Namely vs. QuickBooks Desktop Premier

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Namely
Score 7.3 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
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
QuickBooks Desktop Premier is an installed version of QuickBooks for general business, contractors, manufacturing and warehouse accounting, as well as nonprofits, professional services, and retail.N/A
Pricing
NamelyQuickBooks Desktop Premier
Editions & Modules
Namely Now
$9
per month per user
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
NamelyQuickBooks Desktop Premier
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
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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Features
NamelyQuickBooks Desktop Premier
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
6.4
143 Ratings
21% below category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data6.7132 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history7.2138 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration7.130 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.0132 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting4.6134 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management5.7129 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)6.582 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
7.1
127 Ratings
12% below category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.9
47 Ratings
21% above category average
Pay calculation8.9111 Ratings7.046 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors6.953 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment6.757 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration7.1109 Ratings10.020 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.4113 Ratings8.036 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management4.8100 Ratings9.927 Ratings
Reimbursement management6.857 Ratings9.529 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
7.7
124 Ratings
5% below category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
-
Ratings
Approval workflow7.1121 Ratings00 Ratings
Balance details7.5116 Ratings00 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment8.595 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Namely
7.7
141 Ratings
6% below category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
-
Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information8.0129 Ratings00 Ratings
Update personal information8.3140 Ratings00 Ratings
View company policy documentation7.1127 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee recognition7.4116 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history7.5134 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
5.7
53 Ratings
31% below category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets5.753 Ratings00 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Namely
7.2
121 Ratings
6% below category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
-
Ratings
Report builder7.6117 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.9112 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data6.174 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Namely
6.6
116 Ratings
20% below category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
-
Ratings
New hire portal7.6110 Ratings00 Ratings
Manager tracking tools5.685 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Namely
4.6
96 Ratings
56% below category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
-
Ratings
Corporate goal setting6.086 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting4.094 Ratings00 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility3.872 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking4.789 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
5.3
107 Ratings
41% below category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
-
Ratings
Performance plans5.196 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance improvement plans2.968 Ratings00 Ratings
Review status tracking6.695 Ratings00 Ratings
Review reminders6.598 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple review frequency5.585 Ratings00 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Namely
5.6
21 Ratings
35% below category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
-
Ratings
Candidate search5.621 Ratings00 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Namely
8.3
6 Ratings
6% above category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
-
Ratings
Job Requisition Management8.45 Ratings00 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.15 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to Social Media8.15 Ratings00 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting8.55 Ratings00 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention8.35 Ratings00 Ratings
Applicant Tracking8.45 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.46 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Namely
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
1.3
20 Ratings
136% below category average
API for custom integration00 Ratings1.315 Ratings
Plug-ins00 Ratings1.320 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Namely
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.4
49 Ratings
6% below category average
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings4.943 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings10.040 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Namely
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
6.9
57 Ratings
8% below category average
Dashboards00 Ratings4.948 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings7.956 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings7.954 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Namely
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.1
60 Ratings
2% below category average
Accounts payable00 Ratings7.058 Ratings
Accounts receivable00 Ratings7.059 Ratings
Cash management00 Ratings8.054 Ratings
Bank reconciliation00 Ratings8.057 Ratings
Expense management00 Ratings6.156 Ratings
Time tracking00 Ratings5.028 Ratings
Fixed asset management00 Ratings5.039 Ratings
Multi-currency support00 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Multi-division support00 Ratings7.033 Ratings
Regulations compliance00 Ratings1.819 Ratings
Electronic tax filing00 Ratings10.028 Ratings
Self-service portal00 Ratings8.017 Ratings
Global Financial Support00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings7.06 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting00 Ratings9.08 Ratings
Localizations00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations00 Ratings7.014 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting00 Ratings9.05 Ratings
Configurable Accounting00 Ratings7.16 Ratings
Centralized Rules Framework00 Ratings9.93 Ratings
Standardized Processes00 Ratings4.37 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
2.9
36 Ratings
79% below category average
Inventory tracking00 Ratings1.735 Ratings
Automatic reordering00 Ratings1.015 Ratings
Location management00 Ratings8.019 Ratings
Manufacturing module00 Ratings1.017 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.0
38 Ratings
2% below category average
Pricing00 Ratings10.030 Ratings
Order entry00 Ratings10.031 Ratings
Credit card processing00 Ratings7.027 Ratings
Cost of goods sold00 Ratings6.334 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility00 Ratings1.04 Ratings
Order exception Resolution00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
NamelyQuickBooks Desktop Premier
Likelihood to Recommend
7.5
(145 ratings)
3.0
(63 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.5
(9 ratings)
1.3
(12 ratings)
Usability
7.3
(71 ratings)
7.0
(14 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.9
(5 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(1 ratings)
5.7
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(27 ratings)
1.1
(12 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
4.9
(85 ratings)
7.2
(7 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.0
(1 ratings)
6.2
(4 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
NamelyQuickBooks Desktop Premier
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Intuit
QuickBooks Premier is not well suited to manufacturing industries, as it cannot handle the complicated inventory requirements of raw materials, work in process, and finished goods. Retailers and Wholesalers can use QuickBooks Premier as long as they have an add-on inventory tracking program or Point of Sale system that integrates with QuickBooks. Likewise, restaurants would need specialized restaurant software that integrates with QuickBooks Premier. Non-profits can use QuickBooks Premier non-profit edition, but if they use fund accounting, it will require some complicated work-arounds. QuickBooks Premier is well-suited to most construction trades, personal and professional services providers, small retailers, and rental property owners.
