SAS Institute

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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
391 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • SAS is a place that promotes healthy work-life balance and actually mean it (in 89 reviews)

  • relaxing working environment, great benefits including child care support (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • R&D executive management has good ideas, but execution has been comical lately (in 12 reviews)

  • Hard to move around in the company unless you are at HQ (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Only good if you work in Cary NC

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    independence, good pay, good benefits, great reputation

    Cons

    lack of management skill, confusing directives, training was poor,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    higher people who can manage and be accountable. Not just someone who is a very good rep, managing is different.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from this place if you are a sales professional!!!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAS Institute

    Pros

    Nothing! SAS treats their sales force like crap!

    Cons

    SAS no interest in seeing their sales reps. make money. It is the most benign and passive aggressive sales environment on the planet. Sales reps come here to end their career and die! Sales leadership is a joke. None of them have ever been in the end zone. Comp plan that was presented to me is not what it seems. They have a "MASTER" comp plan that trumps everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales Management is bush league. You hire folks who will crawl through glass to get a deal closed. Pay them accordingly!

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    7 year intern with no raise, no thank you, no goodbye, no offer, no response from HR, but rave reviews from management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Student in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Student in Cary, NC

    I worked at SAS Institute as an intern (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cheap delicious on campus food and on campus services.

    Cons

    Terrble HR. (Managers - Executive Managers)
    Terrible Marketing Management (Managers, Directors, Executives etc.)
    I interned for 7 years, was led on about evaluations for full-time employment until my employment contract ran out. I received no thank you. No response from inquiries to HR, and no goodbye.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have no respect for loyalty.
    You have no respect for hard-work.
    You have no respect for dedication.
    The lack of professionalism from World leading Software company is laughable. HR is Laughable. Marketing, it's managers, executive leaders, project managers all fall into this organization of politics and drama.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    A wonderful place of refuge for lazy and untalented people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    SAS 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 ManagementAdvice

    Fire your deadbeats. Frankly, for most of the management I knew at SAS, fire yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointment in what is suppose to be a great company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and that is about it.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Within 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at SAS Institute

    Pros

    Benefits were great and work life balance was good.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay the comissions due to the reps and stop moving accounts around to "socialize" the number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Depends on where you are

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC

    I worked at SAS Institute

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Depending 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 ManagementAdvice

    Give hefty "early retirement packages" to selected managers. It will be worth every cent.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC

    I worked at SAS Institute

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Anything 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Benefits are great if at corporate.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SAS Institute

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales People are your lifeblood. Let loose of the reins Mr. Goodnight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    SAS=Stepford

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cary, NC

    I worked at SAS Institute

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Nothing much ever changes around SAS, so if you want to make progress or be creative, you'll be stifled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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