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Viewpoint Spectrum Features

Features Summary

Functionality

3.7

/5

406

Total features

81

5 categories

Viewpoint Spectrum features

Accounting
Accounting Integration
Accounts Payable
Accounts Receivable
Activity Dashboard
Bid Management
Billing & Invoicing
Budget Control

Common features of Construction Management software

API
Access Controls/Permissions
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Audit Trail
Bid Management
Budget Tracking

Price starts from

229

Pricing options
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Free trial

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Functionality

3.7

/5

406

Price starts from

229

Total Features

81

Unique features

  • Materials Management

  • Real-Time Reporting

  • Accounting

  • Safety Management

Functionality

4.3

/5

2.7K

Price starts from

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Total Features

159

Features in Common

74

Unique features

  • Document Storage

  • Drag & Drop

  • Action Management

  • Access Controls/Permissions

Functionality

4.2

/5

1.6K

Price starts from

499

Per month

Total Features

146

Features in Common

70

Unique features

  • Forecasting

  • Gantt/Timeline View

  • Appointment Scheduling

  • API

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Construction, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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I am always learning something new with Spectrum!

Reviewed 6 years ago

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. We also benefit from job costs and equipment costs management .

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.

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Laura T.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Spectrum by Viewpoint

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

The Job Costing/Tracking abilities are great!

Cons

The Project Managers do not know how to use the software and are not interested in learning as it spins them out trying to follow all of the different reports/areas I need to pull up just to find a couple of numbers.

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Construction, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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Viewpoint Spectrum will bankrupt your company

Reviewed a year ago

I never made it through implementation. Our "consultant" was constantly rescheduling, unavailable, on a trip to some other state. The "project managers" love to schedule useless meetings at a rate of $250 an hour. You will be required to buy "Crystal Reports" to make your own invoice templates or have the consultant do it at $250 an hour. This wasn't disclosed to us. The implementation was extremely...

Pros

Not a Lot. It was hard to use, expensive, hard to implement. Customer service is none existent during implementation and otherwise.

Cons

Expensive, Hard to use, doesn't eliminate other programs because their modules aren't that great in some cases.

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Nancy B.

Construction, 201-500 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Implementation Phase

Reviewed 2 years ago

We got off to a slow start. It took about 7 weeks to get started which is causing us to delay our go live date. The implementation plan is comprehensive. I think it will make the transition very manageable.

Pros

We are in the implementation stage. I like the integration between the field, project managers and accounting. It handles intercompany well. The SDX importer uploads most of the history and settings. I think it will be a great system when we get up and running.

Cons

I don't like the data entry screens. Many items that could be entered in a grid list open an data entry window. The system doesn't let you go to the next field until required fields are complete. Also, things like timesheets are not viewable in a grid. You can only print reports. The help menu search isn't very good. It references other items that would be nice to click into.

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Raj P.

Construction, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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Poor Customer Service / Technical Support

Reviewed a year ago

Poor customer service and tech support and this happens over and over.

Pros

value for moneyAvailability of APIs for time entry and project entry

Cons

The technical support is very poor.We were told that Spectrum can not find what went wrong with their system unless we tell them that exact time that the system has issues.We were also told that logs are deleted at 11pm everyday.How is that even acceptable for a software that is used by external vendors?On top of all this, the tech support person was quite rude

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Nicholas U.

Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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viewpoint expereince

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

As an IT person, the SSO integration and the ease of user management. navigation seems well organized but takes time to know where things are at.

Cons

the GUI, it looks too classic and would be nice to be more modern.

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Andrea M.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Spectrum Review

Reviewed a year ago

Visibility of job cost and the detailed reports have helped to simplify the reporting. Tracking contracts and change requests are important to us and are easy to do. Payroll processing time has been reduced and AP is so much better now that the invoices are routed. Automated purchase orders are now possible too.

Pros

The job costing module is valuable to us for tracking the real time cost of our projects. I like the interactive menus that change depending on what features are being used. We are able to have custom reports designed.

Cons

I have no comments to add here, its a good program.

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Michelle J.

