At Workday, Inc., 93 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1134 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.13. It was published on Sep 12, 2016. 19117 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
People care about each other here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.

What They Do

We asked Workday, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world's largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: Pleasanton, California Major Locations: Salt Lake City, Utah; Chicago, Illinois; San Francisco, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston, Massachusetts; New York City, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dallas, Texas; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Boulder, Colorado
US Employees: 4,557 US Revenues: $1,160 million
Employees Worldwide: 6,000 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: WDAY Founded: 2005

Workday hosted Black Girls Code, helping 50+ girls learn how to code and take steps toward a technology career.

Perks and Programs

We asked Workday, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • You’re not just at work, you’re at Workday: At many other companies, having fun is often an afterthought or something that occurs after work. For us, fun flows from office to office, building to building, and cube to cube. We’ve found that organic, grassroots initiatives can grow into massive (and massively loved) programs such as our annual Halloween party and our summer Carnival. We incorporate fun into every aspect of our business—from your first day of work to company meetings where our executives dress up as cows or their favorite Star Wars character. Because fun is so central to who we are, we bring this spirit to our relationships with customers, building deep and committed relationships.
  • Recognition for big achievements, innovative thinking, and everyday contributions: As Workday grows and adds Workmates around the globe, we remain committed to thanking in ways big and small, public and private, materially and simply. It’s just a part of who we are. At the beginning of each fiscal year, our leadership team sets three overarching goals related to sales, customer satisfaction, and innovation. If we achieve those goals, Workmates are rewarded with PSUs (Performance Share Units), a type of company stock share. We celebrate individual achievements with the Outstanding Contributor Award, Workday Innovation Award, and recognition of patent awards. Because we appreciate everyday contributions, every Workmate receives a grant of RSUs (Restricted Stock Units) as thanks for helping further our success.
  • Continuous learning and unimagined growth: Workday is a place where our Workmates can continually learn and grow. Our Workmates are given the opportunity to build career experiences and capabilities. We offer agile and flexible paths. We make an effort to curate the experiences they seek. Using the Career Opportunity Graph in our Workday Human Capital Management application, Workmates can explore where others in their position have moved within the company. Using Workday Learning, our employees will be able to tap into development resources to build the skills they need for the position they’re seeking.
  • Personal concierge at your service: Booking any of our numerous onsite services is easy with our web-based work-life balance platform. Services such as car washes, mobile fueling, oil changes, bicycle repair, phone and tablet replacement, facials, manicures, pedicures, haircuts and more are all available in just a few clicks while you’re at work. As an added bonus, we even offer a concierge service to help schedule appointments, run errands, go shopping, and more.
  • Programs with your life in mind: Sure, we offer a number of awesome benefits—such as unlimited time off, discounted backup child and elder care, dozens of onsite amenities, subsidized ride sharing, and more—to make Workmates’ lives easier, but we recognize that life is more than what happens at work. We participate in a student loan refinancing program that offers a $300 bonus for Workmates and their family members who refinance their student loan. We offer a discount program for home buyers who dream of a place to call their own. We subsidize up to $150 for shelter pet adoptions. Learn the language of your choice for free through Rosetta Stone. Just like life, our list of benefits goes on!
  • A unique approach to health and wellness: At Workday, we understand that there are many aspects to our Workmates’ health and well-being, which is why we have Wellbeing@Workday. This program focuses on movement, health, nutrition, and happiness through unlimited time off, discounted gym memberships, onsite yoga and massage, mindfulness courses, meditation rooms, healthy breakfasts and snacks, treadmill desks and sit-stand desks, and a monthly stipend and financial incentives towards wellness programs. Workmates can assess an application to take charge of their health and well-being by setting goals and tracking progress across a variety of areas. The program even includes contests for a little "healthy" competition!
  • A cornucopia of Workday-sponsored clubs: Workday overflows with clubs. If Workmates can’t find something they’re interested in, they’re encouraged to start their own club. Our clubs are open for any Workmates to join, and membership isn’t contingent upon skill level or previous experience. Our Workmates have also started several social interest groups such as the Lunch Break Philosophy Club, which engages in thought-provoking discussions, and hosted Brown Bags that cover a variety of interesting and entertaining topics. Whether it is board games, video games, sports, outdoor activities, art, books, dancing, well-being, professional speaking, or, well, anything, Workday is a place to celebrate and support diverse passions and interests.
  • Rooms designed just for fun: Workmates can recharge their creative batteries and have some fun in one of our many game rooms. These popular gathering spaces offer pool and ping-pong tables, foosball, arcade games, and a variety of board games in a light, airy setting. Some rooms have projection systems and huge screens—sometimes even bleachers—so Workmates can gather to watch sporting events and other programs, as well as broadcasts of company meetings that take place in other locations. The rooms are also great for casual meetings with co-workers and there are plenty of complimentary healthy snacks and beverages for Workmates to enjoy.
  • A sense of belonging and a celebration of diversity: Led by our director of Belonging and Diversity, Workday wants every employee to feel welcomed, respected, and valued regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, role, geographical location, education, or background. We host networking opportunities and mentoring programs to help everyone achieve their best. Our Belonging Councils include Women@Workday, which inspires and supports women in professional roles; Workday Pride, which promotes respect, tolerance, and education regarding the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community; The Talented Tenth, whose goal is to inspire and excite African-American communities about careers in software technology; and the Chinese Culture Club, which celebrates Chinese culture and helps new Workmates from China get acclimated to the U.S.
  • Something more meaningful and important: We encourage our Workmates to support causes that are important to them. Through the Workday Giving & Doing program, Workday contributes individual and team grants for volunteer hours, team grants for participation in charitable athletic events, and matching gifts of up to $1,000 per Workmate per year. Our unlimited paid time-off policy makes it easier to volunteer at convenient times. Through our Sustainability program, Workday has achieved 100 percent Green Power Purchaser status, pledged our commitment to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, and announced our goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2021. As Workmates, we can support our Earth Day and World Oceans Day efforts, participate in the Team Bike Challenge to reduce our carbon footprint, and choose socially responsible investing options through our 401(k) program.


