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Paylocity

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Feature Set Ratings

  • Namely ranks higher in 6 feature sets: Human Resource Management, Payroll Management, Leave and Attendance Management, Employee Self Service, Asset Management, Performance Management
  • Paylocity ranks higher in 3 feature sets: Onboarding, Performance and Goals, Recruiting / ATS
  • Namely and Paylocity are tied in 2 feature sets: HR Reporting, Succession Planning

Human Resource Management

7.5

Namely

75%
7.2

Paylocity

72%
Namely ranks higher in 6/7 features

Employee demographic data

8.1
81%
117 Ratings
7.7
77%
268 Ratings

Employment history

7.7
77%
124 Ratings
7.6
76%
268 Ratings

Job profiles and administration

7.1
71%
16 Ratings
7.0
70%
241 Ratings

Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.

7.8
78%
120 Ratings
7.1
71%
248 Ratings

Organizational charting

7.1
71%
122 Ratings
6.7
67%
218 Ratings

Organization and location management

7.8
78%
117 Ratings
7.1
71%
218 Ratings

Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

7.1
71%
72 Ratings
7.2
72%
190 Ratings

Payroll Management

7.8

Namely

78%
7.7

Paylocity

77%
Namely ranks higher in 5/7 features

Pay calculation

8.3
83%
102 Ratings
8.1
81%
276 Ratings

Support for external payroll vendors

6.7
67%
48 Ratings
6.4
64%
122 Ratings

Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

8.4
84%
49 Ratings
8.2
82%
170 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

7.3
73%
98 Ratings
7.6
76%
188 Ratings

Direct deposit files

8.5
85%
103 Ratings
8.4
84%
272 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

