ProContractor Estimating™ Software

3.43 / 5 (145)

About ProContractor Estimating™


ProContractor Estimating software offers tools for takeoff, estimating, and bid management in a single system. The software features include accounting and project management, mobile applications, and business intelligence solutions tailored for the construction and mechanical industry. The application has built-in features such as Excel integration, “what-if” scenarios, the creation of alternates and change orders, a historical database, and visual assemblies.

ProContractor Estimating modules offer functionality such as digitized takeoff and CAD file import/ export capabilities. The modules can also streamline processes and increase revenue for companies involved in concrete, residential and commercial, general contractors and other trades. The software has the capability to accurately perform takeoffs for on-target bids and submit more bids in less time with the profit margin. The application can customize solutions for every role in the project ecosystem.

ProContractor Estimating enables contractors to determine materials, labor and equipment needs for a construction or electrical job. The software provides tools such as “shape recognition” that automates quantity counts by searching plans resulting in improved accuracy and time savings.



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Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8, Windows 10

145 Reviews of ProContractor Estimating™

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Overall

3.43 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

3.5

Functionality

3.5

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(31)

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(51)

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(29)

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(9)

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(25)

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November 2017

Owen from Thompson Concrete Ltd.

Company Size: 201-500 employees

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Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

November 2017

Great All in One System for those upgrading from QuickBooks

We are a specialty subcontractor with seven entities doing approximately $50M/revenue, have been growing double digits since ProContractor installation and have been ProContractor users for approximately 3.5 years.

Pros

ProContractor is a great all in one integrated system, housing all needs of our business, from estimating and project management through HR (not enrollment) and accounting. All modules are communicating mostly seamlessly and it handles our many intercompany transactions without issue. In addition, for someone who was new to the construction industry as an accounting professional when I started using ProContractor, I found it incredibly user friendly and easy to navigate!

Cons

As someone who is not extremely IT savvy, my biggest complaint is the out of the box reporting capabilities. Because of the module design, often you can't combine multiple attributes of two different modules into one report, instead you download the information and work with it in Excel. In addition, project management reporting is lacking, especially from a budget to actual perspective, despite all of the necessary information being there (this is from an accounting perspective, but I don't often hear that from our project managers).

Also, the journal entry process is extremely cumbersome - I don't understand why they can't just design an Excel upload template.

Finally, from a customer service perspective, I typically find them to be very responsive; however, for tougher questions or training needs, it is difficult to get them to dedicate time to you or follow-up unless you are persistent (i.e. they always want to try to knock it all out in a one hour phone call). Having said that though, some of our issues are self driven in that we skimped on a few attributes of original adoption/integration in order to save a few dollars.

October 2016

Kahealani from Cal Coast Telecom

Company Size: 51-200 employees


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

4.0

October 2016

Come to the Event

The day I started @ Cal Coast was the day they went live with the software migration from American Contractor to ProContractor. The software is user friendly enough that I was able to navigate it fairly easy and my biggest challenge was learning how to process tasks the Cal Coast way rather than having to figure out a complicated software. However, the experience for the rest of the users in my office that had worked on AC for the last few years was rather different. Their experience was comparative between AC and PCMX and they experienced more frustration that I did. However, my overall experience remains positive with some constructive feedback for improvements in the future. This conference has highlighted several areas where I am doing things the "long way" when there are shorter and better ways to get done. It would be great to have a section somewhere that highlights neat little tricks and short cuts to get some of the simple tasks completed. For example, for six months we have been trying to figure out how to make our widgets in those cute little boxes on the dashboard. well we just paid the fee to come to this conference to have someone simply show us to click and drag to the end of the screen to organize our widgets. We were pleased, but it would have been nice to have seen a 2 min tutorial (like they do on YouTube) to show us how to do that.

Pros

I like the logic of the product. I feel that if you know what it is you want to do, that if you look hard enough, you will find a way to do it. I like that the categories are fairly organized and easy to follow. I like that I can create almost all my billing forms from the platform and that I can have multiple tabs of the same function open to work on multiple tasks.

Cons

I would like the lien management process to be more integrated with the invoicing process. I would like to be able to build my customers billing applications into their customer profile so it can be auto filled through the system. I currently have to process them in separate software (excel, word, or pdf). I would like to have a list of all the shortcut keys so I can avoid using my mouse for faster processing. I would like feedback on suggestions I've submitted for voting. I would also like that voting platform changed as I think the idea I have has value, but it gets lost in the feed and so people don't see it or don't even know about that function in support.

September 2014

Dillon from E.R. Lewis Construction Company, Inc.


