ADVANTAGE vs. Contractor Foreman

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ADVANTAGE
Score 4.1 out of 10
N/A
ADVANTAGE is a construction and estimation software offering from HomeTech Information Systems.N/A
Contractor Foreman
Score 9.3 out of 10
N/A
Contractor Foreman is an online construction management software for contractors and boasts users among contractors in more than 75 countries.
$588
per year
Pricing
ADVANTAGEContractor Foreman
Editions & Modules
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Basic
$588
per year
Standard
$948
per year
Plus
$1,497
per year
Pro
$1,990
per year
Unlimited
$2,988
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ADVANTAGEContractor Foreman
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPlans are based on features and licenses needed. Plus, Pro, and Unlimited plans include a 100-day money back guarantee.
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Community Pulse
ADVANTAGEContractor Foreman
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
ADVANTAGEContractor Foreman
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
9.0
1 Ratings
15% above category average
Contractor Foreman
7.8
17 Ratings
1% above category average
Employee demographic data9.01 Ratings7.53 Ratings
Employment history8.01 Ratings8.013 Ratings
Job profiles and administration9.01 Ratings9.117 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.10.01 Ratings7.83 Ratings
Organization and location management9.01 Ratings8.43 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings7.43 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings6.45 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
8.0
1 Ratings
6% above category average
Contractor Foreman
6.6
4 Ratings
14% below category average
Pay calculation10.01 Ratings6.23 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors6.01 Ratings6.44 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management9.01 Ratings6.63 Ratings
Reimbursement management7.01 Ratings6.72 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings4.51 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
9.5
1 Ratings
16% above category average
Contractor Foreman
9.0
24 Ratings
10% above category average
Dashboards10.01 Ratings9.223 Ratings
Standard reports10.01 Ratings8.923 Ratings
Custom reports8.01 Ratings8.921 Ratings
Data exportability10.01 Ratings8.920 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
8.9
2 Ratings
18% above category average
Contractor Foreman
8.9
25 Ratings
18% above category average
Plan distribution & viewing9.02 Ratings7.05 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing8.02 Ratings9.215 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists9.02 Ratings9.723 Ratings
Photo documentation10.01 Ratings9.525 Ratings
Jobsite reports9.02 Ratings9.919 Ratings
Document sharing9.02 Ratings9.222 Ratings
RFI tools9.02 Ratings9.217 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals10.02 Ratings9.120 Ratings
As-built drawings10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app10.01 Ratings8.525 Ratings
Submittal design and management8.02 Ratings9.314 Ratings
Checklists7.01 Ratings9.323 Ratings
Specifications9.01 Ratings7.54 Ratings
Change orders7.01 Ratings9.223 Ratings
Meeting Minutes00 Ratings8.13 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
9.6
2 Ratings
16% above category average
Contractor Foreman
9.2
23 Ratings
11% above category average
Takeoff tools10.02 Ratings7.62 Ratings
Job costing10.02 Ratings9.522 Ratings
Cost databases10.02 Ratings9.418 Ratings
Cost calculator9.02 Ratings9.719 Ratings
Bid creation9.02 Ratings9.720 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
-
Ratings
Contractor Foreman
7.6
2 Ratings
1% above category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings7.62 Ratings
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User Ratings
ADVANTAGEContractor Foreman
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(2 ratings)
9.3
(28 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
ADVANTAGEContractor Foreman
Likelihood to Recommend
HomeTech Information Systems
Any integrated agency (more than just a single-discipline agency) that's looking for a one-stop shop to manage all aspects of running the business would do well to consider Advantage as the single-source tool to do it all. Single-discipline agencies could probably find a less robust tool that's equally as effective for tracking and reporting.
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Contractor Foreman
In this case, CF is the best of the 'OK so far' category in my mind. NONE of the software available today gets close to a truly effective, user friendly GUI and functionality set. I have used 7 different systems over the years, with the top 4 big names having the largest hours operating. Most have less functionality, others are severely overpriced and under featured. Still others are so complicated you need an entire IT department to implement them. Contractor Foreman does much of what it does the absolute best for the money, meaning this is probably the best value for construction management software I'm aware of. I believe I can say with confidence, that if CF does it, it strives to do it well, and continues to strive to get it better. Picking a feature or two that excels is rather pointless in a company with that outlook. THAT is a company I can get behind...
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Pros
HomeTech Information Systems
  • Information from site visits is easily accessible.
  • Workflow is easy to use
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Contractor Foreman
  • Estimates
  • Project management
  • Lead management - tracking where they are in the funnel and having web lead automatically pull into the system.
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Cons
HomeTech Information Systems
  • Advantage is hugely cumbersome. There are hundreds of functions I will never use, and that I'm not sure anyone else in the organization uses.
  • The user interface could be better. Every time there's an update, there's a small but definitive learning curve.
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Contractor Foreman
  • Some of the modules like checklists and forms are confusing and hard to use
  • some of the training videos or versions of an old outdated version of the software
  • Would like to see a more efficent way of creating a submittal log generated from a specification book
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Likelihood to Renew
HomeTech Information Systems
No answers on this topic
Contractor Foreman
Eliminated the need for our team to log into multiple systems to do their jobs which aligns to our Lean approach
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Support Rating
HomeTech Information Systems
No answers on this topic
Contractor Foreman
I rarely give anyone a 9 or 10 rating for service. The main reason for this rating is Contractor Foreman's dedication to improvement. To be completely frank, CF has fallen down on their tech help with me several times, but I am an exceptionally difficult user to service as I tend to use a product up to it's limits and want more. CF has actually addressed these wants several times (after waits that seemed interminable, but were actually pretty damn fast in the reality of software development)
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Alternatives Considered
HomeTech Information Systems
We have also used BidClips. I find that Advantage gave us more flexibility with custom estimates & report tracking.
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Contractor Foreman
I've used Buildertrend and Conconstruct near daily for a little over 10 years. They were both pretty solid. But the price kept going up without much value being added to the software. As they grew, they didn't upgrade with the growth, so the sites became slower. Contractor Forman has all the functionality of the others, and several other tools that they don't. There are several tools our company doesn't even use yet that look great. It's not perfect, and the learning curve due to its increased capability is a bit of a challenge. But overall, it is superior in every way that mattered to us, and more affordable.
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Return on Investment
HomeTech Information Systems
  • Advantage has everything to do with our company's ability to run an effective back office.
  • When you have a company that does a wide variety of concurrent projects, you need a great tool to manage it all. Advantage does that for us.
  • As I am unfamiliar with the pricing model (I'm not a member of the team that negotiates this particular product), I can't provide any true ROI from an overall business perspective.
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Contractor Foreman
  • We don't have to double enter our job information anymore (estimates, bills, labor hours) to show employees what they need to see. Specific access within Contractor Foreman does that for us.
  • It's taken us longer to learn how Contractor Foreman works within itself than we thought it would, so implementation is taking a little longer than ideal. However, we have been learning a lot along the way about the easiest ways to use the workflow that Contractor Foreman has.
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ScreenShots

Contractor Foreman Screenshots

Screenshot of The client portal that lets customers to stay in the loop and know what is going on during all phases of the project.Screenshot of The custom dashboard which allows users to see the data that matters most to them.Screenshot of Stats that keep users informed to help them make use of data.Screenshot of The lead manager, that helps close deals without letting leads fall through the cracks.Screenshot of the Files & Photos screen, where making up plans can be done with Contractor Foreman.Screenshot of Time Cards, that display who is where and what they are doing.