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Workday Co-Founder and co-CEOs Aneel Bhusri, Chano Fernandez
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4.3
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Workday Co-Founder and co-CEOs Aneel Bhusri, Chano Fernandez
Aneel Bhusri, Chano Fernandez
1,815 Ratings
Pros
  • "You can have great work life balance if you want(in 282 reviews)

  • "Great products with a a great culture(in 183 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work life balance needs improvement(in 38 reviews)

  • "Proprietary Language is not ideal if you plan on transferring jobs(in 55 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great WLB, poor comp, boring projects

      30 Nov 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * Great WLB * Good benefits

      Cons

      * compensation is on the lower end for a tech company * not many interesting projects * proprietary language is not something many wants to pick up and definitely will not stand out to other employers

      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      A great place to work

      12 Oct 2021 - Engineering Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Competitive salary and RSUs Company lives up to it's values Generally a collection of kind and compassionate people Employee care is quite high

      Cons

      Lack of staying remote is concerning after newest return to office policies are announced While I am not involved in projects that use it, XO (proprietary language) is a major part of the stack. It is extremely limiting for further career prospects.

      1 person found this review helpful
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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      A culture of 'phoning it in'

      4 Jul 2021 - Software Development Engineer II in Pleasanton, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      *** by and large defined by the team you're on - ***WLB is great - By-and-large, really solid benefits (401k, insurance, stock options, mat/pat leave) - Lots of small random benefits (e.g. SF Giants tickets, or discount on some clothing line) - A really solid infrastructure for Diversity (will elaborate in cons) - ***A lot of interesting tech opportunities, due in part to the proprietary technology (if you're not in App-Dev). A good stepping stone, or place to settle in for awhile - Generation Workday Tools Intern rotation is good college learning experience - Generally speaking, chill people

      Cons

      - There really isn't much clear direction. Things are just kinda, happening, and maybe you're doing the important work or maybe you're in a pigeon-hole. Problems are usually re-orged into obscurity instead of addressed in any meaningful way. It's additionally really chaotic for developers with constantly changing team-structure and vision - App-Dev (Applications Development): The proprietary language really does limit how much one learns in the role, and management knows that. The tech stack is diversifying, but expect to fight one another for the opportunities, which are far and few. Initiatives meant for developers keep getting led-along (maybe because of poor direction) - Cash salary is low, for the scale of the company. Compensation primarily comes from stock packages that lock you in for X-number-of-years (I'll acknowledge that some individuals seek out stock) - Leadership is AGGRESSIVELY anti-remote work, come post-covid (the phrase "remote work will be rare" is the common phrase) - Diversity initiatives haven't gone much further than step 1. Lots of corporate infrastructure, resources, etc., but individual/team experience is really hit-or-miss - App Dev Intern role is not a good college learning experience - The "Workday Culture" is just, weird... leadership talks down a lot, like a paternal figure, stuck reminiscing about 'The Good Old Days' (from like, 4 years ago). Personality precedes performance, persistently, especially if you can be 'One of the bro's' (really bad in some depts). And in general, you feel like an outsider if you don't view your job as more than a job, and the psychological toll is real. The unfortunate thing is that this also includes your background, as well as personality. DONT GET ME WRONG. There are some AMAZING teams, who respect one another, foster psychological/emotional safety for all identities, and have a constant curiosity. There are some AMAZING managers who are focused on the person, not your output. However, there are as many teams who foster an exclusionary crony-culture that strives for image instead of meaningful work. And sometimes those things are just a re-org away.

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      24 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Stay away from Application team an XO language

      21 Jul 2021 - Senior Software Applications Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Good Work life balance

      Cons

      - No growth opportunity - Stuck in proprietary language (cannot move out if you want to) - Management don't care about employee

      8 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great working environment

      9 Jun 2021 - Software Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great team, great work-life balance, strong emphasis on getting to know people and have fun

      Cons

      Check which team you apply to, because many use a proprietary language

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Pretty Good Company!

      18 Feb 2021 - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Great work life balance -Nice people to work with -Good Leadership

      Cons

      -Depends on team but development can be slow -Pay is below average -Often use Proprietary Language, and it's a pain

      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Very Caring Company :D

      3 Feb 2021 - Software Development Engineer II in Pleasanton, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - One of Workday's core values is having its employees come first before anything else. And they mean it. - unlimited PTO - Relaxing job, not too fast paced.

      Cons

      - Proprietary Language is not ideal if you plan on transferring jobs.

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      No programming, just clicking your mouse and filling in forms.

      3 Oct 2020 - Software Applications Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Workday does a good job of providing a lot of employee programs (fitness, snack, etc).

      Cons

      As a Software Application Engineer, you will use Workday's proprietary language called XO. It is horrible. It is soul-sucking and depressing. XO is not a programming language, it is forms that are filled out in a web browser to cause changes in the Workday application. You will not learn anything by using XO. There are no transferable skills to help you in your future if you work here as a Software Application Engineer. Workday knows this and are developing a layer on top of XO called YP. Don't be fooled, YP is not like any common programming language and will not help you in your future either. All I can say is DO NOT work here because you can do better and you deserve better.

      14 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Working with cutting edge technologies in the cloud native landscape with a wonderful team of people

      25 Sep 2020 - Software Engineer DevOps in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Engaging - Technically challenging - Work with cutting edge technologies - Flexible - Great work life balance - Collaborative - Big emphasis on professional development - Great culture - Celebrate successes often - Employees have been supported extremely well during COVID

      Cons

      - If you don't want to work in the company's proprietary language, then there are only so many teams that you can apply to.

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    11. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      22 Sep 2020 - Applications Development Intern 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Nice people, free snacks, a lot of support available

      Cons

      Developers use a proprietary language

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