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BambooHR vs. Namely

BambooHR wins you over every month.

BambooHR is packed with easy-to-use features and time-saving automations, so you can focus on supporting your people and growing your organization. With a free trial, personalized live demos, and no long-term contract, month-to-month pricing, you can be confident in your choice.

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Namely requires full commitment up front—at a premium price.

Namely offers a lot of the functionality you expect from an HRIS, but it comes with a three-year contract and costs $12 per employee, per month (PEPM). That’s 45% more expensive than the starting price with BambooHR. All without the option of a free trial.

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BambooHR: Our award-winning applicant tracking system gives you the power to:

  • Easily post to Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, and Indeed
  • Collaborate on candidate evaluation
  • Automate personalized offer letters
  • Create candidate pools
  • Hiring mobile app: make hiring decisions on the go.

Namely: Namely doesn’t have a native ATS, so it’s on you to:

  • Find and pay for a third-party provider
  • Contact a different provider for any support issues
  • Or

  • Do it all yourself using email or paper files
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BambooHR: You get a beginning-to-end set of tools to give new hires a warm welcome, with time-saving features like:

  • A new hire packet with first-day, manager, and team info
  • Get to Know You questionnaire for new hires
  • Customizable onboarding checklists with automated reminders
  • Electronic signatures and preboarding features

Namely: Since Namely doesn’t have a native ATS, you’ll need to spend time entering new-hire information or syncing (and double-checking) data from a separate system.

  • Namely does have offer letters, checklists, e-signatures, and E-verify.
  • There’s no new-hire introduction to their team or vice versa.
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BambooHR (U.S. only): Payroll in BambooHR is fast, simple, and easy, so you can:

  • Eliminate double entry with a single, secure database
  • Dig into your data with comprehensive payroll reporting
  • Give employees access to their payroll information
  • Leave federal, state, and local tax filing to us

Namely: Namely offers payroll, but it costs more and takes longer to implement.

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Data & Analytics

BambooHR: We make all your data easier to gather, access, and analyze—securely and accurately:

  • Over 40 standard reports, plus custom reports
  • Employee self-service access
  • Approval workflows for time off, hiring, and more
  • Report sharing with key stakeholders
  • Automated, scheduled reports

Namely: Namely offers standard and customer reporting, but G2 reviewers often bring up the following problems:

  • Limited and error-prone custom reports, especially with the general ledger
  • Reports can’t be shared with other users in Namely
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Employee Experience

BambooHR: Our intelligent engagement feature, BambooHR® Employee Satisfaction, replaces old-fashioned surveys with a simple, anonymous, two-part questionnaire and the proven power of eNPS®* scoring. Analytics include:

  • Top trending topics
  • Sentiment analysis
  • Top 5 Likes™ & Top 5 Dislikes™ smart reporting

Namely: Namely offers a company social feed where people can shout-out coworkers for a job well done. Namely doesn’t offer any tools to:

  • Survey employees
  • Measure engagement
  • Identify culture strengths and weaknesses
  • Track efforts to improve your organizations
“BambooHR's excellent range of intuitive features makes it indispensable, earning it our Editors' Choice designation for all-inclusive HR management systems.”
—PCMag’s BambooHR Review
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“BambooHR's excellent range of intuitive features makes it indispensable, earning it our Editors' Choice designation for all-inclusive HR management systems.”
—PCMag’s BambooHR Review

User Experience

BambooHR: BambooHR is consistently rated as one of the easiest-to-use HR platforms because of its friendly, intuitive interface.

  • BambooHR® Mobile app: Employees and managers have access to:
    • Signature Requests
    • PTO balance, requests, and approvals
    • Company documents and announcements
    • Company directory

Namely: Namely gets props for being highly customizable, but PCMag also notes that the setup and implementation are much longer and more complicated as a result.

  • Namely doesn't offer a free trial—feel like gambling?


BambooHR: Our Support Heroes get rave reviews from customers—we're literally award-winning.

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  • Get help via phone, email, or chat.
  • BambooHR® Learning: Stay sharp with 30+ free, interactive courses.

Namely: Namely only offers email and phone support—no chat.

  • G2 reviews rank BambooHR higher on quality of support
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