Spectrum Features

Spectrum

Construction Management Software

3.97/5 (205 reviews)

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Subcontractor Management
Supplier Management
Task Management
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Accounting
Accounting Integration
Accounts Payable
Accounts Receivable
Alerts/Notifications
Bid Management
Billing & Invoicing
Budget Tracking/Job Costing
Budgeting/Forecasting
CRM
Cash Management
Change Order Management
Client Portal
Collaboration Tools
Commercial
Compliance Tracking
Construction Breakdowns
Contact Database
Contract/License Management
Contractor Management
Customer Database
Customer Management
Document Management
Electronic Signature
Equipment Tracking
Estimating
For AEC Industry
Gantt/Timeline View
General Ledger
Incident Reporting
Inventory Management
Invoice Management
Job Costing
Job Management
Mobile Access
Offline Access
Overrun Reporting
Payroll Management
Permit Management
Project Tracking
Projections
Purchase Order Management
Quotes/Estimates
RFI & Submittals
Residential
Scheduling
Subcontractor Management
Supplier Management
Task Management
Time & Expense Tracking
Timesheet Management
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Spectrum Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Spectrum's features:

Anonymous
(Construction company, 51-200 employees)

Spectrum for Electrical Contractor

2018-12-04

Very good accounting/project management software for tracking and analyzing cots.

Pros

There is an enormous amount of information available and lots of great reports to give you the data and breakdowns needed to analyze and manage projects.

Cons

Overall interface could be a bit more intuitive.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Lacey K.

The Good and Bad

2018-12-14

Pros

The software is great for project management/ job tracking

Cons

This software is very lax in the HR and reporting department.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Cheryl H.

Connecting the dots from field to upper management

2018-04-12

Customer support is impeccable. If you have an issue, they are very quick to respond. Really enjoy the Spectrum Network to reach out to other users and find out what helps them the most. Great community.

Pros

The job info bar gives easy access to all areas of your job and instantly know where you are at with costs, revenue, etc.

Cons

Would like the Project Management module to be a little beefier and give better access to change how the forms and reports look, somewhat limited.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
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Myron B.

10 month user review of Spectrum

2021-03-11

Having one go to software for all of our needs.

Pros

Document management - ability to attach source documents to transactions / contracts, etc.

Cons

More capabilities and reporting with work orders.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Michelle B.

Spectrum - Construction Software

2021-03-10

The integration between the modules is seamless and the ease of use is refreshing.

Pros

The ability to export reports/data to excel is also wonderful and used almost daily.

Cons

We have not implemented the Project Management/Team side of Spectrum.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Myra S.

Spectrum Review

2018-12-04

Our experience with Spectrum hasn't been the best. There was great support/conversations during the process to determine if we should go with the software. Then, upon implementation there was a drastic difference. We had a support person come to our facility for a week for a quick overview, but we had to get ourselves up and running. After a short time, the support person was "unavailable" for questions/issues. Our implementation process was done on our own. Most of the times when we called the support center, issues weren't resolved quickly. At times the person on the other end of the phone was less than courteous. We pretty much ceased calling for assistance and worked around any problems by ourselves.

Pros

Reports and documents look clean.

Cons

The Materials Management and Job Cost integration is very cumbersome regarding the Scale Ticket process.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
Source: Capterra
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Fredd E.

Dexter Chaney Review

2014-07-03

Pros

It's able to load quotes, subcontract agreements, and change orders.

Cons

It's not very user friendly, and there's no scheduling program for project management.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering Spectrum

Do your homework before you buy. Know exactly what you need and are going to get.

Source: Software Advice
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Lorie E.

Spectrum Software

2017-11-03

Pros

The introduction of the Web Services allowing data to flow in and out of Spectrum has changed the way we do our Project Management by allowing our PM's to stay in the project management software and bringing the data back into spectrum.

Cons

The non accounting users find the system hard to use.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Delmas G.

Excellent construction accounting software

2020-07-17

Our experience with Spectrum has been good over the 6 years we are using the software.

Pros

We do a lot of job costing for our projects.

Cons

It is not very easy to use.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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janice t.

Overall good integrated system

2017-05-09

would be nice to have more options rather than updates simply being taken away due to a few vocal users.

Pros

project management and billing well designed and supported; customer service almost always on target with analysis or calls back.

Cons

accounting features and options not available for cash management, some procedures and sequence of input for draw requests and change orders very tedious and convoluted.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Ryne L.

Spectrum for Construction Project Management

2019-06-05

We use Spectrum on a daily basis for our accounting/project management software.

Pros

Very powerful for tracking projects and integrating accounting.

Cons

Definitely a learning curve and takes time to find how/where to accomplish certain tasks.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Tom M.

General Overview

2018-12-07

All the field tools for civil construction are there, except for the estimating. It will integrate with a lot of the best estimating programs.

Pros

The software is fairly fully featured except for no estimating tool.

