Namely vs. Workday Human Capital Management

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
Workday HCM
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Workday Human Capital Management is built as a cloud-based system with global consistency in user experience. Workday HCM is part of a broader system with other Workday products.
$100
per year per user
Pricing
NamelyWorkday Human Capital Management
Editions & Modules
Namely Now
$9
per month per user
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
NamelyWorkday HCM
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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Community Pulse
NamelyWorkday Human Capital Management
Considered Both Products
Namely
Chose Namely
Namely does not compare to Workday because the size and scale of the company is very different. There are a lot of automated features and ATS integrations that Workday offers and I hope Namely will be able to offer someday as well.
Chose Namely
The easy to use feature makes it countable on others. Its compatibilty with other platforms along with management for employee number and employee rating is making it more useful.
Chose Namely
I was not involved in the selection nor implementation of Namely at my company. It was already in place when I joined. I've previously used Workday as an HRIS and it's not even a comparison. Workday has much more robust functionality in all areas of HCM. I've also demoed Pay…
Workday HCM

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
NamelyWorkday Human Capital Management
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
6.4
143 Ratings
21% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
8.2
96 Ratings
4% above category average
Employee demographic data6.7132 Ratings8.381 Ratings
Employment history7.2138 Ratings8.291 Ratings
Job profiles and administration7.130 Ratings8.093 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.0132 Ratings8.688 Ratings
Organizational charting4.6134 Ratings8.987 Ratings
Organization and location management5.7129 Ratings8.484 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)6.582 Ratings6.759 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
7.1
127 Ratings
12% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
8.3
80 Ratings
3% above category average
Pay calculation8.9111 Ratings8.068 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors6.953 Ratings8.156 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment6.757 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Benefit plan administration7.2109 Ratings7.663 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.4113 Ratings8.069 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management4.8100 Ratings8.566 Ratings
Reimbursement management6.857 Ratings8.843 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
Workday Human Capital Management
8.2
74 Ratings
1% above category average
Approval workflow7.1121 Ratings8.473 Ratings
Balance details7.5116 Ratings8.373 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment8.595 Ratings8.159 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
Workday Human Capital Management
8.1
94 Ratings
1% below category average
View and generate pay and benefit information8.0129 Ratings8.683 Ratings
Update personal information8.3140 Ratings8.492 Ratings
View company policy documentation7.1127 Ratings7.373 Ratings
Employee recognition7.4116 Ratings7.757 Ratings
View job history7.5134 Ratings8.583 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
5.7
53 Ratings
31% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
7.6
25 Ratings
3% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets5.753 Ratings7.625 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Namely
7.2
121 Ratings
6% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
8.0
78 Ratings
5% above category average
Report builder7.7117 Ratings8.474 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.9112 Ratings8.276 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data6.174 Ratings7.564 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Namely
6.6
116 Ratings
20% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
8.3
56 Ratings
3% above category average
New hire portal7.6110 Ratings8.252 Ratings
Manager tracking tools5.685 Ratings8.352 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
Workday Human Capital Management
8.0
60 Ratings
2% below category average
Corporate goal setting6.086 Ratings8.350 Ratings
Individual goal setting4.094 Ratings8.359 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility3.872 Ratings7.451 Ratings
Performance tracking4.789 Ratings8.258 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Namely
5.3
107 Ratings
41% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
8.5
63 Ratings
6% above category average
Performance plans5.196 Ratings8.562 Ratings
Performance improvement plans2.968 Ratings8.354 Ratings
Review status tracking6.695 Ratings8.458 Ratings
Review reminders6.598 Ratings8.758 Ratings
Multiple review frequency5.585 Ratings8.651 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Namely
5.6
21 Ratings
35% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
7.5
40 Ratings
6% below category average
Candidate search5.621 Ratings7.638 Ratings
Create succession plans/pools00 Ratings8.434 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings7.135 Ratings
Candidate development00 Ratings6.837 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Namely
8.3
6 Ratings
6% above category average
Workday Human Capital Management
8.2
48 Ratings
4% above category average
Job Requisition Management8.45 Ratings8.145 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.25 Ratings8.439 Ratings
Publish to Social Media8.25 Ratings8.434 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting8.55 Ratings8.540 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention8.35 Ratings7.539 Ratings
Applicant Tracking8.45 Ratings8.040 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.46 Ratings8.444 Ratings
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User Ratings
NamelyWorkday Human Capital Management
Likelihood to Recommend
7.5
(145 ratings)
8.9
(108 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.5
(9 ratings)
9.0
(18 ratings)
Usability
7.3
(71 ratings)
7.0
(13 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
6.6
(8 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.3
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(27 ratings)
8.0
(22 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.6
(6 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(7 ratings)
Implementation Rating
4.9
(85 ratings)
8.0
(11 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(1 ratings)
7.5
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.0
(1 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.0
(1 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
NamelyWorkday Human Capital Management
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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Workday
Workday human capital management is well suited for organizations to manage their employee records. It is also well suited for managing the employee's salary details, also the details of past salary changes, promotions, etc. It has options to keep track of employees' goals for the year, where they can keep track of their progress, and also managers can view the progress or share feedback. This is very helpful for tracking career progress and providing feedback. Other options, like training assigned to employees, can also be seen in Workday; users will get alerts by email for any new assignments or due assignments, etc.
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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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Workday
  • Groups employees in management hierarchies and creates Org Charts that are easy to navigate and allow for visualizing management chains regardless of employee locations
  • Intuitive and easy to use. The Workday search functionality works very much like Google; one can search for anything that they have access to in the database and drill down into the various details. All information is connected through hyperlinks and users can easily keep digging into the details for as far as their security access would take them.
  • Tasks such as to do, review or approve items are sent to the user's Workday Inbox, very much resembling email. Notifications about outstanding "to do" items are also sent to each the user's work email address on a daily basis.
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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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Workday
  • The web interface is awful
  • Terrible, terrible, UI. No modern features like auto-save. I can't count the times I have lost work.
  • Their UX team (if it even exists) must be aliens, because I can't see how humans would have come up with the UI conventions they have.
  • Who creates a website application where you can't open stuff in multiple browser windows and tabs easily?
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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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Workday
It is work to make one system the source of truth for our data, but now that it is done, there is less work involved in staying on this path. This means for us that maintaining and/or implementing new modules like performance, finance, talent, etc. is simple. It's a no-brainer
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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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Workday
Workday's on a great path in terms of user experience. Their goals is to deliver a use experience that doesn't require training or instruction, like Amazon on the consumer side for example. That's hard to do when you're talking about complex business processes and important and sensitive employee information, but they're doing it well
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Reliability and Availability
Namely
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Workday
In 2014, Workday has changed the update process. There will be two updates a year; the updates will be delivered to customers typically in a 24 hour window during these two weekends a year. They also keep the Community up-to-date about any planned outages, etc. There is weekly scheduled downtime on Friday night.
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Performance
Namely
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Workday
From my perspective, the system runs like a well oiled machine and I have not had any issues with customers complaining about speed. If a report is taking long to run, the report can run in the background and you can go about your business. For larger enterprises, there is additional space and machines to process the application in what Workday refers to it as Extended Configuration Tenant
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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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Workday
Workday is still learning about the needs of higher education. I have seen rapid improvement in support and knowledge over the last year so am confident this will continue to improve. Overall however, I have found the Support Team to be extremely responsive and Workday offers the advantage of having support across several timezones so that we never wait more than a few hours for a response.
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In-Person Training
Namely
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Workday
Some training is offered online. Cost is per-person. This also gets quite expensive. Training doesn’t follow a logical path A to B. Starts in middle. When you try to do it afterwards at your desk, difficult.
• Training scenarios are not very real
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Online Training
Namely
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Workday
I have done for report writing and mass imports (EIBs). They give materials and you run through examples, i.e. you don’t just watch them do tasks, so that is helpful. Training is expensive – a single reporting writing class is $600 per person for virtual training
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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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Workday
It was implemented before my joining the company. At my last company, we used Workday professional services.

