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  • work life balance is better than any other company (in 331 reviews)

  • good work/life balance (relaxed work environment without stress or pressure) (in 150 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life balance is very hard to attain (in 95 reviews)

  • Too much politics at middle-management level (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    SAP: A great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Newtown Square, PA
    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Newtown Square, PA

    I have been working at SAP

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    Pros

    Challenging, interesting work, with plenty of job mobility. Everyone changes jobs internally every couple of years, and that's accepted. As a whole, my coworkers are smart, industrious, and collaborative. They are genuinely nice. Even the jerks are nice compared to some of the yo-yo's I've worked with in other companies. The hours are very manageable, and it's possible to work 40 hours and have time for a real life outside the office. FT employees appreciate the perks like a free gym, subsidized lunch, on-site Starbucks, and employee parties and family days.

    Cons

    There's a lot of fat here. The marketing organization in particular has a lot, and I wonder how they keep their jobs given how many airy ideas they have without results to show for it. I don't think most of them realize how good they have it here, since it's been so long since they've had layoffs, so they can be a bit complacent. Many people work remotely, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on your work style and perspective. It can be very bureaucratic. A simple task can be routed to five different people before you finally find the person who can get it done. Finally, it is a matrix organization, so sometimes you feel like you're herding cats.

    Advice to Management

    This is a great place to work and build a career. Find ways to measure people on results in the marketing organization.


  2. Best I've ever had!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Support Consultant in Newtown Square, PA
    Current Employee - Lead Support Consultant in Newtown Square, PA

    I have been working at SAP

    Recommends
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    Pros

    SAP allows employees the freedom to do the job without micro-management. Employees are empowered to create their own solutions and execute. The work hours can be long sometimes, but flexibility is given when needed. You are never alone at SAP. You always have a very large team to help you. Team work is not just something that is encouraged, it is part of the life here. We say it and we mean it, "There are no stupid questions"! If you need help, someone will help you.

    Cons

    If you are the type that needs specific directions and plans to perform your job, this is not the place for you. If you do not like to travel, again, not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your employees and take the best of their suggestions. They will do most of your work for you.


  3. Go back to your roots, SAP.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Solutions Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Solutions Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at SAP

    Recommends
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    Pros

    A lot of very smart, dedicated people who are fun to work with. You have a lot of flexiblity to balance their life can work.

    Cons

    It's getting too big! Too many outside people are coming in and ruining it.

    Advice to Management

    Rely on the people who have grown up in the company.


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  5. Lots of opportunity with a pay for performance mentality.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Partner in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Client Partner in Houston, TX

    I have been working at SAP

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    Pros

    Good products with an A-List customer base. SAP offers competitive remuneration with a pay for performance approach. It is possible to advance rapidly. Global mobility with SAP and in the larger SAP ecosystem if very good.

    Cons

    Most of the jobs in Services and Sales require extensive travel. Long term objectives are sometimes circumvented by the short term need to hit targets or metrics. Company has remarkably different corporate culture when comparing the US and Germany and other subsidiaries. The US can be too focused on making the deal, Germany can be too focused on making the technology. In the not too distant future we'll see what the army of Indians bring to the table.

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing the company quarter to quarter. The board does a very good job of looking out several years and investing accordingly. Most of the layers of management below that are focusing on quarterly and annual targets.


  6. Beautiful campus, treats employees well.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contractor in Newtown Square, PA
    Current Employee - Contractor in Newtown Square, PA

    I have been working at SAP

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    Pros

    Strong company, beautiful campus, treats employees very well. SAP employees (but not contractors) get a decent per diem for lunch in the cafe, which incidentally has good food and alot of variety.

    Cons

    Not located close enough to a major city. It would be nice if their offices were in Philadelphia, but they're in the suburbs. Not very close to anything interesting.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your users. Many small businesses seem to have trouble adapting even with training. What is keeping them from using their SAP platform to its fullest potential?


  7. At SAP you can impact the way Business in Run

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Newtown Square, PA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Newtown Square, PA

    I have been working at SAP

    Recommends
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    Pros

    Winning company in the Market Great Career opportunties

    Cons

    Work and life balance issues

    Advice to Management

    Continue on our winning path


  8. SAP is a very good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - IT in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at SAP

    Recommends
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    Recommends
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    Pros

    Flexible hours, good management, good atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not much hiring happening at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, but loosen the reins on hiring


  9. Enterprise Software leader with great work environment.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at SAP

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    Pros

    At SAP America (and SAP Labs) you are surrounded by top talent from across the globe. The benefits are industry competitive and the work environment is unparalleled for a business-customer focused firm. The company is extremely accommodating when it comes to working needs (time off; work from home). Consensus driven culture means that managers (both direct and top level) take the time to consider input from lower down the food chain. Significant work occurs across departments and across geographies, so you are exposed to a variety of personalities and systems, which make things very interesting at times, for better or worse.

    Cons

    The consensus driven culture that is instilled in the company by its strong German roots can at times paralyze decision making processes, and slow reaction to competition. (that said, the company has become much better at reacting in recent years.) Sometimes too many people are consulted on management decisions that should be made at lower levels. The geographical spread of the broader organization, and the dispersion of functional and marketing units, can add a significant degree of complexity to go to market and other company wide roll outs. that said, this global footprint is a serious advantage in dealing with large clients.

    Advice to Management

    Give lower managers more leeway in decision making.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Excellent Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Partner in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Client Partner in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SAP

    Recommends
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    Recommends
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    Pros

    SAP is committed to providing the best service to the customer and executive management stands behind this philosphy. This increases the success of customer-facing employees. SAP provides innumerable training opportunities through webex and other elearning vehicles. The benefits are really good, including a 401(K) match, pension plan, three weeks vacation, and more.

    Cons

    I am satisified with all areas of SAP.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  11. Helpful (3)

    Strong globally diverse culture makes SAP a rich development ground for business people and technologists!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at SAP

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
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    Pros

    Culturally diverse, global, strong ethics and integrity of senior management, long-range thinking and planning, attention to detail, foundational strength of the core business. It is #1 in its market space (business applications). It has a very strong community of developers (http://sdn.sap.com) and business process experts. It has a welcoming and engaged approach to its partners. SAP participates actively with its many country-based independent customer user groups. SAP listens intently to its customers in order to serve them better with more than a profit motive in mind.

    Cons

    Really long hours due to global timezones, hard to balance work / life, sometimes the cultures clash a bit when the "go slow and do it perfectly" doesn't mix with the "go fast and be early to market" groups don't mix well. There's a German Workers Council (like unions in the U.S.) which is a hold-over from the long-ago days of craftsmen's guilds that is outdated (but required by German law) which can slow and complicate things.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify and focus. Do fewer things, better. Embrace a more customer-focused, market-focused approach (give up some of the engineering precision and need for perfect clarity that holds back fast innovation and risk-taking).



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