Basecamp vs. Contractor Foreman

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Basecamp
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Basecamp is a web-based project-management tool. Basecamp offers features standard to project management platforms, as well as mobile accessibility, unlimited users, and 3rd party integrations. Basecamp is priced by space requirements and concurrent projects.
$99
per month
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
BasecampContractor Foreman
Editions & Modules
Basecamp Business
$99
Per Month [Unlimited Users]
Basecamp Personal
Free
Limited Capabilities
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
BasecampContractor Foreman
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
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
BasecampContractor Foreman
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
BasecampContractor Foreman
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Basecamp
4.5
118 Ratings
51% below category average
Contractor Foreman
-
Ratings
Task Management5.6117 Ratings00 Ratings
Resource Management4.498 Ratings00 Ratings
Gantt Charts3.340 Ratings00 Ratings
Scheduling4.493 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow Automation3.468 Ratings00 Ratings
Team Collaboration5.0117 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology4.449 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology3.945 Ratings00 Ratings
Document Management4.6109 Ratings00 Ratings
Email integration4.796 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Access4.995 Ratings00 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking3.744 Ratings00 Ratings
Change request and Case Management4.055 Ratings00 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management7.139 Ratings00 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
Basecamp
7.8
40 Ratings
4% above category average
Contractor Foreman
-
Ratings
Quotes/estimates8.329 Ratings00 Ratings
Invoicing6.925 Ratings00 Ratings
Project & financial reporting8.034 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with accounting software7.927 Ratings00 Ratings
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Basecamp
-
Ratings
Contractor Foreman
7.7
12 Ratings
0% below category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings7.63 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings7.79 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings8.512 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings7.83 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings7.43 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings8.53 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings6.45 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Basecamp
-
Ratings
Contractor Foreman
6.7
4 Ratings
12% below category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings6.33 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings6.64 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings4.51 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings6.73 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings6.82 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Basecamp
-
Ratings
Contractor Foreman
7.7
2 Ratings
1% above category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings7.72 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Basecamp
-
Ratings
Contractor Foreman
8.2
17 Ratings
0% above category average
Dashboards00 Ratings8.216 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings8.416 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings8.114 Ratings
Data exportability00 Ratings8.213 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
Basecamp
-
Ratings
Contractor Foreman
8.2
17 Ratings
10% above category average
Plan distribution & viewing00 Ratings7.15 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing00 Ratings6.88 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists00 Ratings8.415 Ratings
Photo documentation00 Ratings9.717 Ratings
Jobsite reports00 Ratings8.911 Ratings
Document sharing00 Ratings8.514 Ratings
RFI tools00 Ratings7.89 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals00 Ratings8.112 Ratings
Mobile app00 Ratings8.317 Ratings
Submittal design and management00 Ratings8.66 Ratings
Checklists00 Ratings7.915 Ratings
Meeting Minutes00 Ratings8.13 Ratings
Specifications00 Ratings7.64 Ratings
Change orders00 Ratings8.415 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
Basecamp
-
Ratings
Contractor Foreman
8.5
16 Ratings
4% above category average
Takeoff tools00 Ratings7.72 Ratings
Job costing00 Ratings9.115 Ratings
Cost databases00 Ratings8.411 Ratings
Cost calculator00 Ratings8.812 Ratings
Bid creation00 Ratings8.713 Ratings
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User Ratings
BasecampContractor Foreman
Likelihood to Recommend
6.6
(144 ratings)
9.3
(19 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(26 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Usability
7.8
(15 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
7.3
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(28 ratings)
8.8
(3 ratings)
Online Training
5.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.7
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BasecampContractor Foreman
Likelihood to Recommend
Basecamp
Basecamp is a wonderful tool for teams of varying degrees of technical knowledge, teams managing lots of different types of "agifall" and waterfall projects, and teams that are remotely distributed. It's probably less useful for more strictly agile-focused development teams, compared to other more flexible software applications like Jira and Asana.
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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
Basecamp
  • Task management - It is very easy to add, organize and discuss tasks within Basecamp's interface.
  • The "Campfire" function is great for communicating when you just have a quick question for someone on the team.
  • Notifications - Basecamp lets you decide how often and about what you'd like to be notified. The ability to respond to messages in Basecamp directly via email saves a lot of time.
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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
Basecamp
  • High Learning Curve. It's true that it can be easy to use, but to use well and effectively takes some time to learn. It's recommended to have an agreed-upon system in your team of what tools to use and when.
  • Notification Overload. If people aren't careful they could send a notification to everyone when only a couple people were meant to be prompted. And since emails are sent by default, you could have your mailbox overloaded with unnecessary updates. This is where it takes a bit of training in your team to have an agreed-upon system.
  • Lack of organization with Archived Projects. I will often need to reference an archived project to make a new one, but there is only a list of archived projects in alphabetical order, with no way to organize by archive date, or even search.
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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
Basecamp
When I bring new people onto a project, it's immediately obvious how to use Basecamp. I don't have to worry about teaching them the features or walking them through it, it's just incredibly user-friendly. For this reason, I'll continue to renew my subscription even as new people are brought onto production jobs or the client changes.
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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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Usability
Basecamp
Basecamp is a little tricky to learn. I've used it for quite a while but I feel like there's still so much I don't know. It took me a while to learn but having used it in college definitely helped me integrate it into my work career.
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Contractor Foreman
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
Basecamp
I've never experienced downtime while using Basecamp, or been unable to access it when I needed it. That's not to say they've never had downtime, but I've been lucky enough not to encounter any, and I work odd hours, including late nights when maintenance is often undertaken.
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Contractor Foreman
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Basecamp
For the many reasons I've given, Basecamp is a very strong program. There are a few features I can imagine that might make it even better, but I don't have a basis for comparison to be able to say that there is definitely a better one out there. I've noticed that Basecamp has evolved a bit from the time I started using it until now, so that makes me think that the producer of this program values it and believes in continuous improvement. If you could use the features offered by Basecamp, I would think you could use it with confidence.
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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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Implementation Rating
Basecamp
Decide the process before implementation - i.e. when it's due 8/9 does that mean 8am, noon, 5pm, 11:59pm? Check your to-do list frequently Set-up templates - just not with the dates (they can be funky)
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Contractor Foreman
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Alternatives Considered
Basecamp
Pretty good, but [Basecamp] has its drawbacks. Honestly I find the interface non-intuitive and sometimes have trouble figuring out how to change the status of a task. Perhaps it has something to do with the way it was originally set up by the admin, but I'm not sure. I liked Jira's drag and drop obvious functionality, but the project management side of the software was lacking. Smartsheet has excellent project management functionality, but the task management isn't as good.
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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
Basecamp
  • It has saved me time when having to get the same message out to multiple restaurants
  • It has helped us make smarter operational decisions because we can all collaborate on an answer in a shorter amount of time (instead of calling a meeting!!!)
  • The calendar function allows us to plot out our marketing agenda for the month and add/change it together as needed. The chef will post his recipe, the managers will cost it out, the social media manager will post pictures on it, and ultimately we will get that information out on an info sheet to the staff by printing the page.
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Contractor Foreman
  • Contractor Foreman replaced 5 other apps we were using saving us money and centralizing everything
  • We are net positive day one with just the cost of the apps we didn't have to purchase
  • it has great documentation features so we don't make costly mistakes or miss details.
  • The overall savings has be significant
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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.