Dayforce vs. Workday Human Capital Management

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Dayforce
Score 7.9 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Dayforce HCM is a cloud-based platform encompassing HR, payroll, benefits, and talent and workforce management. It provides companies with a scalable framework and real-time data, such as continual pay calculations, to enable efficient decision-making.N/A
Workday HCM
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Workday Human Capital Management is built as a cloud-based system with global consistency in user experience. Workday HCM is part of a broader system with other Workday products.
$100
per year per user
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
DayforceWorkday HCM
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
DayforceWorkday Human Capital Management
Considered Both Products
Dayforce
Chose Dayforce
I have been very pleased. Very comprehensive and intuitive suite. It does get expensive to have everything, but I love how each works with the other.
Chose Dayforce
With the help of Dayforce we were able to hire, train and pay employee in one single system without any hassle. This considerably improved incorrect payments.
Chose Dayforce
Having an integrated solution has improved manager and employee self-service and data accuracy (one source of truth).
Chose Dayforce
We do not use all the features [Ceridian] Dayforce has to offer.
Chose Dayforce
I haven't used the other applications so I can't objectively compare but it has definitely made a difference having a single application on our business.
Chose Dayforce
Dayforce is less complicated than other products and allows you the flexibility to meet your business needs. It is a stronger tool with greater technology and creative problem solving ability.
Chose Dayforce
Greatly simplifies many processes, and provides much more timely review of data. And reporting/analytics allows the creation of more comprehensive reports without going to multiple sources and then manually pulling together in Excel, etc., to provide a single over-view of an …
Chose Dayforce
Dayforce is slower with more errors and the workflows freeze. Forms are an outdated technology as they can't be edited, and are very frustrating to use. Dayforce is less adaptable to change in WCM and to the original HCM configuration. As an example, outdated time-offs can't be …
Chose Dayforce
We do not use Dayforce HCM for payroll, HR or benefits. This makes for constant testing of the different systems to ensure they are in sync, it also requires much manual intervention to make any corrections. One of the big issues is when making a correction in the past, …
Chose Dayforce
I like that Dayforce modules talk to each other. Workday’s modules didn’t for things that had to be manually added to a check like benefit premium catch up or an employee forgot to add a PTO request in through normal processes. In my mind, anything done to a check whether …
Chose Dayforce
I used to work in HR outsourcing where the client companies had hodge-podge PeopleSoft with other solutions. It was difficult having to explain to managers and employees about “feed timelines” or why data was not accurate. Having everything on one platform eliminates this pain …
Chose Dayforce
The "realtime" calculations of the timesheet and link to the employment status panel has been very helpful.
Chose Dayforce
The interface and configuration are much easier to work with in Dayforce than in any other HCM system I have worked with.
Chose Dayforce
The biggest impact would be not having to duplicate work. I have used systems in the past that required the data to be entered in three different times. That leaves users open to a lot of manual keying errors. It's honestly a waste of valuable time that can be put toward …
Chose Dayforce
Our company didn’t acquire the benefits module but having the time system and payroll under the same sign on is great.
Chose Dayforce
We haven't had one system with all the modules so we have had integrations between different applications.
Workday HCM
Chose Workday Human Capital Management
Kronos, ADP Vantage, Net Suite, Ceridian - chose workday because of the international capabilities and its flexibility. It had enough out of the box that special programming did not need to be done. They had a good base, having worked with People soft we were aware of the …
Chose Workday Human Capital Management
SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
Chose Workday Human Capital Management
I came to CMU after they had selected Workday. I think the biggest reason why Workday was selected, was because the business could invest in one system to bring their Payroll, HR, and Benefits activities together, where those had been 3 separate systems in the past.
