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Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
164 Reviews
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Pros
  • good work/life balance (relaxed work environment without stress or pressure) (in 331 reviews)

  • Relaxed work environment without a huge amount of stress or pressure (in 150 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is encouraged, but some positions make it difficult to maintain (in 95 reviews)

  • Disproportionate non-technical middle management in charge of technical projects (in 38 reviews)

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  1.  

    a big company, but not anymore a great company...

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Overall, overtime, it offers a nice compensation package, and the people I used to work with were very nice and knowledgable.

    Cons

    One of the main issue with such a large company is that you are used at 20% of your capacity. Some people are fine with this but at the end of the day, I felt unused and I could contribute even more.
    Another issue is that you work on a project for several months and all of a sudden, without notice, the project is stopped and you are dispatched to another team, without any chance to decide wheter or not this is good or bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The top management is only dedicated to manage their own carrer rather than the group they are working for. Too much politics here. And globally, you will find much more managers than leaders...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great challenges, interesting work, good people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director Marketing
    Former Employee - Senior Director Marketing

    I worked at SAP

    Pros

    always challenged, very innovative projects

    Cons

    very difficult to move positions or advance in your career without leaving

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Too big to not fail

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAP

    Pros

    Stable, good benefits. Opportunity to move around and grow individually.

    Cons

    No chance of making a difference. Big company sluggishness at its worst.

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    PS group SFSF

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility work from home.
    Into cloud software. That is nice
    Engg team collaborates with PS team for enhancements which is good

    Cons

    No pay raise for 2 years
    Mgmt says no growth util Sr Mgmt or your current manager leaves company
    Benefits cost to employees increased more than more than 150%, in 2015

    Under estimate work and then ask team to be efficient
    Being in HR space but HR partner never responds to employee emails in time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your management and drive employee growth. Do some anonymous survey about group managers. don't do annual review just for sake of doing. Give at least cost of living pay raise.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good work life balance, but not a lot of growth in experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Free lunch
    Competitive salary

    Cons

    Difficult to gain a lot of useful experience due to slow process.
    A lot of corporate politics.
    Not a whole lot of motivation to push out quality products. Managers and execs mostly care about getting something out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to listening to people you manage and let experts do their what they excel at.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Internship (only if you have the right supervisor)

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    Former Intern - Human Resources Intern in Newtown Square, PA
    Former Intern - Human Resources Intern in Newtown Square, PA

    I worked at SAP as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall I learned a great deal at my internship at SAP. It was encouraged for interns to get involved in projects and run with them.

    Great perks including an onsite gym with fitness classes and subsidized lunches as well as an option to work remotely

    Cons

    Expectations were never communicated by managers since the other interns are primarily responsible for onboarding new interns.
    If you were not assigned to the right manager, you only interacted with your manager when they had requests. Most intern managers were not concerned with your development and integration into the company, which causes the company to lose out on some great talent because they were not assigned to the "right" manager. I saw some great interns leave the company because they were not receiving the development opportunities they deserved. Especially in an internship, managers need to be more involved in an intern's work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider implementing an intern to full time employee transition program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work if your a Business Consultant.

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Consultant

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    When i started 8 years ago, there were a lot of learning opportunities and career opportunities. I wouldn't say that any more

    Cons

    I can only talk about delivery organization, since I worked in that domain.
    1) Too many managers
    2) Managers have no say in your career. Managers in delivery org. are nothing by HR coordinators.
    3) You are treated as a pawn, no visibility of whats going on in the organization.
    4) Even after 100% utilization, management has ridiculous reasons for cutting bonuses back.
    5) Bad pay master, considering people like me joined thinking low base pay will be offset by bonuses.
    6) No growth via hard work, only if you have a good network you will grow. Talent & consulting knowledge mean nothing. Promotion based on nepotism and your connections.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all managers & directors who are not client facing in the consulting division. They are plain overheads.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    "Mean girls" sales management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    SAP field sales reps can make significant money. I've known several reps who made $2m in one year.

    Cons

    SAP Sales Management promotes a "mean girl" culture. If you're in the clique, you get assigned wonderful opportunities and can make significant money. If you're not in the clique, you get to create new opportunities on your own, but it's best to hide them from the head of sales of your group/. The head of the clique can not wait to reassign that opportunity and income to one of her followers.
    If you're talent is to be 90% inwardly focused on internal politics and currying favor from internal power brokers, this is an ideal environment.
    If you're 90% customer focused, watch your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The once a year sales force reorganization process hides enables this cliquish mentality. True sales competence lies in creating new opportunities from nothing and taking them to closure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Last person to leave please turn out the lights...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Na in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Na in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lot of nice people.
    Great location. Lot of good amenities.
    Management always puts in the effort to keep employees informed through meetings.
    Relaxing environment if you are looking for that. Sometimes too relaxing that no one really produces anything useful.

    Cons

    I can understand why many people rate SAP as satisfying. This is because working for SAP is like working for a government contractor. It is a relaxed environment with no work pressure and great work life flexibility. The pay is great and company hands out big titles to everyone (there are probably more than 1000 "Directors" alone)

    I'm all for this but the reality is that the company has not gone anywhere in years. There are a lot of employees who produce nothing. Lot of people who get paid to be lazy and have no talent or interest in building next big thing. Layers of management who produce nothing. If all these people were let go, it would not make a single difference the next day for SAP. The company as a whole is not innovating. It is still feeding off from old innovation that the company had once built. HANA is a grain of sand compared to what came out of SAP in the early days. In fact, the company is now walking backwards undoing everything that made it such a big company. Buying other companies to fill the gap only works till those companies also get SAP-fied. I think SAP is on its path to lose major business due to this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the old SAP of 80s and 90s when it was the leader in innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Human Resources - Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    Exposure to multiple areas of HR. Lunch. Involvement in projects (compete w/ other interns though)

    Cons

    No intern program or oversight on the workload you're asked complete. Work hours - expect 60-70 with no overtime. One out of 20+ interns were converted to full-time HR employees in the last 3 years. Internship expected to last for over 2 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop working interns like mules.

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