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Updated 24 Jun 2020

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Workday CEO, Co-Founder & Chairman Aneel Bhusri
Aneel Bhusri
26 Ratings
  1. "Great company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture, colleagues and management are generally sound, fairly flat mgmt structure

    Cons

    Dev work maybe not the most exciting stuff

  2. "XpressO is DepressO"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Applications Engineer in Dublin, Dublin

    I worked at Workday for less than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed environment Very friendly, helpful, natural staff Everyone is easily approachable

    Cons

    Relaxed environment, I prefer an environment where there is some level of stress to drive deadlines through Proprietary language is XpressO is not suited to a graduate computer scientist, you will forget how to read and write code unless you keep your skills sharp outside of working hours. I felt that any coding outside of your jobs domain was frowned upon.

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  3. "Amazing company to invest one's career"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Employee is one of the core values. Amazing people management Fun place to work Snack program Fresh fruits on site Competitive compensation

    Cons

    proprietary programming language. very few cons

  4. Helpful (25)

    "Don't waste your life with this poor management"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Applications Engineer III in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    - The CEO is really smart and awesome - It's a big american company with an office in Dublin, Ireland so you can have the chance to get in touch with people with all around the world. - The view from the 6th floor of the building is nice and also the snack program and the employees clubs are a nice bonus to make your day more enjoyable. - Most colleague are friendly and there is a lot of flexibility in managing your time

    Cons

    - The CEO has stopped to oversee the hiring a long time ago, and the quality upper and lower management of the Dublin office is really poor (with very limited exception like Chris Byrne) - Tons of big policies and procedure for everything, with several levels of approval. They clearly don't trust their employees and they want to get managers involved in every decision, even the technical ones. Most of the policy are so generic that basically leaves a huge discretionary power in the hands of a really poor management. - The company is always saying that they care about you, but it's more true if you are a manager. We are all equal only when it comes to the snack program or a spot in the car park. If you are a individual contributor, you are just a resource to be allocated the a project/team every few months/weeks as they like. - The structure is very vertical, with a manager every 3/4 people and multiple managers from different organizations with different okr, policy, procedures to handle a single team. - They call the management "leadership", but it's just a word, they are not leading anything, they are not providing example, guidance, mentoring or coaching. They only care about their goals/okr/objectives and not about you or your career. They tell you that you career is in your hands, and they mean it, literally since they cannot care less. - There are no quantitative goals to measure your contributions/productivity and no clear path/checklist to get a promotion. It's only based on your ability to sell yourself with smoke and mirrors and become friends of the upper management and not with actual quality deliverables to the customers. - They are running a career check-in every year as an HR compliance exercise, but it's just a one way presentation. First you present you achievement, than you will be given the management review, unrelated to your presentation and with compensation/promotion package predetermined . - If you are already a good friends of the upper management, you can be promoted every 6/12 months, without having to prove anything and you can also get you friend and family hired in senior roles. They call this connections, and they really value it, but I prefer to use another name. - If you have an irish passport, you will get probably an higher level in the company given the same level of experience in the industry, so apply for one before joining the company. They are proud of having a mix of people from all around the world in the Dublin office, but almost all of them are individual contributor. Probably in Ireland there are a lot of managers and very few developer, tester, analyst, etc. It's clearly a coincidence. - There is a toxic culture where you are forced to comply and pretend that everything is awesome, if you try to point out a problem, you will become the problem since you clearly do not understand their magnific work and instead of fixing the problem, they will focus on explaining to you why you are wrong. - If you are unlucky enough to work with xpresso for 1-2 years, your career in the real word is ended. They believe they have created (acquired) a powerful proprietary language/system that it's ten of years ahead of everything. Even if it's an interesting technical solution, it's clearly limited and there is no proper tooling to support the code development. There is a huge ecosystem of plugins written by devs in their spare time to improve the gaps of the language, because the company does not care to have the xo team spend time to improve the dev experience. They are just totally blind and full of themselves

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  5. "Great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Applications Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Salary - Stock - Benefits - Flexibility - Holidays - Great people/culture

    Cons

    Some believe that Xpresso can be quite limiting

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  6. "Great company with great culture"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer-II in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company invests in people, you are provided with everything you need

    Cons

    Workday has a lot of restrictions of what technology or service could be used.

  7. Helpful (30)

    "Fake and overhyped"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    free peanuts and some weird pseudo-healthy snacks

    Cons

    A corporation machine that poses as a warm and welcoming company. Full of politicking and rumours and a middle management brainwashed by the american overly-pretiffied status quo. Often posing as a employee-friendly Best Place to Work, it's all smoke and mirrors and one quickly can see the thick hipocrisy surrounding management speeches.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My team is very challenging, but often rewarding .

    Cons

    A lot of teams are asleep. As a DevOps engineer, I find it very frustrating that nobody has a clue where/how their software runs, and even moreso that they are unwilling to improve and learn.

  9. Helpful (12)

    "Used to be really great company, but as it is growing too fast not sure it will stay like this"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really enjoyed my experience with the company since join in 2016 until recently. Lately too much politicking happening around and too many nice ppl start leaving. Personally for me had good and bad managers (company growing, a lot of changes happening) aka good and bad experiences in the company. Still would recommend to consider the company as a workplace but be careful who the manager is and what the team would offer in term of career and learning opportunities. --- If the manager is good, as everywhere, the overall experience with the company will be really good --- Possibility to change the position/department inside the company --- Usually management is supportive around learning opportunities --- Flexibility (in my case, but not on the company level) --- Complex software so challenging enough (* but some monolithic parts of it not so interesting to work on) --- Possibility to travel and collaborate with US based teams --- Multicultural environment and a lot of nice ppl --- Volunteering opportunities --- Good base pay + Stocks --- Good office space

    Cons

    --- Inconsistency across the departments on remote work, wfh, career development --- Really bad HR department in Dublin office: all through the tickets even when urgent things are happening, easier to search for the help from colleagues as they are more responsive, no easy way to engage with HR when situation requires it as it's hard to find right person even to ask (again usually the response is 'Create a ticket'), no exit interview --- Core values are written but the actions are not aligned lately --- Company is growing too fast so a lot of toxic ppl came in the company and destroying prior really good work place to be (sad) --- Very unfair treatment in some departments around the company (like making ppl aim to ‘be visible’ to be promoted (I always thought it should be around contribution, quality of work and etc.), one of my managers for example was really arrogant, unprofessional and did a lot of micromanaging, others were from ok to great, in some teams socialising after work influence your ‘visibility’ - very non inclusive I’d say for certain categories of employees ) --- Company doesn't fire people more like making them leave. Those 3 who actually were fired (I assume they were) disappeared without a word. Which is really weird for me. --- Slow delivery to production (it's kinda good everything is tested and etc, but annoying to wait half of a year or more to see something be delivered)

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  10. "Great people!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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