Exact JobBOSS Software


 

JobBOSS is an integrated shop management software package designed to track and cost jobs. It allows key office and production staff to manage job information day-to-day to aid responsive customer service and on-time deliveries.

All data is located in a single database, giving networked users simultaneous access to the collective information. This allows decision makers to be informed and aware of what is happening on the shop floor and in the office.

This solution places a strong emphasis on costing, productivity and scheduling. It is flexible and designed to think like most custom, make-to-order, engineer-to-order and mixed mode shops and handle everyday situations based on the manufacturing flow in these types of facilities.

Information is entered once and is always readily accessible to users—from job history, job status and delivery performance to profit analysis.

JobBOSS is an Exact product. Exact builds business software for SMEs and their accountants.

 

JobBOSS - Job entry
 
  • JobBOSS - Job entry
    Job entry
  • JobBOSS - Material ID
    Material ID
  • JobBOSS - Job status
    Job status
  • JobBOSS - Explorer
    Explorer
  • JobBOSS - Data collection
    Data collection
  • JobBOSS - ShopView
    ShopView
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000

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Anthony from Wren Industries
Specialty: Aerospace / Defense
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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JobBOSS has made my daily work routine much easier. Everything can be managed by one software. Purchasing, scheduling, employee time tracking, costing all in one place. The customer support is great. Anytime we've had a question or problem they are quick to respond and help us resolve the issue. JobBOSS has been the perfect fit for our organization and we are continuing to expand upon the base package we started with.

 
 

Jim from D&S Machine Service
Specialty: Metal Processing
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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I have been using JBW for 19 years now. All & all it is pretty good.

Pros

Excellent for routing & tracking jobs.
It works well for quoting. Quotes can easily be pulled into jobs when ordered.
Training is good
Data collection works well

Cons

Poor in scheduling.
Custom reports are expensive & take a while to get done.

Advice to Others

I do not have anything to compare it to, but except for scheduling I am pleased with JBW

 
 

DEBRA from WINEGAR, INC.
Specialty: Metal Processing
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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Jobboss is easy to use. It needs a lot more features and flexibility.
I do not think it has kept up the times. It has done a few updates here and there, but it has not done a major overhaul or improvement in years.
We have looked at other software and it can do so much more than Jobboss.
All Jobboss had done is add on utilities that you need to buy and they are not part of the program.
Most of the utilities should be part of the core of Jobboss. The main part of Jobboss just doesn't change or improve any.
I don't want to buy a ton of utilities to make Jobboss work like it should.

Pros

Easy to use.

Cons

No major improvements for a long time, only add on utilities or fixes.
Seems outdated compared with other software.
Not flexible to our needs.

Advice to Others

If you are running a small, simple business it might be good for a starter software.
For growing business, this probably is not the software for you. It doesn't seem to grow with the times.

 
 

Glenn Street from Street Characters Inc.
Specialty: Apparel / Textiles
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Not Very Intuitive, Poor Customer Support

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We have had JobBoss for a number of years and have just put up with it.

It is obvious that over the years they have just kept adding features and the system is clunky and not intuitive.

I got excited when they announced a new cloud version a few years back. This had appealed to me as it appeared to be a new version, and our server needed replacement so this was the right solution at the right time. I'm based in Canada and was told it would be coming to Canada soon, but I would need to convert my Accounting to Quickbooks Online as QBO is the accounting engine for the cloud platform.

That was several years ago. I've called a handful of times with no resolution, everytime it's either "We're working on it", or they encourage me to get a US address to have the Cloud but I wouldn't have Canadian Payroll, or they start giving me complicated answers about the server version being hosted by someone else.. I've also emailed a few times with no response. They've never been able to give me a clear roadmap of what to do which has been super frustrating.

We have now picked new cloud-based software provider.

Pros

Nothing.

Cons

Not User-Friendly or intuitive. (Just ask them to demo their CRM to see what I mean).
Poor Customer Service.

Advice to Others

There are much better products out there. Easier to use with better customer support.

 
 

Karola from Carbide Products, Inc.
Specialty: Industrial Machinery
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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What more can a person say, but once I learned how to use it ... it's great.

Pros

Everything

Cons

Ease of learning

Advice to Others

Try it, you'll like it.

 
 

Kurt from Simplex System Controls, Inc.
Specialty: Job Shop
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Strong Job Shop Solution

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Simplex is not your traditional job shop for which JobBOSS was created. That said, we've been able to use its core functionality to streamline our business processes and data analytics. JobBOSS has helped us improve our profitability and better manage our customer and supplier relationships. JobBOSS interfaces well with some add-on software to track non-conformances and customer touches (CRM).

Pros

The ability to quickly set up similar quotes and jobs using past quotes and jobs. The job costing functionality/reporting has been key to improving profitability.

