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Updated January 15, 2018
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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Beware of shiny baubles"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Newtown Square, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Newtown Square, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAP (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's SAP. It pays decently.

    Cons

    That will wear off in your first week as you see what a mess IT and the Cloud groups are. No organization, no efficiency, people shirking their responsibilities with a "don't bother me" attitude. The dynamic with other groups is poor at best. No middle management that dares do anything. show any leadership, let alone rock the boat to fix it. If it wasn't for the huge price tag for SAP products, this would be instantly recognized.

    Advice to Management

    Can about 90% of the middle management and data center employees. They are just collecting a paycheck. Review organizational structure & align teams required to work together under same leadership (new) so that something can actually get done around there.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Dont work here!!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Household name in the Enterprise Software world
    Strong customer base

    Cons

    Too many major acquisitions over the past 5 years has resulted in a deceleration of the innovation and roadmap for many of the solutions that were always leaders in the space- SuccessFactors, Ariba, Business Objects, Fieldglass, Concur.
    SAP doesnt treat employees well at all. It's very management heavy and confusing to be apart of. A lot of management are backstabbing and only look out for themselves. And if a manager or executive is hired from Oracle, RUN AWAY FAST. They are ruthless.
    Lastly, getting a contract through the legal process with a customer is a close to impossible task. SAP refuses to negotiate in good faith with customers and many deals end up getting rejected even after being selected by the customer.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better
    Invest in the companies you acquire
    Hire more effective leadership

    SAP Response

    Dec 2, 2016 – Administrator - Social Recruiting Community

    We appreciate your honest review. We expect our managers to motivate and inspire our employees. If you are having issues with management, we have many avenues where employees can give feedback... More

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Big company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of talented people work there.

    Cons

    Sluggish on innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Progress over perfection enables rapid innovation.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "wish i never came here"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at SAP as an intern

    Pros

    great food and cafeteria and breaks

    Cons

    not feeling welcomed. everyone doing their own kinda thing.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Just a number"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Compensation Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Compensation Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can work from home occasionally. Paid time off is okay and decent benefits package. Bonus is usually five percent of annual gross pay. If you have a problem with management I do not suggest going to human resources. They will not be of much help and will side with management.

    Cons

    You're just a number at SAP. You have to take late meetings since the company is global. If you have a problem I suggest keeping it to yourself. Do not go to human resources for help no matter the issue.


  6. "Stay away"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global team, lots of diversity

    Cons

    because the team is so big your voice get's lost

    Advice to Management

    remember that people are emotional beings

    SAP Response

    Aug 23, 2016 – Employer Brand Marketing Coordinator

    We're sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience. I understand things can get noisy at a large company - a lot of opinions going on at once, but we do try to promote a work culture where everyone... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Software Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    very relaxed company, really employee friendly

    Cons

    works on age old technology, you feel really stuck

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Very virtual organization with frequent telecommuting. Family friendly. Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Not innovative; very slow to make change and allot of internal resistance to change. Takes a strong internal network to accomplish goals across teams; spend more time on politics than working with customers. Building a career path as a middle manager is all about who you know. This approach means that its not a very diverse organization. The rhetoric is that diversity is key but the reality is just the opposite. Many employees are "lifers" who don't seek excellence, just a secure salary. Also in interviewing outside the company, SAP experience is not valued and you spend more time explaining why you stayed there vs what great work you have done.

    Advice to Management

    Shake up VP, GVP, SVP levels where politics and rivalries abound.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Political Mess!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable customer base and growth. Free lunches. No hire and fire policy. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Absolutely no career growth.
    Managers dont promote hard working individuals.
    Slow HR processes
    There is no salary correction for existing employees who came in at lower pay. Some are lucky to get good salaries.
    Management is like mafia. Lot of empire building
    Management does not care about building good products and selling. Its more about their own personal agenda.
    Too many layers of middle management
    Acquired companies such as Ariba and Successfactors have ego problems and do not want to hire candidates within SAP
    Slow decision making by management
    There is no accountability

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of managers who have not delivered anything. Bad managers are destroying this company and culture
    Use a fair approach to promote employees
    Give opportunity for others to progress


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Not to be trusted, prizes BS over hard work"

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

    I worked at SAP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays well. Free food and drink.

    Cons

    1. Manager KPI's around hiring "early talent" (= Millennial females) and instruction to move older, more expensive, employees out whenever possible.
    2. Focus on a good story versus good work.
    3. Throw away mentality. For years at SAP my disability had not progressed to being obvious and as such I did not disclose my disability. Then my disability started to be more apparent and in spite of my wife’s concerns, I told my manager I have a previously undisclosed disability and I self-identified my disability on Form CC-305 with SAP. Within a few months of doing so my “position was eliminated” and my SAP employment was terminated.

    Advice to Management

    Stop rewarding the people who are simply good story-tellers and good at taking the credit, but their work product does not match their stories. Integrity must be an active choice. As Pico Iyer ‏says, "Life so often tempts us to lie—even to ourselves—that maybe we need mortality, our most loyal partner, to keep us honest?"


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