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Updated June 3, 2017
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  1. "Good place to work with caveats"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    transparent - responsive to marketplace - good people

    Cons

    There is a tendency to outsource projects that could be developed in-house, and a certain amount of micro-management.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your in-house development team.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "New EVP leads to the demise of a great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    SAE was a top-rated organization to work at until 2005, when change of EVPs occurred.

    Cons

    CEO's goals are to grow his income over the memberships goals on the backs of staff he feels are dumb, lazy or both. An egotistical nurd. Staff morale is non-existent since he took office.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late. The CEO is a master manipulator wooing the senior Board members to gain what he wants. Once the Board member is out of office, he doesn't want to take/return their calls. All senior management report to the CEO so no changes can occur. The whistle blower policy calls go to anonymous line, which can be accessed by the CEO.

  3. "Working at SAE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SAE International full-time

    Pros

    SAE has great working conditions and benefits. Still need to adjust salaries to market levels. And finally make progress on the overall company culture. Walk the talk.

    Cons

    Currently going through dramatic change. Some good, some bad. Hopefully the employees can hold on and embrace the changes.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that your employees are people with lives and families to support. There's a lot of talent inside already - use it or lose it.


  4. "Overall great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SAE International full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, friendly work environment, good benefits

    Cons

    Not always a clear career path, lack of transparency from management in certain departments

    Advice to Management

    earn the trust of your employees, communicate more


  5. "Good place to start career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, opportunity if you know how to look for it

    Cons

    A lot of unnecessary drama at times

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow employees to get carried away with speculation and gossip.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Revolving door and numerous reorganizations"

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    Former Employee - Former Manager in Warrendale, PA
    Former Employee - Former Manager in Warrendale, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SAE International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free parking, onsite cafeteria, possibility of remote work

    Cons

    This used to be a great organization but in my experience has gone terribly wrong. Reorganizations of departments and the entire company happen frequently and many without a real plan for moving ahead. Management doesn't talk to the people who do the real work. HR is there to support management only. 40 is now the new 60 and if you're over 40 you are considered to have no good or "fresh" ideas. Millennials think they know it all and seasoned professionals are shown the door. Stay clear as more reorgs are on the way!

    Advice to Management

    You will reap what you sow.


  7. "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Used to be benefits but dropped Highmark and new coverage is terrible. They have a flex schedule so you can work from home sometimes but the Pope has to approve it.

    Cons

    The long timers refuse to change, the review process is a total waste of time. You work hard and it's always just meets expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the staff actually doing the work.

  8. "Java Developer"

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    Former Employee - Java Developer in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Former Employee - Java Developer in Cranberry Twp, PA

    Pros

    Very friendly environment and full of people who are talented and know what they are doing and happy to work in teams to get the maximum potential of each individual

    Cons

    Was only working in a contract position and it would have been great working long with such type of environment and people

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good job and respect that you are showing daily in the working environment for the best out come of the project team and manager


  9. "Have a great idea? Don't bother to share it."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Warrendale, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Warrendale, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Remote options when necessary, gym, parking

    Cons

    They say they want change, but they refuse change, the people that have been there 25+ years are still doing the same things the same way. It's depressing and will actually set you back in your career. The culture is sad and will make you question your life decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and support their desire to better the company.


  10. "If you are looking for mediocrity and antique systems, you are in luck!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice gym and wellness perks, cafeteria on site has a good meal for $6 and free coffee service all day. Insurance and 403b matching is very good

    Cons

    Completely unwilling to change be anything, and the people with 20+ years tenure (there are PLENTY) do all they can to push away any new ideas from new employees. If you are under 40, look elsewhere unless you are looking to to be a pawn and simply take orders from people that have been doing things the same way since 1980. The culture is not conducive to younger folks and the tur over is always folks with <5 years service. The entire building is a sea of depressing "office beige"

    Advice to Management

    Bringing in outsiders is the right move, but if the old guard doesn't budge then what's the point?


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