FOUNDATION Construction Accounting Software


103 reviews(4.0/5)
103 reviews(4.0/5)

FOUNDATION® construction accounting software is a job costing, project management and scheduling solution available as traditional installed software and on the cloud.

The system offers hundreds of automatic job costing reports and formats, as well as the ability to create custom reports. FOUNDATION is able to calculate and track multiple jobs, unions, rates, states and localities, as well as automatically job cost labor burden.

FOUNDATION offers a variety of additional modules that include Project Management, Scheduling, Service Dispatch, Document Imaging & Routing, Equipment, Inventory, Fixed Assets, Time & Material, Unit Price Billing, Consolidated General Ledger, and the Executive Dashboard. Mobile solutions are also available to extend FOUNDATION’s capabilities into the field.

FOUNDATION is used by commercial, government, prevailing wage and industrial contractors that range widely in trades and sizes. The system is developed, sold, and supported by Foundation Software, Inc., a single-owner company with over 30 years of industry experience. Foundation Software offers support with expert training and continuing education programs.

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7 , Windows Vista , Windows XP , Web browser (OS agnostic) , Windows 2000 , Windows 8 , Windows 10

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  • Chrissy from Healey Plumbing, Inc.

    July 2018

    Wonderful!

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

    Consistency through various modules; to clarify the steps are similar in the various modules, which I have found makes the software extremely user friendly and not difficult to train employees who have no experience with the software.

    Cons

    When exporting some reports to Excel; I have had some issues with formatting, the Excel version of the report may need to be manipulated/adjusted to use

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Foundation Software, Foundation Software

    August 2018

    Thank you for the kind words Chrissy! We are glad to hear FOUNDATION is working well for your company. If you would like to speak further on the Excel formatting please do not hesitate to call our Support Department. We are always happy to help and may be able to offer some tips. Thanks again!

  • Lindsey from U.S. Drywall

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2018

    Not the greatest program

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

    The customer service is great, you can submit a ticket and its responded to quickly. The reports you can run are pretty good.

    Cons

    The program is not user friendly, once something is entered you cannot undo it. You have to call the company and they can reverse what you did. Its an extremely complex confusing not user friendly program.

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    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Foundation Software, Foundation Software

    July 2018

    Hi Lindsey, We are sorry to learn you are having these issues and can definitely assist you. One of our Training Managers will be in touch shortly to help.

  • Steven from Chicago Heights Glass, Inc.

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2018

    Maybe good for accounting but not anything else..

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    I think the accounting staff finds this software acceptable.

    Pros

    I'm dubious of any review that gives this software 5/5. I cannot fathom how any honest and daily user of this software would rate it this high. I can only assume the accounting portion of this software is useful. The project management and documentation modules are weak at best. These modules to have been added only to allow this to be advertised as a complete construction enterprise software.

    Cons

    I've been using this software for 10 years. I'm not a programmer but this software appears to be pretty outdated w/ a feeble attempt to give it a moderately current appearance. The buttons & menus are very reminiscent of Windows 95 type software. I have never seen a display or output remotely close to the screen shots offered on Foundations's website & marketing literature. I suspect these screen shots have been developed for sales & marketing. The actual software does not look like this.

    The actual user interface is very unattractive & outdated. The user interface is also very unfriendly. Most of the data input fields / windows are very small. Furthermore the data entry fields are fixed in size. You cannot increase the size even by adjusting the size of the window. They are fixed making typing and editing difficult. I often times write my text in MS Word then copy it into Foundation. Another work around is to write the body of your order in MS Excel or MS word & attach it to a basic non-descript cover sheet prepared in Foundation. This work around is effective for orders, Submittals, RFIs, etc.

    The included forms are very generic & hardly usable. Developing company specific forms is expensive &
    cumbersome.

    Forget custom support. It exists in name only.

    Major flaws: user interface-fixed data entry fields-no spell check-no UNDO button-long standing bugs that remain, ineffective customer support.

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    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Foundation Software, Foundation Software

    July 2018

    Hi Steven and thanks for providing your feedback. We¿d like to get a better understanding of how you use our accounting software and, more specifically, the project management features since it sounds like your issues are mostly related to that module. A Project Management support specialist will be in touch to start the conversation.

  • karen from R.V. Carey's Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

    Specialty: Plumbing

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2018

    Glad we purchased Foundations!

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    Foundations has helped our company be more successful! Our project managers pay attention to the reports!

    Pros

    As a thought arises, the software team upgrades as clients request additional features! Support is EXCELLENT!

