Workday Reviews

Updated 28 September, 2014
Updated 28 September, 2014
136 Reviews
4.3
136 Reviews
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Workday CEO, Co-Founder & Chairman Aneel Bhusri
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70 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work-life balance is great, they give you reimbursements for fitness so they want you to go work out (in 9 reviews)

  • Great product, well-managed at the higher levels, expanding, very positive and flexible work environment (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Can sometimes work really long hours to finish up a project before the deadline (in 6 reviews)

  • They push you to vote for them to be one of the best companies in the bay area (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    fantastic company with great future prospects. Without a doubt going to be the ERP leader in the cloud

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Consultant  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Consultant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Workday full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    hire top quality talent, management is fantastic, product is great and the customers are happy

    Cons

    lots of hires from legacy companies. need more youth and innovative thinking in the sales force

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire from more innovative companies rather than from those that we deem are antiquated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, great product and excellent senior management; Beware, toxic CSD environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Sales Development  in  Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Corporate Sales Development in Pleasanton, CA (US)

    I worked at Workday full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great senior leadership, fun company events. All employees are invited to company meetings. Workday is leading provider of ERP in the cloud, stock is performing well, keep it up.

    Cons

    Many of the old reviews regarding the CSD environment from 2012 remain true well past their date.
    Senior management may not have any idea how bad it really became, or just didn't care;
    bait and switch. Limited career advancement from CSD, most after their CSD tenure end up in positions filled with recent graduates. Some have made it into very interesting roles, the majority went into other support roles not related to prospecting for new customers. Long story short: Your CSD skills have little value in other areas of the company. (Not worth it for all the grunt work that you're enslaved to do.) Especially if you have to do it in SLC.

    If you're interested in 2+ years of cold calling, only to find yourself rotating around to a somewhat related support role, be my guest. If you're passionate about sales, and you want a much more linear and logical career path, salesforce.com might be a better choice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great leadership, game changing technology and fun to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Technology, Leadership, Growth, Products, People, Benefits, WFH,

    Cons

    Growth brings unique challenges: Politics, Execution of Strategy, Competition catching up, Copycat players in emerging markets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work and leadership direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, CEOs, product and co-workers!

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

    I have been working at Workday full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    CEOs who believe in me and, unlike some others, are not weasels.
    Everyone here is really smart and motivated.
    Constant opportunities to innovate, as the kind of work we do has not been done before.
    Satisfied customers.

    Cons

    Long hours.
    Not paid competitive to the market, but that is balanced by great stock options in my case.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need some kind of sabbatical program for those of us who have been running at full speed for quite a while.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Pleasanton, CA (US)

    I have been working at Workday full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment, good sense of community, great products, great customer services
    Family Friendly
    Pet Friendly

    Cons

    Usual office politics, no flexibility for remote work or office hours

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, poor European management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Workday full-time

    Pros

    Excellent market leading product.
    Collaborative environment.
    Very satisfied customers.

    Cons

    Very few people in Europe meet their targets.
    Unsupportive management.
    European management team lack autonomy
    Cliquey environment - most people have an Peoplesoft/Oracle/SAP connection.
    Creative thinking is discouraged, except amongst the 'inner circle.'
    The company is referred to internally as 'Workday and night' for good reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not over recruit, it is better to have a few people who have the opportunity to overachieve and are successful than a larger group who feel unable to do their targets and who become disgruntled.
    Allow the European managers greater autonomy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    So far so good...

    • 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 full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Innovative company with energized employees all working together to make the company succeed. Core values are refreshing.

    Cons

    Success and growth keep company in a constant state of change. Not an environment that everyone is comfortable with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you've been doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    a most pleasant company to work for!

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

    I have been working at Workday full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart, motivated, enthusiastic people and an overwhelmingly positive culture
    Leading edge technology
    Excellent business model
    Excellent sales pipeline

    Workday is a fast paced software company with vision and leadership. It is an excellent place to advance internally, and also excellent for a future resume since it has a reputation for hiring well, and uses leading edge technologies. People work together without the paralyzing politics found in so many corporations, because the management has made it so by having policies that reinforce and reward teamwork and innovation.

    Cons

    no cons. this is a great company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 12 people found this helpful  

    All that glitters is not gold

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

    I worked at Workday full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - If you are the type who takes instructions and follows them without any space or time for creativity join this firm
    - If you also are the type who work better under inefficient leaders - Join this Company

    Cons

    - I agree with everyone else on this portal about Workday's Clicky culture - If you are in the in crowd you get away with almost anything.
    - There is no room for innovation or creativity, coz you are expected to follow procedure every single second of your time here. Creativity is for the higher ups, if you are in the low rung and want to be creative you are going to be shot down almost immediately.
    - The nickname - WorkDaynNight is very true. Hence no work life balance at all.
    - Don't expect your manager to help you figure out your career; strengths or weaknesses. She will have no interest or intention to contribute to your professional growth.
    - Benefits are the worst a Bay Area Tech company can ever offer.

    This is the part that is most frustrating - They do not like you moving around teams. They discourage that with all their might.

    ps: The key to success here is to suck up to HR; There is very little sense of confidentiality in that department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Post IPO phase for any company is tough -- tread carefully; compensate and appreciate employee; Review your benefits; don't try so hard to behave like a big firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Pleasant applications development intern experience

    Current Employee - Associate Applications Developer  in  Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Applications Developer in Pleasanton, CA (US)

    I have been working at Workday as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The office had a laid back atmosphere, the other employees were extremely friendly and outgoing. Everyone was helpful and it seemed like the other employees wanted me to succeed.

    Cons

    Their framework is unconventional and may take some time to get used to. It was a while before I could confidently start developing something without constantly needing guidance.

    Recommends

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