SAS Institute Reviews

Updated August 30, 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. Software devlopment at SAS Institute

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    Job security, good work/life balance, some nice perks

    Cons

    Some long-time employees coast, some managers are pretty conservative in their uptake of new techniques and technology, salaries are middling

    Advice to Management

    Get to know the skills and interests of your subordinates. Don't treat them as interchangeable "resources."


  2. Excellent culture

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute as an intern

    Pros

    SAS is renown for for its emphasis on work-life balance and for its benefits -- even for interns, it remains true. Excellent culture and sense of community. Intern program included optional opportunities such as "Lunch & Learn" speaker events and Intern Expo. Nice people here.

    Cons

    Large company. Experience as an intern varies greatly on your manager and team. As other intern reviewers have pointed out, monetary compensation is far below industry standard. For work of similar nature, demands, type, and caliber, and from similar age and experience, my pay was about 50% of the industry standard, and 30% of average for top-paying competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider intern compensation, or you'll lose candidates to your competitors.


  3. Nice place

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

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    It is good place to work. Nice perks with relatively nice people.

    Cons

    Some politics and low chance of promotions


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  5. Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Overall it is a great company with many wonderful benefits.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve on employee relations.


  6. Great place to work and have a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Work with some very smart, capabile people.

    Cons

    None that really matter to me.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on analytics


  7. Graduate Intern

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    Current Intern - Graduate Intern in Cary, NC
    Current Intern - Graduate Intern in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work was very challenging. Got an opportunity to work with the most elite people in the industry. Overall, a good learning curve

    Cons

    Not much of a con but I wished there were more people to guide me during my intern. The compensation is not exactly at par with the top tier companies.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the compensation more in level with the other top companies. Apart from it, just keep doing what you are doing right now


  8. Great Company if you work out of the HQ

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and excellent work environment.

    Cons

    If you don't work out of the HQ, you are at a disadvantage. It's all about who you know, since many jobs are filled internally and are never posted externally. Opportunities in regional offices are limited unless you are in Sales or Professional Services. Departments tend to be reorged every few years, which makes things a bit unsettled for employees.


  9. great company, get into the right group for revenye

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    Former Employee - Regional Manager, in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Regional Manager, in Lexington, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great company, benefits, solutions, and leaders

    Cons

    big, loose, management heavy, reporting constantly


  10. Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Small office in Middleton. More connection to company if you are in Cary, NC.

    Cons

    Very few professional development opportunities at satellite offices.


  11. Helpful (19)

    Stay for the benefits, leave for the career

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SAS is annually one of the best companies in the world to work for in terms of benefits, quality of life and general work environment. Bonuses, if you're part of the Sales organization, can be significant, as can profit sharing and other income opportunities. Salary is below the industry average.. The HQ is like a beautiful college campus, with onsite healthcare, pharmacy, gym, daycare, tennis courts pool and more.

    Cons

    The problem with being a fantastic company to work for is that very few employees leave, and most of those that do are the ones that have hit their head on the ceiling and really want to do more. Management and other leadership positions are hard to come by because those positions rarely open up. Most employees have no real career path beyond