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Workday Overview

Pleasanton, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public (WDAY)
Computer Hardware & Software
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2016 (#35), 2013 (#19)

Top CEOs: 2016 (#32), 2018 (#97)

Company Updates


    Celebrating Champions of Innovation in Healthcare - Workday Blog

    As the healthcare industry continues to shift, providers face new challenges and opportunities. With changing regulations, modifications to reimbursement processes, and increases in patient volume and expectations of care, effective use of technology becomes increasingly more important. This week, Workday is once again participating in the HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition, the leading health information and technology conference in the U.S.


    Workday CFO: How Businesses Can Plan for Uncertainty - Workday Blog

    In 2019, businesses can plan on one certainty: uncertainty. The global landscape is changing faster than ever, impacted by escalating trade conflicts, political unrest, ongoing policy and regulatory changes, and shifting economic forecasts. With so many unknowns on the horizon, it can be very challenging for organizations to plan ahead.

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Workday – Why Work For Us?

The enterprise cloud for finance and HR.

In 2005, Aneel Bhusri and Dave Duffield decided to build a company that would revolutionize the enterprise software market. The result is Workday. Our enterprise cloud applications for finance and HR are disrupting the global software industry, with organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises selecting Workday.

But that's only part of the story.

At Workday, people come first.

Since day one, our founders understood that a strong corporate culture would serve as the foundation for the company’s success. To do this meant fostering an employee-first culture where people are valued, heard, inspired, encouraged to bring their full selves to work, and—most importantly—committed to customer satisfaction.

"Our culture empowers our employees to achieve their organizational objectives, give their personal best, and work together as a team—ultimately defining who we are as a company and the customer experience we provide." - Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and CEO, Workday

The culture cultivated by our employees enables Workday to be recognized around the world as a great place to work. For example, Workday was ranked #18 on Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For list in 2017, #15 on LinkedIn’s Top Companies list in 2017, and #1 on Great Place to Work’s Best Workplace in Ireland list in 2017.

You’re not just at work — You’re at Workday. 

Our core values give us a framework for leadership and help us to enjoy our time at work. They drive our daily decisions, identify our focus areas, and inspire our company’s culture.

The following core values and beliefs define what's important to us at Workday:


Most fundamentally, people are the core of our business. Without them, we would not have a business.

Customer Service

Every investment and decision we make has our customers in mind, and we pull out all the stops to make the satisfaction of our customers paramount.


We aim for innovation not only in our development organization but also in the way we approach all aspects of our business.


We say what we mean, and mean what we say. We stick to our commitments, treat everyone equitably, and communicate openly and honestly.


We work hard and play hard, investing in community and company events that help our employees and their families feel a connection to Workday beyond business as usual.


Profitability is what enables us to give our employees and customers the best productivity tools, solutions, and services, so it's hugely important to us.

Workday was founded with the intention of putting customers at the center of enterprise software. Today, as a leading provider of cloud applications for finance and HR with more than 1,500 customers, we still deliver on that idea every day.

At Workday, people truly believe in what they’re doing. Our Development, Engineering, and Product teams drive the design and creation of our applications. They foster collaboration, welcome original ideas, explore new tools, and strive for excellence.

Happy employees = Happy customers.

Our leadership team recognizes the direct connection between our game-changing applications and happy employees who, in turn, make our customers happy. Our true cloud technology, great company culture, and excellent work-life balance are just a few of the reasons Workday is ranked #5 on Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Technology list.

The Power of One.

Workday is designed based on a concept called “the Power of One.” This model was created to empower us all in ways that weren’t possible in the legacy software industry. Additionally, it describes several unique advantages:

  • One version. Every Workday customer is always on the latest version of our software, with no disruptive upgrades, allowing for faster innovation and less risk.
  • One experience. An intuitive and informative experience across mobile, tablet, and desktop devices makes for an engaged workforce.
  • One architecture. Workday stays up-to-date with the latest technology trends and innovations in the industry without sacrificing availability or performance.
  • One source of truth. A single system for finance, HR, and analytics that provides total visibility and a way to act on it.
  • One security model. A single, continually updated, and flexible model that spans processes, data, and devices.
  • One community. A community of highly collaborative customers and an actively engaged product team that help us innovate for the future of enterprise software.

