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SAP Reviews in Vancouver, BC

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 2014
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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.  

    nice environment, lots of project opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, lots to learn, lots of opportunity to learn

    Cons

    The pay is not as high as other companies of the same category

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abstracted thinking and formulating a vision is great but the lack of thinking of the working details may not make it feasible to achieve such great aspirations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fantastic environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great company, great management, fabulous people, solid products. A company that truly wants you to be successful.

    Cons

    Not any real flex options for our position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company for career development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, Sales in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director, Sales in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The company has many different lines of business and encourages cross-pollination, and I saw many colleagues take on several roles before finding their sweet spot. Standout talent tends to get recognized, good processes for developing high potential employees. Recent focus on innovation has loosened the bureaucratic shackles somewhat.

    Cons

    Revolving door in middle management makes execution a bit of a challenge. Many key positions seem to change on a yearly basis or worse. Overly long process for developing and rolling out comp plans, in some cases you wouldn't see them until 4-5 months into the year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good pay, fair management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Communications in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at SAP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good salary, benefits, incentive pay, optional stock purchase opportunities; opportunity for telecommuting, remote/home-based work; good professional development support; great cross-cultural exposure

    Cons

    Inconsistent management to stated strategies & priorities, remote management difficult to navigate (ie cross-cultural disadvantage, time zone difficulties)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for and grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits, salary, maternity/paternity leave, bonuses.
    - Great culture that focuses on development, teamwork, success of both the company and the customer.
    - Depending on your manager, there is a lot of opportunity to learn and expand your horizons
    - There are courses in-house for employees that make personal development a real option.

    Cons

    Work life balance is encouraged, but some positions make it difficult to maintain
    Yearly increases are not as high as they could be
    Some positions it is hard to grow
    lots of overhead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do better job of finding talent and helping people grow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I found SAP to be stable and provides employees great health benefits, flexible working hours, and strong support for work-life balance. It is a large international company where there are opportunities to travel to and work longer-term in different countries.

    Cons

    Frequent re-organizations. Overcoming "The Innovator's Dilemma" in creating new products. Relatively low investment in research. Innovation process could be more effective.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative and boundary pushing organization. Great place for starting your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Challenging but rewarding work. Never boring.

    Cons

    Difficult to use internal computer system, which is a bit ironic when the company's motto is 'The best-run businesses run SAP'.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Frustrating for employees outside of Germany

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Consultant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Consultant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits; well defined employee development programs. Good products and senior leadership has good vision.

    Cons

    Hard to move quickly and nimbly in a company that is process oriented and bogged down in controls and approvals. Most of the approvals are based in Germany, with a perceived reluctance to distribute the controls globally. Can often result in significant delays in getting the job done, especially when time zones are factored in.

    Work-life balance is talked about as being important, but not many walk the talk. Recent layoffs, despite healthy financials, have resulted in an increased workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax the controls (VP approval to get a replacement cell phone?), and distribute the locus of control globally to reflect the global nature of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Stable, Generous, Innovative,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Quality Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Quality Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing, lots of different jobs within company so you can change careers every five years without giving up your seniority. Generous vacation, lots of excellent community volunteer opportunities, Yaletown office is an fun place to work, SAP Lunch on Us program means that SAP pays you to eat at Yaletown restaurants.

    Cons

    Many positions require that your manager be located in Germany. Sometimes more focused on process than end results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    SAP has many resources to help you with your personal development.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Work-life balance. Work autonomy. Training.

    Cons

    Not very many full-time permanent opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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