SAP Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,886 Reviews

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Pros
  • SAP has a great work life balance with lots of opportunities to work from home (in 284 reviews)

  • Relaxed work environment without a huge amount of stress or pressure (in 136 reviews)


Cons
  • In general work life balance is good, past 2013 year it has been bad for me (in 78 reviews)

  • Disproportionate non-technical middle management in charge of technical projects (in 36 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great brand, not a great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at SAP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Depending on your manager, you can work from home whenever you want. They are very flexible on how you do your work as long as you get it done. Outside of the company, the SAP brand is respected. Free lunch in the Palo Alto location is a big plus. Their catering company, Bon Appetit, puts a big emphasis on fresh and organic food.

    Cons

    SAP is like working in a retirement home. A lot of lifers, a lot of people not wanting to leave their positions, and a lack of fresh and creative people. The CEO keeps talking about all the millenials he wants to bring in. All of my friends who are millenials were either laid off, moved into a short term contracted, or vastly underpaid. SAP people love to throw the word "junior" around and use it as a bad word to scorn anyone under 35. The company is super traditional, male, white, and top down style management. Unless you are a White or Asian man who can play hardball politics, you won't move up in this stale company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the multiple layers of management. Everyone is either a Director or VP and a lot of managers are not necessary. Put budget into recruiting and university relations and make it a point to hire younger and more diverse people. Don't just throw "diversity" around and say you're diverse because you're a global company. When you look at Palo Alto, there are no women leaders (they're all pushed out) and all the leaders are male, white, or Asian. Stop trying to be like Apple or Oracle and make your own brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place for SAP consulting - Avoid!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Consultant IV  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Applications Consultant IV in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at SAP full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    SAP software is being used by majority of fortune1000 clients around the world, SAP has a good brand name. If you are hardcore sales guy, SAP might be a good place to make some good money.

    Cons

    SAP as it stands today is purely a sales and marketing company, it can no longer can be considered as a software company providing business solutions to its customers. From a delivery standpoint, SAP has lost some of it's best talent (consultant's). It definitely will have a huge impact, as mediocre folks are being elevated to Platinum and principals and will result in bad customer feedback. Most sales folks lack domain expertise or subject matter expertise, and end up selling software on false promises.
    SAP is a company to avoid if you are on visa (No second thoughts here!). HR is super smart to avoid promotions and decent salary increases if you are from India or China. (they know you are stuck and cannot leave)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many cooks in the Kitchen, when it comes to middle management. Wishing the top management for future success, (looks doubtful with the current crop of talent they have)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once great company now in crisis

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The smartest people you'll ever work with. Good benefits, ability to be collaborative and always learn. Used to be the best company to work for.

    Cons

    Some of the worst upper management I've ever seen in my career. Constant mgt fight between German and US, upper management makes decisions and refuse to take input from people actually doing the work, bringing productivity to a standstill. Constant cutting corners, no budgets, endless politics make getting things done impossible. Extremely top-heavy with upper management, not lean.

    Company currently has no direction, just parrots buzzwords and cannot clearly communicate to employees. Extremely political. Mired in complex processes. Constant re-orgs.

    Does not care about employees, does not walk the walk about "people are our most valuable assets, we grow talent" - high performers laid off, with critical skills the company needs now; no real opportunity for career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove most of your upper management. Take the time to learn what employees do. Stop being reactive and be more honest with employees. You are losing your best talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company if you like keeping quiet and let the Germans rule

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Product Still has a good brand name (not sure if it will last!!)

    Cons

    To many layers of middle management and management.
    Worst consulting division, all the good folks have left and only the old tired bunch remain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put an end to your consulting practice....it's very evident that no one really cares about this business

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unfair to acquired Ariba employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at SAP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They are very good at painting the vision and strategy for the company- if the compensation and rewards were in line, it would be highly motivating. It's difficult to find pros when the compensation is so out of line.