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Features
DayforceWorkday Human Capital Management
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Dayforce
7.8
581 Ratings
0% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
7.4
89 Ratings
5% below category average
Employee demographic data8.1504 Ratings7.975 Ratings
Employment history8.4539 Ratings7.284 Ratings
Job profiles and administration7.9529 Ratings7.086 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.8531 Ratings7.782 Ratings
Organizational charting7.3482 Ratings8.281 Ratings
Organization and location management7.7527 Ratings7.880 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)7.5351 Ratings6.254 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Dayforce
8.4
581 Ratings
5% above category average
Workday Human Capital Management
7.0
74 Ratings
13% below category average
Pay calculation9.0567 Ratings7.063 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors7.5283 Ratings7.151 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment8.9131 Ratings7.313 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.0456 Ratings6.158 Ratings
Direct deposit files9.0552 Ratings6.764 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.4436 Ratings7.461 Ratings
Reimbursement management8.1294 Ratings7.537 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Dayforce
7.9
527 Ratings
2% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
7.6
68 Ratings
5% below category average
Approval workflow8.3495 Ratings8.067 Ratings
Balance details7.7509 Ratings7.967 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment7.9416 Ratings6.754 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Dayforce
8.0
593 Ratings
1% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
7.3
88 Ratings
10% below category average
View and generate pay and benefit information8.5564 Ratings7.777 Ratings
Update personal information8.7577 Ratings7.786 Ratings
View company policy documentation8.0397 Ratings6.567 Ratings
Employee recognition7.1206 Ratings6.853 Ratings
View job history8.0473 Ratings7.977 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Dayforce
7.4
97 Ratings
4% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
6.5
22 Ratings
17% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets7.497 Ratings6.522 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Dayforce
7.2
580 Ratings
5% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
7.2
74 Ratings
5% below category average
Report builder7.6571 Ratings7.670 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.7571 Ratings7.472 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data6.3399 Ratings6.660 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Dayforce
7.8
373 Ratings
2% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
7.5
52 Ratings
5% below category average
New hire portal7.7363 Ratings7.648 Ratings
Manager tracking tools7.8319 Ratings7.448 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Dayforce
7.6
240 Ratings
7% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
7.1
55 Ratings
13% below category average
Corporate goal setting7.4201 Ratings7.545 Ratings
Individual goal setting7.8220 Ratings7.554 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility7.5188 Ratings6.447 Ratings
Performance tracking7.8225 Ratings7.253 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Dayforce
7.7
264 Ratings
3% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
7.8
58 Ratings
1% below category average
Performance plans7.5245 Ratings7.757 Ratings
Performance improvement plans7.6210 Ratings7.349 Ratings
Review status tracking7.8247 Ratings7.753 Ratings
Review reminders7.8243 Ratings8.153 Ratings
Multiple review frequency7.9219 Ratings8.247 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Dayforce
6.8
119 Ratings
15% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
6.5
36 Ratings
19% below category average
Create succession plans/pools7.094 Ratings7.131 Ratings
Candidate ranking6.7102 Ratings6.132 Ratings
Candidate search6.5107 Ratings6.834 Ratings
Candidate development6.994 Ratings6.133 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Dayforce
7.3
286 Ratings
6% below category average
Workday Human Capital Management
7.6
42 Ratings
2% below category average
Job Requisition Management7.4270 Ratings7.740 Ratings
Company Website Posting7.4264 Ratings8.133 Ratings
Publish to Social Media7.4221 Ratings7.930 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting7.4253 Ratings8.034 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention6.6216 Ratings6.433 Ratings
Applicant Tracking7.3263 Ratings7.134 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts7.2257 Ratings8.038 Ratings
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User Ratings
DayforceWorkday Human Capital Management
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(621 ratings)
8.3
(101 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.7
(85 ratings)
10.0
(17 ratings)
Usability
6.4
(60 ratings)
7.0
(12 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(12 ratings)
6.6
(8 ratings)
Performance
5.0
(13 ratings)
7.3
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
7.7
(65 ratings)
8.1
(21 ratings)
In-Person Training
7.0
(11 ratings)
9.6
(6 ratings)
Online Training
7.4
(18 ratings)
7.0
(7 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.6
(43 ratings)
8.0
(11 ratings)
Configurability
8.7
(13 ratings)
7.5
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.0
(8 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.9
(14 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.9
(18 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.9
(12 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
DayforceWorkday Human Capital Management
Likelihood to Recommend
Dayforce
Ceridian is well suited for transferring time data between systems to ensure employees are accurately compensated based on their time. Ceridian is not ideal when an employee has transferred to a different country. (As previously mentioned, we are required to create a new user record which with our setup requires the existing employee to be hired in the new location).
