SAS Institute Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Unusual place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Arlington, VA

    I worked at SAS Institute

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance is good to some extent.

    Cons

    Federal leadership is very passive aggressive and does not understand how conduct business with the Federal Government. Organization marginalizes account executives.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like you would want to be treated.


  2. Sr. Sales Exec

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and employee moral are very high. The technology is truely amazing and leading edge. No other technology company offers the balance this company does.

    Cons

    East Coast centric focus leaves the western employees and customers with few options. Because of the market leadership, the tendency to ignore customer flight is high.

    Advice to Management

    Pay close attention to the attributes of companies displacing the products. Like IBM's mainframe, it took a while, but in the end, the market confidence was unwarranted.


  3. Principal Research Statistician Developer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great food, esp the Sushi, lush soccer fields, awesome gym and swimming pool. Great hiking trail at the heart of the campus.

    Cons

    Not many cons. However I wish there were better financial management tools, for example there are very few options for our 401K. The release schedule could be more predictable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and give higher bonuses and raises. SAS should target more industries and increase its efforts to solve real customer business problems on the cloud using Hadoop.


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  5. Great place to work and thrive!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It is a great place to work. I worry about what it will be like when Jim Goodnight retires, etc. The benefits are amazing and the people that work here are very smart.

    Cons

    I worry about the cost of the product and that it will be priced out of the market leaving employees out of work. SAS market share has been declining for a while due to the innovation of lower cost or free products.

    Advice to Management

    Put a plan in place for how the company will be run after the founders retire.


  6. Over my 20+ year career in IT, SAS is hands down the best place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (5)

    Working here several years now.

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

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice campus, offices, and benefits

    Cons

    Confusing direction, many coasting, lack of career growth and development. You can get stuck in one place for a long time.


  8. Great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Horrible comp plan for sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Better than average health benefits (sales comp is well below industry standard).

    Cons

    Many employees started in sales than move to an operations position. Very telling to how SAS treats sales professionals. Lots of administration in this company which makes simple tasks more complex with lots of unnecessary checks and balances. I would guess triple the administrative staff of most companies a similar size.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your customers. If it takes too long to respond to customer needs and requests, it's likely there are too many administrative obstacles and unnecessary processes.


  10. SAS Institute

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAS Institute

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good products, and a broad array of offerings. Customers are loyal and in general happy. The culture is healthy and good, if you are at HQ. The people are nice. Beautiful campus. There is good work/life balance at HQ. It's a fairly flat org chart so access to sr management exists.

    Cons

    It's an engineering culture and very North Carolina centric... if you are in NC and/or an engineer its good. If you are in sales and not in NC it can be very frustrating. Low turnover in company but high turnover in sales. One can earn a decent wage here, albeit not as much as at a high tech company, and you have to work 60-80hr work weeks to earn that "decent" income. They hire more for "fit" than for talent , that could disrupt the status quo. Sometimes "fit" equates to mediocre. Disrupting the status quo is a no-no. You will either learn how to operate within SAS parameters or leave.

    Advice to Management

    SAS leadership is happy with the culture at HQ ... and is purposeful in everyone but field personnel working out of HQ. Put more effort into improving the agility and resources needed in the field and re-establishing Regional offices housed with seasoned executives, you may just see an improvement in revenue and turnover, and a culture that reaches beyond Cary Just a thought.


  11. Senior R&D Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging, Stimulating, Great Work Life Balance, Great Team

    Cons

    Limited Career Development Opportunities possible



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