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Workday – Why Work For Us?

The Enterprise Cloud for HR and Finance

In 2005, longtime friends and software visionaries Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri set out to change an industry. They started with a clean sheet of paper and combined decades of experience with fresh and innovative thinking, the most modern technologies, and a proven set of core values. The result is Workday—built from the cloud up.

Workday delivers Human Capital Management, Financial Management, Payroll, Time Tracking, Procurement, and Employee Expense Management applications to the world’s largest organizations. Hundreds of companies, ranging from medium-sized to the Fortune 50, are gaining business value from Workday.


Trust, Honesty, Fun—All Part of Our Culture

It’s fun to work in a company where people truly believe in what they’re doing. At Workday, we’re committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business of enterprise applications. We work hard, and we’re serious about what we do. But we like to have a good time, too. In fact, we run our company with that principle in mind every day: One of our core values is fun. If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you’ll enjoy Workday.

A Simple Approach to Happy Customers, Employees, and Families

When Dave and Aneel founded Workday, they wanted the company to embody all the good qualities of their past experiences. They also knew that the real measure of success would be the degree to which Workday abided by a set of key core values.

Dave has founded five companies in his career, and the core values he developed over the years were inspired by Jim Collins's book Beyond Entrepreneurship: Turning Your Business Into an Enduring Great Company. Core values give us a framework for leadership and daily decisions, and they help us enjoy our time at work. Sounds so simple, but too often companies get caught up in politics, ivory-tower attitudes, and market mania instead of focusing on the things that probably made them successful in the first place.

The following Workday core values and beliefs define what's important to Workday:


Most fundamentally, people are the core of our business. Without them, we would have no business.

Customer Service

Every investment and decision we make has our customers in mind, and we pull out all stops to put the needs and issues of our customers first.


We aim for innovation not only in our Development organization, but also in the way we approach all aspects of our business.


We say what we mean, and mean what we say. We stick to our commitments, treat everyone equitably, and communicate openly and honestly.


We work hard and play hard, investing in community and company events that help our employees and their families feel a connection to Workday beyond business as usual.


Profitability is what enables us to give our employees and customers the best productivity tools, solutions, and services, so it's hugely important to us.


The San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal ranked Workday #1 for large companies on its annual list of Best Places to Work in the Bay Area for 2013. This is the sixth consecutive year Workday has received recognition on the list.

Employees from nearly 500 Bay Area companies participated in an independent, third-party survey, ranking their companies on topics including work culture, management practices, trust with coworkers, benefits, overall compensation, longevity, trust in senior leaders, and feeling valued.

"This award represents what we value most — being a company that our employees believe in and want to work for," said Dave Duffield, Workday co-founder and co-CEO. "As Workday continues to grow its business and team, we remain committed to creating a workplace where employees love coming to work and thrive both personally and professionally."

Workday has an entire team dedicated to making the company a best place to work by offering programs that engage employees and ensure a day at Workday is no ordinary work day. Programs vary by location, but can include anything from on-site massages and dry cleaning services, to lunchtime yoga classes and company sponsored sports teams.

Some of the ways Workday employees like to unwind or spend time together away from their desks:

  • Quarterly company meetings
  • Local sports teams: soccer, softball, rugby, cycling, basketball
  • Bring Your Kids to Workday
  • Bring Your Dogs to Workday
  • Bike to Workday
  • Pool and ping-pong tournaments
  • Brown bag lunches
  • Toastmasters
  • Skiing, paintball, and other clubs
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Technology "Geekfests"
  • Teambuilding outings: baseball games, bocce ball, dart tournaments, ugly Christmas sweater parties, curling, go carts, "Survivor" challenges


Health Benefits

You’ll find a variety of localized benefits plans and options to meet your individual needs for medical, dental, and vision care. And Workday pays a high portion of the overall premiums.

Savings and Financial Benefits

Everyone is an owner at Workday. All employees have the opportunity to buy Workday stock at a discount through our Employee Stock Purchase Program. We also offer retirement-savings plans based on regional practices around the world. These include localized pre-tax benefits such as commuter programs, health plans, dependent-care spending accounts, and childcare vouchers.

The Workday Wellness Program

  • Ongoing health assessments
  • Healthy snack options
  • Fitness program and discounted club memberships
  • Sponsorship of community runs
  • Bike to Workday
  • Annual flu shots
  • Monthly chair massages

Workday Reviews

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    Awesome Rollercoaster!

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    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in London, England

    I have been working at Workday full-time (less than an year)


    Best technology; great people who are in it for the ride, not the cash; huge growth; focus on customer happiness (not screwing them for short term profits); a joined-up and exciting narrative; very honest about flaws and getting better at solving them. Positive, enthusiastic, professional staff - walk the floor: everyone is friendly and you won't know who the VP's as everyone is so friendly - no ivory towers here!


    Not as aggressive as competition; growing pains can leave gaps in the organisation and its processes can be clumsy.

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    Keep staff informed, continue engaging with as many people internally as you can - the informal 'brown bag' sessions are great to get the big picture.

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Workday Interviews

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    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Workday in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    Spoke to Workday's recuriter in Ireland - disccused what I was asking for in Salary and agreed to forward my CV. Some weeks later when I enquired, was told (in writing) that the salary budget had been cut so the upper range was now GBR 15k less. I deceided not to pursue the job.
    The recruiter agreed it was unprofessional to advertise at one rate and then cut (especially by so much) but claimed it was down to Workday - who knows?
    I would have liked to work for them, but not at way less than I can earn elsewhere.

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Workday Awards and Accolades

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Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, The San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, 2014
Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, The San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, 2013
Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, The San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, 2011
North America's Most InDemand Employers, LinkedIn, 2014
Top Workplace in the Bay Area (1), Bay Area News Group, 2014
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Additional Info

Headquarters Pleasanton, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2005
Type Company - Public (WDAY)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue £100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
Competitors SAP, Oracle, Ultimate Software

In 2005, longtime friends and software visionaries Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri set out to change an industry. They started with a clean sheet of paper and combined decades of experience with fresh and innovative thinking, the most modern technologies, and a proven set of core values. The result is Workday—built from the cloud up.

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Mission: Workday's mission is to build the next generation of enterprise business services—Human Resource Management, Financial Management, and Payroll—and deliver the solutions... More

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