SAP Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
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Pros
  • good work/life balance (relaxed work environment without stress or pressure) (in 317 reviews)

  • Relaxed work environment without a huge amount of stress or pressure (in 148 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is encouraged, but some positions make it difficult to maintain (in 93 reviews)

  • Disproportionate non-technical middle management in charge of technical projects (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    SAP's cultural conundrum...

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great eco-system, strong assets and customer install base

    Cons

    Internal politics and confusion around messaging. Have struggled to pay people correctly and on time. Still focused in the on premise world and need to adjust more rapidly to be "the cloud company"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency, Environment of Trust, Execute on the Simplification Message, Truly embrace the cloud, Need to make a radical change to stop good people from leaving

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

    Exciting but manic

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    Current Employee - Senior Presales Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Presales Consultant

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity, somewhat decent work life balance, great people, access to resources, great customers

    Cons

    Late and incoherent strategy for cloud offerings, pressure on individual contributors to produce the strategy that is not yet there, great people yet very odd culture driven by fear, I agree with other review stating too many nontechnical managers over technical processes, strategy changes every 4-6 months disrupting momentum

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get coherent cloud strategy in place, get Suite optimized for cloud, pare down to smaller set of good products

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Developer

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    Current Employee - Development Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Development Architect in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    It is very large well run company, very stable with good benefit, such as various resource to get training, flexible working hour, and free lunch. Great working environment in Palo Alto Campus.

    Cons

    Most of products are home grown, a little bit off from the new technologies which are popular outside the company. Two many re-org. which sometimes cause big overhead. There are two many layers on the management structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused, and avoid too frequent strategy changes.

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

    Good for a long time, but has gone downhill over the past five years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    Great bonuses, good vacation policy, community-oriented, decent medical benefits, very smart people to work with in general. The company does a good job of taking care of and up-skilling new employees with the long view of their success.

    Cons

    Attrition of benefits over time, quarterly focus on profits degrades quality, work-life balance is way off. Travel is the norm for most consultants and sales people, but SAP takes it to an extreme. The expectation for working during off-hours has been heightened in the past 3-4 years. The recent realignment to a cloud-based business model is causing a great bit of internal upheaval. Recent layoffs have hurt morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The focus on quarterly performance and trying to squeeze more work out of salaried employees is hurting quality and depressing morale.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hopefully will improve under once CEO, Bill -- and Vishal's resignation

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    Current Employee - Sen Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Sen Director in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    SAP has this massive install base of ERP systems, so the "opportunity is SAP's to lose". Unfortunately we do seem to be losing one battle after another, with the likes of Salesforce.com and Workday simply eating our lunch.

    Cons

    Promotions are basically "who you know" and I've been bounced around too many times and looked over. The best people tend to leave once they see they are not going to be recognized .... Most senior management place higher value on externals - so generally you can expect to remain stuck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SAP needs to learn to begin with the individual user. Stop taking super complicated solutions from Walldorf, hosting them, and calling it a "cloud solution"....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company if you are German or wark at regional HQ

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    Current Employee - Senior Director Finance in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Finance in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    For employees in Germany: Employment security, great benefits, wonderful resources, opportunity to try different career paths with little experience.

    For employees that reside in regional headquarters there are many opportunties for career advancement. Executive leadership is very supportive of promoting talent and for taking chances on High Potential Individuals to assume new roles where they have little experience.

    Cons

    -Constant change in Executive leadership
    -Unclear long term strategic vision
    -Constant opoerations/process changes
    -Very few opportunities for Sr Level Finance positions in the West Coast

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Flexible work options, good experience, not so much in culture

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Newtown Sq, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Newtown Sq, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work options are available (working from home is an option in many cases), lots of room to learn, many resources available to employees

    Cons

    Lot of acquisition means restructuring, which means your position can turn out to be not what you signed up for, older methodology means some of their new endeavors, e.g., mobile, cloud, can seem pretty antiquated compared to startup products, compensation isn't great, culture isn't very relaxed outside of SAP Labs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on bringing in new blood (university hires), smaller teams that focus on specific aspect of a solution, and read what the blogs are saying about HANA and mobile products

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company but keeps on reorganizing itself and changes it's course of direction between sales and engineering

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Newtown Square, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Newtown Square, PA

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good, and if in the right place you will work in cutting edge technologies

    Cons

    Limited personal growth, culture could get confrontational

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are probably good engineers but need to become better at managing people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I thought I found a gem of a company when I learned Software Giant SAP was in Old Town Scottsdale

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Well-known in IT industry 2. Free lunch program 3. Lots of tools for personal development 4. Smart people to network with.

    Cons

    Simple...Management in the Scottsdale office. They ask us to run deals as if we were in the field and then reward us with scavenger hunts. Morale is so bad, yet management thinks nothing is wrong and continues to go to lunch with each other and hang out on the weekend and attend each other's weddings. Describing management as delusional would be a compliment. If you come to work at SAP...don't go to Scottsdale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This only applies to Scottsdale. There are good people in this office and you are treating them poorly. If you want them to focus more on the dials to find business rather than dials for job interviews elsewhere, you need to think more strategically to motivating your employees. Even the newer people are getting a bad impression early on from the negativity coming from tenured reps.

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

    work life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAP full-time

    Pros

    Lunch was free and it was not a long commute

    Cons

    This company was very hard to grow with and move on to other positions. Work life balance was very hard depending on your manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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