Cons

This comment is not about the product performance itself, (which is competitive with a lot of the others) but is more about how it is marketed and supported. It has 31 modules in total, but it is not made very clear before purchase: (1) that there are these number of modules (2) also no information about what functionalities are in what modules. (what do you really need to purchase and what are the costs) (3) They have very few reference videos (almost none) for either product introduction or Training, making it almost impossible to have own "in house" training sessions.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Tracey J.

Comprehensive Construction Accounting

2021-03-29

Having the Spectrum team stay on top of the continuous changes in government reporting, and providing updates to keep us in compliance is vital.

Pros

Spectrum offers modules for each portion of construction accounting, with the ability to use as many or as few of the processes as you need.

Cons

Integration with Procore was underway and then stopped, so we are trying to find other avenues to get the data from one program to the other without having to do double-entry.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Jessica T.

Former Viewpoint user now using Spectrum - hoping more of Viewpoint will be integrated now!

2017-11-03

Pros

I like the dashboard and apps.

Cons

Often when I transmit electronically signed contracts the signatures seem to be removed when the document sends.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Software Advice
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Sean H.

Spectrum is pretty decent

2018-04-17

Pros

Regular updates and added features, Dexter Chaney Network is awesome (I mean, who doesn't like earning rewards points for learning about your work software?!)

Cons

I wish the Project Management module had more to offer.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Scott T.

One-stop construction ERP

2018-04-27

Pros

Spectrum offers everything under the sun for your construction needs; from your basic accounting functions, to project management, and everything in-between.

Cons

That being said, it's construction management capabilities are adequate, and improving with every update.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Dori Y.

Dexter & Chaney Spectrum for Construction

2014-02-05

Pros

The product is an extremely well-thought-out and well-developed job costing and project management tool.

Cons

Having lead and completed several systems conversions, I was pleased with the product. I don't recommend anyone who has no hands-on conversion experience doing this on their own. It was hard initially to speak to someone who was on the same level as I was, but once I was able to connect to a more experienced developer and customer service rep, it was a smooth and rewarding experience.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Spectrum

If you've never done a systems conversion, let the experts do it, and even if you have, make sure you have a thorough understanding of the product modules and the capabilities. With new systems implementation, there is always a certain percentage of customization required make sure that you understand what you need for your particular company.

Source: Software Advice
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Debbie R.

Spectrum is user friendly.

2018-04-25

I love this product and I'm so happy we made the change 2 years ago.

Pros

It is extremely user friendly and very easy to navigate through. Reports run in seconds.

Cons

It works better on a laptop than a tablet, but I know they are working on that. The Project Management Module is not robust enough, but they are working to get their Viewpoint product compatible with Spectrum.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Anonymous
(Construction company, 11-50 employees)

I am always learning something new with Spectrum!

2018-07-26

I benefit daily from spectrum from payroll and certified payroll reports it really is helpful to get those reports from spectrum and every Contractor I have sent them to has excepted them.

Pros

What I like most about spectrum is it really is an all in one program and is always improving, also being able to pull reports on jobs and costs is very convenient and easy.

Cons

Customer support be a bit time consuming. There is so much to spectrum that it can be a bit overwhelming if you are a smaller company.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Kayla D.

Spectrum Review

2017-11-03

Pros

Online User Interface Document Imaging Pretty Good security management (can easily define who can do/see what)

Cons

Not all functions available in all modules Not able to automate reconcilliation Reports often have to be customized to get the information you need Support is not always helpful - have to carefully explain issue/user experience, usually try to send you to a help article that is not sufficient Can only process one pay roll batch at a time No "set up" workflow (ie. while everything is usually within one area, there is no flow that goes through all required fields for a new entry/things can be missed

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Nathan S.

Powerful software that has improved our business

2017-11-06

Pros

Customizable dashboards allow at a glance management by exception.

Cons

Complex setup, detailed data import could improve, annual maintenance fees are significant as compared to our previous package.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Lora M.

From an AR Perspective

2018-12-04

It has helped bring project management into the loop of being able to resolve customer issues.

Pros

The customizable reports are a great asset.

Cons

When something is entered into job cost under the wrong phase, there needs to be a way to change the phase and not have to do multiple entries for negative to to incorrect phase and a positive to the correct phase.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Christina O.

Straight forward construction software!

2018-04-25

Pros

You can attach supporting documents easily and run specific reports needed for management very quickly.

Cons

It would be nice if there was a way to instigate a mass routing change in the approval process.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Ric D.

Dexter + Chaney Spectrum

2015-04-24

Pros

Its full featured reporting and document management offers a great piece of mind.

Cons

The dashboard has some limitations and the configuration can take some time depending on information you need.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Spectrum

Be sure all the features you need are included in the package to avoid additional future charges. Shop around on pricing but be mindful of the processes and objectives having and using this software will provide.

Source: Software Advice
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Leigh Anne L.

Excellent software for the construction industry

2021-03-16

Pros

We are able to do AP, AR, GL management, job costing, billing, etc, all within the system.

Cons

Spectrum can be a little quirky with the dates, and sometimes if feels like there are too many ways to get the same information, it can be a little overwhelming.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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