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Updated March 26, 2017
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  • 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (12)

    "Great company culture and top-notch engineers"

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

    I have been working at Workday full-time

    Pros

    If anything, Workday is great at three things - having fun, rewarding talent, and creating a great product. The engineering staff is brilliant and great ideas are rewarded and embraced by management. The engineering culture is 'no divas, no cowboys' and this encourages teams to cultivate growth in new members as opposed to isolating them in the shadow of senior team members. Workday engineers are less concerned with job titles and more concerned about collaborating to create a stellar product which we can all truly believe in.

    Cons

    As is the case with cloud computing, there are a lot of moving parts which make up the Workday product, and many of them are Workday proprietary. So, if you do not like to learn new things, this might not be the job for you. But if you love being on the cutting edge of tech and enjoy new challenges, then you will thrive.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a stellar job - they take team building seriously and they have very stringent hiring processes which ensure that we only hire the best.

    Workday Response

    Oct 31, 2016 – Workday Representative

    Thanks for your review!


  2. Helpful (26)

    "Corporate snake pit if you are on the wrong side of the political animals"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA

    Pros

    Good potential for IPO, if you have the right manager it can be a great place to work

    Cons

    Toxic political environment, all the downsides of a large company crammed into a startup

    Advice to Management

    Don't pigeon hole people and learn to accept criticism freely


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Professional, hard-working environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Workday's SaaS-based software is innovative and is gaining customers in human resources and financial management markets. Employees are very positive about the company and the customers. The environment is usually collegial and cooperative. A professional atmosphere is emphasized.

    Cons

    Many employees started working together at Peoplesoft (now Oracle) and it is difficult to have the same rapport if you don't have that background. There is an emphasis on having experience with human resources and financial management markets even if that isn't your primary job.

    Advice to Management

    Management should seek to value diversity in terms of employee background. It would be nice to see a greater variety of experiences.


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  5. Helpful (19)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Top 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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Best Place to Work in the Bay Area"

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

    Pros

    Dedicated to core values
    Respect from colleagues and management across the board
    Enjoyable vibe
    Exciting time for change in industry
    Innovative technology

    Cons

    Any workday can be a high pressure one.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to core values and customers.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work if you think CRM is exciting."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual Atmosphere
    They pay very well even to the lower positions
    Successful Company

    Cons

    Boring service, I didn't feel excited to help the company grow.

    Advice to Management

    Give more appreciation and reviews of their workers.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Workday is the best place to work!"

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of room for career advancement and development
    Very strong leadership
    Recognition/Reward based on performance
    Surrounded by talented people
    A fun place to work with pool tournaments, wine tasting, and Friday get-togethers
    Innovative, leading edge technology
    Forward thinking company

    Cons

    While Workday can be "clique-y" if you're not an ex-PeopleSofter you can still get ahead in the company. I never worked at PeopleSoft, but have worked smart & hard at Workday and have been rewarded with promotions and the training I need to help make my career successful. They are investing and "taking a chance on me" and I am putting in all my effort to make it pay off.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the momentum! Workday will be enormously successful.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Workday is on fire! This is one fast moving, fast growing, great company."

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

    Pros

    If you like fast paced...and I mean, fast paced, hungry, passionate places to work - Workday is it. With extreme success so far, this company is going places. The people are great, management is driven and experienced, and opportunities abound.

    Cons

    Lots to do in little time, so the work load and expectations are high, but huge opportunities should come out of it.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused and always remember honest communication is key.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Start-up company to work for"

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

    Pros

    Communication is free and open between different teams, which is comparable to the rest of the software industry. It's a very tight knit company despite its growing size. Has free bagels and coffee every morning. flexible work time.

    Cons

    Pay is relatively average.
    It's hard to advance within the company.
    Company location is not in the city.
    Innovation is treated with care, but it's necessary because it's offered as a service

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great job, you have developed a sustainable company culture, as you establish workday as a reputable company, i think it's necessary to recruit more young people


  11. Helpful (31)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Hierarchical 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 Management

    Create 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.



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