Ease-of-use

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

September 2014

Highly potent if you understand the value proposition

Pros

First, it should be noted that ProContractor is an entity owned and maintained by Viewpoint Construction Software. If anything, my experience has improved since VCS' acquisition of Maxwell Systems. ProContractor does a magnificent job for medium-sized contractors who require some costing rigor in addition to an integrated software package (i.e., including accounting, project management, and estimation in one piece). However, despite the seductiveness of the product's marketing, a considerable amount of thought needs to be invested in determining, analyzing, and comparing your present internal processes from estimation to project closeout with what ProContractor offers. In other words, do not let the marketing materials do the thinking on such a crucial decision for you. ProContractor was designed with industry best practices regarding workflow as well as internal controls in mind, not necessarily simplicity (as with QuickBooks). Many complaints pertinent to supposed extraneous steps actually tie back to how the software, through an impressive yet simple permissions infrastructure, can control who (for example, in accounts payable) enters invoices, approves them, selects them for payment, prints (i.e., has access to) the checks, and posts the transactions. Shortcuts are inexpensive until you realize how expensive fraud and lost trust can become.

Cons

I do not dislike this software or the vendor, but this is an excellent opportunity to address points made by others who are dissatisfied with the product, for their disappointment deserves attention from even the most satisfied customer. When my firm adopted ProContractor and dumped QuickBooks Enterprise three years ago (just prior to my hiring, actually), we chose something that was decidedly less impressive upon implementation than presented to the directors during a trade show in Las Vegas. No thought had been given as to how our processes would align with ProContractor's intuition of proper workflow, because we were primarily concerned about fully integrating the firm's processes and procedures within the software ecosystem. We went live in three months flat after intense scrutiny of our costing, project management, and estimation procedures, humbling ourselves along the way through reconciling what we thought we knew with ProContractor's processes architecture and internal controls logic. Granted, we had suggestions (and lots of them) that were heard. Many of them, such as the lien management feature and many of the improvements in iPad integration, can be tied directly to our recommendations. Ultimately, we were satisfied, but that was because our expectations were not to invest in a system that would cater to ourselves without acceptance of potentially radical change, but rather to develop a relationship with the software and vendor that was founded on a trust of the system's logic. From there, we could use the system as a mirror to check our understanding of our business versus how it can function even more efficiently.

November 2017

Josh from LEDGESTONE INC.

Company Size: 11-50 employees

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Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

November 2017

We have been users for 6 years and the move from Quickbooks to ProContractor was huge for our growth and development

If you are switching systems you will always be a little frustrated in the learning process. Be patient and willing to learn and this software will pay for itself in short time.

Pros

I like how the system is integrated together through estimating, accounting, and project management. And all modules work great for the most part. The estimating module with the digital takeoff has saved us so much time and increased our bid accuracy and number of awarded bids.
We moved our data into the cloud service and this was the best move I have made to date with this software. I love being able to be access my desktop where ever I go and our need for IT has almost vanished along with the worry of ever losing data. All the latest updates are done automatically after business hours so there is no down time and we never have to worry that we are not using the latest versions and updates.
This has given me so much freedom to be away from the office and still be connected to day to day operations and our current projects.

Cons

The mobile time card app could use some help and development. I really like this addition and it works great most of the time but does need some work. We still use it and I know they are constantly working on making it better so I'm confident one day it will run smooth.
All of my other complaints about the system in whole are so minor I won't even list them.

August 2017

Heath from Esposito Construction, Inc

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

August 2017

Our ProContractor experience started when we wandered into the wrong booth at a Home Show.

Our largest benefit came in the form of consolidating a Takeoff, an Estimating, an Accounting, and a Dropbox account all into one program that adds functionality and mobility.

Pros

All of our programming is housed in one program. We were using multiple platforms before, but now Takeoffs, Estimating, Bids, Projects, Accounting are all working together.

The user friendly layout. There is an easy to follow menu or you can create a customized home page with shortcuts to your most used information.

We are on the cloud server and this allows for "shadow" functionality. This allows one user to watch or take part in another users session. Quite useful in training new users, or learning new methods.

We are new to the mobile app, but it has been very promising. Having a multitude of information directly on your phone. Making it easily accessible while at the job-site.

Cons

Our only dislike thus far is the ability to create a schedule of tasks (Gantt Chart). While it is possible to create the chart, this can only be generated after the project has been started. We typically offer our customers a schedule in the stage of estimating. Therefore we have to use an outside scheduling program. The other problem is that the Gantt chart needs to be started from scratch. It would be helpful if the chart would use the estimate to generate a list of tasks that can then be assigned.

October 2012

Howard from E. R. Lewis Const Co, Inc.


