I still recall the questions from some of my friends and family when I accepted the opportunity to work from Ireland nearly 10 years ago, to help grow Workday in Europe. Why was I moving to this island in the Atlantic Ocean so far from California’s Pacific shore? How would this work from a career perspective as an engineer and technology leader, being away from Silicon Valley?
As someone who had spent their entire career in the U.S., these were all valid questions. Yet, in 2020, I have no regrets. Beautiful Ireland has become such a pivotal part of my life, and it’s been thrilling to have been part of Workday’s growth journey here.
And, we have a special anniversary to recognize. On this day five years ago, we announced the opening of our new European headquarters in Dublin 7, in the heart of the north inner city, with plans to create another 200 highly-skilled jobs for the city within three years. I’m delighted to say we’ve long surpassed that goal, and now employ more than 1,200 people who are building many of our company’s most innovative technologies. During such a challenging time in the world, we’re incredibly grateful to be actively hiring and offering opportunities at all levels of our business.
I’m also proud that Workday makes employees its #1 core value, which is as evident in Ireland as it is at our U.S. headquarters in California and in other regions across the world, with a global workforce of more than 12,000 employees. In 2020, we were voted the #2 in "Ireland's Best Workplaces 2020" awards, marking five consecutive years being ranked in the top two. In addition, we have been ranked #3 Best Workplace in Europe and #5 on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For 2020.
Dublin: A Center of Innovation for Workday
Some people I’ve spoken to in the tech industry aren’t aware of the significance of our Irish operations. Workday bases its operations from a state-of-the-art building in the historical landmark quarter of Smithfield in Dublin city centre, and our developers are heavily involved in shaping Workday’s solutions. We’re not doing bits of development and coding that have a small influence or scope; we’re working collaboratively with teams around the globe, on projects initiated and driven from Dublin, and which are central to Workday as a whole. Workday is in the cloud, and collectively, we’re solving problems for over 45 million Workday users .
The Power of the Workday Community in Ireland
Success is in part due to the company you keep, and companies who share similar values tend to congregate together. Whenever I look across the best place to work in Ireland lists, what strikes me is the number of Workday customers on those lists, and also the values that we share with those organizations. There are many global companies, headquartered in Ireland, that have chosen Workday to transform the way they do business, including Diageo, Icon Plc, Primark, UDG Healthcare plc, and more. In addition, a large number of global multinational corporations with extensive operations in Ireland are Workday customers, such as Aon, Medtronic, and Salesforce.