BambooHR vs Namely

BambooHR is the easy-to-use, complete HR + payroll software package that solves all your needs.

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Better First Impressions

A native applicant tracking system for seamless hiring

Effective Onboarding

Set you people for success from day one

Strategic Insight

Shareable reports and analytics for more strategic decisions

Engaged Employees

Employee experience tools to better support your people

Superior Customer Support

Human-centric support and award-winning customer care

Save-as-You-Grow Pricing

The more you grow and hire, the more you save

How Do BambooHR & Namely Compare?


Say hello to a speedy, easy ATS.

Namely doesn’t have an applicant tracking system, so you’ll need to find and pay for a third-party provider or do all your hiring manually, meaning more time and more headaches.

Our award-winning Applicant Tracking System helps HR collaborate with hiring managers and quickly find, evaluate, and hire the right talent with:

  • Offer letter templates
  • Searchable talent pools
  • Customizable new hire packets
  • Our Hiring mobile app

Create better first days.

Since Namely doesn’t have a native ATS, you’ll spend a lot of time entering new-hire information or syncing and double-checking data from a separate system. Additionally, Namely doesn’t have new hire packets.

With BambooHR, you get a set of tools to give new hires a warm welcome:

  • A new hire packet, including a Get-to-Know-You questionnaire and team intro for new hires
  • Customizable onboarding checklists
  • Automated reminders
  • Electronic signatures
Data & Analytics

Share your insights.

Namely offers standard and custom reporting, but reports can’t be shared with other users. Customer reviews mention problems with limited and error-prone custom reports, especially with the general ledger.

BambooHR makes all your data easier to gather, access, and analyze—securely and accurately.

  • Share any of the 40+ standard, instant reports with leaders and managers.
  • Create and share custom reports.
  • Schedule automatic emails for recurring reports.
Employee Experience

Build a great culture.

Though Namely does offer a company-wide social feed, they don’t offer other employee engagement tools, such as employee surveys to measure engagement and track efforts to improve your organization.

BambooHR makes it easy to measure and improve the employee experience with user-friendly, native features:

  • Performance Management: Conduct frequent and meaningful reviews and assessments.
  • Employee Satisfaction: Build a stronger workplace culture and track your eNPS® score* year over year.
  • Employee Wellbeing: Spot signs of burnout, boost retention, and support your people.
Customer Support

Get help right when you need it.

Namely only offers phone and email support—there is no live chat feature. You have to submit a ticket and wait hours or days for a response.

Our award-winning, in-house Support Heroes give you prompt answers via phone, email, or chat. And each Support Hero is diligently trained on the full scope of the product, so you can be sure whoever you talk to is prepared to answer all of your questions.

Pricing & Packaging

Save as you grow.

Namely locks you into a three-year contract without the option of a free trial, plus it’s more expensive than BambooHR.

BambooHR charges per employee, per month—no monthly base fee and no yearly contracts! We also offer a volume discount, so the more you hire, the more you save. Plus, you can try BambooHR with a free trial.

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Why Customers Love BambooHR

CarlsonSV LLP

"It's a one stop shop for all employee information—it’s so organized and simple to use! The reports you can run for ACA reporting, just simply to see how many full time versus part time staff you have is so simple. It allows you to get an idea on your employee demographics, and it enables staff to be in control of their information and have more access to what benefits they truly have. It also is so customizable; you can add tables to fit your company's needs."

Kayce Haas, Firm Administrator | CarlsonSV LLP

Who’s Using BambooHR?

We Set You Free to Do Great Work

BambooHR helps you automate critical HR tasks, empowers you to become strategic with clean reporting and analytics, and gives you tools to boost engagement and retention. With our add-ons, integrations, and per-month, per-employee pricing, you choose (and pay for) only what you need. And with our award-winning implementation service and easy-to-love user experience, we get you up and running quickly so you can focus on peoplework instead of paperwork.

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*Net Promoter, NPS, and the NPS-related emoticons are registered trademarks, and Net Promoter Score and Net Promoter System are service marks, of Bain & Company, Inc., Satmetrix Systems, Inc. and Fred Reichheld.