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A dream come true if you prefer processes to technology

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Marketing in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at SAP (more than an year)

Pros

* Very nice, friendly, and generally unpretentious colleagues
* A refreshing change from tech (especially Silicon Valley) arrogance
* Very nice campus, cafeteria, benefits and more
* Lots of telecommuting options, depending on your manager and function
* Some very smart people who are generally nice and approachable (see above)
* Some incredibly innovative technology, and the financial resources to support it (in theory)

Cons

* With few exceptions, you'll easily drown in endless processes
* You'll inevitably encounter processes that are required before you can begin the processes
* Remarkable redundancy across organizations and geographies
* No shortage of politics at the executive level, which is likely to have an impact, whatever your level
* A frightening number of executive decisions are made whimsically, especially before SAP events. Whatever the merits, the end result is that aforementioned processes must follow like dominoes.
* The end result of all the above? Processes and politics far trump technology
* Depending on the organization and function, nepotism can absolutely reign supreme

Advice to ManagementAdvice

While this will clearly be a threat to some, invest in an audit of operational processes and hiring policies -- at all levels -- and follow through on its findings. Heads will inevitably roll as a result, but the end result will be a far more profitable and efficient company in the long run.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    Lot of learning, Exposure to New technologies

    Cons

    Bad Management, Treat Interns well

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chaotic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Product Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Product Management

    I have been working at SAP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements
    Cash comp is good

    Cons

    Essentially no stock options.
    Horrible work environment (building itself)
    Constant reorgs. And I do mean constant.
    At SAP, "collaboration" means get 10 people on a call and "group grope".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop viewing developers as fungible.
    Stop changing the org all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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