Construction, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Construction Software

Reviewed 6 years ago

I am a project accountant and have been a Spectrum user since 1996 when it was called ForeFront and this is the only construction software I've used. Overall I find the software easy to use. I've participated in training led by Spectrum trainers and their help and advise is invaluable. The ability to export data in different file types for analysis - exporting to excel file, data only is one I use regularly. We're also lucky to have an IT software support specialist with extensive Spectrum background who is able to provide SQL reports for those times when the standard reports and exports don't give us enough flexibility with the data for analysis.

Pros

Most processes in Spectrum are intuitive for the user.

Cons

As a long time user of Spectrum, we have a heavily customized Job Cost Report. It's becoming more difficult to accommodate our custom needs as new versions are released.

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Krystal H.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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Accounting nightmare

Reviewed a year ago

Started at this company, where the system was set up incorrectly, and not a single module could pull proper reports due to the set up. I had paid for trainings that end up without being fully trained on the modules because the set up was so wrong it did not function and the spectrum accounting processes could not function and be completed. 6 months in, and over 15,000.00 in additional trainings and...

Pros

Haven't found any pros of the system compared to other systems used.

Cons

Highly dislike all accounting functions as it is not user friendly and you have to do 10x more clicks and entries just to do one simple task. Cannot find reports easily, and cannot just search a transaction, or do a quick look up for something within the entire system. You have to physically do way more work and go through every single module to find what you are looking for, then typically it has vanished and not there.. Spent 8 hours trying to find one simple discrepancy and with help from the trainer, still cannot find the error. The system is not efficient and wastes company time and money.

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Susan M.

Construction, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Human Resources, Subcontracts and Purchase Orders

Reviewed a year ago

Spectrum is an excellent upgrade from our previous platform. While there are still improvements to be made to the HR, Subcontract, and PO sections I use, the product as it stands is very user friendly allowing our entire administrative team to see all changes and updates in real time.

Pros

I love the search feature which allows partial word search of employee name, vendor name, or even addresses! Having all attachments digitally available through various access points is great too!

Cons

Some areas in the employee section and lower-tier subcontract section do not allow for attachments to be added, which is problematic and requires items to be saved where they do not necessarily make the most sense. Tracking for 1095 C forms is terrible, I do not use this at all because of the inefficient upload and download for each each employee needed to track monthly. There are many changes I would...

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David L.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Full featured software package

Reviewed 7 years ago

As with any large, complex and flexible software package like Spectrum, it can be rather complicated to set up and train users in operating it. We have been overall pleased in using it since we switched back in 2009. During this time our business has just about tripled in size and we do not feel as if we have out grown it.

Pros

Lots of modules available with a fairly robust implementation, continuing active additions of new features and improvements, document imaging allows easy access to attached documents, security rights for employees can be adjusted down to individual menu selections if necessary, customer support is very good and transparent (we are notified if something doesn't work as expected with suggested workarounds - even if we didn't report the issue), and the ability to create custom reports in Crystal.

Cons

While subscriptions for updated US and state income tax tables are available, local income tax tables are not. When a sales/use tax code is entered into the screen, it cannot be marked inactive if it is no longer used (there are some other setups with the same issue). If a report has been previewed or exported in one form (pdf, for example), it cannot be immediately exported in another (such as Excel) without re-running the report. While most reports run quickly, there are some that can take a while and having to wait the additional time for the same information can be frustrating.

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Anna J.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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We have been frustrated

Reviewed a year ago

it has been a work in progress, we felt abandoned during our training and thereafter. We do not feel with the fees we currently pay that we should have to pay someone to guide us thru something we were not taught or needed to go back over, tech support should able to do so.

Pros

the uploadable pdf function to put with invoices

Cons

Equipment Control/Fixed Assets, very unfriendly for job costing, to hard to track with the way the system is set now, also if you have depreciated out a piece one time and an error was made you cannot correct it, you cannot do a negative to get it back on track or to change months of depreciation etcChange order entries are redundant and not easy to enter in, does not automatically show the new billing items when you do the draw requests, you have to then manually enter into the draw request even though you made a billing item in the change order

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Kaylee B.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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In-Depth Program With Great Potential

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall I do like Spectrum. I feel like there are areas it could improve in and that I could be made more modern/ appealing to the eye. When I am busy I am able to answer the phone and navigate through Spectrum quickly to get the information I need right away. The depth of the program is a very good thing as long as they focus on having ways to be able to dig deep quickly or else finding information can become a headache.

