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Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
2,253 Reviews
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Pros
  • good work/life balance (relaxed work environment without stress or pressure) (in 331 reviews)

  • Relaxed work environment without a huge amount of stress or pressure (in 150 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is encouraged, but some positions make it difficult to maintain (in 95 reviews)

  • Disproportionate non-technical middle management in charge of technical projects (in 38 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to build and grow a career in software sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Pros

    An above average compensation package is possible for sales roles. Also, getting exposure to many bright and talented people through both SAP and it's partners can open up future opportunities that may not be as available with many other companies.

    Cons

    Change and reorganizations occur often. Colleagues change roles often (many times for the better, such as promotions), as well as territories and account coverage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just try to focus on making minimal organizational change from year-to-year, particularly as it relates to sales coverage (geographical territories; product bag, etc.). I'm sure you've lost many talented people because of adjusting sales territories too often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Developer Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good mentoring

    Cons

    Does not have any control over people, too much liberty at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the compensation and quality of incoming people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Hard career progress and low salaries

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Lisbon (Portugal)

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

    Pros

    - Excellent and young work atmosphere;
    - Lots of learning resources available along with opportunities to value yourself through personal training or certifications;
    - Possibility of working abroad, in great client companies (if you're lucky!);
    - Good work/life balance;
    - It's an excellent company for recent graduates;

    Cons

    - Hard career progression;
    - Low salaries;
    - In practice there is no consultants career plan;
    - Many consultants stay long periods without projects and then when you get one, it often can be neither interesting nor challenging;
    - 3 years permanency clause;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Reconsider salaries policy. If not, everybody will stay unhappy and leave the company on the 1st opportunity;
    - Career progression: Try to promote more internal associate consultants instead of hiring new external consultants for consultant and senior positions;
    - The foccus should be more on consultants career plan and preferences instead of utilization and time-sheets (my manager is already improving this point). Because if the consultants are happy, the company will be better;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Equally frustrating as enjoyable!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    First important thing to understand, SAP is multiple trading entities under one "banner".

    My focus is on the ERP/SCM solutions (not cloud!) which can be split in 2 parts:
    AG (software development)
    SAP Consulting (people who deploy the solutions at customer site)

    The following views were the general view among my consulting division colleagues.

    If you work for AG - great! you get access to training and lots of fun.

    If you work for SAP (consulting) the pay is ok, and in relation to some other big consistencies (i.e "accidenture") the general conditions are better at SAP!

    Cons

    1. Don't expect organization, it's total chaos and certainly not the perceived "German organization" you would expect.

    2. Training (really depends on the region you work for), you will tend to find every course gets booked up by people working for SAP AG, so the "on-customer-premise" consultants with limited "free" time away from customer sites struggle to get a coarse.

    3. Documentation, well you would expect it to be available and well organized but reality, it's hidden on someone private hard drive and you have to use your "network of contacts" to get access. Public(internal) documentation tends to be multiple power points by different people all "scratching the surface of detail" saying the same things but never in any detail (bad organization/inefficient).

    4. I.O & S.O (internal orders and sales orders) basically every hour of your day must be associated to one of these and trying to get someone to release an I.O from their budget (for maybe training, writing a power point etc) is like getting blood out of stone.

    5. The order of priority/focus for SAP AG is: SAP AG employees, SAP customers, SAP partners and then SAP consulting (i.e. their consulting division is treated with a level of "contempt" by the SAP AG colleagues! (A very senior SAP AG (Germany) manager once said to me, before I worked at SAP ".. I hate SAP consulting..." umm.

    6. "ALL roads lead to Waldorf"! yes, even though there are multiple divisions in multiple countries if you are not based in Waldorf or Germany you are basically considered a "second class citizen" and all political battles resulted in Waldorf employees winning (even if the other country/office made a better proposition). I put this down to the culture of engineers and Germans, the reality is "business" understand "trading" and know when to loose and when to win, where as engineers don't.

    7. Warning: SAP is classified as a "software company" and not "consulting" as a result it was well known when SAP had an imbalance between on-site consultants & SAP AG developers, first on the list to be fired were "on site consultants" rather than SAP AG staff (this statement excludes SAP Germany).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    These stement apply mainly to SAP consulting division:

    1. Management structure is WAY to flat, and too many conflicting/converging lines of responsibility. This leads to far too many "internal battles" between managers over the same "petty" subject area.

    2. "penny wise, pound foolish" : the obtuse ownership lines and far to granular budget allocations results in "half baked" deliverables. The solution is to consolidate (a little) budget ownership, allowing managers to consider the "bigger picture" when making decisions (see comment about power points example above!).

    3. Look at staff turnover for SAP consulting division outside germany, basically people "HALF DECENT" leave after 2/3 YEARS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sr. Project Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    Great Employer. Abundant learning options. Innovative and always upgrading.

    Cons

    Too many layers. Fewer oppotunities to prove your mettle.Too much travel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work at!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAP

    Pros

    Great work life balance.
    It was up to the individual to decide the workload.
    Could try new things and management appreciated exploring new ideas.

    Cons

    Always a glass ceiling present.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Developer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Developer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at SAP

    Pros

    Good work life balance, Good management

    Cons

    There is very little career growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    only good for your CV...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Porto Salvo (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Porto Salvo (Portugal)

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

    Pros

    -access in first-hand to information related to SAP products and technologies

    Cons

    -very low salary (970 € gross for the new associate consultants)
    -very low compensation benefits
    -poor, mean, bossy, and in some cases, dishonest managers who have zero concern for the employee's satisfaction; only for their big bonus; they are too focused on achieving numbers
    -rigid workplace (no room for you to expose your own ideas and personality), you have to be and behave according to the pattern instituted; absurd dress code; no openness to criticism;
    -no career progression
    -insane exit fee on the contract (if you leave the company in the first 3 years of contract you have to pay a fee that goes from 4000 to 7600 euros depending on your work field)
    -common feeling of dissatisfaction among the employees
    -many unfulfilled promises about the company were made from the start

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please be honest to the employees and start caring because YOU depend on US. Consider raising the salaries instead on cutting them like you did from 2013 to 2014. give people a chance to continue in the company after the 3 years because with these salaries no one will want to continue. You know many people are already paying to leave the company before the 3 years end...That's a shame for a company like SAP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work as a dev or biz intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at SAP as an intern

    Pros

    - Large number of interns (40-50) get hired every 4 months
    - Active Intern Committee hosting career workshops, lunch and after-work socials, sports activities
    - Leadership talks get hosted from time to time
    - Strong focus on work-life balance; host on-site or join many community events (e.g. biking, sustainability workshops, hackathon) from time to time
    - Employer understands the intern culture and is lenient

    Cons

    - might be too chill for you if you are looking for fast-paced and challenging work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with the BI fight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Having a positive impact on governments, the commercial sector and people consuming SAP products overall from line of business users, services consumers to sports fans. Incredibly fast paced company with what one would consider a strong backbone developed over four decades of enthusiastic, motivated people with the highest customer focus, integrity and professionalism. It's a fun place to be.

    Cons

    You have to actively develop your own career at SAP; the good and bad thing is enterprise business technology is changing so fast that there is so many opportunities coming up constantly but because it's changing so fast it's in the personal interest of the employee to drive the career more actively than in other slower moving industries/ companies/ peer companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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