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Workday
Workday human capital management is well suited for organizations to manage their employee records. It is also well suited for managing the employee's salary details, also the details of past salary changes, promotions, etc. It has options to keep track of employees' goals for the year, where they can keep track of their progress, and also managers can view the progress or share feedback. This is very helpful for tracking career progress and providing feedback. Other options, like training assigned to employees, can also be seen in Workday; users will get alerts by email for any new assignments or due assignments, etc.
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Pros
Dayforce
  • Reporting. It has an extensive report builder with stock reports, ad-hoc reports, and the ability to build your own custom reports.
  • Payroll. The continuous payroll engine makes processing complex payrolls much easier and faster.
  • Forms. The stock forms are a great jumping off point to start creating custom forms that work better for your processes and organization.
  • Documentation. Every module is well documented, and you're always bound to learn something if you read through them properly!
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Workday
  • Groups employees in management hierarchies and creates Org Charts that are easy to navigate and allow for visualizing management chains regardless of employee locations
  • Intuitive and easy to use. The Workday search functionality works very much like Google; one can search for anything that they have access to in the database and drill down into the various details. All information is connected through hyperlinks and users can easily keep digging into the details for as far as their security access would take them.
  • Tasks such as to do, review or approve items are sent to the user's Workday Inbox, very much resembling email. Notifications about outstanding "to do" items are also sent to each the user's work email address on a daily basis.
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Cons
Dayforce
  • In payroll, there are sometimes issues with calculating pay when people’s rates change mid-pay period
  • Would love to see an option to assist with building SQL or XML statements in the future (maybe co-pilot AI?)
  • Would love an easy way to store pre-hire documents with candidates that syncs over to their HR profile when hired
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Workday
  • The web interface is awful
  • Terrible, terrible, UI. No modern features like auto-save. I can't count the times I have lost work.
  • Their UX team (if it even exists) must be aliens, because I can't see how humans would have come up with the UI conventions they have.
  • Who creates a website application where you can't open stuff in multiple browser windows and tabs easily?
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Likelihood to Renew
Dayforce
We are highly invested in Ceridian's Dayforce product. It give us the flexibility and scaling that our growing company needs. Its potential reaches beyond the basic HR functions to the decision making that our Management Team needs. Ceridian is always innovating the employee and employee experiences to offer cutting edge options.
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Workday
It is work to make one system the source of truth for our data, but now that it is done, there is less work involved in staying on this path. This means for us that maintaining and/or implementing new modules like performance, finance, talent, etc. is simple. It's a no-brainer
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Usability
Dayforce
I think it's very usable for the employee. I don't think it is as easy for the HR/PR admins - especially if there is an issue. There are so many setup screens that need to be looked at to try to figure out why payroll isn't calculating properly, hours aren't feeding over correctly, or benefits are not calculating properly. For the most part, they can't do their own troubleshooting. The same is true for the managers. Our managers find it cumbersome to go into make any schedule changes after the schedules have been generated.
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Workday
Workday's on a great path in terms of user experience. Their goals is to deliver a use experience that doesn't require training or instruction, like Amazon on the consumer side for example. That's hard to do when you're talking about complex business processes and important and sensitive employee information, but they're doing it well
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Reliability and Availability
Dayforce
We have never experienced a total/unplanned outages that effected our ability to process payroll. However, there are times when the application's speed is significantly effected - and processing a payroll may take up to twice as long as normal.
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Workday
In 2014, Workday has changed the update process. There will be two updates a year; the updates will be delivered to customers typically in a 24 hour window during these two weekends a year. They also keep the Community up-to-date about any planned outages, etc. There is weekly scheduled downtime on Friday night.
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Performance
Dayforce
We haven't noticed any slow-down due to the integration of Dayforce WFM with our Ceridian HPL products (HRIS and Payroll). The new HTML view of the timesheets don't load as quickly as the old Silverlight view - however, we have gotten used to the change.
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Workday
From my perspective, the system runs like a well oiled machine and I have not had any issues with customers complaining about speed. If a report is taking long to run, the report can run in the background and you can go about your business. For larger enterprises, there is additional space and machines to process the application in what Workday refers to it as Extended Configuration Tenant
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Support Rating
Dayforce
Most of the time the support is great; it's not always super efficient but I always get the help I need. Occasionally it takes a lot longer than we had hoped or get conflicting responses. We had one ticket recently where we were told we would have to pay the service team to support us on the project and then another person called the next day with the solution to our query and was able to find a solution easily. Generally, though, the response is great and they either walk me though how to do something via a Zoom Meeting or they email step-by-step instructions on how to do it and say if I have questions we can set up a meeting to discuss further.
