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Workday HCM

Workday HCM


What is Workday HCM?

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.

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Recent Reviews

HCM for the Modern Age

8 out of 10
February 21, 2024
Workday HCM is currently being utilized to streamline and automate current manual processes as well as provide an ability to track our …
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Unlogical but it works

4 out of 10
February 01, 2024
I use Workday for managing candidates. Applications, contracts, checking information about managers. Job advert and all infomation about …
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Workday HCM Review

10 out of 10
September 21, 2023
Using Workday HCM, it is possible to gain a total image of the workforce for a user. Further, it helps to understand the total people …
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Workday for HRMS

7 out of 10
December 08, 2021
Workday is our organization's Human Resources application. We perform all the HR activities such as Personal Information view and update, …
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Popular Features

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  • Update personal information (88)
  • Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc. (84)
  • Employment history (86)
  • Job profiles and administration (88)

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  • No setup fee
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  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $100 per year per user
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Human Resource Management

Organizing, tracking and providing instant access to critical employee data, job profiles, transfers, promotions, and benefits information.

Avg 7.8

Payroll Management

Provides for pay calculation and benefit plan administration, in addition to managing direct deposit, salary revisions and payroll tracking.

Avg 8.0

Leave and Attendance Management

Streamlines communication between HR and employees and facilitates efficient management of employee leave including requisitions, approvals, balance calculation, and annual carry-forward.

Avg 8.1

Employee Self Service

Employee portal allowing employees to view and update their personal information.

Avg 8.1

Asset Management

Maintaining a record of assets such as laptops, pagers, cell phones, etc. issued to employees. Record typically includes asset type, number, serial number and date of issuance.

Avg 7.7

HR Reporting

Pre-built and custom reports, and integration with external data.

Avg 7.6


Employee onboarding is the process of orienting new hires to the social and performance aspects of their jobs so that they are able to function in their new roles as quickly as possible.

Avg 8.0

Performance and Goals

Goal alignment is the practice of ensuring that all employees have clearly defined goals in support of the overall corporate strategy.

Avg 8.1

Performance Management

Performance management is the process of ensuring employees meet pre-determined objectives and goals through regular check-ins and appraisals.

Avg 7.9

Succession Planning

Succession planning is the identification and development of internal employees with the potential to fill key business leadership positions in the company.

Avg 7.9

Recruiting / ATS

Recruiting or Applicant Tracking Software is software used to manage the recruitment process electronically by handling job postings, applicant status, resume management, etc.

Avg 7.7
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Product Details

What is Workday HCM?

Workday Human Capital Management is built as a single system with a single source of data, single security model, and single user experience. Workday offers organizations a cloud-based system designed to evolve, to meet changing business needs today and into the future. The system also ensures that customers are always on the latest version with up-to-date capabilities, whether they’re using Workday on a browser or mobile device. Workday HCM is part of a single system with other Workday products including Workday Financial Management, Workday Payroll (for the U.S., Canada, France, and the UK), Workday Recruiting, Workday Learning, and Workday Planning.

Key product areas:
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organization Management
  • Business Process Management
  • Reporting and Analytics
  • Employee and Manager Self-Service
  • Absence Management
  • Benefits Administration
  • ACA Management
  • Compensation Management
  • Performance and Goal Management
  • Talent Management
  • Survey Framework
  • Contingent Labor Management

Workday HCM Features

Human Resource Management Features

  • Supported: Employee demographic data
  • Supported: Employment history
  • Supported: Job profiles and administration
  • Supported: Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
  • Supported: Benefits information
  • Supported: Organizational charting
  • Supported: Organization and location management
  • Supported: Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

Payroll Management Features

  • Supported: Pay calculation
  • Supported: Support for external payroll vendors
  • Supported: Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
  • Supported: Payroll history for each employee
  • Supported: Benefit plan administration
  • Supported: Direct deposit files
  • Supported: Payroll tracking and auditing
  • Supported: Salary revision and increment management
  • Supported: Reimbursement management
  • Supported: Statutory form management

Leave and Attendance Management Features

  • Supported: Approval workflow
  • Supported: Email notifications
  • Supported: Balance details
  • Supported: Travel absence management
  • Supported: Annual carry-forward and encashment

Employee Self Service Features

  • Supported: Employee login
  • Supported: View and generate pay and benefit information
  • Supported: Update personal information
  • Supported: Request time off
  • Supported: View job history
  • Supported: View company policy documentation
  • Supported: View company news and information
  • Supported: Employee recognition

