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We performed a comparison between PeopleSoft and Workday based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Benefits Administration solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed PeopleSoft vs. Workday Report (Updated: May 2024).
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"It is a very stable ERP solution. It is also supported on Oracle Cloud and provides extensive features.""I often say that PeopleSoft's greatest feature is how customizable it is.""A valuable feature is HCM.""A solid and mature product.""I would recommend the solution. It's very stable and scalable, which makes it a reliable solution.""The customizations allow us to come up with a lot of complex labor rules. In the Philippines, there's a lot of different kinds of rules you need to be in compliance with. The solution offers up a lot of flexibility and customization that is perfect for our region's requirements.""The most valuable feature is that it's easy to use.""The most valuable feature for us is the integration between the HR Payroll and Financials modules"

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"It's intuitive, a very usable tool and it's easy to find the data you're looking for.""There is a lot to like about it. I really enjoy the business process framework. It's something that's really seamless. It allows you to have people within the flow. They get assigned a task to complete something to approve, etc. That's a really good piece of functionality that Workday offers. Their out-of-the-box reporting framework is also really powerful in terms of what it provides. These would be two things that I would highlight.""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.""Workday is a holistic HR solution.""The most helpful Workday features for our HR processes were in HCM, particularly in areas like talent, compensation, benefits, and learning.""We use this solution to manage financials, payroll and recruiting.""It was more efficient for the agents for their performance reviews, but when it came to HR and the recruitment team, it sometimes worked, and sometimes, it didn't work.""The solution was very good at reconfiguration and customization of their software. It helped us to meet federal regulations."

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"Scalability is not there in PeopleSoft. Its performance and resilience are also very bad. When you're trying to stretch it, it breaks. It is not resilient. It is also not stable. It is stable as far as data is concerned, but the infrastructure is not stable.""The solution could improve by offering PeopleSoft site licenses. Currently, Oracle is pushing for everyone to transition to the cloud, but clients are discontent with this approach. Offering new PeopleSoft site licenses would be the most beneficial for our clients.""Tools and UI could be enhanced.""The biggest disadvantage with things like PeopleSoft is that they do continuous support and fixes and upgrades. You get to choose when you want to implement that upgrade. However, in order to keep up, you have to upgrade.""The solution needs to work on its mobile technology. We're hoping in the next version we're working on implementing, 9.2, will have more of this.""Parsing of CVs is productive but accuracy can be improved.""If there is another release, they should look at going to mobile computing to stay competitive.""On the other hand, the more recent push for standardization precludes customized approaches to certain industry requirements."

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"This solution could be improved by providing user-level access to customization capabilities. Users currently rely on more technical teams to customize reports, for example.""Analytical tools have needed improvement. Workday has just released Prism Analytics, to replace the current analytical tools, so it’s in the early stages.""It's possible that the way things are integrated could be improved""My opinion is that this solution can improve the overall integrations and add more automation. I think anything that could be on a self-serve basis would work quite well.""I would really like to see a more robust timekeeping solution in Workday. Currently, most organizations are using Kronos for timekeeping and Workday for HR data. They then integrate Workday with Dimensions to manage time-related activities and payroll processing.""In a future release we could like to have access to asset, supply and treasury management functionalities.""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.""One area that could be improved with Workday is the analytics side."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Check all options before a decision is made."
  • "It's approximately $3,000,000 to $4,000,000 USD per year."
  • "The licensing cost for PeopleSoft is 3,500 per course and the annual subscription fee is 6,500."
  • "I don't know if they are still providing licenses or if they have suspending licenses."
  • "There are no additional costs for licensing."
  • "We are a University and the cost and license are negotiated privately."
  • "The main issue we have with the solution is that it is very expensive."
  • "One of the cheapest solutions available and also one of the best."
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  • "With a bigger budget, I would recommend SAP."
  • "Workday is an expensive solution."
  • "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."
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    Answers from the Community
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    Anthony Collier - PeerSpot reviewerAnthony Collier
    Real User

    Big question but let me try to sum this up without diving too deep into the details.

    1. Workday is the only fully in memory consolidated application on the market. It is an event-driven snapshot-based system and is SAAS only. Everything you do is an event and some of the events are exposed as business processes on the Workday business process framework. The only way to access data is through API operations.

    2. PeopleSoft has been around a long time and is a database-driven application. You can access it through a browser and leverage PeopleTools to customize it to do what you need. PeopleSoft can be on-premise or hosted by Oracle. No new releases have come out in a while that I am aware of. I don’t know what the long term prospects of PS being around are. Different databases house different functional areas, i.e. HR, Financials, Student.

    3. SuccessFactors is a consolidation of systems through acquisition. Its several databases being kept in sync under the covers with triggers and coding. I think parts of the application work well and others have a ways to go.

    To me, the bottom line is really the technical aspects of the applications are hugely different in their approach. Workday being fully consolidated in memory SAAS solution,

    PS being older highly customizable and SuccessFactors being a bunch of systems under the covers all pushing data between different databases to keep things in sync. Functionally I would say they each have their wheelhouse.