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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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Intuit
  • The program is easy to learn and use. We can train our clients' personnel how to use the program with out difficulty.
  • It is easy for clients to generate bills and manage accounts receivable.
  • It is easy to manage accounts payable and allows clients to pay their bills electronically.
  • Transactions can be imported electronically for credit card and banking transactions.
  • It is easy to reconcile bank and credit card accounts.
  • We can import data generated by QuickBooks into our tax and accounting software.
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Cons
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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Intuit
  • I would like to be able to choose how i want to view accounts receivable aging. I would like some flexibility to sort and choose how to present the data.
  • For a seasoned accountant, I would like to see some of the restrictive controls that are in place for novices to be able to be relaxed so that I can easily make some entries and adjust some balances that ordinarily a regular user would not be able to do.
  • I would like to see an easy way to clear old outstanding checks that need to be reversed without affecting prior balances/history.
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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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Intuit
Because we have been extremely happy with the product and our organization tends to be creatures of habit. We rarely leave a product that works this well for the latest and greatest. Typically we follow the "if it's not broken, don't fix it rule". While QB does make changes we typically just roll with it. If we do find something we don't like we work through it until we fully understand its functionality.
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Usability
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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Intuit
QuickBooks is an amazing tool that provides all of the necessary features needed to run the finances of a company. I would like for QuickBooks to provide better resources for training. There are many features that go unused because of lack of knowledge. Procore offers chatting and calls on their platform and they make it easy and accessible to get answers and solutions.
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Reliability and Availability
Namely
No answers on this topic
Intuit
This is very reliable software, the desktop version is fast. If there is a problem, it is most likely on your own hardware!
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Performance
Namely
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Intuit
It takes forever to load.
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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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Intuit
This is an awesome product and the support team is very knowledgeable. The product is mature, so there are not a lot of bugs and the support team really solves problems quickly. Usually it is a user error issue, but the support desk helps me out. I love the fact that it is US based support.
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Implementation Rating
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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Intuit
It is important to do your research. There are tutorial videos online that could help new user of this accounting system. These tutorials are straightforward and easily understandable.
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Alternatives Considered
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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Intuit
QuickBooks Premier handles most of my business functions efficiently in one package. It is not my "everything." I use Replicon for time rather than QuickBooks. I don't want my WIP data interfering with my accounting. I use PaySimple for it's web interface and back office processing. I don't have security issues since I don't have any credit card data in my possession. With today's identity theft environment, I have to protect myself as much as I can. Not having credit card data in my accounting software lets me sleep much better at night. Quicken will do basic accounting but does not have all the double entry accounting systems contained in QuickBooks. QuickBooks Online does much of the basic business functions but I don't like the pricing structure. As a professional accountant, that is very important to me. Bill.com provided a good service but the ability of QuickBooks to add bills and receipts to transactions makes it redundant.
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Scalability
Namely
No answers on this topic
Intuit
They're getting better. Still room for improvement.
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Return on Investment
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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Intuit
  • Since our financials are kept very up to date, it helps us compare our financial results to prior years and it is used for our internal goal setting.
  • Due to the accountant copy function, we are able to provide better service since our clients are not waiting on us to fix historical data. They can continue their operations uninterrupted.
  • The import feature certainly speeds up the process of accounting for our payroll. As previously mentioned, it takes about a minute to do our entries for payroll and check them.
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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