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Great Company, Great Benefits

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Vice President in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Vice President in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at SAP full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Great Company that offers what they promise. Strong German Culture. Flex Work approach. Benefits and bonuses always paid out.

Cons

Hierarchical structure and management interactions in some groups could be challenging political environment. Some managers are micro managers. Sometimes the way the organization runs doesn't allow to extract the full potential of an employee. Responsibilities are limited at times. Too many cooks in the kitchen often results in projects running out of synch and lengthy unproductive ones.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Motivate employees more. Hire and Retain Talent.

Recommends
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great flexibility but stagnant company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at SAP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you need to make your own schedule this is an awesome place to work
    SAP compensates individual contributors well - you can make good money without having to manage a team
    Free, healthy lunches in multiple cafes on Palo Alto campus

    Cons

    Can be hard to transfer internally due to hiring freezes
    Too many decisions (hiring, giving away tickets to SAP Center) are made based on who you know
    Technology lags in some areas, SAP tends to be very slow to innovate
    Slow moving in general
    Very bureaucratic with layers of management and multiple teams doing overlapping work
    Management can be arrogant - twice my team has been reorganized with new management over the last three years and both times the new Group VP came in and totally trashed anything and everything we had done previously (ah, not very motivating!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We often hear the company can't afford it - whether that means a travel request or investment in a needed product area. Make some tough decisions on old products and cut out the many, many layers of stuff we don 't need (internal communications, newsletters, special web sites, etc.) and spend money where you need to!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    It depends on your department... overall the company is in a slide

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Newtown Sq, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Newtown Sq, PA

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

    Pros

    Pockets of fantastic talent
    Dedicated workforce
    Not beyond repair

    Cons

    NO work life balance, despite all the talk.
    No checks on ridiculous amounts bureaucratic demands, including what color paper a memo is printed in...
    Bonuses have been going down for years, at least in the US.
    Key employees leaving.
    Pressure to down-rate talented, hard working employees to enforce mandatory curve.
    Senior management very political.
    Too top-heavy, growing groups of upper level managers.
    Not devolving decision making to the lowest appropriate levels to allow those in the know to

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thin out the massive bureaucracy, devolve decision making to the lowest, appropriate level. STOP all the reorganization, Reward and keep your talent. Stop managers from rearranging the deck chairs for and to no purpose. Do a 360 review on your new managers and see if they are doing a good job or causing chaos with no improved results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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