eSUB Review - why 4.5 stars?

eSUB Review
ITQlick Score: 97/100
ITQlick Rating: (4.5/5)
Pricing: 2.2/10 - low cost
Category: Construction -> eSUB
Ranking:Ranked 5 out of 443 Construction systems
Company: eSUB
Pricing: starts at $7 per user/month
Typical customers: Small, medium and large size businesses
Platforms: Desktop, Mobile, Cloud
Links: eSUB pricing, eSUB alternatives
Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: Oct 14, 2021

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What is eSUB?

eSUB is a cloud-based and mobile software designed for subcontractors to manage construction projects. Here are features of this construction project management software;
  • Field Notes: This feature helps sub-contractors to create field reports, makes daily reports, create and approves RFIs, rent, and schedule equipment, submits materials, schedules their time, amongst others.
  • Calendar: The eSUB Scheduling feature ensures that contractors schedules, build, and track an ongoing project calendar.
  • Document Management: This feature ensures all documents and data about a project can be uploaded on a single platform and made easily accessible to project workers that are not on the field.
eSUB developers had worked as construction consultants for over 30 years. The first web version of eSUB was developed in 2008, and the company has its headquarters in San Diego, CA, the U.S. Currently, eSUB has about 200 employees working on the company.

What is eSUB rating? ()

The rating of eSUB is 4.5 stars out of 5 and the total score is 97 out of 100. The ratings are based on our unbiased experts. Learn more in our rating methodology page

Who are eSUB's typical customers?

eSUB is specifically designed for subcontractors running a small and mid-size business. Electrical industry, mechanical/HVAC industry and specialty trades including plumbing, concrete and masonry, electrical and mechanical can use this software. The software was created by seasoned consultants with almost 30 years of experience to protect the interests and profits of contractors.

Is eSUB the best Construction?

eSUB is ranked 5 out of 443 software in their category (Construction systems).

What are their main features and functionalities?

eSUB comes with daily reports, RFIs, change orders, submittals/transmittals/release transmittals, purchase orders, project summary, pay applications, correspondence, meeting minutes/punch lists and virtual filing cabinet features. The reporting part offers project timeline report, percentage of completion, daily activity summary report, purchase order PO summary report, financial summary report, materials ordered and more. The logs and lookups part can ensure that once a document is created there, it is automatically logged. The Excel files are also updated automatically.

All your employers starting from your foreman to people from accounting departments can get access using the same internet company portal from any location without requiring a manually sync data. All the updates are continuously done in real time and everything can be downloaded in hard drive if needed. The module based solution also offers timecard management, resource management and corporate management modules.

What are eSUB's pros? (5 Pros)

  • It has a great system that allows time tracking, logging submittals, and RFIs seamlessly
  • eSUB offers free trial and free demo for people who are interested to try this software
  • eSUB can attach files for easy documentation
  • The construction project management software doesn’t include any hidden cost or complex training
  • The construction management software is easy to use and flexible, it can grow as your company grows

What are eSUB's cons? (2 cons)

  • Users cannot erase if there are errors made in the submission
  • It does not fit many jobs because its log section will be cluttered if it is not updated regularly

Who are their main alternatives?

Even though it is the first kind of Construction software that fits subcontractors, it has some competitions, which include Procore, Fieldwire, and Autodesk Construction Cloud.
  • Functionality: While Autodesk and eSUB have an Autodesk BIM 360, Procore, Autodesk and Fieldwire are known for features like Construction risk safety, data analytics, and construction drawing management. However, none of these alternative systems has advanced tracking, field reporting, etc., of a subcontractor found in eSUB.
  • Customer/Industry: Compared to its alternatives, eSUB is made exclusively for self-performing commercial subcontractors. Autodesk can be used by general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and project managers.
  • Cost: eSUB does not provide its pricing information. However, expert research states that its cost rating is 1.1 compared with its alternatives, which means it is a low-cost construction software. Both Autodesk and Procore offer a free trial. However, eSUB does not. Procore also does not provide its pricing information. On the other hand, Autodesk paid plans to start at $49/month. Fieldwire has a Free trial and a free Basic plan. It also has annual plans, including a Pro plan that costs $29 per user/month, a Business plan that costs $49 per user/month, and a Premier plan that costs $89 per user/month.
  • Cloud-Based/On-premise: eSUB, Autodesk, Fieldwire, and Procore are all cloud-based software.
  • Support: Compared to its competitors, eSUB lacks some basic support channels. It does not have a Knowledge base, FAQ/Forum, or 24/7 live rep. It only has phone support and Chat. Procore has all these support channels, while Autodesk only comes short with a 24/7 live rep.

What is the cost of eSUB?

eSUB does not provide its pricing information. However, according to expert cost research, the eSUB cost rating is 1.1 (where 1 means low-cost and 5 means high-cost), indicating that the software is low-cost. It also has a free trial and an eSUB Core plan with all its essential features, such as Field notes, daily reports, equipment rentals, email integration, Contacts correspondence, Project files uploads, audit logs, calendars, etc. reminders, and many others.

What is the REAL total cost of implementation? on top of the total cost of licenses which is easy to calculate you need to add the cost of training, customization, data migration, and other "hidden cost". ITQlick pricing score is 2.2 out of 10 (10 is most expensive). Find here the REAL total cost breakdown for eSUB

What should you ask eSUB during a demo session? (65 questions)

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Is it the right software for you?

eSUB best fits subcontract companies and trade contractors of small to medium to large scale. It provides a system where they organize their document in an electronic mode. eSUB is tailor-made for subcontractors like fieldworkers, drywall contractors, mechanical contractors, electrical contractors, plumbers, HVAC, etc. Construction companies using eSUB include Emcor, Titan Electric, Illinois Masonry Corp, Central Painting, etc.

List of categories

Construction
Construction Apps
Construction Project Scheduling
Electrician Apps
Web Based Construction
Project Management
Issue Management
Online Project Management
Project Budgeting
Project Documents
Project Portfolio Management
Project Reporting

List of features

Mobile Access
Telephone Customer Support
Web Hosted Solution
Document Management
Resource Management
Project Collaboration
Issue Management
Project Portfolio Management
Project Billing
Document Management
Change Orders
Document Management
Project Management
RFIs/Submittals
Scheduling

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Shlomi holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information System Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Shlomi brings 15 years of global IT and IS management experience as a consultant, and implementation expert for small, medium and large size (global) companies.