I am having a problem with a query. I am trying to extract the name of Assigned_To__c field (which is a look up field of Employee Rosters object).

The query I have used for this is

SELECT id, name, Assigned_To__r.Name 
FROM Work_Request__c 
WHERE Assigned_To__r.id =: id limit 201

The query is returning the value for the id and name fields correctly but for Assigned_To__r.Name, the id itself is getting returned not the employee name. Can someone tell me what i'm doing wrong?


4 Answers 4


One of Two issues here:

  1. You are using the debug log to look at the value of the Query results i.e.

    Contact c = [Select Account.Name From Contact]

To debug the actual name you will need to

  1. The name field is a text field and was not populated on inserting the record, in this case the name field will default to the ID of the record.
  • As you correctly guessed i am trying to check the value via debug log. ill try ur method and also will check if the field is populated, which i think it is. Dec 12, 2014 at 14:31
  • And it worked like a charm. It was the problem with the debug. i am able to see the employee names now... Thanks Dec 12, 2014 at 14:38

If you did not enter Name field for a record (ie) in this case it is Employee Rosters record/sObject, the Name field by default will have the ID of the record as the value!


I think you can use Assigned_To__c directly - and maybe it's a typo, but I think you need a colon - not a semicolon:

SELECT id, name, Assigned_To__r.Name FROM Work_Request__c WHERE Assigned_To__c =:id limit 201

  • Assigned_To__c will return the id , since it's a lookup. Yes, the semicolon does appear to be a typo, else the query is fine.
    – Mahmood
    Dec 12, 2014 at 14:27
  • The OP is specifically requesting that he/she be able to access the Name property of the record.
    – Eric
    Dec 12, 2014 at 14:30

Try.... SELECT id, name, Assigned_To__c.Name FROM Work_Request__c WHERE Assigned_To__c.id =;id limit 201

  • You cannot reference relationships via __c. In addition, your answer continues the OPs typo of the ; in the query
    – Eric
    Dec 12, 2014 at 14:28

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