Workday Reviews

Updated 10 Jul 2020

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Workday CEO, Co-Founder & Chairman Aneel Bhusri
Aneel Bhusri
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work with no politics"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Software Applications Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workday full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. An excellent working environment with warm, humble and talented people 2. Management is supportive of the scrum teams and individual contributors. 3. Freedom and push to work on innovative/out of the box solutions 4. Tightly knit scrum teams with no boundaries between product, development and quality assurance make work fun and get rid of monolith processes. 5. Workday as a company is very focussed on employee well being with a great snack program, health & fitness schemes, mental wellness schemes. They even have a section in the office dedicated to "Wellness Center" 6. Senior developers in the org are open to new ideas/feedback/suggestions/criticism. They are helpful too.

    Cons

    No cons from me, I feel Workday Ireland is a great place to work One thing that some people may not like is developing in XpressO, but i think its a great language for the purpose.

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  2. Helpful (9)

    "Really is a great place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * The culture is really great, in practice what this means is that people are easy to work with, management doesn't (typically) micro-manage, people are trusted, benefits are generous, if you need time off you can take it, etc. Also plenty of interest groups, competitions, socials. Team outings are encouraged. * The product is a sticky one that has a big impact on the world. The biggest companies in the world use our product and its exciting to build products that can impact millions of employees for the better. There's a lot of growth to be had and we are continuously expanding our product lines. * There is a lot of room for internal mobility! You are not stuck in the role you were hired into (at least after one year of serving in that role). You can move to different teams or even different roles altogether. This is a great place to grow your career if you are motivated and willing to speak up for yourself with your manager. Some examples I'm aware of: Developer -> PM, Pre-Sales. QA -> Developer, PM * Compensation is about average for the bay area, but that is still pretty good! You typically will get decent base salary and RSU package (e.g. 40k over 4 years). This grows each year as you get a "refresh" (e.g. another 40k over 4 years). After 4 years you have 4 grants vesting at the same time in April (our comp cycle). That can be 10k raise each year even if you don't have a boost in base salary.

    Cons

    * Volatile stock means volatile compensation when much of it is from RSUs. But this can also be to your favor if you hold long term. When I joined my RSUs were granted at a local maxima price and dropped shortly after, only recovering (and then dramatically surpassing) that price 2 years later. But the following year or two was a surge in Workday's price which led to significant inflation of my compensation. * Don't expect significant base salary raises unless it is a major promotion and you are a good negotiator. Often you won't get any base salary increase, and other times you might get 1-3%. It is difficult to negotiate once you get your annual review and compensation update, the budget has already been allocated and agreed to a month+ prior. If you negotiate successfully you may only see a bump months later. * Depending on your team you may have FREQUENT re-organizations, even up to 2-3 times a year. Which could mean new manager and change in your charter. If you are an IC, you are usually not consulted on this and simply have to deal with it. Even director level folks are sometimes not consulted with on these changes, and we have seen turn over due to undesirable changes from a re-org (for certain people). I've been at workday for many years now and have had more manager than years employed. It has its pros and cons, and it has to do with which teams you join. * The team you join MATTERS. If you join a team that is focused on a legacy product, you can chill more and could be a good place to be to "rest and vest" and have time to take care of your family (leave early to pick them up from school, etc.) If you join an innovative team that is pushing through new product lines, there is a higher expectation and just cruising will look bad. If you are a motivated individual, I urge against joining (or at least saying long term) in a team that is of the "cruising" archetype. Take advantage of the internal mobility and join an innovative team to grow your career. * Office locations aren't ideal. Depending on your values, Pleasanton HQ can be good or bad. If you live in the east bay, it's obviously good. If you live in SF it's less good. There is an SF office, but you should assume you will not be working there (unless you're joining Scout, or are in corporate comms, marketing, etc.) There other offices are Boulder, Portland, Victoria (BC), Dublin (Ireland), so if you want to live somewhere warm Pleasanton is the only option. Boulder seems to be the second most active office after Pleasanton and we're doing a lot more hiring there if that's your interest. * Occasionally, management talks politics (US politics), and I feel like this can alienate many employees. Even if the majority agrees with the politics, there are at least 40% of employees who feel alienated. I don't think this company should involve itself in controversial politics. It's certainly not as bad as some other tech companies though in this regard though!

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  3. "Great company to work for"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture, colleagues and management are generally sound, fairly flat mgmt structure

    Cons

    Dev work maybe not the most exciting stuff

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Support Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work environment, good management. good benefits

    Cons

    crunch time feels a bit longer than usual on occasion

  5. Helpful (1)

    "The best place Ive worked in"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - HCM Consultant 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Management has great dedication to workers - Managers care about the workers - Great product

    Cons

    - Not that I can think of

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  6. Helpful (13)

    "Not what I thought it was"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Field Readiness in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workday full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company was freaking amazing, however, my team and placement wasn't. Had stocked food, a gym (at the HQ), fun festivals etc. It was like a carnival Friday

    Cons

    A high percentage of people that Work at workday are referred in, and I was a one off applicant. A LOT OF NEPOTISM. Perfectionistic team, that had no idea how to teach me something when I needed help and my manager was 26. She had lack of empathy, she couldn't understand me at an emotional level, and barley knew how to guide me and get me to know the ropes. When I was starting to 'underperform' due to my managers performance, tensions got really high and kept sinking to a low. They did not give me the choice to move to a different position. It's a shame for being branded as top performing company. Being an entrepreneur, it was hostile in terms of not being able to move from one are of the company to the other (at least to learn) when not in any meetings. The people who hired me (4 at a time), were not on my team when hired, which made the team dynamic intensely different. ******ATTN: If you are going to be a consultant, they made you take two tough exams that a lot of people fail. I was not aware of this IN MY INTERVIEW, and was told AFTER I WAS HIRED.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture and Positive Environment"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Sales in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workday full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Trusting and fun environment. Act as a team

    Cons

    Certain decision are made top down.

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  8. Helpful (15)

    "Amazing company. Horrible CSD department."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Sales Development in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workday full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great stock and Employee purchase program. Great break room with free coffee, soda, juice, tons of difference snacks, food in the fridge and free Einsteins bagels every single morning.

    Cons

    Things change drastically, way too often and once you’ve been able to get a grip on those changes, they change again. The Corporate Sales Development department in particular is forcing its way to becoming a call center. It is no longer prospect driven it is now activity driven. It doesn’t matter if you’re hitting, or in my case, exceeding your quarterly quota within the first month of it. If you are not meeting the leadership placed requirements of calls during their “Power hours” you will not be recognized or recommended to get promoted or change roles. They purposely hire young kids fresh out of college with no prior job experience and pay them a decent base pay plus commission so that they can mold the kids to their way. They want “yes” people who say yes to any changes even if they are terrible ones. The minute you speak your mind about how wrong pushing these changes on people is they start treating you differently, and the difference is VERY evident and even uncomfortable. They will praise the person with 100 dials a day and 30% of quota and use them as an example of what is expected while the person with 20 dials a day and 130% of quota gets told they “are not performing.” Its truly sad because as a company is truly an amazing company. I would recommend working at Workday in any other department but CSD. They dont accept people who have their own style and experience in sales development that works. You won’t be appreciated.

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  9. "Amazing company to invest one's career"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture. Employee is one of the core values. Amazing people management Fun place to work Snack program Fresh fruits on site Competitive compensation

    Cons

    proprietary programming language. very few cons

  10. "Great Company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time

    Pros

    Brilliant company culture, brilliant software, best place I have ever worked

    Cons

    hard to get a pay rise - its all in stock grants which take 4 years to vest

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