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Likelihood to Recommend

Namely

Namely is especially well-suited for small to mid-sized companies that are looking to shift core HRIS functions under a single platform. Everything works as smoothly as advertised- payroll, benefits, time and attendance, workflows, onboarding. Especially if the employee population is comfortable with social media sites; Namely's landing page functions like an internal Facebook feed.Namely might not be well-suited for companies that have a significant employee population outside of the US . We've had some issues integrating our international employees into the core HRIS and benefits modules.
Jovanny Chonillo, MHRM | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octopus HR

I would definitely recommend Octopus HR if companies need every employee, not just one HR team, to use it. I think it's too much and would suggest something like Taleo for one team to use.Key questions would be: Do you need a simple platform? Are you using this just for your HR team or will everyone need access? Is the way employees request PTO at your company disorganized?
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Namely
6.5
Octopus HR
Employee demographic data
Namely
6.5
Octopus HR
Employment history
Namely
6.7
Octopus HR
Job profiles and administration
Namely
10.0
Octopus HR
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Namely
6.1
Octopus HR
Organizational charting
Namely
6.2
Octopus HR
Organization and location management
Namely
6.6
Octopus HR
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Namely
3.2
Octopus HR

Payroll Management

Namely
6.5
Octopus HR
Pay calculation
Namely
5.6
Octopus HR
Support for external payroll vendors
Namely
4.5
Octopus HR
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Namely
8.5
Octopus HR
Benefit plan administration
Namely
7.1
Octopus HR
Direct deposit files
Namely
7.3
Octopus HR
Salary revision and increment management
Namely
7.1
Octopus HR
Reimbursement management
Namely
5.5
Octopus HR

Leave and Attendance Management

Namely
7.0
Octopus HR
Approval workflow
Namely
7.2
Octopus HR
Balance details
Namely
6.8
Octopus HR
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Namely
6.8
Octopus HR

Employee Self Service

Namely
7.3
Octopus HR
View and generate pay and benefit information
Namely
7.3
Octopus HR
Update personal information
Namely
7.1
Octopus HR
View company policy documentation
Namely
7.3
Octopus HR
Employee recognition
Namely
7.4
Octopus HR
View job history
Namely
7.3
Octopus HR

Asset Management

Namely
5.7
Octopus HR
Tracking of all physical assets
Namely
5.7
Octopus HR

HR Reporting

Namely
3.9
Octopus HR
Report builder
Namely
4.4
Octopus HR
Pre-built reports
Namely
4.9
Octopus HR
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Namely
2.4
Octopus HR

Onboarding

Namely
5.9
Octopus HR
New hire portal
Namely
5.7
Octopus HR
Manager tracking tools
Namely
6.1
Octopus HR

Performance and Goals

Namely
3.6
Octopus HR
Corporate goal setting
Namely
4.0
Octopus HR
Individual goal setting
Namely
4.1
Octopus HR
Line-of sight-visibility
Namely
2.4
Octopus HR
Performance tracking
Namely
3.6
Octopus HR

Performance Management

Namely
4.7
Octopus HR
Performance plans
Namely
5.6
Octopus HR
Performance improvement plans
Namely
4.3
Octopus HR
Review status tracking
Namely
4.2
Octopus HR
Review reminders
Namely
5.2
Octopus HR
Multiple review frequency
Namely
4.3
Octopus HR

Succession Planning

Namely
5.2
Octopus HR
Candidate search
Namely
5.2
Octopus HR

Pros

Namely

  • Time off management - simple and efficient way to submit/approve and keep track of the remaining days. It covers all types of legal time off.
  • Goals setting - Namely has a mature enough framework that you can configure based on the company's requirements.
  • Organization chart - a nice visual display of the company hierarchy structure.
Cristian Bodnarasec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octopus HR

