SAS Institute

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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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3.9 330 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight

Jim Goodnight

(246 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance but very challenging at the same time (in 79 reviews)

  • relaxing working environment, great benefits including child care support (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to move around in the company unless you are at HQ (in 6 reviews)

  • Top R&D leadership is questionable due to perceived erratic behavior and decision making (in 9 reviews)

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    Great company

    Senior Technical Architect (Current Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsGood benefits, very good environment, stable

    Consnot very aggressive, not public

    Advice to Senior Managementpromotions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Good but dont believe the hype. Its not all it seems.

    Anonymous (Current Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsGood benefits and people hired tent to be top notch. Efforts made at corporate level to present a good image for family balance. No shortage on investment in technology, just not well focused.

    ConsSeems what was a great company is now a good company. Cutting back on perks, extras for staff. Management lacks a vision. Good portion of in fighting between teams. Some people just do the minimum since they can. Only promotions are given to the favorites. A place where careers come to get stale. Staff is overworked despite the work/life claims.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a vision and communicate it to your staff. Recognize that you need to compensate and grow your staff's talent. Provide career path, not just the status quo.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A slow but accelerating decline

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsBenefits are still great and salary is competitive. The facilities are top notch and employee creature comforts are plentiful. Gym and cafes are nice and campus is beautifully manicured. Individual interactions are great.

    ConsGrowth is slow compared to the market. Lots of challenges with old school management failing to adapt to new business and licensing models.

    Top R&D leadership is questionable due to perceived erratic behavior and decision making. Trust is a major concern. The hallways are filled with empty promises. Cliques and inner circles form "leadership teams" that hand down ideas from on high. There have also been borderline unprofessional statements made in public forums sniping at divisions and projects without direct knowledge -- obvious parroting from surrounding negativity that flows fluidly in the inner circle of leadership teams. Add a backdrop of organizational upheaval and it is a recipe for staff alienation, burn out and loss of productivity.

    If you're truly an innovator and cutting edge thinker that just wants to solve problems, this is not your place. Politics and negativity reign supreme in this aging aristocracy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStabilize R&D. You have entire departments that are idling at the moment. Put leaders in place that don't play politics but instead get the job done. Get rid of the poisonous people that like to stoke the flames of negativity. Encourage long time middle and upper managers to retire or step aside to make room for new ideas and energy.

    Attract and retain younger talent. There has been a mass exodus of good young talent and leadership as of late. You are doomed to lose more if you do nothing. You don't even know who these people are yet because you have layers of aristocracy in place that prevent it. These people you are running off are the people that are going to eat your lunch because they are that good. You need to keep them to eat your competitors lunch or else the end of SAS will come on much more quickly than we ever realized.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Solid Company in a developing market

    Program Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Work Life Balance, Strong investment in R&D so good products. Excellent support for employees in terms of training and infrastructure.

    ConsSAS has a vast array of offerings which can make things complex in terms of going to market and explaining SAS to external entities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet up a cloud environment where solution providers can SAS based solutions to customers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place To Work!

    Senior Associate Technical Consultant (Current Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsSAS is a fantastic place to work! The work-life balance is amazing, and they let you work however you are comfortable. The work environment is comfortable, and there's a lot of good work being done for one to be involved in.

    ConsNot the best salary-wise. Progress up the ladder can be fairly slow from what I've seen.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMerit based bonuses. Better salary. More aggressive hiring/firing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Happy to be here

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsLike any large corporation, SAS Institute offers job positions in many possible fields-not just programmers. There is a fair amount of moving around within the company, and people want to help you to locate your talent and passion for the right team.

    ConsMoving up is hard. Easy to get too comfortable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChallenge employees more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    1 person found this helpful  

    sas

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosfamily oriented place to work with great benefits. culture encourages innovation and teamwork. benefits are great enriching experience for all

    Consone of the downsides of working for sas institute in cary north carolina is that the management team seems to be too overly focused on internal needs rather than the customer needs.

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    Mix of good and bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, many opportunities to learn and improve skills, if you are in the right department with a good management there is opportunity for advancement. Great product that delivers real value to customers.

    ConsVery political and competitive work environment. Many managers run their departments like fifedoms. So much of your experience at this company depends on your department. Some departments are great while others are horrible. There seems to be very little concern for how managers treat their staff. In sales and business development the sales commission/bonus structure changes constantly and the pay is low for this industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many managers don't have good managment skilsl and don't know how to develop talent. More training/coaching for managers.

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    Ok company but limited potential to grow

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proswork/life balance, nice campus, flexible hours to the extent that your manager is ok with it. On-site services like gym, health-care, child-care, etc.

    ConsCulture is on the stagnant side, limited potential to grow career wise. Strategy from upper-management sometimes doesn't seem to make any sense to front-line developers. Very little flexibility in implementing those strategy once the order has been given.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, but be cautious of Politics

    Account Executive (Current Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsGreat work life balance, many perks such as a corporate gym, health center, pharmacy, day care, several dining halls, and beautiful campus. Management provides coaching and is there to help you succeed. CEO really cares about making his employes feel happy at work.

    ConsVery political. Not much room for advancement. Make sure to negotiate a solid salary upfront as promotions are very minimal if anything at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind ways to advance go getters on your team and reward them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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