Namely vs. QuickBooks Online

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 Online
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
QuickBooks Online is a SaaS version of the QuickBooks product. It contains all of the features found in the local version. Higher-priced plans include greater automation, payment management, inventory and time tracking, and analytics features.
$15
per month
Pricing
NamelyQuickBooks Online
Editions & Modules
Namely Now
$9
per month per user
Self-Employed
$15
per month
Simple Start
$25
per month
Plus
$75
per month
Advanced
$150
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
NamelyQuickBooks Online
Free Trial
NoYes
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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Community Pulse
NamelyQuickBooks Online
Considered Both Products
Namely
Chose Namely
Most recently Paycor. Paycor had a lot better support system with subject matter experts and consultants to be able to call or email at any time. Namely's time system is far superior and well as their PTO system.
Chose Namely
Namely has a lot of room for improvements in comparison with industry standard services but it has some decent functionality and improving on it slowly.
Chose Namely
We were using SuccessFactors and Zenefits before switching to Namely. Zenefits promises to be too much and we weren't getting the level of service we needed. When we looked at other platforms, Namely just made the most sense for what we were looking for (payroll, PTO, …
QuickBooks Online

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
NamelyQuickBooks Online
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
6.3
143 Ratings
22% below category average
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data6.6132 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history7.1138 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration7.030 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.0132 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting4.7134 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management5.7129 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)6.382 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
7.2
127 Ratings
11% below category average
QuickBooks Online
3.2
78 Ratings
77% below category average
Pay calculation8.9111 Ratings4.369 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors6.953 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment6.957 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration7.0109 Ratings4.032 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.3113 Ratings4.965 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management5.1100 Ratings1.544 Ratings
Reimbursement management6.957 Ratings1.246 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 Online
-
Ratings
Approval workflow7.2121 Ratings00 Ratings
Balance details7.5116 Ratings00 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment8.495 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Namely
7.6
141 Ratings
7% below category average
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information7.9129 Ratings00 Ratings
Update personal information8.2140 Ratings00 Ratings
View company policy documentation7.0127 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee recognition7.4116 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history7.4134 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 Online
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets5.753 Ratings00 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Namely
7.0
121 Ratings
8% below category average
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
Report builder7.5117 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.8112 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data5.974 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Namely
6.5
116 Ratings
21% below category average
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
New hire portal7.5110 Ratings00 Ratings
Manager tracking tools5.685 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Namely
4.8
96 Ratings
52% below category average
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
Corporate goal setting6.086 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting4.494 Ratings00 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility4.072 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking4.989 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
5.3
107 Ratings
40% below category average
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
Performance plans5.196 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance improvement plans3.368 Ratings00 Ratings
Review status tracking6.595 Ratings00 Ratings
Review reminders6.398 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple review frequency5.485 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 Online
-
Ratings
Candidate search5.621 Ratings00 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Namely
8.1
6 Ratings
4% above category average
QuickBooks Online
-
Ratings
Job Requisition Management8.15 Ratings00 Ratings
Company Website Posting7.85 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to Social Media7.85 Ratings00 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting8.35 Ratings00 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention8.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Applicant Tracking8.25 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.36 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Namely
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Online
2.5
68 Ratings
93% below category average
API for custom integration00 Ratings1.354 Ratings
Plug-ins00 Ratings3.857 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Namely
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Online
3.7
108 Ratings
72% below category average
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings2.981 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings4.5102 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Namely
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Online
5.2
132 Ratings
35% below category average
Dashboards00 Ratings4.6124 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings5.2128 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings5.9116 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Namely
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Online
3.7
143 Ratings
64% below category average
Accounts payable00 Ratings5.5122 Ratings
Accounts receivable00 Ratings6.0131 Ratings
Cash management00 Ratings6.4120 Ratings
Bank reconciliation00 Ratings6.3137 Ratings
Expense management00 Ratings5.6123 Ratings
Time tracking00 Ratings1.656 Ratings
Fixed asset management00 Ratings5.253 Ratings
Multi-currency support00 Ratings1.323 Ratings
Multi-division support00 Ratings1.442 Ratings
Regulations compliance00 Ratings1.638 Ratings
Electronic tax filing00 Ratings5.266 Ratings
Self-service portal00 Ratings2.466 Ratings
Global Financial Support00 Ratings1.316 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings3.535 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting00 Ratings4.929 Ratings
Localizations00 Ratings4.021 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations00 Ratings5.174 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting00 Ratings1.725 Ratings