Cons

The scheduling functionality is too complicated (too much overhead) for a job shop with no machines to use.

Advice to Others

I would suggest visiting other JobBOSS customers to see the product in use before purchase and implementation.

 
 

Alex from Unity Precision Manufacturing
Specialty: Medical Products
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

JobBOSS Review

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The company I worked for has had JobBOSS since 1989. I have been using JobBOSS for 3 years now. Overall it is straightforward and fairly easy to use. I'm looking forward to the 12.0 release which will hopefully improve the software even more.

Pros

Overall Ease of use.
Great tools available for custom reporting and database monitoring.

Cons

Scheduling module is tedious.
Quote, quantity specific tool can cause headaches with complex quotes.

Advice to Others

When setting up the software for the first time, be diligent in making sure that it is an accurate reflection of how the shop runs and the software are set up properly. Improper setup of work centers/costing/material control will make it difficult for the more advanced tools to work well for you down the road.

Make sure to current on software updates, and make sure your employees are well trained in the proper use of the software!

 
 

Richard from D&N Machining Co
Specialty: Other Industry
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Job Boss from and Accountant

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While strong in shop floor control, JobBoss is a bit cumbersome for accountants.

Pros

Works across the entire system.

Cons

The individuals who lead the training I attended did not have practical knowledge on how to use the software.

 
 

Rachel from Disposable Instrument
Specialty: Metal Processing
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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The product is easy to use, and the training videos are helpful.

Pros

Easy to use and has a lot of reports.

Cons

The reports are not easy to easily managed for customized information.

 
 

Allison from Win-Tech, Inc.
Specialty: Aerospace / Defense
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Software that takes user feedback into consideration? Who knew?!

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I've used JobBoss for almost 11 years at a small machine shop that specializes in aerospace work. I've seen the software grow and change with updated revisions, each one more useful than the next. That's not to say the program has not been useful in the past - as the industry grows and changes, it's obvious that the company takes user feedback into consideration when improving the software.
The software is easy to use, and technical instructions (such as those for installation) and clear and thorough. Tech support is always knowledgeable and helpful.

Pros

It's perfectly geared to manufacturers. There are many ways to customize features and use what works for you - and don't use what doesn't work for you.

Cons

I'm not a terribly huge fan on Crystal (one of the options for reports).

Advice to Others

Attend a JobBoss Conference and immerse yourself in the software. Think about how you would use modules as you watch live demonstrations and talk to other users.

 
 

Ryan from Minnesota Metalworks Inc.
Specialty: Metal Fabrication
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Job boss helping to control the shop.

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Fine tuning the product and adding in more in-depth information has allowed us to bring our company to a new level seeing issues before they happen.

Pros

Tractability on just about everything. Efficiencies, Material Planning

Cons

Vacations can not be entered in Job Boss ahead of time otherwise, overtime is paid out. Not being able to do this make scheduling less accrete. Quoting is not accrete in the system. Unipoint does not give PPM. Knowledge sync and Unipoint are a separate program. For my shift, I have 2 paid breaks. How do I pay my employees for this but have the time taken out of the job they are clocked into?

 
 

Denise from Die Technology, Inc.
Specialty: Job Shop
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

JobBoss Works!

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It is an all in one package for our job shop. It works well for what we need. We have used it for many years.

Pros

All departments can use the software for department needs.

Cons

Would like JobBoss to move faster and keep up with technology using better apps.

 
 

Cheryl from Dan-Mar Company Inc.
Specialty: Electronics
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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I have worked on many different MRP/ERP systems over the years and was previously used to automated material planning. In moving to a small company that had been using jobboss for a couple years I was original skeptical -- but have come to like it for the capabilities it has relative to the low cost of acquisition.

Pros

Ease of making changes and acquiring data through either crystal reports or jobboss reports

Cons

I don't like that the router template information doesn't update live when descriptions, costs or other info is updated in other portions of the programs.

Advice to Others

You do need to be a "self-starter" in some respects to work with this system. I didn't get any training when I took over this position and had to figure things out on my own and read the help documents quite a bit. Some things are pretty self-explanatory but you have to sometimes research how things tie together when the results aren't what you expect.

 
 

Jeff from Messersmith Manufacturing
Specialty: Metal Fabrication
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Long process to implement but worth it

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We purchased the JobBoss system about 11 months ago and are about to take it live. we to the 2 day Job Control Workshop and it was very informative. The process has been slow because of how busy we have been and getting it us ready for implementation has been pushed to the back burner a few times. The people at Exact have been good to work with and answer my questions in a timely manner.

Pros

All in one shop control. Many sources to learn from. Online classes with learning pass have been very helpful. 2-day job control was excellent.

