SAS Institute Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Senior Data Scientist

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility and freedom at work to on interesting projects.
    Ability to laterally shift to other groups
    Excellent work culture

    Cons

    Compensation, technology is a bit outdated,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to technology trends!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company but better to be at headquarters

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    Former Employee - Sales Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Support in New York, NY

    I worked at SAS Institute

    Pros

    Great place to meet the best people in their field. A group of educated and talented people.

    Cons

    Salaries at SAS are not competitive with other software companies. It is difficult to receive a decent raise if you get one at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work-life balance is not universal in the company. It would be wise to take a look at who has and who does not have a balanced life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAS Institute

    Pros

    good benefit. Recreation & Fitness Center and the onsite daycare are the highlights.
    health care plan is considered excellent by many, although not the best.

    Cons

    Because of the good benefit, many senior employees stay in the company for a long time, which is good. However, it slows your way up to some extent.

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  5. Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAS Institute

    Pros

    Great benefits. Lots of career development opportunities. Job security is good.

    Cons

    Work load for some of the departments can be heavy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Working for a privately owned company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAS Institute

    Pros

    no quarterly market pressures
    no board of directors to report to
    really the best benefits anywhere

    Cons

    decisions are studied a long time by many people-not a lean,hungry environment
    could move fast but don't out of job protection
    was once a place to work,now a place to "hang"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get lean & mean and get a team in place that comes from the outside real world to lead the way

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Voted Best place to work for a reason

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Pros

    Great food, great benefits and good work and life balance

    Cons

    Big company so everyone has their own clique

    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful

    It's different... for good and bad.

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Software Developer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Software Developer in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    In no particular order:
    * No one ever leaves (either voluntarily or involuntarily), so it's easy to get help and mentors are plentiful.
    * There are some smart, hard working engineers here.
    * Low stress.
    * Work/Life balance... emphasis on life.
    * Good IT dept. Machines aren't locked down and they are generous with the hardware.
    * Gorgeous campus
    * Good food.
    * Good fringe benefits, if you can use them (e.g. onsite day care, but I don't have children). There's also a very nice health center and a cemetery, so SAS has you covered cradle to grave. :-)

    Cons

    In no particular order:
    * No one ever leaves. When decisions are made, "how we've always done it" carries significant weight. Also, you want to change jobs? That's great as soon as they have an opening, which should be around the year 2245.
    * There are some really terrible devs here who are Senior and Principal no less.
    * Low stress only if the first bullet point and the next point don't bother you.
    * Work/Life balance... Just because you're blocked waiting on something from someone else isn't going to prevent them from going on vacation for a week.
    * Salary is below the industry because of all the benefits.
    * Very, very slow to adopt new technology. No seriously, it's a glacial pace of tech change here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. great company overall

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance and autonomy.
    Opportunity to work with many different clients.
    Extensive training opportunities.

    Cons

    Limited growth (promotion) opportunity, particularly for regional employees.
    Disconnects with sales team incentives/behaviors and service offerings, though this is being worked on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Great company to work for.

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    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
  11. Great work environment and outstanding employees but few slow career growth

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    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

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