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Updated 17 January 2018
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  • None that I can really think of but the company is growing extremely fast which makes it hard to keep up with everything (in 22 reviews)

  • Below market pay & the proprietary language are the two huge reasons we don't attract or retain top talent (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Workday Intern Review"

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

    Pros

    Really great internship program. Sets the interns up well with real life experience. Highly recommend

    Cons

    the company is fantastic. only down side is that the town is quiet but its against traffic from most places in the bay so its worth


  2. Helpful (27)

    "Think twice before joining Workday's Security team"

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

    I have been working at Workday full-time

    Pros

    Workday's Charity and Volunteer Program ("Giving and Doing") is the best I've seen at any employer. We are serious about giving back, and that sentiment is shared from the top down.

    Workday product is Best In Class, and our customers love us.

    Workday Senior Management takes Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security seriously.

    Workday's Employee Programs team is always doing things for the employees to make our work day fun and interesting.

    Cons

    Mass exodus of Security Engineers at Workday. If you're thinking about taking one of those positions, here's some things you want to know.

    Security's management team is unprofessional, inexperienced and incompetent. The "culture" is commonly talked about as "a typical engineering org". This somehow explains the bad behavior and fist-bump decision-making.

    Workday Security is a mix between a frat house and Lord of the Flies. Nerf gun bullets are everywhere, and one manager in particular acts like a human bullhorn, marching around barking at the team. The managers are aggressive, argumentative, insulting, and antagonistic.

    In December 2016 the CEO said that bad managers would be fired. 10 months later, I guess this is not considered bad management.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management:

    Stop sending out surveys asking the employees if they're happy. Have a face-to-face conversation with the employees and ask those questions.

    Start asking why so many employees are leaving...none so far have left for "better opportunities".

    Know that when your managers are sitting at the table with you, they're on their best behavior. Totally different people.


  3. Helpful (23)

    "Filled with SAP, Dell, EMC, Peoplesoft Rejects - Stay AWAY!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - bagels every morning, telecommute, pet-friendly
    - store and restaurant discounts
    - near BART and mall

    Cons

    - Come here if you want to sink your engineering career. This place is filled with tech garbage no one really cares for like gerrit, openstack, and nagios. Their platform is built on proprietary language, xpresso, that is useless outside the company.
    - Many people come here from companies like SAP, DELL, and EMC to seek shelter and safe heaven under the illusion the Workday HR promotes as the company's "core values".
    - Most groups are filled with garbage tech workers - Workday tries to recycle them by placing them into roles they are unfit for.
    - Many managers are unsuited for their role. Promotion is run if you have influence in the Peoplesoft's boys club - former Oracle employees.
    - The salary is very low, low 401K matching, and subpar benefits. There is no free meals aside of bagels. You will have to spend money around to eat and it is not cheap!
    - This place feels like an unionized train station - no one says a negative word about the company, everyone goes "yes, sir" or "yes, ma'am" to their unqualified supervisors.
    - Reviews are completely biased. If you are good friends with your manager or someone above him/her, you will get good reviews.
    - HR is useless and a complete waste of company resources. Many don't show up to the office for days, only if there is a team meeting or company event. Many are spending time writing fake great reviews on public sites about Workday's culture.
    - The company is stuck in old school management and tech - there is no push for good tech like microservices and containers.
    - If you have an offer from Workday, please do yourself a big favor and go for a company that will help you grow.

    Advice to Management

    Give an opportunity for those who are bringing innovative tech and ideas to the company. Hire millennials with good education and embrace change that will help the company grow outside the box. You are doomed to fail if you continue like this.


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  5. Helpful (14)

    "Workday"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructor in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Instructor in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workday full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast growing company; excellent senior management team that knows how to execute to plan.

    Cons

    Highly political workplace environment; career success depends on who you know and how well connected you are to company movers and shakers. Workday is not a meritocracy.

    Advice to Management

    Many mid-level managers and even some higher ups are where they are because they are friends or friends of friends of the people in charge -- not because they are skilled managers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Principal Software Development Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Development Engineer in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Development Engineer in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    An enriching, inclusive culture that fosters participation and rewards creativity and innovation.

    Cons

    We are getting so big that you can't know everybody.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the culture and personal freedoms.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work!"

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

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

    Pros

    The sense of teamwork is like no other place I have been before. They truly do put employees first and it shows with all the happy customers we have!

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to navigate all of the communications.


  8. Helpful (29)

    "Quickly becoming a shadow of its former self"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic people to work with, professional and knowledgeable. HCM is still a great product.

    Cons

    Culture has gone downhill and is sinking fast. Company focus is now on expansion so taking on more and more customers. In making Workday more attractive financially for customers resources are being reduced for customer-facing roles. All the power is in Pleasanton, so if you're in a region you're the tail wagging the dog. Not enough coordination across departments is causing confusion.

    Advice to Management

    Focus used to be on happy customers, now it's on number of customers. Leadership keeps saying culture is important but it's nearly gone. Need more actions than words.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Sales"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product, people and culture

    Cons

    Sales territories and managers change every year, even-though a 9-18+ month sales cycle.
    Remote office culture can be very different than HQ.

    Advice to Management

    Constant change is increasing politics and the best performers are leaving.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "No innovation and empowerment"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Developer
    Former Employee - Applications Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Workday full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed work/life balance
    Good culture
    Easy commute

    Cons

    Proprietary technology
    Lots of dependencies with teams
    Constrained by XO
    Lots of mid level management

    Advice to Management

    Please empower teams to take product forward
    Cut down on slack teams


  11. Helpful (27)

    "Company Culture is changing"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workday full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its all good until 2017.. Good Benefits, good package

    Cons

    Culture is slowly changing, as they are hiring more people from cisco, which they bring worst sort of culture with. Hiring people of less talent, just because they know them. Everyone has their own agenda to promote, rather than company growth.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the best, rather than hire/promote the people who you know from before.


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