Workday

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Workday Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
17 Reviews
2.0
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Workday CEO, Co-Founder & Chairman Aneel Bhusri
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Review Highlights

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. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great product, great customers - not great financial opportunity for AEs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great product, great market opportunity and great customer satisfaction. Great time off policy and overall respect for employees and customers.

    Cons

    Compensation opportunities for AEs are not competitive with the overall market. Benefits are also below what other leading technology companies offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation and Benefits should be evaluated in order to retain and attract top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Look for hidden signals in interview, ok for entry level

    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Good location because i lived very close to the office. Safe walk from Bart.
    Some people were fantastic but mostly other newer employees.
    Certain parts of the company that really have the described culture.

    Cons

    Beware if management chain from Peoplesoft or the startup. Your manager may not know how to lead and manage, if that matters to you.
    The people from the startup years seem to exclude newer employees. The former Peoplesoft people also are their own clique. Its like the cool kids, the sort of cool kids, and everyone trying to be the cool kids. Other employees from my new hire group expressed this concern to me after hire. They described it like high school.
    Your manager may be very technically competent but an incompetent manager of people, promoted just because they were from startup. If experienced, be prepared to work with less experienced management.
    After a year some are looked down upon, still don't know anything. In some groups don't expect much training. You must figure out almost everything on your own.
    It get worse, not better, over time, so left company.
    Don't expect a clear career progression. Watch out for management that are their to protect themselves. This is a very me first culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experienced managers that know how to manage employees, and teach the leaders to delegate effectively to the managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 9 people found this helpful  

    "You're having fun now, OK??"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Workday as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great management; super approachable and helpful
    Fun events outside of the office
    The break room is really cool

    That's about it. If that's all you're looking for in your job, this is the place for you!

    Cons

    Rigid and awkward proprietary coding language. Forget any programming skills you have; they won't come in handy here. On that note, a dev job here probably isn't going to be helpful at all in future job searches.

    Awarded "Best Place To Work in the Bay Area," and this is shoved in your face on day 1, until you leave. Workday promotes itself on having a fun workplace, and you feel VERY pressured to express that same enthusiasm, even if you're not having a great time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your employers form their own opinion of the company, instead of telling them what to think.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    Very political company - if you're connected, great. If not....good luck.

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

    I worked at Workday

    Pros

    Great product and huge market momentum. Very strong position in the market and working on converting from legacy systems.

    Cons

    Extremely political leadership that takes care of the inside crew and doesn't care about the rest. The top makes all the money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 17 people found this helpful  

    All that glitters is not gold

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    - If you are the type who takes instructions and follows them without any space or time for creativity join this firm
    - If you also are the type who work better under inefficient leaders - Join this Company

    Cons

    - I agree with everyone else on this portal about Workday's Clicky culture - If you are in the in crowd you get away with almost anything.
    - There is no room for innovation or creativity, coz you are expected to follow procedure every single second of your time here. Creativity is for the higher ups, if you are in the low rung and want to be creative you are going to be shot down almost immediately.
    - The nickname - WorkDaynNight is very true. Hence no work life balance at all.
    - Don't expect your manager to help you figure out your career; strengths or weaknesses. She will have no interest or intention to contribute to your professional growth.
    - Benefits are the worst a Bay Area Tech company can ever offer.

    This is the part that is most frustrating - They do not like you moving around teams. They discourage that with all their might.

    ps: The key to success here is to suck up to HR; There is very little sense of confidentiality in that department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Post IPO phase for any company is tough -- tread carefully; compensate and appreciate employee; Review your benefits; don't try so hard to behave like a big firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 13 people found this helpful  

    Great place to get suckered into with empty promises

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Workday

    Pros

    Workday has generally a great product and innovative technology. They are on course to become market leaders in a very competitive space with room for growth and expansion. There are some good coworkers to be had with lots of industry and technology experience. Good place to grow your career and explore (especially for younger new grads).

    Cons

    Pay is horrifically below industry standards (especially for the Bay Area). Even being here for over a year, the promise of a pay raise is just a dream that's teased by upper management and HR (many people can attest and have left because of this). Even post-IPO, many people had hoped that pay raises and compensation normalization would come quickly, as of this writing, this has yet to come. Like many reviews here, unless you were here in the early days, you will not be cashing out a ton of money from the IPO.

    There are 'in' crowds and 'out' crowds, your experience here will vary by which crowd you get into.

    The 'best company in the bay area' claim is such a joke. The bagels (which you get sick of), free fruit (which only come 2x a week) do not offset the bad company benefits, lack of any other relevant 'extras', lack of bonuses, promotion, etc. The claims in that 'award' is a lie and is clearly a bribe from HR to boost applicant volume.

    If you're considering a career at Workday, proceed with caution and come in with very low expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop kidding yourselves and listen to employee's plights if you really do 'care'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Chasing the carrot of promised stock options with little current benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Great product and technology - development team at corporate was a blast.

    Cons

    Very micromanaged and cheap. Travel dollars are watched closely. Plan to stay in lower end hotels and book cheap flights.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 13 people found this helpful  

    Get ready hard work....no rewards

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    If you are an intern you get perks. If you are sales you get commissions. Bagels and fruit. Games and pool in building.

    Cons

    Average/below market pay can only take your company so far. Unless you were in at the beginning, the iPo is not going to make you rich.

    You will work extremely hard for little gratitude. Be ready to be your own cheerleader as no one else in the company will be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the bagels, offer better pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 11 people found this helpful  

    Exciting, fast growing organization which will be very successful

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

    I have been working at Workday

    Pros

    Great core values
    Company is striving to be the best
    Leader in technology innovation
    The software helps our customers save time and money
    Top executives truly care about employees
    IPO

    Cons

    Interview process focuses on next steps after CSD, this rarely occurs
    Marketing takes all the credit for pipeline development which is very inaccurate
    Hit your goals quick or you're gone
    No true career path into outside sales
    "Fun" place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Workday is a talent management solution which allows top performers to excel in the organization. Maybe Workday should start using our own software to manage the sales group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 23 people found this helpful  

    Fun work atmosphere, but no intellectual stimulation

    • 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

    - Great people
    - Company really cares about their employee's happiness (halloween events, bring your dog to work, etc)/ Fun work atmosphere

    Cons

    - Not very challenging work
    - Discourages mobility within the company
    - "In crowd" vs. "out crowd" (out crowd is shunned)
    - They push you to vote for them to be one of the best companies in the bay area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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