SAP
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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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SAP CEO Bill McDermott

Bill McDermott

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Pros:
  • "SAP has a great work life balance with lots of opportunities to work from home"
    in 270 reviews
  • "Relaxed work environment without a huge amount of stress or pressure"
    in 126 reviews
Cons:
  • "In general work life balance is good, past 2013 year it has been bad for me"
    in 74 reviews
  • "Disproportionate non-technical middle management in charge of technical projects"
    in 34 reviews
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    Not a good place for SAP consulting - Avoid!

    Applications Consultant IV (Former Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsSAP software is being used by majority of fortune1000 clients around the world, SAP has a good brand name. If you are hardcore sales guy, SAP might be a good place to make some good money.

    ConsSAP as it stands today is purely a sales and marketing company, it can no longer can be considered as a software company providing business solutions to its customers. From a delivery standpoint, SAP has lost some of it's best talent (consultant's). It definitely will have a huge impact, as mediocre folks are being elevated to Platinum and principals and will result in bad customer feedback. Most sales folks lack domain expertise or subject matter expertise, and end up selling software on false promises.
    SAP is a company to avoid if you are on visa (No second thoughts here!). HR is super smart to avoid promotions and decent salary increases if you are from India or China. (they know you are stuck and cannot leave)

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many cooks in the Kitchen, when it comes to middle management. Wishing the top management for future success, (looks doubtful with the current crop of talent they have)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Typical Large Company

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsThe Company has great benefits and great pay.

    ConsThe company decision-making process is simply too "silo-ed". The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing, and it leads to decisions that can be detrimental to the entire organization (because the decision was made with the good of a single organization in mind).

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreak down the silos. Product decisions need to be made at a product level, with input from each of the silos that are affected by it. Not making decisions within a single silo that affect every silo that the product touches.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Development Architect (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsIt is very large well run company, very stable with good benefit, such as various resource to get training, flexible working hour, and free lunch. Great working environment in Palo Alto Campus.

    ConsMost of products are home grown, a little bit off from the new technologies which are popular outside the company. Two many re-org. which sometimes cause big overhead. There are two many layers on the management structure.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay focused, and avoid too frequent strategy changes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exciting but manic

    Senior Presales Consultant (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of opportunity, somewhat decent work life balance, great people, access to resources, great customers

    ConsLate and incoherent strategy for cloud offerings, pressure on individual contributors to produce the strategy that is not yet there, great people yet very odd culture driven by fear, I agree with other review stating too many nontechnical managers over technical processes, strategy changes every 4-6 months disrupting momentum

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet coherent cloud strategy in place, get Suite optimized for cloud, pare down to smaller set of good products

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for a long time, but has gone downhill over the past five years.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat bonuses, good vacation policy, community-oriented, decent medical benefits, very smart people to work with in general. The company does a good job of taking care of and up-skilling new employees with the long view of their success.

    ConsAttrition of benefits over time, quarterly focus on profits degrades quality, work-life balance is way off. Travel is the norm for most consultants and sales people, but SAP takes it to an extreme. The expectation for working during off-hours has been heightened in the past 3-4 years. The recent realignment to a cloud-based business model is causing a great bit of internal upheaval. Recent layoffs have hurt morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe focus on quarterly performance and trying to squeeze more work out of salaried employees is hurting quality and depressing morale.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Flexible work options, good experience, not so much in culture

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Newtown Sq, PA

    ProsFlexible work options are available (working from home is an option in many cases), lots of room to learn, many resources available to employees

    ConsLot of acquisition means restructuring, which means your position can turn out to be not what you signed up for, older methodology means some of their new endeavors, e.g., mobile, cloud, can seem pretty antiquated compared to startup products, compensation isn't great, culture isn't very relaxed outside of SAP Labs

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on bringing in new blood (university hires), smaller teams that focus on specific aspect of a solution, and read what the blogs are saying about HANA and mobile products

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company if you are German or wark at regional HQ

    Senior Director Finance (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsFor employees in Germany: Employment security, great benefits, wonderful resources, opportunity to try different career paths with little experience.

    For employees that reside in regional headquarters there are many opportunties for career advancement. Executive leadership is very supportive of promoting talent and for taking chances on High Potential Individuals to assume new roles where they have little experience.

    Cons-Constant change in Executive leadership
    -Unclear long term strategic vision
    -Constant opoerations/process changes
    -Very few opportunities for Sr Level Finance positions in the West Coast

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stable and credible company with competitive salaries and benefits.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery competitive with other companies in resources, salaries, benefits, opportunities and virtual work environment.

    ConsTough to advance or qualify for opportunities unless very technical or sales savvy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    bureaucracy reigns

    Marketing Specialist IV (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosgood overall benefits; work from home; virtual workplace

    Consbureaucracy reigns; complex organizational structures.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    SAP labs

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGood pay, good work/life balance. teammates are very friendly and helpful

    ConsThere is not much new projects to work on in the team

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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