. Hands down, the best on the market.