Ease-of-use

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

October 2012

We are a 75+ employee company founded in 1958. We are the premiere site work and utilities contractor in Eastern, NC. We began searching for a new software solution after using 7 or more disparate solutions for more than 10 years. As the economy took a downturn we were forced to find newer and better ways to track our projects costs, profitability, along with keeping up with infinitely more paperwork four our vendors and customers. ProContractorMX was the only all in one solution we could find. Field-office communication has always been a problem in the construction industry. With the Mobile Connect function, our field supervisors are able to see up to date, real time information. The newest plans are put in a binder and available, no more running to the printers every time a customer or engineer comes out with a revision. Our spec books are now available anywhere in the field, so there are no more questions about pay items, scopes of work, or our duties. We are currently running PCMX's 2.9 Beta, and the features are great. Maxwell Systems has been very responsive to our inputs about ways to make their product even more functional for us. Our implementation was as smooth as could be expected. Very few of our office staff had any 'formal' software experience with actual accounting and project management software, but Maxwell System's representatives worked with us to provide a structure to our business we had never seen before.We like to joke in the office that with Maxwell System's PCMX we 'went from the Flintstones to the Jetsons over night!' All kidding aside though, we have had a great experience with our implementation, and the follow up questions we have had as we become progressively more advanced users with this software. We have benefited greatly from the system, a recent ROI calculation by Maxwell's in-house staff generated numbers we never expected to see. We have recently lost 2 members of our office team to other companies, but with the efficiencies gained within PCMX, we haven't had to replace them! A common example we like to offer folks who ask is this- before PCMX it took a total of 40 man hours to input and process payroll for 75 employees, afterwards we are down to 6 hours! We literally gained 4 working days a week from our employees! Be prepared for a massive investment of your time and energy, but the rewards are well worth the hard work!

July 2017

Mary from Quinn Sales Inc.

Company Size: 51-200 employees


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

July 2017

Accounts Manager

I have been using the Software as ProContractor for 4 years but used the predecessor to this program (The Contractor by Maxwell) for over 17 years. I have always been pleased with the service and support by both the sales and technical support teams. They are there when you need them!

Pros

Flexible Product. Open database allows you the flexibility to add your own fields, customize reports and drop any report or data to excel making endless possibilities for analysis of your data. Comprehensive program that links all of your data and gives accurate analysis of your construction projects.

Cons

When your employees make mistake it leaves an audit trail of their mistake. Many employees wish they could just correct their mistake and cover it up. This may be a con for some but as a manager, I like being able to see the adjustments. Procontractor gives an audit trail of everything that is done but this increases the steps that it takes to correct a mistake.

February 2017

Chris from Sport Floors

Company Size: 11-50 employees


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

2.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

5.0

February 2017

Great potential but still needs work.

This software has some great potential. It has the goal of almost complete coverage of a construction business process for day to day use, but it has some serious issues the limit this ability. I do believe these issues can be fixed, but at the moment they seem to be working on them. Additionally, it is not always as intuitive as their presentation makes it seem. People with lower level computer skills will have a tougher time getting proficient.

Pros

1. Great potential. With some bug fixes and some changes, this product could be so much more.
2. Covers (can cover) from estimating to collection of payments.
3. Very flexible estimating system.
4. Form and report flexibility
5. Document management
6. Above average costing ability

Cons

1. Cloud service is slow at peak times
2. Estimating flexibility could mean a user affects estimating catalog.
3. The mobile app was almost completely unusable until very recently. (I am still wary).
4. Technical support is sometimes unable to solve problems.
5. Some key documents are not in project document package.
6. State specific certified payroll not in the system.
7. Consultants do not follow through during training sometimes.
8. Expensive for a product that is not fully at its capability.

July 2017

Krystofer from Magleby Construction

Company Size: 51-200 employees


Ease-of-use

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

July 2017

Functional and Productive

The product has potential and seems to be recently picking up steam. For immediate users, you may not see momentum without a perspective of where it has been. As of current, the cloud offering shows both potential and momentum for development as well as recent additions of drill downs for reports. Reports may not be easily customizeable without some knowledge and expertise.

Pros

- Great PM accounting solution (allowing for easy Contract Billing or Time and Material Billing)
- Basic accounting functions
- AP, AR, payroll are all functional
- The new chat feature for support (makes quick questions much easier than waiting for a drawn out response)

Cons

- The user interface could be updated (can be confusing and complex)
- Can't integrate through API
- Some design aspects and the speed of development could improve
- Would benefit from some more company accounting specific improvements (like fixed asset module)

December 2017

Bob from BTC Bob Tedrick Construction Inc.

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

2.0

Customer support

1.0

Functionality

4.0

December 2017

The product as a whole is pretty good, The training and support.......TERRIBLE! DO NOT BUY!!!

Not enough to justify the cost and frustration

Pros

Once you get everything setup correctly its fairly streamline. It's got some weird quirks but all and all not bad.

Cons

Customer Service and training are terrible! Trainers do not understand the construction industry and do not listen to the clients needs. We ended up with huge mistakes and wasted training time directly due to the lack of knowledge of the trainers. It took 7 months to finalize and go live, I was told it would only take 6 weeks. Our trainer made two mistakes in our bookkeeping module and we are told we must pay for more training time! We don't need more training, we need support to reverse the mistakes THEY made. This has gone on for 16 months. We are ready to cut our losses and go to another construction software.

November 2017

Ashley from SEAS

Company Size: 11-50 employees

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Ease-of-use