SAP Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
1,917 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Mean girls" sales management

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at SAP full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    SAP field sales reps can make significant money. I've known several reps who made $2m in one year.

    Cons

    SAP Sales Management promotes a "mean girl" culture. If you're in the clique, you get assigned wonderful opportunities and can make significant money. If you're not in the clique, you get to create new opportunities on your own, but it's best to hide them from the head of sales of your group/. The head of the clique can not wait to reassign that opportunity and income to one of her followers.
    If you're talent is to be 90% inwardly focused on internal politics and currying favor from internal power brokers, this is an ideal environment.
    If you're 90% customer focused, watch your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The once a year sales force reorganization process hides enables this cliquish mentality. True sales competence lies in creating new opportunities from nothing and taking them to closure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    No work-life balance when working at SAP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Getting to work with smart people

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance when working at SAP. Vacation is a luxury. You will be financially hurt when taking vacations.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult to break into the little mafia clicks

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    Former Employee - Client Partner  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Client Partner in Chicago, IL

    I worked at SAP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay, great people for the most part

    Cons

    Promotions are difficult. If you are not in the click you will not move up or get looks at new opportunities. Performance reviews can be more personal than business related. Errors in judgement are never forgot or forgiven, difficult to overcome once management has a set perception.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the little mafia's that develop are broken up. This culture will continue to keep quality employees from staying.

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

    Innovations stifled outside Germany

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP full-time

    Pros

    Compensation, work-life balance. Mobility of non-management staff - i.e. can move teams/orgs relatively easily.

    Cons

    Too much talk and not enough action. Frequent change in direction. Frequent re-orgs. Management career very limited outside Germany. Control on everything almost exclusively in Germany and expect others to just be puppets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you consider yourself a global company then act like one. Don't be too German-centric and don't consider external sites such as US campuses a threat. You try to promote innovation but at the same time you stifle it just because it comes from outside Germany.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too big to fail, I hope

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    Current Employee - IT Administrator  in  Newtown Square, PA
    Current Employee - IT Administrator in Newtown Square, PA

    I have been working at SAP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, good brand. Will be good to have on resume for the future.

    Cons

    Too many people are coasting in their jobs, not my responsibility attitude.
    Too many responsibilities have been outsourced and the employees are only managing these contracts.
    Hard to describe what we sell to others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many managers/directors and not enough people doing work.
    I get inspired during quarterly meetings but nothing seems to changed afterwards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Accelerated Career but Work/life balance is a challenge

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    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
  9. 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
  10.  

    Great Environment

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    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.

  11.  

    Great company to work for

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    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

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