88% Company-paid health coverage for employees 85% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
88% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k)
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Long-term care insurance to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Restricted stock units to employees


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Hair salon
  • Dry cleaning
  • Subsidized public transportation
  • Free beverages during the day
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Banking
With a growing employee population, our departments host quarterly all-hands meetings so we stay connected.


Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment
52 weeks Unpaid sabbatical after 5 year(s)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave60 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
51 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave
60 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)30 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$5,000 Adoption benefit60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents
60 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Elder care resources


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

$2,671,413 Philanthropic donations in last year $749,496 Total company-matched employee donations in last year


  • The Director of Belonging & Diversity is accountable for a formal diversity strategy in employee recruitment and retention
  • Formal Employee Belonging Councils support professional development for: under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; formal programs support employees reentering the workforce
  • 100 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

One of our Belonging Councils hosted a Holi celebration, with Bollywood music and colorful powder thrown in the air.


Workday managers host creative team off-sites, such as wine tasting, go-karting, and beach excursions.

How to Get Hired

We asked Workday, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

At Workday, we pride ourselves on having a culture that allows employees to thrive, be authentic, express themselves, and have fun, all while innovating and delivering phenomenal customer service. These are just some of the ingredients of our special culture, and they have helped us become one of the fastest-growing and most innovative companies in our industry. So, what do we look for in potential hires? We look for people who are humbly confident; smart and focused while also friendly and collaborative; serious about their work, but who don’t take work too seriously; and who are undoubtedly passionate about customers.  Those who are driven to disrupt an industry while creating cutting edge products – and having fun along the way – are exactly the type of people we want to hire.  

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Be authentic. And be yourself. At Workday, we are built from a culture where each person is more focused on “we” rather than “me,” where honesty and integrity are as integral to our success as our innovative products.   

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

As we enter our next phase of growth, we are particularly focused on hiring great developers with experience in the areas of Financial Management and Human Capital Management applications.  In addition to that area of focus, we will also be prioritizing sales talent that understands how to sell cloud based enterprise applications to top brands around the globe.  If you think of those 2 talent categories as building and selling our product, we will also be extremely focused on hiring professional services talent to both implement our product and focus on ongoing customer success and adoption.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Make sure to visit our careers site to learn more about us and our available positions by visiting

hiring Outlook

2,300 Job openings forecast for coming year 33% Job Growth
40 Average applicants per opening 185,840 Applications received
2,904 Positions filled in past year 29% New hires by employee referrals
1,400 New positions created 453 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses 229 New graduates hired
6% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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