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"In terms of user experience, it is quite good.""This solution has always been stable for me.""I think it's perfect that every requirement has flexibility in how it is handled, and that there are several workarounds for any problem we are looking to solve. Each problem has multiple solutions, so it gives us a lot of flexibility in terms of processes.""SuccessFactors offers all aspects of Human Resources Management. What I love most about it is that it can be implemented for any company very quickly.""The initial setup was pretty simple.""The performance goals and learning management solutions are the product's most valuable features.""It has a global database, and it is globally accessible. By using this solution, we have moved away from paper, which is a big step for us.""It's very user-friendly."

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"The reporting feature is quite easy for a layman to use, and the look and feel of the application is good. Its security is robust. You will never find a use case that cannot be covered.""The most valuable feature is the ease of reporting.""It's intuitive, a very usable tool and it's easy to find the data you're looking for.""The user interface is good and very easy to use.""The solution was very good at reconfiguration and customization of their software. It helped us to meet federal regulations.""The solution is stable.""The platform itself is very robust and I generally like the reporting and analytics capability.""It helps the users to enroll for the benefits automatically and update their life events without the involvement of HR individuals or back-office staff. It enables a person to take action on their own. It reduces the administrative burden on HR and puts the ownership on the person that is going through the life event, whether it is having a child, taking a leave of absence, or something else. There are easy ways to integrate Workday with your common benefits. At least in the USA, it can be integrated with common benefits providers such as Fidelity, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, etc. It has got a connector that is able to connect with the vendor or the third party to which you are trying to send the eligibility file. It basically allows us to automate or set up the tool, and the integration with the provider is a lot quicker than competing tools. When it comes to reporting on just eligibility and SLSA, it is a lot more user-intuitive. Depending on the purpose of what you are doing, you can grant security rights or roles, for example, you can control whether someone is a benefits administrator doing an independent audit. Workday makes it very easy to do that. It significantly simplifies the reporting process."

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"The initial setup could be simplified.""The pricing of SAP is quite high.""To explain one feature that I would like to see in SuccessFactors, I must describe a similar feature as seen in Oracle. In Oracle, there's a feature called Workforce Prediction, and with this feature, we can predict some of the behaviors of any employee. For example, the software can attempt to predict whether the employee might resign in future, or perhaps if they will start to perform better. This is something that is missing in SuccessFactors.""Also, it would be helpful if they could improve its ability to localize the product to Nigeria.""The stability could be a bit better.""he user interface could be improved.""I think there is room for improvement in user friendliness. In my experience, users are sometimes confused about how to use the solution.""It is not that user-friendly. It can be made more user-friendly."

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"The implementation could have gone a little smoother.""The solution should be more user-friendly.""They don't offer any backend database access. This is one limitation that I found in this product. Workday hasn't opened up about what kind of database they are into, which can make it easy for the technical team to emulate issues. It would be good if they can offer backend access to the technical team. It would be helpful if they can also provide a Troubleshooting Guide that we can use to troubleshoot issues. When we have an issue, there are very limited resources to refer to.""It's possible that the way things are integrated could be improved""The cost of Workday is certainly not inexpensive. It's very pricey.""It is very unique as compared to other tools in terms of the employee master data and how it is organized. That's why sometimes the information needs to sit in two different systems because, in Workday, it is organized differently. This issue is not related to benefits. It is more or so related to how you categorize employees. I don't think this is a problem that could be solved. Workday is aware of this. It is one of those kinds of situations that you just got to live with.""The UI, UX (user experience) is very bad. It is not very interactive.""The security console should be made less complex."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I don't want to comment on the license cost, to be honest. It could be about $1,000 approximately per customer. However, it's very flexible in terms of the licensing costs depending on the volume and depending on the deal of installation.""It could be cheaper.""If you go by best practices and do it right from the outset, the setup won't be a costly endeavor. In terms of setup, there is a lot of flexibility compared to three years ago."

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"You have the license fee per module, and then you have a kind of annual training fee, which is a kind of add-on. I wouldn't say it is exhaustive; it is minor. Licensing is pretty transparent for most of the part.""Its price is pretty high. It is more expensive than what is offered by other competitors in the market.""The pricing is good from an HR perspective, although management gets upset after spending $500,000 a year, every year."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: When it comes to user experience, SuccessFactors is unquestionably superior, as it provides end users with a new experience and an advanced user interface. Additionally, the entire concept of SF is to… more »
Top Answer: The self-service part is most valuable. Employees and managers can do a lot of things on their own, and they are not dependent on the HR organization.
Top Answer: It's my understanding that the licensing is paid on a yearly basis, however, I cannot speak to the cost. The project manager handles that aspect of the product. It's my understanding that SAP as a… more »
Top Answer: The solution is stable.
Top Answer: Its price is pretty high. It is more expensive than what is offered by other competitors in the market.
Top Answer: The implementation time should be addressed, as it is too slow. Also, the solution should be more user-friendly. The installation is time-consuming and not so straightforward. So too, technical… more »
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SuccessFactors helps organizations align strategy with objectives & manage people performance to ensure execution & results. Execution is the difference.

