SAP Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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Pros
  • work life balance is better than any other company (in 331 reviews)

  • good work/life balance (relaxed work environment without stress or pressure) (in 150 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life balance is very hard to attain (in 95 reviews)

  • Too much politics at middle-management level (in 38 reviews)

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  1. SAP Mobile Services

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Executive - USA in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Executive - USA in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Mobile Services group in a growing market
    Strong Brand

    Cons

    Integrated Unit
    Lack of alignment with Local SAP Market Unites


  2. Helpful (1)

    SAP is just ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SAP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Work/Life balance is great, SAP is very understanding about family commitments and very supportive of each other
    - You often have the opportunity to work on significant projects
    - There is a performance based pay type of culture so if you are good in your job you can get paid, depending on Department

    Cons

    - SAP does not pay competitively
    - SAP does not do a good job of adjusting pay across countries or states.
    - Often your sphere of influence on a given "important project" is limited by managers inserting themselves who are not necessarily understanding all the complexities of the project but are making decisions anyway based on some political factor
    - Not all teams do the performance appraisals correctly so you can get places in a team that does not do performance appraisals properly and then it doesn't matter how good your work is

    Advice to Management

    If the cons in the above section are fixed then I think that SAP would be a much better place to work.


  3. Account Executive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SAP full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, Job Stability, Perks,

    Cons

    Corporate Politics, Bureaucracy, Conservative/Traditional Thinking

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the old, replace with the new. Change your image and way of doing business towards what's relevant today.


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  5. A pleasant rollercoaster if you can handle that. In summary, I like challenges.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SAP full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Board vision and strategy, passion of its employees for the Company and its products, SAP technology and products, good salary and benefits, encouragement for education and training, important knowledge base, home office,

    Cons

    Inconsistency on budget distribution across the company results in some areas to burn money without having to show real benefits to the Company while some other are begging funding to develop customer needs
    Multi-fragmentation on software roadmap and maintenance.
    Some teams are supporting markets with no timezone overlap to engage with customers
    Slow decision making process especially at middle management
    Rework and reinvention of the wheel from bad Management decisions.
    Too non-technical people deciding or managing technical projects or decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Bring knowledgeable and experience people to challenge and enrich your strategic and executive decisions.
    Engagement


  6. SAP (employee benefits - quick summary)

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP Solution Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - SAP Solution Architect in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SAP

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

    Pros

    Good company with opportunity to improve skills for employees on various technical/functional areas

    Cons

    Global company. Your position might involve travel on the job. Domestic and International.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Average experience, difficult to advance if not located in Walldorf

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Development Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of interesting projects, interesting and smart people.

    Cons

    Advancement requires being located at headquarters in Germany. For a big company, you need to be part of the small inner circle.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your managers - communicate with them. Give advancement opportunities to leaders outside of Europe.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Good Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Solution Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Solution Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Professional team and top flight talent, as of 2008. Good Benefits. Excellent training curriculum for the product suite.

    Cons

    Process Intensive. Simply requesting a memory upgrade for a laptop might take up to two months to get approved. That being said, the process for booking business travel was streamlined, and painless.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Disappointing experience, all top talent is leaving

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SAP full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. ERP trying to be CLOUD

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SAP full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits, internal networking opportunities, talented people, good opportunities to move into management

    Cons

    Extremely political, behind the technology curve, big, big company that's disconnected, relies too much on legacy SAP shops and slow to innovate

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the best you can with the resources you have


  11. SAP's cultural conundrum...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great eco-system, strong assets and customer install base

    Cons

    Internal politics and confusion around messaging. Have struggled to pay people correctly and on time. Still focused in the on premise world and need to adjust more rapidly to be "the cloud company"

    Advice to Management

    Transparency, Environment of Trust, Execute on the Simplification Message, Truly embrace the cloud, Need to make a radical change to stop good people from leaving



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