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

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

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from OEM
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

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I have been using Sage100 Erp for 2 years now in inventory management. Overall this is a great software and easy to master. I use this program in handling material returns, ordering, AP, AR etc

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I definitely recommend this program especially for mid sized companies.

 
 

from Stone Construction Company
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Sage 100 is 5 star

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I have been using Sage 100 Contractor for over 15 years. I really like the total integration from estimate to accounting. Change orders are easily prepared and sent out to both clients and subs. Reports are handled at the touch of a button. If you need something customized their experts are top notch.

Pros

Integration of estimates to jobs to accounting. Tracking of the subcontracts & change orders. Support is THE BEST! I have never had a problem that was not resolved on the first call.

Cons

Scheduling module is not great or easy to use.

Advice to Others

There is a learning curve but once you are over the hump it is smooth sailing.

 
 

from Vander Meulen Builders
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Sage 100 Contractor Gives Us the Information We Need

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Overall, this is a good product that meets our needs well. We don't use all of the features to the fullest, and that's on us. The job cost module is extremely helpful because we are a T&M contractor - without good job costs, we'd be sunk.

Pros

Ease of data entry for payroll and general records

Cons

Still have a lot to learn about the connections between takeoffs, budgets, and assemblies.

Advice to Others

Give yourself sufficient time to learn the product features.

 
 

from Westside Contractors Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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Sage 100 is super easy to use, easy to learn and is, overall, a great software. I used to use other software and Sage 100 is so much better. It only cuts joint checks and spits out awesome job cost reports. I highly recommend it.

Pros

It's easy to use

Cons

I wish it had a good joint check report. I had to build my own.

Advice to Others

Use it.

 
 

from Jacobs Construction
Specialty: Home builder - production
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

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I have been using this product from the very start of it being Master Builder over 15 years ago. I have seen it change and grow and all for the better. The Customer Support is top notch!

 
 

from IPL Industrial Services
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Great Product!

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I worked with several other accounting and job costing software and Sage has proved to be one of the most user-friendly. The software was easy to learn and implement. The online classes offered are information and well worth the time to learn the software. Customer service is one of the best! They are always friendly, helpful and make sure they have solved your problem before closing the case. Other than high traffic times such as the first of the year, wait time is minimal. With a third party software that works within Sage, payroll taxes are a breeze! Reports are through, customizable and easily exported to Excel.

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User friendly
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Reports and Queries are easy to use once you get the hang of them. Creating queries or reports to access any information needed is a huge plus!
Direct deposit for payroll and vendors is extremely easy to use.
Customer Service experience is very positive. I love the chat option and also the access to the knowledge base. Easy access to the help file online, by hitting F1 you can read about every aspect of the software.
The general ledger audit and payroll audit features help to ensure the integrity of your data.

Cons

The biggest adjustment we had to make when moving to Sage was the check writing process. In order for a check to be applied to a specific vendor, you have to create an invoice. You have the option to just write a check, but it will not transfer that information to the vendor's record.

Advice to Others

Take advantage of the online classes, access the user guide to better understand the processes.

 
 

from Stava Building Corporation
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

I love this software

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I have been using MasterBuilder since the 1980's, before it was even Windows based, when it was DOS, before the mouse. I have worked for many different kinds of construction companies in different states. I recommended this software when starting at two new companies, and it was purchased for the management of multi-million dollar projects by both. It works well for very large, large, small and phased projects. This has consistently been the most user-friendly and comprehensive software for the construction industry I have ever worked with. I have been in the industry for 37 years.

Pros

Everything

Cons

End of year and closing changes.

Advice to Others

Try it. It simplifies payroll, payables, receivables, taxes....everything.

 
 

from Timberland Inc
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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This software is amazing. It job costs perfectly, has everything we need.

 
 

from Berkshire Hathaway Automotive
Specialty: Auto Dealership
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

Full service accounting suite for large organizations

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We use Sage 100 primarily for GL, AR, and AP. The software is full featured and high powered. The modules interface seamlessly. Sage offers multiple methods for importing transactions. Critical for effective use of the software and reporting functionality is IT support which is familiar with the program. We use an outside vendor - we do not interact with Sage directly, nor do we know what types of options may be available directly through the software publisher.

Pros

Long list of features, modules interface seamlessly.

Cons

Must have competent support internally or externally in order to get the best use of the program.

 
 

from MD Builders LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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I was new to the industry and this software in April. The learning curve was quite steep, as I was used to using Apple and Microsoft products.

Pros

I love the job costing and job labor reports. When I have issues, the customer service is quite good--although hold times are often long and the callback feature doesn't seem to work with my phone.

Cons

I'm used to Apple products where there are 3 or 4 different commands or ways to do the same function. There are still many functions I haven't been able to figure out. This software was purchased to help with estimating, but the owner found it so cumbersome and unfriendly to use, that he gave up using it for estimating and take-offs and went back to his old way w/google sheets. The search functions seem archaic.

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I feel this product would be great for a larger firm. We are only 6 employees doing residential remodel and new builds. I've heard of other cloud-based software packages that can be used with Quick Books that would better suit our needs--more user-friendly and cost-effective across multiple devices.

 
 

from Paramount Building Construction Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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Sage is a wonderful accounting program! I can run all different types of reports.

 
 

from Lar-Mex Inc
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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Fairly easy to install and learn. Good features although some have limited capabilities. Customizing simple reports are easy, however, extensive knowledge is required for extensive reports creation. Support for customized reports is basically zero.

