Contractor Foreman vs. e-Builder

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
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
e-Builder
Score 7.2 out of 10
N/A
e-Builder is a cloud-based construction program management solution that manages capital program cost, schedule, and documents. It allows owners to measure and manage the capital project delivery process from planning, design, procurement, construction and operations.N/A
Pricing
Contractor Foremane-Builder
Editions & Modules
Basic
$588
per year
Standard
$948
per year
Plus
$1,497
per year
Pro
$1,990
per year
Unlimited
$2,988
per year
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Contractor Foremane-Builder
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
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
Contractor Foremane-Builder
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Contractor Foremane-Builder
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
7.8
17 Ratings
1% above category average
e-Builder
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data7.53 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history8.013 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration9.017 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.83 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting7.43 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management8.43 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)6.45 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
6.6
4 Ratings
14% below category average
e-Builder
-
Ratings
Pay calculation6.23 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors6.44 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment4.51 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management6.53 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management6.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
7.6
2 Ratings
3% above category average
e-Builder
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets7.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
9.0
24 Ratings
13% above category average
e-Builder
-
Ratings
Dashboards9.323 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports9.023 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports8.921 Ratings00 Ratings
Data exportability8.920 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
8.9
25 Ratings
18% above category average
e-Builder
7.4
11 Ratings
0% below category average
Plan distribution & viewing7.05 Ratings7.710 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing9.215 Ratings8.710 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists9.823 Ratings7.911 Ratings
Photo documentation9.525 Ratings5.310 Ratings
Jobsite reports9.919 Ratings8.010 Ratings
Document sharing9.322 Ratings8.011 Ratings
RFI tools9.317 Ratings7.38 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals9.220 Ratings7.311 Ratings
Mobile app8.525 Ratings5.97 Ratings
Submittal design and management9.314 Ratings00 Ratings
Checklists9.423 Ratings00 Ratings
Meeting Minutes8.13 Ratings00 Ratings
Specifications7.54 Ratings00 Ratings
Change orders9.223 Ratings00 Ratings
As-built drawings00 Ratings7.99 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
9.2
23 Ratings
12% above category average
e-Builder
-
Ratings
Takeoff tools7.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Job costing9.522 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost databases9.518 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost calculator9.819 Ratings00 Ratings
Bid creation9.720 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Contractor Foremane-Builder
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(28 ratings)
7.1
(11 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(2 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
8.9
(3 ratings)
5.0
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Contractor Foremane-Builder
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Trimble
Well suited for the owner's side of managing multiple projects as it allows for all aspects of a project from development to closeout to be managed on one platform. Not as appropriate for a general contractor as there is better software out there. e-Builder's app is not as effective as others.
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Pros
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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Trimble
  • Provide a document structure that is easy to navigate. All documents, even within a process, are stored in the document structure and easily accessed by those with the correct permissions.
  • Scheduling, especially with the new module is easy. It is helpful with a large organization where many hands touch projects to be able to forecast workloads (we have an in house engineering team who reviews all projects during their design phase)
  • Allows for easy interface with contractors and makes the submittal process more straightforward.
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Cons
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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Trimble
  • The restrictions in formatting, and sorting of information rendered, in a way, affects the reporting output.
  • At certain times of day, e-Builder traffic causes the loading of filtered searches to take a while. This is probably common regardless of the site or software used.
  • More complicated reporting has some limitation, though the program is highly efficient in assisting with simple format reports.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Trimble
Because again, one of our biggest clients entrusts E-builder to work with their systems. And its functions work for us as well.
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Usability
Contractor Foreman
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Trimble
Simple, because have a used it for the past two years, so i'm very familiar with the particular aspects of its program that I need to accomplish my tasks.
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Support Rating
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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Trimble
Again, because our technical support is great. He doesn't always answer the phone but he definitely responds to emails fairly quickly. In addition, I like that he actually resolves an issue and I have yet to encounter the same issue twice. Actually, I haven't encountered many issues at all in the two years I have used the software.
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Implementation Rating
Contractor Foreman
No answers on this topic
Trimble
1. Set up the time to get training on the sytem before you go all in.
2. Listen, ask questions and actually practice using the tools and features while in class. It helps tremendously with becoming comfortable and remembering how things work.
3. Don't be afraid to mess up. They are helpful and will help resolve your issue in a timely manner
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Alternatives Considered
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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Trimble
We have not compared other plans since the boss prefers this program from personal experience. But from using this program for 2 years I can see why we don't need to compare. Why fix something that isn't broken? It gets the job done, yes we might run into some issues but I feel like with all companies that can happen
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Return on Investment
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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Trimble
  • Has added extra steps to processes that were previously easier. And I work for a university that complicates everything
  • Has more than cut in half the time it takes to generate reports about project status
  • Has made project management more efficient
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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.