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Helpful (4)

Great brand, not a great experience

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at SAP full-time (more than 3 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Depending on your manager, you can work from home whenever you want. They are very flexible on how you do your work as long as you get it done. Outside of the company, the SAP brand is respected. Free lunch in the Palo Alto location is a big plus. Their catering company, Bon Appetit, puts a big emphasis on fresh and organic food.

Cons

SAP is like working in a retirement home. A lot of lifers, a lot of people not wanting to leave their positions, and a lack of fresh and creative people. The CEO keeps talking about all the millenials he wants to bring in. All of my friends who are millenials were either laid off, moved into a short term contracted, or vastly underpaid. SAP people love to throw the word "junior" around and use it as a bad word to scorn anyone under 35. The company is super traditional, male, white, and top down style management. Unless you are a White or Asian man who can play hardball politics, you won't move up in this stale company.

Advice to Management

Remove the multiple layers of management. Everyone is either a Director or VP and a lot of managers are not necessary. Put budget into recruiting and university relations and make it a point to hire younger and more diverse people. Don't just throw "diversity" around and say you're diverse because you're a global company. When you look at Palo Alto, there are no women leaders (they're all pushed out) and all the leaders are male, white, or Asian. Stop trying to be like Apple or Oracle and make your own brand.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    In an interesting industry, most co-workers have checked out

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at SAP as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -People want to meet you and connect you with others
    -Great pay, great food
    -Interesting experience working for large, multicultural business
    -Industry's fascinating, esp. when meeting with startups

    Cons

    -Office politics
    -Bosses advance their buddies
    -Nobody has real mission

    Advice to Management

    -When starting projects, make sure there's substance. That it's not just froth. Don't just make another department that's going to just sell HANA. Make something meaningful or else it would be a huge suck of talent, resources, time.
    -Stop advancing your buddies. Only hire talented people and that would solve about 50% of all office politics.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Last person to leave please turn out the lights...

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    Former Employee - Na in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Na in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Lot of nice people.
    Great location. Lot of good amenities.
    Management always puts in the effort to keep employees informed through meetings.
    Relaxing environment if you are looking for that. Sometimes too relaxing that no one really produces anything useful.

    Cons

    I can understand why many people rate SAP as satisfying. This is because working for SAP is like working for a government contractor. It is a relaxed environment with no work pressure and great work life flexibility. The pay is great and company hands out big titles to everyone (there are probably more than 1000 "Directors" alone)

    I'm all for this but the reality is that the company has not gone anywhere in years. There are a lot of employees who produce nothing. Lot of people who get paid to be lazy and have no talent or interest in building next big thing. Layers of management who produce nothing. If all these people were let go, it would not make a single difference the next day for SAP. The company as a whole is not innovating. It is still feeding off from old innovation that the company had once built. HANA is a grain of sand compared to what came out of SAP in the early days. In fact, the company is now walking backwards undoing everything that made it such a big company. Buying other companies to fill the gap only works till those companies also get SAP-fied. I think SAP is on its path to lose major business due to this.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the old SAP of 80s and 90s when it was the leader in innovation.

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