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I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than 10 yearsPros
SAS is famous for the perks it offers employee--its main claim to fame. Its software is (and becoming less so) indispensable to corporations worldwide. Rather than taking all of the profits, Goodnight has invested large sums of money back into the company which is why it has $3.1 Billion in sales in 2013. Until 2001/2002, new ideas were embraced. This is a company that has an enormous talent pool. Overall good for employees and not so good if you are a customer sustaining the cash flows into the company.Cons
The rivers of cash and enormous talent pool are not that well harnessed in today's competitive environment. Goodnight has no shareholders or board of directors to help guide the company. His decision making style is opaque, leaving many to divine his intent. Executive management are mainly long-tenured employees whose outside perspective has dimmed over time. Only one corporate officer from a Fortune 500 company has held a position in the company and that was less than 2 years. Read as this is a very insular company. Customers are to be milked and alliance partners are to be used as stop-gaps until R&D can build a competing product.Advice to ManagementAdvice
You have heard all of this before: Rationalize the product line. Standardize pricing worldwide to eliminate pricing variation that happens to be an accidents of geography. Bring outside R&D leadership into the company and give him/her space and an upside if they meet critical business objectives. Have one head of worldwide sales. Keeping groups off-kilter by pitting one against the other is old-school management.
Reduce hardware margin building to attract more customers toward an off-premise software model (because it will be cheaper support costs in the longer-term). Level with employees by sharing more information on business costs and conditions. A bar chart comparing this year sales with last years is condescending even if you are a privately held entity. Induce the 25+ year cohort of employees to move on making room for the talent below.
To develop new business, develop a back-end server that can be OEM'd to other firms that surface analytic math to other software (including competitors). Embrace the R user community. They have the SAS user community out-numbered with demographic trends not so favorable to SAS.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookApproves of CEO
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 months - interviewed at SAS Institute.Interview Details
VERY time consuming. If a candidate is hired in under 60 days that is super fast. Focus depends on the fiefdom of the individual hiring manager or executive. Some care more about what you wear than what you say. Some want to ensure you work hard and do not make waves, some will approve you as long as the boss agrees.Interview Questions
Negotiation Detailslong drawn out process. There is very little negotiation in Cary. If you are outside Cary it depends on how much they need to fill the position. The general attitude is "you are lucky we want you, take what we offer you".Accepted Offer
- Too easy. Nothing super hard or unexpected. Also depends very much on the individual. Answer Question
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