SAP SuccessFactors vs Workday comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Mar 6, 2024

Categories and Ranking

SAP SuccessFactors
Ranking in Talent Management
Ranking in Cloud HCM
Ranking in Talent Acquisition
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Global Payroll (2nd)
Ranking in Talent Management
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Benefits Administration (1st)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Cloud HCM category, the mindshare of SAP SuccessFactors is 23.5%, up from 20.9% 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.
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Talent Management
Talent Acquisition
Benefits Administration

Featured Reviews

Vasu Narasimha - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 10, 2023
Robust, responsive support, and plenty of modules available
SAP SuccessFactors is one of the most robust platforms in the world today. A global company needs a platform that is compliant (such as GDP compliant in Europe), a solution that enables strong workflows and delivers high quality in their core HRIS system which is called Employee Central. It offers a high level of audit tracking that can be kind of customized for the requirements of clients by region, by country, or within the same country. The system is one of the strongest and sturdiest modules that are in existence in the world. It is much easier to integrate SAP SuccessFactors with other software. There are many third-party software vendors that can be integrated.
Oct 3, 2019
The business process framework is excellent and the solution is very scalable
Something that can be improved, is legislation within a country. There's something about paying dues in the country for legal requirement that's provided by SAP success factors, but it's not the case with Workday. Another thing that can be better, is the flexibility of the screens. Sometimes I find it hard to customize the screen and that is quite frustrating. But that's actually one of their selling points as well. So they are pretty good, I have to say. Setting up reports can be a bit tricky, and I've also noticed that integration with payroll can sometimes be an issue with Workday.

Quotes from Members

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


"The features of the solution that I found valuable for my business are its ability to create a dashboard, pie charts, and reporting functions, as well as advanced reporting capabilities."
"They have succeeded in sustaining a powerful system supporting their philosophy."
"The interface is user-friendly. It is very simple and intuitive, so it's good."
"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."
"SuccessFactors' best features are talent management and HR Analytics."
"This solution offers good flexibility and configurability. It can handle different types of performance management."
"We have found objects like Foundation and MDF most valuable."
"The most important feature is the ability to follow up on the yearly performance of the team. It's very good for management to understand how people are performing."
"Provides flexibility to integrate with the product. It has several tools, out-of-the-box, for integrations. It delivers pre-built interfaces for specific vendors, pre-built generic integrations to extract or push data into Workday through configuration."
"It is easy to use and straightforward."
"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 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 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."
"It's easy to set up."
"There is a lot of scope for customization with this solution"


"The stability could be a bit better."
"SuccessFactors' experience management is not so user-friendly."
"Integration between Employee Central and Compensation in SAP SuccessFactors is one area of the solution that has room for improvement."
"SAP SuccessFactors could improve the integration. It is not simple to integrate and it needs to be made easier."
"Forms cannot be edited once submitted."
"The solution is quite expensive."
"The data management part can be improved in terms of how you can manage data from the HR admin's or HR team's perspective. It has some limitations in the reporting part in terms of how you can update the data and fetch the data. SAP HCM comparatively has a lot of capabilities in terms of backup loads, data management, data changes, etc. You can do these things easily, which is not the case with SAP SuccessFactors. Data management should be simplified in SAP SuccessFactors in terms of accessing the data, reporting, and then manipulating the data."
"The GUI needs to be enhanced to be in line with the latest and complete version of the solution."
"I'm not sure they have added this feature yet, but there should be a cellphone version, so we do not need to do it on a laptop. I'd like to log in on a cellphone and have the same features. I'm not sure if that is already available or if it's on the roadmap, but that would be a great feature."
"The user interface could be better. Everything else was fine."
"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."
"There could be a web-based application for making payments to the employees."
"The user interface can be enhanced."
"The product must include payroll features."
"Analytical tools have needed improvement. Workday has just released Prism Analytics, to replace the current analytical tools, so it’s in the early stages."
"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."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"We are on an annual subscription to use SAP SuccessFactors. The pricing model is something that they could restructure a bit better. If it was based differently on the type of usage it would help."
"Our costs for the solution are subsidized by our parent company, I am not aware of the exact cost because of this. However, we pay $50,000 annually. If we move to another solution it will be more expensive."
"Due to the way in which we purchased SuccessFactors as a module along with other SAP modules, we were able to procure it at a slightly better price than usual. I would rate their pricing 5/5 stars."
"The price of the solution is highly expensive."
"This is a more costly solution than comparable products, and training is not available in the open-market, so this has to be purchased separately from the vendor."
"The product is expensive. The product is worth the money you pay for it."
"It is not expensive because it is a complete suite with a module-based cost."
"The price of the solution depends on too many factors to provide an estimate. However, the price of SAP SuccessFactors is competitive."
"I rate the product’s pricing a ten out of ten."
"I need to pay for a license. It is expensive."
"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."
"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."
"It is on a yearly basis."
"Its price is pretty high. It is more expensive than what is offered by other competitors in the market."
"Workday is an expensive solution."
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Questions from the Community

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 is better, SAP HCM or SAP SuccessFactors?
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...
What do you like most about SAP SuccessFactors?
The tool is easy to use for performance management. We haven't experienced any issues with SAP SuccessFactors for performance management, which is great. However, since we're still learning to use ...
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...
What needs improvement with Workday?
Additional visibility features would be beneficial if the tool placed more options prominently on the main page instead of drilling down into specific categories. The first phase displays your prof...



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