SAP Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
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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. 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
  2. 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
  3.  

    Great brand, not a great experience

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

    I worked at SAP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Depending on your manager, you can work from home whenever you want. They are very flexible on how you do your work as long as you get it done. Outside of the company, the SAP brand is respected. Free lunch in the Palo Alto location is a big plus. Their catering company, Bon Appetit, puts a big emphasis on fresh and organic food.

    Cons

    SAP is like working in a retirement home. A lot of lifers, a lot of people not wanting to leave their positions, and a lack of fresh and creative people. The CEO keeps talking about all the millenials he wants to bring in. All of my friends who are millenials were either laid off, moved into a short term contracted, or vastly underpaid. SAP people love to throw the word "junior" around and use it as a bad word to scorn anyone under 35. The company is super traditional, male, white, and top down style management. Unless you are a White or Asian man who can play hardball politics, you won't move up in this stale company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the multiple layers of management. Everyone is either a Director or VP and a lot of managers are not necessary. Put budget into recruiting and university relations and make it a point to hire younger and more diverse people. Don't just throw "diversity" around and say you're diverse because you're a global company. When you look at Palo Alto, there are no women leaders (they're all pushed out) and all the leaders are male, white, or Asian. Stop trying to be like Apple or Oracle and make your own brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Principal management consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    work life balance is better than any other company. It respects people's private time and family matters. Many people works from home if needed though people have to balance it.

    Cons

    there are too many incapable mid-management. Some good talents are not paid properly or embroiled into unnecessary politics. The senior management and executives are disconnected from working people thanks to mid-managers.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Words and actions with regard to employee value are not in sync.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I worked at SAP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Compensation package is great. Work is interesting and the work environment was very flexible ( home/office work location mix ). Great team of peers.

    Cons

    Company talks a lot about the value of the employee but cost cutting trumps the words. There is no strategic direction - several competing "make or break" the company projects going on at the same time. Though it would appear that HANA is now the clear winner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team building and resource alignment practices need work. A little strategic thinking may reduce the monthly re-orgs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great career skills development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAP full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Able to work in various parts of the organization to learn about different aspects of the business. Great benefits. Great group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance is very hard to attain. Have to sometimes work during your vacations. When you finally de-stress while on vacation, you jump back into stress on your first minutes back from vacation. Career development education and training is hard to accomplish due to constantly being on the go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to take better care of your employees who do the day in and day out work. Too many VPs !

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Senior PM
    Current Employee - Senior PM

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, telecommute, salary, benefits
    Good place to learn and move on

    Cons

    favouritism on promotions, chaotic working among different groups spread geaographically worldwide

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promotions should be transparent
    groups have their own rules creating unnecessary beauracracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review for SAP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Chance to work for a global company with teams in different locations and different culture backgrounds. Good pay with good benefits, telecommute if you want to.

    Cons

    Had to work late hours or early morning due to time zone difference,went through re-org at least once a year. Better to be at the "right" locations, seems US is not on that list.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating Processes

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Executive  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, large client base to sell to. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Inside sales is trying to find its stride. While a few reps fall in to large deals, most are scraping by and not meeting their numbers. It all depends on the territory you are assigned. The processes are not set up to handle volume transactions. To get a closed deal booked and delivered is laborious. Additionally, SAP support seems to drop the ball often, causing the clients to reach out to inside sales in desperation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current mantra is "simplify everything so we can do anything", but no formal teams are tasked specifically with doing this. This absolutely needs to be done.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing experience, all top talent is leaving

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SAP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Huge customer base, that is about it.

    Cons

    Products are perceived in the market as old technology with bad user experience. Constant change in leadership (top and middle management); terrible culture; although they are trying to attract young talent they continue to fail to deliver on talent-development programs; rampant nepotism; lack of accountability, too many "legacy" employees with high salaries who are not bought into the idea of bringing new talent onboard and most importantly, keeping it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really have to do something about the company's culture. If you want to attract young talent your current employees need to be bought into your vision, it is not enough to continue pouring money in new "Leadership Development Programs" that over-promise and under-deliver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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