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What is Namely?

Namely offers a cloud-based HR platform for integrated core and specialized HR services, including time and employee performance management and onboarding processes.
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A real good HRIS

8 out of 10
December 01, 2022
Namely is my source of truth. I used it to storage information about all my employees and to easily get reports and data insights. We use …
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Customer Review.

9 out of 10
September 27, 2022
We use Namely for HRIS, payroll, time management, and benefits. This allows us to track the major aspects of the employee life cycle. The …
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How Namely Differs From Its Competitors


Enrolling in benefits for new employees through the enrollment wizard has saved us a lot of time.
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Centralized Platform

Yes - prior to Namely implementation, I was having to utilize 4 different systems that didn't really communicate well with one another. Namely has taken all of the "loose ends" and pulled them together - helping me to NOT lose my mind in the process.
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Onboarding (from signing all the forms to collecting all pertinent demographic data from new employees) has been easy to automate with Namely. I am planning on automating annual employee reviews/goals in 2023.
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We have benefited from the payroll and timekeeping side of things, but we are struggling with the manual nature of the performance management piece.
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We have been able to automate most onboarding forms. This allows me to find all new hire forms needed for their employee file create in one place. Since we are required to keep physical files onsite it is very easy for me to go into Namely and print all the information I need.
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Customer Feedback

I have not had the opportunity to provide feedback on enhancements, this is done by our primary administrator. But she is aware of my request for better integration between the HCM and Payroll and I believe they are in the process of fixing that issue for us. I believe they take our requests …
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Namely Product Improvement

The biggest impact from the onboarding enhancements is that I no longer have to duplicate my templates in order to update them. I also love that I can see where my new hires are in their onboarding process so that I can reach out to help them along. On the reporting side I love that I can build …
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Performance reviews. They were disparate and in PDFs before we transitioned, and having that information in one place where we can access them as admins and execs has been super helpful when the platform is used properly.
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Centralized Platform

Yes. Having Namely as our HR platform was one of the biggest draws. We have started using some of the performance management aspects and want to do more. We've set up 30, 60, and 90 Day performance reviews for new employees. We have been using it for the last couple of months and it feels a bit …
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Centralized Platform

We use Namely for all HR functions except anything that involves payroll/benefits. It has been beneficial to housing all personal information with performance management, but we still cannot integrate without a payroll system.
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I have not been able to automate anything. You must manually go into the system to trigger anything, whether it's new hire onboarding and paperwork or performance reviews. Nothing can be scheduled in advance yet, which I wish weren't the case.
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Namely Product Improvement

The onboarding solution has been especially useful in cutting back on printing things, but also as we have transitioned to a more remote-first workplace. Signing new hire documents electronically expedites the process. Custom reporting allows us to find more granular information about people easily.
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Centralized Platform

My main issue is that is it not super centralized (payroll, time, and HRIS are separate systems that talk to each other). This makes it confusing when pulling reports and calling/submitting cases to the correct department.
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  • Document collection when onboarding
  • Onboarding task lists
  • Birthday and anniversary shoutouts
  • Sending out payroll and tax forms
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Namely Product Improvement

I don't feel the enhancements I've seen over the 3 years using Namely have been incredibly impactful. A couple have been "nice to haves" but not "need to haves" i.e. things I would have placed priority on.
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Getting tax information, requesting time-off, changing health insurance coverage information, promotional compensation information.
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Customer Feedback

The primary piece of feedback I always think of when asked about how to improve Namely is to improve consistency of forms on the platform. Many things have been clearly designed and built by different team members with little QA to ensure consistency. One such example (and headache area) has been …
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Namely Product Improvement

We have seen the improvements that Namely has made over the year and half we have had the service. Overall the feature upgrades have been nice, but have minimally impacted/improved our workflows.
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Namely Product Improvement

The profiles with the payroll details has been a great enhancement. Employees can see their details quickly and can grab their year end tax docs without asking us.
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Centralized Platform

We didn't have many processes that made sense prior to Namely. It was able to help us streamline and integrate many of our loose ends.
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Centralized Platform

