Exact JobBOSS Software


 

Exact JobBOSS is one of the most popular quoting, planning, and manufacturing execution systems in the market today. It is most often adopted by small to mid-sized job shops using Quickbooks, Excel, and/or paper folders looking to streamline operations, improve visibility, and grow revenue.

The software offers complete functionality for sales quoting, order and job creation, job scheduling (both infinite and finite capacity), material requirements planning (MRP), and manufacturing execution (MES) / shop floor control. In JobBOSS reviews, users often praise the system for its ease of use in setting up and creating job quotes.

We find that one key selling point for many JobBOSS users is the fact that it can integrate seamlessly with Quickbooks, or be sold with its own JobBOSS accounting module. The other major selling point is the JobBOSS pricing. Many companies can get into the JobBOSS system for as little as a few thousand dollars, leading Exact JobBOSS to become a very popular option for firms trying to avoid a large investment. JobBOSS ERP software can be deployed on-premise.

Exact was founded in 1984 by young entrepreneurs working out of their garage. Over time, Exact has retained its commitment to software for SMBs and has hence become one of the bigger names in ERP software. Exact is headquartered in the Netherlands while the JobBOSS offices are located in the United States 

Due to its popularity--and high ratings in JobBOSS reviews from customers--we very often recommend this software to small and medium sized companies looking for a very affordable system as well as larger companies in need of a robust ERP solution.

 

Exact JobBOSS - Intuitive, Easy-to-Use Interface
 
  • Exact JobBOSS - Intuitive, Easy-to-Use Interface
    Intuitive, Easy-to-Use Interface
  • Exact JobBOSS - ShopStats Highlights Key Shop Indicators
    ShopStats Highlights Key Shop Indicators
  • Exact JobBOSS - Visual Drag-and-Drop Scheduling System
    Visual Drag-and-Drop Scheduling System
  • Exact JobBOSS - Over 300 Standard Reports
    Over 300 Standard Reports
  • Exact JobBOSS - Integrated Customer and Contact Management Capabilities
    Integrated Customer and Contact Management Capabilities
  • Exact JobBOSS - Workflow Management Ensures Compliance and Accountability
    Workflow Management Ensures Compliance and Accountability
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000

45 Reviews of Exact JobBOSS

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from Newcomb Spring Corp
Specialty: Metal Processing
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

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Ease of use. Support is very good. Consultants have all be very knowledgeable.

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The Budget module is adequate at best. It would be helpful to be able to upload data into jobboss.

Recommendations

For a company our size (small to medium) it provides all the necessary functionality.

 

from Schaffer Manufacturing
Specialty: Metal Fabrication
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Extremely Powerful Software

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JobBoss is EXTREMELY versatile, they can handle almost any type of job shop product. Very robust when it comes to the overall breadth of their applicability.

Likes Least

There are some modules that are better than others. Material control, inventory control, costing all seem to be weak points. Large (100+ component) assemblies with multiple release dates are tedious and very difficult to try to manage.

Recommendations

Identify what are your biggest gaps, JobBoss does a great job with quoting and small job processing and control.

 

from Northwest Tool & Mfg.
Specialty: Metal Fabrication
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Easy to use. Modifying Reports is a downer.

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How easy it is to Navigate around the program. I have had no "formal" training in navigating around the system when i started, but after about 2 weeks it was pretty easy to catch on.

Likes Least

The inability to modify reports unless you export them to excel or pay a lot off money to have an outside source do it, or spend big bucks to have an individual trained to be able to do Crystal Reports.

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This software is user friendly in my opinion. There are drawbacks, but you know what.....most things in life do. The Scheduler is the only training I have had. If you plan to use this module....I highly highly highly recommend you do the training first. It is, in my opinion, a complex module. It also has its flaws, but it is better than using an excel spreadsheet.

 

from BLANKING SYSTEMS, INC
Specialty: Other Industry
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

We work with Inventory, Sales and Accounting

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Vendor is always responsive. They are quick to email back and I took a one-on-one class and he was great!

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Accounting difficult. No drilling down. Unforgiving.

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For shop floor it is OK; use a different method for accounting

 

from Land Sea Air Manufacturing
Specialty: Aerospace / Defense
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Fair on its best day. Service and support are terrible.

