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  1. "Great and stable company"

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    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can really make things happen here. Rather flat hierarchies, very globally oriented company with loads of very smart people. Senior management is very accessible and it is a very stable employer who really protects their employees. Given the international setup there are a lot of opportunities to travel, work in intercultural setups, work accross different time zones and interaction between employees is very informal. Flexible work time agreements, generous vacation packages even in the US, possibilities to explore different carreer pathes. It is the leader in business applications and tends to make the right decisions.

    Cons

    Once you joined in a position and most importantly salary range, it is significantly tougher to make salary jumps as opposed when you join externally. Guess this is the flip side of the coin, where hierarchies are rather flat so there is limited opportunities for growth in the classical management carreer path, even though SAP offers expert carreer pathes and project management carreer pathes to compensate for this. Outside recognition of those titles though is awkward for interaction with customers.
    It is a very much consensus driven company which at times hinders fast paced innovation, creating internal competition rather than the best possible synergetic approaches

    Advice to Management

    Draft internal talent more effectively


  2. "Hey, a software company that doesn't make you wear their logo on all articles of clothing."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newtown Square, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newtown Square, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely bright people who are doing work that actually impacts the businesses who buy our software. Culture appreciates knowledge, integrity, and hard work. Nice to work for a software company that doesn't want to "hit it big with the next whizbang idea"....but rather wants to improve how business get us the products and services we need.

    Cons

    Many of the German employees view the American employees as "a step lower." Not incredibly so, but noticeable at times.

    Advice to Management

    Making our software easier to work with would not take a miracle -- just a desire from above.

  3. "Good opportunities at a solid company but be prepared to work hard"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity, a solid company, new things to learn. SAP has good products and a pretty solid management team. Of course, there are good things and bad things about SAP and there are good and bad managers. But, as a whole, it's a good company to work for if you can deal with working for a big company. It definitely doesn't have a start-up feel and after 4 years I still don't understand the org structure. But, you can grow at SAP and the benefits typically seem to outway the issues. Pay and benefits are pretty competitive and there's even a pension.

    Cons

    Hard work. Culture is to work very hard and long hours. SAP always wants more from employees.

    Advice to Management

    Cut back on administrative activities and focus more on performance.


  4. "After 20 years in the workforce, I'm happy to be working for SAP"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Newtown Square, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Newtown Square, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    respect for employees, excellent benefits, good salaries, recognition for hard work and time invested

    Cons

    the most extensive "meeting" culture I've ever seen in a 20-year career - I could spend 60 hours a week in meetings if I accepted all my invitations; as a global organization, the workday can extend from early morning hours to connect with the European colleagues all the way to very late nights to connect with the APJ (SIngapore, Australia) colleagues

    Advice to Management

    pick one day per week to be meeting-free and penalize people who don't obey


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A highly networked highly globalized company"

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    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work/live arrangements. Truly global. Diverse employee base. Reliable cash compensation.

    Cons

    Advancement in grade can be a bit slow. Advancement in responsibilities can be even slower. Very process oriented.

    Advice to Management

    We could probably do without one full layer of management that we currently have.


  6. "Market Leader, Innovative but Bureaucratic"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Market leadership in the enterprise software space, a competent management team, an open culture (at least within SAP Global Marketing which is based primarily in New York and Palo Alto,) a continuous desire to do better. A very distinct strategy compared to the primary competitor - something that has been successful thus far.
    On average folks are very sharp - a lot of ex-management consultants from top strategy firms such as McKinsey, BCG, Booz. Also, top of the line compensation, some generous benefits e.g. free lunch, soda, water, coffee.

    Overall agree with company strategy, its focus on employees and customer value creation.

    Cons

    Large organization that can feel difficult to navigate. Also, bureaucratic for a tech company though not sure how it compares with other organizations with 50,000+ employees.

    Advice to Management

    Lets shake things up in things that do not add value but at the same time don't go overboard in the whole sales focused culture


  7. "Entrepreneurial spirit, startup energy with large corporation stability."

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    Current Employee - Field Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Field Marketing in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    At SAP the benefits are stellar and significantly higher than of any other technology corporation. The work/life balance is also what you make of it. Most of my colleagues work a 9 to 5 shift, but others work 8-10. The sky's the limit. The beauty though, is you can rest assured that your efforts will not go unnoticed. Its a company that always rewards hard workers and annually (and quarterly) reviews each and every employee to ensure that you are continually working with nothing but the best. This not only guarantees that you will always be working with smart minds, but also that you yourself will be provided with an opportunity to grow from your peers.

    Cons

    One of the largest problems at SAP, which is of no exception to any corporation over 50,000 people, is the incredible amount of red tape one must go through to push forward specific initiatives - regardless of how pressing. It is truly a German company that is not only obsessed with efficiency and achieving true economies of scale (by staffing in such a way that boxes people in to specializing in one specific function rather than a solid cross-functional understanding of the departments in which they work), but also in that one must know someone to achieve a promotion with the organization.

    Advice to Management

    To help foster an environment where the goal isn't achieving perfect economies of scale in regards to employee skill specialization. The current model has a tendency to encourage work performed in a vacuum with minimal accountability.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "SAP is in a transition..."

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    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - recognized leader on the software market. Customers listen to you, you have extended power when you wear SAP shirt. You influence the market

    - lots of opportunities to change the job without changing the employer. You can move and advance from one role to another without leaving SAP (product development, consulting, marketing, sales, etc.)

    - global company. You may travel A LOT if you like and you will work with people from different locations with different cultures, traditions, norms, and pace of work

    Cons

    - back to ABAP;
    - very slow, monstrous decision making process;
    - lots of people working nowhere but at SAP;

    Advice to Management

    - increase intrapeneurship;
    - make people accountable;
    - make decisions;


  9. Helpful (2)

    "SAP"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great software and market position. Lots of talent and experience in most senior exec ranks. Truly a global company in every way.

    Cons

    1. Not enough bench strength in the lower exec ranks creates highly insecure and territorial behaviours.
    2. History of great engineering success is also a downside now. Too much product development comes from engineering beliefs about critical business processes today. They are out of touch and the market is moving past SAP's newest solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Really understand the market you want to reach and then design the next gen products. All evidence points to new solutions that are over-engineered and complex - precisely what companies say they want to avoid.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "SAP needs a Board Member that is up to speed with silicon valley"

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    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    security, flow, colleages, workload is ok

    Cons

    if you want cutting edge technology and innovate, this is not the place.

    Advice to Management

    More innovation and structured processes would help reduce cost and get ahead. we need act now to stay in the game in the next 10 years. erp wont make it until then.