SAS Institute
3.9 of 5 322 reviews
www.sas.com Cary, NC 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 2, 2014
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SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight

Jim Goodnight

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81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A wonderful place of refuge for lazy and untalented people

    Senior Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Cary, NC

    ProsGreat creature comforts. Wonderful benefits and facilities, if you have a lifestyle that fits the company's vision.

    ConsSAS is full of the dumbest people I have ever worked with. It is the opposite of a meritocracy. There is no reward for hard work or excellence. People just fill a chair until retirement. Salary, benefits, vacation, even the office you get, all depend only on one thing: how long you've been there. The brightest person in the world could walk into SAS and in 3 years do the work of 20 of their coworkers, and still would make less than someone who has been there 4 years and done literally nothing. I know people who stopped coming into work all together. No one even noticed.

    The largess of the 25 year monopoly is starting to wear off. SAS does not innovate. They simply are riding out their reputation from the days when they did, and their wealth of recurring contracts. If you are a hard working person who tries to make a difference at their job, SAS will chew you up and spit you out. If you were a "D is for diploma!" kind of college graduate, and you happen to know somebody who already works at SAS, Welcome! It will be the best career you can get until you retire or SAS pisses off enough customers to no longer be able to drag along all the dead weight, whichever comes first.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire your deadbeats. Frankly, for most of the management I knew at SAS, fire yourselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disappointment in what is suppose to be a great company.

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Cary, NC

    ProsGood benefits and that is about it.

    ConsVery disappointed in company which claims to be the best place to work. Worked in two areas of the company including SAS OnDemand. Although the group is growing rapidly, the management team in this group is not interested in developing talent, but interested in getting the most of the individual by working project managers to the bone with 50-60 hr work weeks and loading them up with 5-10 clients at any one time. As a result, the client suffers, the work suffers and the employee suffers which in turn is the reason many project managers in this group leave in less than one year or get to their one year anniversary and look for another position writhin the company.

    In addition, the compensation within SAS is far below market for project managers. Also, very limited, if any opportunity within SAS to move up the career ladder. Overall, very disappointed with management within SAS and after talking with many current and former SAS employees this appears to be a common theme throughout the company. SAS has great marketing and PR, but in my experience the company falls woefully short of coming close to being one of the best places to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWithin OnDemand, an entire shakeup of the mgmt. is desparately needed. Until this happens, SSO will not get any better and employees within the group will continue to eave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sas is not a sales cutlure, sales people were treated as a necessary evil

    Account Executive (Former Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsBenefits were great and work life balance was good.

    ConsThe pay was horrific, the movement of accounts made no sense and the managers are comped on team achievement not total number. So they would move accts around to under achieving reps to ensure the "team" hits the number. As an individual contributor this is not a good place for sales people to grow and advance professionally. Great technology - it would be much better if someone w/o a PhD could understand how to use it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay the comissions due to the reps and stop moving accounts around to "socialize" the number.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Depends on where you are

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Cary, NC

    ProsGood benefits.
    It's a job.
    Rare layoffs.

    ConsDepending upon where you are, you may get a supervisor and/or manager who has been there a very long time, and because of close ties to owners, they'll never leave, despite incompetency. You need to simply put up with the insanity. Also, some employees are highly competitive, even if that means leaving you in the dark about needed information or grabbing credit for work you've done.

    Advice: Don't go to the on-site medical department if you value your privacy. Also know that everything you say will be later documented in your medical record, regardless of what it is or whether or not it has anything to do with anything. If they misunderstood something, they will argue with you rather than change the record.

    Someone said elsewhere in reviews, "No one ever leaves." Believe me, they do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive hefty "early retirement packages" to selected managers. It will be worth every cent.

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    Don't waste your time.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Cary, NC

    ProsIf you can find your way to shuck and jive like everyone else, go for it.
    The bet place in the world to have a job, while you work on your other job.

    ConsLies, #@*! lies and statistics. No leadership, just sheep. A billion dollar lifestyle business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAnything said on this topic is a complete waste of time.
    If you know the story of the emperors new clothing, you know the story of how sas operates.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Benefits are great if at corporate.

    Account Executive (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsBenefits are second to none. If you work at corporate great you get it all. The field sales people get nothing in comparison.

    ConsSales people are a requirement for company and pay is not great.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSales People are your lifeblood. Let loose of the reins Mr. Goodnight.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    SAS=Stepford

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Cary, NC

    ProsBenefits and lack of surprises. Nothing much ever changes around SAS, so if you like a routine, you'll like SAS.

    ConsNothing much ever changes around SAS, so if you want to make progress or be creative, you'll be stifled.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your heads out of the sand--SAS software doesn't work and is a pain to use. Stop pretending like nobody can touch SAS's functionality, because even SAS software can't do most of what it claims to do. A sales process that requires a year to purchase and an installation process that requires a lengthy service call is not intelligent business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    worst culture

    Senior Software Specialist (Current Employee)
    Pune (India)

    ProsThere is almost no work pressure at SAS Research & Development India Pvt Ltd. So in short you can say its a retirement company.

    ConsHigher management is full of power hungry people and as there is no work pressure, people release there energy in negative things. You will rarely find technical people at SAS Research & Development India Pvt Ltd. Few people mistaken the culture as SAS Institute, USA is famous for the work culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy only advise to senior management is to shut down the Pune center (SAS Research & Development India Pvt Ltd, PUNE) . They are unnecessary wasting money.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Technology, failing management and supporting functions (alliances/contract dept)

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Solid Technology
    - good food in the restaurant
    - Great product mangement
    - Excellent facilities and package

    Sas would be better off being bought by SAP

    Cons- You have to be part of the inner circle. Otherwise you don't get things done.
    Especially an issue within SAS The Netherlands.
    - Weak alliances team

    Advice to Senior ManagementProtect the technology and sell the company to SAP

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    Not as good as what outsiders think...

    (Former Employee)

    Pros-Good compensation & benefits package as compared to local companies
    -Nice staff lounge with free flow of snacks
    -Good location

    Cons-Very political between departments so hard to work on trust
    -Not much teamwork within teamwork
    -HR cannot tell difference between merit-based increments, increments given to cope with rising costs and other increment practices. Simply communicate by insulting people first.
    -No cordial communication most of the times...

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice for management? Maybe not. I am not that good yet...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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