SAP Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
1,945 Reviews
3.8
1,945 Reviews
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SAP CEO Bill McDermott
Bill McDermott
830 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • SAP has a great work life balance with lots of opportunities to work from home (in 307 reviews)

  • Relaxed work environment without a huge amount of stress or pressure (in 143 reviews)


Cons
  • In general work life balance is good, past 2013 year it has been bad for me (in 89 reviews)

  • Disproportionate non-technical middle management in charge of technical projects (in 37 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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.

  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Fantastic!! If you like working with smart people, SAP is the place to be.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Director  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Portland, OR

    I have been working at SAP full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Software is one of the best industries to work for and SAP is one of the leaders in the software industry. As an employee, you have opportunities for personal growth. Since a lot of employees work remotely, there is not a strong office culture but the company has strong core values.

    Cons

    As with many companies who are experiencing double-digit growth every year, change is the name of the game at SAP. Sometimes it seems we go through changes just to shake things up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being a German company, SAP has at times a stuffy corporate culture and need to over-complicate things. However, with the appointment of the new CEO there is a positive change in the right direction. Bill McDermott has brought transparency and simplification to SAP.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    very much in demand every one wants to learn.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    will get good jobs anywhere in top rating

    Cons

    little hard to learn need more attention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more practical and small chapters to learn

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9.  

    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

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    In an interesting industry, most co-workers have checked out

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at SAP as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -People want to meet you and connect you with others
    -Great pay, great food
    -Interesting experience working for large, multicultural business
    -Industry's fascinating, esp. when meeting with startups

    Cons

    -Office politics
    -Bosses advance their buddies
    -Nobody has real mission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -When starting projects, make sure there's substance. That it's not just froth. Don't just make another department that's going to just sell HANA. Make something meaningful or else it would be a huge suck of talent, resources, time.
    -Stop advancing your buddies. Only hire talented people and that would solve about 50% of all office politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Last person to leave please turn out the lights...

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    Former Employee - Na  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Na in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Lot of nice people.
    Great location. Lot of good amenities.
    Management always puts in the effort to keep employees informed through meetings.
    Relaxing environment if you are looking for that. Sometimes too relaxing that no one really produces anything useful.

    Cons

    I can understand why many people rate SAP as satisfying. This is because working for SAP is like working for a government contractor. It is a relaxed environment with no work pressure and great work life flexibility. The pay is great and company hands out big titles to everyone (there are probably more than 1000 "Directors" alone)

    I'm all for this but the reality is that the company has not gone anywhere in years. There are a lot of employees who produce nothing. Lot of people who get paid to be lazy and have no talent or interest in building next big thing. Layers of management who produce nothing. If all these people were let go, it would not make a single difference the next day for SAP. The company as a whole is not innovating. It is still feeding off from old innovation that the company had once built. HANA is a grain of sand compared to what came out of SAP in the early days. In fact, the company is now walking backwards undoing everything that made it such a big company. Buying other companies to fill the gap only works till those companies also get SAP-fied. I think SAP is on its path to lose major business due to this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the old SAP of 80s and 90s when it was the leader in innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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