SAP Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
1,973 Reviews
3.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good work/life balance (relaxed work environment without stress or pressure) (in 317 reviews)

  • Relaxed work environment without a huge amount of stress or pressure (in 148 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is encouraged, but some positions make it difficult to maintain (in 93 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovations stifled outside Germany

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 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 (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
  3.  

    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

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good workplace overall - May have a turmoil ahead?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Has solid policies & processes in place.
    - Work/Live balance has improved in the last few months.
    - A performing product (HANA) run by a company with strong user-base.
    - Great benefits and salary.
    - Employees are mostly friendly and collaborative.

    Cons

    - Recent mass layoff let go of many high-performing employees based simply on geographic location, leaving many not-so good performing employees in HQs.
    - Career path is not often times not clearly defined; promotions are often tied to political positioning of the individual
    - Every year first 4 to 6 months are in chaos while management take time to decide what employees supposed to achieve in the remaining 6 months of the year.
    - Often processes are too "German" and too process-oriented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Strong alignment with the cutting-edge technology as well as the ability to be more agile will determine the future of this company.
    - Retain the talent.
    - Simplify communication before simplifying the workforce.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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 (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
  7. 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
  8.  

    Great Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good exposure, great learning curve, good colleagues, nice work-life balance

    Cons

    none I can think of.

  9.  

    very much in demand every one wants to learn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at SAP full-time (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
  10.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at SAP full-time (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
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Portland, OR

    I have been working at SAP full-time (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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