Centralizing our human resource processes in Namely made all of my HR needs as an employee much simpler to deal with. Rather than go to this service for payroll, that service for open enrollment, and another for performance and goal-setting, I simply always went to Namely. It's a one-stop shop for …
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Having a place employees can go to see their job, and salary history along with their goals and reviews makes everyone's life easier.
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We have been able to do onboarding completely paperless, and this saves HR at least 5 hours per new hire.
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Centralized Platform

I will admit, having everything in one tool is something to regard highly. Namely is able to deliver everything but not well. The reports are customizable but not perfect. The PTO report is horrible and extremely hard to find. They also don't have reports that consider historical wages. The …
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Centralized Platform

Having the entire HR, payroll, time and attendance, benefits, employee and company employment documents in one place saves time and effort.

Having all the documents online eliminates the file cabinet chase as you look for a specific document.
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Centralized Platform

Namely maintains all the HR info. I can check all the info needed which reduces communication time with HR. Our company did not use Namely for performance management.
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I receive notifications from Namely whenever there are changes. So if HR forgot to send me some info, I can still get them from Namely. It helps to avoid mistakes.
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  • Update personal information (127)
  • Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc. (122)
  • Employment history (126)
  • Organizational charting (124)

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What is Namely?

Namely offers a cloud-based HR platform for integrated core and specialized HR services, including time and employee performance management and onboarding processes.

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Human Resource Management

Organizing, tracking and providing instant access to critical employee data, job profiles, transfers, promotions, and benefits information.

7.1Avg 8.0

Payroll Management

Provides for pay calculation and benefit plan administration, in addition to managing direct deposit, salary revisions and payroll tracking.

7.6Avg 8.1

Leave and Attendance Management

Streamlines communication between HR and employees and facilitates efficient management of employee leave including requisitions, approvals, balance calculation, and annual carry-forward.

7.8Avg 8.2

Employee Self Service

Employee portal allowing employees to view and update their personal information.

8Avg 8.2

Asset Management

Maintaining a record of assets such as laptops, pagers, cell phones, etc. issued to employees. Record typically includes asset type, number, serial number and date of issuance.

7.3Avg 7.9

HR Reporting

Pre-built and custom reports, and integration with external data.

6.1Avg 7.7


Employee onboarding is the process of orienting new hires to the social and performance aspects of their jobs so that they are able to function in their new roles as quickly as possible.

7Avg 8.0

Performance and Goals

Goal alignment is the practice of ensuring that all employees have clearly defined goals in support of the overall corporate strategy.

6.7Avg 8.2

Performance Management

Performance management is the process of ensuring employees meet pre-determined objectives and goals through regular check-ins and appraisals.

6.9Avg 8.0

Succession Planning

Succession planning is the identification and development of internal employees with the potential to fill key business leadership positions in the company.

5.8Avg 7.9

Recruiting / ATS

Recruiting or Applicant Tracking Software is software used to manage the recruitment process electronically by handling job postings, applicant status, resume management, etc.

5.1Avg 7.7
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Product Details

What is Namely?

Namely streamlines HR data into a single platform. With technology, supported by a team of HR experts, Namely aims to empower people teams with a complete HR solution designed for mid-sized businesses (25-1000 employees).

Namely Features

Human Resource Management Features

  • Supported: Employee demographic data
  • Supported: Employment history
  • Supported: Job profiles and administration
  • Supported: Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
  • Supported: Benefits information
  • Supported: Organizational charting
  • Supported: Organization and location management
  • Supported: Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

Payroll Management Features

  • Supported: Pay calculation
  • Supported: Support for external payroll vendors
  • Supported: Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
  • Supported: Payroll history for each employee
  • Supported: Benefit plan administration
  • Supported: Direct deposit files
  • Supported: Payroll tracking and auditing
  • Supported: Salary revision and increment management
  • Supported: Reimbursement management
  • Supported: Statutory form management

Leave and Attendance Management Features

  • Supported: Approval workflow
  • Supported: Email notifications
  • Supported: Balance details
  • Supported: Travel absence management
  • Supported: Annual carry-forward and encashment

Employee Self Service Features

  • Supported: Employee login
  • Supported: View and generate pay and benefit information
  • Supported: Update personal information
  • Supported: Request time off
  • Supported: View job history
  • Supported: View company policy documentation
  • Supported: View company news and information
  • Supported: Employee recognition