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Product is stable. Does not freeze or fail often. Provides an opportunity to capture costs in one big bucket

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Service and sales support from corporate is terrible. Simply won't return phone calls.

Recommendations

Look somewhere else. Most important element of ERP software are the people behind it.

 

from Animated Mfg. Co.
Specialty: Job Shop
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Using Jobs, Sales Orders and Accounting

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Seems to be flexible enough for our metal stamping job shop which as over 250 unique jobs. Vendor help was readily available for set up and use.

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The product is not intuitive and there were too may ways to perform the same function with no help from the vendor on how to decide the best for our shop. Vendor webinars were a waste of time. There is no lesson plan and the teachers don't seem to want to answer specific questions about the problems we were having with set up. They give you different answers to the same question without advice on the what results from each answer. They seem to want to just sell more classes, one guy spent about 20 minutes telling me his life story.

Recommendations

If you are considering this software try to find a company who will give you their experiences. Make sure you know what you want the software to achieve for your company and list it in order of importance. Our last program was a 1978 inventory program which did not have the capability to track job and inventory costs. We will be better able determine our costs so we can give more accurate quotes and determine where costs can be better managed. There is a lot of data entry and steps to perform tasks such as shipping and purchase orders, quotes and jobs, but all that data is available in forms and reports (when Crystal reports is working right). So the data entry is not a waste of time when you can get valuable information from it.

 

from CarrTool
Specialty: Metal Fabrication
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Limited functionality

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Pretty easy to learn. Support staff are nice and helpful and they always walk me through anything I've mucked up. The program is easy to use, it's not real complicated, more user friendly then some packages out there.

Likes Least

Limited functionality. I came from an Oracle (manufacturing) background and I find getting the information I need out of JobBoss is very frustrating. I wasn't expecting anything close to what I had before but some items seem like they should just be common sense. You cannot run a backlog with rev's for the parts, unless you pay extra. I do accounting as well as customer support and I find it very difficult to pull the information I need in one report so I have to cut and paste. Plus exporting in to Excel the formatting is not great. I have to reformat everything. Lastly, to had an extra person to the users (extra license/seat) is crazy expensive. Almost twice the amount of the maintenance agreement. And if you upgrade, they do everything remotely so you have to do all the stuff on your end - and of course everything you want or need as a cost. On the plus side, the program is pretty easy to learn and navigate. The customer support staff are pleasant and for a small company - I guess the value is okay. It was already here when I came so I don't have much to compare it to. I do know we are not using the functionality the way we should and I wish I could find a consultant locally that could just come sit with me for a couple of hours. Trying to do stuff over the phone or email is time consuming and inefficient and I don't want to pay the cost of flying someone here only to be told I have to pay extra for everything.

Recommendations

Decide what functionality you are going to need/want. What do you like about your current software and what are you hoping to gain. Then make sure this is a good fit for your organization

 

from Animated Manufacturing Company
Specialty: Metal Processing
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Exact JobBOSS is a flexible data base for small business

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The software is a flexible database where you can do a procedure several different ways depending on your business.

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There may be too many ways of preforming a procedure, rather complex to learn.

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Please try to simplify the software so it is easier to use.

 

from Orbis Corporation
Specialty: Plastics / Rubber
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

JobBOSS in a lab setting

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After setting up the program (inputting work centers, operations, employees, shifts, etc.), it is very simple and straightforward to use. The on-demand training videos were very well put together.

Likes Least

There are small nit-picky details that are annoying until they become second nature. For example, just about every module in the program makes you enter an input and won't activate the rest of the screen until you press tab, not enter like most every other program. For some more complicated functions, (we wanted to use the program as a record of material properties of samples we test in our lab and put together our own reports separate from the pre-loaded ones) you almost had to pay an extra fee for a customer service representative to talk you through the process. There was documentation on their website, but it was very hard to find and implement.

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I would advise someone to take full advantage of the training videos available on Exact's website, and if you are not a typical job shop, think carefully about how you want to use and implement the program into your current setup.

 

from Ralphs
Specialty: Metal Fabrication
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Accounting functions do not work

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There's nothing to like about this software. I cannot run reports and cannot get help from the company for simple questions unless I want to be charged two hours of time for a five-minute question.

