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Workday Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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  • Demands on work life balance can often times create a challenge (in 11 reviews)

  • No free meals like other companies in the Bay Area (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (27)

    "Great company, bad department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Sales Development in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate Sales Development in Pleasanton, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Workday is a great company, has a phenomenal product, and is for the most part very well managed. It also has very good values that it tries to embody in every aspect of their business and how they treat employees

    Cons

    The values I just mentioned don't seem to be equally carried out in every department.
    The inside sales department is run in a fashion that doesn't represent the values the owners work so hard at implementing, which is a shame.
    Also, there seems to be rampant nepotism going on.


  2. Helpful (18)

    "Good break after graduating from UC Berkeley"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back attitude, allowed to work from home sometimes, good work-life balance are all great parts of working at Workday. Also, the company is successful and generally people are upbeat. Also nobody gets fired here. So considering the company outlook, this is a great place to work if your priority is job security and low stress.

    Cons

    Limited exposure to widely used frameworks and development tools--this is especially true for Application Developers. On the Tools team you get more exposure, but it's mostly just Java and a little bit of XML processing. The problem is a "Not Invented Here" attitude, that results in more work for you and fewer employable skills to gain. A little too much company kool-aid; sometimes the hype gets to me. Not all managers are top notch (they get fired more rarely than employees) and some are just plain ineffective and annoying (but most of them were at least developers at some point). Also pay is low.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees enough work to feel like they are productive. Don't be a nervous nanny, nobody likes a micro-manager (a little bit of an epidemic here). Treat your employees like adults, not kids.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Fast paced exciting company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Successful company
    Good product and happy customers
    Work hard; play hard

    Cons

    Everyone seems to work very long hours and you need to be OK with this to be successful
    Corporate culture and values doesn't always translate to the actual work environment

    Advice to Management

    Keep your people happy and you will keep your customers happy


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mgr"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This is a great place to work

    Cons

    does not pay that well


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Opportunity if you are in the "in" crowd"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is growing fast and gaining market share. Good ride while the other ERP companies struggle to get in the cloud.

    Cons

    Very cliquey, and if you are not Peoplesoft alumni, your career options are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and utilize experience of employees who have other than Peoplesoft backgrounds. Give the over 30 yo new hires as warm a welcome as the new college graduate kids.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Somewhat disillusioned"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SaaS technology definitely represents the next wave in Enterprise Administrative systems.

    Cons

    Lots of former PeopleSoft employees in the ranks. Lots of Bureaucracy for a small organization.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "was amazing, turning bureaucratic in a hurry..."

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

    Pros

    great product, solid top (as in C-level) leadership, ethical

    Cons

    way too political for a company of its age and stage.

    Advice to Management

    develop and promote based on performance and talent v. personal relationships and preferences. stop making talent decisions based on second, third hand perceptions. practice what you sell...top flight HCM.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Fun place to work, but management could use training"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Open to working from home and there are lots of employees who work remotely from home offices 100% of the time.
    Lots of employee "perks" and and fun contests.
    Promote healthy lifestyle with health club discounts, brown bag seminars etc…
    Product is great and getting even better.

    Cons

    1st/2nd level managers are still doing an individual contributor jobs and thus aren't effective leaders or communicators
    A lot of managers seem to be people who have just "been there a long time" not necessarily people who are true leaders. Manager Leadership training would be a huge help here.
    Career path isn't obvious nor discussed.
    PTO lags behind other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Offer training to your managers so they are more skilled at leading effectively.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Pretty Good"

    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Generation Workday program does a good job of bringing in top talent and grooming them to be the future faces of the company. For what I do at the company, I found the pay to be great, coming out of school. The company is growing, so they are adding benefits all the time. Nice free gym membership.

    Cons

    In certain roles, you can be stretched thin a times. Workday emphasizes fun and friendship as being important to the overall culture, but It can be more attainable to some than others.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your employees and paving the way for great enterprise SaaS!


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Leading ERP product, divisive Leadership"

    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

    Pros

    Best HR product on the market bar-none, excellent talent and hard working employees

    Cons

    2 CEO's with opposite management styles has created a divisive leadership team.

    Advice to Management

    Increase focus on Management training and improve hiring profiles across key areas


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