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Workday Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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4.1 125 reviews

97% Approve of the CEO

Workday CEO, Co-Founder & Chairman Aneel Bhusri

Aneel Bhusri

(61 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • My work-life balance is respected by both my peers and management (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people and a really great company (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours but this is understandable given company's stage of growth (in 6 reviews)

  • They push you to vote for them to be one of the best companies in the bay area (in 5 reviews)

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely poor European Management in the past

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementProvide the facility for anonymous reviews of management. You may learn a great deal.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    25 people found this helpful  

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

    Applications Developer (Current Employee) Pleasanton, CA

    ProsNext 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementLook 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?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    16 people found this helpful  

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Pleasanton, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsHierarchical 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 Senior ManagementCreate 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsCulture is ok but needs improvement

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, poor European management.

    Account Executive (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

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

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementDo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    11 people found this helpful  

    Great place to get suckered into with empty promises

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorkday 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).

    ConsPay 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 Senior ManagementStop kidding yourselves and listen to employee's plights if you really do 'care'

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    11 people found this helpful  

    Exciting, fast growing organization which will be very successful

    Corporate Sales Development (Current Employee) Pleasanton, CA

    ProsGreat 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

    ConsInterview 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 Senior ManagementWorkday 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    21 people found this helpful  

    Would have been better if I was ex PeopleSoft

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsNepotism 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 Senior ManagementPractice 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?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    amazing, but...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proshugely 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.

    Consthe 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 Senior Managementput 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.

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    13 people found this helpful  

    Don't work there unless you worked at PeopleSoft and/or don't have a life.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Pleasanton, CA

    ProsThe company is definitely in high-gear mode and I think it will be tremendously successful, if they can ramp up hiring and continue to execute well. The technology base is good, with caveats noted below.

    ConsThe pace is relentless and the work not particularly interesting. Very political, and very much "The Ex-PeopleSoft We Hate Larry" club. The toolset is completely proprietary, and there is explicit lack of investment in the application development environment. Unfortunately, the mindset is "work harder, not smarter" and number of hours in the office (and nights and weekends) are an important metric for success.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTop management is excellent -- I really do think that Dave and Aneel walk on water -- but middle management is poor. Need to reward creativity, not just drone-like groupthink. Good luck hiring/retaining once the economy turns around.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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