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

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

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from Jud Construction, LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

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I use Sage 100 Contractor on a daily basis and am pleased with the ease of use of the program.

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Occasional glitches in the program that kick me out of the program.

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This program is user friendly and similar to working with Microsoft Excel. The program encompasses all aspects of the business from payroll, AP, AR, GL, estimating, and scheduling.

 

from Dude Electrical Testing, LLC
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

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The merge of project management and accounting in one system

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Reporting could be more intuitive, easier to modify.

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Make sure it fits for your business. Make sure you have plenty of training including year end procedures.

 

from DSI Holdings Corporation
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

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The ability to copy information from one screen to another.

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The reporting. It seems like most of the reports we need have to be custom built which slows down our work flow process.

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Make sure you know what reports it can run and what reports you'll need to have custom built.

 

from Pelican Builders, Inc.
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Very Useful but Needs Improvement

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I really appreciate the time Sage takes to help their customers with their product. This makes it very easy if a user has received no training. We were so happy to attend classes for Sage 100 at this years TUG conference. It is very easy to manage the purchase orders.

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There are just some minor things that Sage doesn't do but if it did, would help eliminate a lot of time consuming spreadsheets. For instance, including the address in the vendor feature so we can use the same vendors in each company. I have found the Sage staff to be extremely helpful, patient and kind. It does usually take awhile to solve a problem 45min-1.5 hours on the phone, but I've always been able to get the help I need. And it seems it only takes this long because each customer gets the quality attention they need.

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Simple answer, ask what the users are using the software for and see which areas need improvement.

 

from Timberwood Construction, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Very pleased with this software!

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The fact that it is all integrated. The information flows seamlessly, and the ability to cost track a project so efficiently is great.

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If I have to pick something, I guess it would be the cost, but even that seems to be fair compared to other software systems out there

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Take the time to go through the tutorials. The software has so many different capabilities and if you don't take the time to really learn it, you will miss out on how much it can do for you.

 

from Jud Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Master Builder Software - User Friendly & Meets our Needs

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It is very similar to Excel and therefore user friendly. The fact that we can export into Excel also is very beneficial. The estimating portion is easy to use and works wonderfully in exporting into the job costing. All of the modules work well together.

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Occasionally it has some glitches that we can't seem to get fixed in the updates provided.

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When looking at software that encompasses every aspect of your business, estimating, payroll, AP, AR, financials and job costing it is important that they all work well and that they are easy to use and understand. Master Builder is exactly that. Our sales representatives, clerical, and accounting staff all use the software daily.

 

from DOLI Construction Corporation
Specialty: Utility contractor
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

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So far it has seemed very easy to use; and most reports are easy to find.

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There are some basic reports that are not available as far as I can tell. When setting up wage increases for prevailing wage jobs; there should be an "Effective Date" option. When on-line on the knowledge base; search option is quick; but then to view the document results; it takes forever to see the document

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Make sure that it meets the needs of your company.

 

from AJ Sheet Metal Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

AJ Sjeet Metal Inc

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The program is very user friendly and helps with excel programs

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Inventory has to have alphabet instead of numerical numbers

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The tech support is awesome and they always can fix the problem..

 

from GTG Construction, LLC
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

My 3 years with Sage 100

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You can talk to a real person when you need help. Unfortunately they are on West Coast time zone.

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Report writing. Wouldn't it be great if you could write something in Word and import it. ComputerEase has this feature.

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We tried ComputerEase for 8 months. Never got the hang of it. If you needed tech support you'd send them an email and they'd get back to you within 24 hours.

 

from Fullford Electric Inc
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

This software makes accounting with job costing so easy.

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The best thing is easy job costing. Labor and materials are expensed to jobs with a few keystrokes. Once entered, you can pull accurate job cost reports with ease.

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The only draw back is that if there's not already a canned report for what you're looking for, you can't always make one. In most areas (i.e. payables, payroll, receivables) you can make your own reports to pull data the way you want to see it, but if you want a report that pulls from all of these areas, you may need help. The good thing is, they have people to help and they are wonderful.

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Don't be afraid to experiment. If you're new to the software and you're not sure how something is going to work, experiment in the Sample Company or make a copy of your company data and try it there. If it works, you're on your way. If it doesn't, you can delete the copy (no harm done) and contact your partner, advisor or Sage support and they will always have an answer.

 

from Environmental Fabrics, Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Not sure how I could manage all my project info without Sage 100.

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The product is supported and updated as needed. Every so often an easy to install update is sent out that offers fixes and usability features that are beneficial.

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I wish form writing was a bit easier and that I could integrate electronic time keeping and payroll/check processing in without using a 3rd party.

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I don't know the product's competition or what they offer, but there has not been much I ran into while using Sage that made me stop and reconsider why I use it.

