SAP Reviews in Palo Alto, CA

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
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Pros
  • SAP has a great work life balance with lots of opportunities to work from home (in 284 reviews)

  • Relaxed work environment without a huge amount of stress or pressure (in 136 reviews)


Cons
  • In general work life balance is good, past 2013 year it has been bad for me (in 78 reviews)

  • Disproportionate non-technical middle management in charge of technical projects (in 36 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you happen to be with a good manager

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    Current Employee - Development Director  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Development Director in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at SAP full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good and smart people, deep-rooted respect for the product, most people believe in core values defined by SAP. Fair salary, good benefit package. You can work here all your life.

    Cons

    It is very easy to manipulate and misuse the system and create your own small mafia-group and go unnoticed and unpunished for a very long time. Keep in mind, that it represents only 10% of the company. You have to be unlucky to fall in this group - unfortunately it does exist and there is no escape if you are trapped there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will be so disappointing if SAP Management gets it advice from Glassdoor but you must at least try to find the bad apples in the management layer - the ones who are not aligned with people and do not believe in SAP core values.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good workplace overall - May have a turmoil ahead?

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at SAP full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Has solid policies & processes in place.
    - Work/Live balance has improved in the last few months.
    - A performing product (HANA) run by a company with strong user-base.
    - Great benefits and salary.
    - Employees are mostly friendly and collaborative.

    Cons

    - Recent mass layoff let go of many high-performing employees based simply on geographic location, leaving many not-so good performing employees in HQs.
    - Career path is not often times not clearly defined; promotions are often tied to political positioning of the individual
    - Every year first 4 to 6 months are in chaos while management take time to decide what employees supposed to achieve in the remaining 6 months of the year.
    - Often processes are too "German" and too process-oriented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Strong alignment with the cutting-edge technology as well as the ability to be more agile will determine the future of this company.
    - Retain the talent.
    - Simplify communication before simplifying the workforce.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company for veterans!

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great office culture. Get lot of benefits although i was an intern. Free food.

    Cons

    Leadership is not good. Currently VP resigned company and since then company has been going through ups and downs.
    They don't offer interns a full time job. Avg. age of employees at SAP 43 which is not good for new grads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire new grads and promote interns to full time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to start or end your career

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    Current Employee - Internal Strategic Consultant  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Internal Strategic Consultant in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at SAP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Can take time off when needed.

    Cons

    Hard dealing with Germany and India when you are in the USA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs more excitement for younger people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Competitive compensation and benefits, good work-life balance, sometimes uninteresting technologies

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    Current Employee - Development Architect  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Development Architect in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    SAP has competitive compensation, practically guaranteed large bonuses, benefits and even decent stock option and employ stock purchase programs for such a large company. Palo Alto campus is in a nice location and in general colleagues are easy to work with and have a good attitude towards achieving success, solving problems, etc. SAP typically has long retention, minimal attrition and very few layoffs (almost unheard of), which I believe speaks to the general happiness and satisfaction of the employees. Many colleagues have deep expertise and knowledge and in general are willing to share and help w/out the attitude that many very senior employees typically have at other tech companies.

    Cons

    Much of SAP technology is antiquated and if you are an engineer there's a good chance you'll be working with their business suite (their largest and most important/lucrative product) which is complex, outdated and implemented in a proprietary programming language called ABAP. In Palo Alto there is a fair amount of modern development including cloud, mobile, HTML5, etc. However to varying degrees you can never get away from the R3 ABAP stack. Efforts to modernize the SAP product line is sometimes misguided or does not make sense with today's trends, but nevertheless the effort is there and in general is bringing SAP into the modern software world, albeit on a somewhat bumpy road.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company

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

    I have been working at SAP full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Progressive, super nice people, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Too complex, too many systems, too many layers of management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Director Marketing Operations  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director Marketing Operations in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Good management, great products, awesome environment to work in!

    Cons

    Company's location is not ideal

    No opinion of CEO

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