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.



111 Reviews of FOUNDATION Construction Accounting

Overall rating

4.0 / 5 stars

Showing 1 - 20 of 111 reviews

November 2018

Noel from Colvico

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

November 2018

Great software

Over all I am happy we have it. The reports are easy to use and entering invoices, jobs, vendors and all that is easy. Their customer service is probably the best I have seen.

Pros

Easy to use. I did not have a lot of training but figured it out pretty fast. When I cant find something or do something, their customer service is right there helping. I love that they can take control and show you where to go.

Cons

There are a lot of add-ons that cost extra. Also, it would be great if there was some stuff you couple permanently delete so it would show up anymore.

Response from Foundation Software of Foundation Software

Replied November 2018

Noel, thank you for your great review! We're so glad you've been having success on FOUNDATION. Absolutely keep reaching out to our support department whenever you need help, and if there's ever anything else we can do for you and your company, just let us know! -Robin, rmo@foundationsoft.com

October 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

October 2018

Foundation for Construction Review

Pros

Foundation was fairly user friendly and had several features that worked well with the construction industry. The payroll module was thorough and easy to use.

Cons

Creating manual entries in the payroll module was tedious and difficult for a company that used a PEO (outsourcing for labor). The taxes had to be hand changed for pennies in order to make the reports balance.

September 2018

Penny from General Construction Services

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

1 of 5

Functionality

2 of 5

September 2018

No Support

Pros

Basic ease of use. It is a very simple program to follow. Probably comparable to QuickBooks. Which I would recommend between the two.

Cons

Not a lot of flexibility in report design. If you have a complicated problem you will have not support. By the time they call you back you will most likely have your problem solve.

Response from Robin of Foundation Software

Replied October 2018

Thank you, Penny! We’re glad you’ve found FOUNDATION easy to use. All the additional job cost and construction features beyond a general-purpose accounting system like QuickBooks can provide a learning curve, but it sounds like you’re on top of it! We really should be able to help with the reporting you’re looking for as well. Let me have one of our training managers reach out to you to see if we can’t do more with those reports for you. // — Robin, rmo@foundationsoft.com

September 2018

Barbara from Encore Mechanical, LLC.

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2018

Foundation

Pros

Foundation software is a great program to use in the construction industry.

Cons

I did not find a reason to dislike anything about the Foundation software.

September 2018

Ed from Griffin Pavement Striping, Inc.

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

2 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

2 of 5

September 2018

Foundation Software

We selected Foundation over 10 years ago as it appeared to be the best option at that time. At this time if I was looking at construction accounting software I would want to examine other providors as I cannot say that is still the case.

Pros

Fully Intergrated Accounting System. Payroll system has some strengths. Customer service is very prompt and experienced.

Cons

Accounts recievable package is terrible with respect to retainage tracking. Many features in all the modules are cumbersome to use. Reporting is limited in many of the modules. Some of the integrations between modules do not work correctly. Software enhancements take a long time to get implemented. Foundation appears over the last few years to be spending their resources on providing their Third-Party Payroll Service (Payroll 4 Construction) and on other new product development and not on improving the software which is a disturbing trend.

Response from Robin of Foundation Software

Replied October 2018

Hi, Ed! Thank you for your honest feedback. While we do have other products and services to complement our core accounting product, continued product development of our accounting software has always been and remains a priority. So updates and enhancements will absolutely keep coming, and we appreciate your patience as we roll them out as fast as able. Any issues you’re experiencing between modules is something we definitely want to look at to make sure we can’t improve your setup. We also might be able to set up some more advanced reporting for you. I’ll have a manager from our training department reach out to talk more! // —Robin, rmo@foundationsoft.com

September 2018

MANDY from QUICKSILVER CONTRACTING CO.

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

September 2018

FOUNDATION

OVERALL IT IS A VERY USEFUL TOOL TO HAVE FOR BUSINESS. I HAVE NOT REALLY USED ANY OTHER SOFTWARE SO I DON'T HAVE MUCH TO COMPARE IT TO.

Pros

FAIRLY EASY TO UNDERSTAND AND MANEUVER IN FOUNDATION. I USE IT FOR A/P AND INVOICING BUT WE USE IT FOR ALL ASPECTS OF THE BUSINESS

Cons

I FIND IT USEFUL AND I AM NEW TO BUSINESS SOFTWARE.

Response from Foundation Software of Foundation Software

Replied September 2018

Thanks for your review, Mandy! Even if you haven¿t had other accounting software to compare it to, we¿re really glad that you¿re finding FOUNDATION easy to use and helpful in your role. That¿s the important thing, and it sounds like you¿ve got it down! If you ever need additional help, please check out the resources, webinars and classes on clients.foundationsoft.com, or let us know what we can do for you at Quicksilver. ¿ Robin rmo@foundationsoft.com

September 2018

Jamie from QUICKSILVER CONTRACTING CO.

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2018

great product

GREATEST ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE OUT THERE

Pros

VERY USER FRIENDLY, JOB COSTING IS GREAT AND THE DRILL DOWNS ALLOW YOU TO FOLLOW THE TRANSACTIONS EASELY.

Cons

WOULD LIKE THE MOBILE PAYROLL FUNCTION IN AN APP

Response from Foundation Software of Foundation Software

Replied September 2018

Thank you, Jamie! We certainly aim to please out there in Oregon, and I am so glad we are hitting the mark for you and your company. If there is ever anything else we can do, please let us know. You might also want to know that we did just release downloadable native apps for our mobile payroll features, and I would be happy to put you in touch for more information if you are interested! Robin rmo@foundationsoft.com

August 2018

Crystal from Reynolds Iron Works Inc

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

August 2018

Foundation software

Have been using for 9 years . Love it but training is expensive

Pros

Does everything you may want or need in accounting software. Even has areas we don't use. Prior to Foundation we used three different programs to track payroll, A/P, and A/R.

Cons

Tracking taxes across different states for monthly reporting difficult. Some manual work required to report accurately.

Response from Robin of Foundation Software

Replied August 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback, Crystal! We're thrilled to hear you love using FOUNDATION, and we love having you as a client. If there's ever anything else we can do for you, please let us know! // -Robin, rmo@foundationsoft.com

July 2018

Chrissy from Healey Plumbing, Inc.

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

July 2018

Wonderful!

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

Response from Foundation Software of Foundation Software

Replied 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!

July 2018

Lindsey from U.S. Drywall

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

1 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

2 of 5

July 2018

Not the greatest program

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.

Response from Foundation Software of Foundation Software

Replied 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.

July 2018

Steven from Chicago Heights Glass, Inc.

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

1 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Customer support

1 of 5

Functionality

1 of 5

July 2018

Maybe good for accounting but not anything else..

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.

Response from Foundation Software of Foundation Software

Replied 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.

July 2018

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

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

July 2018

Glad we purchased Foundations!

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!

July 2018

Zhiwei from Rivers Contractor

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

July 2018

Good product and good value

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

May 2018

Rob from We Teach, Computer Educational Services

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

May 2018

Support software for clients

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.

May 2018

Hugh from HSA Specialties

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

May 2018

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

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.

April 2018

Francesca from G.R. Osterland

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

April 2018

FOUNDATION Construction Accounting

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.

April 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

April 2018

Great accounting software, mediocre project management software.

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.

January 2018

Kevin from Madison Concrete Construction

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2018

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

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.

January 2018

Kevin from Gypsum Systems Interiors

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2018

Over a decade of success with Foundation

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.

January 2018

Rich from Formerly - Celerity Integrated Services, Inc.

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

2 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

2 of 5

January 2018

Not a turnkey product for Technical Services Co.

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.