Pros

Ease of use

Cons

Customizing reports

Advice to Others

Make sure you get all your problems and customization done during your implementation schedule, otherwise if you need something special, there will be an additional cost to get answers.

 
 

from 0996357 BC Ltd.
Specialty: Construction / Contracting
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Good Software

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I have used this software for years and it is very user-friendly and easy to learn. For the company now that I do books, for now, needs something a bit more detailed but I still use Sage

 
 

from Comet
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

You better get a REALLY GOOD CONSULTANT before purchasing this very expensive software

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Very poor upfront design consultation from our implementation consultants. Even their support personell is wondering why they even sold this to us. We have very unique requirements for our electrical and low voltage business and consultants said we could acheive our goals. turns out that their solution for us required "tricking " the program to work a certain way which we are now paying the price for. Also this is ABSOLUTELY NOT the software you want to use if you are using a vpn to link multiple offices together. They dont support vpn. Be very clear in what servers hardware you are looking to use and domain controller. Overall Sage charges for absolutely everything (including the API) which is has lousy documentation at best. Also discovered that they have a major flaw in attachments (such as documents) that are not secure based on the permissions you give out to particular users. Searching data and trying to find a transaction is horrible. There are soooo many basic featurs that Quickbooks enterprise had that are sorely missed. Would definitely stay away from this software for anothere year. Hopefully, now that they are on SQL database, they will come out with some major improvements- will wait and see. IF they dont, we will scrap this after investing over $K. Horrible software right now and also doesnt integrate with anyone. I think everybody has abandoned integrating with it as there are too many problems with it. Be careful before you buy this!!!!

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AIA integration
Only good for very large commercial jobs

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Not good for multi office vpn use.
Security for attachments is non existent
Very difficult to search for items
No bank download feed - yet
Integrates with very few other vendors
API is very expensive
Sage locks everything down so no open friendly API (this is old school mentality)

Advice to Others

Wait a year or so and see what new functionality they produce now that they have a SQL database (FINALLY!!!!)

 
 

from ICS Support
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Affodable step up from Quickbooks

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i have used a variety of ERP software packages in my career, including Quickbooks and Microft Dynmaics' Navision, and Sage 100 provides a full feaured ERP package at an affordable price. Cost's per user for a month's subscription for the Essentials core accounting package (GL, AP, AR, Bank Reconciliation) and a little more for the Advanced Bundle (Essentials plus Inventory, Purchasing, and Sales Order), and more for the Complete Bundle (Essentials plus Bar Code, Return Materials Authorization, and Bill of Materials). For manufacturing, you can add the Complete Plus Bundle (Work Order, MRP, Job Cost, and Time Card). There are additional add-on modules such as Paryoll with Direct Deposit, 100c Manufacturing (formerly JobOps), CRM, Sage Intelligence Reporting, and eBusiness Web Services. Each package includes Library Master, Business Insights (Drill Down Inquiry, Reporting, and Dashboard), Paperless Office, Custom Office (to create User Defined Fields and customized screens), Visual Integrator (to Export and Import data to/from Excel and Sage), and Crystal Reports.
The Windows Explorer type menus make navigation easy, and the workflow follows the menus. Sage 100 is designed for 1 to 50 users, and supported the creation of multiple business entities or companies. The software has many configuration options, and can be tailored to the company's use, so because it is flexible there is also a learning curve due to its sophistication. Sage has been the number one accounting software recommended by CPA's for many years.

Pros

Affordable, flexible, stable data base, excellent module integration.

Cons

Does not have a Point of Sale option, or a full featured Web Store, or user friendly API tool.

Advice to Others

Choose your Sage Partner carefully, it can make or break your experience in Implementation, on-going support, upgrades, and continued professional services.

 
 

from NorthStar Construction Services Corp.
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Accounting Manager

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i have been using this product for over 10 years.

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Easy of moving from one section of the software to the next. Easy to find what your looking for.

Cons

Searches could be better. They only look at the beginning of the word instead of anywhere in the field.

Advice to Others

We like it because it is loaded on our computer system and it's not in the cloud.

 
 

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

OK for construction not for procurement

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We had been using this software for couple years, but it is bit complicated and not user friendly for procurement firm. It is mainly designed for construction which I am not sure how good it is as we do not use those functions, we bought this as it do have procurement features as well

 
 

from Play Visions, Inc.
Specialty: Distribution
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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Great for accounting but lacks ease of use for other applications.

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It can do a great deal for accounting.

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Doesn't work well with warehouse management. Seems difficult to make reports in some areas. Lots of steps.

 
 

from Caribex Trading
Specialty: Distribution
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Sage (Formerly Peachtree) easy to use.

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Sage(Peachtree) Software has easy to use format and interface with reliable & solid accounting features.
Relatively easy to work with even if you do not have an accounting background. Sage Software has been me
choice and we have upgraded as they develop better and more sophisticated features for their Accounting Platform.

Pros

Good presentation, and ease of use.

Cons

None that I have encountered.

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Would recommend for any small & medium business enterprise.
Both for "start-ups" and for seasoned businesses.

 
 

from Canada China Business Council
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Review for Saga for NPF by Jason

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This software is a good choice for small to medium non-for-profit organizations and companies.

Pros

The feature of "Option field" is very useful to track the revenue and expenses for project accounting.
The feature of "Office" is very useful to track the profit for each department.
It is affordable for the small and medium size organizations.

Cons

As it changed a lot of from prior version, there should be more training to be provided for the users.

Advice to Others

It is a good choice, although it is as famous as other software such as Quickbook and so on.

 
 
 
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