SAS Institute Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Over my 20+ year career in IT, SAS is hands down the best place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Cary, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance, innovation, providing great value to our customers

    Cons

    Low turnover rate, internal movement limited

  2. Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing, automatic 401(k) contribution, on-campus health care, subsidized cafeterias, individual offices (with doors), tons of on-campus services (hair salon, watch repair), on-campus child care.

    Cons

    Salaries are below average, though generous profit sharing and merit pay makes up for it. People tend to stay in their jobs for a long time, making it difficult to change jobs within the company and try something new.

    Advice to Management

    Armistead Sapp has the right idea with his shakeup of R&D. Other divisions need to have a similar radical restructuring to get people out of their comfort zones.

  3. Helpful (3)

    If you're just looking for a place to retire from ... look no further.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - R&D Developer in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - R&D Developer in Cary, NC

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

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

    Pros

    - various on campus amenities (not free like other big name IT, but more there for convenience)
    - good benefit designed around family with kids
    - good hours if you're not a developer

    Cons

    - little to no career growth
    - low comp, laughable raise and bonus
    - lots of politics, different groups under the same division sometimes won't cooperate for a common mission
    - R&D direction is ambitious, but unclear how it will carry out with severe lack of human capital to do everything on the book.
    - front-line managers tend to be micromanaging and doesn't assign work according to team member strengths but rather availability.
    - Most HR don't have the employee's best interest at heart, but SAS HR makes an effort to make sure short-term cost minimization comes before retaining valuable employees.

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  5. It's a great place to work if you have a family, seek job stability, excellent benefits and a very low workload

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Tester in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Development Tester in Cary, NC

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

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

    Pros

    beautiful campus, your own office, excellent benefits, friendly people

    Cons

    very slow pace, not a lot of ambitious people around. Generally people are very satisfied with their roles and don't want more

    Advice to Management

    Hire higher quality talent

  6. Helpful (1)

    Average age of employee here is about 45. No real benefits for young professionals.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analytical Consultant in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Analytical Consultant in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance and only in R&D

    Cons

    I don't think anyone who is young and just starting their career would join SAS. The pay is way below industry average, no stock options and very minimal bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Atleast make an effort to find out what the industry average is for young consultants and try to match it.

  7. Helpful (1)

    if you love politics more than your work this could be a heaven for you. You will grow super-fast.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A great campus for employees with good cafeterias, gym, swimming pool, on-site child care and other facilities like ATM, postal service, healthcare clinic etc. Life is more manageable working in SAS.
    Lots of resources for learning and access to great R&D team is a huge plus being in Cary.

    Cons

    Top management is excellent but middle management sucks! It is like working in a group of dictators who are part of the company for at least 10 years and knows the best and care less about company's interest. Feeding their own ego comes before everything else. If you are a type A personality and you have to report to a manager who is below VP level this job might destroy you no matter how creative or how talented you are. However few departments are outside of it.
    In general salary is at least 15%-30% lower than the market.

    Advice to Management

    Drive your energy to the growth of the employees rather putting it to the politics. Remember that you are the torch bearer of the company. The glory of the company under Dr Goodnight's leadership is definitely at stake. Polluted environment of personal favor-ism is destroying employees' motivation slowly and silently just like a cancer.

  8. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Technical Consultant in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Technical Consultant in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, supportive and great benefits. Time off is very fair and managers push you to take more of a leadership role. Compensation is great as well.

    Cons

    There really aren't any cons. Office culture is great. Training and mentoring is always available. Great work-life balance and on-site services to support that.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should keep doing what they're doing. My experience at SAS so far has mirrored what the company states as its values and priorities.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Senior Data Scientist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Cary, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility and freedom at work to on interesting projects.
    Ability to laterally shift to other groups
    Excellent work culture

    Cons

    Compensation, technology is a bit outdated,

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to technology trends!!

  10. Helpful (1)

    In general is a good company but managers are not good. You can stay in the same position forever.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cary, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are great. the campus and buildings are beautiful, good food in the cafeteria. People is friendly. the bad working environment is compensated by the benefits. Most employees have an office

    Cons

    Managers do not know how to manage. Most managers are promoted by friendship,
    If you are lucky your manager will leave you alone and you will do the work. But a lot of them are micromanagers
    There are a lot of politics in this company. You have to watch your back all the time
    If you have a problem with a manager, HR will not support you, They will look the other way

    Advice to Management

    An excellent developer does not mean he/she can be a good manager.
    HR must support all employees not just managers

  11. A great place to work, but...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Raleigh, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Energized co-workers for the most part

    Cons

    Career growth is limited
    Low-level managers lack people skills

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up with headcount, raises and promotions

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