Workday Reviews

Updated 15 April, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Good product but limited career development with weird Peoplesoft family style culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Pleasanton, CA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good product team and expand rapidly. People there are very nice in general.

    Cons

    No career development. Manager doesn't appreciate hard working. Management is not professional. Inherited Peoplesoft culture although they don't want to label like that. Very fake. Low pay!

  2. Helpful (1)

    Interesting day

    Current Employee - Contracts Team
    Current Employee - Contracts Team

    I have been working at Workday

    Pros

    Great people to work with and learn from.

    Cons

    Politics gets in the way of work sometimes.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Dissapointing!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

    I worked at Workday full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are very few, none stand out

    Cons

    There is no clear on-boarding or training process. New hires are left on their own to figure things out, and co-workers are less than willing to help with questions. Its like some sort of hazing. Most of the people I worked with felt a lack of confidence in their product knowledge, but they would never say that to a manager. operations are hap hazard, and there is no clear path to success. What are employees supposed to know / do and when?

    People are promoted based on their ability to talk the talk and come off like they know what they are doing. Then they are rewarded for being a one man show and put in charge of a team even though they have no leadership abilities. There is no training for new leaders and new direct reports pay the price.

    Senior Leaders are more concerned with how thoroughly you fill in your JIRA fields vs. actually leading and ensuing their teams are trained and productive. There is a lot of time spent on non-value work.

    In order to keep up with the chaos, people are working 7 days a week.

    If you are a "yes" person, and don't speak up when there is a problem, you may do well here.

    Advice to Management

    Help get new hires up to speed quickly through team members and training, stop enabling employees to feel like it's ok to not share knowledge and watch the new people struggle.

    Roll out some leadership training, drive a positive culture throughout the company.

    Do not reward people for simply having perceived expertise, leadership is about more than that.

    Stop the chaos, people are incredibly over-worked, which is why they may not want to help new hires with questions in the first place.

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  5. Great place to work with opportunities for upward mobility.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing culture and people. Very relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Benefits and pay not as good as other big tech companies but that will most likely change in the following years.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great. Just need to keep increasing employee benefits.

  6. Helpful (10)

    Worst employment experience of career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Workday full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Company has leading a edge product and is rapidly expanding. The business has solid funding and is firmly established in the market.

    Cons

    Almost too many to mention
    - Lots of bad middle managers
    - Corporate culture outside of Head office completely different.-
    - Sales culture is same old " old school SAP/ORACLE" old boys beef up your chest, kill at all costs approach.
    - Management very disconnected from corporate "values"
    - Supremely arrogant company; we are better than everyone else; we have no issues, if you don't like anything we do we can find people lined up to take your job.
    - Management very hypocritical; " encourages staff to manage expenses " like its your own money" staff does and then management does the exact opposite.

    Advice to Management

    Clean out the " locker room" old boys sales types in sales management
    Tone down the " we are the better than everyone else" arrogance.
    Create an atmosphere and willingness to listen about poor middle managers

  7. Helpful (9)

    EPIC FAIL

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Workday full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Workday is built for technology of the 21 st century. I definitely recommend Workday HCM products - definitely on the right technology platform and headed in the right direction. Workday has one of the best UI amongst its peers/competitors. Intuitive, easy to navigate, multiple paths of navigation etc...Easily configurable business processes, communication events and methods, good reporting architecture. Object/Action oriented approach gives another dimension to personnel data management. Not an antiquated relational database.

    Cons

    No on-boarding at multiple organizational levels post (Corporate) "lift off orientation" – spent a great deal of time operating blind.

    • On-boarding at "Location Level" was nonexistent. i.e., Next steps? Working From Home? Go to Local Office? Contact Info? Office supplies?

    • On-boarding at "Departmental Level" was sporadic at best. Very California "centric".

    • On-boarding at "Team/Job Level" – No real interaction or introductions if you were not in the California offices. No ‘Go-to Person’ as a contact/mentor. Experienced very little peer/colleague camaraderie. "everyone out for themselves" or "got my own problems" or "no time".

    • On-boarding at "Individual Level" was nonexistent. Travel Policy? Expenses? Emergency Contact List? Appropriate Contact Protocol? Department Manager failed to make expectations clear.
    - how would individual performance be assessed?
    - bonus and promotion criteria/opportunities?
    - clear and written “objectives” that stated accountable and measurable ROI were non-existent.
    - generalized discussions on “time to productivity” was all over the map depending on conversation and WHO you were speaking with.
    - never presented with documentation as reference, guidance, expectations or accountability.

    Terrible, Terrible, Terrible!

    Advice to Management

    On-boarding is the “mechanism through which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organizational members”

    Helps your "new hires" make the transition to becoming:
    • productive
    • well-adjusted
    • and a happy contributing members of your company/team

    Post (Corporate) "lift off orientation on-boarding" ranked low on the list of hiring priorities – poorly designed and even more poorly executed if there was one in place.

    Very disappointing experience. Seems like a lot of emphasis goes into the nurturing of the “young / inexperienced” Grad Programs as opposed to the "seasoned / experienced” colleagues. Felt like a warm body filling a "hire requirement". I never at any given time felt the David Duffield “employee friendly” environment that is boasted. Definitely NOT the same (or better) "employee friendly" family from the old PEOPLESOFT days.

    And on an ending note: I do support the Workday products. (see Pro's)

  8. Helpful (6)

    Great product, great customers - not great financial opportunity for AEs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product, great market opportunity and great customer satisfaction. Great time off policy and overall respect for employees and customers.

    Cons

    Compensation opportunities for AEs are not competitive with the overall market. Benefits are also below what other leading technology companies offer.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation and Benefits should be evaluated in order to retain and attract top talent.

  9. Helpful (9)

    Look for hidden signals in interview, ok for entry level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Workday full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good location because i lived very close to the office. Safe walk from Bart.
    Some people were fantastic but mostly other newer employees.
    Certain parts of the company that really have the described culture.

    Cons

    Beware if management chain from Peoplesoft or the startup. Your manager may not know how to lead and manage, if that matters to you.
    The people from the startup years seem to exclude newer employees. The former Peoplesoft people also are their own clique. Its like the cool kids, the sort of cool kids, and everyone trying to be the cool kids. Other employees from my new hire group expressed this concern to me after hire. They described it like high school.
    Your manager may be very technically competent but an incompetent manager of people, promoted just because they were from startup. If experienced, be prepared to work with less experienced management.
    After a year some are looked down upon, still don't know anything. In some groups don't expect much training. You must figure out almost everything on your own.
    It get worse, not better, over time, so left company.
    Don't expect a clear career progression. Watch out for management that are their to protect themselves. This is a very me first culture.

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced managers that know how to manage employees, and teach the leaders to delegate effectively to the managers.

  10. Can't Imagine a Better Place to Start My Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Workday

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance
    Management Actually Cares About the Welfare of Employees
    THE PEOPLE!!

    Cons

    Fast Growth means that not all programs are rounded out yet. Some basic learning experiences for the company can be tough to work through as the company continues to expand so rapidly.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the Culture!!!

  11. Helpful (3)

    Amazing company culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Workday

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good leadership, work-life balance, team spirit. Everyone I've met and worked with has been extremely nice and helpful. You'll meet people you want to be friends with outside of work.

    Cons

    The company is really well run so there aren't too many cons. Lacks certain benefits such as 401k matching but believe that will happen in the future as many benefits have been added since I started working there.

    Advice to Management

    Have more conversations for career development

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