Sage 100 Contractor Software (formerly Sage Master Builder)


 

Sage 100 Contractor, formerly known as Sage Master Builder, focuses on small to midsized construction companies, whether they are a general contractor, service or specialty contractor or a homebuilder. The software is simple, affordable and well-integrated.

Suitable for companies that have outgrown generic accounting software, the suite of applications encompass the entire construction cycle and include accounting, estimating, project scheduling and management, job costing and service management. New data only needs to be entered in once. 

Its 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, many of which can be customized to further fit the unique needs of businesses. Using predefined yet customizable alerts, the system can also send out an email notifying employees of issues like an expiring certificate of insurance or a low bank balance. A centralized view of projects lets the team see anything related to a job like estimates, invoices, job cost reports, change orders, RFIs, punch lists and more. Sage 100 Contractor also has cloud-based capabilities through Sage Construction Anywhere.

Sage’s network of business partners and consultants, and their ongoing customer phone support, all specialize in construction software.

 

Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) - Dashboard
 
  • Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) - Dashboard
    Dashboard
  • Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) - Desktop
    Desktop
  • Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) - Dispatch board
    Dispatch board
  • Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) - Process map
    Process map
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 8

124 Reviews of Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder)

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from Synergy
Specialty: Building owner
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May be good for Construction not so helpful in Procurement

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We had been using this product for our procurement needs and sorry to say but is not great for that, even the customer service is not well equipped to help the details and help we need for procurement side. This is primarily designed for Construction but we got it as this have functions to help procurement side as well. Somehow it had not been of great help

Pros

Lot of functions for construction area

Cons

Not so helpful for procurement customer service not of great help either. Special learning sessions charges a lot

 
 

from Hamptons Habitat Enterprises Corp & Hamptons Habitat Property Management Corp
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Sage 100 Contractor

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I use this product daily for two separate companies, it has been easy to use and functions well for our needs.

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ease of use, if I have an issue the customer support is excellent

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since the last update it seems to be slower when entering data (takes a little longer to 'catch up' to my fast typing, esp. when entering payroll data); also every time there is an update we have to add our logos to any custom reports again, and set all preferences on reports again.

it would be nice to have more 'lunch and learn' sessions available

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Great product for construction companies, easy to use and efficient

 
 

from Prominent homes
Specialty: Building owner
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Sage 100

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The experience with the product was good in terms of user friendly, it was easy to learn and understand

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The software is very user friendly and can be understood easily with minimum effort.

Cons

The report generation there was no facility to generate the report in Excel and make changes as per the need/or customise according to the need.

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The product is good in all aspect other then generation of report which was our prime requirement.

 
 

from SOV Construction Inc
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

we are happy with Sage 100

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We are happy with this software, we were using before simply accounting premium 2011, and now we updated to sage 100
Is more complex and doing more for us as a company

 
 

from HHE CORP
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

User for over 15 years

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The product has been essential to our business since we started using it. Can't compare to other products as this is all I've ever used but it's a great program.

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Ease of use
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Cons

Current version runs slowly.

Advice to Others

Shop around but Sage is a great product.

 
 

from Tree Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

New to Sage 100 but like it so far

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We spent a lot of time researching various products for our construction project management software. We had tried Builder Trend and didn't like the clunkiness of messaging, to-do's, and the selections. It also didn't handle payroll. We were looking for a one-software-does-all program; something that could handle everything from leads, estimates, take-offs, budgets, contracts, ongoing project financial reporting, all of our inhouse bookkeeping and all of our payroll administration. We chose Sage 100 Contractor because of it's ability to do all of these things.
So far, we have completed a bunch of training on Sage, and we have just recently gone live. It seems like it works very well and handles most tasks efficiently.

Pros

Does all of the tasks I mentioned; leads, estimates, take-offs, budgets, contracts, ongoing project financial reporting, all of our inhouse bookkeeping and all of our payroll administration.
Massively reduces the likelihood of double entry.
Pretty easy to use and fairly intuitive.
Easy job reporting functionality.
Great payroll functionality and end of year automation (eg for T5018s for subs)

Cons

Not cloud based so it's difficult to access the information from anywhere.
Not a mac software and does not work great with Parallels.
Does not include time-tracking software for employee time sheets and we've been recommended against Sage Anywhere (the software we were initially told would perform this task) by the actual sales consultants at Sage!
Does not integrate with Toggle (the time management software we are currently using.)
Because of the points above, entering time cards for job costing is very time consuming.
Very expensive!

Advice to Others

Think about how you will be accessing and using this software and have a network person help you with the set up.
If you are on Macs, consider whether this is the right program given that it is windows only, therefore you need to run a virtual machine or connect to a PC remotely.

 
 

from Mtm contracting
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Great software

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Feel that sage all around is a very well operated site and would push it on any of my business owner family

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Well worth money spent

 
 

from Blue Spruce Construction Services
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Sage 100 Construction

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Overall I really like this product. It has many features, where you can go from estimating to billing a project. Also the report writing allows you to customize reports very well, except sometimes! For example when writing a proposal the detail lines went into the numbers, and their solution was to bring in a third party report writing program to convert it to a word document, costing more money. Also Descriptions have a limited writing space which makes you have to create new lines. Just a bunch of little bugs in the over all labeling and report writing parts of the program. Like I said I do really like this from an accounting view point. I keeps everything in order and allows for me to drill down and find details throughout the program.