    Cons

    A "find" feature would be useful (like the one we previously had with Quickbooks). Other than that we are so happy!

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  • Zhiwei from Rivers Contractor

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    July 2018

    Good product and good value

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

    Looks and uses just like what we used to use in other accounting software, really saved time at the year end.

    Cons

    i guess not the newest modern software out there? No real complain here, some of the complain you need to put in to context and the company size

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  • Rob from We Teach, Computer Educational Services

    May 2018

    Support software for clients

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

    Nice set of features for the construction industry. Easy to add specialty items such as change orders, work orders and equipment releases. The program even lets you scan in items to link to a job or customer.

    Cons

    Transferring from the desktop/server version to web is not nice. The interface is not the same so users will need to be retrained. If you start with the web app then you should be fine. The price of the web app is a bit high and you will not get any credit for on-premise server based versions that you already purchased.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Hugh from HSA Specialties

    Specialty: Other specialty contractor

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    May 2018

    As a business owner, we found Foundation to be easier to use and more efficient than another accounting/PM program.

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    This is a good program for a small to medium sized company looking for an efficient accounting/project management program.

    Pros

    Purchase price
    Ease of accounting use
    Ease of entering project management info
    Product support after initial setup was very good and quick to respond.

    Cons

    Job cost reports were a bit of a challenge to manipulate.
    Initial start up support was not as knowledgeable as we were on getting the program set up.

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  • Francesca from G.R. Osterland

    Specialty: Utility contractor

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    April 2018

    FOUNDATION Construction Accounting

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    FOUNDATION for our business, is just that, our Foundation. It has become a valuable part of our everyday input and reporting that keeps us organized and compliant. We utilize many of the modules and learn more about the Software features every day. We appreciate the very helpful Customer Support and use it often for help. They answer efficiently and walk you through things, so it also teaches you to better use the software. We are very happy with FOUNDATION and only hope to incorporate it more into our daily and yearly tasks.

    Pros

    FOUNDATION is user friendly, but there are many advanced features that allow for great reporting and organization. We enjoy utilizing the many Modules for different aspects of our business and it keeps all of our information in one place that is easy to call up, report and organize. We are able to efficiently answer questions and share information and it has become invaluable to our business.

    Cons

    There are sometimes small features that we realize they could implement, for instance, when there is a long list, there would be a search bar available.

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  • Verified Reviewer

    April 2018

    Great accounting software, mediocre project management software.

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

    The cloud capabilities are great and don't tie you down to one spot and the ability to create detailed custom reports to meet your needs.

    Cons

    Was hoping for a all in one accounting and project management software but it just doesn't deliver as a all in one.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Kevin from Madison Concrete Construction

    January 2018

    This is a fairly simple program with solid features for specialty contractors.

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    Easy processing of payroll and invoices and solid job cost reporting.

    Pros

    The payroll system is one of the best I have seen. Great at processing payroll and capturing job cost information. Drill downs are simple and provide good data. Having scanned copies of invoices to drill down into is also a smooth feature. It is relatively easy for someone with little training in the software to use.

    Cons

    Some elements of the reporting doesn't allow for easy access to all relevant database fields. Some reports do not even list the jobs that are being reported on.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Kevin from Gypsum Systems Interiors

    Specialty: Finishing contractor

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    January 2018

    Over a decade of success with Foundation

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

    The beautiful thing about Foundation Software is its ability to be customized to fully fit your company needs.

    Cons

    Although Foundation has the ability to be a complete tailored fit accounting software, it does require a lot of hands on time to fully grasp all of its workings.

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  • Rich from Formerly - Celerity Integrated Services, Inc.

    Specialty: Utility contractor

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    January 2018

    Not a turnkey product for Technical Services Co.

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

    Low initial cost to own software, can customize to certain degree. While I have not used all of the available modules, the software seems like it can be customized to suit most applications.

    Cons

    Document storage cannot handle active files. Mobile 1 time entry/ reporting and time approval portal were terrible. Mobile 2 was delayed for way too long and that was problematic. Inventory management module is not great. In general, difficult to navigate, not intuitive and takes more time to use that is saved from use of. Not refined.

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  • Neal from Adams Masonry, Inc.

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    January 2018

    All around great accounting and project management software package.

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    Great accounting system with additional project management features.

    Pros

    Foundation has more features and options then I can hope to use. It is able to be configured and set up work work around any business work flow and accounting style. Our accountants love it and the senior management loves it because they can quickly and easily get a overview of the financial status of the company then drill down to individual invoices and pay applications if they want to. The project management module allows our project management team to tie in everything they generate and respond to the project.