Pros

I really like all the different reports that are made available. There are many places to add all different kinds of information and once the information is added in Spectrum allows you to pull reports for everything. Another feature I like a lot is the Favorites Bar. Spectrum is very broad and the Favorites Bar makes it very easy to quickly assess certain features of Spectrum that are specific to your role.

Cons

Some features about the software can be "glitchy" in certain features. For instance we have a tab with lots of information added in to one thing and this can cause Spectrum to freeze up and I will have to close completely out and log back in and start over what I was working on at the time. We have tried different recommendations to resolve this issue, but we get the same result.

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Susan P.

Construction, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Spectrum is a versatile and dynamic ERP system

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

The features that I find most impactful is the ability to not only use "canned" reports but to customize reports to our needs. Real-time information all day, all the time. Being cloud based means that everyone on Construction management has real-time data of the same information, whether in the field or in the office and everyone can communicate using this real-time data. This allows for trouble-shooting and prevention of overruns more efficiently. Field management with mobile users allows for the most current project information to be uploaded into Spectrum at any moment. This ability to have current information at any time allows for better analytics.

Cons

Being able to do comparative reports over years. There are no reports that allow for jobs or financials to be viewed and compared over multiple years. Also, being able to pull customer historical data over 3 - 5 year period for Projects and various Industries worked in for bids.

Vendor response

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, Susan. We really appreciate your feedback!

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Lacey R.

Mining & Metals, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Viewpoint Spectrum is User Friendly and Reliable

Reviewed 2 years ago

The company goes above and beyond to connect with regular users via their user network. They provide a lot of training options like live webinars to share information on new features, products, and industry news.

Pros

Spectrum has all of the features I need to process payroll and track HR related information. Being hosted on the cloud has been a reliable feature. I enjoy knowing I will be able to process my weekly payroll on time. The company pays attention to its customers when it comes to requests for new features. The software is constantly improving but the look and feel remains similar.

Cons

The security setup for giving supervisors access to jobs seemed a little complex. We have not set up a lot of access for our managers due to this. Since the company is always improving its features this may be one of those processes that is better now. We may need to revisit this in order to accurately review this feature in its current state.

Vendor response

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so glad that Viewpoint Spectrum has been such a great fit for your business.

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Kathleen S.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Our software is cloud base so I can log into it anywhere on any device.

Reviewed a year ago

It is a nice package that process all your every needs for running a business.

Pros

Able to process all the functionallity with a business software system.

Cons

The support can be 48 hours or more and now the chat support is not as helpful. They want to pass you on to consultant.

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Danita O.

Construction, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Long-Time user - Honest Review

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall over the past 11 years of using Spectrum the program has done the job and what we needed it to. The support has went downhill from where it started (Dexter+Chaney, Viewpoint, Trimble). Their focus should be on customer support, upgrades to existing program, then add-ons. It seems like there focus is in the reverse order.

Pros

Spectrum has robust features that work together well. Many of the features could use some updates to make the ease of use better. Some of the additional "pay" features should be offered in the baseline.

Cons

The biggest con is all new features seem to be put with add-on products and the customer support is awful. We wait weeks for solutions. Any of the paid training for us has been train the trainer and the time could be cut in half. Most users wanting training for a feature that hasn't been used usually knows the basics of the program.

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Jeff T.

Construction, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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BSM Review

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

Accounts Payable module, Accounts Receivble module

Cons

Reporting, drill down options to review jobs, accounts receivable credit limit notification, contract status report not reconciling to billed revenue.

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Hanine E.

Construction, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Viewpoint Spectrum

Reviewed a year ago

The job costing and reporting features are much better than the software we used prior.

Pros

I like the help feature the most. If I get stuck on anything, I know I can use the help feature and find my answer.

Cons

It could be a little more user friendly. When we first started using Spectrum, we struggled with learning how to operate it.