We are looking for people who want to push the boundaries of design, security, and development in:

Technology Development | Applications Development | Cloud Operations | Quality Assurance | Product Management | Security | Mobile and Web Development | User Experience Design | IT

Workday is committed to the health and well-being of our employees. That’s why we provide choice and flexibility in a comprehensive benefits program.

Health benefits.

We offer a variety of localized health insurance plans and options to meet the needs of our employees.   And Workday pays a high portion of the overall premiums for:

  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Savings and financial benefits.

Everyone is an owner at Workday. All employees have the opportunity to buy Workday stock at a discount through our Employee Stock Purchase Program. We also offer retirement savings plans based on regional practices around the world. These include localized pre-tax benefits such as:

  • Commuter programs
  • Health plans
  • Dependent-care spending accounts
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Savings accounts


The Workday Wellness Program dedicates resources to help employees be healthy and productive at work. While offerings vary by location, they can include:

  • Ongoing health assessments
  • Healthy breakfast, drink, and snack options
  • Fitness program and discounted club memberships
  • Sponsorship of community runs
  • Bike to Workday
  • Annual flu shots
  • Monthly chair massages
  • Hair salon
  • Dry cleaning
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Banking

The local and global causes that are important to our employees are important to Workday. Supporting community efforts that our employees care about helps create a healthy workplace, happy customers, and a better world.

Workday Foundation impact grants.

The Workday Foundation aims to transform lives by creating career pathways that unleash human potential. We invest in organizations that use innovative solutions to break the cycle of poverty by creating lasting economic security through meaningful employment. Workday grants involve significant financial investments, potential multi-year commitments, employee involvement, and tight collaboration with grantees.

Giving & Doing.

Workday employees around the globe run, walk, ride, paddle, mentor, advise, feed, read, develop technology, serve on boards, and even grow mustaches for their favorite causes. Our Giving & Doing program enables employees to do more for the causes they care about most.

To further encourage philanthropy, Workday matches employees’ charitable donations to qualified organizations up to $1,000 per year. Through our Team Grant program, employees are encouraged to volunteer in groups of five or more and receive a grant for up to $5,000 for their charity partner.


Workday’s Sustainability program supports the company’s commitment to operate in an environmentally responsible manner. Our focus areas are reducing Workday’s carbon footprint and increasing our investments in renewable energy. Workday is powered by 100% renewable energy, and to continue this support, we made two major public commitments in 2016: to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2021 and to continue to use 100% renewable energy.

Additionally, Workday has more than 15 Green Teams, which are internal groups dedicated to implementing more sustainable solutions in our everyday operations. Our Green Teams support green initiatives throughout our offices, including composting, reducing energy from our data centers, recycling end-of-life equipment, and creating general awareness of our environmental footprint in every location.

Workday believes that employee diversity fuels innovation, and creates a broader connection to the world. Through the company’s Belonging & Diversity program, Workday focuses on creating a workplace environment where employees are able to bring their full selves to work, and offer their unguarded perspectives and ideas in an inviting place.

As a result of our Belonging & Diversity initiatives, we have and continue to be recognized around the world as a great place to work for diversity. For example, we are ranked #12 on Fortune’s Best Workplaces for Diversity list and #24 on Fortune’s Best Workplaces for Women list.

At Workday, we:

  • have 100+ partnerships with organizations dedicated to diversity and inclusion
  • support internal and industry events that connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • embed equal pay efforts into broader enterprise-wide equity initiatives based on our commitment to the White House Equal Pay Pledge
  • provide the same benefits to all married employees
  • offer paid parental leave for all new parents

Employee Belonging Councils.