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Workday
Workday is still learning about the needs of higher education. I have seen rapid improvement in support and knowledge over the last year so am confident this will continue to improve. Overall however, I have found the Support Team to be extremely responsive and Workday offers the advantage of having support across several timezones so that we never wait more than a few hours for a response.
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In-Person Training
Dayforce
Because the training we reviewed at Insights has changed how we use the system everyday. This is a key factor in our training.
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Workday
Some training is offered online. Cost is per-person. This also gets quite expensive. Training doesn’t follow a logical path A to B. Starts in middle. When you try to do it afterwards at your desk, difficult.
• Training scenarios are not very real
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Online Training
Dayforce
The online training is very good, there is a wide variety of topics offered and several dates and times. The instructors are very knowledgeable about the subjects they are teaching. There are so many ways to program Dayforce that just the basics seem to be covered in the class.
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Workday
I have done for report writing and mass imports (EIBs). They give materials and you run through examples, i.e. you don’t just watch them do tasks, so that is helpful. Training is expensive – a single reporting writing class is $600 per person for virtual training
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Implementation Rating
Dayforce
Have a strong internal team. Communicate with your implementation team - they are there to make it work for you. Take the time to really think about how you want the system to work for you - in some cases, you may need to rethink your own business practices to see if you are working harder when the system could do it for you
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Workday
It was implemented before my joining the company. At my last company, we used Workday professional services.

Based upon my experience at my last company, I would rate the implementation experience an 8/10. There are different ways to set things up and we had different people telling us different things. It set us back a couple of times.

Regarding configuration advice, we could set things up where every manager has supervisory organizations, or have it financially based i.e. aligned to cost center/department. We chose the individual manager path and I think we should have chosen a department route. Going down the individual manager path, to maintain the information, we have to inactivate a supervisory org whenever a manager changes/leaves.
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Alternatives Considered
Dayforce
All of the info for Payroll, HR updates, employee updates, Time worked and PTO are in a single application, with a single login, updated in every screen or module in real time. There is no lag in data from screen to screen or from user to user, its almost instant.
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Workday
Unfortunately, I do not recall the brands of the other human capital management software programs or tools I used at my current company or workplaces prior. I do think that is a testament to Workday with its strong branding and compelling features. I was not part of the selection process of Workday but have enjoyed my experience.
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Scalability
Dayforce
Overall, we are extremely happy with the Dayforce WFM module. Our biggest pain point is concerning the twice annual software upgrades - which is the only reason I haven't rated them as a '10'. Because every customer is configured differently, the upgrades can sometimes have adverse effects on our current configured policies/rules. And although they roll-out the upgraded version in a test environment several weeks before go-live, not all testing is accurate in that environment. Some issues do not present themselves until you are working with live punches.
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Workday
Workday has released Financials and is continuing to develop it's Human Capital Management footprint with the addition of Workday Recruiting. I think customers will find that is easy to add on additional functionality in the system. Workday does make it easy for customers to make changes without relying on IT resources. The Business Process framework is a visual tool that allows functional resources to make changes and see the flow of the transaction
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Return on Investment
Dayforce
  • Performance Reviews/Comp used to be handled via paper and tracking/reporting was a nightmare - having all of that in the system is so much more efficient and provides huge ROI
  • Our organization used to have big problems with hiring managers going rogue and hiring positions that aren't approved by Finance - we built an approval workflow in the system that triggers before any req is approved which has completely solved this problem
  • Dayforce Wallet has been a huge perk for our employees - it's heavily used and our crew love it
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Workday
  • Positive ROI, we were one of the first organizations that went with Workday HCM, and we received numerous discounts. Cloud systems are the way to go and we feel the system is stable for our growing work force.
  • The user conferences have been helpful to network and learn more deepness in the modules and functionality.
  • Right off the bat, our implementation costs were lower than budgeted and we had less 'billing' surprises.
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