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SAP Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
2,077 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average experience, difficult to advance if not located in Walldorf

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    SAP Is Okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Developer Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at SAP as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good organization, Work life balance good; People are driven

    Cons

    The company is rigid to changes. New changes are considered but not welcome. Majority of the people working adhere to old methods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please help speed up processes and try to learn about change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent core solutions for companies.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    International company with breadth and depth of solutions in all core business areas.

    Cons

    Too many changes, lack of growth for management talent coming from outside of the company into it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up the political clique across all areas. It is not helping the company catalyze change.

  6.  

    Excellent enterprise software development company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAP

    Pros

    Direct access to communicating with skilled German software engineers who can resolve technical matters.

    Cons

    Impetuous leadership vision to focus on sales and only sales while business implications at the time of software deployment suffer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Approachable communication with upper management is needed. Talented subordinates have an insurmountable mechanism to address their issues when direct manager(s) are incapable to do their job.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constant change, not necessarily for the better

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to work virtual from anywhere in the world
    A stable, long-term career if you want it
    Lots of smart people to learn from
    Looks nice on your resume (which I've heard numerous times since working here...like this should compensate for everything else...)

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for career growth - you can stay where you are for 20 years if you want
    Top-down mandate for strategy - often with no actual insight into the problems they are trying to solve
    Lots of strategic changes being made without a real vision of what the changes are attempting to accomplish
    Quite high turnover in product management
    Low pay for equivalent position in other companies in the Silicon Valley market
    Flex hours can mean working 12-18+ hours per day during busy times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sending out continual notices of change in executive management. This doesn't impact my day-to-day and we will have a different rich white man in that office in less than 6 months any way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of perks, for a lot of work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Engineer in Newtown Square, PA
    Former Employee - Support Engineer in Newtown Square, PA

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

    Pros

    Some of the best training available at a company. We're talking classroom, books, etc. provided. It's a real throwback to your college days.
    Some of the best compensation possible as well, such as a large salary, a bonus, and equipment.

    Cons

    Long, long hours. Your fat salary comes at the price of long hours. Don't expect a 40-hour work week here, at all. If you're unfortunate enough to be in a position that requires traveling, expect to see your family a lot less than you do now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up with the great training, the fantastic cafeteria (low cost to employees), and the compensation.
    Make a better work-life balance, people have families and kids they would like to see every few days. Being stationed in the middle of nowhere for 5/7 days a week for weeks on end gets old.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    No work-life balance when working at SAP

    • 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

    Getting to work with smart people

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance when working at SAP. Vacation is a luxury. You will be financially hurt when taking vacations.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult to break into the little mafia clicks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Partner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Client Partner in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great people for the most part

    Cons

    Promotions are difficult. If you are not in the click you will not move up or get looks at new opportunities. Performance reviews can be more personal than business related. Errors in judgement are never forgot or forgiven, difficult to overcome once management has a set perception.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the little mafia's that develop are broken up. This culture will continue to keep quality employees from staying.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovations stifled outside Germany

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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