SAS Institute Reviews

Updated August 15, 2015
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Pros
  • Probably the best work/life balance you'll ever experience (in 89 reviews)

  • family oriented place to work with great benefits (in 42 reviews)

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  • R&D lacks a leader that is committed to all (in 12 reviews)

  • Because everyone stays it can be hard to move up (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    A lot of dead wood

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work in the beginning.

    Cons

    Working with some of the sales guys suck because many of them are babies in a big person's body. A lot of dead wood in the sales organization and in middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Value your sales engineers - they are not easy to train or to hire.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Not as "Great" as they say

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Yes, great benefits, most people get their own four wall office. If you are at the headquarters in Cary, NC then you get extra benefits of a multi-building gym & pool.

    Cons

    Just like any large organization (about 13,000 worldwide & 5000 in Cary) their are a lot of internal politics. There is a lot of good ole boy & girl networks that if you are not a part of you can forget about getting into management. Even if you do get into mgmt many people whom are/were managers say it's not hardly worth it. There is not much more pay for being a manager yet your duties are significantly increased. Many times managers have people making more than them doing less work. Interesting. You can really get stuck in a corner there, although they do allow internal job movement. The lack of organized, planned out product development is amazing. They have been struggling with the "silos of development" for many years. It is very hard, even as an employee, to get up to speed on new product details, especially lower level technical details. Owner is making billions while senior technical people (especially outside of R&D) struggle to get to $100k. As typical in large org.s the nepotism has paid off for some though. The chosen ones.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to break up the nepotism & networks. Plan, & actually use design phases with customer feedback. Integrate the solutions. Let Product Managers be true product managers and let them synchronize all non-development tasks for the entire product life cycle (Idea -> Mkt. research -> design -> code -> ... -> launch so that by the time a product goes out it has doc, mkt. material, TS, EDU, Consulting, Sales Staff all up to speed and have a true Product Launch event (like other tech. companies do) with Sales incentives. Pay the SE's, TA's, SA's, some sort of commission. Without them the sales staff would never make their target, except a few.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Legacy Slow Death

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    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits, 401k Health, LTD, and Child Care if you can get your kid in.

    Cons

    Worst Management I've ever experienced especially in State Government. Promotion by personal relationships all management has intermarried or is carrying on some sort of relationship with the staff to get ahead. The special ones get invited on Dr. G's plane for special career attention.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to recognize talent. Hire managers with a brain.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Great benefits, poor career

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    Former Employee - North Carolina in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - North Carolina in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great health benefits, I enjoyed going to the gym and playing sports at lunch. I liked most of the people I worked with. Beautiful campus and almost everyone has a new office. I liked the 35 hour work week and that the company closed at Christmas.

    Cons

    No career advancement opportunities. No investment in employees, ie training or education. Salary was extremely poor and increases and bonuses were almost non existent at the associate/sr associate or career level positions. Lots of favoritism and little to no positive recognition by management.

    Advice to Management

    To be such a large company, the CEO and Sr VPs still had too much control over the day to day activities in the company. It takes too long to get things approved. Allow lower level managers to make decisions. Stop acting like employees should be thankful to work there and start rewarding solid performers.


  6. Soul-crushing at it's finest

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great perks & benefits if you don't know any better Very cushy work/life balance All the cafeteria food you can eat?

    Cons

    Cube farm sales don't work at the enterprise level No support from product/marketing Management tries to justify lack of training, career advancement as outside forces Company lacks ability to be nimble in the modern age

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring college kids and employee a real sales staff who are knowledgeable in data management, business intelligence, and have actual experience calling into mid-sized enterprises.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Software is good. If you're in a customer facing position you're happy. Awesome benefits.

    Cons

    Living on reputation currently. Political environment growing. Not the best salary.

    Advice to Management

    Time to self assess a bit. There is a trend of strong talent leaving.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Senior Consulting Manager - Professional Services

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Good place to work a lower to mid level job. Privately held, so SAS is dampened from wild quarterly swings and corresponding downsizing.

    Cons

    No turnover at the top, so very limited to no advancement opportunities for those in Senior Management positions. Company is challenged due to lack of focus and direction regarding operations, org structures, or cohesive, meaningful performance management structure. New products and programs are given insufficient rollout support, and are discontinued early due to this lack of organization and support. A company run by statisticians, and those who have worked nowhere but SAS their entire careers. Partnering strategy is abysmal. Not a good place for a mover-and-shaker type.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the management consulting services around the products and projects to achieve maximum ROI for clients (e.g. process changes, metrics tracking vs.targets, organizational change management, industry expertise. Reorganize for a more coordinated, seamless face towards the client (one SAS.) Don't just listen to client complaints and put a bandage on them, restructure your approach so it is consistent and repeatable.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Financial Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    SAS is able to attract the best in their field. It's invigorating to work with such great talent. The amenities are nice - gym, walking trails, cafeterias, etc. The company really provides a lot for the employees

    Cons

    Politics. Not a lot of continuing education

    Advice to Management

    Take management training. Talk to your employees


  10. Sales

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good technology, lot of expertise

    Cons

    Limited scope of focus. Not agile with newer technologies


  11. Helpful (3)

    Good benefits, not much opportunity

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    Current Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice campus, cafes, reasonable hours and pay. A good place to do your time.

    Cons

    Rife with nepotism and incompetence. Very little room for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent. Play less of the favors game.



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