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Likelihood to Recommend

Namely

Namely is especially well-suited for small to mid-sized companies that are looking to shift core HRIS functions under a single platform. Everything works as smoothly as advertised- payroll, benefits, time and attendance, workflows, onboarding. Especially if the employee population is comfortable with social media sites; Namely's landing page functions like an internal Facebook feed.Namely might not be well-suited for companies that have a significant employee population outside of the US . We've had some issues integrating our international employees into the core HRIS and benefits modules.
Jovanny Chonillo, MHRM | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zenefits

Because we are small, Zenefits is priced correctly and has all the features we need. Additionally, now that all of our employees are set up in there, and we have now built our systems around the platform it would be too hard to switch. If they had better customer service - I would easily recommend them to a colleague. However, because it is so hard to get issues solved it can be very frustrating so I would know that going in, and maybe go with a different platform if you're a larger or more complicated business. Our payroll needs are simple so relatively few issues come up. It is impossible to get a quick response from them.
Erin Leonard | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Namely
6.5
Zenefits
8.3
Employee demographic data
Namely
6.5
Zenefits
8.6
Employment history
Namely
6.7
Zenefits
8.5
Job profiles and administration
Namely
10.0
Zenefits
7.9
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Namely
6.1
Zenefits
8.7
Organizational charting
Namely
6.2
Zenefits
8.4
Organization and location management
Namely
6.6
Zenefits
8.1
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Namely
3.2
Zenefits
7.7

Payroll Management

Namely
6.5
Zenefits
8.0
Pay calculation
Namely
5.6
Zenefits
7.8
Support for external payroll vendors
Namely
4.5
Zenefits
6.5
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Namely
8.5
Zenefits
7.0
Benefit plan administration
Namely
7.1
Zenefits
8.8
Direct deposit files
Namely
7.3
Zenefits
9.5
Salary revision and increment management
Namely
7.1
Zenefits
8.5
Reimbursement management
Namely
5.5
Zenefits
8.1

Leave and Attendance Management

Namely
7.0
Zenefits
8.8
Approval workflow
Namely
7.2
Zenefits
9.1
Balance details
Namely
6.8
Zenefits
8.9
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Namely
6.8
Zenefits
8.4

Employee Self Service

Namely
7.3
Zenefits
8.9
View and generate pay and benefit information
Namely
7.3
Zenefits
9.2
Update personal information
Namely
7.1
Zenefits
9.2
View company policy documentation
Namely
7.3
Zenefits
8.3
Employee recognition
Namely
7.4
Zenefits
9.2
View job history
Namely
7.3
Zenefits
8.5

Asset Management

Namely
5.7
Zenefits
7.4
Tracking of all physical assets
Namely
5.7
Zenefits
7.4

HR Reporting

Namely
3.9
Zenefits
7.3
Report builder
Namely
4.4
Zenefits
6.9
Pre-built reports
Namely
4.9
Zenefits
7.5
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Namely
2.4
Zenefits
7.4

Onboarding

Namely
5.9
Zenefits
8.6
New hire portal
Namely
5.7
Zenefits
8.7
Manager tracking tools
Namely
6.1
Zenefits
8.5

Performance and Goals

Namely
3.6
Zenefits
7.7
Corporate goal setting
Namely
4.0
Zenefits
9.0
Individual goal setting
Namely
4.1
Zenefits
7.7
Line-of sight-visibility
Namely
2.4
Zenefits
6.4
Performance tracking
Namely
3.6
Zenefits
7.5

Performance Management

Namely
4.7
Zenefits
7.8
Performance plans
Namely
5.6
Zenefits
7.0
Performance improvement plans
Namely
4.3
Zenefits
7.3
Review status tracking
Namely
4.2
Zenefits
8.7
Review reminders
Namely
5.2
Zenefits
8.3
Multiple review frequency
Namely
4.3
Zenefits
7.5

Succession Planning

Namely
5.2
Zenefits
7.2
Candidate search
Namely
5.2
Zenefits
7.9
Create succession plans/pools
Namely
Zenefits
7.0
Candidate ranking
Namely
Zenefits
7.0
Candidate development
Namely
Zenefits
6.7

Recruiting / ATS

Namely
Zenefits
8.0
Job Requisition Management
Namely
Zenefits
7.3
Company Website Posting
Namely
Zenefits
6.6
Publish to Social Media
Namely
Zenefits
8.0
Job Search Site Posting
Namely
Zenefits
7.3
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Namely
Zenefits
9.0
Applicant Tracking
Namely
Zenefits
9.2
Notifications and Alerts
Namely
Zenefits
8.8

Pros

Namely

  • Time off management - simple and efficient way to submit/approve and keep track of the remaining days. It covers all types of legal time off.
  • Goals setting - Namely has a mature enough framework that you can configure based on the company's requirements.
  • Organization chart - a nice visual display of the company hierarchy structure.
Cristian Bodnarasec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zenefits