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Susan B.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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Spectrum is not a great solution.

Reviewed a year ago

I haven't solved any problems with Spectrum, only created them. My life will be harder and my job will be more difficult. Anytime I've asked to incorporate a feature, I've been told it can't be done and it's up to us to adjust our processes.

Pros

Our accounting department likes Viewpoint Spectrum. They like the all-in-one job cost integration it provides.

Cons

Coming from the Operations side of the business, managing contracts and change orders, Spectrum makes everything more complicated than our previous system. Everything requires completing multiple screens and moving through multiple sections. I find there is no all-in-one capability. I can't even see PO's and sub-contracts on the same screen so my PM's don't see their total job commitment at a glance. I also can't get original and revised sub contract amts for the job on one screen.

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Lynne U.

Construction, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Spectrum has good points and some not so good.

Reviewed a year ago

Some functionality has really improved over the years yet some has remained stagnant. We have 2 sisters companies in the construction business and 1 sister company that is a steel pipe distributor. Making construction software work for a steel pipe business has been a challenge. We have made it work, but would like to see more focus on OP and IC modules. The GL module needs some critical improvements, too.

Pros

All one package makes workflow easier. We could get this from any number of alternate software providers. What we like about Spectrum is the depth of it's functionality/capabilities.

Cons

Some of the modules are very antiquated and need serious updates.

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Shannon R.

Oil & Energy, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Spectrum is an effective and comprehensive Software for Job/Work Order Tracking

Reviewed a year ago

I have been learning about the Job module and it seems to be a very comprehensive system. I think there is a lot more that a Company could do with the various options within the module and then the analysis via reporting.

Pros

There are so many features that still need to be integrated into the user experience. The Webinar was extremely useful as I learned and advised the AP department of the function for the Automatic importing of invoices. The Banking and cash management is very straightforward and clearcut. I like how the modules are arranged and how they can be made favorites which makes my job more efficient.

Cons

1) sending PR to multiple bank accounts within a company needs to be posted to Suspense and then journaled into the correct bank account - I'm not sure why that is.2) I wish the "favorites" actually reflected the "original path" of the favorited item (in the menu to the left). Sometimes when teaching someone else, it's hard to remember the original path.

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Joan F.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Spectrum

Reviewed a year ago

Overall, I would say it is satisfactory. Not great, not terrible.

Pros

It does provide a complete picture. However, it seems most upgrades are geared toward the job costing portion of the software rather than companies that just use the "work order" section of the company.

Cons

There is no flat rate pricing availabililty in Spectrum for use on residential side of company so we have to use two programs and manually input data in Spectrum for the accounting aspect. Also, not impressed with Spectrum's side for the technician's use--Service Connect. It does not function well and we opted to go another route.

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Benjamin D.

Mining & Metals, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great system for small/med company 1-250 employees

Reviewed 10 months ago

its been okay, a learning curve but after 3 years we have found ways around the items that we were not able to resolve with viewpoint

Pros

the ability to export most reports to excel. and the abilitiy to connect with Power BI.

Cons

Payroll. not the best way to run payroll, if an error is made very difficult to resolve. lack of ability to email paystubs.

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Brad S.

Construction, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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More than just an ERP

Reviewed 10 months ago

Overall has been very good, far more information available through reports than our previous system. much more expansive in data that can be collected and processed. You can see how projects are doing on a daily basis. Transition from the previous system excellent. Overall very pleased

Pros

It's a robust system that captures a lot of data in a timely fashion. It can be integrated in real time from sites, although we haven't progressed to that level yet, it is our intention to do so in the future. integrates all accounting functions as well as Payroll, PO's and equipment tracking. AP invoice scanning helps eliminate paper. Built in reports are very good and lots of customizable options as well

Cons

Mostly geared for a General contractor, so some of the functions and reporting takes some work arounds as a subcontract. Our time capture for payroll is with another system which needed some customizing to integrate. Not always intuitive in its structure (voiding cheques in AP or payroll especially a direct deposit). limits to selecting multiple items ie.A/P vendors can only select up to 4 at a time unless you make grouping s or select all.