Cons

building the database from our dissembled old system was time-consuming but that was our old ways fault. the system is set up for a small product (only a few components per part) and our system is a large complicated system we have to learn how to do multi stage component jobs and the learning center recorded lessons all do just small widget examples. would be nice to have a class on large multi component job building. Need a class on Solidwork BOL uploads.

 
 

daniel from Hastings Machine Company
Specialty: Metal Fabrication
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Consultant for JobBOSS

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Aerospace for 5 years and Consultant 9 years I had plenty experience for JobBOSS. Crystal Reports, JBUD Reports, SQL Server Reporting Services,
and using JobBOSS. I highly recommend JobBOSS for a jobshop.

Pros

Fully functional

Cons

Elimination JBUD Reports

Advice to Others

Small price for quality software

 
 

Bernard from Keithco Manufacturing Inc
Specialty: Job Shop
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Best investment I've made in 25 year of Manufacturing.

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I own a small machine shop in Southern California and was using another product for a couple of years back in the early 1990's. I switched to Jobboss in the late 1990's and have never looked back. It is the complete package from quoting to job entry, purchasing, receivables and payables and job tracking. Most of my jobs are repeat orders and it's so easy to copy the information from the past time I ran the job to the new order. It populates the part number, description, revision, price, drawing number, operations and outside services and also the purchase history and material needs for the order. All you need to do is check the revision, price, quantity and enter the delivery date and it was done. Its a time saver when you can see what size, price and quantity of material as well as the vendor and create a purchase order for that from the Job Entry screen.

Pros

Ease of use and savings in time with regards to purchasing and costing jobs.

Cons

No complaints

Advice to Others

Absolutely give it a try and see how it functions

 
 

Peggy from Swiss Precision Machining Inc
Specialty: Other Industry
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Job Boss Review

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Job Boss is user-friendly. The canned reports have too much info on them but it is easy to transfer to excel to get more concise info.

Pros

The ease of use.

Cons

Needs a better accounting package and I think the training should be more affordable. Also, need more local consultants.

 
 

Nicholas from Apparatus Mfg, Inc.
Specialty: Metal Fabrication
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

JobBoss for a Sheet-metal Fabrication Shop

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We have used this product for over 2 years. It took a little bit to get the hang of it but it is one of the strongest tools we have in our shop now! There is no way we would go back to our old way of doing things!!

Pros

The one thing we like a lot is the quick overview that jobboss allows

Cons

we attach drawings and pictures to all of our part numbers. There is not a straightforward way to just say "ok I have attached a drawing right here now allow it to be shown on all operations" you have to manually enter the drawings on each operation which is ok but can take some time. If this was cleaned up then it would get my 5 starts for ease of use

Advice to Others

This is truly the most straightforward software out there (we had tried a few before we settled on this)

 
 

Scott from Drewco Corporation
Specialty: Metal Fabrication
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Solid Product with good flexability

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Our company has now used JobBOSS for around 4 years. We have found that the user interface is quite intuitive and straightforward to use. This is a plus when training new people on the system. Functionally, it has met most of the needs that we purchased it for.

We loved the idea behind the scheduling module, but have found it to not be a good fit with our shop. We are primarily a custom high mix, low volume shop. This leads to many jobs that have potential to run in more than one pathway on the floor and most jobs are first run where we do not have a history of expected production run times to fall back on. We also have split our shop floor into three self directed production cells that have a fair amount of cross work. The self direction means many production decisions are made at the cell level and not at a command level. Because of these factors, we found that matching our shop floor to the scheduling module was exceptionally difficult unless we were willing to dedicate a full time person to keeping it accurate. In the end, we believe that the scheduling module would work better in a higher volume production environment with more of a top down command structure than how we operate.

The reports that come with JobBOSS are reasonable, however, we have found that digging deeper into the data (at least the directions we looked) required special reporting. It is handy to have someone on staff who is comfortable working with SQL tables, data mining and creating custom reports. Exact does offer custom report creating. Just remember, it come at additional cost.

Pros

As someone who does look behind the scenes and works to dig data out of the system, I am impressed with the amount of information that JobBOSS does capture. Additionally, it is quite well organized in its structure. On the front end, the user interface is intuitive and lends itself to easy training.

Cons

Reporting. The stock reports are reasonable for a company that does not need to dig into its data very deeply. But the analysis at deeper levels would either require purchasing many custom reports or have someone on staff that can dig into the data and create custom reports.

The scheduling module works best in an environment with minimal chance of perturbation. Systems that have a high degree of variation become hard to model accurately.

 
 

KERRY from Millrite Machine Inc.
Specialty: Job Shop
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

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We have been using JobBoss for over 25 years. Many improvements have been made over those years and we find the software easy to use and very functional.