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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 four areas of HR:

Modern HR

Modern HR is a flexible, user-friendly database that keeps all employee information in one place for easy access, maintenance and sharing. Functions like request approvals and task delegation are streamlined with efficient workflows so nothing falls through the cracks. The scalable features include:

  • Employee Profiles – Foster a work community while being able to easily store, search and report on critical employee data.
  • Teams & Org Charts – Have full visibility of your company’s hierarchy all the way down to a team level. Create custom teams to quickly spot open positions and analyze team metrics and performance.
  • Time Off Tracking – Easily manage paid time off (PTO) through intuitive tools that automate and track requests, as well as allow you to create a PTO policy for your company.
  • Robust Reporting – Efficiently analyze employee data in real-time by generating custom reports, creating data filters and analyzing delivered analytics on a regular basis.
  • Social Newsfeed – The social feed keeps your employees engaged and informed through a platform that allows users to share updates, celebrate employee milestones and give feedback.
  • Calendar – Get a company wide view of what’s happening in your organization, whether it’s upcoming reviews, pending expiration dates or employee vacations. You can set user permissions for viewing the calendar and sync it with a third-party tool like Outlook, Google or iCal.
  • Document Storage – Easily store and distribute critical company documents by uploading them to a repository.

Payroll is an end-to-end payroll service tool that’s fully integrated with your HR data. Features like easy employee enrollment, automated tax filings and integrated time sheets save time while reducing paperwork errors. The tools include:

  • 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 benfits 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, ensuring that they are selecting the best plans for their needs.

Some key benefits features are:

  • Simple Document Distribution – Easily share documents with your employees that will help guide them to make the best decisions.
  • Automatic Enrollment – Make enrollment simple by using electronic data interchange (EDI) feeds.
  • Paperless Documents – Improve the employee experience and ensure no critical information gets lost by keeping electronic documents.
Talent Management

Namely’s talent management features are designed to grow with your company. Through the simple dashboard, it’s easy to keep an open line of communication about performance, feedback and employee goal alignment. The following features are included:

  • Onboarding – Focus on bringing a new hire up to speed on company policy, rather than required paperwork. Paperless tools like eSignature and customizable document templates streamline the onboarding process.
  • Cascading Goals – Efficiently align individual goals with team or company goals through the Cascading Goals feature. This allows you to easily create, manage and track goals to show employees how their individual progress impacts the your company’s growth.
  • 360° Performance Reviews – Manage the full review process in one place. All goals and reviews, including self-assessments and peer reviews, can be combined for a complete look at an employee’s performance. The data can also be exported for succession planning or compensation.
  • Competencies – In Namely, you can assign certain competencies to specific job titles for easy skill assessment and individual succession planning.

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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Namely is a web-based HR database, making implementation quick and simple. It offers data migration assistance where you work with a dedicated migration consultant to ensure that gathering and transferring your current data to your new platform is seamless.

An open application program interface (API) allows you to integrate the data collected through Namely into internal company applications, or vice versa.

Customer Service & Support

Namely has over 500 staff members headquartered in New York. The support team is available to chat with customers by email or by phone Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST.

Additionally, Namely provides an online repository of e-books, videos, infographics and more for anyone to use at their convenience.


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


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


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Namely is the #1 HR software company that empowers mid-sized businesses to build better workplaces. Its cloud-based software brings HCM, benefits, insights, payroll and time into a single-view platform to help modern HR teams make data-driven decisions about their people and understand what’s really going on in their workforce. The Namely ecosystem includes powerful integrations with market-leading applicant tracking, identity management, ERP, compliance, E-Verify solutions and more. Serving more than 1,400 clients with 230,000 employees globally, the company is backed by leading investors, including Altimeter Capital, GGV Capital, Matrix Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Tenaya Capital and True Ventures.

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