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Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
219 Reviews
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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.  

    It's SAP!

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

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

    Pros

    When I visited customers, looked around and understood their processes then I almost always asked myself: "And that's ALL they do?!". You will never feel like this at SAP. It is an incredible place to work with lots of experiences to make, lots of flexibility and an exciting outlook.

    Cons

    Substantial salary increases are very hard to get.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A very employee friendly company, great place to learn and grow!

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

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

    Pros

    I have been with SAP for over 12 years. That it itself is a testament to how valued and comfortable the company makes you feel as an employee.
    With SAP, you get the feeling that you are working on high value products that make a material impact to how businesses are run. The brand is highly respected in the industry. Work culture is great, very open and employee friendly. Pay and benefits are okay, it is better than average market, but the upside is limited as there is no profit sharing or RSUs granted on a regular basis.
    The best part is, SAP provides great opportunities to move within the company to new jobs and teams, and invests in talent development.

    Cons

    Speed and agility - This is definitely an area SAP can improve on.
    I have often felt that SAP leadership lacks decisiveness. So, in several areas you see similar products competing with other SAP products, and it could be confusing. This often affects the speed of delivery.
    There is also more resistance to change, so you could get stuck with "dead" products or technologies for a while.
    Proprietary technologies - SAP's flagship products - SAP Business Suite - is built using proprietary technologies. In the last few years, SAP has embraced more common technology stacks to build solutions, and I hope this will only increase and will improve the ease of development and speed of delivery.
    Not enough early talent - I feel that the average age of an SAP employee is higher than the industry average. This is a huge benefit due the experience and knowledge levels that reflect in high quality of software products the company produces. But, it is important to balance this with early talent to leverage new ideas, trends, skills and energy they can bring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please focus more on perks and benefits to improve employee engagement and satisfaction. Small gifts, perks, spot awards and similar benefits can improve employee satisfaction tremendously. In dynamic job markets like Silicon Valley or Bangalore, this can play an important role in retaining talent, and even attracting new and young talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant III in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant III in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    You get lots of experience, great company to start your career, good bonuses.

    Cons

    You don't grow there, lots of work and long hours.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great experience and good management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President of Sales in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President of Sales in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    flexible work environment
    Smart people
    Collaborative work environment
    Great customers
    Strong leadership
    Great benefits
    Global reach
    Great offices
    Good Silicon Valley presence

    Cons

    Extensive travel
    Burn out
    Work life balance
    Competitive compensation
    Rigid beuracracy
    Global working teams are hard to coordinate
    Too much concensus required

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more general management and empowered leaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great employer with lots of opportunities and benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    SAP is always evolving and provides learning possibilities and new insights.

    Cons

    Global teams come with global managers and that is not always to the advantage of the employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You want to say the right thing...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity for growth and a chance to wear many different hats. Good compensation/benefits. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Projects often get caught up in politics and hierarchy. Often too many cooks in the kitchen that slow progress or hinder innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Executive Assistant - Part Time - Contract

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at SAP

    Pros

    Working as a contractor you get to learn from the professionals and work with a vast array of various
    personalities and diverse co-workers and executives.

    Cons

    The challenges of being a contract employee is that you work for a staffing company instead of directly for SAP. Therefore you have less access to all that is available to permanent employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being Innovative to drive the success of Simple solutions at SAP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Evolving and open to change but slow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Huge company. The culture is evolving and people are more open minded than in the past.

    Cons

    Huge company. Sometimes things are slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start cooler projects. Listen to the customer on new ideas and projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    OK if you don't mind moving laterally for the rest of your life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Product Management in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Product Management in San Jose, CA

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Willing to invest in exploration of new business trends
    - Can work there for life if you don't mind never advancing
    - Pay is relatively high compared to market, mostly because they don't do anything significant with stock/equity

    Cons

    - Run by Executive Board that generally disagrees on everything or seems to actively avoid making decisions
    - A select few -- very few -- employees are given the lion's share of new and exciting opportunities
    - Horrible at promoting women and initiatives to improve the representation of women have token executive support
    - Everything is done by committee, so anything delivered is watered down and not compelling
    - Most people spend their day in endless meetings to "align" with several other groups doing essentially the same thing
    - Many people will join your committee to work on a cool project, but only 5% of them will actually do any work
    - Works Council in Germany -- essentially a union -- advocates for German employees and has approval authority over promotions, re-orgs, etc. Employees in other countries have no such leverage
    - American employees will work long hours, European employees generally will not take a meeting after 4p in their timezone and think nothing of asking the Americans to attend meetings at 5a or 6a in the US
    - Management will bicker over spending $50K on something while wasting Millions on projects that are going no where
    - Love/hate relationship with Silicon Valley
    - Will hire you to do a job that you soon discover is actually already done by 3-4 other people in the org
    - Employees -- even relatively senior managers -- have very little decision-making authority and are actively discouraged from making decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Motivated, high-value employees usually feel that management actively prevents their success
    - Get serious about hiring and keeping strong women in leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    payment is ok.
    Mulitculturel Employees and a great work atmosphere between colleagues

    Cons

    Payment is just average compared to the great company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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