SAP Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. A good place to design, deliver and market products in the cloud.

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

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

    Pros

    Good customer base and predictable revenue.

    Cons

    High turnover in cloud sales teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company to work for - global in nature,

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

    I have been working at SAP full-time

    Pros

    People are really nice. Everybody is very professional and all want to do a good job.

    Cons

    Decisions makers live in Germany. Culture is conservative. While they have a big connection to the Silicon Valley with their recent acquisitions (Sybase, Ariba, SucessFactors, ConCur) and SAP corporate site in Palo Alto, the home office in Germany still dictates how things get done. They may leave you alone and look for your input, but the final decision rests with someone in a different country. Limited advancement and always in cost-cutting mode (who isn't!). No travel, but then people are traveling all the time. Not much in terms of employee investment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good but could be better

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very large company that develops software for just about any solution, so many opportunities for employees to expand knowledge and skills into different areas if they have the necessary transferable skills. Work-life balance is highly regarded so work hours can be very flexible.

    Cons

    As a large organization, there are many levels of approvals and processes, so innovation is slow. Compensation is below average in the high-cost regions, and it is hard to attract fresh talent.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company culture

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

    I have been working at SAP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, a lot of smart people around, going the innovation way, very customer focused and customer driven

    Cons

    Sometimes big companies move a little slow, reorganisations can slow down productivity, compensation for new hires isn't competitive enough to focus on hiring strong people only

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay behind your own decisions, move more quickly, acknowledge great employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    VP

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    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    leader in application software ERP, SCM.

    Cons

    Many incapable executives whose energies are focusing on protect their own jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    clean up the house

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. It's SAP!

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    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    When I visited customers, looked around and understood their processes then I almost always asked myself: "And that's ALL they do?!". You will never feel like this at SAP. It is an incredible place to work with lots of experiences to make, lots of flexibility and an exciting outlook.

    Cons

    Substantial salary increases are very hard to get.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    German company offering good job security and benefits

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security, benefits, free food, location, German connection

    Cons

    Low salary for engineer relative to expensive bay area

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    A company that's moving to the right direction,,, but very very slowly

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    Current Intern - Marketing Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Intern - Marketing Associate in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    A well recognized name that will add much to your resume, salaries are fairly high, flexibility to work remotely in most cases, access to many learning resources and career-improvement activities.

    The company seems to be reading the market signs very well, and it's correcting it's high level strategy to get on track again of being an industry leader in business software, but there's a long way still to go.

    Cons

    The company is very disconnected, there's no consistent company culture, and you never seem to know who's doing what, lots of clashing between teams who are working on very similar activities without any proper alignment.

    There are so many scattered systems that emerge everyday, I can claim that employees spend more than 50% of their time just searching for the right system to do their work, the company is advertising to customers that their products are becoming more simple, but this isn't translating at all on the internal processes!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less bureaucratic and stop micro-managing. Try to shift focus on the overall benefit of the company instead focusing on making your managers happier without any real outcome!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    a big company, but not anymore a great company...

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Overall, overtime, it offers a nice compensation package, and the people I used to work with were very nice and knowledgable.

    Cons

    One of the main issue with such a large company is that you are used at 20% of your capacity. Some people are fine with this but at the end of the day, I felt unused and I could contribute even more.
    Another issue is that you work on a project for several months and all of a sudden, without notice, the project is stopped and you are dispatched to another team, without any chance to decide wheter or not this is good or bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The top management is only dedicated to manage their own carrer rather than the group they are working for. Too much politics here. And globally, you will find much more managers than leaders...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    A very employee friendly company, great place to learn and grow!

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have been with SAP for over 12 years. That it itself is a testament to how valued and comfortable the company makes you feel as an employee.
    With SAP, you get the feeling that you are working on high value products that make a material impact to how businesses are run. The brand is highly respected in the industry. Work culture is great, very open and employee friendly. Pay and benefits are okay, it is better than average market, but the upside is limited as there is no profit sharing or RSUs granted on a regular basis.
    The best part is, SAP provides great opportunities to move within the company to new jobs and teams, and invests in talent development.

    Cons

    Speed and agility - This is definitely an area SAP can improve on.
    I have often felt that SAP leadership lacks decisiveness. So, in several areas you see similar products competing with other SAP products, and it could be confusing. This often affects the speed of delivery.
    There is also more resistance to change, so you could get stuck with "dead" products or technologies for a while.
    Proprietary technologies - SAP's flagship products - SAP Business Suite - is built using proprietary technologies. In the last few years, SAP has embraced more common technology stacks to build solutions, and I hope this will only increase and will improve the ease of development and speed of delivery.
    Not enough early talent - I feel that the average age of an SAP employee is higher than the industry average. This is a huge benefit due the experience and knowledge levels that reflect in high quality of software products the company produces. But, it is important to balance this with early talent to leverage new ideas, trends, skills and energy they can bring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please focus more on perks and benefits to improve employee engagement and satisfaction. Small gifts, perks, spot awards and similar benefits can improve employee satisfaction tremendously. In dynamic job markets like Silicon Valley or Bangalore, this can play an important role in retaining talent, and even attracting new and young talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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