Asset Management Features

  • Supported: Tracking of all physical assets

HR Reporting Features

  • Supported: Report builder
  • Supported: Pre-built reports
  • Supported: Ability to combine HR data with external data

Integration with other HR capabilities Features

  • Supported: Additional HR capabilities (talent management, LMS, etc.) supplied by same vendor
  • Supported: Additional HR capabilities (talent management, LMS, etc.) supplied by different vendor

Performance Management Features

  • Supported: Performance plans
  • Supported: Performance improvement plans
  • Supported: Review status tracking
  • Supported: Review reminders
  • Supported: Multiple review frequency

Succession Planning Features

  • Supported: Create succession plans/pools
  • Supported: Candidate ranking
  • Supported: Candidate search
  • Supported: Candidate development

Onboarding Features

  • Supported: New hire portal
  • Supported: Manager tracking tools

Performance and Goals Features

  • Supported: Corporate goal setting
  • Supported: Individual goal setting
  • Supported: Line-of sight-visibility
  • Supported: Performance tracking

Recruiting / ATS Features

  • Supported: Job Requisition Management
  • Supported: Company Website Posting
  • Supported: Publish to Social Media
  • Supported: Job Search Site Posting
  • Supported: Duplicate Candidate Prevention
  • Supported: Applicant Tracking
  • Supported: Notifications and Alerts

Additional Features

  • Supported: Reorganization Management
  • Supported: Workforce Planning

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Workday HCM Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Workday HCM starts at $100.

Oracle Fusion Cloud HCM and SAP SuccessFactors are common alternatives for Workday HCM.

Reviewers rate Review reminders highest, with a score of 8.5.

The most common users of Workday HCM are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Reviews and Ratings


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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Reporting and Analysis
  • Employee Data (changing information, promotions, termination, etc.)
  • Open Positions (Tracking, Reporting, and Creation)
  • Additional Easily Reportable Data Fields (May be available but something we are not utilizing)
  • International Worker integration with Workday Payroll
  • Maybe some additional ways to report on positions
February 21, 2024

HCM for the Modern Age

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Reporting. There seems to be a virtually limitless way to report on hundreds of different data points
  • Performance Management capabilities have gone from manual pen and paper to online and fully automated with built-in routing and workflows
  • Payroll services have been enhanced and pay changes have been streamlined and made more efficient
  • Reporting. Can be very messy if the user does not know what they're doing
  • Roles in Workday need more configuration capabilities
  • Talent review process with calibration is a steep learning curve for HRBPs and support team members, requiring significant time investment for enablement and upskilling
February 20, 2024

Workday works for you.

Noah Mark Blaustein | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Manage Time Off requests.
  • Requisitions for new hires.
  • Promotions and pay increase.
  • Data Changes
  • Full Recruitment workflows
  • The requisition and candidate flow can take a bit to get used to, there are some arrows to go to the next candidate that aren't in the best place for workflow.
  • For our hourly employees that work in multi-departments where a rate change is required, there isn't a way to make that change in the inbox module. It would be great if this functionality was added for a more productive flow.
February 01, 2024

Unlogical but it works

Score 4 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Show the status of candidates.
  • Put advertisements of jobs on company site and LinkedIn.
  • Show error messages with the exact error instead of No candidate available. Example at goverment questioner- check goverment questioner or something like that.
  • Show interview feedback from the link of the notifications of it.
  • Show the copy candidate to an other req beside the other buttons.
  • Be able to change compensation grade in the compansation grade field.
  • Possibility to delete inbox items pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese!
  • Having clickable options for everything instead of searching it with writing it in the searchbar. This is particulary annoying.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Robust Search functions
  • Security Groups are powerful
  • business process creation for validation rules and flows
  • The global search is way behind other software offerings
  • While the reporting is powerful it is complicated
  • Missing a simple way to upload data (EDI is powerful but a simple CSV option would be nice too)
Olivia Adhikary | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Recognition and Appreciation
  • Internal Communication
  • Workforce Management
  • Recognition : I wish Workday invested in more badges
  • Leaderboard : We have games within the organisation, A leaderboard would be nice to have
  • Profile : Sometimes individual profiles have missing information. I wish there was a way to make a few fields mandatory
Kuldeep Chouhan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Simple UI.
  • Easy to onboard new user.
  • easy to understand option for editing or managing something.
  • Should have more option in time sheet like choose project code or something.
  • On The pay page, it should have options to view past salaries; it may be there already but not in the version that I use.
  • The employee information page does not have a back button to navigate to the previous page.
Shreyans Parekh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Spend Management: strategic sourcing, inventory management, procure-to-pay, and expense tracking.
  • Human Capital Management: HR, employee experience, knowledge, and case management.
  • Talent Management: talent acquisition, performance optimization, and learning modules.
  • Analytics and Reporting: financial performance reporting and benchmarking.
  • User-level customization capabilities.
  • Improved dashboard enhancements.
  • Backend database access and querying capabilities.
December 08, 2021

