Workday

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Workday Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
155 Reviews
4.4
155 Reviews
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Workday CEO, Co-Founder & Chairman Aneel Bhusri
Aneel Bhusri
84 Ratings

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Pros
  • With that said, work life balance is respected (at least in the orgs I have experience with) (in 11 reviews)

  • Great product and technology - development team at corporate was a blast (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Benefits are the worst a Bay Area Tech company can ever offer (in 7 reviews)

  • Can sometimes work really long hours to finish up a project before the deadline (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 19 people found this helpful  

    Stay away if you are a smart technical person

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Workday full-time

    Pros

    Good culture, fun activities (a huge thank to employee programs team), work-life balance, strong CEO/founders

    Cons

    the company runs on technology written in 2000 even though its still "new" for HCM business. Irrespective of that if you are a smart technical person there are tons of reason why you should NOT join here unless you want to work for a government like job

    1. innovation is highly discouraged and you can not change anything in the architecture/code unless you are one of the very few who joined the company in the initial stages. You are highly encouraged to be part of status quo and do whatever they asked you to do in the way they asked you to do.

    2. EVERY decision has to be stamped by the few architects. If they don't understand it or don't wanna do it however compelling it is or how much of data you have to prove it, you can not do it.

    3. You will sometimes encounter situations where you come up with ideas and they get shot down or ignored. But later, in few weeks, when an old timer suggests the same thing, everybody applauds it and rush to do it.

    4. Unless you are part of one of the core teams, you will be working on their proprietary language which is about "clicking on sh*t" as they say it. It will make you a slave of the system and you won't learn anything. In fact, your value and your thinking abilities will go down drastically over time. You won't be able to use that experience in the future for your next job.

    5. A lot of leaders in groups are either unaware of or afraid of new technologies. They don't want to even experiment with those and prototype new concepts unless they are comfortable with it. Always think in terms of how its gonna make there work complicated.

    In general, they have an old system even they are sick of keeping. But none of them want to rock the boat too much since its gonna affect their stocks at the end. The founders are wonderful to talk to and listen to and talks about the importance of innovation. But sadly innovation is really discouraged as long as the old timers are around. They have gotten comfortable with keeping a patched system and failing system than taking risks to improve things with new blood.

    If you want to improve yourself in few years, not afraid of taking risk and do innovative things don't even think about joining here. But if you want to find a place to peacefully retire, come at 9am and leave at 5pm, this is an ideal place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I attended the core values presentation and it talks about how important the innovation is. But sadly its not the case inside the engineering organization. Innovation is highly discouraged and gets shot down immediately if its not coming from an old timer. Also, every thing has to be stamped by an architect and those guys are not ready to take risks, research on new architectures/concepts. The company growth in terms of technology is limited by those few people. If the things needs to be improved, then there should be an environment for the newcomers to take risks prove concepts and move those into production. For now, everything is blocked.

    Even as an HCM company HR seems to be broken internally. They schedule unrelated interviews for certain candidates with no coordination. Employee referrals are ignored. Some candidates are left in the dark during the recruitment process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 26 people found this helpful  

    The IPO Train is full steam ahead..Hang on tight, or you might get run over

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Workday

    Pros

    Next to Facebook, Workday's IPO is the most exciting in Silicon Valley. Cutting edge technology. The rate at which Workday can develop product is unbelievable, leaving our competition struggling to keep up. Vacation time was increased this year, and if the company hits its goals. Company meetings are fun, celebrities such as Captain Sully and Steve Young have attended in the past. We poke fun of our competition at the meetings,portraying SAP employees doing the goose step, and there is even art work of Larry Ellison being flushed a toilet at the company headquarters. Needless to say, product confidence is very high.

    Cons

    There is a lot of money at stake at Workday. Not only are the investments of our founders on the line, several millions of the famous Bay Area Tech funders and CEO's have there money wrapped up in Workday. As a result, things have tightened up. Salaries haven't been raised in years, and stock is being guarded tight. As it stands, the amount of work vs resources is stretched thin, and every overhead cost is scrutinized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look past 2012. The IPO is a very big milestone, however, building a sustainable company with good morale is of even greater importance. The IPO is going to make several people very happy and wealthy, but is that enough to retain talent and create a company for the future?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 16 people found this helpful  

    If you choose to work here, you are making a mistake!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Workday

    Pros

    Exceptional technology, helpful well intentioned but completely disempowered middle management.

    Cons

    -Senior Executive leadership dictatorial approach is formula for failure.
    -While claimed domain expertise is HR, HR systems are lacking, sub-par integration with benefit providers (I still get mail and email from benefit providers as if i work there!) and well below market benefits and compensation packages.
    -HR and legal team way over their heads
    -Middle management completely powerless and has no control over their domain.
    -Culture is not as described. It is long workdays for low pay and no loyalty in return

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck on your way to the scrap heap history with all the other companies with good technology, an outstanding founder who "let it get away" by entrusting the company to the wrong people. My advice is to make Sr. Leadership change NOW or all your great ideas will be for naught. Stretching the truth about customers and customer stories, about technology capabilities, about internal expertise only works for a while. Tell the truth! Practice what you preach regarding HR practices!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 17 people found this helpful  

    Work Here if You Crave Bad Management, No Career Path, and Low Salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Workday

    Pros

    The product and development environment are definitely cool, and customers seem happy. Lots of very nice, humble people who could be working somewhere where they'd be better appreciated. Also, it's close to BART and a very nice mall, but you probably can't afford to shop there. Close to 680, but traffic noise makes being outside fairly unpleasant.

    Cons

    Hierarchical and inflexible. Middle managers from PeopleSoft appear threatened by any staff member who has better ideas for productivity improvements. Low pay compared to other Bay Area tech companies seems to be a PeopleSoft tradition. Take it or leave it. Only a few people really seem to work very hard. This was one of the oddest and most unpleasant work experiences I've had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment in which people can honestly say if they're happy with their manager. Ask people if they have ideas that could help their team. Pay people competitively. Reward good ideas. Stop with the cult and herd mentality. You don't deserve most of the good people you have, and there are some real losers in your management ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 14 people found this helpful  

    Corporate snake pit if you are on the wrong side of the political animals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA

    I worked at Workday

    Pros

    Good potential for IPO, if you have the right manager it can be a great place to work

    Cons

    Toxic political environment, all the downsides of a large company crammed into a startup

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't pigeon hole people and learn to accept criticism freely

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Extremely poor European Management in the past

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Workday full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic fast paced company. Great technology and superior delivery. Talented sales individuals.

    Cons

    The European management has been a joke in the past. Previous head of EMEA and current CIO EMEA was/is a clown who network well upwards but are not well regarded by their peers locally. Brought in a blame/distrustful culture. Long standing employees who had served the company well but who did not "suck up " to these managers did not fare well. The head of EMEA referred to has left to be part of AsiaPac so hopefully improvements will follow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide the facility for anonymous reviews of management. You may learn a great deal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good Place to work if you like to be discriminated against

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Workday full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of good people (although most have left)
    Fairly good product

    Cons

    Senior Management is Machiavellian
    No upward growth
    "In crowd" atmosphere
    Innovation is discouraged
    If you get on the wrong side of Snr Management, you are put on "special project"
    IPO won't get their emps anything. C'mon guys, $250m raised in VC funding?! You will be left with a crap job and no upward mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too bad money can't buy you character and integrity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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