SAS Institute

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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 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.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Management is not qualified and needs more training on how to manage. Salaries tend to be below the market average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to provide personal growth opportunities to your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great work environment and outstanding employees but few slow career growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer IV
    Current Employee - Software Developer IV

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

    Pros

    The outstanding physical environment and benefits targeted for young workers make SAS a great place to start a career. Because of this, the company attracts a highly competent and dynamic professional workforce. Employee turnover is very low and most employees end up staying at SAS for the duration of their career. However, compensation and opportunities are modest. If you want the fast track, SAS is probably not for you.

    Cons

    Benefits are good for young employees starting their career, but the profit sharing and retirement benefits are marginal at best. Take a good long look at the retirement package offered by SAS before you consider devoting your career to the company. There has been a significant decline in long-term benefits over the past 10 years and you can expect the trend to continue. Basically, if you don't think you can save enough for retirement on your own, don't plan to stay at SAS for your entire career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the advice of the highly skilled technical contributors that are successfully accomplishing goals, and stop listing so much to the noisy crowd that spends most of their time posting messages and making public pronouncements that are mainly intended to tout their own importance. The real contributors don't have time for weekly pod casts or endless public debates.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work. A lot of politics and nitpicking since it's a private company. LOTS of nepotism.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    People have fun here.. not much dead weight. Get to try new technologies.

    Cons

    Constant visible infighting from senior leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those who help.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent company, hope they keep it up!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Intern in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    Outstanding appreciation for work-life balance and the best environment I've had the pleasure of working in. Excellent coworkers, awesome cafeteria, and calm and productive workplace. Keeping in mind the cons, I would be thrilled with an opportunity to work here someday.

    Cons

    I worry about retainment of young people and maintaining long-term competitiveness. I think SAS is a wonderful company, but I worry that a lot of people at the top of the company aren't comfortable with change, and that it is especially problematic at a tech company...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As much as it is important to retain long-term, loyal employees, it is also important to try new ways of doing things to be able to adapt in an evolving marketplace.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Small, close family atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAS Institute

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great bosses and coworkers treat you like family. If you have any emergencies or personal problems, they are very supportive.

    Cons

    My work is on a part time basis and I wish it was full time. There's no room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

  7.  

    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
  8. 11 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
  9.  

    A bit lost in the shuffle...

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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 (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
  10.  

    It is a nice place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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