SAP Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,885 Reviews

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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Accelerated Career but Work/life balance is a challenge

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Training, experience, resume building, public speaking, benefits, bonus, stability

    Cons

    Travel, 24/7 work culture, lack of work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push for more remote work in traveling roles, eliminate culture of "working vacations"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person 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 place to work if you happen to be with a good manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very fast paced, get thrown in and expected to perform at a very high level. However, everyone is always willing to help

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities. You create your experience; you are treated equally and with respect.

    Cons

    Work life balance is very difficult to maintain. Intern conversion rate is very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your interns more. Interns do the work of their supervisors and are shaped to be leaders. Use this!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Great Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Administrator  in  Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Administrator in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    Good exposure, great learning curve, good colleagues, nice work-life balance

    Cons

    none I can think of.

  8.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Director  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Parsippany, NJ

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

    Pros

    lot of opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    too many uncertainty and too often restructuring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic!! If you like working with smart people, SAP is the place to be.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Software is one of the best industries to work for and SAP is one of the leaders in the software industry. As an employee, you have opportunities for personal growth. Since a lot of employees work remotely, there is not a strong office culture but the company has strong core values.

    Cons

    As with many companies who are experiencing double-digit growth every year, change is the name of the game at SAP. Sometimes it seems we go through changes just to shake things up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being a German company, SAP has at times a stuffy corporate culture and need to over-complicate things. However, with the appointment of the new CEO there is a positive change in the right direction. Bill McDermott has brought transparency and simplification to SAP.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    very much in demand every one wants to learn.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    will get good jobs anywhere in top rating

    Cons

    little hard to learn need more attention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more practical and small chapters to learn

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    not bad company, a good company you can stay for years

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAP

    Pros

    free lunch, work life blance

    Cons

    salary is just average, and work content

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