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Score 8.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Namely ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Leave and Attendance Management, HR Reporting
  • Sage HR ranks higher in 8 feature sets: Human Resource Management, Employee Self Service, Asset Management, Onboarding, Performance and Goals, Performance Management, Succession Planning, Recruiting / ATS

Human Resource Management

7.5

Namely

75%
8.4

Sage HR

84%
Sage HR ranks higher in 6/7 features

Employee demographic data

8.1
81%
117 Ratings
8.1
81%
8 Ratings

Employment history

7.7
77%
124 Ratings
8.1
81%
8 Ratings

Job profiles and administration

7.1
71%
16 Ratings
9.1
91%
6 Ratings

Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.

7.8
78%
120 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Organizational charting

7.1
71%
122 Ratings
9.0
90%
7 Ratings

Organization and location management

7.8
78%
117 Ratings
8.1
81%
6 Ratings

Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

7.1
71%
72 Ratings
7.9
79%
3 Ratings

Payroll Management

7.8

Namely

78%

Sage HR

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Namely ranks higher in 7/7 features

Pay calculation

8.3
83%
102 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Support for external payroll vendors

6.7
67%
48 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

8.4
84%
49 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

7.3
73%
98 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Direct deposit files

8.5
85%
103 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

7.3
73%
93 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Reimbursement management

7.8
78%
54 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Leave and Attendance Management

7.8

Namely

78%
6.5

Sage HR

65%
Namely ranks higher in 3/3 features

Approval workflow

8.1
81%
112 Ratings
6.2
62%
8 Ratings

Balance details

7.6
76%
106 Ratings
7.2
72%
8 Ratings

Annual carry-forward and encashment

7.5
75%
88 Ratings
6.2
62%
5 Ratings

Employee Self Service

8.3

Namely

83%
8.9

Sage HR

89%
Sage HR ranks higher in 5/5 features

View and generate pay and benefit information

8.6
86%
117 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Update personal information

9.0
90%
125 Ratings
9.0
90%
7 Ratings

View company policy documentation

7.9
79%
113 Ratings
8.1
81%
6 Ratings

Employee recognition

7.7
77%
105 Ratings
9.1
91%
5 Ratings

View job history

8.3
83%
119 Ratings
9.1
91%
5 Ratings

Asset Management

7.5

Namely

75%
9.1

Sage HR

91%
Sage HR ranks higher in 1/1 features

Tracking of all physical assets

7.5
75%
53 Ratings
9.1
91%
4 Ratings

HR Reporting

6.4

Namely

64%
6.1

Sage HR

61%
Namely ranks higher in 3/3 features

Report builder

6.8
68%
104 Ratings
6.1
61%
7 Ratings

Pre-built reports

6.3
63%
100 Ratings
6.1
61%
7 Ratings

Ability to combine HR data with external data

6.1
61%
68 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Onboarding

7.3

Namely

73%
8.0

Sage HR

80%
Sage HR ranks higher in 2/2 features

New hire portal

7.9
79%
99 Ratings
8.0
80%
6 Ratings

Manager tracking tools

6.8
68%
77 Ratings
8.0
80%
5 Ratings

Performance and Goals

6.9

Namely

69%
8.1

Sage HR

81%
Sage HR ranks higher in 4/4 features

Corporate goal setting

7.1
71%
82 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Individual goal setting

7.1
71%
87 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Line-of sight-visibility

6.4
64%
65 Ratings
8.0
80%
5 Ratings

Performance tracking

6.9
69%
84 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Performance Management

7.1

Namely

71%
8.1

Sage HR

81%
Sage HR ranks higher in 5/5 features

Performance plans

6.9
69%
90 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Performance improvement plans

6.7
67%
64 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Review status tracking

7.4
74%
90 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Review reminders

7.3
73%
92 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Multiple review frequency

7.2
72%
80 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Succession Planning

5.9

Namely

59%
9.1

Sage HR

91%
Sage HR ranks higher in 2/3 features

Candidate search

5.9
59%
19 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Create succession plans/pools

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1
91%
2 Ratings

Candidate development

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1
91%
2 Ratings

Recruiting / ATS

5.1

Namely

51%
6.5

Sage HR

65%
Sage HR ranks higher in 6/7 features

Job Requisition Management

5.3
53%
4 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Company Website Posting

4.2
42%
4 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Publish to Social Media

4.2
42%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Job Search Site Posting

6.0
60%
4 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

4.7
47%
4 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Applicant Tracking

5.5
55%
4 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Notifications and Alerts

6.0
60%
4 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • Namely is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Sage HR is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

Namely

81%
129 Ratings
7.2

Sage HR

72%
9 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

3.5

Namely

35%
7 Ratings

Sage HR

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.2

Namely

82%
53 Ratings
9.1

Sage HR

91%
1 Rating

Support Rating

7.9

Namely

79%
41 Ratings
9.1

Sage HR

91%
9 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.1

Namely

71%
68 Ratings

Sage HR

N/A
0 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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Sage

Keeping an accurate time off calendar, with specific buckets, is extremely important. It has helped my company grow without having to manage things in Excel. Also, implementing an annual review process by using CakeHR has been very clean and transparent with my employees. This also allows me to see year over year. In years past, we used Word or a Jotform which made it challenging to pull up years past.
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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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Sage

  • Employee self service - the apps and desktops GUIs are very intuitive.
  • Leave management - this manages itself through the app and system, saves lots of admin.
  • Customization - you can tailor the system more and more to suit your specific needs.
  • Updates and Customer Service - the CakeHR team gave dedicated a lot of time to bring out weekly updates and systems improvements which shows they are dedicated to making this a great product - the fact that they were bought by Se recently is also testament to their ongoing mission.
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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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Sage

  • Updating information in a central location that implements changes across whole system.
  • Custom reporting and history
  • Time off policies tracking and management
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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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    Sage HR

    Starting Price

    $5.5 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Sage HR editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Leave Management$5.501
    Performance Management$3.002
    Shift Scheduling$3.003
    Timesheets$3.004
    Expenses Management$1.505
    Recruitment$200.006

    Footnotes

    1. per user, per month
    2. per user, per month
    3. per user, per month
    4. per user, per month
    5. per user, per month
    6. per user, per month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    The modular product. - No hidden fees - Cancel anytime - No credit card required

    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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    Sage

    No answers on this topic

    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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    Sage

    My staff "actually" likes it! I can tell because they are actively in the program almost daily!
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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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    Sage

    Customer support is amazing. There are times I post a question and I don't get back to support. They will always follow-up with an email to make sure our questions are answered. I even had a call with Julianna who was wonderful and very personable. You definitely get a level us service that exceeds most companies. Keep up the good work CakeHR.
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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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    Sage

    No answers on this topic

    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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    Sage

    For core HR functionality, this is the only product we use. For ATS, we have experimented with BreezyHR. We've learned that CakeHR is adding an ATS module soon though.
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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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    Sage

    • The system shows us all days off and overtime, so we can manage this and know everything is like agreed in the contract.
    • A simple and affordable system with room to grow.
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