SAS Institute

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SAS=Stepford

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Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Cary, NC
Former Employee - Project Manager in Cary, NC

Pros

Benefits and lack of surprises. Nothing much ever changes around SAS, so if you like a routine, you'll like SAS.

Cons

Nothing much ever changes around SAS, so if you want to make progress or be creative, you'll be stifled.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get your heads out of the sand--SAS software doesn't work and is a pain to use. Stop pretending like nobody can touch SAS's functionality, because even SAS software can't do most of what it claims to do. A sales process that requires a year to purchase and an installation process that requires a lengthy service call is not intelligent business.

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Other reviews for SAS Institute

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable technology employer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Management  in  Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Account Management in Cary, NC

    Pros

    Benefits (Medical, Retirement, Profit Sharing) are great. Job security is strong. Not a tremendous amount of pressure from Management. Provides great work - life balance as one is able to manage their work pretty effectively.

    Cons

    Not a tremendously inspiring work environment. Large, slow moving organization. Tremendously centralized executive management decision making processes creates organizational bureaucracy which can be very de-motivating. Not a great place for someone who is hungry and wants to work hard to achieve career advancement. A much better fit for an employee who is looking for a stable environment where they can manage their work and provide time for activities/interests outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee motivation. Provide clearer career path for employees who want to advance their careers, take on additional responsibility and ultimately, make more money.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Change the culture from a feudal system to a real multinational company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Developer  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Principal Developer in Cary, NC

    Pros

    Job security for GOOD professional employees with extensive scope to move around the company. The benefits are remarkably generous, and Dr Goodnight genuinely cares about his employees; unlike the pretention proffered by most companies. Some very smart people at SAS Institute; and once one avoids the "idiots" and "sloths", one can actually make a huge impact inspite of the very poor management.

    The ability to be treated with respect and given own office is tantamount to very productive work for most of the employees.

    Cons

    The very poor middle-management. Very ineffective and usually the least bright take on management. Most of the managers run for office, hoping to be "liked" by their reports, and all are confined by the restrictive culture. Upper management are very poor communicators; and do not stimulate employees.

    Need to weed out the losers. There are many - perhaps 10%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage people with intelligence; and don't pretend that you are effective when being gregarious and falling into the common denominator on decision making.

    No opinion of CEO
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