As part of our Belonging & Diversity initiatives, we also recognize the importance of involving our employees to strengthen our culture and the impact we make on the world. Through Workday’s Employee Belonging Councils (EBCs), which are internal employee groups that come together over a shared characteristic or experience, we aim to provide resources that are aligned with Workday’s mission, values, goals, and business objectives.

Career Accelerator Program.

Workday supports veterans as they transition from military to civilian careers through our Career Accelerator Program (CAP). This program is aimed to break barriers that military veterans tend to face with employment in the private sector. By providing veterans with the experience to transition into tech careers, they join their fresh perspectives with our company’s culture.

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  • ""Great" place to work is an understatement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
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    I have been working at Workday full-time (Less than a year)


    I would say the best part about Workday is the culture and the people. Although it has only been a few months since I started working here, I have already experienced a lot of fun moments with my Workmates and a few accomplishments as the cherry on top. Fun is always encouraged, there is no micromanagement and I personally was given complete freedom and control over my work, projects and tasks. Great opportunities for career progression, training for software and tools and mentorship programs. When I share my experiences with friends and peers in the tech industry they can even get jealous at times.


    Like any company growing at this speed, change is constantly happening. I personally like it, so not really a con for me but it could be a con for some people depending on their character.

    I would've loved if the cloud cafe was fully subsidized but not really that important of a detail.

    No other cons come to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Do not let anything change the culture of the company. I love every moment at Workday and my Workmates!

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Workday Photos

Workday photo of: At Workday, work-life balance is very important to us. We want to make sure your family feels like part of Workday.
Workday photo of: Our Marketing team volunteers with Open Heart Kitchen, writing 300 holiday cards and packing 300 bags of food for those in need. Great work team!
Workday photo of: It's Halloween at Workday and our offices are transformed!
Workday photo of: It's Halloween at Workday and our offices are transformed!
Workday photo of: It's Halloween at Workday and our offices are transformed!
Workday photo of: Embracing fun and challenge in and out of the office, these gutsy Generation Workday employees skydived together from 13,000 feet.
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Workday Interviews



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    Software Applications Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Workday (Pleasanton, CA) in September 2016.


    Stopped at their booth at my university's career fair and attended their info session. Was signed up for an on-campus interview. Interviewer jumped straight into UML modelling. Struggled a bit with the process as it is much broader than your typical programming questions, but my interviewer (now future manager) guided me. I made sure to communicate my thought process. He ended the interview by asking me if I had any questions.

    I was invited to the final round interview in Pleasanton a day later. The experience on-site was great! It was well-organized and made me fall in love with the company and location. I had 5 back-to-back interviews for a total of 3 hours. 4 were behavioral and got a bit repetitive but seemed to have their own purpose: 1 was about their GW program (a development program for college grads), 1 seemed focused on discussing my resume and experience, 1 seemed to gauge my culture fit, and I can't quite remember the last one. A lot of questions did overlap. The tech test was UML modelling on a white board and designed to test your thought process and OOP intuition as the interviewers expanded more and more on the problem until it actually became quite difficult. Talk through your thought process; they aren't expecting a perfect answer. I think this test is a smart way of gauging how you dealt with pressure and practical business problems versus asking you to regurgitate lines of code on how to flip a string or traverse a linked list.

    I got a pretty generous offer a few days later. Mulled it over for the 3 weeks I was allotted and turned over some pretty big companies to accept it.

    Great interview experience overall. I felt engaged and felt the interview was a two-way process. The recruiters were always responsive and friendly.

    Interview Questions

    • A ton of behavioral questions; some resume/experience questions, some culture fit. Be prepared for UML modelling and implementing/explaining fundamental OOP concepts.   1 Answer
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Workday Awards & Accolades

  • The 50 Best Workplaces for Parents, Fortune, 2017
  • 100 Best Workplaces for Women, Fortune, 2017
  • 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity, Fortune, 2017
  • The 40 Best Workplaces in Technology, Fortune, 2018
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2018
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Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

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