SAS Institute Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
364 Reviews
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SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight
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Pros
  • Great work life balance but very challenging at the same time (in 85 reviews)

  • relaxing working environment, great benefits including child care support (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • Opportunity for advancement very limited (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    It wasn't my dream job, but working as SAS is great!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC

    I worked at SAS Institute as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    SAS not only has a great company culture with really friendly people, but they have room to move up. Everyone is so talented.

    Cons

    I was doing an intern job that was very easy and seemed somewhat boring at times. Still a great opportunity to get connected to people there.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great culture, but hard to feel connected to your work

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    Former Employee - , Communications in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - , Communications in Cary, NC

    I worked at SAS Institute as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    SAS is truly a great place to work. From the amazing on-campus amenities to the seemingly universal friendliness of all employees, the environment is exceptionally comfortable.

    Cons

    This is a huge company, so it's easy to feel like you aren't making a real impact. SAS could become your life, as it seems to be for many people in the area - it's easy to get comfortable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A bit lost in the shuffle...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits, good work/life balance, lots of perks at campus/headquarters. Privately owned company, not subject to the whims of a board nor does management succumb to short-term earnings pressures. Profit sharing (in lieu of equity) is generally on the generous side.

    Cons

    Even though the company professes to be "flat" in terms of management, there are plenty of managerial levels. If you are not located in the North Carolina HQs, you may be lost in the shuffle of any reorganization - out of sight, out of mind. Salaries below market. R&D rules the roost.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The company understands and supports the necessary work-life balance.

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Stable company. Profitable every year. Well compensated.

    Cons

    Recent issues in upper management causing chaos across SAS. Very little opportunity for advancement. Employees from regional offices don't have the same perks nor the same respect as those at corporate.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It is a nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAS Institute

    Pros

    People are really nice and they would like to offer you a lot of help. It also has great campus and North Carolina is beautiful. You can have a nice balance of life and work here. You can have a food life in Cary/Raleigh area.

    Cons

    It is not innovative enough and its product is not very excited.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Legacy Company Treats Employees Fair and Customers not so Fair

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    SAS is famous for the perks it offers employee--its main claim to fame. Its software is (and becoming less so) indispensable to corporations worldwide. Rather than taking all of the profits, Goodnight has invested large sums of money back into the company which is why it has $3.1 Billion in sales in 2013. Until 2001/2002, new ideas were embraced. This is a company that has an enormous talent pool. Overall good for employees and not so good if you are a customer sustaining the cash flows into the company.

    Cons

    The rivers of cash and enormous talent pool are not that well harnessed in today's competitive environment. Goodnight has no shareholders or board of directors to help guide the company. His decision making style is opaque, leaving many to divine his intent. Executive management are mainly long-tenured employees whose outside perspective has dimmed over time. Only one corporate officer from a Fortune 500 company has held a position in the company and that was less than 2 years. Read as this is a very insular company. Customers are to be milked and alliance partners are to be used as stop-gaps until R&D can build a competing product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have heard all of this before: Rationalize the product line. Standardize pricing worldwide to eliminate pricing variation that happens to be an accidents of geography. Bring outside R&D leadership into the company and give him/her space and an upside if they meet critical business objectives. Have one head of worldwide sales. Keeping groups off-kilter by pitting one against the other is old-school management.

    Reduce hardware margin building to attract more customers toward an off-premise software model (because it will be cheaper support costs in the longer-term). Level with employees by sharing more information on business costs and conditions. A bar chart comparing this year sales with last years is condescending even if you are a privately held entity. Induce the 25+ year cohort of employees to move on making room for the talent below.

    To develop new business, develop a back-end server that can be OEM'd to other firms that surface analytic math to other software (including competitors). Embrace the R user community. They have the SAS user community out-numbered with demographic trends not so favorable to SAS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A good place to intern at

    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Cary, NC

    I worked at SAS Institute as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The campus is huge, and the food is incredible. You get to see a very healthy work culture that focus on the employees' happiness. There is a fitness center and health center for employees as well as day care. Product is grown right on campus, making the meals very cheap. Nobody wants to leave SAS.

    Cons

    There is nothing much to complain about, but as an intern, I felt like I was underpaid compared to my peers interning at other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent, employee oriented company with good benefits

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. In the Fortune Best Companies to work for every year in the top 10

    Cons

    Sales management system is a bit antiquated and they need more of a global product mix

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place

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    Current Employee - Statistical Consultant
    Current Employee - Statistical Consultant

    I have been working at SAS Institute as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice environment and benefit. Flexible work time.

    Cons

    Lack of passion, lack of chance for promotion

  11.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    benefits, work culture, opportunities, work-life balance

    Cons

    there are not that many

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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