SAP Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Growth through acquisition not innovation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and benefits
    Flexible work location and hours

    Cons

    Poor work / life balance
    Significant execution challenges trying to compete against Cloud vendors
    High Executive turn over - instability and constant shifts in messaging and direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't fix what you don't acknowledge and the culture discourages openness.
    Purchasing smaller cloud companies doesn't make SAP a Cloud company.
    The architecture of the company's core applications will be increasingly difficult for the company to sustain in the long run - difficult to be effective in the cloud.
    Too much emphasis on one particular database product - one that the market isn't adopting as an agnostic solution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Education & Training Account Executive

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Education Sales Executive in Newtown Square, PA
    Former Employee - Education Sales Executive in Newtown Square, PA

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Highly regarded SW Solution company, constantly expanding offerings through corp. acquisitions... possibly too quickly. Dedicated employees & co-workers, good benefits.

    Cons

    Sales quota's unrealistic & unattainable for 3rd tier SAP offering; which falls far behind behind Software & Professional Services, yet quota's are higher??? Poor communication among sales divisions & misc. product teams who could have easily benefitted and improved sales opportunities collaborating as a "team". If you do not work in the software sales division, you have work cut-out for yourself, selling value as a 2nd/3rd string team member, before you even get to work with "external" customers! viewed as step-child once removed & rarely invited to come to the party. Unfortunately I reported to a insecure, micro-manager with no people skills who was very narrow minded & operated with a stove pipe mentality, she felt threatened by anyone who thought "outside the box" or dare question her directives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Witnessed fair amount of "churn & burn" in my specific division as well as and among new hires in SW sales for new target "strategic accounts" in white space. Company needs to more fairly distribute territories & base accounts to even playing field among sales reps.Too many tiers of management and too much bureaucracy, too many hands in the pot, trying to claim ownership! Core Culture & Values that were once highly respected and strong seem to be declining.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Work in SAP cloud

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    Slow pace for produt delivery

    Cons

    Compensation is just so so , promotions are slow, traing is not useful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More creative and keep up to dated

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Depth, history, and a willingness to change

    Cons

    Wants to be the next big cloud play when hugely late in the game with with people that are all about on-prem ERP.
    Really complex place to work, just like their systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it simple stupid, and bring in more cloud people that walk the walk, not just talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wishy - Washy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RDS Consultant in Newtown Square, PA
    Former Employee - RDS Consultant in Newtown Square, PA

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid workforce, especially from the technology side

    Cons

    Terrible strategy, organization and goals. But that is the nature of the tech business. Tenure over talent and you can get very pigeon-holed, especially into tech. Management is never in place long enough to implement their strategy and everyone suffers the wrath of sales-based management with tech left fixing everything while the sales jerks sit on the beach with all the $. Many unqualified people in high places which makes upward mobility brutal for those up-n-coming rock stars. Compensation is supposedly performance based, unless the company or your division under-performs, then they steal your $ like in 2013 when only 25% of bonuses were paid, even if you exceed your numbers by a large margin. Many VP's who know little about the technologies that they represent creates embarrassing situations in front of customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross train certain technical people into the business/sales side dammit!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Gained Experience as a Contractor But Never Got To Be Permanent

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

    I have been working at SAP as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Open company with great, friendly people, good work environment, and lots of training opportunities to become an expert in business software solutions. Was lucky to have a manager who was very understanding and down to earth.

    Cons

    Internal processes are very heavy and not the norm of other companies. Services and processes can be drastically improved to have more productivity and more engaged employees. Company values should have a better work/life balance. Career opportunities should be communicated better internally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sick Time

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits. People are okay. Lunch is good.

    Cons

    They call you when you're sick. Too much politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everyone needs to be certified to be a great performer. Consider those who aren't visible when considering bonuses and advancement opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work but much employee turnover. Exciting work but long hours.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Newtown Sq, PA
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Newtown Sq, PA

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

    Pros

    Great chance to learn lots of new technology. Most of the people are great.

    Cons

    Too many reorgs. I saw lots of friends get laid off and it finally happened to me based on the latest simplification strategy. I worked for SAP 15 years in 2 different jobs and had at least 12 different managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategic vision and long term plan with focus on employee retention

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big Company, big expectations, big disappointment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Boston, MA

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Technology is top notch; one of the "800 pound gorillas"; some very good people work there; vacation time and work remote; will spend money, but....

    Cons

    ....you are just a number so YOUR number might come up inexplicably; Middle and upper management are disconnected from the rest; The old sense of "team" is gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is tough not to rip Management here.... I will just say I am disappointed with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average experience, difficult to advance if not located in Walldorf

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Development Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of interesting projects, interesting and smart people.

    Cons

    Advancement requires being located at headquarters in Germany. For a big company, you need to be part of the small inner circle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your managers - communicate with them. Give advancement opportunities to leaders outside of Europe.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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