    Cons

    Some of the features feel tacked on with little integration between the different modules. The project management system could definitely be easier to use and more intuitive.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Brian from J'B Fabricators LLC

    Specialty: Other specialty contractor

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    January 2018

    Best of the Best

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    N/A

    Great training, our trainer has gone above and beyond. They help you through everything. They make sure you are comfortable throughout.

    Pros

    customization of the product to meet your businesses specific scenarios as each business has its unique way of setting things up.

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  • matt from Neumiller Electric, Inc.

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    December 2017

    They are all about the sale

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    Unless you are an accountant do not waste your time or money on this product as it just complicates everyday process' rather than helping them.

    Pros

    I have not found a pro yet. I am sure it is good for my accountant and my banker but not for an electrician

    Cons

    Not user friendly. Unless you are a banker, accountant, or computer engineer it only complicates things. The people were wonderful up until the final sale, then we were shuffled around to people that obviously had too much going on. They tell you they can fix or change anything but when you ask for that they just give incomplete excuses and tell you they will get back to you. Not worth the money or the headache.

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  • Randy from Romsco inc

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    December 2017

    Not very good

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    Honestly the benefit I got was to see that you really need to do your homework before making a purchase. Especially one of this magnitude.

    Pros

    I wish I could say I like this product. I had very high hopes that it would bring us to a new level of business. It certainly looks like it can.

    Cons

    Well, we spent a lot of money on training for our company to use it. But I really believe you need a solid background in accounting to utilize it best.
    Not the most visually pleasing software. In a society where software companies are making visually stunning improvements while simultaneously creating better updates. They have been a bit slacked.
    It took us a year for us to see it was too difficult for us to continue using it. But we gave it every chance.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Foundation Software, Foundation Software

    January 2018

    Randy, We are sorry to hear that your company is having issues using FOUNDATION. You are correct that FOUNDATION is a robust construction accounting system and is intended to help growing construction companies advance to a new level of business. We will have a training manager reach out to you this week to talk about your specific concerns. Our hope is that we can continue working together and provide what you need to make FOUNDATION the valuable tool that you expected for your company. We look forward to speaking with you. -Robin, FOUNDATION Software

  • Kimberly from Automatic Fire System Services

    Specialty: Design/build firm

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    December 2017

    New Software

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

    I decided to go with changing to Foundation because of all the features and the reports built in to provide us the information we need easily. The price for what we have is reasonable and allows for remote functions- employees can live anywhere and work for us.

    Cons

    It is more complicated than the normal easy accounting software so training employees to use something that requires more information at the beginning is imperative !

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  • Olga from Drywall Company

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    December 2017

    VERY DIFFICULT, NOT USER FRIENDLY!

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    I'm looking for another software program that meets our construction needs, not to just benefit our accountant. This program took us a long time to impute all our date and 3 years later we are not any better off. Certain reports are horrible, the PM module is useless! After investing so much money, we are still VERY DISAPPOINTED!

    Pros

    IT'S GREAT FOR ACCOUNTANTS

    Having everything in one place, like payroll and not having to use multiple programs to get work done.

    Cons

    Not user friendly at all! It took me two years to get them to put in a check register!
    Not user friendly!

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    Response: Robin, Foundation Software

    December 2017

    Hi Olga, Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback about FOUNDATION. We are sorry to now learn that your experience has been anything less than positive. One of our training managers will reach out this week to coordinate a date and time to personally discuss your concerns in greater detail. Our hope is that you will allow us the opportunity to work with you and your team to eliminate any issues and help make FOUNDATION a valuable tool for your business. We look forward to working with you on a resolution. Please let me know if there is anything else I need to provide.

  • Sandra from Alternalite Electric, Inc.

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    October 2017

    Pleasantly surprised

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    As I said, this is a great product created with the consumer and ALL its needs in mind. From invoices, to AIAs, reports, etc....it is all so easy. And should you need any type of support, Foundation is really quick to return your call and to find a solution. We couldn't be happier about this choice we made. We save so much in time using this over other programs we've tried.

    Pros

    It is EXACTLY what we need being in the Construction business. It is so easy to get all sorts of reports we need, to create documents (invoices, etc), and to get support when needed.

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  • Don from Frontier Railroad Services, LLC

    September 2017

    Great construction accounting software

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

    Extremely intuitive. Great functionality out of the box. The ability to easily write our own reports is a huge benefit.

    Cons

    Mobile software somewhat lacking. We would like the ability to better customize this feature for our specific needs.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
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