Workday Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
142 Reviews
4.3
142 Reviews
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Workday CEO, Co-Founder & Chairman Aneel Bhusri
Aneel Bhusri
75 Ratings

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Pros
  • work-life balance is great, they give you reimbursements for fitness so they want you to go work out (in 9 reviews)

  • Great product, well-managed at the higher levels, expanding, very positive and flexible work environment (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Benefits are the worst a Bay Area Tech company can ever offer (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. 10 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely poor European Management in the past

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    • 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
  3. 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
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    On and OFF place to work. No empowerment to senior employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Workday full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Culture is ok but needs improvement

    Cons

    New management, hire comes in and ruins morale...you are never valued and always replaceable. That is the mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees that have been around. They know what's best for the company not some new hot shot executive. Action on submitted complaints.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, poor European management.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Workday full-time

    Pros

    Excellent market leading product.
    Collaborative environment.
    Very satisfied customers.

    Cons

    Very few people in Europe meet their targets.
    Unsupportive management.
    European management team lack autonomy
    Cliquey environment - most people have an Peoplesoft/Oracle/SAP connection.
    Creative thinking is discouraged, except amongst the 'inner circle.'
    The company is referred to internally as 'Workday and night' for good reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not over recruit, it is better to have a few people who have the opportunity to overachieve and are successful than a larger group who feel unable to do their targets and who become disgruntled.
    Allow the European managers greater autonomy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 11 people found this helpful  

    Great place to get suckered into with empty promises

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9. 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
  10. 21 people found this helpful  

    Would have been better if I was ex PeopleSoft

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

    I have been working at Workday

    Pros

    Great product. Company soley focused on going public and anything that gets in the way gets chopped.

    Cons

    Nepotism reigns supreme here as it is a family run company. I have never seen such classlessness in the firing of some employees for no reason aka wrongful terminations. Management would look at this as just a means of growing the company. There are some Directors/Managers that are toxic to the org's culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Your slogan to customers is invest in your people buy WD have better access to talent/decision making/etc. But you don't do this internally? Why not?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    amazing, but...

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

    I have been working at Workday

    Pros

    hugely talented team, lots of opportunities for creative and sometimes groundbreaking work. across the board, people are great to work with and there are minimal politics between individuals or teams.

    Cons

    the team is generally overworked and underpaid relative to competitive opportunities. the hard work is good, and the teamwork is good, but there's often just too much of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    put a bit more focus on investing in the employee base rather than just building the next big company. it would be great to see more investment in individual and team development, rather than just company and product.

    No opinion of CEO

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