SAS Institute Reviews

Updated July 27, 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)

Cons
  • 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. Graduate Intern

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    Current Intern - Graduate Intern in Cary, NC
    Current Intern - Graduate Intern in Cary, NC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  2. Great Company if you work out of the HQ

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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.


  3. 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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great company, benefits, solutions, and leaders

    Cons

    big, loose, management heavy, reporting constantly


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  5. Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very few professional development opportunities at satellite offices.


  6. 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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 <title>, senior <title> and principal <title>, and those are really just about the same job. Line managers know this and really struggle to sell a career path in the hiring process. Folks based at HQ lead the good life. If you're remote or work at home, the fantastic campus and associated benefits just look like a giant expense sink hole

    Advice to Management

    Lots of your top employees continue to leave the company, and your leadership helps push them out. Many of the folks that stay behind are so used to coasting through the day (or week or month), that they struggle to adapt to jobs outside of SAS when they do leave.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Great company, unmatched benefits, but beware......

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    Former Employee - Director in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Director in Cary, NC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong work/life balance Best benefits anywhere-on site healthcare & Pharmacy for entire family, profit sharing varies with annual % profitability

    Cons

    Hard to keep your energy up around staff that have never worked anywhere else.Many think it is a country club, not a place of work Very slow decision making from top down

    Advice to Management

    cut 30% of workforce and tell everybody left to get to work. Manage them well, and you still maintain same or better profitability.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Cary, NC

    I worked at SAS Institute (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance and opportunities for fulfilling work. Cutting edge technologies and smart friendly co workers. Great campus beats it all.

    Cons

    Career development needs more attention from management as some people are stuck in the same role for a long time. Having fresh blood would help to generate new ideas.


  9. Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at SAS Institute as an intern

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people I worked with were very nice and helpful. The cafeterias were great - especially the one in Building C.

    Cons

    The environment was very laid back and very behind in terms of technology and resources.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great place for folks who just want to program

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Cary, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    For the most part, everyone treats everyone else with respect. While there have been layoffs, they were not due to market conditions so job security is pretty real. Employees are treated as adults management doesn't do stupid things that tick you off, like every other place I've worked.

    Cons

    Pay is steady, if not spectacular. Quality of middle managers varies wildly, and newly promoted managers are given no training whatsoever. The HR department is particularly bad about not meeting manager training needs and firing people at the drop of a hat if the manager says he wants to get rid of you.

    Advice to Management

    Better training for middle managers and replace the head of HR.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work, some technology churn

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Middleton, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Middleton, MA

    I worked at SAS Institute

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a mature software company, management understands what it takes to build complex systems. In our group, we worked on an interesting product with a team having lots of industry experience and a smart, motivated group of developers. It was fun testing the product at scale and at high levels of concurrency. The team and the company are all on the same page here. Good stuff. Family oriented culture. Our group, here in Middleton, MA, is a diverse mix of people with different software and Retail industry backgrounds. Management willing to make some big bets on new technology.

    Cons

    As is typical, I suppose, when a big company acquires a smaller one, upper management (including technological) from the parent has a "we know best" attitude. It took years for some folks to finally understand the nature and benefits of the product they were (now) selling. This "lack of listening" wasted millions of $$ and many developer-years of effort. Too bad, really. I mean, these guys are smart and had meaningful improvements to make in the product. It's just they didn't have the full picture. Which is ok. Unless you willfully stop yourself from seeing what is right in front of you... Management unwilling to pull the plug on failed experiments. Kept pouring good money after bad on those big technology bets. Never heard of "fail fast", I guess. I dare say, this lesson has been learned ... :-) The real downside to the big bets is that it has a real impact on people. You spend years of your working life on a project. You really want it to go somewhere. Upper management does not seem sensitive to this issue. Fewer opportunities to move to other products or teams from a remote office.

    Advice to Management

    Management knows what they're doing. There appears to be a significant effort to stabilize the application platform and bring the verticals into line. This is a painful and expensive process, but necessary after years of acquisitions. More power to 'em. Just remember, those squares you're moving around on the org chart are people! Fwiw, SAS' real competition today is from the open source world as folks flock to the R language, powered by Apache Spark and the like. Heads up!



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