  • On-boarding new hires- allowing newly hired employees to fill in their forms and upload supporting documents saves hours from their first day!
  • Time off tracking- the system auto calculates accrual however your company needs, and makes it easy for employees to manage their sick and vacation use.
  • The Business Intelligence section of Zenefits offers lots of helpful tools that new to HR professionals would find helpful as they set up features and processes for smaller companies.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Namely

  • Namely Payroll can be confusing as it doesn't link directly with HRIS time off. It is another platform and there is a lot of duplicating information, increasing potential for errors. There is a lot of manual entering and not great ways to input data for multiple employees at once.
  • The time sheets are not as simple as we'd like. We have a lot of employee errors with these on a regular base. You need to save on each page that you make updates on and the search features for approvers aren't as user friendly as we'd like. (This is separate from the time feature which is an additional expense, we don't use this.)
  • The time off doesn't link directly with payroll and employees have to enter time off twice. This could be user error on our end, but we've been told a few different answers from Namely help as they've made some changes recently. (2020)
  • Namely is constantly updating features but it feels sporadic and is a lot of time and energy to learn how things have changed.
  • Performance reviews are a bit tricky to learn how to use because you have to learn the language that Namely uses. They don't seem very obvious to use. I think their capability is good, but it takes some learning to set them up correctly. Our managers have had some difficulty with them.
  • In general, it feels a bit difficult to make edits and changes simply and efficiently.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zenefits

  • While the Tech Support is fast to respond, the actual resolutions can take a while to come into play
  • In the Time and Attendance feature it allows people to clock in early from 30 minute unpaid breaks if they wish. Most TimeKeeper apps prevent you from ending a break early to comply with the law, switching to Zenefits actually increased our California meal break violations.
Brittany Martin, PHRca | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Namely

Namely 1.5
Based on 4 answers
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.
Shane Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zenefits

Zenefits 8.7
Based on 4 answers
It's a great, easy to use platform that allows all staff to easily engage at the appropriate level of engagement for their needs. It has saved us countless hours for how we track our staff and our ability to easily pull reports. I highly recommend this platform to anyone
Rachel Hynes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Namely

Namely 5.2
Based on 5 answers
Overall, Namely is a very user friendly platform, most of the functionality can be learned with out much training or guidance. They have designed it to be modeled similar to other social media sites interface which makes it clean in design and easy to navigate. If you do have someone at your organization that is less tech savvy, one of the most impressive parts of Namely continues to be their client support. They will support you and give guidance in every aspect if its training or just pointing out a feature and how it works
Lauren Lippello | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zenefits

Zenefits 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Easy to use. Staff loves the moble app.
Elisha Ritchey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Namely

Namely 5.4
Based on 21 answers
Bryan at Namely Time is awesome to work with. I knew when I called him, most of the time, he knew the answer but if he didn't, he would figure it out and call me right back. ACA support people just lack the knowledge. Star at Namely Benefits is also great to work with.
Angie Turner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zenefits

Zenefits 6.0
Based on 12 answers
I would give it a 5 rating because I've frequently had to reach out to support and have been given unclear or wrong answers. I've sent multiple emails and not received responses for days when they say a turnaround time of 24 hours, so that has been difficult as well. The quality of knowledge could be improved because I often have to wait longer to get a different person to tell me the answer.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Namely

We wanted a cutting edge product that our employees would love. We saw that in Namely. They are fully in the cloud so it can be accessed anywhere. They also have a beautiful interface that makes life so much easier. They also have a feature that an admin users can "view as" which helps me trouble shoot for employees if they have questions so that I do not have to ask them to send screen shots or run to their desk. The customer support from Namely is also awesome. I have a great relationship with my account manager and she is always there to help me. Namely is always creating new things for their platform. I have no doubt that they will continue evolving which makes me excited for the future with this platform.
Lisa Shapiro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zenefits

Kronos and Zenefits are very different--it's almost hard to compare them because Kronos is designed for a much larger corporation. But honestly, Kronos really lied to us during the sales phase, as most of their system is hard-coded and cannot be changed based on a business. That's not a huge deal for a small company but when you get bigger that really matters. Zenefits is also not as easy to customize, but that fits their audience so it makes sense.
Sandy Nahra | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Namely

  • We were able to standardize processes much more easily with Namely. Without Namely it would be difficult to get 10 locations to follow the same procedure. But with Namely, we're able to set up the workflow and the manager just follows along on his computer.
  • Payroll mistakes are virtually nonexistent with Namely.
Asha Mungara, JD, PHR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zenefits

  • Going paperless has saved me tons of time, its a good system but it could be better (more permission levels, customizable forms, better electronic signatures).
  • Our onboarding went very smoothly. When we had an employee that needed to change their account it was pretty easy to make that happen.
  • It would be great to have more levels of permissions, right now all of the hiring managers have to be admins so that they can adjust PTO balances for comp time.
Jennifer Paxton | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Namely

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Zenefits

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
$8*

* per employee per month

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