Sage 100 Contractor Review
February 17, 2020

Sage 100 Contractor Review

Tina Antolik | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Sage 100 Contractor

Sage 100 Contractor is currently being used by the admin and management of the organization. The field employees do not have access to the software. Sage 100 Contractor is our ERP. We use the GL, AP, AR, PR, and JC modules. Sage 100 C provides solutions to job costing. In the construction industry, it is important to follow budgets vs. actual costs, and Sage 100 Contractor helps us achieve this need.
  • Sage integrates very well with our field time tracking software called Exaktime. We import the start/end time card data that includes job costs directly to the PR module which greatly reduces the time it takes to process payroll.
  • Sage 100 C payroll calculations and WC/GL overhead calculations are easy to use and understand. The WC/GL overhead calculations are posted to project costs in real-time allowing for accurate total cost reporting of the project.
  • Sage could do a better job with developing canned reports. We spent a lot of time in our office building reports Sage considers custom but could be canned.
  • In some instances, vendor transactions are supposed to be 1099'd, and other transactions are not. In Sage, there is no way to identify a transaction as exempt from 1099 for a vendor that is typically issued one.
  • Sage 100 costs us annually approximately 5.8K. We would lose tens of thousands or more if we didn't have the capability of tracking costs. The ability to get income statements by job (nearly live) is invaluable.
Sage 100 is superior to QuickBooks products because Sage 100 allows us to customize our cost codes. The cost codes can be used in the field for payroll tracking and imported directly to payroll. The cost code historical costs are also evaluated to arrive at a manhour cost per task which is then used to develop future bids. This functionality is not available in the QuickBooks product.
If we ever have issues with Sage 100, the live chat is an awesome tool. However, most of our live chat inquiries are not because of the issues we have, but more for us to better understand how we are supposed to use the software. Sometimes we ask ourselves "what if we" and if we need guidance, the live chat will provide us with the answers or resources to figure out what we need. They always follow up to ensure the problems we encounter have been fixed. If our issue is an indicator of an upgrade that could be made, Sage 100 C offers a way to submit the idea for review and improvement of the software.

Do you think Sage 100 Contractor delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Sage 100 Contractor's feature set?

Yes

Did Sage 100 Contractor live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Sage 100 Contractor go as expected?

No

Would you buy Sage 100 Contractor again?

Yes

Sage 100 Contractor is a great solution for contractors. In the construction industry, many companies fail because they are not tracking actual costs to budget. Sage 100 allows for this tracking. It enables a contractor to identify where change orders might be applicable.

Sage 100 Contractor Feature Ratings

Document sharing
6
Issue tracking & punchlists
Not Rated
Jobsite reports
6
RFI tools
6
Mobile app
Not Rated
Submittal design and management
6
Job costing
8
Cost databases
8
Cost calculator
8
Bid creation
Not Rated

Using Sage 100 Contractor

5 - Estimating, business development, AP, AR, and management.
2 - The IT professional must have an understanding how to upgrade software and also understand the equipment needed to support the software. The management personnel must be able to teach others how to use the software.
Management must also understand internal controls to set up security and restrict access as needed.
  • job cost
  • payroll processing using cost codes (streamlining)
  • we use an ODBC connection to build spreadsheets that will show us "live" where we stand forecast to actual on a monthly and YTD basis
  • We build an ODBC connection to the payroll records which will show management what our total labor overhead costs are by skill type. This allows us to set our hourly costs for change order work and ensure we cover all direct and indirect costs of doing business including management labor, safety training, equipment repairs, etc. These costs are indirect costs which are not posted directly to projects, but are important when calculating costs per hour per man in a given skill set.
  • We woulds like to utilize estimating more broadly to import budgets and change order budgets.
The cost of Sage 100 Contractor software is relatively inexpensive compared to some higher-priced options like Foundation and Microsoft Dynamics GP. But more importantly, the cost of implementing new software is costly. Implementation costs include testing and training. There are also risks involved with switching software such as missing data after conversion. Plus, there are always some unknown downsides to switching that are not apparent until the switch is made such as perceived capabilities that really don't exist. For these reasons, we will likely stay with Sage 100 Contractor for a long time. If we grow (say double) in size, we would consider other options.