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Workday Software Engineer Reviews

Updated 30 Nov 2019

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Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri
Aneel Bhusri
20 Ratings
  1. "Great people!"

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    Former Intern - Software Applications Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Workday for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice office, decent sized teams, good management, good atmosphere, fun company events. Getting to intern at Workday was a blast, couldn't ask for a better place in my opinion.

    Cons

    As a Software Application Engineer, you use Workday's proprietary programming language. It's pretty highly abstracted from a conventional programming language, so even though it's enjoyable to write code in, it can seem like you're not doing 'real programming'. There are other 'real' programming roles in Workday however, such as working on a tools team.

    Advice to Management

    None, I really enjoyed my time there and am very grateful for the experience.

    Workday2019-11-30
  2. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Workday for less than a year

    Pros

    Free snacks, great culture, great atmosphere

    Cons

    Nothing, it was great to work there

    Workday2019-11-27
  3. "Interesting work in a forward thinking company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work Good benefits Good office space

    Cons

    Promotion path can be a little slow

    Workday2019-10-15
  4. Helpful (47)

    "More hype than great"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fruits in the cafeteria. Clean and neat office space. Work life balance. IT help-desk is very helpful and efficient.

    Cons

    First of all "Great place to work" gimmick is mainly a BS. Company is not on par in terms of benefits with other large tech companies around (like Google, FB or MS). Culture and work conditions varies largely depending on the department and team you are working at. I've seen examples when the whole teams were leaving their jobs in a course of less than 1 year. It's just shows an example how extremely unhappy people... can be at the "Best place to work". The sad part is that nothing was done on the higher management side to correct the situation. Instead managers report how everything is "great", "positive" and "amazing" which totally contradicts reality. So depending on department/team it can be a good (I wouldn't call it great still) or bad to terrible place to work. Therefore if you are looking to join Workday ignore this "Best place to work" - it really means nothing, it's just a job at an average company nothing more. Also I should note that there is a lot of hypocrisy on different levels. On the lowest level managers and recruiters can lie straight in the people's face and give them fake promises (while knowing they are fake). On the company level good example is that company claims that they promote internal mobility (and there are a lot of talks about it from HR and management) but in reality recently they changed rules increasing minimum required length of stay in the team before people can transfer to another team. Before you could transfer after 1 year of work, now you have to stay at least 1.5 year. Also transferring process isn't simple: they don't make a difference between internal and external candidates. Which means internal candidate would have to go through the same set of interviews as external. So if you were thinking that you can get to random team in Workday and hope that you will be able to transfer to a better team/project/department later you should understand that: 1. once you are in you are locked (in potentially horrible place) for 1.5 years 2. even after 1.5 years passed you will have to go through the same process as if you were applying for the job externally. Point 2 means that being in Workday gives you no advantage in getting to a good team/project over the external candidate. Paint 1 means that you would have a DISADVANTAGE over external candidates b/c you would be locked for 1.5 years and people from outside are not. Given the above: 1. Be VERY careful when applying for the job. Best if you know someone who works in that team or department and can tell you how things are. 2. Don't trust what recruiters say. 3. Remember that it would be more beneficial waiting for a better job opening to come up rather than applying to a random job opening in Workday. Special notes about technologies: Workday has a proprietary piece of something (full of bugs and unpredictable behavior) named Xpresso (XO). They call it "programming language" but it's really not. It is some sort of "platform" where App Developers define business logic by clicking checkboxes and picking items in the listboxes in the web browser (that's correct no coding involved). For the whole day... Every day! Read the other reviews - people described it well there. Basically if you spend couple of years in such project (while not doing any real software engineering on a side) you will hardly be able to call yourself a software engineer and therefore would not be qualified for an adequate position in the market. Read the restrictions on transferring to another team above and you can see that it's a dead end if you don't escape early.

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    Advice to Management

    1. Align to the core values, not just claim them. 2. Look at the attrition rates across departments (it's easily measurable metric) and start investigating what is happening in departments with high attrition rate. Based on that start taking actions. Some directors and managers would have to be fired I'm sure. 3. Technology wise: get rid of Xpresso. Yes I know a lot of things dependent on it but just like it... makes your people noncompetitive in the market it will make Workday noncompetitive. It's already visible that "developing" using XO takes more man-hours (i.e. more expensive) than developing using programming languages. The more XO apps produced every day the higher cost it would be to get rid of it later. Kill XO before XO killed Workday.

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    Workday2019-07-06
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company, Great Culture."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workday full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Management place importance on a good company culture, with an employee first approach that actually implement. 1-on1's with my manager were always constructive and open. Opportunities to move departments, and for career progression. Competitive salary and RSU's. Opportunity to work with new technologies and to contribute to the selection of stack for greenfield projects.

    Cons

    If you're in a role that is mostly Xpresso(WDay proprietary language), it can limit your career prospects.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it employee first.

    Workday2019-08-06
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Staying here for another while."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time

    Pros

    Strong stock performance. Many opportunities to progress.

    Cons

    Front-end legacy web app in GWT. People seem to have varied opinions on how they are treated. I think it depends lot on the department you are in.

    Workday2019-06-19
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Good (not Great) Place to Work!"

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    Former Employee - Software Applications Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They treat the employee as best as they can, really good work-life balance, and amazing benefits!

    Cons

    Working on a proprietary technology that is technically a "mess": not easy to maintain, not easy to develop with.

    Advice to Management

    Dedicate more time to let developers improve the existing codebase!

    Workday2019-03-18
  8. "Simply amazing"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An awesome place to work where everyone is friendly .. great culture, massive product with a lot of interesting and challenging parts .. solid benefits

    Cons

    A considerable amount of the technologies used in Workday are proprietary technologies

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, it is really working

    Workday2019-01-02
  9. "Cannot say a bad word"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends

    I worked at Workday for less than a year

    Pros

    - Exposure to wide variety of technologies - Real work and responsibilities given to interns - Potential for full-time employment after internship - Real focus on enjoyment as well as work

    Cons

    - Some people may want a more hands on management style and find the independence daunting

    Workday2018-10-29
  10. "Great place to work. Friendly and Helpful people."

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly skilled and Good people. Great Remuneration.

    Cons

    None that come to mind

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

    Workday2018-10-23
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