Group Dynamic vs. Namely

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Group Dynamic
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
Group Dynamic is a benefits administration solution.N/A
Namely
Score 7.4 out of 10
N/A
Namely offers a cloud-based HR platform for integrated core and specialized HR services, including time and employee performance management and onboarding processes.
$9
per month
Pricing
Group DynamicNamely
Editions & Modules
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Namely Now
$9
per month per user
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Group DynamicNamely
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional DetailsNamely Now offers small-businesses an HCM including payroll and HR at a budget conscious price. For growing companies we have Namely Plus which includes payroll and HR, talent, time, and other tools to engage and enrich their employees. For companies looking to free up more time internally for strategy, Namely offers Namely Plus People, including managed Payroll and Benefits. And for the business who wants to expand while minimizing risk and liability, our white-glove comprehensive PEO solution is Namely Complete.
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Top Pros
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Features
Group DynamicNamely
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Group Dynamic
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Ratings
Namely
6.4
143 Ratings
21% below category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings6.7132 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings7.2138 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings7.130 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings7.0132 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings4.6134 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings5.7129 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings6.582 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Group Dynamic
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Ratings
Namely
7.1
127 Ratings
12% below category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings8.9111 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings6.953 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings6.757 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings7.2109 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.4113 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings4.8100 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings6.857 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Group Dynamic
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Ratings
Namely
7.7
124 Ratings
5% below category average
Approval workflow00 Ratings7.1121 Ratings
Balance details00 Ratings7.5116 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment00 Ratings8.595 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Group Dynamic
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Ratings
Namely
7.7
141 Ratings
6% below category average
View and generate pay and benefit information00 Ratings8.0129 Ratings
Update personal information00 Ratings8.3140 Ratings
View company policy documentation00 Ratings7.1127 Ratings
Employee recognition00 Ratings7.4116 Ratings
View job history00 Ratings7.5134 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Group Dynamic
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Ratings
Namely
5.7
53 Ratings
31% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings5.753 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Group Dynamic
-
Ratings
Namely
7.2
121 Ratings
6% below category average
Report builder00 Ratings7.7117 Ratings
Pre-built reports00 Ratings7.9112 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data00 Ratings6.174 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Group Dynamic
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Ratings
Namely
6.6
116 Ratings
20% below category average
New hire portal00 Ratings7.7110 Ratings
Manager tracking tools00 Ratings5.685 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Group Dynamic
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Ratings
Namely
4.6
96 Ratings
56% below category average
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings6.086 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings4.094 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility00 Ratings3.872 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings4.789 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Group Dynamic
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Ratings
Namely
5.3
107 Ratings
41% below category average
Performance plans00 Ratings5.196 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings2.968 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings6.695 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings6.598 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings5.585 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Group Dynamic
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Ratings
Namely
5.6
21 Ratings
35% below category average
Candidate search00 Ratings5.621 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Group Dynamic
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Ratings
Namely
8.3
6 Ratings
6% above category average
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings8.45 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings8.25 Ratings
Publish to Social Media00 Ratings8.25 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting00 Ratings8.65 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention00 Ratings8.35 Ratings
Applicant Tracking00 Ratings8.55 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts00 Ratings8.46 Ratings
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User Ratings
Group DynamicNamely
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(1 ratings)
7.5
(145 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(9 ratings)
Usability
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(0 ratings)
7.3
(71 ratings)
Availability
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(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
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10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(27 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
4.9
(85 ratings)
Configurability
-
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9.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
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8.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
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8.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
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9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Group DynamicNamely
Likelihood to Recommend
Group Dynamic Inc.
It really comes down to the fact that it is easy to use for our employees and that makes my job easier.
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Namely