Workday for HRMS

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Detailed Functionalities for HR Activities
  • In-app and email Notifications for activities pending
  • SSO logins for employees
  • Neat looking UI
  • Absence Management is very well defined
  • Search option is really difficult for some fields LOVs
  • Errors are not very clear sometimes and not easily understood how to resolve the same
  • No back button on pages are really a letdown
  • Notifications kept showing even after read (for weeks)
September 21, 2021

Workday works for me

Erica Mijon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Allows managers and employees to provide feedback to one another
  • Workday [Human Capital Management] is a great storage of payroll and paystub information
  • [It] allows companies to upload mandatory training modules
  • Some of its interface is not very intuitive
  • It takes several clicks and digging to get to some basic info
  • Its layout is outdated compared to other internal websites
Logan Brecklin, PE | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Makes it easy to charge specific work orders when tracking time.
  • Accurately creates report for year-end reviews and goal tracking.
  • Allows users to comment on ongoing work tasks that can be seen by management.
  • Can use software to see how much time is left in vacation or sick banks.
  • Allows users to quickly elect benefits for the next calendar year, with controls to prevent inadvertent benefit selection. Summarizes total premium cost.
  • Sometimes time charge errors are hard to uncover, particularly when multiple hour submittals have not been saved.
  • Adding, editing and deleting performance tasks can be difficult to manage.
  • The mobile app can be easier to use than the web browser version.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Workday is easy-to-use for end-users due to its simple interface.
  • Workday can be unlimitely configure by the Workday team in order to meet the critical business needs (e.g. approval flows, business rules, validations, etc.)
  • Easily and accurately track and maintain employee data.
  • Easily allow the HR team to pull data and information through report writer.
  • Workday Studio allows Workday to be integrated with other platforms, leading to automation and time-savings using Workday as the main source of truth.
  • Even though Workday is easy-to-use for end-user, negative feedback on Workday generally revolve around the interface that doesn't look modern.
  • Even through Workday allows unlimited configuration, learning one Workday module can take up to 2 years. Workday configuration is not as simple as other HCM softwares.
  • Even though Workday provides learning course, it is extremely expensive.
  • Even though Workday has Workday Support to support errors, issues, and bugs on Workday, Workda Supports tend to be kind of slow when compared to other softwares support.
  • Workday is extremely expensive when compared to other HCM softwares.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Instant access to information, such as PTO, performance, role, etc.
  • Can access reports filtered for specific data points or fields.
  • Easy to use.
  • One central database location for all personnel information.
  • Secure and limited access is given on a need to know basis.
  • Certain information can not be accessed and/or updated by the own individual. For example, for a name change, an individual would need to contact HR directly for updates or changes to information.
  • Lack of notification emails when updates are done or if pending items are awaiting responses. The employee needs to log in to find out if anything is pending or not. It would ideal if automatic email notifications go out if anything is still pending updates or changes have been made.
  • Effective dating not available for all changes in generates reports. For example, if a change was made to a certain field, the report generated does not display the effective date of the change.
Jill Dickert | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Streamlined platform that is useful across multiple business units
  • User-friendly dashboard
  • Excellent integration for financial and human resources-related tasks
  • The search tool could always use improvement
  • Time off balance can be confusing
  • More integrations could be useful
Monika Ganeva | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
  • Language translations of custom data fields and business processes across different modules are not available and each client has to maintain these on their own. This can significantly challenge system adoption and utilization, in countries where English is a second language.
  • Limited ability to customize system generated error messages (often heavy of technical jargon) leads to inability for the end user to self-service in resolving simple transactional issues and causes a high volume of escalations to the system support team.
  • Inability for the system to handle multiple transactions with the same effective date and determine what would be the most up to date information based on the timestamp of each transaction. This creates a constant need for data corrections, cancellations or rescinding of transactions to accommodate entry of additional information effective dated on the same day or users have to future date transactions to avoid conflict.
April 24, 2021

Workday HCM Review

Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Act as Proxy feature is really cool and helps function as an admin effectively
  • Benefits module is good
  • Overall look and feel is good. Easy to use
  • Workday is not customizable in terms of user interface
  • Reporting capability is very limited
  • Many Fonts and text editing features are missing while providing feedback
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