Microsoft vs Workday

Cerner kkbb0880
Mar 31 20 Comments

I have one offer from Microsoft L60 119k+30k bonus+75k in stocks in Redmond area and one from Workday Software Engineer 3 125k base + 115k in stocks in bay area. I am having a hard time deciding which one to take. Which one should I accept considering career growth and work life balance.

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  • Microsoft YoSup!
    Microsoft, the difference is not much to compensate for bay area living standard and Microsoft brand.
    Mar 31 1
    • LinkedIn let
      Workday is in a much cheaper corner of the Bay area though.
      Mar 31
  • Uber nooway
    Workday
    Mar 31 3
    • Cerner kkbb0880
      OP
      any specific reason?
      Mar 31
    • Uber nooway
      You are in your early career. Location and co are more important.. if it's Walmart vs Microsoft, I'd pick Microsoft.
      Mar 31
    • Cerner kkbb0880
      OP
      thanks for the input...
      Mar 31
  • Microsoft / Product
    Brazuka

    Microsoft Product

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    Brazukamore
    Offers are missing details such as annual cash bonus (Microsoft's target is 10%, 20% max) and refreshers. Unless the refresher from workday is super high looks like Microsoft's offer is better and at a lower COL area.
    Mar 31 2
    • Cerner kkbb0880
      OP
      i m not sure how stock refresher works....bt no mention of it in workday offer letter....how is growth and promotion possibility at Microsoft?
      Mar 31
    • Microsoft / Product
      Brazuka

      Microsoft Product

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      Brazukamore
      Microsoft career growth is
      - 2.5 to 5% annual base salary raise (not counting promo raise)
      - level promo every 1-2 years until senior, every 2-3 years until principal. Each band has 2 levels. Promos have 5-7% base salary raise but no stock grant.
      - in addition to cash bonus, there's a small stock refresher each year (vesting in 4 years) in a slightly lower range than the cash bonus.
      Mar 31
  • Amazon Vaporeon
    Do you know what teams you'll be on for each? Do you have a preference for either team? Microsoft definitely has more name brand power if that's important to you. But also you have to consider if you want to live in the bay area. The commutes can be hellish
    Mar 31 5
    • Cerner kkbb0880
      OP
      both teams r equally attractive from what I hav discussed....and its hard to judge for me without actually working in the teams...for microsoft its the ecommerce team....
      Mar 31
    • Amazon Vaporeon
      It might be a good idea for you to search "bay area vs. Seattle" posts in blind and see which place you like living at
      Mar 31
    • Cerner kkbb0880
      OP
      I agree that Microsoft has more brand name...bt also heard a lot of good things about work life at Workday....
      Mar 31
    • Workday cnmb
      Yea team is pretty important. At least for workday. It’s like a heaven and hell kind of difference
      Mar 31
    • Cerner kkbb0880
      OP
      Hey thanks for the info....@cnmb....how r the promotion opportunities...and pto says unlimited...bt how true is that?
      Mar 31
  • Workday ManCatDo
    Microsoft. Workday hires mostly coming from Oracle. It's Oracle, Jr.
    Mar 31 2
    • Cerner kkbb0880
      OP
      why is that a bad thing?
      Mar 31
    • Workday ManCatDo
      They're idiots. Political as hell. Know nothing.
      Apr 1
  • Microsoft / Eng Fork Bomb
    Don't work for Workday, they have their own proprietary programming language which means your skills will be less transferable.
    Apr 1 0
  • Tektronix BazzokaGrl
    I know some people who are at Workday and they say the work life balance is great there. I have lived in both areas and I would pick Workday in the bay area over Microsoft.
    Mar 31 0

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