SAS Institute

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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
390 Reviews
3.9
390 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.  

    good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAS Institute

    Pros

    good place to work for

    Cons

    there are not many cons

  2.  

    Excellent first year!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    I have been a SAS user for a very long time. I worked for companies that use SAS tools and I have also worked for SAS partners. SAS has been true to its word on everything they promised me in the interview. I have met some of the strongest technical staff, along with people that are very willing to help and teach. Everyone is focused on success -- success of the people and success of the clients.

    Cons

    SAS really does not have a career progression.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    My internship was extremely satisfying, I really enjoyed it, and it helped me decide my future career path.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Student A in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Student A in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    I had flexible hours and good pay. My manager gave me a lot of responsibility for projects. Work-life balance was great, and I met a lot of new friends through the intership program. The program was very structured and I received a lot of support, and I would recommend it to anyone.

    Cons

    I wasn't able to work on some of the projects because I didn't have experience working with the necessary tools, and the various trainings to become adept at the tools were long.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer Tester IV in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Developer Tester IV in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    Work Life balance and company values

    Cons

    Working is wonderful if your manager is smarter than you are. The one who do not understand what you are doing then they think by macro management they will know which is aweful

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

    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

    Friendly work environment with excellent benefits. SAS is a place that promotes healthy work-life balance and actually mean it. Facilities such as on-site healthcare and childcare makes life convenient for employees at Cary Head Quarters.

    Cons

    Difficult to say many bad things about the company. One I have heard from co-workers is that a lot of benefits and conveniences available to employees in Cary are not there for regional or home-office employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good benefits with opportunities for career advancement.

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

    Best Summer Job Ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Great culture and legendary amenities. I was one happy intern. I worked hard, ate well, exercised often, and learned a lot

    Cons

    Very "deliberate" management process. My boss said it took him a year to get traction on any of his projects, which doesn't leave much hope for a summer intern to see any substantial fruit of their labors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up your legendary dedication to your employees. Pick up the pace of innovation.

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

    My experience has been nothing short of superb.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work balance and health benefits are wonderful.

    Cons

    Low turn over at this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Long-time SAS employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, great benefits. All technical full-time employees get a private office with a door, barring severe temporary overcrowding anyway. Very family-friendly atmosphere, with a lot of flexibility in terms of normal work hours and time off for appointments, etc. No set number of sick days - if you are a child/parent are sick and need your care, you don't come in to work.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to get new ideas rolling. There's a lot of political interplay and infighting at the middle management level at times. It takes persistence (and a great demo) to get anything to happen sometimes.

    Low turnover is a sign of a great company to work for, but it also means that opportunities for advancement can be limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Company has great benefits and a great work culture. Compensation used to be below average but things have seemed to improve there. They have an extremely generous retirement plan and other great benefits (i.e. they will pay $500+ a month for childcare). The company is extremely stable with no debt.

    Cons

    While the base SAS product is extremely good, a lot of the other products that are put out are not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SAS is a very successful company with a great culture. The only area for improvement that I can see would be to instill more of a competitive urgency within R&D.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Student Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Student in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Student in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute as an intern (less than an 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

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