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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.  

    Entrepreneurial spirit, startup energy with large corporation stability.

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    Current Employee - Field Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Field Marketing in New York, NY

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    At SAP the benefits are stellar and significantly higher than of any other technology corporation. The work/life balance is also what you make of it. Most of my colleagues work a 9 to 5 shift, but others work 8-10. The sky's the limit. The beauty though, is you can rest assured that your efforts will not go unnoticed. Its a company that always rewards hard workers and annually (and quarterly) reviews each and every employee to ensure that you are continually working with nothing but the best. This not only guarantees that you will always be working with smart minds, but also that you yourself will be provided with an opportunity to grow from your peers.

    Cons

    One of the largest problems at SAP, which is of no exception to any corporation over 50,000 people, is the incredible amount of red tape one must go through to push forward specific initiatives - regardless of how pressing. It is truly a German company that is not only obsessed with efficiency and achieving true economies of scale (by staffing in such a way that boxes people in to specializing in one specific function rather than a solid cross-functional understanding of the departments in which they work), but also in that one must know someone to achieve a promotion with the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To help foster an environment where the goal isn't achieving perfect economies of scale in regards to employee skill specialization. The current model has a tendency to encourage work performed in a vacuum with minimal accountability.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    SAP

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at SAP

    Pros

    Great software and market position. Lots of talent and experience in most senior exec ranks. Truly a global company in every way.

    Cons

    1. Not enough bench strength in the lower exec ranks creates highly insecure and territorial behaviours.
    2. History of great engineering success is also a downside now. Too much product development comes from engineering beliefs about critical business processes today. They are out of touch and the market is moving past SAP's newest solutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really understand the market you want to reach and then design the next gen products. All evidence points to new solutions that are over-engineered and complex - precisely what companies say they want to avoid.

    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    If your idea survives the internal competition, it will likely be a winner in the external market

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    - SAP has a huge impact on how companies, large and small, run their business. Assuming you can convince SAP to bring some concept to market, you will change the work lives of a great many people. For those motivated by having an impact, there are few places where you could have more leverage.
    - SAP really values doing things right. Employees are proud of the company's reputation for "German quality engineering". Management actually pays attention to arguments based on architectural principles. Values are placed ahead of short-term financial gain (usually).
    - SAP appreciates that people have lives outside of work.
    - SAP is prepared to re-invent itself, even while growing and being profitable. Any company can re-invent itself when headed downwards, but SAP is willing to re-invent itself on the up-slope.

    Cons

    - SAP is a very big company -- over 50,000 employees -- and inefficiencies abound. Compared to the experience of working at a smaller company, at SAP there are plenty of resources to bring to bear on problems that need to be solved. But unfortunately many of those resources are currently aimed at problems that don't need to be solved.
    - It is hard to navigate through SAP. Knowing who to contact requires tapping into the tribal sources of knowledge.
    - SAP can be extremely political. The most important tool at SAP is your personal network. Being able to line up support can be critical to accomplishing an objective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - The software industry is changing (yet again). SAP must pole-vault itself into the future of software, at almost any cost.
    - Processes at a large company can take on a life of their own. Beware the perfect PowerPoint deck. Distrust dashboards filled with green lights. The reality is the product (and before that, the prototype).

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at SAP

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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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  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    SAP is a great company for mid-career

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    Current Employee - MBA Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - MBA Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    experience in a successfull 50,000 employees company
    resume check
    industry experience

    i came to SAP because it provides me a great opportunity to use my MBA skills while leveraging my technology background - and indeed in SAP you get to do that.

    However, SAP in its nature as a huge company is very complex and therefore you cannot really make big changes as people are used to and like to work in a very certain way.

    I would recommend this place as an internship.

    Cons

    slow company - very complex in terms of organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your business unit as startups

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Acceptable overall

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Consultant in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    Good Exposure and learning opportunities at the initial period of one's career

    Cons

    too much travel. short term project, no long term visibility, family life will be disturbed, no peace of mind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give per diem to travelling consultants, give more PTOs

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Partner in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Client Partner in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SAP

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    SAP - a sea of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Expert in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Expert in Denver, CO

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    Opportunities - tons of them. Chance to travel and work overseas. Company is well known, maybe for its legacy systems but it is the 800 lb gorilla. Working in a 50,000 employee company can be a bit daunting however the converse means plenty of opportunity. I think it comes down to "think globally, act locally" by this I mean it's who your immediate management chain is that will really make or break the work environment. Maybe this is obvious but this mitigates the fact the company is so large. The benefits are also extensive and the company takes care of its performers. A critical view of any company is how they handle the top 10%. This may seem elitist but if you don't take care of your top 10%, you will find them elsewhere. SAP understands this.

    Cons

    MRP, ERP and any other 3 letter alphabet soup systems can be like chewing chalk however the amount of sophistication and technology required to get this stuff right add some luster back. Regarding company size, this can be daunting almost like you need a map. This makes it difficult to determine the interfaces and moving parts in any strategic effort as there are many stakeholders whos intent has to be gauged and accounted for. This just means you have to be more astute and organized if you're dealing with senior level work. I guess this would apply to any large company and SAP being a German company means you must be culturally aware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep innovating and looking for additional opportunities that complement the core competencies of the company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    SAP... great benefits, lots of change

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Manager in Newtown Square, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Newtown Square, PA

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent. Potential for career advancement is good. The campus is very nice, clean, and picturesque.

    Cons

    There are many layers of management. Efforts are not very coordinated among various groups, constant change makes it difficult to focus 100% on your job and not be distracted by rumors and confusing change. Reporting consumes a large amount of your time. While career advancement potential is high, you are competing with many, many people internally and externally due to the size of the company and the company allowing anyone to interview for any job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with a strategy for more than 90 days.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cool place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    First, let me say that SAP divides it employees into essentially 2 groups, contractors and regular employees. All the support positions (admin, facilities) are contractors.
    SAP has very deep pockets and pays well, provides great benefits, and offers free lunch. The office is gorgeous and mostly serves to host meetings. SAP is very laid back about flex time and working from home, so as a result, the office is almost completely empty on Fridays and rarely gets that lively in general. I suppose it has its politics and silly corporate shenanigans, but for the most part, everyone here is very nice and calm.

    Cons

    Its a very quiet office, to the point that the air from the AC can be distracting. It's a German company so for the most part that means a cool, European environment, but some of the execs are a little weird. They're very rarely here though, so that has no effect. Tons of interns, a lot who don't seem to do anything, gives the office a weird hipster, high school feeling. Somewhat hilarious, considering that SAP makes software solutions, the office is so low-tech. The SAP "portal" has to be updated by lengthy email requests and is pretty useless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, I think everyone's happy.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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