7.3
73%
93 Ratings
7.8
78%
210 Ratings

Reimbursement management

7.8
78%
54 Ratings
7.3
73%
128 Ratings

Leave and Attendance Management

7.8

Namely

78%
7.1

Paylocity

71%
Namely ranks higher in 3/3 features

Approval workflow

8.1
81%
112 Ratings
7.7
77%
219 Ratings

Balance details

7.6
76%
106 Ratings
6.8
68%
233 Ratings

Annual carry-forward and encashment

7.5
75%
88 Ratings
6.8
68%
173 Ratings

Employee Self Service

8.3

Namely

83%
8.1

Paylocity

81%
Namely ranks higher in 4/5 features

View and generate pay and benefit information

8.6
86%
117 Ratings
8.1
81%
284 Ratings

Update personal information

9.0
90%
125 Ratings
8.7
87%
287 Ratings

View company policy documentation

7.9
79%
113 Ratings
7.4
74%
232 Ratings

Employee recognition

7.7
77%
105 Ratings
8.3
83%
197 Ratings

View job history

8.3
83%
119 Ratings
7.7
77%
236 Ratings

Asset Management

7.5

Namely

75%
7.0

Paylocity

70%
Namely ranks higher in 1/1 features

Tracking of all physical assets

7.5
75%
53 Ratings
7.0
70%
85 Ratings

HR Reporting

6.4

Namely

64%
6.4

Paylocity

64%
Namely ranks higher in 2/3 features

Report builder

6.8
68%
104 Ratings
6.8
68%
253 Ratings

Pre-built reports

6.3
63%
100 Ratings
7.0
70%
255 Ratings

Ability to combine HR data with external data

6.1
61%
68 Ratings
5.5
55%
160 Ratings

Onboarding

7.3

Namely

73%
7.6

Paylocity

76%
Paylocity ranks higher in 2/2 features

New hire portal

7.9
79%
99 Ratings
7.9
79%
232 Ratings

Manager tracking tools

6.8
68%
77 Ratings
7.3
73%
182 Ratings

Performance and Goals

6.9

Namely

69%
7.1

Paylocity

71%
Paylocity ranks higher in 4/4 features

Corporate goal setting

7.1
71%
82 Ratings
7.2
72%
106 Ratings

Individual goal setting

7.1
71%
87 Ratings
7.4
74%
119 Ratings

Line-of sight-visibility

6.4
64%
65 Ratings
6.8
68%
95 Ratings

Performance tracking

6.9
69%
84 Ratings
6.9
69%
127 Ratings

Performance Management

7.1

Namely

71%
6.7

Paylocity

67%
Namely ranks higher in 5/5 features

Performance plans

6.9
69%
90 Ratings
6.4
64%
140 Ratings

Performance improvement plans

6.7
67%
64 Ratings
6.6
66%
121 Ratings

Review status tracking

7.4
74%
90 Ratings
7.1
71%
144 Ratings

Review reminders

7.3
73%
92 Ratings
6.3
63%
147 Ratings

Multiple review frequency

7.2
72%
80 Ratings
6.9
69%
124 Ratings

Succession Planning

5.9

Namely

59%
5.9

Paylocity

59%
Paylocity ranks higher in 3/4 features

Candidate search

5.9
59%
19 Ratings
5.7
57%
76 Ratings

Create succession plans/pools

N/A
0 Ratings
6.5
65%
58 Ratings

Candidate ranking

N/A
0 Ratings
5.5
55%
73 Ratings

Candidate development

N/A
0 Ratings
5.7
57%
64 Ratings

Recruiting / ATS

5.1

Namely

51%
7.2

Paylocity

72%
Paylocity ranks higher in 7/7 features

Job Requisition Management

5.3
53%
4 Ratings
7.7
77%
119 Ratings

Company Website Posting

4.2
42%
4 Ratings
7.8
78%
122 Ratings

Publish to Social Media

4.2
42%
4 Ratings
6.9
69%
96 Ratings

Job Search Site Posting

6.0
60%
4 Ratings
7.2
72%
119 Ratings

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

4.7
47%
4 Ratings
6.7
67%
101 Ratings

Applicant Tracking

5.5
55%
4 Ratings
7.7
77%
132 Ratings

Notifications and Alerts

6.0
60%
4 Ratings
6.7
67%
134 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Namely is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
  • Paylocity is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

Namely

81%
129 Ratings
6.5

Paylocity

65%
306 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

3.5

Namely

35%
7 Ratings
7.5

Paylocity

75%
19 Ratings

Usability

8.2

Namely

82%
53 Ratings
7.6

Paylocity

76%
11 Ratings

Availability

Namely

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Paylocity

90%
2 Ratings

Performance

Namely

N/A
0 Ratings
5.0

Paylocity

50%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

7.9

Namely

79%
41 Ratings
1.9

Paylocity

19%
38 Ratings

Online Training

Namely

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Paylocity

91%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.1

Namely

71%
68 Ratings
6.4

Paylocity

64%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Namely

Our overall experience has been very positive. Our accounting department used to handle every issue related to HR, benefits, payroll, etc. But with the Namely platform, employees can input all information right into the website and access any information they need. As a supervisor who approves PTO/Vacations, the platform is super-easy to use.
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Paylocity

Best suited - small HR department, SMB market, need a one-stop-shop for all HR solutions. It is an "all in one" deal that really allows them to free up time and resources to focus on what they do best with people. Less appropriate - Enterprise employer who likes to control everything about their system. If they like playing with an Oracle or Workday, this will drive them nuts
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Pros

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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Paylocity

  • Recruiting platform has all the features and applicant tracking details that I need to make for a smooth process.
  • The On-Boarding module has many options and capabilities to assist with getting new hires through the process in a seamless manner.
  • Customer service is always available to assist with resolving any issues I have in a timely manner.
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Cons

Namely

  • Customer service has been largely disappointing and sometimes horrible.
  • The tax reporting team has had some major hiccups for us.
  • Some of the custom reporting filters could be improved by adding an in-between dates filter.
  • Some of the performance review tools are still confusing after 7 years.
  • Can I say customer service again?
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Paylocity

  • Complexity and confusion between Payroll vs Time & Labor
  • Complexity of configuration of security
  • Complexity of configuration of accruals
  • Inconsistency of vacation balances from Payroll to Time & Labor makes it complex to train users how to read it
  • The effort required to dig through the help knowledgebase to find what you need
  • Lack of support ticket traceability when working with the helpdesk/hotline
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Pricing Details

Namely

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Namely editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