Namely is aesthetically very pleasing and navigates like other social media platforms which can be appealing to potentially a remote workforce who interacts more online than in person. Unfortunately, it did not serve our population well as we are primarily manufacturing where people are not as interested in utilizing the HRIS for interactions when they would rather connect in person.
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Pros
Group Dynamic Inc.
  • Their mobile app makes it easy for FSA reimbursements to the end user. Snap a shot of the EOB with your phone and upload it for payment.
  • They have push reporting that makes the accounting process simple to reconcile.
  • HRA claims only require a receipt and one form submited via fax or email to get paid.
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Namely
  • Namely has helped with our COVID sick leave response. It has made a major difference both with the weekly payroll and the 941 tax filing
  • Keeping track of our multiple PTO plans. Thank goodness for Namely, I have shredded my old PTO spreadsheets.
  • Employees like the convenience of the cell phone app. As a payroll administrator, I like the Geo Tracking tool where I can see where some are when the clock is in or out.
  • The flexibility inside of the payroll system both as you are finalizing an employee profile and when you are processing payroll is a major advantage.
  • The reports I get out of Namely in Excel format work well for me.
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Cons
Group Dynamic Inc.
  • I would like to see a mobile app for the HRA process.
  • Adding in a field for the date and reason of job separation with a confirmation of some sort instead of an email/messaging type method would be more user friendly.
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Namely
  • Limits to custom reporting
  • No direct feed for Ohio Workers Comp (now a manual process on our end)
  • No option to place an employee on Leave of Absence and exclude them from payroll while they are "inactive"
  • No option to suppress certain deductions for certain pay types (i.e. allow 401K for commissions but block remaining deductions - also now a manual process to uncheck the suppress box for 401K for each commission check)
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Likelihood to Renew
Group Dynamic Inc.
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Namely
Administrators and employees love Namely. It is very easy to use and streamlined. Employees stay engaged with news feed updates and enjoy all the self service options. The time cards are very easy to access and clocking in and out for non-exempt employees is a breeze. Namely is part of our family.
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Usability
Group Dynamic Inc.
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Namely
It is very simple to use for myself, the HR team, and our employees. I find the payroll process very user-friendly. Reporting is simple to navigate and produce the required information requested. I know our employees enjoy the self-service feature and use it on a regular basis, which saves me time.
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Support Rating
Group Dynamic Inc.
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Namely
Unfortunately, in more recent years we've had a lot of difficulty with Namely as they've undergone a lot of internal changes. It took 4 returned emails saying the person no longer worked at Namely to find someone to help me (I finally called payroll) and it took a while to get connected with a direct source of help. Namely now has set up their "pod" feature of communication which works well for the most part, but is different. I felt spoiled when we first started with Namely, but now it feels very much like working with most large companies' help centers. There is a system to go through and you do have the option to click "urgent". In general the help is efficient, but it still takes a few days and it's hard to speak with someone directly. It is all done via online communications and is difficult to actually speak to someone on the phone. This works well for most cases, but I do feel frustrated more often than I'd like to with this type of communication. (2019/2020)
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Implementation Rating
Group Dynamic Inc.
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Namely
Implementation was a bit complicated and our company had to carry most of the weight. It often felt like our implementation manager was giving us extra work that she did not want to do herself. It also took much longer than expected - I believe almost 2 months. I believe our company carried a bit too much of the weight.
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Alternatives Considered
Group Dynamic Inc.
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Namely
Namely has a robust suite of offerings, and fallows for a la carte selection of add-ons (rather than a single bundled option). This has allowed our company to save money by not purchasing options / functionalities that we dont need, but may drive up the cost for other companies who need more a la carte selections. In all, the size of the company, the size & capabilities of the internal HR team, and considerations like managed payroll and benefits should be key drivers in selection.
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Return on Investment
Group Dynamic Inc.
  • Group Dynamic has taken the burden of record keeping and compliance out of our hands and has cut our risk of audit penalties to zero.
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Namely
  • When we were over 100, it provided a huge benefit to us due to the accuracy of payroll, benefits integration and management, and org chart and performance tracking. Having all of that in one place was a huge improvement from the former disjointed user experience.
  • When we dropped below 100 due to covid, our insurance rates went up 93% to offer comparable plans, and we had to move over to a PEO for benefits which meant we also had to move payroll. It was hugely disruptive, and now our employees have a bad experience when trying to manage their HR lives in multiple places. It is confusing and, again, disjointed.
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ScreenShots

Namely Screenshots

Screenshot of Namely News Feed: The home base to make announcements, express appreciation, and to celebrate important milestones.Screenshot of HR Analytics: data to drive confidence in an active people strategy and to encourage pride in provable resultsScreenshot of Talent & Performance Management: connects, engages, and develops the workforce in a platform designed so that employees actually want to use itScreenshot of Benefits Administration: modern, integrated benefits technology makes it easy for employees to enroll and easier to manageScreenshot of Payroll Administration: integrated with HR data and coupled with full payroll tax servicesScreenshot of Namely Mobile App: request time off and access paystubs and benefits information from anywhere