SAS Institute

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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2014
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3.9 330 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight

Jim Goodnight

(245 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance but very challenging at the same time(in 79 reviews)

  • relaxing working environment, great benefits including child care support(in 36 reviews)


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

  • Top R&D leadership is questionable due to perceived erratic behavior and decision making(in 9 reviews)

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    Great people, great products

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat place to learn how leading companies are adopting analytics to transform their own companies.

    ConsSlower moving than some competitors in key markets they are targeting.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat atmosphere for employee calibration. Very good benefits with on-site healthcare, gym, on-site daycare.

    ConsDevoid of diversity in upper management. This is perpetuated by HR, which has no minorities on its management team. Opportunity for advancement very limited.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good in some ways, not so great in others

    Develop Software (Current Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsComfortable working environment. Decent pace. Private offices. Stocked breakroom. Good people.

    Cons1. The benefits are understood to be a part of your overall compensation. The problem is that you may not want or even be able to take advantage of many of them. If you don't have a child then subsidized child care is useless but the cost of it is still part of your compensation. Ditto gym,swimming pool,M&Ms, etc. So effectively you give up some compensation.
    2. Actual salaries are low compared to other software companies, partly because of #1.
    3. SAS does NOT compensate you for working hard. No matter how well I am reviewed my raises never reflect it. Last set of raises were around 1%.
    4. Advancement depends on who you know, not how well you perform. I see so many do-nothings with top-level titles here.
    5. None of us have any idea what is going to happen when Goodnight retires.
    6. Since the company is so comfortable very few leave. So long timers reach top positions. As such new ideas are extremely hard to implement because management is entrenched, closeminded, and unaware of concepts outside the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    So far, the experience at SAS has been great!

    Consultant (Current Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsSo far, the projects I've worked on have been meaningful; that is, they have had impacted the client in a way that makes the world a better place. (This, of course, is probably an aberration.) My group is full of great people who are very accessible and helpful and my manager is an enabler.

    ConsI have not been here long enough to be able to comment much on this, but I've been told that it's difficult to push innovative ideas up the chain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere appears to be no way to fast track innovative ideas. Implement a company-wide process that includes people with the reach and muscle to gather good ideas and implement them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work.

    Principal Systems Programmer (Current Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsThe SAS Campus in Cary, NC is beautiful. It's great that for the most part everyone gets their own office and is provided the tools to do their job. The benefits are great especially with things like the onside Health Care and recreational facilities.

    ConsCompany has grown very quickly but in many ways is still run like it's a small company. The lack of staff turnover is great however that leads to change being difficult as there so many 'senior' people that have been there a long time (at least in the IT area).

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would like to see better communication with regard to company strategy etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The Wrong Resources

    Intern (Former Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsThe people at SAS are amazing and make it a joy to work (in Cary). The campus is beautiful and many a stressful day was relieved by a walk through the woods. The food is excellent and has reduced prices. Good amenities on site (massage, facial, gym, etc.). Had a lot of fun at times working there. Felt really valued by my manager.

    ConsOne word: Politics. There is something wrong with a company that keeps someone employed because they're a friend of senior management but they do no actual real work. It makes the people who do their work and excel lose motivation and feel like what's the point? Upper management is stuck in some kind of caste system where good ideas from younger workers are ignored. Promises about promotions aren't kept. There is a feeling that SAS is lagging behind in terms of new technology. Resources are wasted. Too many unnecessary parties.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick to a clear path, stop moving in cliques around campus.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Number one place to work!

    Senior User Experience Designer (Current Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsBenefits, work/life balance, interesting work

    ConsOne owner, location, some parochial behaviors

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company

    Senior Technical Architect (Current Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsGood benefits, very good environment, stable

    Consnot very aggressive, not public

    Advice to Senior Managementpromotions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid Company in a developing market

    Program Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Work Life Balance, Strong investment in R&D so good products. Excellent support for employees in terms of training and infrastructure.

    ConsSAS has a vast array of offerings which can make things complex in terms of going to market and explaining SAS to external entities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet up a cloud environment where solution providers can SAS based solutions to customers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place To Work!

    Senior Associate Technical Consultant (Current Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsSAS is a fantastic place to work! The work-life balance is amazing, and they let you work however you are comfortable. The work environment is comfortable, and there's a lot of good work being done for one to be involved in.

    ConsNot the best salary-wise. Progress up the ladder can be fairly slow from what I've seen.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMerit based bonuses. Better salary. More aggressive hiring/firing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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