Workday is a cloud-based software solution that specializes in developing applications for capital and finance management applications. The system is built to work in global workforces and is adaptable. The global system ensures that users are up to date and can manage internal career-related information, and everyday business problems like timesheets, payrolls, and time off.

“A Pioneer in Software-as-a-Service”

Workday Human Capital Management tool is designed to simplify and streamline your work. It leverages machine learning to adapt capital management to a changing environment.

The Workday model is based on delivering a single system that uses a single source of data and a single security model to deliver a unique user experience. The system is user-friendly and ensures that employees and management can use it from any and all devices. Workday HCM integrates into a central system that includes financial management, payroll, recruiting, learning, and planning. Managers and employees can provide feedback to one another, too.

Workday’s features include:

  • Flexible framework that lets you organize your staff according to different criteria. You can group employees by function, hierarchy, or department.
  • Personalized career guidance: Knowledge management and career guidance that can be easily customized for each staff member and also done at scale.
  • Augmented reporting and analytics: Configure, change, update, and publish reports, scorecards, and dashboards. The system centralizes the transactional and analytical data so you can act on the data from anywhere.
  • Compensation tools: Compensatio, payroll, and time tracking are automated and simplified.
  • Workforce planning allows you to uncover and address talent gaps and get visibility of your staff.
  • Mobile-first ensign approach: Users can access all resources from any device, and they are always in sync.
  • Machine learning capabilities enable personalized enterprise experiences and faster business processes.

Workday smart platform consists of the following modules:

  • Human resource management
  • Business process management
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Benefits administration
  • Compensation management
  • Talent management
  • Survey framework
  • Employee and management self-service

Reviews from Real Users

Many organizations choose Workday because it provides an all-in-one modular solution for human capital and finance management. Our users say they like the ease of use for time-off requests, career and development segments, and overall HR management. The records and reporting capabilities are another popular feature.

"The solution was very good at reconfiguration and customization of their software. It helped us to meet federal regulations," said one user. Another said that the best feature is the optimization of the work day experience with a unified platform that can be applied across different business units. “You will never find a use case that cannot be covered," said a third.

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Sample Customers
City of Cape Town, ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd., TransAlta Corporation, Keolis, PT XL Axiata Tbk, National Football League (NFL), Plan International, Yoh, A Day & Zimmermann Company, China Talent Group (CTG TMO), Umicore S.A., Butterfield Bank, Skril
AAA, Allied Global, Avago Technologies Limited, Aviva, Cardinal Health, CareFusion, Chiquita Brands International, Equifax, Flextronics, HP, Life Time Fitness, McKee Foods, MGM Resorts International, Sanofi, ServiceSource International, Symantec, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!
Top Industries
Manufacturing Company22%
Recruiting/Hr Firm17%
Computer Software Company17%
Financial Services Firm9%
Computer Software Company35%
Comms Service Provider19%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
Manufacturing Company4%
Financial Services Firm31%
Manufacturing Company8%
Insurance Company8%
Transportation Company8%
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider13%
Financial Services Firm6%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise53%
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise71%
Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise59%
Find out what your peers are saying about SAP SuccessFactors vs. Workday and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
553,954 professionals have used our research since 2012.

SAP SuccessFactors is ranked 1st in Talent Acquisition with 15 reviews while Workday is ranked 3rd in Talent Acquisition with 8 reviews. SAP SuccessFactors is rated 8.0, while Workday is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of SAP SuccessFactors writes "Highly flexible and gives full visibility into our workforce management processes". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Workday writes "Simple to use with easy report creation and excellent AI". SAP SuccessFactors is most compared with SAP HCM, Oracle HCM Cloud, PeopleSoft, Oracle Taleo and Cornerstone Learning, whereas Workday is most compared with PeopleSoft, SAP HCM, Oracle HCM Cloud, Oracle Taleo and Ceridian Dayforce HCM. See our SAP SuccessFactors vs. Workday report.

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