Sage 100 Contractor Software (formerly Sage Master Builder)


 

Sage 100 Contractor, formerly known as Sage Master Builder, focuses on small to midsize construction companies, whether they are a general contractor, service or specialty contractor or a home builder.

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. The software provides an interactive dashboard that provides instant visibility into things like the status of current job costs, pending operations or company performance. The dashboard also enables users to drill down into larger data sets and see further details like invoices generated or the latest change order.

Users can leverage multiple reporting templates available to generate customizable business reports as per business need. 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

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Jennifer from BayCity Framers
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2017

May 2017

New Sage Software Purchased

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Transition from your old software to your new software is not included in the price. You must purchase multiple hours of training assistance if you need help with transitioning from your old software to your new software.

Pros

I like the product so far... it is pretty user friendly, especially the add on to the program of the document module software.

Cons

It does not generate the generic AIA billing form used to invoice the general contractor on a project. You must provide your own AIA forms and put them into the printer each time you print an AIA billing.

 
 

Anna from Sagamore Homes
Specialty: Home builder - production
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Best software change in the history of our business!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I encountered one technical difficulty and was blown away by the customer service I received.

Pros

The best thing about Sage 100 contractor is the presentation of information. The reports look professional and it is awesome to be able to set invoice defaults. The support we have received from rep at Aktion and Associates has made our transition from QuickBooks to Sage possible and could not have done it without him!

Cons

I do not like the number of steps you have to go through in order to process payroll. I also have had issues with voiding transactions and locating transactions.

 
 

Tonnie from ROC Homes
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Sage 100 Contractor - Not for Builders

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

* It is an easy conversion from Quick Books
* Common sense goes a long way in figuring out how to use the program
* Simple Import / Export processes

Cons

* Difficult to release Purchase Orders for an entire Project - each PO has to be created and e-mailed, there is no way to 'automatically' 'release' PO's for a job
* Sales tax can only be set for the entire job - not all items within a job require sales tax - even when the TakeOff includes Sales Tax, that parameter is not carried over when the PO is created, each PO must be opened and the Sales Tax parameter identified in order to be included on the PO
* Each PO must be individually opened for the status to be changed from Review in order to be paid without error messages appearing that indicate the PO is under Review
* Difficult to make minor changes to Job details
* Lacks the ability to process complete jobs through simple steps - everything has to be done singularly
*

 
 

Cheryl from Maki Heating and A/C, Inc.
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Don't upgrade to 20.4!!!!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Very disappointed in Sage support.

Pros

The interface between payroll, accounting, job costing has always been great. The start screen is very easy to read.

Cons

We have upgraded our server as advised by Sage, at a great expense and the software to 20.4. Now it is not completely operational. We cannot get Aatrix to work and the accounting link to our 3rd party vendor for our service department does not work now either. We have been working with Sage support and our very expensive IT guy for over 3 weeks and Sage support cannot find the problem.

 
 

Rachel from Raineri Construction, LLC
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Sage100

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

The cost is amazing! So cost efficient for smaller companies not generating much revenue. The software is pretty basic in terms of functionality..

Cons

I believe that this software was the best in the early 2000's but as the times have gone not many updates have been made to update the look and functionality of this program.

 
 

Vickie from Common Ground Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Powerful software but sharing of communication and training lacking

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

It is critical to align with a consultant who is responsive and knowledgeable.

Pros

Backed by a large company. Option for multiple third party add-ons. Software that grows with you. Multiple modules to choose from.

Cons

Trying to learn this software without the support of a consultant is daunting. The help center is not very helpful.

 
 

Rebecca from GRP Contractors Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Complicated but Worth It

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

It is a bit complicated, but there are a lot of different resources that they have to help those with training. Of course, there is a charge for some services which is why it may not be good for small businesses. We are a small business and it really helps keep things organized but it is expensive for us right now. So far we have not gone live yet, so there is not much that I can say regarding the use on a day to day basis.

 
 

Alejandro from Azteca remodeling
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

No good

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I can't make a wall with an opening is very confused I buy another software more easy to use

 
 

Livia from Western Shrink Wrap Limited
Specialty: Construction / Contracting
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Need PhD

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

It was easy to install. And uninstall. I did like how it linked to the bank really easy.
You can have separate access for your accountant or others in the office to use for estimated or invoices.

Cons

Support.
Difficult to work in
Hard to look at.
I also did not like the constant alerts to update changes that were not important or could not be changed (IE penalties for late payment on CRA - always asked that it be corrected to match the amount to be paid and not balance with the penalty. Again, this could be because I am a novice using a professional system.)

 
 

Graylen from 360 Tax Group
Specialty: Accounting / CPA
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Good product

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Liked the product but my client. It was too tough for him to migrate to as a novice.

 
 

Grant from Robbins|Reed
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

A Solid and very functional accounting platform

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

We have been using Sage 100 for over 8 years and while we have a few complaints in general this is a great accounting solution for small or large construction firms.

