SAP Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
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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.  

    Innovations stifled outside Germany

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP full-time

    Pros

    Compensation, work-life balance. Mobility of non-management staff - i.e. can move teams/orgs relatively easily.

    Cons

    Too much talk and not enough action. Frequent change in direction. Frequent re-orgs. Management career very limited outside Germany. Control on everything almost exclusively in Germany and expect others to just be puppets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you consider yourself a global company then act like one. Don't be too German-centric and don't consider external sites such as US campuses a threat. You try to promote innovation but at the same time you stifle it just because it comes from outside Germany.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Too big to fail, I hope

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    Current Employee - IT Administrator  in  Newtown Square, PA
    Current Employee - IT Administrator in Newtown Square, PA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, good brand. Will be good to have on resume for the future.

    Cons

    Too many people are coasting in their jobs, not my responsibility attitude.
    Too many responsibilities have been outsourced and the employees are only managing these contracts.
    Hard to describe what we sell to others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many managers/directors and not enough people doing work.
    I get inspired during quarterly meetings but nothing seems to changed afterwards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Principal management consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    work life balance is better than any other company. It respects people's private time and family matters. Many people works from home if needed though people have to balance it.

    Cons

    there are too many incapable mid-management. Some good talents are not paid properly or embroiled into unnecessary politics. The senior management and executives are disconnected from working people thanks to mid-managers.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Words and actions with regard to employee value are not in sync.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

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

    Pros

    Compensation package is great. Work is interesting and the work environment was very flexible ( home/office work location mix ). Great team of peers.

    Cons

    Company talks a lot about the value of the employee but cost cutting trumps the words. There is no strategic direction - several competing "make or break" the company projects going on at the same time. Though it would appear that HANA is now the clear winner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team building and resource alignment practices need work. A little strategic thinking may reduce the monthly re-orgs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    In an interesting industry, most co-workers have checked out

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

    I have been working at SAP as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -People want to meet you and connect you with others
    -Great pay, great food
    -Interesting experience working for large, multicultural business
    -Industry's fascinating, esp. when meeting with startups

    Cons

    -Office politics
    -Bosses advance their buddies
    -Nobody has real mission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -When starting projects, make sure there's substance. That it's not just froth. Don't just make another department that's going to just sell HANA. Make something meaningful or else it would be a huge suck of talent, resources, time.
    -Stop advancing your buddies. Only hire talented people and that would solve about 50% of all office politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Senior PM
    Current Employee - Senior PM

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, telecommute, salary, benefits
    Good place to learn and move on

    Cons

    favouritism on promotions, chaotic working among different groups spread geaographically worldwide

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promotions should be transparent
    groups have their own rules creating unnecessary beauracracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great career skills development

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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 10 years

    Pros

    Able to work in various parts of the organization to learn about different aspects of the business. Great benefits. Great group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance is very hard to attain. Have to sometimes work during your vacations. When you finally de-stress while on vacation, you jump back into stress on your first minutes back from vacation. Career development education and training is hard to accomplish due to constantly being on the go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to take better care of your employees who do the day in and day out work. Too many VPs !

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review for SAP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Chance to work for a global company with teams in different locations and different culture backgrounds. Good pay with good benefits, telecommute if you want to.

    Cons

    Had to work late hours or early morning due to time zone difference,went through re-org at least once a year. Better to be at the "right" locations, seems US is not on that list.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating Processes

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Executive  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at SAP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, large client base to sell to. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Inside sales is trying to find its stride. While a few reps fall in to large deals, most are scraping by and not meeting their numbers. It all depends on the territory you are assigned. The processes are not set up to handle volume transactions. To get a closed deal booked and delivered is laborious. Additionally, SAP support seems to drop the ball often, causing the clients to reach out to inside sales in desperation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current mantra is "simplify everything so we can do anything", but no formal teams are tasked specifically with doing this. This absolutely needs to be done.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for now, but outlook for technical employees uncertain

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP full-time

    Pros

    The departments I've been involved with are accepting of remote working and flexible hours.
    Decent benefits, with 401K matching and contributions to HSA.
    Interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    At the time of this review, there is a major re-org taking place in North America. Entire technical teams (dev, QA, doc, support, management) are being laid off, and whoever is left has to pick up the slack on already short-handed teams. If you're looking in the Bay Area, it's probably alright, but I'd be wary of smaller locations, as their days may be numbered.

    No opinion of CEO

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