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Pros
  • Probably the best work/life balance you'll ever experience (in 89 reviews)

  • family oriented place to work with great benefits (in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • R&D lacks a leader that is committed to all (in 12 reviews)

  • Because everyone stays it can be hard to move up (in 6 reviews)

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  1. SAS is a great place to work. It really is.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Developer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Systems Developer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great support of employees' needs for flexibility in order to maintain a balanced life. Fosters great loyalty from employees.

    Cons

    There are entrenched and senseless politics because of the long term tenure of management.

    Advice to Management

    Use people flexibly to succeed in developing great software instead of preserving your own head count.


  2. How can you not love working at SAS?

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Hack in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Marketing Hack in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible benefits, a spectacular product, smart, dedicated employees, great management, terrific customers. What's there not like about working at SAS? I think management is most interested in finding ways to improve the environment and keep the work rewarding and challenging.

    Cons

    I am a bit perplexed by the negative reviews. Is SAS perfect? Um, no ... but it's the closest to perfect I've ever found. The only drawback I see is the opportunity for advancement and I think that's primarily due to the fact that people simply don't leave the company and as a result, openings are rare. I certainly don't think positions should be created simply to allow someone advancement, thereby creating another level of management.

    Advice to Management

    Management should continue to communicate often with employees and should continue to look for ways to reward and recognize employees.


  3. Rate SAS Institute

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Positive, can-do atmosphere; very capable and pleasant co-workers; challenging and interesting technology; understanding bosses; onsite health care, child care, and fitness center/gym/pool; generous days off, overall compensation (including benefits), and profit sharing; green-aware; supportive of the local community (assists schools, literacy programs, university programs, hosts political debates, NPR fundraising, food drives, etc); also supportive of broader events, such as sending money/resources after Hurricane Katrina By far this is the best company I've ever worked for, and I'm 60 years old!

    Cons

    Can be hard to be promoted, primarily because the pool of workers is so qualified, the competition is stiff

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening.


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  5. SAS Institute as a place to work

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent company, excellent products and a solid organization Great employee benefits if you work in Cary.

    Cons

    Constantly changing org structure in sales

    Advice to Management

    Admit that you have lay offs.


  6. Great place to work as long as things are going well

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance - Great professional development - Interesting projects

    Cons

    - Very difficult to get jobs...even when already employed there - Little to no support when company is forced to downsize

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job at "in placement"


  7. Helpful (5)

    Don't waste your time.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you can find your way to shuck and jive like everyone else, go for it. The bet place in the world to have a job, while you work on your other job.

    Cons

    Lies, #@*! lies and statistics. No leadership, just sheep. A billion dollar lifestyle business.

    Advice to Management

    Anything said on this topic is a complete waste of time. If you know the story of the emperors new clothing, you know the story of how sas operates.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good job, could be better

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible time, m&m's for all

    Cons

    The benefits and perks are mostly for the employees at the HQ in Cary, NC, all the other offices are just like any other regular office

    Advice to Management

    Consider your all other offices, not only the HQ


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work if you are in Cary; otherwise career options are limited.

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    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health Benefits, Child Care reimbursement. Good work, life balance. Not too many micromanaging managers.

    Cons

    Very cliquish organization. Very few minorities, Especially in management. People are promoted based upon longevity or who's clique their in and not based upon merit. New ideas are sometimes stifled.

    Advice to Management

    Need to recruit younger, more energetic sales reps and mangers that have new ideas. Afraid that SAS is quickly becoming a dinosaur?


  10. Helpful (3)

    no room for growth or development

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Cary, NC
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have children you dont ever have to put in a full work week. Great Medical coverage. Produces a product that works - a corportate culture that doesnt

    Cons

    Cronyism and personal political weigh significantly regarding professional movement within the sales organization. There are no mentor ship or professional skills training available to any inside sales employees. Zero incentive, monetary or otherwise, to achieve over %100 of quota. SAS has turned over upper management ( head of sales ) 3 times in four years. The inside sales group at SAS are only the only sales related employees to not receive an office.

    Advice to Management

    Aggressively engage in training sales staff, align compensation with the rest of the industry to attract top sales talent. Promotions based on merit-career growth based on performance and success..


  11. 20+ Yr SAS Vet.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One main owner - one main boss - everyone works for the same boss at the end of the day

    Cons

    One main owner - everyone works for the same boss at the end of the day - and the direction can change based on a phone call from him

    Advice to Management

    Some of us work 50-60 hours a week. When we sell please sell to the employees who have worked hard and been loyal over the years.



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