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Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
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Pros
  • good work/life balance (relaxed work environment without stress or pressure) (in 325 reviews)

  • Relaxed work environment without a huge amount of stress or pressure (in 149 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 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    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.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Internship (only if you have the right supervisor)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Newtown Square, PA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Newtown Square, PA

    I worked at SAP as an intern (less than an 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
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    "Mean girls" sales management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7.  

    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.

  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing experience, all top talent is leaving

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Huge customer base, that is about it.

    Cons

    Products are perceived in the market as old technology with bad user experience. Constant change in leadership (top and middle management); terrible culture; although they are trying to attract young talent they continue to fail to deliver on talent-development programs; rampant nepotism; lack of accountability, too many "legacy" employees with high salaries who are not bought into the idea of bringing new talent onboard and most importantly, keeping it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really have to do something about the company's culture. If you want to attract young talent your current employees need to be bought into your vision, it is not enough to continue pouring money in new "Leadership Development Programs" that over-promise and under-deliver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rigid and lacking thought-leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Many 'virtual' roles offer flexible work/life balance. My role requires me to travel 2-3 days per week and then work from home. The compensation package is very competitive as well.

    Cons

    Conflicting company values and strategic direction. Internal processes make it virtually impossible to get anything accomplished. Leadership cares more about the font and color used in a Power Point slide than the content.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a queue from Microsoft and eliminate a few middle layers of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    You Judge

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Consultant IV
    Current Employee - Applications Consultant IV

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

    Pros

    Free Soda and Coffee :)

    Cons

    SIMPLIFLICATION!!! Work Balance... no Life. Find your own career path and opportunities. Self Training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. Actually manage. Focus on your employee's growth and career goals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Changes are coming

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Newtown Square, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Newtown Square, PA

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

    Pros

    It's still big so the influence will remain strong for a while.

    Cons

    A lot of high level changes such as Vishal's suddenly leaving for InfoSys. SAP is yet to put out an official announcement but Vishal's already assume his office in the new company. As for the small potatos, it is NOT easy to switch to another team - people tried and left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need much more clarity to build confidence on our leadership. The bottom line is we need solid confidence on the software SAP produces - please try to avoid failures such as Windows Vista, Window 8 from happening at SAP coz we have already seen some bad ones...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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