Sage 100 Contractor Software (formerly Sage Master Builder)


 

Sage 100 Contractor, formerly known as Sage Master Builder, focuses on small to midsize construction companies, whether they are a general contractor, service or specialty contractor or a home builder.

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. The software provides an interactive dashboard that provides instant visibility into things like the status of current job costs, pending operations or company performance. The dashboard also enables users to drill down into larger data sets and see further details like invoices generated or the latest change order.

Users can leverage multiple reporting templates available to generate customizable business reports as per business need. 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

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

 

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Jeff from Cal Air
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Well worth it!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

We read hundreds of online reviews and interviewed a handful of system solutions. In the end, I am extremely happy with our decision. Sage is very easy to use and has increased our visibility and makes us more efficient every day. The support from the consultants is also fantastic. I highly recommend this product.

Pros

This product is highly integrated; almost every screen and report has drill down capability to see further detail. The job screen allows you to see nearly every input that has been made on a job from a single dashboard (budget, POs, subcontracts, change orders, invoices, payments, etc.)

Cons

The initial cost may seem high, but it is most definitely worth the money. Also, consider server options or a hosted server as part of the initial installation and cost.

 
 

Renee' from CBH, Inc
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Love using Sage. Some areas are pretty tough to get set up to use and many times need a proadvisor to help. Really like most of the reports that Sage provides, but many times it does not provide all the info we need.

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Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Reports. Tech support is good. Appreciate the help that is given-techs are helpful. like the ease of check writing and the ability to easily find vendors and previous payments made to them and job cost reports for seeing what was spent on job.

Cons

sometimes hard to get reports needed. Get frustrated when I purchase tech support tickets and don't use them and then they won't transfer to the next year. don't think this is right especially when Sage has new versions come out that we need more help with and have to buy more support tickets and can't use the ones left open from the previous year. Need to reconsider this. Expensive for not being able to use when need.

 
 

Grace from Witmer's construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Long time user

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A

It has worked for us for 20 years.

Pros

We have used versions of this products for 20 years, starting with Master Builder. We appreciate the continual updates. It stays current with new technology and for current contracting accounting standards. .

 
 

Christine from BFP Fire Protection, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Okay Software; Needs Improvement

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Availability of Reports. V20 much better than previous versions. Has more capability than most users will ever need.

Cons

The fact that users are forced to pay for high end support because the software is what I can only assume is intentionally difficult to use. Additionally, we have too many instances to count where our software became corrupt. One such instance required recreating thousands of items back into the software. Reports are difficult to setup or modify.

 
 

Amy from Gary Kerns Homebuilders LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Have Used Sage For Over 20 Years

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

It gives us the reports we need when analyzing jobs and cost. It allows us to do our own payroll/taxes and save the expense of outsourcing this to an accountant. We have used it for over 20 years and are very pleased with the recent upgrades to the operating system.

 
 

Denise from St. Germain's Glass, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Has made our company more efficient.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Pros

Easy to use and navigate from screen to screen. Has made our billing way more accurate and efficient.

Cons

Not all of the reporting we would like it there and some is not very beneficial. Payroll stub doesn't show different rates of pay. I also don't like that the use tax doesn't calculate properly and rounds up, so I have to manually calculate in order to balance.

 
 

Kelly from Fatboy Construction, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Have used Sage for over 20 years. BEST software for Construction industry.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Sage is organized in a smart way that makes sense. Things are not generally buried somewhere, or organized in a way that you can accidentally enter things in multiple places (a nightmare I experienced repeatedly with Quickbooks). There are clear rules that follow basic accounting principles and tremendous resources for project management and business planning. It also has a lot of flexibility for customizing. The support services are unprecedented.

Pros

It leaves good audit trail for everything you do. As a bookkeeper this is invaluable for reconciling (unlike Quickbooks). Versatility in Job reports and tracking so much data for making smart business decisions.

Cons

It takes a long time to become truly proficient and is not designed for people without strong accounting abilities and knowledge. Some features are not intuitive. If you need custom reports you either need to take extensive classes or pay an expert (time consuming for the first and expensive for the second).

