Dayforce HCM vs Workday comparison


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Executive Summary

Categories and Ranking

Dayforce HCM
Ranking in Talent Management
Ranking in Cloud HCM
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Talent Intelligence (3rd)
Ranking in Talent Management
Ranking in Cloud HCM
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Benefits Administration (1st), Talent Acquisition (1st)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Cloud HCM category, the mindshare of Dayforce HCM is 2.9%, up from 2.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Workday is 18.6%, down from 18.8% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Cloud HCM
Unique Categories:
Talent Management
Benefits Administration

Featured Reviews

Jan 30, 2024
Enables us to spend much less time doing our audits compared to other systems
The benefits offered by the product have improved a lot because earlier, the tool did not offer the option for enrollment through the mobile, but now they do allow it. The users have to put in the effort to set up the option for benefit enrollment through the mobile separately instead of just having it come from the platform. I like the compensation module because users can set up different cycles or use the old compensation plan. The tool has improved a lot, but it is not very user-friendly. The product's user-friendliness is an area with certain shortcomings where improvements are required. I would like the tool to keep up with everything from a compliance perspective. In California, there are specific compliance requirements to be followed. My company wants to ask Ceridian Dayforce HCM to let our employees review their time sheets and approve those before they go to the manager since it is not something that can be done currently with the product. My only concern is that ADP Workforce Now is not a user-friendly product, making it an area where improvements are needed.
Praveen KumarN - PeerSpot reviewer
Feb 9, 2024
Helps manage the calendar, but they could provide a web chatbot feature
We use the platform for tasks, including applying for leaves, communication, and adhering to our organization's policies through efficient goal setting and reviews The platform doesn't help me in decision-making as I have used it only for basic applications, including applying for leaves and…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The tool has improved a lot in the area of its mobile application, especially considering its added security features, like single sign-on capabilities."
"Statutory holiday pay is calculated automatically."
"Ceridian Dayforce HCM is a stable product."
"The initial setup is easy."
"Great time and attendance payroll and benefits administration which has improved our efficiency."
"The implementation was through a team assigned to us by Ceridian. They were extremely knowledgeable and it made the implementation go very smoothly."
"Employees like being able to see what entitlements/balances that they have for their time away."
"Our employee benefits enrollment is managed through Ceridian Dayforce, which makes for a limited manual process."
"Workday is highly intuitive from a customer experience perspective. It was effortless for us to understand what to do even though we didn't have any related training. It was easy to use without guidance."
"This product is leaps and bounds above the competition. Part of the reason is that it is built with modern technology. It has no legacy coding in it at all."
"We use Workday for all our employee-related information. It is a central hub where we can access pay slips, tax-related information, tax automation, and tax rules. Additionally, it manages employee hiring processes and other HR functions. It's a one-stop solution where employees can find everything about their profile, work experience, and associated technologies."
"The user interface is good and very easy to use."
"The payroll and benefits engine is the most valuable Workday solution in my opinion. It is also easy to access."
"I would say that we have definitely seen a return on investment."
"We have fewer systems, less manual data entry, and less processing."
"It is easy to use and straightforward."


"An area for improvement could be a little more testing before implementing hotfixes to make sure they do not interfere with any active customized products."
"One area to be improved is the solution's reporting function, which can be cumbersome."
"I would like to see more built-in forms. This would save a lot of time during the year-end process."
"It would be nice if retro pay calculations were made automatically for salaried payroll, so a calculation and manual entry do not have to be done."
"I would also like to see some improvement in standard reports. A standard report should be available to pull the required information for Affirmative Action Plans. I do not think I should have to build or create one."
"The reporting could be improved."
"I would like the solution to improve its customer service communication."
"The solution's initial setup was difficult. Also, the solution's initial deployment took around six months."
"It's possible that the way things are integrated could be improved"
"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."
"The user interface can be enhanced."
"They don't have worker payroll in the product. We have to solve our payroll. I hope one day they will be able to have their own localized standard payrolls for all countries."
"The UI, UX (user experience) is very bad. It is not very interactive."
"Workday has several helpful features. It has categorized payroll processes into sections, such as CTC separation and pay slips. It also provides detailed information on promotions and salary hikes, showing changes from the previous year to the current year. This includes a clear view of the new CTC and the monthly paycheck breakdown."
"We would like to see improvement in the mobile app variant of this solution. The time sheet entry and approval, and the geo-tagging features all need to have their functionality updated, in order to be comparable with other products on the market."
"The finance module of this solution is not great and needs improvement."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The XOXO program associated with Dayforce allows you to earn credits towards registration and accommodations at their annual Insight Conferences, which can be a real savings to the company when sending employees to the conference."
"We paid for the implementation costs in the first year with the money that we saved by switching to Dayforce HCM."
"We found the setup costs and pricing to be very reasonable."
"Negotiate for everything you want."
"I rate the solution's pricing a seven on a scale where one is the lowest and ten is the most expensive."
"Earlier, the price of the product was reasonable. Under present circumstances, the price or cost of the product has been increased."
"In terms of pricing, the product is expensive. However, it is crucial to take into account the manner in which the solution will be utilized and the availability of other alternatives."
"Ceridian continually enhances Dayforce HCM. Some of these enhancements they charge for and some are just straight enhancements with no extra charge."
"Its price is pretty high. It is more expensive than what is offered by other competitors in the market."
"With a bigger budget, I would recommend SAP."
"It's very, very expensive."
"I need to pay for a license. It is expensive."
"By and large, Workday is expensive. It is based on the headcount. I'd probably rate it a three or four out of five in terms of pricing. It'd be like buying a Mercedes or a high-end car. It's expensive, but there's a specific value that you're getting with additional features and things of that nature. Using that metaphor, Workday probably tends to be more of a luxury. There are others like ADP that can do your payroll, your time off, and other things, but they don't do it as well."
"The pricing for this solution is fairly high. It is not affordable for small and mid-sized companies."
"It has an annual subscription rate, but I'm not sure how it will work."
"It is on a yearly basis."
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Top Industries

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Educational Organization
Computer Software Company
Manufacturing Company
Construction Company
Educational Organization
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Ceridian Dayforce HCM?
The solution's payroll portion is very streamlined.
What needs improvement with Ceridian Dayforce HCM?
The solution's dashboards and geofencing could be improved. Typically, a lot of systems have a special reason code for every field. In Ceridian Dayforce HCM, the reason code is the same section tha...
What is your primary use case for Ceridian Dayforce HCM?
I use the solution in my company for most of the work except for performance reviews and talent acquisition. My company uses the tool for its benefits, like HCM, payroll management, and time off re...
What are the biggest differences between Workday, Oracle Cloud and SAP SuccessFactors?
Differences between Workday, Oracle Cloud,w and SAP SuccessFactors:w Oracle: "simple interface and deep customization to suit the purpose." SAP: Multiple functionalities that increase process effi...
What do you like most about Workday?
I like its UI and UX. When we were using Oracle or SAP, the UI/UX wasn't very user-friendly for the employees.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Workday?
It's very, very expensive. When I was in a startup company, we tried to adopt Workday. We called them and asked how much it would cost for our company. And the first answer from the salesperson was...



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Ceridian Dayforce HCM, Ascender Talent Management, Ceridian Ideal
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