 

from Faith Enterprises Incorporated
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Always happy with Sage Master Builder

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I really love the adaptability of Sage Master Builder for reporting and as our business has grown, Sage has always been the right product. It is very flexible and can do more than we usually need.

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I do not like the access to customer service. I do not prefer to "chat" when I have questions or concerns. My issues are rarely solved this way. I do not like the knowledge base. I find it difficult to find what I am looking forward to. I do not like the typically long hold times on the main customer service line. Additionally I do not like that many forms are not able to be modified.

Recommendations

Take your time. Make use of all sample companies to play around. Request to sit in on a few basic training webinars to see the product in action.

 

from Robinson Excavating, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

For how I use it, it is very good & I can generate reports as needed.

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The product can be adapted to meet our needs. Overall vendor has been very helpful.

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The product is fine, but Software Consultants assigned us to a CPA for training/mentoring. I believe a trainer that was more "contractor oriented" would have been a better match.

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Try it and ask lots of questions. Remember, no question is "dumb".

 

from Aero Mechanical Inc.
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

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I think Sage 100 is a very powerful accounting software for a small to medium sized contractor. I liked the fact that Sage is continuously investing resources to improve the product.

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It would be nice if we could print out actual AIA documents.

Recommendations

Consider what features of the accounting software that you think that you will actual use so that you don't pay for a software package with "bells & whistles" that you will never use. Also consider the ease of implementation.

 

from Z B Z & Associates, Inc.
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Works a breeze

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It is user-friendly and links all jobs aspects together. Whenever I have an issue I can call or go online and get help. I like that the Sage knowledge people are always friendly and can take control of my system and fix my problem. I can look at any aspect of a job to determine costs by account.

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Querying invoices. I know it is there but have difficulty finding where to do.

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We used a Sage partnering firm to help set up all general ledger accounts, etc. Also we pay for the yearly maintenance contract.

 

from DAVCAL Inc.
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

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When I was hired at my current company, I have just a little experience with accounting software. I found Sage 100 to be very easy to master and the help function and the customer support was invaluable.

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The program could maybe be improved by adding a customize reports wizard.

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I would certainly recommend others to try Sage 100 for a month and they would see what a great product it is.

 

from Luxury Builders, Inc.
Specialty: Building owner
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Been using Sage 100 Contractor since 2006 for our Accounting needs

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Love the reports and how easy it is to close the books at year end. How they give us 5 free calls a year with this price of renewal every year.

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1.) The yearly price. The integrated system of Atrex, I am a small company and its not easy to bypass this offer. Have to hand type my 1099, w-2 and quarterly numbers are not imported in to tax form. Maybe I just don't know how to use it. 2006 when I took the classes this was not available or I am sure they would have an option to by pass.
Also on the job status report 6-1-1-21 shows all bills entered (job cost) but doesn't mean they have been paid. Would like to show: Job cost owed on vendors billed to date. For exp., if a vendor contract is $90k for job cost on cabinets and we put in 90k and pd $30k, it should read that this job cost hasn't been pad 60k yet. So at the end of the yr or when ever we can see what has been billed and what has not been paid yet. Setting up the report forms are a little hard to do.

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I recommend this software program for reports. The classes are easy to follow and love the support when we first got the program, this company walks you thru it. We haven't had any crashes or emergency that we would have to work on.

 

from GPE Engineering & General Contractor Corp
Specialty: Utility contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Great and easy to use Program for construction companies.

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The product is easy and intuitive. Cut and paste works great with excel from almost anywhere.

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flat file security is unacceptable for this type of product. Billing module is very limited and needs upgrades.

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If security is not or ever will be an issue the product is pretty easy to work with and robust.

 

from Catalyst Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Sage 100 Contractor has been a great asset to our company.

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Sage 100 Contractor provides a broad range of reporting and tracking options, but is affordably priced. Our company is able to utilize the software to complete payroll, budgeting, job cost tracking, equipment management, and billing. We could also easily add Timberline if the need arises and that would expand our ability to integrate estimating into our accounting system. It is also flexible enough that we are able to use it to manage the accounting for small side companies that we have formed.

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While Sage 100 Contractor is fairly intuitive and easy to learn and navigate overall, there are nuances that can be confusing. Sage support staff is knowledgeable and helpful, but you may have to pay for that as part of your service package. An alternative is their online knowledge base. It is expansive, but it is not always helpful in providing simple, relative information to your query.

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If you are considering Sage 100 Contractor to manage your accounting needs for a moderately sized construction company ($1M to $20M), it will likely provide enough features to meet your needs. Smaller companies may not benefit from the features Sage 100 Contractor offers over other less expensive software. Larger companies may want to step up to software that is more customizable depending on their accounting and tracking needs.

 

from Hemmer Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Accounting manager. I'm my boss's right hand.

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The organization it gives our company. Don't know what I'd do without!

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There isn't anything. Schedule reports don't print the way we'd like.

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Buy it! They'll be so pleased with their purchase!

 
 
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