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Updated April 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Relaxed people, very good work-life balance (in 64 reviews)

  • Great culture & transparency from executives (in 40 reviews)

Cons
  • Demands on work life balance can often times create a challenge (in 12 reviews)

  • No free meals like other companies in the Bay Area (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Good social culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate QA Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Associate QA Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    - Good work-life balance. Everyone's really chill and carefree. I'm supposedly on a hardcore team, but it's not so bad.
    - Unlimited PTO (with manager discretion). People typically take ~20 days of PTO a year
    - No company is free of politics, but it's not too bad here.

    Cons

    - No technical growth for QA engineers.
    - Very little growth for Software Devs - a lot of proprietary tools and languages.
    - Low challenges.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Sr. Integration Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance and one of the top silicon valley company to work with.

    Cons

    Promotions and hiring is almost becoming depends on manager instead of deserving candidates. This will ultimately make employees leave the company.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire dynamic management from market revolutionary companies instead we are getting people from old school companies who worked entire life in same companies this doesn't help workday to save its culture from being ruined.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Company Culture is great, but challenging Work-Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company culture is strong and clearly important to Senior Leadership and that flows down thru management. The management style is collaborative and as a result, the politics of many companies this size doesn't seem to be as prevalent at Workday.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not as easy as it should be. While no one is saying you must stay late or work into the evenings / weekends when home, the company is growing so fast and hiring isn't keeping pace. To get the job done - it often means long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with the open communication and focusing on keeping the company culture! But also keep employee retention in mind as business decisions are made - the learning curve is long for developers and many of the young ones seem to be on the fence about how long they are going to stay.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Great team dynamic, lower than market pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the fun and culture of the company. Supportive team members and cross team collaboration makes getting things done easier. Management focuses on career development and is supportive of lateral moves.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive, no annual raise for inflation, stock is given out instead of pay increases. Poor performance doesn't mean that employees will get cut, not a very competitive environment.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring the best talent, and paying them more, vs hiring too many people that aren't the most qualified.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Software Development Engineer - One Of OMS CORE, API, GRID, CLOUD, DATA, QUERY, BDA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work is challenging and exciting.
    Colleagues are intelligent and friendly.
    Managers are very capable and technically strong.
    Perks are good like fruits, bagels, snacks etc.
    Very positive environment.
    Workday is amazing company cares for employees.

    Cons

    One star is missing for one reason but it is very important to address. Pay is way below market, stock based compensation is not enough to cover the pay shortage.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is that please please work on the compensation, many are frustrated without hikes for many years. There are lot of talented people thinking of moving out of workday and even complaining that they get paid less than apps teams. I understand cost cutting not at the extent of losing dedicated talented and smart people.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great culture that is struggling to keep up with scale"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workday full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best people I've ever worked with, in terms of technical skill, management and leadership prowess, and just as human beings. Senior management is extremely motivated and taking steps to maintain and nurture the great culture that Workday was founded on, as well as the high-efficiency startup feel.

    Cons

    Newer managers (either first-time or new to Workday) don't always fit the culture and can become toxic to the environment if not identified early.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on culture and development efficiency, and promote/showcase those who embody the culture and mindset that Workday was founded on -- our people are #1.


  8. "Employee friendly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Greats perks
    Startup like environment
    Diversity
    Employee friendly

    Cons

    Technology used for the application developer is not going to help to market you in some year down the line as it is not used any where else.

    Advice to Management

    Application developer should be given some of the technology related training apart from the one used in the development so that they can contribute in different ways to company


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Recruitment process"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Workday has great people. It has become a refuge for ex-Oracle and ex-Amazon employees, where employee abuse is rampant. In contrast to these companies, employees are treated very fairly, unlimited PTO is real (if used wisely and you get your work done). The company is doing very well with HCM, almost all tech companies are using Workday.

    Cons

    Other products (such as Financials) are not doing as well as HCM. It's not like they are failing, but there is much more to be achieved, and we will see if the gamble will pay off.

    When it comes to recruiting for engineers, the hiring bar is wildly inconsistent. I know some crazy talented people who got rejected first round, and then some mediocre people who breezed their way in. This is unacceptable if we want to grow the company in a healthy way. There are some crazy great engineers here, who are balanced out by mediocre talent.

    Like everyone else has said, pay is below the market. This can be fixed if we stop hiring masses, and choose engineers more selectively.

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to standardize the hiring process, so that we can hire the best. It's better to have 5 engineers who know what they are doing, rather than 10 engineers who sort of know what they are doing.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Great People, Mediocre Technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Applications Engineer III in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Software Applications Engineer III in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - I love the people and culture of the team I'm on.
    - You can tell that Workday is making efforts and strides to make employees happy.

    Cons

    - As an application developer, the novelty of the proprietary language wears off quickly. Those more experienced (read as: more than a year) have quickly realized it's limitations. There are initiatives to relieve the pains of using the language, but I fear it may be too little too late.
    - Compensation is also below market average

    Advice to Management

    Give application developers a reason to stay. If you're going to force us to use a proprietary language, at least make it worthwhile by incentivizing developers via other means.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Good for now, but talent pool is diluting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time

    Pros

    There are some smart engineers who are passionate about the project. The product is more modern than competitors, so the company is in a very good place to expand. Culture and values are decent as a whole.

    Cons

    The talent pool is diluting as the company is trying to expand and hire as quickly as possible. Nepotism is rampant...family members on other family member's teams, alumni going to their respective schools and recruiting mediocre people because they like them, or they know them...it seems like nobody is kept accountable for the new hires.
    this company is truly on the path of becoming Oracle if there is no change...PLEASE look at all other companies who have expanded correctly...Google implemented hiring committees to stop this nepotism from ruining their talent, and look at where they are..their name still has that prestige, people know they are a good company, and that they make great products.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring just to fill spots, and hire for the long run instead of the short run. When the talent pool dilutes, the technical debt piles up, and the company will die.



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