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"Good work environment but watch out for fiefdoms"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Director in Newtown Square, PA
Current Employee - Director in Newtown Square, PA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Work life balance
Innovation is back!
Good salary and benefits.
Global interaction.

Cons

Revolving chairs - same people keep getting different/expanded roles.
Fiefdoms - senior management adept at forming mini-empires
Always a sense of crisis/cost-cutting despite the company firing on all cylinders

Advice to Management

Ask management to manage down and not just up and develop internal talent

Other Employee Reviews for SAP

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company with poor middle management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Platinum Consultant
    Current Employee - Platinum Consultant
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice place to work, good working environment though it may change depending upon client interaction. Pretty decent perks but most have been whittled away lately.

    Cons

    Lots of nepotism, need to know people for your career to go anywhere. Extremely limited career progression choices. Useless unproductive middle management. Very poor work life balance. No focus on services, the services side plays second fiddle to the licence company. They will give away services free to sell/increase licence adoption.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people and not only shareholders/stock market. Shareholders will dump you at the slightest hitch but employees can make or break a company. Keep a share of services for the company and don't let cheap delivery services in the market ruin the overall services market for SAP.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, difficult to get things done."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice perks, like a cafeterias at the big offices. Also on-site gym & dry cleaning available. Relatively easy to work from home when necessary since communications are often via email and conference calls.

    Cons

    There is a collaborative decision making model, which sounds nice, but it's unclear who has what authority because every project is different. For example, sometimes your boss saying yes doesn't make another team help out when you need them. And if you didn't contact executive X until too late, then they might not want to help you. Overall, it's hard to get be on the cutting edge of anything because so many people have to be involved with the decisions. And little things like budgeting is difficult, you manage your budget offline in Excel because accessing the system isn't always accurate or up to date, it takes 2 weeks to get a purchase order open and over a month to get vendors paid. I came to SAP through acquisition, and after the merger, I felt my career took a big step backward because half my job was getting all of the little things in line to get something complete.

    Advice to Management

    Please encourage better engagement between sales and marketing. Marketing wants to help sales but often is kept at arms length, this needs to be at the executive, middle management, and individual contributor level. All marketing projects should have sales input, or more ideally customer input. It's a big organization, but marketing can't do their jobs from an ivory tower.


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