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Feature Set Ratings

  • Namely ranks higher in 5 feature sets: Human Resource Management, Payroll Management, Leave and Attendance Management, Employee Self Service, HR Reporting

Human Resource Management

7.5

Namely

75%
1.9

SumTotal Talent Development

19%
Namely ranks higher in 7/7 features

Employee demographic data

8.1
81%
116 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Employment history

7.7
77%
123 Ratings
5.0
50%
1 Rating

Job profiles and administration

7.1
71%
15 Ratings
2.0
20%
1 Rating

Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.

7.8
78%
119 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Organizational charting

7.1
71%
121 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Organization and location management

7.8
78%
116 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

7.1
71%
72 Ratings
2.0
20%
1 Rating

Payroll Management

7.8

Namely

78%
3.3

SumTotal Talent Development

33%
Namely ranks higher in 7/7 features

Pay calculation

8.3
83%
102 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Support for external payroll vendors

6.7
67%
48 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

8.4
84%
49 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

7.2
72%
98 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Direct deposit files

8.5
85%
103 Ratings
3.0
30%
1 Rating

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%
3.0

SumTotal Talent Development

30%
Namely ranks higher in 3/3 features

Approval workflow

8.1
81%
111 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Balance details

7.6
76%
105 Ratings
3.0
30%
1 Rating

Annual carry-forward and encashment

7.5
75%
87 Ratings
3.0
30%
1 Rating

Employee Self Service

8.3

Namely

83%
3.0

SumTotal Talent Development

30%
Namely ranks higher in 5/5 features

View and generate pay and benefit information

8.6
86%
117 Ratings
5.0
50%
1 Rating

Update personal information

9.0
90%
125 Ratings
2.0
20%
1 Rating

View company policy documentation

7.9
79%
113 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Employee recognition

7.7
77%
104 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

View job history

8.3
83%
119 Ratings
2.0
20%
1 Rating

Asset Management

7.5

Namely

75%

SumTotal Talent Development

Feature Set Not Supported
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%
1.0

SumTotal Talent Development

10%
Namely ranks higher in 3/3 features

Report builder

6.8
68%
103 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Pre-built reports

6.3
63%
99 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Ability to combine HR data with external data

6.1
61%
68 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Onboarding

7.4

Namely

74%

SumTotal Talent Development

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Namely ranks higher in 2/2 features

New hire portal

7.9
79%
98 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Manager tracking tools

6.8
68%
76 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance and Goals

6.9

Namely

69%

SumTotal Talent Development

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Namely ranks higher in 4/4 features

Corporate goal setting

7.1
71%
82 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Individual goal setting

7.2
72%
87 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Line-of sight-visibility

6.4
64%
65 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance tracking

6.9
69%
84 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance Management

7.1

Namely

71%

SumTotal Talent Development

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Namely ranks higher in 5/5 features

Performance plans

6.9
69%
90 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance improvement plans

6.7
67%
64 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Review status tracking

7.4
74%
90 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Review reminders

7.3
73%
92 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Multiple review frequency

7.2
72%
80 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Succession Planning

5.9

Namely

59%

SumTotal Talent Development

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Namely ranks higher in 1/1 features

Candidate search

5.9
59%
19 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Recruiting / ATS

5.1

Namely

51%

SumTotal Talent Development

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

Job Requisition Management

5.3
53%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Company Website Posting

4.2
42%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Publish to Social Media

4.2
42%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Job Search Site Posting

6.0
60%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

4.7
47%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Applicant Tracking

5.5
55%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Notifications and Alerts

6.0
60%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Namely is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating
  • SumTotal Talent Development is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

Namely

81%
128 Ratings
1.1

SumTotal Talent Development

11%
7 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

3.5

Namely

35%
7 Ratings
6.0

SumTotal Talent Development

60%
5 Ratings

Usability

8.2

Namely

82%
52 Ratings
2.0

SumTotal Talent Development

20%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

7.9

Namely

79%
41 Ratings
3.0

SumTotal Talent Development

30%
4 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.1

Namely

71%
67 Ratings

SumTotal Talent Development

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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SumTotal

I personally, am not a fan of SumTotal. I have worked on several different HRIS and Payroll systems which outweigh all aspects of SumTotal (Lawson Interface Desktop, Ceridian Dayforce, ADP Enterprise, and Ultimate Software's UltiPro). As antiquated as Lawson felt, it had more functionality than SumTotal. Of course, all others I worked on were for the most part cloud based and had modern functionality to go with it.
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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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SumTotal

  • Assign complete learning plans to users so they don't have to spend time searching for courses.
  • Export learner's transcripts so managers can easily see their employee's progress.
  • Embed Social Media feeds that are relevant to their business.
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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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SumTotal

  • Navigation (too many clicks to get anything done).
  • Reporting is complicated.
  • Buttons everywhere that don't do anything.
  • Features enabled that don't fully work or function the way they should.
  • Support for the product is lacking.
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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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    SumTotal Talent Development

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    SumTotal Talent Development editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      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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      SumTotal

      I have transitioned from a position who supported the product to a position where I use the product. I continue to be impressed with the robustness of the product and how efficient it is. It is a user friendly software that can be used to navigate and accomplish tasks to meet organizational requirements.
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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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      SumTotal

      I do not find SumTotal to be intuitive. I feel we need to adjust our needs to meet the functionality available in the tool.
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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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      SumTotal

      We have our own IT support to assist in SumTotal issues, however, we have had to log in cases directly. Support is mediocre at best.
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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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      SumTotal

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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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      SumTotal

      When I came to my company, they had been using a "light" LMS called Articulate. It was cheap and bare bones; i.e. not a lot of features, really just a platform to launch eLearning from and not real interface for student to utilize. When I began to overhaul the training department, this was one of the first things I changed. Articulate would only run courses built in their software, and the software was not 508 compliant. In addition, we had no ability to create learning plans, house transcripts, customize the interface, or manage the students. I made the choice to select and LMS that was a true LMS with all of the features that were critical to our clients' needs. Thus far, SumTotal has been able to support all of our needs, except one; mobile learning that is media rich
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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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      SumTotal

      • Clean front-end user interface for easier course catalog management.
      • Reporting has been more difficult than previous LMS.
      • Audience building has more variables making it more difficult to manage.
      • Slower overall client turnaround due to admin side interface.
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