SAP Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
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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  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great, stable business. Management cares about employee satisfaction. Lots of traveling, always business class and good benefits.

    Cons

    Too many reorgs and mid-management instability.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    The working environment is very friendly, although it is a big corporation. Benefits are good, lunch is provided. And most important, the communication is transparent from management to employee

    Cons

    Reorganization happens quite often, it led to unexpected future for working project. However, the job is stable most of the time,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider feedback of employee and developer for project's potential future.

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

    SAP Is Okay

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

    I have been working at SAP as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good organization, Work life balance good; People are driven

    Cons

    The company is rigid to changes. New changes are considered but not welcome. Majority of the people working adhere to old methods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please help speed up processes and try to learn about change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you happen to be with a good manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Development Director in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Good and smart people, deep-rooted respect for the product, most people believe in core values defined by SAP. Fair salary, good benefit package. You can work here all your life.

    Cons

    It is very easy to manipulate and misuse the system and create your own small mafia-group and go unnoticed and unpunished for a very long time. Keep in mind, that it represents only 10% of the company. You have to be unlucky to fall in this group - unfortunately it does exist and there is no escape if you are trapped there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will be so disappointing if SAP Management gets it advice from Glassdoor but you must at least try to find the bad apples in the management layer - the ones who are not aligned with people and do not believe in SAP core values.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    DREADFUL

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

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

    Pros

    -- good pay and bonuses

    Cons

    -- Poor reputation: Company's brand perception is extremely negative in the SF Bay Area
    -- Corrupt culture: employee advances are handed out based on who you know, not what you know
    -- Reorgs: With 2+ re-orgs per year you career can quickly stall and you can be trapped in a bad group
    -- Uneducated Managers: Managers are untrained and often under-educated.
    -- Fake Job titles: Virtually everyone holds a business title of Director or VP. In reality very few people hold these titles as per the Corporate HR system.
    -- 1980's Technology: With its own HTTP layer and ABAP custom language built in the 80s, SAP technology is crap and often ridiculed by the tech leaders in the SF Bay Area
    -- Working from Home: Often abused many VPs and Directors, who are missing in action and working on personal projects instead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RUN

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company for veterans!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great office culture. Get lot of benefits although i was an intern. Free food.

    Cons

    Leadership is not good. Currently VP resigned company and since then company has been going through ups and downs.
    They don't offer interns a full time job. Avg. age of employees at SAP 43 which is not good for new grads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire new grads and promote interns to full time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good workplace overall - May have a turmoil ahead?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    very much in demand every one wants to learn.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 start or end your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internal Strategic Consultant in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Internal Strategic Consultant in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Can take time off when needed.

    Cons

    Hard dealing with Germany and India when you are in the USA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs more excitement for younger people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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

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