 
 

Lindsay Helmick from Allen Construction
Specialty: Construction & Engineering
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Sage 100 Ease

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

This product is very easy to navigate through. You can easily click on reports to drill down for more information, which is great for researching problems.

 
 

Bill from Capital Industries
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Not Quite What I Expected

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

One of my biggest criticisms of Sage 100 is that we had to go through a third-party, Alliance Solutions Group, with the purchase and implementation. I don't know if this is the norm or not. If you have a choice, I certainly wouldn't recommend Alliance Solutions. We were QuickBooks for Construction users and Alliance screwed up tables and reports in the conversion. Sage 100 is a lot less user-friendly that QB and a lot less forgiving. Our PR person accidentally posted PR to the wrong month and we were told it couldn't be fixed even by JE.....how unforgiving is that!!

Pros

Affordability

Cons

Third-party for purchase and implementation
Very unforgiving
Not very user-friendly

Advice to Others

If knowing then what I know now, I would take a chance and go with another software package.

 
 

Jessica from Harbor Contracting
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Ok Product

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

While this product is good, it has some deffinate drawbacks. Certificate of Liability management is still a problem, when entering in subcontracts if the subcontractor doesn't bill for exactly 10%, 20%, 30%, etc... it becomes cumbersome to post their invoice. There are all these little nuances that you have to know in order to use it.

Pros

More robust, better reporting.

Cons

Fields are limited to descriptions.
Entering in subcontracts you can't post the total units for each. It automatically posts it as 1.0000
Expensive.

Advice to Others

While this is a step up from quickbooks, I feel there is better software available at a lower cost.

 
 

Jonathan from American Botanicals, LLC
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Sales

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

This software would be great for a small sales company but we have overgrown its usefulness. Good ERP for the money.

Pros

Fast and useful information at your fingertips. Easy to navigate and makes training a breeze.

Cons

I have more international companies that use KG over LBS, I wish the software had a live converting or sliding weight conversion for inventory and sales orders.

Advice to Others

I would say add a manufacturing add-on but they do offer it for a price.

 
 

sydney from iPaperless Document Management Solutions
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

High value for small business accounting

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Sage 100 is an easy-to-use and comprehensive enterprise planning system whose implementation is highly-modularized and allows companies to purchase or deploy only the functionalities they need. The pricing scheme is also adjusted to this concept, meaning that you will be charged only for features you’ve specifically requested.

As a satisfied user working with Sage 100 provided a 360-degree experience, as the product is very stable and easily customizable. The system allowed me to store historical budgets for all my records, or create such independently when planning expenses for upcoming fiscal periods. As a result, I got to save valuable time, and cut expenses for at least a half of what traditional systems would have required.

Pros

The product is scalable in terms of the platform it runs on. Being a Microsoft Windows based system, it allowed me to cut costs in deploying it on my company network by having and using the same standard features.

Cons

Customization can be a nightmare when it comes to modules needed.

Advice to Others

If you are a small business owner or a consultant for either retail or start up this product would prove to be the best software to start with all your financial records keeping.

 
 

Jeanne from Keymont Construction, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Keymont Construction, Inc.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Keymont Construction has used Sage 100 Contractor for over 10 years. I have always found it easy to use and to navigate through the menus. I like that the reports can be edited to fit the needs of the company. I also like that there are many options available when printing reports. The other wonderful thing about Sage 100 Contractor is the Customer Service. I have worked with many customer service representatives through the years and they have always been patient and very helpful. I especially like the representative, she was very helpful when I had to install the new program last year and I honestly could not have done it without her help and expertise. With the change to Windows 10 came some new quirks and everyone at Customer Service was so helpful and knew right away how to resolve our problems. I would like to give 10 Stars to the Customer Service representatives who have helped me through the years. Thank you for all your help.

Pros

Ease of use and variety of reports.

Cons

It runs very slowly with Windows 10 but that might just be our computer and not the program itself. It also seems to have more quirks with Windows 10.

Advice to Others

I would highly recommend Sage 100 Contractor but I would not use Windows 10 with it.

 
 

April from Phoenix Mechanical
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

LOVE it!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

LOVE Sage 100! I've been using this program for 20 years & have recommended it several times to other contractors! It's easy to use, has great reports & functions.

 
 

Janet from Mclo
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

AIA

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I was told that this program would print AIA forms and all certified payroll forms. After installing and working on for a year to set up
It didn't print the AIA form correctly and you also had to but the blank forms. The certified payrolls were not for different state, city & county agents. After speaking to SAGE support and where I purchased it they both told me to call my rep who helped me set it up. So, in other words, they wanted me to pay someone to fix the issues!
I have requested a FULL refund and still have not heard anything! VERY unhappy with SAGE.

Advice to Others

Beware!

 
 

Alvin from Morning Star Construction, LLC
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

The Best Accounting Program for Contractors

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

We have been using Sage (Master Builder) for about 14 years. It works great for job costing, receivable billings and just overall book keeping.

Advice to Others

It is a great product but it may take you a while to learn everything is can do.

 
 
 
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