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SAP Reviews in Palo Alto, CA

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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SAP CEO Bill McDermott

Bill McDermott

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

    Development Architect (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsSAP 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.

    ConsMuch 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you'll be working with their business suite (their largest and most important/lucrative product) which is complex, outdated and implemented in a proprietary programming language called ABAP.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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsProgressive, super nice people, good work life balance.

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

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

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    Great company to work for!

    Director Marketing Operations (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

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

    ConsCompany's location is not ideal

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    Great technology, good top management, weak HR, inexperienced international immigration lawyers

    Senior Solutions Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsInternational workforce, the pride of working with the most impactful company in the enterprise space, market rate compensation, generous vacation policy and benefits, free lunch, gym on premise at large offices, recent innovation in game changing technology, good top management, great logistics and transition process for international transfers

    ConsWeak HR management in implementing immigration policies for top talents combined with poorly experienced immigration lawyers, promotions are dependent only on the personal wishes of a manager irrespective of real performance display, long and painful approval processes, over emphasis on online learning and lack of personal touch, recent departure of several key players from leadership roles.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTop recommendation would be to find better lawyers for the international immigration process as the current team is inexperienced in handling time sensitive and complex cases ( and that goes beyond one individual employee alone). Device a flexible performance appraisal process that considers extra ordinary circumstances for individual resources rather than a one size fits all approach. Create a redressal mechanism for employees to express discontent with employee manager relationship without the fear of retaliation and adverse consequences.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunity with the right support.

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsGreat pay and some benefits that compare to other large corporations. Lot's of chances to learn more via their online university as well. Very flexible with working locations/hours: telecommute okay with most groups.

    ConsAbsolute the worst in terms of overlapping groups and projects. So much duplication it's a wonder things still progress at all. If you do not know right person or have support from an influential boss, good luck moving up in the company or getting more than a normal 3% bump.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEliminate the duplicate and reallocate the resources else where. Stop letting VPs hire their friends for team lead positions that have no idea what they are doing.

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

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    Director Solution Management (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsExcellent work-family balance, work from home options, very nice benefits (although salary not too high), encourage employee growth....

    Colleagues are nice and respect each other and help each other out and there is a lot to learn from the different resources available, training given to employees, opportunities to grow and build your dreams and aspirations...all in all, it's a GREAT company to work for and I would recommend it highly to people from different stages of their career!

    ConsTypical "red tape" associated with a large company...it takes longer to respond to market demand and customer expectations sometimes because of the processes we need to go through (compared to start-ups for example)....so if you are competing with start-ups and smaller vendors, it can be a little challenging...

    Takes some time to get adjusted to SAp's work culture, teams, how to get around the teams etc...

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

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    Good company, good people, good life/work balance

    Director, Marketing (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsGood team, virtual work, global, easy going people

    ConsEverything must be run through the headquarters in Waldorf, Germany
    Recent lay offs in North America

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't reorg company and change vision so often

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm 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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    Hopefully will improve under once CEO, Bill -- and Vishal's resignation

    Sen Director (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsSAP has this massive install base of ERP systems, so the "opportunity is SAP's to lose". Unfortunately we do seem to be losing one battle after another, with the likes of Salesforce.com and Workday simply eating our lunch.

    ConsPromotions are basically "who you know" and I've been bounced around too many times and looked over. The best people tend to leave once they see they are not going to be recognized .... Most senior management place higher value on externals - so generally you can expect to remain stuck.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSAP needs to learn to begin with the individual user. Stop taking super complicated solutions from Walldorf, hosting them, and calling it a "cloud solution"....

    No, I would not 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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