  • It's simple. I really appreciate that the layout of Octopus HR isn't something I have to question. I know where to look for something because it's clearly labeled, that's more than I can say for a lot of other HR systems I've seen.
  • Support. If I ever have a question about setting something up, or if something goes wrong, they're always on top of it. For instance, I had no idea how to set up employee photos on our accounts. I tweeted them and they responded right away, I'm based in LA and they're a UK company, I was impressed that they were able to respond right away. They make sure their customers are taken care of.
  • Great self guide. If there's ever an ordinary question I need answered their "Octopus Guide" is very thorough and walks you through everything.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Namely

  • Namely Payroll can be confusing as it doesn't link directly with HRIS time off. It is another platform and there is a lot of duplicating information, increasing potential for errors. There is a lot of manual entering and not great ways to input data for multiple employees at once.
  • The time sheets are not as simple as we'd like. We have a lot of employee errors with these on a regular base. You need to save on each page that you make updates on and the search features for approvers aren't as user friendly as we'd like. (This is separate from the time feature which is an additional expense, we don't use this.)
  • The time off doesn't link directly with payroll and employees have to enter time off twice. This could be user error on our end, but we've been told a few different answers from Namely help as they've made some changes recently. (2020)
  • Namely is constantly updating features but it feels sporadic and is a lot of time and energy to learn how things have changed.
  • Performance reviews are a bit tricky to learn how to use because you have to learn the language that Namely uses. They don't seem very obvious to use. I think their capability is good, but it takes some learning to set them up correctly. Our managers have had some difficulty with them.
  • In general, it feels a bit difficult to make edits and changes simply and efficiently.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octopus HR

  • Adding employee photos. That's definitely something I think is hard to figure out on your own.
  • An easier way for users to retrieve their passwords. Sometimes I notice even when employees put in all the correct information, the system doesn't recognize it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Namely

Namely 1.5
Based on 4 answers
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.
Shane Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octopus HR

Octopus HR 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Employees don't complain about it! If anything they've commented on how nice of a tool it is to have.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Namely

Namely 5.2
Based on 5 answers
Overall, Namely is a very user friendly platform, most of the functionality can be learned with out much training or guidance. They have designed it to be modeled similar to other social media sites interface which makes it clean in design and easy to navigate. If you do have someone at your organization that is less tech savvy, one of the most impressive parts of Namely continues to be their client support. They will support you and give guidance in every aspect if its training or just pointing out a feature and how it works
Lauren Lippello | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octopus HR

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Namely

Namely 5.4
Based on 21 answers
Bryan at Namely Time is awesome to work with. I knew when I called him, most of the time, he knew the answer but if he didn't, he would figure it out and call me right back. ACA support people just lack the knowledge. Star at Namely Benefits is also great to work with.
Angie Turner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octopus HR

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Namely

We wanted a cutting edge product that our employees would love. We saw that in Namely. They are fully in the cloud so it can be accessed anywhere. They also have a beautiful interface that makes life so much easier. They also have a feature that an admin users can "view as" which helps me trouble shoot for employees if they have questions so that I do not have to ask them to send screen shots or run to their desk. The customer support from Namely is also awesome. I have a great relationship with my account manager and she is always there to help me. Namely is always creating new things for their platform. I have no doubt that they will continue evolving which makes me excited for the future with this platform.
Lisa Shapiro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octopus HR

Very different platforms. You get a lot of bang for your buck using Octopus HR. It's a much more modern and simple layout and that's something forward thinking companies definitely enjoy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Namely

  • We were able to standardize processes much more easily with Namely. Without Namely it would be difficult to get 10 locations to follow the same procedure. But with Namely, we're able to set up the workflow and the manager just follows along on his computer.
  • Payroll mistakes are virtually nonexistent with Namely.
Asha Mungara, JD, PHR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octopus HR

  • Employee efficiency. There's never a question of who I request my time off with. The program sets up line managers who take in all the requests.
  • Less wasted time. Contact info and photo are very visible and easily accessed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Namely

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Octopus HR

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Namely
5.1
Octopus HR
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Namely
1.5
Octopus HR
8.0

Usability

Namely
5.2
Octopus HR

Support Rating

Namely
5.4
Octopus HR

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