SAE International Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. If you are looking for mediocrity and antique systems, you are in luck!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAE International full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice gym and wellness perks, cafeteria on site has a good meal for $6 and free coffee service all day. Insurance and 403b matching is very good

    Cons

    Completely unwilling to change be anything, and the people with 20+ years tenure (there are PLENTY) do all they can to push away any new ideas from new employees. If you are under 40, look elsewhere unless you are looking to to be a pawn and simply take orders from people that have been doing things the same way since 1980. The culture is not conducive to younger folks and the tur over is always folks with <5 years service. The entire building is a sea of depressing "office beige"

    Advice to Management

    Bringing in outsiders is the right move, but if the old guard doesn't budge then what's the point?


  2. Good experience

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

    I have been working at SAE International full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flex-time, remote work options available, cafeteria, fit-friendly company, employee reward systems, room for advancement.

    Cons

    When the economy falters including the automotive market, so does SAE.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for your employees


  3. It was OK

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrendale, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrendale, PA

    I worked at SAE International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, hard working employees, casual work environment

    Cons

    For a company setting cutting edge standards for the mobility industry, there is low comfort level with change. Needs some fresh approaches to the work and some fresh ideas to get it done.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to new ideas!! Brighten the work spaces!! Collaborate between departments!! Avoid cronyism!! More forward thinking!! Clean up the website!!


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  5. Old and New!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrendale, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrendale, PA

    I worked at SAE International full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of good employees with good ideas on how to make SAE better. Good compensation plan and very good benefits.

    Cons

    But there many employees that have been one place for too long. Very difficult to implement change. They talk a lot about the SAE culture but its old and worn out. Management needs to become more dynamic, be leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Move into the 21st century. Lead by example. Prune the dead wood and lay out a clear concise strategy for the way forward.


  6. Company overall review

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    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at SAE International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Love the CEO and Sector VP. Great benefits and employee review process. Amazing HR department

    Cons

    If you have a bad supervisor it ruins your experience at a great company.


  7. Under the age of 40? Stay away.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrendale, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrendale, PA

    I have been working at SAE International full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent Perks: In-house cafe, Nice gym, flexible work options, decent pay for the area.

    Cons

    There is a very strong resistance to change. The majority of current employees have been in seat for 10, 15, 20 years which makes it difficult for a millennial with modern ideas and recommendations to be heard or taken seriously. Very negative culture within departments that have years old tiffs with other departments making it difficult to accomplish goals. The companies internal structure and processes are also far out of date making it extremely frustrating to accomplish tasks that would take next to no time to accomplish in an up to date company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue weeding out the negativity and those who are resistant to change. Invest in your corporate structure to make it attractive to new talent.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Solid Benefits But Poor Internal Communication

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrendale, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrendale, PA

    I worked at SAE International full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits. Employment provides access to top automotive professionals through the business. SAE also hosts events and creates publications, providing additional opportunities to meet, interact, and experience a spectrum of the automotive-related industries. Adequate in-house gym and cafeteria are easily accessible. Some exercise classes/clubs run on premise.

    Cons

    Internal department to department communication is poor. Groups are territorial to the point of negatively impacting project completion and quality. Significant operational inertia: the 100 year old company does not change quickly. Limited accountability: substandard work is not often improved.


  9. Working as a Biz Developer at SAE

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAE International full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Not many, I'll have to think about it. There were some first class people though working through some hard assignments.

    Cons

    Just won't listen to your comments or suggestions. Also gives assignments that will not work even if you tell them directly or indirectly. "Do it!"


  10. Standards development organization for automotive, aerospace and commercial vehicle industries.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrendale, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrendale, PA

    I worked at SAE International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Historically, SAE has been very employee-focused and contributed to the local community.

    Cons

    Economic downturn and market forces in the last decade have taken a serious toll on SAE. Ongoing staff reductions have contributed to the very high stress level.


  11. Helpful (3)

    A Ship Sinking Fast Under the Weight of Bad Management and Cronyism

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Sales Manager in Warrendale, PA
    Former Employee - Corporate Sales Manager in Warrendale, PA

    I worked at SAE International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent Salary for The Area, Pretty Campus, Good Health Benefits

    Cons

    Unqualified people in Management Position. Cronyism, Secrecy and Overly Political. New Executive running organization lacks vision and has changed culture from openess to one of intrigue and division.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring more about the organization than your personal career paths, or soon it will no longer exist. Your lack of vision is killing a 100 year plus organization.



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