SAS Institute Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
350 Reviews
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Student Intern

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    Current Employee - Technical Student  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Student in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits, even for a lowly student intern! I can really tell that everyone I've met at SAS enjoy what they do. I worked in a small team and everyone was kind and understanding. Even as an intern, I felt appreciated and welcomed.
    Also, I got a strong feeling that this company is ideal for people with families, especially small children since there is a daycare on site!

    Cons

    Marketing and market research doesn't seem to be a strong point for this company. Given my short duration of time there, I can't say for sure, but the marketing team that I worked with struggled with communication and I've heard that the market research department is rather underfunded and understaffed. For a company that is the largest private corporation in the US, it is rather unknown to the public. When I tell people I interned at SAS, for most people (without comp/stat background) the name did not ring a bell...
    Overall,

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance is taken seriously. Great management, smart colleagues. I don't think there's another software company that compares to this one.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Best company to work for. Great atmosphere, benefits, and people.

    Cons

    Most all jobs require years of experience, making it hard to get in. But for justified reasons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top notch, professional environment.

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

    I have been working at SAS Institute as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I always feel like I'm surrounded by brilliant people, most of them willing and happy to help.

    Cons

    For me, a little less understanding of the expectations and outcomes of the position. I have been seeking out my own challenges. But this is an internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little more specific in the definition of the role.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, great salary, great product, and excellent customers. Customers and prospects want to hear about how SAS can help improve their business.

    Cons

    The culture is too relax. They want results but they don't work for it. It takes for ever to get something done. Sales cycle is very long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should get up their chair and work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience Working for SAS Institute

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Operations Specialist  in  Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Computer Operations Specialist in Cary, NC

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment, lots of benefits for employees. Campus environment and opportunities to educate and advance your career are available. On site healthcare for employees, daycare and employee gym are among the best of the benefits. My salary was commensurate with my skills and promotions were attainable and included reasonable pay raises.

    Cons

    There were some moral problems in my department due to a couple of people who liked to gossip/cause trouble and one poor manager. This could happen anywhere, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moral problems are serious and should be taken seriously. Fire those who gossip and stir the pot.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - R&D Director  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - R&D Director in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    Company truly cares about its employees. A lot of very talented people to work with, If you want to make a difference you can. You can make opportunities for yourself if you have a good idea.

    Cons

    R&D executive management has good ideas, but execution has been comical lately. Compensation is just average. With a lot of tech companies in the area hiring heavily, may start to lose key people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the hard decisions so that people can start moving forward again. We've been in a holding pattern for the last 6 months.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    nice company to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAS Institute

    Pros

    High-tech company
    Very friendly people,
    Not pressful
    Big campus full of green
    On campus daycare, gym
    Good universities around

    Cons

    Mid-size city, lack of various entertainments
    very hot in summer,

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrific place to work. Managed like someone wants you to work there.

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance but very challenging at the same time. While the benefits are second to none, the real fun of working at SAS is the problems we try to solve. Very advanced statistical procedures shed light on real world problems.

    Cons

    In house training is about all that is available. Tuition reimbursement would be nice. Advancement is somewhat limited by a relatively flat organizational structure so if you want to manage groups, it might not be the best for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Steady as she goes..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sas does a great job at making every employee feel like they are valued in the workplace.

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    Current Employee - User Experience Design Specialist  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - User Experience Design Specialist in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Overall, as an intern, I am treated like a valuable employee, and that is simply incredible. This is a great place to start my career.

    Cons

    Overall, there are far more developers than designers of software and therefore, the pace of production does not go as smoothly as it could if there was a more even ratio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are doing a fantastic job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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