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Updated February 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Friendly atmosphere and work-life balance (in 58 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 (20)

    "Join Workday at your own peril, all that glitters is not gold..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Cool and modern looking UI
    2) HCM product sells itself, not so sure of the other products especially Financials.
    3) Free snacks; but come-on how much snacks can you eat?
    4) Great Halloween party

    Cons

    1) Level of politics in a company of this small size is simply unbelievable especially in the product side. Most of the old timers who architected and designed the products and brought the company to the level it is currently at, have left the company. This is a playground of extreme politics and blatant favoritism.

    2) Success came too easy for Workday since SAP & Oracle apps sucked big time with the general trend to the cloud. This easy success has caused many of the management folks here at WD to get really arrogant and play extreme, petty politics. The fact that there are far too many middle-aged white women in management positions across the company, helps in increasing the degree of workplace politics.

    3) In an attempt to grow fast, WD let the guard down and opened the flood gates while hiring; and promoted people to management levels based on who they knew/their connections rather than abilities. This has caused WD to become a "garbage recycle center" for "rejects" from Cisco, Oracle, Amazon and ex-PeopleSoft (the old boys club of PeopleSoft!).

    4) CEO and top management are obessesed with company ratings on this website. Rumor is that, it is someone's full-time job within HR is to flag any negative reviews and get them removed. The CEO also sends out emails to employees "encouraging" them to take part in the "best places to work" survey. By hook or crook they want to paint a pretty picture of the company. Are they planning to put this company up for sale?

    5) Based on an internal employee survey few months back, to identify reasons for poor employee morale, some managers were moved out of their management positions to other individual contributor roles. These managers should have been fired but instead, they were offered other roles. If by any chance you set up a skip-meeting with the VP/SVP of your group, your immediate manager gets to know about it instantaneously! So much for their transparency and open door policy! Almost everything seems to be an eye-wash or fake. Other companies that do not claim to be employee friendly have better processes and do not put on a show.

    Advice to Management

    1) Rather than do lip-service to your slogan of happy employees, put that into action. Time to walk the talk.

    2) Get HR to get its act together and stop wasting time scanning websites to flag and remove negative comments.

    3) Clean up your product teams. Many of your management folks are woefully not up to the job. Level of politics is concentrated in the product teams across the company.

    4) Create processes and institute a 360-degree review before promoting people to manager positions.

    5) If you cannot do any of the above, please throw out the slogan of being a "people friendly" or "employee friendly" company. Free snacks, Halloween party or a company meeting with free food & drinks doesn't make a company an employee friendly one. There is more to it.

    6) Bring back Dave Duffield. Coincidentally, the company has been on a downward slope ever since Dave left.

    Workday Response

    Feb 22, 2017 – Ashley Goldsmith, Chief People Officer

    Thank you for your feedback; it’s very much appreciated. I, along with the rest of the Workday leadership team, believe our success is measured by the degree to which we abide by our core values. As ... More


  2. Helpful (14)

    "Workday is a grind, don't let the recruiters mislead you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Recognized industry brand name has a positive image (for now).

    Cons

    Does not live up to it's reputation as a top employer. Worst experience of my career. Recruiter sold me on a top employer and the organization did not live up to it's reputation. Training boot camp is the worst, they work you to the point of exhaustion and then test you. Either you pass their exam or you're out. On-boarding experience was horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Get real on how you treat your employees. The managers on the east coast are ruining your company


  3. Helpful (22)

    "Workday - worst place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Located in the east bay.

    Cons

    Workday prides themselves on core values. They say priority one is its employees. NOT TRUE. Workday is a company that only cares about itself. There is no communication or transparency from management. You are nothing but a number…. The culture that used to be employee and customer centric is gone.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about you employees and treating them as more than a number.


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  5. "Best Company Ever"

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

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

    Pros

    Incredible culture; collaborative environment; smart employees

    Cons

    Some days it's "like riding a rocket"; incredible growth means constantly evolving which can be a pro and con.


  6. "Great place!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Workday full-time

    Pros

    love the people that i get to work with on a daily basis.

    Cons

    although the work lufe balance is generally good, the work can be very stressful at times


  7. "Leading the enterprise software sales industry in culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Employee focus, incredible benefits, best practices/world class tools to do your job, high integrity, equality

    Cons

    Only one office in Texas


  8. "APM at Workday"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, near bart, fun, lots of young people if you're on certain teams.

    Cons

    Slightly below pay average, but overall great.


  9. Helpful (23)

    "Where dreams and decisions go to die"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Values employee satisfaction & building good culture
    Very successful product in marketplace
    Great investment in training programs

    Cons

    Decisions do not get made, things are painfully slow to get approved
    Bureaucratic environment
    B-caliber executive team
    Below market pay
    Poor mid-level management
    Lack of ability to continue training/support programs after completion
    Over-commitment to customers means product delivery is falling way behind
    For a company of the size and magnitude of Workday, there is a lack of structure in processes
    No bonus incentive for FTE's in most orgs

    Advice to Management

    Providing value to customers and employees is great, but are you really listening to what is going on day-to-day within the organization? Culture is suffering as the company begins to grow at such a fast rate, don't become another bloated enterprise company.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "good employer but great product"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    excellent product and co-workers.
    a lot of happy customers - they love the product

    Cons

    worst work life balance ever experienced, culture is getting worse over the last months even though they try to get it back

    Advice to Management

    take care of culture


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome and inclusive environment"

    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Workday is that company you join and ask yourself, where has this team been all my working life? Very smart, driven and nice people abound here. Free snacks, and breakfast. We have a leadership team who genuinely care about diversity- it's not just a talking point for them. They actually support and cheer on their workmates. The company has family events like summer picnic and Halloween party, and has recently upgraded the parental leave policy and retirement benefits. I can't state enough how low drama this place is, it's amazing considering the size of it. if you are smart, driven and want to succeed this is the place to be. If you want to work with a diverse workforce, where every background is accepted, and no one is made to feel like they don't belong, this is the place to be.

    Cons

    It would be nice if they had a subsidized cafeteria for workmates.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing



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