    Cons

    Was part of the Ariba acquisition in 2012, and now in early 2014 have been going through the compensation planning for the year. The company speaks about their philosophy of being open and fair about compensation, but they tried to hide all of their bands and pay grades from Ariba employees. They didn't do this very well, and it's now pretty widely known that the Ariba employees are paid well below the SAP salary bands, but SAP has no plans to rectify this. So, being a former Ariba employee means that you make a fraction of what your SAP counterparts make for the same level of work and responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If cloud is truly a big part of your strategy going forward, take care of this issue before all of your cloud talent leave. You're being penny wise and pound foolish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nightmare

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at SAP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well established provider in large enterprise organizations with strong brand

    Cons

    Low percentage of sales people hit their quota

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refresh management team

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Pale, Male, and Stale

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at SAP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    SAP is an Incredibly resource rich company from a cash perspective. The pay is great and the benefits are top of the line

    Cons

    Incredibly arrogant, Highly political, "Old Boys" network . Culture is highly corrupt and underhanded. SAP is the most corrupt company in the software business. An incredible amount of customers are in "escalation" in other words they have failed implementations on their hands. The legacy SAP products take years and millions and millions of dollars to implement - and they still don't work as described in the demos. The user interface is something out of the 1980's. If you come in from the outside and question the status quo, you are labeled a malcontent. SAP Executives are shuffled from job to job within Newtown Square as part of the "old boys club". It is a very hostile work environment for women and minorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Survey current employees and former employees who have joined the company over the last 2 years in senior positions and have subsequently left. 90% of those employees currently at the Senior VP and Executive VP level in the US do not have any idea how to run the businesses that they are assigned to. They cultivate a hostile and abusive environment to attempt to mask their limitations. Most of these resources need to be let go, and most will have trouble finding future employment....they are that bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good job security but HR processes are bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at SAP full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Good work life balance
    - Decent benefits
    - Good job security
    - Pay is on par with other bay area companies

    Cons

    - Green card process starts only after 4 years of joining the company
    - Too much hierarchy and bureaucracy
    - Changes are slow and adoption of new technologies is also slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management doesn't give importance or pay heed to development team concerns. Only product management and sales teams have visibility even though the development teams work really hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, not good location

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  La Crosse, WI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in La Crosse, WI

    I have been working at SAP full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay, good perks like a catered lunch. Unfortunately, there isn't much else to say here, but the review requires 20 words.

    Cons

    The work environment is the worst I have ever worked in, especially if you are a female. The senior manager is sexist, and bullies female employees until they leave. Work/life balance is non existent. (I was once written up for falling behind because I took bereavement leave for an immediate family member's passing. Apparently, I was expected to have taken my laptop to the funeral and worked.) Teamwork is discouraged. (I was reprimanded multiple times for trying to work with my team. "Just write whatever you think is correct and give it to the next person. You don't need to ask them what they need." (Or there was the manager who said "You need to quit doing what's best for the team and do what's best for you.".) And backstabbing is expected. (I actually had a manager, after unsuccessfully trying to get me to rat on my team, tell me that he was surprised that I wouldn't say anything and that I was the only one he had talked to who had not "thrown someone under the bus". He had already talked to everyone else on the team.)
    Complaining to HR does no good. We're too small of an office for them to care what goes on here. So you just have to suck it up and deal with it until you find a better job.
    If you're a software engineer, there are no career opportunities due to the clog at the top with the senior manager. Even more senior managers know he's not qualified for more, so he doesn't get promoted. So no one does.
    All of this results in the worst morale I have ever seen. Employees are walking around like zombies. There's no excitement for what you are working on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management here is awful. The senior manager is unqualified for his position. So he demoted all the more qualified managers below him, and filled the positions with even less qualified managers. It's bad when you have to surround yourself with morons in order to make yourself look good.
    Due to all the mismanagement, the work environment is not good (as noted above). And it really shows in the project management, and the productivity of the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very poorly managed company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Support Engineer  in  Newtown Square, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Support Engineer in Newtown Square, PA

    I have been working at SAP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with different customers every week.
    Great learning experience.

    Cons

    Low performers are everywhere, quality of work is getting worse every day.
    Lots of people browse internet, just because they are friends with their direct managers, this is unacceptable for any company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please review carefully recent employee survey results, and finally do something with management to make our company great and full of passionate people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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