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Executive Summary
Updated on May 26, 2022

We performed a comparison between Oracle HCM Cloud and Workday based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Most Oracle HCM Cloud reviewers agree that the installation is a straightforward process. Workday users give mixed reviews regarding its setup. Some say the setup is straightforward, while others say it is complex.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability, security, and scalability. Oracle HCM Cloud users say it is easy to use and has good support for mobile devices. Several users say that Oracle HCM Cloud’s integration options could improve. Workday users like its reporting tools and flexibility but say it can take time to load.
  • Pricing: Oracle HCM Cloud users give mixed reviews for their prices. Some feel that their prices are reasonable, while others feel they are high. Workday users say that it is an expensive product.
  • Service and Support: Most Oracle HCM Cloud users report being satisfied with the level of support they receive. In contrast, most Workday users say that its support could improve.

Comparison Results: Oracle HCM Cloud comes out on top in this comparison. Compared with Workday, it is easier to deploy and it receives higher marks for its pricing and support.

To learn more, read our detailed Oracle HCM Cloud vs. Workday report (Updated: September 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Robust and very dependable.""We have not had any issues with the stability of this solution.""The solution has good integration with other applications.""The solution is very good at building out a roadmap based on client needs and feedback.""I like that it is mobile responsive and you can work directly with the vendor on specific requirements that you might have.""The most valuable features in Oracle HCM Cloud are the employee and manager self-services.""I like the interfaces, and they are fine. I would like to see more interfaces.""We have 35,000 employees in our organization, so we consider the solution to be scalable."

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"Workday is a secure product.""The most valuable feature is the ease of reporting.""The user interface is good and very easy to use.""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.""The solution was very good at reconfiguration and customization of their software. It helped us to meet federal regulations.""The solution is stable.""It's easy to set up.""The payroll and benefits engine is the most valuable Workday solution in my opinion. It is also easy to access."

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Cons
"I think they should have a larger data center in China, which would significantly increase the access speed from my current workspace.""The product needs to keep improving the integration tools and the tools to load the data - that whole mechanism - in order to allow for flexibility in the configuration.""Product integration, particularly with collaboration tools, is lacking in this solution.""The data uploading part and backup could be better. They are a bit complex. Oracle is continuously changing it from one functionality to another. It's a bit unstable right now, and it's basically on the backend data upload part. If I have to upload, for example, data for 100 employees, it's a bit of a challenge for an end-user. It can be difficult if you're not a technical person and an end-user like me. I administer the platform, and if I get a request to upload and I'm not a technical person, then I'm just lost. I have to do some research and then complete the task. But it's evolving, and I hope it's more user-friendly in the future. In the next release, I would like a more stable mobile application. The current version isn't very stable. It takes time to open, and although they have come up with new UI pages, a few open areas need to be addressed. I would also like to see more robust and user-friendly data uploading techniques that would be helpful for end users like us. We don't have a technical background, and we just want to upload the data for our day-to-day operations.""It's not so easy to customize as it's cloud-based.""I believe what could be improved is the EX portion of Oracle HCM Cloud and how it can more easily integrate with other tools.""The solution has much room for improvement in all the modules.""Cloud learning can be improved."

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"In a future release we could like to have access to asset, supply and treasury management functionalities.""The finance module of this solution is not great and needs improvement.""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 expenses and reimbursements module could be improved. Creating expense reports is time consuming and inefficient compared to other expense solutions.""The user interface can be enhanced.""The security console should be made less complex.""The cost of Workday is certainly not inexpensive. It's very pricey.""I would be happy if it was faster. Currently, when I try to navigate within the solution itself, it is a bit slow in terms of the page load time. When I click on something, it usually takes time to load. When you click on different icons or areas on the website, it is slow. Even when you navigate between different models, it is a bit slow. I would like to see a bit faster performance and a better user experience."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "On average, it's not a cheap solution."
  • "It has a licensing cost. It has a cloud-based subscription, which is quite cheap."
  • "The solution is expensive."
  • "Licensing fees are on a yearly basis."
  • "There is a license required for the use of this solution and we are on an annual license."
  • "I cannot comment on the cost, as this is handled by a different team."
  • "The contract for one of them will be extended for three years and for another one for two years. One of them is paying monthly, and another one is paying per quarter. I don't know about the third one. So, it differs."
  • "There is a subscription to use this solution, and there can be additional fees."
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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."
  • "The pricing is good from an HR perspective, although management gets upset after spending $500,000 a year, every year."
  • "Its price is pretty high. It is more expensive than what is offered by other competitors in the market."
  • "It has an annual subscription rate, but I'm not sure how it will work."
  • "The pricing for this solution is fairly high. It is not affordable for small and mid-sized companies."
  • "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."
  • "It is on a yearly basis."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Although both are solutions to manage HR, their differences make each one suitable for different companies. Oracle Cloud HCM is a platform for connecting all human resource processes in your… more »
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    Top Answer:I don't know how much it costs, but I know that everything is included. We don't pay anything extra apart from the licensing fee.
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    Top Answer:I found the analysis features to be very useful for our company. I also found the modules installed to be aligned with our company's KPIs. These were the two features that stood out.
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    Also Known As
    Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud
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    Overview

    Oracle HCM Cloud is a complete HR application suite which helps organizations become more strategic and agile with a best-in-class workforce experience. It integrates HR best practices and technology to provide an engaging, informative, and adaptive HR experience throughout the entire employee lifecycle. Oracle HCM Cloud allows organizations find, develop and retain the best talent, enable collaboration, deliver deep workforce insights, and increase operational efficiency

    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
    Kovaion Consulting India Pvt. Ltd., eVerge Group, Kalpataru, Logicalis Inc., Macmillan Science and Education, Drivestream Inc., Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group LLC, WAXIE Sanitary Supply
    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
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Recruiting/Hr Firm6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm32%
    Transportation Company11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise48%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise69%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise62%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    Oracle HCM Cloud vs. Workday
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle HCM Cloud vs. Workday and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Oracle HCM Cloud is ranked 4th in Benefits Administration with 22 reviews while Workday is ranked 1st in Benefits Administration with 17 reviews. Oracle HCM Cloud is rated 7.8, while Workday is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Oracle HCM Cloud writes "The HCM Core (incl. Self Service and Absence management) is very complete, user friendly , scalable and stable. ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Workday writes "Offers good business process framework and out-of-the-box reporting, and brings operational efficiencies". Oracle HCM Cloud is most compared with SAP SuccessFactors, PeopleSoft, SAP HCM, Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Taleo, whereas Workday is most compared with SAP SuccessFactors, PeopleSoft, SAP HCM, UKG and Cornerstone Learning. See our Oracle HCM Cloud vs. Workday report.

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