Namely Review

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Namely At A Glance

Good: An easy-to-learn, intuitive interface that automates sending enrollment data to carriers and benefits deductions to payroll.
Bad: International payroll is not provided and requires a third-party partner.
Bottom Line: An all-in-one HRMS with robust features to manage every function related to a HR department.

Product Overview

Namely is a full, Web-based suite that streamlines many HR workflows including payroll, benefits, talent management and more. This review will look at the overall platform. For a pinpointed view of its payroll features, check out our Namely’s Payroll review.

Namely is an all-in-one cloud-based human resource management solution (HRMS) with scalable features for every HR function.

With an easy-to-use single-platform interface, bouncing between various HR-related tasks including payroll, benefits management and talent management, is simple.

Namely also has an Android and iOS app so users can access its features on the go.



Namely offers features and tools in five areas:


Namely includes a flexible, user-friendly database that keeps all employee information in one place. Functions like request approvals and task delegation are streamlined with efficient workflows. The scalable features are:

  • Employee profiles
  • Teams and org charts
  • Time-off tracking
  • Reporting
  • Onboarding (with E-Verify integration)
  • Built-in calendar (can also integrate with Outlook or Google calendars)
  • Custom workflows and approvals
  • eSignature
  • Unlimited roles and permissions
  • A mobile app

The Payroll module includes these features:

  • Tax Filing & Compliance – Namely automates W-2 generation. It also calculates, deposits and files payroll taxes. And it stays up to date with local, state and federal regulations to ensure your company stays compliant.
  • Payroll Reporting – Get an overview of your payroll costs by running customized reports. The data collected can then be incorporated into your human capital management (HCM) reports.
  • Time Management – Extensive functionality is offered to manage time, attendance and employee scheduling. Clients have the ability to capture employee hours in the format of their choice: web punch, timesheets, physical clocks, kiosks, etc. Managers can easily track approvals, overtime, exceptions, missed punches and job code tracking. Enhanced scheduling functionality to organize shift assignments, dropping and swapping can also be supported.
  • Managed Payroll – Namely offers a Managed Payroll service designed to remove the burden associated with day-to-day payroll administration. Namely’s dedicated payroll consultant will be available to provide expert guidance and take on the tasks associated with payroll processing so you can scale your business and focus on strategic people initiatives.

Namely offers a comprehensive service that provides mid-sized companies with benefits consulting to secure the most competitive rates and offerings, technology support to deliver benefits to employees and ongoing management of benefits provider relationships.

Additionally, Namely’s benefits administration technology enables HR professionals to easily configure benefits plans, manage open enrollment and life event changes, file ACA reports, and sync data with carriers and payroll automatically. Employees are given access to an intuitive enrollment wizard with guided support and embedded contextual help.

Talent Management

Namely’s talent management features include:

  • Recruiting (e.g., applicant tracking, job postings, background checks, offer letters)
  • Goals management (e.g., cascading goals)
  • 360-degree performance reviews
  • Performance review templates
  • Competencies
  • Continuous feedback and appreciation
  • Social newsfeed

Namely Comply Database delivers high quality content combining expert analysis of employment laws and regulations, best practice information, and intuitive tools that show HR leaders what to prepare for, provide the guardrails for when something happens, and outline the necessary steps to move forward.

Namely also offers an even more robust compliance tool, Comply Advice & Action, that reduces risk with powerful technology and access to live expert HR advisors. This offering fills a critical need for midsize businesses by helping them mitigate the numerous people-centric compliance risks that exist in every organization.

Target Market

Namely aims to help all types of organizations ease their HR, payroll and talent management headaches.

We’ve listed 10 of Namely’s customers below:

  • Vita Coco
  • BounceX
  • The Motley Fool
  • WorkWave
  • MacStadium
  • Archer Malmo
  • ScienceLogic
  • InsightSoftware
  • Mars Advertising, Inc.
  • United Mississippi Bank

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New clients work with Namely’s dedicated implementation team, including its Client Relationship Manager who can guide them on the process. While timelines vary per client, the implementation process tends to follow five key steps: kick-off, initiation, configuration, validation and deployment. Namely also offer data migration services, as well as best practices.

Customer Service & Support

Namely has a help community for users to access FAQs, create support tickets, watch tutorials and engage with other users in a forum. Users can also request a callback from Namely’s support team or call its general service line.


Namely provides its HR Fundamentals package that includes features, such as a company news feeds, employee directory, organization chart, reporting, analytics, performance/goals management, onboarding and time-off management. Note that this package is required.

Namely offers these optional features:

  • Payroll
  • Benefits administration
  • Time and attendance
  • Recruiting
  • Comply Advice and Action (a people risk management solution)

Companies that don’t have in-house payroll or benefits resources can also opt to purchase Namely’s Managed Payroll or Managed Benefits services.

Namely doesn’t publicly release their pricing information. Please contact the vendor directly for a quote.


Namely doesn’t provide international payroll. It requires a third-party partner to manage that.


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Combining intuitive HR technology and best-in-class service, Namely empowers mid-size companies to build better workplaces. Simplifying the complexities of recruiting, onboarding, time & attendance, performance management, benefits administration, compliance, payroll, and HR analytics, Namely offers an integrated platform that saves companies time and improves their employees’ experiences. Distinguished by a dedicated support model and enhanced service offerings, Namely delivers an all-in-one HR solution for today’s people teams.

In 2022, Namely has merged with a new organization that’s a combination of Vensure Employer Services (a PEO company) and PrismHR (HR software company).

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