Workday Senior Software Engineer Reviews

Updated Jan 16, 2022

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Workday Co-Founder and co-CEOs Aneel Bhusri, Chano Fernandez
Aneel Bhusri, Chano Fernandez
12 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Unbelievable Work Environment

    Sep 22, 2021 - Senior Associate Software Applications Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
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    Pros

    Great support from everyone on my team. Since you learn Workday's proprietary languages (XO and YP) everyone on your team can help you and understand what it's like having to learn it. I thought it was going to be another "fake" American tech giant company, but I really feel like everyone here is happy and genuine. My first day I was set up completely without any issues gaining access to anything. Meetings are only held when it makes sense, and we use our videos so you actually see the people you are working with. You get meaningful messages and gifts from the company (extra days off, food & sweets, high quality backpacks, tech equipment, gym memberships, events..) I'll honestly never leave.

    Cons

    XO and YP are Workday's proprietary languages and if you plan on jumping ship in the future without having kept up to date on the other languages you know, you may feel lacking in experience. But they make it very clear to you what you're signing up for.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good culture but no remote work

    Oct 21, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good culture, good people, some interesting projects.

    Cons

    Company has lost its way with it's approach to remote working. Leaders aren't listening to the market or current employees.

    9 people found this review helpful
  3. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    workday

    Nov 4, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    No full time from home post Covid 19 for all employees

    Cons

    workday is good, employees are important

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Grand spot

    Jun 30, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
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    Pros

    - Really sound folk - Great WLB (can vary depending on team) - Money is good once stock starts vesting - Central office location

    Cons

    - Some really bad code - A lot of boring technical problems and maintenance - The hierarchy can be restrictive

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Great place to Work

    Apr 21, 2021 - Senior Software Development Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Always innovating and using new technologies.

    Cons

    Can't think of any at the moment

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    They put employees first

    Jan 12, 2021 - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
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    Pros

    They really do put us first and have worked very hard to look after us during covid. We are very well compensated They have hired really well, lots of smart, passionate, hard working colleagues to collaborate with and learn from. The company is very well run, management are growing revenue and customers very fast while ensuring we don't take short cuts that will hold us back in the future.

    Cons

    Everyone I work with is smart, passionate and hard working.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great Culture

    Dec 29, 2020 - Senior Associate Software Developer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits Good work life balance

    Cons

    Employee experience can vary a lot between teams

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  8. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    A lot of hype, much less substance

    May 18, 2020 - Senior Software Developer in Dublin, Dublin
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    Pros

    These are very subjective based on just a portion of the company, albeit a large one: engineering. - good deal of autonomy in picking what you work on within the boundaries of team/org goals/priorities (but see cons) - reasonably competitive pay at start - but it has to be, because the company is not seen as an attractive target by engineers on the market (also, see cons) - work-life balance is good, to very good but varies across teams - subsidised employee stock purchase programme - pension matching - health insurance coverage for the entire family on a good plan

    Cons

    - Poor location if you're commuting in from outside of Dublin City centre - lacklustre public transport, very limited parking spaces in the office, expensive on/off street parking. - Office-centric culture, with little love for remote work - No matter how hard you work, when it comes to promotions who you know trumps what you know and can deliver. - Pay is only competitive at the start - forget about pay reviews. Five years later you'll be on the same base pay. WD prefer giving people bonuses/top-ups in their volatile stock, with long vesting periods. - Constant employee surveys that lead to nothing. - One-way performance review system that leads to nothing. - Senior management in Engineering have no idea what they're doing - constant hires/fires/re-orgs that cause churn and chaos. - Lack of trust in what the engineers are doing, with changes/deployments being micromanaged to death. Anything to massage the "customer satisfaction" number to where it will look great on an earnings call. - The tech stack is old and boring (Ruby, Java EE), and a career dead end for many (GWT, XO, YP and other tech nobody else uses). Few teams get to work or experiment with more modern, or emerging tech. - WD position themselves as a technology company, but the reality is they most often consume off-shelf products just to fail at integrating them.There is very little in terms of innovation, or it's not promoted enough to be noticeable. It is not actively encouraged either. - The least agile company of "agile" companies I have worked for. You must love spending hours in meetings to do well here. Everything takes months, if not years.

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  9. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great Place to Work with no politics

    May 12, 2020 - Senior Associate Software Applications Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    1. An excellent working environment with warm, humble and talented people 2. Management is supportive of the scrum teams and individual contributors. 3. Freedom and push to work on innovative/out of the box solutions 4. Tightly knit scrum teams with no boundaries between product, development and quality assurance make work fun and get rid of monolith processes. 5. Workday as a company is very focussed on employee well being with a great snack program, health & fitness schemes, mental wellness schemes. They even have a section in the office dedicated to "Wellness Center" 6. Senior developers in the org are open to new ideas/feedback/suggestions/criticism. They are helpful too.

    Cons

    No cons from me, I feel Workday Ireland is a great place to work One thing that some people may not like is developing in XpressO, but i think its a great language for the purpose.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  10. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Proprietary ecosystem does not work very well

    Apr 24, 2020 - Senior Applications Developer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, good culture and values, friendly management, nice and relaxed environment (including free foods and drinks), excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Proprietary technologies used to develop "the" application does not look as a good choice. Implications are in fact multiple, including the risk for developers to loose their skills about not only common programming languages, but also the entire ecosystem related to them. So not just a proprietary language but even the entire ecosystem. Developers cannot resell outside skills acquired.

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    13 people found this review helpful
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