Top 10 Alternatives to Namely for Mid-Sized Companies

Find the best HR software solutions for mid-sized companies with our curated list of the top 10 alternatives to Namely. Streamline your HR processes, enhance employee management

Brett Ungashick
OutSail HRIS Advisor
July 4, 2023
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Namely came to market in 2012 and quickly became a hot product in the HRIS & payroll space. However, not every company is a perfect fit for what they offer, especially since their acquisition.

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When users of Namely are looking to move to a new system, it is often because there are specific outcomes that they desire and might be able to find more easily with a different provider.

Below is a list of the main Namely alternatives and what alternative strengths they can provide:

Modern Alternatives

These two solutions were founded in the 2010s and deliver a modern user interface and prioritize the employee experience. Because these solutions are cloud-native, they are also built with open integrations at the core of their offerings. However, these systems generally can't offer all of the functionality that the previous tier can and may not be configurable enough for growing companies

Rippling

Rippling is the newest name in this group and the fastest growing too. Rippling has brought to market a few things that no one else can match at this point, including their no-code automation capabilities, their integration marketplace and their IT management tools which allow for device and app management from your HRIS. Rippling's functionality is still developing and they cannot offer performance, engagement or a robust timekeeping system at this time.

Bamboo

BambooHR has been one of the darlings of the HRIS industry for the last decade. They provide cost-effective, user friendly software that drastically simplifies HR management for companies in nearly every industry. Bamboo's product offers a wide degree of breadth including recruiting, performance management and employee engagement, but some of their modules are limited in how configurable they are. Additionally, Bamboo's payroll is provided by a 3rd party which they own, called Trax, and doesn't have a benefits admin module.

factoHR

factoHR has gained a prominent place in the HRIS industry. It has achieved this by offering easy-to-use and effective HR & payroll software at low rates. In addition, the HR suite includes employee performance evaluation, attendance management, recruiting, and onboarding. Dashboard and reporting capabilities provide the managers with control over every operation.

Full-Suite Mid-Market Peers

These four companies are all large, public companies with a long history in the payroll industry. They all have tens of thousands of customers and thousands of employees. Additionally, they all serve the mid-market and can provide an all-in-one solution from hire-to-retire. Namely customers might switch to these tools if they need an all-in-one system that offers more modules.

Paylocity

Paylocity has steadily become one of the most popular HRIS & Payroll solutions in the mid-market. Their system started off as a payroll engine, but has added quite a bit of HR and Talent Management functionality over the years. Paylocity continues to acquire leading platforms, including a global payroll partner, as they try to serve larger and more complex organizations.

ADP

ADP rarely needs an introduction. Their flagship HRIS is Workforce Now, which is geared towards the 50-1,000 employee segment. Workforce Now builds off of ADP's strong payroll heritage and can provide a scalable, all-in-one offering for any industry covering all needs from recruiting and onboarding to performance, comp and succession. One big differentiator for ADP is their comprehensive services, which allow companies to outsource a variety of back-office tasks from benefits enrollment and reconciliations to new state registrations and compliance management

Paycom

Paycom is the company most often evaluated against Paylocity and there are some large differences in the two companies' philosophies. Paycom is a closed ecosystem and every module in their platform has been built internally which leads to a more unified system and less manual re-entry from admins. This can contrast with Paylocity's open architecture which can lead to some module-to-module clunkiness, but also an easier time integrating with 3rd parties

Paycor

Paycor is the most recent company of this group to go public and has taken a growth-by-acquisition strategy. This has led Paycor to acquire a leading ATS tool in Newton and a leading performance and engagement platform in 7Geese. These tools allow Paycor to offer the most advanced talent management functionality in the mid-market, but can also lead to a less unified experience from an admin perspective.

Boutique Alternatives

These two companies are less well-known in the mid-market but each one has a full suite HRIS platform and a growing customer base. Although these companies don't have the R&D budgets of the Paycom's and ADP's of the world, they still provide very solid technology solutions that emphasize different strengths. However, the real difference with these companies is the service model, which is much more handheld, personalized and responsive than working with the large, public providers.

PrimePay

PrimePay is a support–driven organization that can offer a support model with fewer layers and more personalization. PrimePay acquired SyncHR’s HRIS platform in 2021 and can offer a modern architecture that is flexible and open to integrations. SyncHR's technology is especially dynamic around org charts, reporting and budgeting. The platform covers the entire lifecycle, but some of the system is provided by 3rd parties, rather than being fully built internally.

Proliant

Proliant has a few verticals that they are particularly well suited for, and they have some differentiated features that can make hiring and paying hourly employees easier on businesses. Proliant clients experience a higher level of service than they would tend to get from one of the large, national competitors, and that service extends to tax support which Proliant is strong in. The user experience with Proliant isn't as seamless as it is with more modern or more unified competitors

More Scalable Alternatives

These two companies are can provide all-in-one HRIS functionality to cover the hire-to-retire lifecycle. However, these companies are much more scalable than the mid-market options, which means the system can configure to your team's needs and workflows more easily. The flip side of this scalability is that these systems can take more effort to administer and can be more costly.

UKG

UKG is one of the most well-known companies in the HRIS industry and provides an all-in-one system that caters to every member of the HR department. UKG can provide strong Core HR management, leveraging Kronos's timekeeping tools, while also providing leading talent management tools that make recruiting, performance reviews and employee engagement easier to administer. UKG can be one of the more premium priced options in the market, however.

Ceridian

Ceridian offers very advanced and unified Core HR tools that allow companies with complex workforce management needs to easily track time and pay employees. Ceridian has one of the most unified product architectures which can lead to more accuracy and more speed when it comes to calculating pay, making employee changes and creating reports. The system can take longer than any on this list to implement, however.

FAQs
What is Namely, and why might mid-sized companies seek alternatives?

Namely is an HRIS & payroll software provider that gained popularity in the mid-market. However, some mid-sized companies may seek alternatives due to specific requirements or desired outcomes that they cannot achieve with Namely.

What are the main alternatives to Namely for mid-sized companies?

Some of the main alternatives to Namely include Rippling, BambooHR, factoHR, Paylocity, ADP (Workforce Now), Paycom, Paycor, PrimePay, Proliant, UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), and Ceridian. These alternatives offer various HRIS solutions tailored to the needs of mid-sized organizations.

How do these alternatives differ from Namely?

Each alternative offers unique strengths and functionalities. For example, Rippling offers no-code automation capabilities and IT management tools, while BambooHR provides cost-effective and user-friendly software. Understanding these differences can help organizations choose the right alternative for their specific needs.

Are these alternatives suitable for mid-sized companies?

Yes, these alternatives are specifically designed to cater to the needs of mid-sized companies. While some providers may offer solutions for larger enterprises as well, they typically offer features and pricing structures tailored to mid-sized organizations.

What factors should mid-sized companies consider when choosing an alternative to Namely?

Mid-sized companies should consider factors such as the comprehensiveness of the HRIS solution, scalability, ease of use, integration capabilities, customer support, and pricing. Evaluating these factors can help organizations make an informed decision based on their unique requirements.

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Brett Ungashick
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Brett Ungashick, the friendly face behind OutSail, started his career at LinkedIn, selling HR software. This experience sparked an idea, leading him to create OutSail in 2018. Based in Denver, OutSail simplifies the HR software selection process, and Brett's hands-on approach has already helped over 1,000 companies, including SalesLoft, Hudl and DoorDash. He's a go-to guy for all things HR Tech, supporting companies in every industry and across 20+ countries. When he's not demystifying HR tech, you'll find Brett enjoying a round of golf or skiing down Colorado's slopes, always happy to chat about work or play.

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