 
 

Meghan from The Remodeling CO.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Sage is a wonderful comprehensive acocunting software with terrific client support.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I've been using Sage 100 Contractor for 5 years and it was easy to learn and great to work with!

Pros

Client support is outstanding! Any time I have needed to use our support services I don't have to wait long on hold and get a very helpful agent. Problems have always been resolved in one call.

Cons

Sage has a lot of updates and some of them require a bit of time and re-learning certain areas. It's a good thing just time consuming.

 
 

Kelly from Pool N Spa Center dba Pacific Sun Pool N Spa
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Great software for construction company

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Sage customer support online/via phone are very helpful, when I call the customer service representatives are very friendly and informative.

Pros

This software is easy to use and offers a wide range of reports for tracking costs and analyzing financial information. Utilizing all the modules makes the transitions easy when moving from a bid to a current project, all the way to project closeout. Their support staff are always knowledgeable and quite thorough in their efforts to help.

Cons

The report writer needs some overhaul. We need the ability to merge information more easily with Job Cost and AP. As a contractor it is critical for up to date information without having seperate reports for Job Cost and AP. Give those creating reports the ability to "connect" data indexes and set more than 3 sorts on a particular report.

 
 

Donna from Aztec Construction & Mechanical, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Sage100 Contractor - User Friendly

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

You don't need a degree in accounting to understand it.

Pros

It was the easiest software to learn and to work with.
If an issue came up; it was been resolved the same day.

 
 

Jeanne from Keymont Construction, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Sage 100 has simplified my job as Office Manager and Bookkeeper.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Overall, Sage 100 Contractor is a wonderful software program. The support and technical assistance staff have been wonderful in the past and are always helpful with fixing any problems with may occur. We have been using this software since 2003 and it has been great. Another great feature are the reports for preparing quarterly payroll tax returns. This feature is a definite time saver for which I am very grateful.

Pros

I really like all the different reports that are available. I like having a client data base with all the contact information at my fingertips and it is wonderful that my boss can access it from his "laptop" so that he does not have to use the "main" computer to access the database or any bookkeeping information he may require for a specific job.

Cons

The only con is that now that we upgraded to Windows 10 there are are a few glitches. For example, whenever Windows 10 does an update on the "main" computer, it is necessary for me to "reset" the Sage 100 Contractor Hosting Framework back to "running" and also the Sage 100 SQL Contractor Hosting Framework back to "running". It is a bit of an inconvenience since my boss does not know how to "reset" them and therefore cannot access the bookkeeping information.

 
 

Tracey from Charles Simms Development Corp
Specialty: Real estate developer
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Detail oriented

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I find the software to be user friendly.

Pros

Love that you can drill down on things to research.
Variety of reports and search options available.

Cons

Still a new user.
If anything it would be entering invoices for payments using cost codes/PO's. It seems that at times we have trouble because even though there are balances remaining on the PO it is marked closed. So we have to go into the PO to open it back up in order to pay the remaining balance.

 
 

Colleen from Lakes Construction Co Inc
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Sage Contractor is a must have for job cost reliant companies.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

No, just this is a good program for job cost.

Pros

Ability to track cost. Being able to go to past years and research cost and construction trends. Job cost is very important to my company, Sage Contractor, has all the bells and whistles that make for excellent tracking of cost.

Cons

needing a budget entered to see cost to sales, really should be able to have cost with out budgets and still be able to at end of job compare cost of sales to sales. For profit following.

 
 

Randy from Hamptons Habitat
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

15+ years and still happy with product

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Needs some work, hopefully they continue to fix issues as they have always done in the past.

Pros

I've never used any other product so I can't make comparisons but I've been very happy with this program for over 15 years. It's very intuitive and easy to use. There are tons of reports, you can easily navigate information within reports to save time. Customer support has always been at the top of their game but it seems harder to get someone on the phone lately.

Cons

The functionality of this product slowed down tremendously (for us) once it went SQL or "live". I'm constantly waiting for every menu option to start. Yearly maintenance contract is expensive, especially in years where not much has improved. Does not seem to integrate with many programs like Quickbooks can. May have to look at other products if they don't catch up on this. Program crashes more than ever now that it's live.