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It's very difficult to input data without constantly using the mouse and/or key stokes. If Exact wanted to have happy customers, they would answer questions. My feeling is they would provide free telephone support. They probably realize they would be flooded with calls they could not handle.

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Move on to a different package.

 

from LaserMan Fab
Specialty: Job Shop
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

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There's nothing I like about this product.

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They would not give me an installation document after my maintenance contract ended. After I told them I was going to switch to E2, they finally gave it to me.

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I would recommend looking elsewhere for a system.

 

from Kirkwood Holding Inc
Specialty: Job Shop
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Quirky product

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It is a low cost alternative for small shops. Provided you have the proper training and are able to enter information correctly, it does provide a good deal of information about job costing, efficiency ratings, etc.

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Much of the functionality is not intuitive, the platform is less than stable, and it allows users to delete/change items after posting, which completely corrupts any kind of audit trail.

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This software is good for small shops without a huge volume. I would also say that the classes (while very expensive) are going to be a requirement if you want to use the full functionality of the software.

 

from Mittler Bros Machine & Tool
Specialty: Job Shop
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

JobBOSS is always there and always user-friendly

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The product is easy to use. The support staff is easy to talk to and knows the software and applications.

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There's nothing I like least about the vendor. I wish the software was a little more on the retail side, but that is more our niche in the business.

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We have looked at other software applications over the years, and no one knows the job shop business like JobBOSS does. I've seen a lot of shops buy elsewhere and then buy Jobboss. So look, but spend your money wisely.

 

from RT manufacturing
Specialty: Distribution
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Overall good software

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Quick system. It's not fancy, but it gets the job done overall.

Likes Least

The colors. It takes awhile to learn, since not everything is intuitive

Recommendations

Evaluate all options and costings. Get examples and demos.

 

from Canyon Machine Inc.
Specialty: Petroleum / Oil & Gas
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Good software

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JobBOSS was very easy to learn to use. As a vendor, Exact's support reps are always very friendly and helpful with solutions.

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Reports could be more sophisticated. Data Collection is not user-friendly and definitely doesn't deliver the promised level of flexibility.

I can't say anything negative about Exact as a vendor. They've treated us very good.

Recommendations

I think the best strategy on picking software like this is to actually go and spend a day with someone who is already using it. Watch them work in it, go through every module to see what they think about it, and see how it would work for your business.

 

from Ray-Mac, INc.
Specialty: Industrial Machinery
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

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It provides a set of comprehensive software functionality to support production and financials for our business. The support team resolves any issues we encounter with the software.

Likes Least

Software installations could be improved to make upgrades more bulletproof. It seems we consistently need assistance to resolve upgrade issues.

Recommendations

Make a list of your business requirements and software expectations to provide to the vendor. Get beyond the "Salesmanship" demos and actually exercise the product to validate what the vendor says it can do.

 

review detail from Argo Tool Corporation
Specialty: Job Shop
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

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Simple yet effective software that has evolved over the years to be a very valuable tool in our industry.

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I cannot think of anything negative about Exact and the JobBOSS product I use.

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Exact software is customizable, which gives you the opportunity to set up your software to meet the demands of your business. Over the years, we have expanded the software to meet our company growth and needs.

 

review detail from Rick Shousha Consultants Inc.
Specialty: Metal Fabrication
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Wealth of information

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The amount of information one can retrieve is outstanding. Creating reports is fun with this tool.

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An interface that could be used on handheld devices seem to be lacking.

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Let go of "your" way of doing business and explore what is already included in JobBOSS. You can probably do better using these methods.

 

from JACO Machine Works
Specialty: Job Shop
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Good software that has helped modernize our shop

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It's just a huge technological leap forward from where our shop was 10 years ago. It's a modern software system that has helped us organize and run our shop. Also, it was a big part of us qualifying for ISO 9001.

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As a scheduler, I think that there is a lot of improvement possible with ShopBOSS. It is a little clunky, and it is a hassle to reschedule jobs exactly where you want them.

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Of course, you should look around and discover what is best for your business, but I think JobBOSS excels in job routings and inventory control.

 

review detail from Ferro Ceramic Grinding
Specialty: Other Industry
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

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It's easy to learn and semi-easy to navigate through.

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Some things are not as intuitive as I had expected.

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That would be dependent on what it's needed for, etc.

 
 
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