FOUNDATION

Construction accounting software for managing job costing

About FOUNDATION

FOUNDATION is a construction accounting software designed to help businesses track financial statements and handle job costing operations on a unified platform. It enables organizations to capture and store various construction related documents like subcontracts, retainage, wage rates, purchase orders, and more in a centralized repository.

The platform allows professionals to track change orders and inventories, receive alerts for expired insurance certificates, and share purchase orders (POs) using multiple jobs and cost codes. It offers a variety of features including auditing, cash flow management, reporting, billing, budgeting, project management, and more. Managers can also utilize FOUNDATION’s payroll management module to automatically calculate pay rates, taxes, or deductions, record timecard entries for employees, and set up rules for fringe reductions.

FOUNDATION facilitates integration with various third-party estimating, project management, and timekeeping applications such as Procore, ProEst, ProjectHQ, Raken, Rhumbix, FollowupCRM, Payroll4Construction.com, and more. Using the integrated accounts payable system, finance teams can create lien waivers or credit memos, process invoices, and monitor A/R aging and retainage by jobs or vendors in real-time.

Pricing starting from:

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  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

Not provided by vendor

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of FOUNDATION: 56

  • API
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounting Software
  • Accounts Payable Software
  • Accounts Receivable Software
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Audit Trail
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budget Tracking/Job Costing
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Calendar Management
  • Cash Management
  • Change Order Management
  • Commercial
  • Construction Breakdowns
  • Contractor Management Software
  • Cost Database
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management Software
  • Document Storage
  • Equipment Tracking
  • Estimating
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management Software
  • For AEC Industry
  • General Ledger
  • Inventory Management Software
  • Job Costing Software
  • Job Scheduling
  • Job Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Multiple Projects
  • Offline Access
  • Overrun Reporting
  • Payroll Management
  • Project Accounting Software
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Management Software
  • Project Planning Software
  • Project Scheduling
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking Software
  • Project Workflow
  • Purchase Order Management
  • RFI & Submittals
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Scheduling Software
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Timesheet Management
  • Work Order Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5
(172)
Value for Money
4.1/5
Features
4.2/5
Ease of Use
4.0/5
Customer Support Software
4.3/5

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Jane
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Reviewed on 10/27/2011

Cary & Associates Builders, Inc. is an award-winning Full Service General Contractor specializing...

Cary & Associates Builders, Inc. is an award-winning Full Service General Contractor specializing in negotiated projects for the Design and Construction of Commercial, Industrial, Winery and Agricultural buildings.

We used a very well-known complex construction software for approximately 18 years. Through the years, the problems with the software were accompanied by inordinate increases in support fees. We discussed each year whether to renew our support or look for another construction software. In April of 2003, it became obvious that the software could not be kept up and running and we had constant "crashes". At the same time we received the next year's support contract for about $6,000. It was the last straw for us.

I began a search for a new software because I knew our system would crash as soon as our support ran out (which it did). I interviewed everyone I could locate and talked to our subcontractors. Our CFO said that ultimately I would have to go with my "gut" feeling and pick one. He said if it did not work out, we would just buy another one next year and we would still be ahead of the game. All my instincts said to buy FOUNDATION.

With a lot of trepidation, I purchased the software and bought a ticket to Cleveland to attend training. FOUNDATION was able to help me before I got to class by transferring my Vendors, Job Numbers, Cost Codes, etc. into my new FOUNDATION Software. I had pulled my G/L down in the middle of our FYE and was ready to open it as soon as I knew what I was doing. Surprisingly, by the end of the week, we ran my first payroll right in class! We spread open my G/L and we were ready to go. They dropped my information off on a disk and I headed for home. The following Monday, we rolled FOUNDATION out on our server and have never had so much as a glitch in anything, let alone a crash.

Once it was up and running, our team has able to learn the system easily. It is very user-friendly. Any problems or questions, you can click on the support button and get a call back in about 20 minutes! They can also connect directly to your computer (with permission) and help show you how to fix a problem (human generated) or they will fix it for you! Love it!

We have benefited in so many ways it would be hard to describe them all. We are currently on version 11.9 and FOUNDATION has just rolled out their new automated update that updates your server and clients automatically! I suppose one of the biggest benefits is the amount of time it has saved. I used to work every holiday due to having to make hard closures, etc. but with FOUNDATION I have not worked a holiday since 2003!

This system is astoundingly efficient. The AIA billing is easily reversed if an architect or owner decides on a different amount. The certified payroll is a dream. Although we are not union, it prepares multi-state, multi-county, multi-union etc. It does a wonderful printout for the 941 and in California our DE9. Our CPA loves the Fixed Asset module. He framed the first print out since he said he had never had one so accurate.

Quite simply, we love FOUNDATION! We get great customer service from real people and a software solution that keeps progressing and enlarging on concepts to help construction companies!

Doreen
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great Union Payroll System

Reviewed on 8/23/2017

We have a very complicated payroll for the simple fact that we are a multi state, multi union...

We have a very complicated payroll for the simple fact that we are a multi state, multi union company. This means many different rates of pay, taxation tables and unions, as well as our Administration and Shop payrolls. P4C thru Foundation has been able to handle this with ease and I really am happy with the service they have provided to us in the past 2 1/2 years. I hope to continue a much longer relationship with them. Whenever a support call is logged, usually one of the 2 reps. call back almost immediately and help work through any issue, no matter how long it takes. They are personable and professional and always helpful. Reliable system, easy time entry and reports generated are very easy to read.

