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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Kathy from Fullford Electric Inc
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Best software ever for construction accounting

Ease-of-use

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Customer Support

Value for Money

I don't think I've ever seen a more complete software. I've used other software, designed for other industries and I can say that this one beats them all. If you're a contractor or subcontractor, you really need Sage 100 Contractor. You won't regret it.I've been using Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Master Builder) for almost 15 years and when I started, the in-software and online help was vague, at best, but over the years Sage has worked hard adding details to the "help" options which has put assistance at your fingertips.

Pros

This software is easy to use and offers a wide range of reports for tracking costs and analyzing financial information. Utilizing all the modules makes the transitions easy when moving from a bid to a current project, all the way to project closeout. Their support staff are always knowledgeable and quite thorough in their efforts to help. Their Partner Reps are also a great value. They have years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to help with report customization and other learning related assistance. Another advantage is that Sage integrates well with other software like entering payroll information at the jobsite directly into the payroll module.

 
 

Michelle from Grousemont Associates
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Great Software

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I have used this software since it was first invented in the DOS format! Really showing my age now! We don't do a lot of job costing anymore so I don't use it to it's full capacity but I still like the software. Just wish the yearly maintenance contract wasn't so expensive. Some years I barely use the service.

Pros

My personal opinion is that this software is Intuitive and easy to navigate. The report options are great and the forms can be modified for your personal preference.

Cons

Takes a long time to load when I first get on. Once it's loaded, I can switch between companies without too much hesitation.
I have two monitors and when I open a screen it pops up on the other monitor and I have to drag it over.

 
 

Penny from JWI Restoration, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Excellant product

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Over all I have been very satisfied with this product.

Pros

The amount of time saved doing various government reports and for insurance purposes has been unbelievable. What use to take me hours to complete can now be accomplished in just minutes.

Cons

The only feature which I wish would improve is when the daily time is posted it would be reflected in the job cost. As of now, it does not post until after the payroll is processed.

 
 

Christine from Davis-Houk Mechanical, Inc.
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Sage 100 Contractor

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Overall Sage is a great program, and I truly hope the SQL bugs are worked out soon.

Pros

The best part about Sage is that once you learn how to navigate 1 section of the software you will be able to navigate all of the sections. Sage is very user friendly and customizable.

Cons

Sage SQL has been nothing but problems for us. You lost ease of functionality in the search lists, and we keep getting error after error. Our IT guy has spent hours on the phone with support and have now been told they can no longer provide support.

 
 

Cindy from THURSTON Companies, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Sage 100 Contractor Review

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

It has a wonderful support system, easily learned, and stable environment, meets most every need of any contractor.

Cons

The report writer needs some overhaul. We need the ability to merge information more easily with Job Cost and AP. As a contractor it is critical for up to date information without having seperate reports for Job Cost and AP. Give those creating reports the ability to "connect" data indexes and set more than 3 sorts on a particular report.

 
 

Carol from Prescott Construction Company
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2017

September 2017

We have used this software since 2003 so that says something right there!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Very easy to navigate, simple to use. Support team is always very nice and knowledgeable. If they can't solve the issue they will find someone who can.

Cons

Having some issues since changing to SQL but that was to be expected. Support team is not as easy to get on the phone. Have to now wait for a call back.

 
 

Josh from McRight-Smith Construction LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Pretty easy with some practice

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I liked it, once I became familiar with the program and researched some of the features I was quite impressed with the overall function.

Pros

It has several great functions and features, and once you have a little experience with the software it actually becomes a fairly multifaceted resource for our operation.

Cons

The interface has some issues as far as multi-window operations. It will only allow you to access one window at a time which can sometimes hinder your performance if you need to fact check or reference other details.

 
 

Chelsea from Eagle Env
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Get what you pay for

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

My overall experience was poor because of the lack of support and issues using the software. This is a cheap software, but keep in mind it's outdated and their updates still don't get you into what 2017 software should be doing for you.

Pros

Great reporting features
Ability to handle lots of transactions
Lots of good features for contractors
Cheap

Cons

Technicality wise, it is outdated software
No good features to learn about the software other than Sage University, so it is hard to train employees with
This is such a niche software that finding help on an issue you run into is difficult and their technical support line is always a wait
Difficult to integrate with other software
Technical support and finding a good support rep is incredibly difficult

 
 

Stephen from Aspin Group
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Purchased 7 years ago for 3-5 years .Served business well ,no outgrown

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Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Ease of use, simple functionality, compliance .Does the job for the small company to Mid size.
Accounting aspects and payroll second to none in its field

Cons

Clunky now,limited graphics,scale ability to resource and capacity limited.Support is slow and unresponsive

 
 

Linda from Northwest Scaffold Inc
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Problems after conversion

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Pros

Much the same as old program just not as good. Support is still good and we have needed it with this program

Cons

Version 20 has lots of problems that I do not like that did not happen in Version 19 (before Conversion). Payroll especially has issues that I have reported several months ago and I do not see that they have been addressed.

 
 

Jerry from E. Vaughan Rivers, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Get the job done.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Easy to learn
Smooth flow from estimating budget to project cost control
Just enough functions, nothing bloated.
Good Value

Cons

No multi-platform support
Report and log default settings need a upgrade
Customize options are hard to use

 
 

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

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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

Pros

I don't like I don't use any more

 
 

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.)

 
 
 
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Tyler from Tri Mission Company

July 2017

July 2017

Good software, but lacks a few key functionalities and poor customer service.

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Ease-of-use
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Functionality
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Quality
Value for Money
Value
Support
Pros

Very powerful and customizeable. Allows you to segregate different departments very well. The report writer is powerful as well, minus a few drawbacks.

Cons

Seemingly arbitrary drawbacks in functionality, such has not using true SQL in the report writer, and having a fairly high learning curve in the beginning before you learn how everything really plays into each other.

Source: Capterra
 

Joseph from Raineri Construction

June 2017

June 2017

Generating Contract Documents

Ease-of-use

Functionality

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Ease-of-use
Usability
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Functionality
Product Quality
Quality
Pros

Sage is proficient at generating all of the contract documents required for construction ranging from subcontracts, purchase orders, request for information, to Transmittals.

Cons

Sage 100 is not the most user friendly software to use and it can be difficult to make sure that all of the fields have been properly filled out and where to find certain items.

Source: Capterra