Pros

I like how everything has a place and it can handle so many components to dealing with an entire Construction company

Cons

The little bugs when writing reports.

Advice to Others

This product defiantly takes some getting used to. I had been using Quickbooks my whole life, and then when I had to learn this program, it defiantly took me awhile. Don't give up, it really has a lot of checks and balances to make sure you don't make mistakes, or forget something. Also allows you to stay more organized. The more boxes you fill out the better the program will work for you.

 
 

from Capital Industries
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Sage 100, a Non-forgiving Tool

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The customer support is probably their best asset.

Likes Least

Transitioning from QuickBooks to Sage 100 has been somewhat frustrating at best. Where QuickBooks was very forgiving when changes were to be made, Sage 100 is just the opposite. Depending on the situation, Sage 100 can be so locked down it requires a lot more time and effort in making a change that would be very simple to make in QuickBooks.

Recommendations

If you're transitioning from QuickBooks to Sage 100, it would be well worth your time to write down what you really like about QB and see if or how Sage 100 is capable of performing the same function.

 
 

from Engineering
Specialty: Architect
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Use this software for MRP and ERP

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I can't say I really like this product! but I guess low cost

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It is not user friendly and lacks many features related to manufacturing.

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None at this time. You need to use it for yourself to determine its value.

 
 

from The Business Skeleton
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Great Accouting Solution for Contractors

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This is a much better solution than Quickbooks Contractor edition, which really only gives you some additional reports. Sage 100 allows you to track subcontracts, purchase agreements, change orders, ect at the job level, which can not be done in QB.

Likes Least

It is a bit more costly than QB and unfortunately is not cloud based, which is nice in this day and age.

Recommendations

Watch a youtube video on the comparison of Sage 100 Versus QB for Contractors.

 
 

from Melendez construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Experience was good easy to understand

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Its easy to understand and work with.
You cannot complain about it like other softwares.

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Everything so far has been great have no regrets of buying it.

Recommendations

Make more videos of tutorials some people might just not understand how your software works.

 
 

from Northern Interior Development Corporation
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

After a Learning curve the product works as expected

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Toll Free Help Line, there is a steep learning curve. Having a digital database tracking invoices, work orders and PO's is a huge help especially when accessible through a network.

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its beeps all the time. Cannot find a quote easily after the status is changed to a quote. Dispatch board is tedious at best, no quick make to make work orders.

Recommendations

Make sure you buy enough licenses. Spend a good amount of time in the sample company before setting up your own.

 
 

from Fireside Mechanical
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Good program, with a few changes it could be great

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The fact that almost all my needs are met within the same program is amazing. Also the fact that we own the software there is no month to month rental makes a huge difference.

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The program isn't hard to use but I find some of my employees that are not really computer savvy have a bit of a hard time finding their way around. The biggest issue is how non user friendly it is to find stuff like quotes and customers. Also there is some info that they ask for in places that doesn't make sense. The program is a little rough around the edges

I should also mention that the scheduling module is useless to us. We use google calendar instead.

Recommendations

I recommend that you really look at the added features like the scheduling, inventory and such as they seem to need the most updating. Also have your book keeper/accountant play with it too as that side has a lot of differences over Sage 50.

I also recommend that you plan to transition a lot slower than you would originally think.

 
 

from TIC
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

SAGE 100 Contractor

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The product is relatively simple to simple to navigate through and it is very economical. It is relatively easy to create your own reports.

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The product is not the best tool in support of complex project management needs; although we are doing things a bit out of the box. Also, we would like better CRM support along with bid tracking enhancements.

Recommendations

It is a good software if on a budget. If you have more money to spend I have glanced at View Point and that software does offer a few more bells and whistles.

 
 

from Ocean Seven Builders, Inc
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Good Software

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Easy to work with has not given me any doubts of buying it.

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Everything has been fantastic about it so far and have no complaints.

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Its really organized and helps out a lot in the office.

 
 

from Edge Builders
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Sage - - Better than Timberline (old product)

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the ability to create your own templates and estimate the way you did take offs was huge. I love how it can be a as complicated as you want it to be.

Likes Least

It like that it can take some employees multiple months of training until they are proficcient at this program. It is complicated when you start diving into certain solutions to help your company out.

Recommendations

I would recomned for full time estimators but would discourage this program for those that estimate part time.

 
 

from Patriot Well Solutions
Specialty: Architect
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Good for small- and mid-sized businesses

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Sage 100 ERP has enough functionality for a small- to mid- sized business. Its AP and AR modules are easy to use and very straightforward.

Likes Least

Sage is not very user friendly for accounting oddities or idiosyncrasies. It does not trace transactions through different modules - such as PO to product receipt to invoice - very well. It is also not very user-friendly when searching for specific transactions.

Recommendations

Test every module and every situation within the system prior to purchasing. Understand the limitations and make sure it is okay for your small business.

 
 

from TLS Companies
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Hard to download

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All the functions it provides. Everything mirrors when working with a specific job. Everyone in the office can view information and it’s update.

Likes Least

Downloading. You need a big server to host and unless you plan not to use this on the field, the cloud is expensive to use monthly.

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Make sure you have a good server and it is able to hold the software.

 
 

from American Botanicals, LLC
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

A little out dated but works. I wish it could manage inventory better.

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I like how easily I can submit Po and master orders.

Likes Least

I wish the system would call out what the headers define. Sometimes it is a surprise.

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Have more tutorial for those who want an out of the box feel.

 
 
 
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