Workday Product Manager Reviews

Updated 13 Apr 2020

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Workday CEO, Co-Founder & Chairman Aneel Bhusri
Aneel Bhusri
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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Really is a great place to work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * The culture is really great, in practice what this means is that people are easy to work with, management doesn't (typically) micro-manage, people are trusted, benefits are generous, if you need time off you can take it, etc. Also plenty of interest groups, competitions, socials. Team outings are encouraged. * The product is a sticky one that has a big impact on the world. The biggest companies in the world use our product and its exciting to build products that can impact millions of employees for the better. There's a lot of growth to be had and we are continuously expanding our product lines. * There is a lot of room for internal mobility! You are not stuck in the role you were hired into (at least after one year of serving in that role). You can move to different teams or even different roles altogether. This is a great place to grow your career if you are motivated and willing to speak up for yourself with your manager. Some examples I'm aware of: Developer -> PM, Pre-Sales. QA -> Developer, PM * Compensation is about average for the bay area, but that is still pretty good! You typically will get decent base salary and RSU package (e.g. 40k over 4 years). This grows each year as you get a "refresh" (e.g. another 40k over 4 years). After 4 years you have 4 grants vesting at the same time in April (our comp cycle). That can be 10k raise each year even if you don't have a boost in base salary.

    Cons

    * Volatile stock means volatile compensation when much of it is from RSUs. But this can also be to your favor if you hold long term. When I joined my RSUs were granted at a local maxima price and dropped shortly after, only recovering (and then dramatically surpassing) that price 2 years later. But the following year or two was a surge in Workday's price which led to significant inflation of my compensation. * Don't expect significant base salary raises unless it is a major promotion and you are a good negotiator. Often you won't get any base salary increase, and other times you might get 1-3%. It is difficult to negotiate once you get your annual review and compensation update, the budget has already been allocated and agreed to a month+ prior. If you negotiate successfully you may only see a bump months later. * Depending on your team you may have FREQUENT re-organizations, even up to 2-3 times a year. Which could mean new manager and change in your charter. If you are an IC, you are usually not consulted on this and simply have to deal with it. Even director level folks are sometimes not consulted with on these changes, and we have seen turn over due to undesirable changes from a re-org (for certain people). I've been at workday for many years now and have had more manager than years employed. It has its pros and cons, and it has to do with which teams you join. * The team you join MATTERS. If you join a team that is focused on a legacy product, you can chill more and could be a good place to be to "rest and vest" and have time to take care of your family (leave early to pick them up from school, etc.) If you join an innovative team that is pushing through new product lines, there is a higher expectation and just cruising will look bad. If you are a motivated individual, I urge against joining (or at least saying long term) in a team that is of the "cruising" archetype. Take advantage of the internal mobility and join an innovative team to grow your career. * Office locations aren't ideal. Depending on your values, Pleasanton HQ can be good or bad. If you live in the east bay, it's obviously good. If you live in SF it's less good. There is an SF office, but you should assume you will not be working there (unless you're joining Scout, or are in corporate comms, marketing, etc.) There other offices are Boulder, Portland, Victoria (BC), Dublin (Ireland), so if you want to live somewhere warm Pleasanton is the only option. Boulder seems to be the second most active office after Pleasanton and we're doing a lot more hiring there if that's your interest. * Occasionally, management talks politics (US politics), and I feel like this can alienate many employees. Even if the majority agrees with the politics, there are at least 40% of employees who feel alienated. I don't think this company should involve itself in controversial politics. It's certainly not as bad as some other tech companies though in this regard though!

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture, slow launch cycle"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager 

    I worked at Workday full-time

    Pros

    Kind, collaborative culture. Great training programs for professional development.

    Cons

    Limitations: 2 main launches a year, challenging org structure to manage dependencies with other teams, and slow customer adoption


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Almost there, but not quite..."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Workday does truly make an effort to put employees first. There are so many learning opportunities and team building events, it's hard to keep it all straight. Great office environment and co-workers.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, in the end, the management sets the tone and the same mentality of ignoring problems surfaced from below because difficult employees "provide lots of value" allows the same old situations to exist as anywhere else. You have to walk the walk if you're going to talk the talk.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great people and team"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Management Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time

    Pros

    Lots of great talent, teamwork, and drive to innovate. Good work life balance and fun environment.

    Cons

    Large corporation feel, not always nimble

  5. Helpful (27)

    "Very Political"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Product Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, flexible holidays, good snack program

    Cons

    Due vertical changes and hiring freeze as well some ex Oracle employees are playing politics by not allowing career growth within the organization. Managers are playing politics and individual contributors are troubled. HR and upper management also doesn't pay attention to pains of individual contributors. Lot of favoritism. Have to deal with mental stress.

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  6. Helpful (16)

    "Sad hurt disappointed"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee enteraction is awesome

    Cons

    Stressful unhealthy feeling if you are over 40 years old

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  7. Helpful (22)

    "Disappointing"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and accommodation to work-life balance Encouragement for People Leaders to grow and training for them on a new way of managing Senior Leadership optimism and support for new ideas

    Cons

    Regardless of HR/People & Purpose communication, organizational and leadership changes are selected and appointed based on their tight network, which creates the inability for others to see a path forward toward leadership. Additionally, those leaders select people like them (in style, view point, color, gender, background) or that they've known a long time, which feels like the same "good ol' boy network". Many of the appointed leaders are white men, with an occasional nod to a (white) woman or man of color. And as they senior leadership is shifted around, creating potential opportunities for workmates to show interest in management, those management spots are also appointed. It's beginning to feel like the senior leadership is excited for growth and changes, but in the end leaving those of us who are looking for opportunities feeling like we have none, and we're expected to rally behind the changes regardless. The ethnic diversity in senior leadership and in management is so minimal that it's discouraging to believe in their words during VIBE week of diversity being important.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good trajectory"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workday full-time

    Pros

    nice people good work life balance good location no traffic to pleasanton

    Cons

    political and hierarchical bad middle management people with no new tech experience put in management roles because of tenure not merit

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, great culture, great prospect for the future."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture and future prospects of the company are the best things about this organization.

    Cons

    In an effort to keep costs low, cash compensation seems slightly below average. The stock compensation is good but hard to liquidate to sustain a desirable quality of life with a clear conscience given the company's prospects for the future.

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great Company, Experience Driven by Manager"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Product Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great growth potential - Flexible and relaxed work style - Extremely friendly and welcoming people you work with on a daily basis

    Cons

    - Mgmt at times can be strong willed and unwilling to listen to subordinates. This could be isolated to my team but there are a lot of former Oracle employees that tend to bring that older culture to Workday in their teams. - Slightly below average pay

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