Based upon my experience at my last company, I would rate the implementation experience an 8/10. There are different ways to set things up and we had different people telling us different things. It set us back a couple of times.

Regarding configuration advice, we could set things up where every manager has supervisory organizations, or have it financially based i.e. aligned to cost center/department. We chose the individual manager path and I think we should have chosen a department route. Going down the individual manager path, to maintain the information, we have to inactivate a supervisory org whenever a manager changes/leaves.
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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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Workday
Unfortunately, I do not recall the brands of the other human capital management software programs or tools I used at my current company or workplaces prior. I do think that is a testament to Workday with its strong branding and compelling features. I was not part of the selection process of Workday but have enjoyed my experience.
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Scalability
Namely
No answers on this topic
Workday
Workday has released Financials and is continuing to develop it's Human Capital Management footprint with the addition of Workday Recruiting. I think customers will find that is easy to add on additional functionality in the system. Workday does make it easy for customers to make changes without relying on IT resources. The Business Process framework is a visual tool that allows functional resources to make changes and see the flow of the transaction
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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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Workday
  • Positive ROI, we were one of the first organizations that went with Workday HCM, and we received numerous discounts. Cloud systems are the way to go and we feel the system is stable for our growing work force.
  • The user conferences have been helpful to network and learn more deepness in the modules and functionality.
  • Right off the bat, our implementation costs were lower than budgeted and we had less 'billing' surprises.
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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