Pros

I love the fact that P4C can handle all of our multi state and multi union (sometimes up to 55 different unions) Time entry is very easy, and includes attaching hours to jobs and tasks with ease. The system is very user friendly and the Support staff is phenomanal. Generates great union reports, job costing and also great HR reports as well, such as 401k reporting. We can process same day layoff checks which is a must for union payrolls. Also not charged by the number of employees in the system as with other payroll companies. I love that it is web based so i can work from anywhere. They are able to create payroll cycles, so each cycle can have a different address, and they deliver the checks to the exact locations. So i can enter all my time and be assured that jobs in other states have checks go directly to the location versus coming here.

Cons

I don't like that if i have multiple payroll cycles computed and i have to purge one, that it will purge ALL computed cycles, not just the one I had chosen.

lou
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 1.0 /10

Strong Program, lack of support and updates

Reviewed on 7/25/2017

There are better programs out there.

There are better programs out there.

Pros

The program does it all besides estimating. Has a good system of checks and balances and everything is tracked so very hard for employees to cover their tracks. It does a lot well but everything has its hiccups.

Cons

There are several things I dislike about the product as it has so much potential to be 10x better yet they have no ambition to make it better. 95% up the updates released by foundation software are fixes to glitches or problems. Very rarely is there an actual new feature or upgrade to the program. There are several flaws with the program that would be easy to fix, which have been suggested but go unanswered. Such as the pages scroll very awkwardly, they jump at the end of the page onto the next page but not at the top of the page. Very difficult to review a report on the screen when it keeps going back and forth. Their support team must have a very high turnover as everytime I call I know more than the person who is suppose to be providing the support. To their credit they do go and get the right answer and get back to you but the typical resolution to a problem is 24 hours. For us 2 hours is a long time when your waiting on an important resolution such as payroll.

Response from Tracie

Hi Al. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your thoughts on FOUNDATION. Honestly it is not what we expected to hear from you and are deeply concerned about your disappointment. We strive to produce the absolute best product and service for our clients, although we understand at times using new software can be frustrating. One of our training managers will reach out this week to coordinate a time that’s convenient for you and discuss your concerns in greater detail. We hope that you will take our call so we can work toward resolving any outstanding issues and make FOUNDATION a successful accounting investment for your construction business. We look forward to working with you.

Holly
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The most user friendly software I've used in the 20 years

Reviewed on 5/17/2021

Tech support is always there to help and they are extremely knowledgeable in all areas. I usually...

Tech support is always there to help and they are extremely knowledgeable in all areas. I usually learn a new feature or shortcut when I call for assistance.

Pros

This software has many automated features that saves the employee time. In Accounting they have a quick reversal buttons which will auto-generate the reversal of an AP Payment, AP Invoice, Journal Entry and more. Change Orders are directly tied with your billing and will automatically bring you to the AIA screen to update the billing line item. All-in-all it's a system that works with you to easily enter your information and generate a multitude of reports for every department. It is the most user friendly software I've used in the 20 years I've been doing accounting.

Cons

I was disappointed that the Foundation Mobile app didn't have the reporting that our management staff needs to run our jobsites. If they ever add more reporting features, specifically clock in time reporting to that module, I will jump at the chance to switch, as it was a seamless import and saved our payroll dept. hours of review time.

Response from Foundation Software

Hi Holly,
Thank you for leaving such a great review. At FOUNDATION, we continuously strive to serve you better and are thrilled our team has managed to meet those needs in various areas of your business. As far as your concerns with Mobile, I am going to have a Sr. Mobile Rep contact you to discuss and see if there's anything we can do to better service your needs in that area. Thanks again Holly. Robin, Client Advocate [email protected]

Tryn
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

User of Foundation for 14 1/2 yrs.

Reviewed on 8/4/2021

I have been working with and using Foundation for 14 1/2 yrs. They have always worked with me in...

I have been working with and using Foundation for 14 1/2 yrs. They have always worked with me in anything that I may need, they are friendly and very supportive. Foundation is a Great accounting software, especially for construction, due to the easiness and detailed information and tracking that it provides, especially if you do Job Costing. I even had some very complex financials I had to do over the years with division reporting that Foundation was there to help me with. We also work through the Cloud with Foundation (Saas) and I love it. It is so much easier and they do all the updates! I definitely recommend using Foundation as your accounting software.

Pros

Foundation is pretty user friendly. I use this software for a total of 8 of my companies, mostly and mainly for construction. It provides all the reporting and tracking that you will ever need. We are currently using the GL, AR, AP, PR and Job Costing modules. I have had very complex situations over the years that where a challenge for me in the reporting area and Foundation was always there for me in setting up things the way I needed them.

Cons

I cannot say that there is anything I do not like about this Software.

Response from Foundation Software

Hi Tryn! Thanks so much for the awesome review. It means the world to us. We strive to provide a great product and are thrilled to hear we've met that mark for you, your team and your companies over the years. Thanks for being a long-time partner with FOUNDATION. We look forward to many more years with you. Please let me know if you need anything. I'm happy to help. Robin, Client Success Advocate, [email protected]

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FOUNDATION offers the following pricing plans:

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  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Please contact Foundation Software directly for pricing information.

FOUNDATION has the following typical customers:

2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

FOUNDATION supports the following languages:

English

FOUNDATION supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

FOUNDATION integrates with the following applications:

Esticom, ExakTime, FollowUp CRM, InEight, ProEst, Procore, RAKEN, RedTeam Go, Rhumbix, backup solution, busybusy, eSUB

FOUNDATION offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base Software, Phone Support, Chat

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