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Overview

BambooHR and Namely are highly rated human resource software tools. While BambooHR primarily targets small and midsize businesses, Namely targets midsize and growing companies.


BambooHR, through its human resource information system, allows organizations to manage the hiring process, onboard new employees, manage compensation, and maintain and analyze employee data. Namely provides a single platform to manage compliance and streamline all HR-related activities including payroll, benefits, and talent management.


Both tools offer compelling human resource software capabilities, and picking one over the other requires an understanding of their features, pricing plans, and user demographics.

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  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
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  • Video tutorials
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  • iPhone app
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Pricing

BambooHR pricing: BambooHr has two base plans, Essentials and Advantage, which are structured around the features you require for your business. It provides custom pricing based on your organization size. It also offers a free trial of its software for a period of seven days, during which you can explore the main features of the platform including time management, people data and analytics, the applicant tracking system, onboarding, compensation, performance management, and employee self-service.


Namely pricing: Namely does not publicly disclose its pricing details; pricing is customized pricing according to your company size. However, they provide the option to schedule a demo to help you understand how the software works.


Billing cycle: BambooHR offers a monthly billing plan and charges customers on a per employee basis. Namely has not disclosed its billing cycle information.

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  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

Both BambooHR and Namely have high overall ratings. That said, users have rated BambooHR higher than Namely on ease of use, functionality, customer support, and value for money.


Here are the reviewer demographics for each product:


Small businesses: BambooHR (72%), Namely (65%)
Midsize businesses: BambooHR (24%), Namely (31%)
Large businesses: BambooHR (5%), Namely (5%)


Note: Percentage figures have been rounded off. They may exceed or not add up to a complete 100%.

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
87%
would recommend this app

Pros

The software is clean and simple and serves as a great resource for company information, coworker contacts, and a comprehensive company calendar outlining anniversaries, birthdays, and days off.
I hadn't used it until my current company and I am really happy to be able to utilize it. There are so many great features and I love it.
BambooHR has some great integrations (Slack, for instance) that allow me to see when my co-workers are out of the office or even celebrating an anniversary or birthday.

Pros

Namely is the perfect solution for a small business like ours. It has saved me so much time compared to the previous solution we used for HR and payroll.
For the most part, it is very intuitive and user friendly. Being user friendly makes it easy for me as the admin but more importantly it makes it easy for my employees to navigate.
Friendly support staff, easy to get set-up, many self-service tools and customizations and always improving. I am very happy with Namely.

Cons

Some of the updates would cause havoc on the system and delay some of our onboarding.
The only con I have noticed is from guys in HR complaining that it does not provide in-house payroll management.
At times I struggle with the signing portion of documents.

Cons

You can never get an support, answers, or solutions to urgent issues such as Namely back end payroll system errors. Errors that cost the company thousand of dollars.
I dislike that I keep having problems in logging into it.
I just think their customer service format changes frequently and it is confusing sometimes to keep up with their preferred communication etiquette.
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Key features

Features in common: BambooHR and Namely offer a wide range of capabilities to streamline human resource activities. Each tool supports applicant tracking, onboarding, electronic signatures, time and attendance tracking, employee database management, reporting and analytics, performance management, talent management, and employee self-service options.


BambooHR key features: BambooHR offers bonus management, compensation management, employee records, offboarding, assessment management, employee time-off approvals, and file sharing.


Namely key features: Key features offered by Namely include risk management, an HR compliance database, payroll management, benefits administration management, employee lifecycle management, and customization.


Tip: Don’t just focus on the total number of features. Keep their utility and your business needs in mind.

