SAS Institute Reviews

Updated August 10, 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. Helpful (3)

    Like Family...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    I think of my team at SAS more of an extended family than as coworkers. I'm still relatively new to the team, having only been with the company for four years, and yes I realize that is a lifetime at many software companies. People come to SAS, and for the most part they stay at SAS. The benefits are just what you've heard, fantastic perks throughout that rival many of the Silicon Valley big shots. Amazing health and wellness benefits on site, and a real focus on employee work/life balance, going even so much as giving fringe pseudo-science seminars in all sorts of interesting and forward thinking topics. I see some on Glassdoor are complaining about low pay, but I haven't really seen that in my team. People seem to be happy with compensation, and I feel I am being paid very fairly in my role, but then I did negotiate heavily when coming into the group. I've also seen decent, and on par with the industry, raises over the last few years. Nothing to get excited about, but again very fair. They're also extremely generous with their 401K dole outs. They don't do matching, like most companies, and instead pay a small contribution every paycheck whether you're contributing or not... On top of that, there's a yearly 401K payout for profit sharing (as well as a personal bonus to the employee). These aren't huge, but very fair and are very nice to receive. As for the work environment, you have some amazingly creative and intelligent people, a few floaters that have been around forever, but are kind of stuck in the past, and some of the best summer students I've ever worked with. Every company has dead weight, and yes SAS has its share, but for some reason I feel that even the drift wood in the various groups are a bit higher motivated and a bit higher classed than at most companies. There's a lot to like here, and a lot to feel proud about. It's a great company to park at if you're done hoping from job to job and just want to settle in on a nice long career. SAS definitely feels like family, and over time even if you get discouraged and mad, it's hard to turn your back on them.

    Cons

    When you first come to SAS there's one word thought that probably crosses a lot of people's minds... Did I just join a cult? It does feel like that, sometimes. The culture is very enclave-chiq. SAS has created a little micro-city in Cary that has everything you could possibly need, from a post office, barbershop, day care, school, amazing gym and yes, even a cemetery. The way the guards wave, non-stop, to the parading cars that enter the campus in the morning, smile plastered on their faces, you start wondering if you should be drinking the free sweet-tea in the cafeterias. It's a very different work environment than you're used to, and transplants may find it a little off-putting at first. Especially if you're an introvert-type. Not to mention, everyone seems to know everyone's business... It's hard not to, and you'll be invited to team lunches daily, to extracurricular events, and etc. Your comfort and mileage may vary. Some people are probably reading, how is this a con? It's just a little... much... at times. The only real problems I've seen around campus are just boredom of some of the lifers at SAS, who probably should have retired or left a long time ago, and the flat structure you'll hear a lot of people mention here on Glassdoor. This is not a company you can easily come in and work your way up the ranks, mostly because of the lifers. Most teams have the 20-30+ year team members who know everyone and have been around since Goodnight. They've married SAS employees, have kids that are SAS employees, etc, etc. Because of that, it's a really low-key and loose organization, I'm two rungs from the top of the company as a lowly engineer. There's really not too much more for me to progress to... To be fair, there are tons of other opportunities in the company, everything from engineering, media production, finance, to honestly being a SAS employed artist or gardener if I really wig out one day. So, there's really no excuse for feeling stuck or bored in your position. I'll likely never be a Sr. Director, though, or CTO, or etc. If you want that, you'll probably need to jump ship at some point and go to a more traditional company. Is that a con? I don't know. You'll learn a ton at SAS either way, whether you make it a lifelong journey or just a short stint on your way to other things.

    Advice to Management

    The next several years will be interesting. A lot of the old-school guard is retiring and the company is shifting ideas. Keep and foster as much of that amazing Summer Student talent that you can. They are the future of this company, and from what I've seen and worked with, the future is very bright.


  2. Lives up to the great place to work ratings

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    Current Employee - Principal Analytical Consultant in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Principal Analytical Consultant in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smartest people I've ever worked with Great environment to learn and keep on the cutting edge

    Cons

    Middle management is a bit lost ... Many have never even used the software. Lots of "experts" who base their knowledge on reading training decks

    Advice to Management

    Can't argue with success If you do anything make small tweaks The two I would suggest are - have middle management learn to use the software ! The CEO does !!! - try to focus on being "a great place to do business with" ... We feel harder to deal with than I remember when I was a client in the 80s and 90s


  3. Challenging, lot of freedom and learning

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    Current Intern - Ssod Development in Cary, NC
    Current Intern - Ssod Development in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depends a lot on Manager. However, getting your own space, ample time to learn and solve complex problems and analytical solutions.

    Cons

    Company is a bit slow in terms of adapting new technology. Can function better if more young energy is added to the existing team.

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking out of the box. The market of analytics is growing exponentially, SAS is growing not even at one tenth the speed. A loyalist to SAS, I suggest you should target more domains and aggressive innovation than just retaining existing clients.


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  5. Principal Solutions Architect

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    Current Employee - Principal Solutions Architect
    Current Employee - Principal Solutions Architect
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance and opportunities for creativity

    Cons

    Very flat structure with little room for carer progression/promotion


  6. comments

    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Business Partner in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Business Partner in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    excellent culture and commitment to employees

    Cons

    some legacy practices are unclear


  7. Great work life balance!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great group of people with values focused on work and family. The balance here is second to none and a great place to be.

    Cons

    This is a very large company and can feel that way. They do have great leadership with an open door policy, so do not be afraid to ask. The worst they can do is say no.

    Advice to Management

    Keep everyone involved the more people with the knowledge the stronger the overall organization and workplace. Sometimes listening is the hardest skill.


  8. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SAS has done a great job taking care of employees with a good family work balance and great benefits.

    Cons

    Like anywhere a good job requires enjoyment of what you work on and those you work with. It can seem at times promotions flow easier in some areas then others.


  9. Sr. Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great products great customers great employees

    Cons

    Slow moving lots of legacy


  10. Wonderful company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Food Service Tech in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Food Service Tech in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    kitchen staff got same benefits as anyone else in the company. On site healthcare and workout room. Very family oriented.

    Cons

    letting a contract company take over the kitchen area.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Repeat and new sales centric analytics software powerhouse, high-tech east coast culture employment is a good thing

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Consultant in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Consultant in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Such a wide product offering, if you have gumption you have infinite growth opportunities in both technical and sales type career paths.

    Cons

    A slowly growing cohort of middle management that add little value

    Advice to Management

    thin the middle mgmt



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