 
 

Ronda from Woodstone Builders LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Great service

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Customer service is always there to help. Accountability and chain of events is easy to recreate. Ease of job verification.

Cons

Could use more ease in creating reports. Getting to detailed information can take a while to get there.

 
 

Kathy from Fullford Electric Inc
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Best software ever for construction accounting

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I don't think I've ever seen a more complete software. I've used other software, designed for other industries and I can say that this one beats them all. If you're a contractor or subcontractor, you really need Sage 100 Contractor. You won't regret it.I've been using Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Master Builder) for almost 15 years and when I started, the in-software and online help was vague, at best, but over the years Sage has worked hard adding details to the "help" options which has put assistance at your fingertips.

Pros

This software is easy to use and offers a wide range of reports for tracking costs and analyzing financial information. Utilizing all the modules makes the transitions easy when moving from a bid to a current project, all the way to project closeout. Their support staff are always knowledgeable and quite thorough in their efforts to help. Their Partner Reps are also a great value. They have years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to help with report customization and other learning related assistance. Another advantage is that Sage integrates well with other software like entering payroll information at the jobsite directly into the payroll module.

 
 

Michelle from Grousemont Associates
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Great Software

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I have used this software since it was first invented in the DOS format! Really showing my age now! We don't do a lot of job costing anymore so I don't use it to it's full capacity but I still like the software. Just wish the yearly maintenance contract wasn't so expensive. Some years I barely use the service.

Pros

My personal opinion is that this software is Intuitive and easy to navigate. The report options are great and the forms can be modified for your personal preference.

Cons

Takes a long time to load when I first get on. Once it's loaded, I can switch between companies without too much hesitation.
I have two monitors and when I open a screen it pops up on the other monitor and I have to drag it over.

 
 

Penny from JWI Restoration, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Excellant product

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Over all I have been very satisfied with this product.

Pros

The amount of time saved doing various government reports and for insurance purposes has been unbelievable. What use to take me hours to complete can now be accomplished in just minutes.

Cons

The only feature which I wish would improve is when the daily time is posted it would be reflected in the job cost. As of now, it does not post until after the payroll is processed.

 
 

Christine from Davis-Houk Mechanical, Inc.
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Sage 100 Contractor

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Overall Sage is a great program, and I truly hope the SQL bugs are worked out soon.

Pros

The best part about Sage is that once you learn how to navigate 1 section of the software you will be able to navigate all of the sections. Sage is very user friendly and customizable.

Cons

Sage SQL has been nothing but problems for us. You lost ease of functionality in the search lists, and we keep getting error after error. Our IT guy has spent hours on the phone with support and have now been told they can no longer provide support.

 
 

Cindy from THURSTON Companies, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Sage 100 Contractor Review

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

It has a wonderful support system, easily learned, and stable environment, meets most every need of any contractor.

Cons

The report writer needs some overhaul. We need the ability to merge information more easily with Job Cost and AP. As a contractor it is critical for up to date information without having seperate reports for Job Cost and AP. Give those creating reports the ability to "connect" data indexes and set more than 3 sorts on a particular report.

 
 
 
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Tyler from Tri Mission Company

July 2017

July 2017

Good software, but lacks a few key functionalities and poor customer service.

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Value
Support
Pros

Very powerful and customizeable. Allows you to segregate different departments very well. The report writer is powerful as well, minus a few drawbacks.

Cons

Seemingly arbitrary drawbacks in functionality, such has not using true SQL in the report writer, and having a fairly high learning curve in the beginning before you learn how everything really plays into each other.

Source: Capterra
 

Joseph from Raineri Construction

June 2017

June 2017

Generating Contract Documents

Ease-of-use

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Functionality
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Quality
Pros

Sage is proficient at generating all of the contract documents required for construction ranging from subcontracts, purchase orders, request for information, to Transmittals.

Cons

Sage 100 is not the most user friendly software to use and it can be difficult to make sure that all of the fields have been properly filled out and where to find certain items.

Source: Capterra