  • Total features124
  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • 401(k) Tracking
  • ACA Reporting
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Activity/News Feed
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Application Management
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Time Capture
  • Benchmarking
  • Benefits Administration Outsourcing
  • Benefits Dashboard
  • Benefits Management
  • Billable & Non-Billable Hours
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • COBRA Administration
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar Sync
  • Candidate Management
  • Candidate Profiles
  • Candidate Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Compensation Management
  • Competency Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contractor Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Deduction Management
  • Direct Deposit
  • Disability Insurance Administration
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • E-Verify/I-9 Forms
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Benefits Administration
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Directory
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Recognition
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • Event Calendar
  • FMLA Administration
  • Feedback Management
  • File Sharing
  • Goal Management
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • HR Management
  • HSA/FSA Administration
  • Health Insurance Administration
  • Individual Development Plans
  • Internal HR
  • Interview Management
  • Job Application Management
  • Job Description Management
  • Job Posting
  • Job Requisition
  • Learning & Development
  • Learning Management
  • Leave Tracking
  • Life Insurance Administration
  • Mass Notifications
  • Messaging
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Time Tracking
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-State
  • Negative Feedback Management
  • On-going Performance Tracking
  • Onboarding
  • Online Benefits Enrollment
  • Online Time Clock
  • Online Time Tracking
  • Organizational Charting
  • Orientation Workflow Management
  • Overtime Calculation
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Outsourcing
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Peer Appraisals
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Performance Review Management
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Provider Management
  • Pulse Surveys
  • Question Library
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Resume Storage
  • Retirement Plan Management
  • Review Cycle Tracking
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Salaried Employee Tracking
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Self Assessment
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Summary Reports
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Talent Management
  • Task Management
  • Tax Compliance
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time Off Management
  • Time Off Requests
  • Time Tracking
  • Timesheet Management
  • Training Management
  • Trend Analysis
  • Turnover Tracking
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Variable Workforce
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Weighted Performance Measures
  • Workflow Management
  • Workstation Tracking
  • Total features117
  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • 401(k) Tracking
  • ACA Reporting
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Activity/News Feed
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Application Management
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Time Capture
  • Benchmarking
  • Benefits Administration Outsourcing
  • Benefits Dashboard
  • Benefits Management
  • Billable & Non-Billable Hours
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • COBRA Administration
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar Sync
  • Candidate Management
  • Candidate Profiles
  • Candidate Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Compensation Management
  • Competency Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contractor Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Deduction Management
  • Direct Deposit
  • Disability Insurance Administration
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • E-Verify/I-9 Forms
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Benefits Administration
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Directory
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Recognition
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • Event Calendar
  • FMLA Administration
  • Feedback Management
  • File Sharing
  • Goal Management
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • HR Management
  • HSA/FSA Administration
  • Health Insurance Administration
  • Individual Development Plans
  • Internal HR
  • Interview Management
  • Job Application Management
  • Job Description Management
  • Job Posting
  • Job Requisition
  • Learning & Development
  • Learning Management
  • Leave Tracking
  • Life Insurance Administration
  • Mass Notifications
  • Messaging
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Time Tracking
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-State
  • Negative Feedback Management
  • On-going Performance Tracking
  • Onboarding
  • Online Benefits Enrollment
  • Online Time Clock
  • Online Time Tracking
  • Organizational Charting
  • Orientation Workflow Management
  • Overtime Calculation
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Outsourcing
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Peer Appraisals
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Performance Review Management
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Provider Management
  • Pulse Surveys
  • Question Library
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Resume Storage
  • Retirement Plan Management
  • Review Cycle Tracking
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Salaried Employee Tracking
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Self Assessment
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Summary Reports
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Talent Management
  • Task Management
  • Tax Compliance
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time Off Management
  • Time Off Requests
  • Time Tracking
  • Timesheet Management
  • Training Management
  • Trend Analysis
  • Turnover Tracking
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Variable Workforce
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Weighted Performance Measures
  • Workflow Management
  • Workstation Tracking

Integrations

BambooHR connects with more third-party tools (229) listed on GetApp than Namely (75) (as of June 2021).


However, both tools integrate with products such as Greenhouse, Okta, iCIMS Talent Cloud, Lattice, 15Five, Zapier, Litmos, and G Suite.

  • Total integrations312
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • BambooHR
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Workspace
  • Greenhouse
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
  • Slack
  • Twitter
  • Workday HCM
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations113
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • BambooHR
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Workspace
  • Greenhouse
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
  • Slack
  • Twitter
  • Workday HCM
  • Xero
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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BambooHR

Really happy with Bamboo HR and Trax Payroll....

Reviewed a year ago

So far so good! We are new to Bamboo and came from namely and are much happier at Bamboo!

Pros

Great customer service, easy to navigate user platform and mobile app, love that it includes things like ENPS scores

Cons

Would be nice if Trax payroll prorated for salary changes. We have yearly raises in January and I had to manually prorate everyone's increase. Also would be nice to have badges for people's involvements and acheivements.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
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Namely

Great concept, but not able to deliver

Reviewed 4 years ago

Namely needs to stop building new features, fix the ones they have, and build better internal processes. The dysfunction they are experiencing internally is extremely apparent to clients.

Pros

In comparison to other all-in-one HRIS systems, the interface is a lot more friendly. It marries the concept of social media newsfeeds with HR, allowing employees to comment on each other's birthdays and anniversaries. This gives HR an opportunity to engage employees with a fresh approach to benefits, payroll, and compliance.

Cons

I'm unsure of the experience of other customers, but the concept of Namely never took hold for our organization. Beginning at implementation, the Namely team was disorganized and unstable. Implementation was scheduled to wrap up October 1 and wasn't completed until January. During that time, Namely's implementation team experienced turnover 3 times, each time having to reset our implementation schedule....