Configurable Accounting00 Ratings1.938 Ratings
Centralized Rules Framework00 Ratings3.024 Ratings
Standardized Processes00 Ratings3.848 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Online
1.2
47 Ratings
139% below category average
Inventory tracking00 Ratings1.245 Ratings
Automatic reordering00 Ratings1.122 Ratings
Location management00 Ratings1.221 Ratings
Manufacturing module00 Ratings1.317 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Online
3.8
86 Ratings
61% below category average
Pricing00 Ratings4.855 Ratings
Order entry00 Ratings4.853 Ratings
Credit card processing00 Ratings2.263 Ratings
Cost of goods sold00 Ratings3.868 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings4.721 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility00 Ratings4.720 Ratings
Order exception Resolution00 Ratings1.218 Ratings
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
NamelyQuickBooks Online
Likelihood to Recommend
7.4
(145 ratings)
4.2
(161 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.2
(9 ratings)
2.5
(24 ratings)
Usability
7.2
(71 ratings)
4.0
(76 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
2.0
(5 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(1 ratings)
1.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(27 ratings)
2.0
(68 ratings)
Implementation Rating
4.9
(85 ratings)
3.0
(6 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.0
(1 ratings)
1.4
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.0
(1 ratings)
1.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
1.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
1.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
NamelyQuickBooks Online
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
It seems Intuit is more interested in generating revenue than taking care of their customers. After only 28 (working) days using it, I've had to call for Help 23 times, and, in my experience, only spoken to 2 people who had an understanding of basic accounting practices and the ramifications of some of their suggested fixes on the General Ledger.
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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
  • It enables me to do a P&L for each specific program as requested by the county for the grant money that they give us.
  • It enables me to do [an] organizational budget as well as a budget for each specific program
  • It enables the accountant and the auditor access at any time for transparency
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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
  • The budgets feature leaves a lot be desired - difficult and clunky to populate and maintain.
  • Reporting for Budget vs Actual is available but the ability to reforecast based on updated data is not.
  • The rules function to default common types of expenses isn't perfect and will get confused if like amounts or a number of similar items present.
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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
It like the product 'right out of the box' and I trust Intuit will continually improve it over the years based on my experience with their desktop products. The large providers of Apps makes customizing the entire package relatively easy and seamless for a wide variety of business types.
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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
While QuickBooks Online is generally easy to navigate, there are some features and functions that often require a Google search in order to find out where they are actually hidden. Additionally, there are some simple customization features that are surprisingly not available for an otherwise advanced program (e.g. only having a pool of 4 fonts to choose from, only having 4 very limited templates for invoicing, not color selection, etc). While I would say that about 75% of users shouldn't have a problem finding their way around with basic functions, there is a learning curve if you want to be able to dive into some of the more useful features, almost to the point that you need to have a dedicated account manager in order to use QuickBooks Online most effectively.
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Reliability and Availability
Namely
No answers on this topic
Intuit
We have rarely had outages in the last 10 years. I can only recall 2 times in the last 10 years where we were not able to access our client files.
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Performance
Namely
No answers on this topic
Intuit
There are tab issues. When I tab the field doesn't highlight and I have to backspace or delete what is in the field. Happens on the memo field and sometimes other fields. Very time consuming.
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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
Support is great, all incidents been resolved. Quickbooks Online forum is very well organized and helpful. I like the fact that they let the community contribute in resolving issues. Most or many of your answers can be found online. You can also get help on YouTube, but the easiest way to get assistance is through their chat system.
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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
The person in charge of QB needs to be very accurate with record keeping and is recommended to stay on top of tasks. The biggest issue we have is reconciliation, and those issues occur only when too much time has occurred between reconciliations
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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
I have used Wave Accounting for another business. I selected QuickBooks Online over Wave because of the features available from QuickBooks. Wave is great since it is free, but I feel that paying for QuickBooks Online is worth it for the features. In addition there is such a robust support network and training available for QuickBooks.
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Scalability
Namely
No answers on this topic
Intuit
As we have grown along our professional path, we have also expanded our use of QB. The scalability is easy and features seem to be waiting for you until you need them. We have increased profits by over 10x from our first year in business to the current and have yet to find a reason to look elsewhere
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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
  • It has created a lot of cost and in-efficiency whenever we need to talk to support.
  • I spent a lot of time setting up their automatic reminders for past due invoices and it worked for a couple of months and then it stopped. It's currently being worked on by their tech team but it has been months and it is still not working. It would have saved me a lot of time.
  • Their multi-currency saves time in sending invoices abroad but it's limiting when a customer wants an invoice in USD instead of a foreign currency so I have to set up different customer accounts for different currencies.
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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