SAS Institute Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
350 Reviews
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SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight
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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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  1.  

    Number one place to work!

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits, work/life balance, interesting work

    Cons

    One owner, location, some parochial behaviors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chaos reigns

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cary, NC

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice campus and benefits. Private offices.

    Cons

    R&D lacks a leader that is committed to all R&D employees and has a plan to transition the work focus in a sane and rational manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the head of R&D.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good opportunities if you are at Cary headquarters.

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and campus, opportunities for job progression or lateral changes over time. Good products.

    Cons

    Management musical chairs. Constant reorganizations, management changes. Benefits and perks not as good for employees working in field offices away from HQ. These employees are also overlooked for key jobs. Company is owned by two founders -- no board of directors, no employee ownership, no external oversight of any kind. Makes campus feel like a kingdom run by CEO with no moderating influences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need executive succession plan.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance, motivation, freedom and responsibility

    Cons

    Nil. There are no Cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Architect  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Architect in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, very good environment, stable

    Cons

    not very aggressive, not public

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promotions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Seems 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 ManagementAdvice

    Find 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    A slow but accelerating decline

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cary, NC

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits 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.

    Cons

    Growth 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    sas

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAS Institute

    Pros

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

    Cons

    one 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.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid Company in a developing market

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    SAS 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 ManagementAdvice

    Set up a cloud environment where solution providers can SAS based solutions to customers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place To Work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    SAS 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.

    Cons

    Not the best salary-wise. Progress up the ladder can be fairly slow from what I've seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Merit based bonuses. Better salary. More aggressive hiring/firing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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