Asset Management Features

  • Supported: Tracking of all physical assets
  • Supported: Asset issue and transfer management
  • Supported: Asset return
  • Supported: Warranty and after-sales status maintenance contract tracking

HR Reporting Features

  • Supported: Report builder
  • Supported: Pre-built reports
  • Supported: Ability to combine HR data with external data

Integration with other HR capabilities Features

  • Supported: Additional HR capabilities (talent management, LMS, etc.) supplied by same vendor
  • Supported: Additional HR capabilities (talent management, LMS, etc.) supplied by different vendor

Performance Management Features

  • Supported: Performance plans
  • Supported: Performance improvement plans
  • Supported: Review status tracking
  • Supported: Review reminders
  • Supported: Multiple review frequency

Succession Planning Features

  • Supported: Candidate search

Onboarding Features

  • Supported: New hire portal
  • Supported: Manager tracking tools

Performance and Goals Features

  • Supported: Corporate goal setting
  • Supported: Individual goal setting
  • Supported: Line-of sight-visibility
  • Supported: Performance tracking

Recruiting / ATS Features

  • Supported: Job Requisition Management
  • Supported: Company Website Posting
  • Supported: Publish to Social Media
  • Supported: Job Search Site Posting
  • Supported: Duplicate Candidate Prevention
  • Supported: Applicant Tracking
  • Supported: Notifications and Alerts

Additional Features

  • Supported: HR Analytics
  • Supported: Compliance Database
  • Supported: Learning Management
  • Supported: Live Compliance Advisors
  • Supported: Anonymous Employee Reporting
  • Supported: Time Management
  • Supported: Time Tracking
  • Supported: Mobile App for Employee Self-Service
  • Supported: Benefits Enrollment Wizard
  • Supported: Open API
  • Supported: Managed Payroll Services
  • Supported: Managed Benefits Services

Namely Screenshots

Screenshot of Namely News Feed: Your home base to make announcements, express appreciation, and to celebrate important milestones.Screenshot of HR Analytics: the data you need to feel confident in your people strategy and proud of your provable resultsScreenshot of Talent & Performance Management: connect, engage, and develop your workforce in a platform that employees actually want to useScreenshot of Benefits Administration: modern, integrated benefits technology makes it easy for employees to enroll and even easier for you to manageScreenshot of Payroll Administration: integrated with all of your HR data and coupled with full payroll tax services, you can be confident your results are delivered accurately and on timeScreenshot of Namely Mobile App: request time off and access paystubs and benefits information from anywhereScreenshot of Employee Profile: your workforce's one-stop-shop for time off, payroll, and performance information.Screenshot of Employee Onboarding: save time and engage new hires before they ever walk in the door with customizable employee onboarding workflows complete with eSignature functionalityScreenshot of Compliance Library: your 24/7 resource to keep you compliant among ever-changing laws and regulations

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Namely Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported CountriesUnited States
Supported LanguagesEnglish

Frequently Asked Questions

Namely offers a cloud-based HR platform for integrated core and specialized HR services, including time and employee performance management and onboarding processes.

Zenefits, Paycor, and BambooHR are common alternatives for Namely.

Reviewers rate Update personal information highest, with a score of 8.7.

The most common users of Namely are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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September 27, 2022

Customer Review.

Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
We recently had some issues surrounding taxes in a state that we have a physical location in. The Namely support team was able to provide me with a clear and concise list of what was needed from our organization. Once they had everything they were able to help us quickly pay the past due amounts and ensure that we had the correct tax rate going forward.
Score 6 out of 10
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Verified User
We recently changed the way our sick time works (went from an accrual basis to frontload the amount). When I reached out to Namely to help me, they walked me through creating the new time off plan and did a mass reset from their end to add everyone to it and change their time accordingly. It was smooth.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
We were transitioning a portion of the team to it's own LLC with relatively short notice. The support team was able to get me connected to the right people and get a project set up so we could make the transition ahead of schedule. In addition, the team checked-in on progress throughout the project to ensure it was succeeding. And this was even during the busy times of November - December.
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