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

SAS Institute Reviews

Updated Jun 13, 2014
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SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight

Jim Goodnight

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    Chaos reigns

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    Cary, NC

    ProsNice campus and benefits. Private offices.

    ConsR&D lacks a leader that is committed to all R&D employees and has a plan to transition the work focus in a sane and rational manner.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the head of R&D.

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

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    A slow but accelerating decline

    Software Developer (Current Employee)
    Cary, NC

    ProsBenefits are still great and salary is competitive. The facilities are top notch and employee creature comforts are plentiful. Gym and cafes are nice and campus is beautifully manicured. Individual interactions are great.

    ConsGrowth is slow compared to the market. Lots of challenges with old school management failing to adapt to new business and licensing models.

    Top R&D leadership is questionable due to perceived erratic behavior and decision making. Trust is a major concern. The hallways are filled with empty promises. Cliques and inner circles form "leadership teams" that hand down ideas from on high. There have also been borderline unprofessional statements made in public forums sniping at divisions and projects without direct knowledge -- obvious parroting from surrounding negativity that flows fluidly in the inner circle of leadership teams. Add a backdrop of organizational upheaval and it is a recipe for staff alienation, burn out and loss of productivity.

    If you're truly an innovator and cutting edge thinker that just wants to solve problems, this is not your place. Politics and negativity reign supreme in this aging aristocracy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStabilize R&D. You have entire departments that are idling at the moment. Put leaders in place that don't play politics but instead get the job done. Get rid of the poisonous people that like to stoke the flames of negativity. Encourage long time middle and upper managers to retire or step aside to make room for new ideas and energy.

    Attract and retain younger talent. There has been a mass exodus of good young talent and leadership as of late. You are doomed to lose more if you do nothing. You don't even know who these people are yet because you have layers of aristocracy in place that prevent it. These people you are running off are the people that are going to eat your lunch because they are that good. You need to keep them to eat your competitors lunch or else the end of SAS will come on much more quickly than we ever realized.

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

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    Resting on its laurels, old reputation and marketing spin

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    Cary, NC

    ProsThe employees are phenomenally talented, bright and I miss them immensely. The benefits package, amenities and HQ campus environment are world class. The ability to make changes to process and challenge status quo is solid - change is generally embraced.

    ConsAll that glitters is not gold. The outside world sees the media hype, but it is just another organization with flaws and its on the decline. The pay rates are inadequate when compared to others in the industry. Inconsistent standards from one division to another are morale busters. The lack of a clearly defined and communicated succession plan is detrimental to retaining quality employees and undermines client relationships -- it is primed for an acquisition particularly when Dr. Goodnight passes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the promotion and retention of those in key management positions who have limited skills and could not function in any other environment, but SAS. Cease the morally bankrupt actions of many in executive positions. Be careful about dumping those over 40 years old.

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

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    A place where careers go to die. Some see it and leave, others accept it and stay.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Cary, NC

    ProsEmployee benefits (day care, health, adoption) are above industry norm, almost all US-based employees have their own office, company closes during week of Christmas, you can obtain 4 weeks of vacation after 10 years (plus Christmas), Great place for young workers direct from college or young families. Very few employees ever work over 38hrs per week and the company promotes this regularly. Majority of perks in the Cary HQ office....

    ConsAre you a Type A personality and career driven? You'll leave in months or bow down before mediocrity. Salaries and bonus are far below tech industry average so SAS does not pursue industry top talent. The executives in R&D, marketing, sales have been there for 10+ years and no one will rock-the-boat or depart so upward mobility is non-existent. The 95% employee retention is not a benefit to be promoted, but curse to career growth. Majority of employees have no defined bonus plan/payout. Found it common to be offered 3x bonus working at IBM, HP, RedHat.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet marketing, R&D, support on defined bonus plans of 15% of salary. Treat employees like adults and share details of revenues, profitability, cost structure. Beyond the most basic of 'sales' data no one knows if the company is another Enron in the making.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Best Company to Work for??? It depends...

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    Cary, NC

    ProsExcellent business intelligence and analytics software products covering a wide range of industries and business areas. Excellent data management and data integration software. They have made some inroads into packaged business solutions for specifc industries such as banking and insurance, but they stil have some ground to cover. Great place to learn if you are willing to do it on your own.

    ConsManagement is not in synch with corporate goals. Middle and senior managers tend to overly focus on their own team's objectives and expanding their teams, often at the expense of corporate objectives. There is a lack of real leadership in some areas and therefore silos abound and fleurish. Business solutions lack ease of use and documentation. The company lacks internal training programs. Consultants are pretty much left to learn on their own. Lastly, and unfortunately, if you are part of a minority group your chances of making it to middle management and actually keeping your job are very, very slim.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealign your objectives with corporate.

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

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    great place - only if you work in Cary

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPay is adequate, benefits are good, job security is virtually guaranteed if a) you work at corporate, b) you don't make waves, and c) value internal politics over personal or unit productivity. Sense of urgency is an unknown concept in most units. This company and its culture would never survive in a public-company setting.

    ConsSenior management provides little leadership and less vision. CEO is a great technologist with no respect for how business gets done. Sales teams are regularly belittled in regular CEO videos. If you work for SAS outside of the corporate environment, you are looked upon as a 2nd class citizen at best. While company's loyal user base will provide a revenue cow to milk for a while, more nimble competitors will erode the fortunes of this one-trick pony.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide real management training for lower and mid-level managers.
    Demonstrate you really care about field employees.
    Work to eliminate pervasive 'politics first' MO in Cary.
    Hire senior managers who bring more to the table than being a FOG (Friend of Goodnight)
    Make it easy for Goodnight to retire, so a real CEO can bring real leadership to company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Free peanuts but that's all you'll make

    Sales Manager (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsIf you are at the Mother Ship at HQ and not in Sales, it's great
    Free peanut M&M's
    Great Sushi at the cafeteria in Cary

    ConsCult like atmosphere in need of a re-boot
    If you're in Sales don't expect to make money.
    There is no Commissions dept, this is reviewed directly by CEO himself
    Dying company with stale technology
    Some of the worst Sales Mgt know to man

    Advice to Senior Managementstay classy Baltimore

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

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    Don't believe the Hype

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSolid financially, good vacation time, good job security, nice cafeteria, onsite healthcare, onsite gym, good if you have kids and can get them into daycare (based on seniority)

    ConsThe benefits have been shrinking - greatly. If you are single then the pay and benefits are below what you would get elsewhere for the same work. The only benefit that I hear parents say that keeps them there is the daycare. Don't believe the 35 hour hype. That is only for people who are non-IT. If you are in IT it is a major pressure cooker. I am seeing lots of people leaving because they can get better work conditions and benefits else where. Little room for moving up. And difficult to move laterally unless you have been with the company for 20 years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dissatisfied if you don[t work in Cary NC do not work for this company

    Director (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsBenefits are good but are great if you live in NC

    ConsCompany is private and all promotions based on favoritism and looks. Most middle management is female and are selected by looks and other non work related abilities by Senior Management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize the world does not revolve around Cary and select people based on ability. Choose women with proven management ability versus ........

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    Not bad!!!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Cary, NC

    ProsGood salary, benefits but most of them are useless to most people.

    ConsSenior management has no clue about the industry practice they are heading. People expect everything on a platter and make an issue out of everything.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire some senior level domain experts instead of expecting juniors to lead everything.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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