    HeHR893021 - PeerSpot reviewerHeHR893021
    Real User

    Workday is excellent for global implementations where you want to have employees from different geographies on the same HCM platform. Workday gives you the comfort of end to end global implementation on the same platform.

    SAP SuccessFactors has strength in PMS and learning. India payroll is not so strong.

    PeopleSoft (Oracle HCM) has strength in core HR data management, time and attendance, and recruitment, but their learning module is quite average.

    I’m sharing my experience based on the evaluation I had conducted two years back.

    Wouter Schaap - PeerSpot reviewerWouter Schaap
    Real User

    I have compared some with Oracle Fusion and all have their pluses and minuses.

    Workday was too complex for a company to maintain. They replaced PeopleSoft (old version) by Oracle Fusion because this was
    preferred due to the integration and UX.

    TRUNG PHAM TAN - PeerSpot reviewerTRUNG PHAM TAN

    Currently, we applied the HCM - Oracle Fusion for Capital Management in our industry operation.

    We already take time for package selections of HCM solutions then we understood for success to be deployed of solutions belongs to the implementation partners.

    We based on the optimization triangle concepts are “SOLUTIONS – REALISTIC/APPLICABLE – COSTS”.

    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 »
    Top Answer:I use the reporting feature occasionally to check for potential improvements in timesheets. We have integrated it with Power BI.
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:I like its UI and UX. When we were using Oracle or SAP, the UI/UX wasn't very user-friendly for the employees.
    Top Answer: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… more »
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    PeopleSoft is an ERP solution that provides businesses with tools for managing their entire workforce including human resources and financial operations, such as payroll, benefits, talent management, and supply chain management. Originally developed by PeopleSoft, Inc., and later acquired by Oracle Corporation, the software helps address talent management needs and maximize employee productivity and efficiency.

    PeopleSoft Features

    PeopleSoft has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Simple and intuitive: PeopleSoft HCM delivers a clean, consistent, and user-friendly design, resulting in greater user satisfaction that leads to higher adoption without the high cost of training employees.

    • Anywhere, anytime mobility: With mobile devices being such an integral part of today’s modern work life, PeopleSoft offers today’s mobile and wireless managers and employees an effective and secure method for accessing the information they need, with the ability to effectively execute HR transactions from anywhere, at any time.

    • Flexible and configurable: PeopleSoft enables you to leverage a single application optimized for all form factors that works on any mobile device – no need for separate applications for mobile and desktop.

    • Robust: Because the solution is robust, you can use it to increase retention and improve employee engagement.

    • Powerful and actionable, embedded analytics: PeopleSoft’s actionable, embedded analytics help you spend less time gathering data and more time analyzing and executing employee data.

    PeopleSoft Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing PeopleSoft. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Greater employee satisfaction: Users will find PeopleSoft’s software easy to use, leading to better productivity levels and also increased employee satisfaction.

    • Manage dynamic workforce: The solution provides secure access to employee information so users can manage essential HR functions effectively.

    • Increased administrator productivity: PeopleSoft empowers employees and managers by enabling them to execute common HR tasks so administrators can focus on other top priorities.

    • Quickly make informed decisions: By using PeopleSoft’s embedded, real-time, multidimensional analysis capabilities, users can make more informed business decisions.

    Reviews from Real Users

    PeopleSoft is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Some of its major advantages are that it has a lot of functionality and is customizable.

    A Regional Director at a tech services company mentions, “The most valuable feature is that it's wide and broad and it does about everything anybody needs in a major organization from a back-office systems point of view.”

    "PeopleSoft is a good core system. It has a lot of functionality. "They frequently update the solution and recently they have added some good enhancement features for higher education. We just switched to the new fluid interface and that is working very well for us. It is very good," says another reviewer who is an HR/Pay Systems Administrator/Director at a university.

    A Senior Manager for DevOps Infrastructure at a financial services firm, explains why he finds the solution so beneficial: "It is a customizable product. We can customize it based on our needs, which is one of the features that I like about PeopleSoft. As far as financial accounting is concerned, the user interface is very good. You can also configure a Chart of Accounts for all performance insights."

    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.

    Sample Customers
    BMI Healthcare, Lone Star College System, Jefferson County Public Schools, Griffith University, Los Rios Community College District, Tervita Corporation, INFRA S.A. de C.V., ICF Habitat, Central Washington University, Tech Mahindra Limited, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Stanford Childrens Health
    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
    Computer Software Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Hospitality Company6%
    Educational Organization26%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Buyer's Guide
    PeopleSoft vs. Workday
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    PeopleSoft is ranked 3rd in Benefits Administration with 80 reviews while Workday is ranked 1st in Benefits Administration with 51 reviews. PeopleSoft is rated 8.0, while Workday is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of PeopleSoft writes "Comprehensive solution for SCM but requires add-ons for fluid pages". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Workday writes "The solution's interface is clean, organized, and easy to use ". PeopleSoft is most compared with Oracle HCM Cloud, Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP, SAP SuccessFactors, SAP ERP and Oracle E-Business Suite, whereas Workday is most compared with SAP SuccessFactors, SAP HCM, Oracle HCM Cloud, UKG and Cornerstone Learning. See our PeopleSoft vs. Workday report.

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