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Namely

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Feature Set Ratings

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

Human Resource Management

7.5

Namely

75%
7.1

Sage People

71%
Sage People ranks higher in 4/7 features

Employee demographic data

8.1
81%
117 Ratings
10.0
100%
3 Ratings

Employment history

7.7
77%
124 Ratings
10.0
100%
3 Ratings

Job profiles and administration

7.1
71%
16 Ratings
7.0
70%
3 Ratings

Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.

7.8
78%
120 Ratings
3.3
33%
2 Ratings

Organizational charting

7.1
71%
122 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Organization and location management

7.8
78%
117 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

7.1
71%
72 Ratings
3.1
31%
2 Ratings

Payroll Management

7.8

Namely

78%
9.2

Sage People

92%
Namely ranks higher in 4/7 features

Pay calculation

8.3
83%
102 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Support for external payroll vendors

6.7
67%
48 Ratings
9.6
96%
2 Ratings

Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

8.4
84%
49 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

7.3
73%
98 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Direct deposit files

8.5
85%
103 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

7.3
73%
93 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Reimbursement management

7.8
78%
54 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Leave and Attendance Management

7.8

Namely

78%
9.7

Sage People

97%
Sage People ranks higher in 3/3 features

Approval workflow

8.1
81%
112 Ratings
10.0
100%
3 Ratings

Balance details

7.6
76%
106 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Annual carry-forward and encashment

7.5
75%
88 Ratings
10.0
100%
3 Ratings

Employee Self Service

8.3

Namely

83%
8.2

Sage People

82%
Namely ranks higher in 3/5 features

View and generate pay and benefit information

8.6
86%
117 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Update personal information

9.0
90%
125 Ratings
10.0
100%
3 Ratings

View company policy documentation

7.9
79%
113 Ratings
10.0
100%
3 Ratings

Employee recognition

7.7
77%
105 Ratings
5.0
50%
3 Ratings

View job history

8.3
83%
119 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Asset Management

7.5

Namely

75%

Sage People

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N/A
Namely ranks higher in 1/1 features

Tracking of all physical assets

7.5
75%
53 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

HR Reporting

6.4

Namely

64%
9.8

Sage People

98%
Sage People ranks higher in 3/3 features

Report builder

6.8
68%
104 Ratings
9.8
98%
2 Ratings

Pre-built reports

6.3
63%
100 Ratings
9.8
98%
2 Ratings

Ability to combine HR data with external data

6.1
61%
68 Ratings
9.8
98%
2 Ratings

Onboarding

7.3

Namely

73%
9.0

Sage People

90%
Sage People ranks higher in 2/2 features

New hire portal

7.9
79%
99 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Manager tracking tools

6.8
68%
77 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Performance and Goals

6.9

Namely

69%
8.5

Sage People

85%
Sage People ranks higher in 4/4 features

Corporate goal setting

7.1
71%
82 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Individual goal setting

7.1
71%
87 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Line-of sight-visibility

6.4
64%
65 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Performance tracking

6.9
69%
84 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Performance Management

7.1

Namely

71%
7.8

Sage People

78%
Sage People ranks higher in 4/5 features

Performance plans

6.9
69%
90 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Performance improvement plans

6.7
67%
64 Ratings
7.0
70%
2 Ratings

Review status tracking

7.4
74%
90 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Review reminders

7.3
73%
92 Ratings
7.0
70%
3 Ratings

Multiple review frequency

7.2
72%
80 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Succession Planning

5.9

Namely

59%
8.0

Sage People

80%
Sage People ranks higher in 4/4 features

Candidate search

5.9
59%
19 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Create succession plans/pools

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
2 Ratings

Candidate ranking

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Candidate development

N/A
0 Ratings
7.8
78%
2 Ratings

Recruiting / ATS

5.1

Namely

51%
6.7

Sage People

67%
Sage People ranks higher in 6/7 features

Job Requisition Management

5.3
53%
4 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Company Website Posting

4.2
42%
4 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Publish to Social Media

4.2
42%
4 Ratings
7.4
74%
2 Ratings

Job Search Site Posting

6.0
60%
4 Ratings
7.2
72%
2 Ratings

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

4.7
47%
4 Ratings
2.1
21%
2 Ratings

Applicant Tracking

5.5
55%
4 Ratings
5.6
56%
2 Ratings

Notifications and Alerts

6.0
60%
4 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Namely is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

Namely

81%
129 Ratings
8.0

Sage People

80%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

3.5

Namely

35%
7 Ratings

Sage People

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.2

Namely

82%
53 Ratings

Sage People

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.9

Namely

79%
41 Ratings

Sage People

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.1

Namely

71%
68 Ratings

Sage People

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

Sage People is well suited to small-medium sized organizations that would like a cloud-based HR solution with no need for servers or software to install. I really like the fact that it is based on Salesforce.com so you know that it will be extremely reliable and well supported. It is very flexible and customizable and can work in complex HR arrangements. For example, we have employees in nearly 60 countries and multiple HR jurisdictions and we are able to make it work for us. However, if you are moving from a traditional or customized HR system there may be a steep learning curve and you should be prepared to spend a lot of time setting up and customizing to your needs, in addition to training.
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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

  • Sage is highly flexible and configurable, allowing us to manage the variety of geographies and functional units in one platform.
  • Sage is highly customer focused, with great CSM support.
  • Sage People will be able to integrate with other Sage pillars such as Accounting and Payroll.
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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

  • Training manuals are not much useful. You always need a helping hand to move forward.
  • When you have to look up employees, we have to provide their job title which I feel is not an efficient way.
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Pricing Details

Namely

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Namely editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

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    Sage People

    Starting Price

    $11 per month per user

    Editions & Modules

    Sage People editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

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      Additional Details

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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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      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

      No answers on this topic

      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

      No answers on this topic

      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

      We moved to Sage People from a 20+-year-old internally developed HR software. We also evaluated other HR software such as Kronos, SAP, and BambooHR. Ultimately, we chose Sage because of the extensive support they provided to us and the ability to customize to fit our organization's needs. We loved the fact that they were completely cloud-based and built on a reputable platform (Salesforce).
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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

      • Has significantly improved our team resources by having one system and set of processes, rather than managing duplicate entry in multiple systems
      • Has allowed us to finally have a process for ensuring we can approve, manage, track and report employee PTO liability in one system
      • Improved HR Data reporting and Data Analytics for both HR and for managers, so that we can make better people and business decisions
      • Better manager and employee experiences by eliminating paper based request forms and automating workflows
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