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    Paylocity

    Starting Price

    $2 Per Employee Per Month

    Editions & Modules

    Paylocity editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Paylocity$2.001

    Footnotes

    1. Per Employee Per Month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Likelihood to Renew

    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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    Paylocity

    The transition from my old provider to Paylocity was virtually painless. I always felt well supported by my account rep. I would use Paylocity again, but I'm not in a position to change providers at my current company right now.
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    Usability

    Namely

    Namely is a user-friendly system that is continuing to improve its integration across platforms with HRIS, Benefits, Payroll, and Time. For us, a complex user with multiple clients and hundreds of hourly employees, it has been a good solution (though not without its drawbacks) and we have greatly appreciated Namely's willingness to listen to our concerns and requests for changes in the product. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Namely for any company far more simple than ours—especially small entities with most, if not all, salaried employees.
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    Paylocity

    Although it is fairly easy to use, there are some processes that just don't make munch sense. For example, if an employee has 2 bank accounts and the funds are returned from one account the process to reissue is TEDIOUS and confusing. Unless you want to PAY for Paylocity to do it for you. I think the manual process should be as easy for us.
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    Reliability and Availability

    Namely

    No answers on this topic

    Paylocity

    Solid network - down for upgrades at late hours during the weekend when I am definitely not in the system to use it. Even if I was, they provide excellent advance notice.
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    Performance

    Namely

    No answers on this topic

    Paylocity

    It's so manual, not automated or intuitive.
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    Support Rating

    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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    Paylocity

    The frustrations I have with Paylocity customer support are what drove me to leave a review in the first place so I can warn anyone considering purchasing this product. I really like the software and it has a lot of great features, but my complete distrust of their customer service has led me to rue the day I chose Paylocity to be our payroll vendor. For one thing, they are often slow to respond. That alone might be manageable, except even when I do get a response, half the time the answers are incomplete/not helpful, if not completely incorrect! Imagine waiting 90 days and paying thousands of dollars for a corrected W2 only for it to come back more incorrect than it was when you started, and not only that but they also made me question my sanity trying to convince me that they were correct when it was BLATANTLY wrong - and that's just one example! Sometimes you might be lucky to get a decent customer service rep using the chat help feature, but most of the time whoever you talk to does not seem to have any more knowledge of the system than you do. I am a patient person and I have a lot of grace for administrative errors (we're all human) but Paylocity customer service is consistently unreliable and sometimes unprofessional to boot. To their credit, the sales and implementation teams do seem really good. It seems like maybe they just can't retain good customer service reps. We've been through several account managers without ever having a good experience.
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    Online Training

    Namely

    No answers on this topic

    Paylocity

    They have great training tools!
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    Implementation Rating

    Namely

    I was not part of the implementation of Namely. It was before my time. Prior to Namely the company used UltiPro, which is also a great system. The implementation/transition supposedly went smooth, but I cannot comment from my own firsthand experience.
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    Paylocity

    I would make sure you have a dedicated team at Paylocity to complete the implementation. We had staff from Paylocity quit and things were not completed properly. They dropped the ball so to speak on that portion of it. we have encountered multiple issues since then and are still not using the Time off tracking to its full capabilities.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Namely

    Namely provided certain features that we were looking for that the other vendors did not, specifically the social feed. We do not have a company intranet so we needed a place to communicate and store resources in addition to managing HR and Benefits. Namely provided that combination plus more.
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    Paylocity

    We used CompuPay before Paylocity and Paylocity is vastly superior when it comes to tracking time, wages, and payroll. We used to have to read hours manually over the phone to a CompuPay representative and keep everything in physical binders to properly track the hours. With Paylocity being digital and largely intuitive, it cuts the labor needed for payroll by more than half.
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    Return on Investment

    Namely

    • It gets the job done, but I can't say that I love it.
    • I can't really compare the ROI to another solution. It is certainly good enough to roll up most basic HR functions, and in that respect is totally worth it.
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    Paylocity

    • Paylocity has reduced the amount of manual work that has to be done on the backside week to week to manage skill level and pay changes
    • Paylocity has helped to make schedules known throughout the plant
    • Paylocity eliminated the need to have a separate platform for training purposes which helped to reduce costs
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