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Workday Applications Developer Reviews

Updated Dec 21, 2019

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  1. "Workday is Actually Corporate Heaven"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workday full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, great salary, nice people, lots of upward mobility. Good job security. Supportive culture. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    The corporate feel is real. Not my thing.

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    Workday2019-12-21
  2. Helpful (20)

    "Don’t fall for working in Xpresso"

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    Former Employee - Software Applications Developer in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workday full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance, some good peers, bagels

    Cons

    Lower salary then most Terrible manager You don’t get experience in a real language It is really hard to find a job after Workday, don’t let them sell you a bill of goods

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    Workday2019-07-16
  3. "Great internship"

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    Former Intern - Applications Developer in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workday for less than a year

    Pros

    Great culture, fun people, top notch product

    Cons

    Proprietary tech stack is career limiting

    Workday2019-05-10
  4. Helpful (7)

    "Has it's ups and downs"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workday full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Mostly great coworkers -Good location, as it's opposite traffic both ways.

    Cons

    -Salary based income, so be prepared to work more than 8 hours a day. -In house programming language doesn't promote career growth outside of company.

    Workday2019-04-12
  5. Helpful (29)

    "Don't make the same mistake I did"

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good culture, fun co-workers - Great work life balance - Stock is doing well, good ESPP plan, stock refreshers - Generation Workday new grad program is a good way to make friends

    Cons

    Workday’s App dev teams are the product engineering teams and they build the app using a propriety GUI-based language called Xpresso. The tools teams work on infrastructure and they use traditional programming languages like java and scala. This review is about app dev only. Hate to say it but working in Xpresso is a very bad career move for engineers coming straight out of college. Unless you are proactive and work on side projects or continue to learn in your free time, you will forget your traditional coding skills. You will also not be exposed to industry-standard practices and tools by working in a proprietary stack. If you ever decide to leave, you'll likely struggle to find a traditional coding job. Workday probably has good retention rates for app devs not because app devs don't want to leave, but because they can't leave. They tell you that you’ll still learn high-level concepts like design and OOP but I don’t think it’s enough to make you a competent engineer. They also tell you that you can eventually transfer to a tools team, but it seems like you have to spend several years doing app dev first before you can switch. Also, I think the salary for app devs is below industry average.

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    Workday2018-10-24
  6. Helpful (11)

    "No innovation and empowerment"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Workday full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relaxed work/life balance Good culture Easy commute

    Cons

    Proprietary technology Lots of dependencies with teams Constrained by XO Lots of mid level management

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    Workday2017-10-31
  7. Helpful (27)

    "Career Killer for Application Development"

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Generally great and friendly people - Company cares about the happiness of employees

    Cons

    -Xpresso is the death of a career. Some internal initiatives are evidence to how unsuccessful Xpresso is and efforts to "revitalize" the language. Application developers hate it and other engineers openly mock the language that developers have to use. - Underpaid. Even after "market adjustments," application developers are underpaid compared to the industry standard. If you're going to make developers learn a new language and trap them to a poorly built construct, at least compensate them appropriately in return. - There's no concept of exploring new technologies as an application developer. Sure you can learn new technologies within Workday, but again they're all Workday specific that are not transferrable in any way. Workday only makes developers better for Workday, not in general.

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    Workday2017-05-17
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good company with nice people"

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    Applications Developer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Workday

    Pros

    People here are nice to work with

    Cons

    sometimes it gets confused with lots of info

    Workday2016-10-25
  9. Helpful (35)

    "Good place if you don't care about your future"

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    Associate Applications Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Workday

    Pros

    "culture" at an inconvenient location: pleasanton

    Cons

    learn their language and be stuck here forever become friends with your manager or stay associate forever run jump ship

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    Workday2016-04-29
  10. Helpful (36)

    "nepotism....."

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Workday full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Worklife balance. Spend $$ on employee events.

    Cons

    Everyone that i worked with was either related or a former colleague of management. Didn't seem that the most qualified person was hired, just the more people you knew at Workday, the more likely you were to get hired/promoted. There is no career path for the few that are hired on as worker bees. The company tries hard to maintains it's image as a "great place to work".

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    Workday2016-03-15
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