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Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Difficult company to navigate

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

    I worked at SAP full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ERP software still best in class; development comes up with some very innovative / solid solutions; great opportunity to work with highly intelligent and driven people

    Cons

    The suite of offerings (both software and services) is very complex and seems to be in a constant state of change. This makes it very difficult for a single individual to explain things to customers, and as a result, the account team becomes a small army of resources - each one specialized in one small niche of the overall solution. Ask 10 different resources to define something as heavily marketed as HANA, and you are likely to get a good 7 or 8 entirely different responses.

    I'm always surprised when I read other people listing work/life balance as one of the "pros" of working at SAP. I worked weekends and vacations just to keep up because of either unrealistic expectations or dealing with the added time required to work through the red tape that is required to do one's job. Every vacation request was challenged by my manager even though I had earned the time off, and I painfully recollect times when I was staring out at the ocean from my hotel room while I was on a mandatory conference call.

    Maybe it was just the team that I was on, but I found management to be aloof and clique-ish. A lot of management by intimidation, and then those same managers wonder why you don't reach out to them more often. The reality is that they (the managers) are under constant pressure and it all flows downstream.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the offerings, services and strategy so that people have a simple and concise story to tell their customers. Be more approachable and mingle with your entire team as opposed to the 2-3 people that you clearly like more than everyone else.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Director, Product Development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director Business Development in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director Business Development in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at SAP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Peers are smart and motivated
    Transformation to Cloud presents career mobility

    Cons

    Continuous reorganizations slow pace of change
    Who you know matters more than measured contributions

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision, communicate it broadly as stick with it long enough to measure impacts fully


  3. SAP review

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

    I have been working at SAP full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global company, lots of opportunities
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Complex organizational structure
    Recruitment process may not be smooth all the time


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  5. SAP Palo Alto

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great History, resources and brand awareness. some very good people and amazing talent has come thru SAP

    Cons

    Big company politics, lack of innovation and agility. Lacks an identity an the bay area.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Senior Director

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

    I have been working at SAP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global, great coworkers, challenging. Very committed staff that care about company and customers.

    Cons

    Constant changes lead to some unnecessary instability without increased productivity. You can be a top performer but face uncertainty

    Advice to Management

    Constant changes lead to some unnecessary instability without increased productivity. You can be a top performer but face some instability due to changes


  7. Great Company, once you know how to navigate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President, Operations in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Vice President, Operations in Arlington, VA

    I worked at SAP full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong business, financially sound, with great career opportunities for growth. Multinational with many markets/industries/solutions. Excellent "high potential" program to nurture top talent.

    Cons

    A lot of where you can go depends on who you know. Highly matrixed organizational structure means you need to learn how decisions are made and where people are that can help you. Silos exist based on management objective bonus structure, which doesn't always lead to the "best" decision for the business.

    Advice to Management

    Improve decision making at lower level by tying more to corporate objectives versus silo objectives.


  8. Wish I would have joined years ago

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Engineer in Newtown Square, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Engineer in Newtown Square, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the smartest group of people I've ever worked with.
    SAP really does care about myself as an employee and where I'd like for my career to go.
    They are re-inventing themselves so they can help companies run better for years to come.
    Decent work / life balance.
    Compensation is above average for my field

    Cons

    It is a large company, that works with other large organizations so there will be complexity.
    Needs a little more marketing to let other companies know we are more than just ERP.

    Advice to Management

    Keep caring about the employees, the rest will fall into place.


  9. Sales

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

    I worked at SAP full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of resources and very talented people. Sales focused culture

    Cons

    Very quarter focused, very high turnover within the sales leadership team. Lack of a consistent focus thats more then a year out.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Software engineer

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

    I worked at SAP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Environment is good, teammate are very friendly. working on interesting projects on SAP HANA database

    Cons

    It might be a little bit laid-back


  11. Helpful (1)

    SVP Development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President Development in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President Development in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at SAP

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    global leader with plenty of resources and reach
    lots of innovation
    very diverse employee base and globally distributed
    competetive compensation and benefits

    Cons

    permanent reorganizations
    limited top leadership in the bay area
    business model under pressure from more nimble could companies
    lots of leadership changes

    Advice to Management

    dont hit the reset buttton to often on initiatives, there needs to be some strategic patience
    more support for engineering functions
    you cant be just a trade company



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