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Updated July 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Solid Company with a lot of room for improvement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Engagement Service Manager in Newtown Square, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Engagement Service Manager in Newtown Square, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Depending on your team, the atmosphere is really great. Fostering, team focused, and SAP will give you the tools you need to be successful in your job. As with any large company, your results may differ depending on your group.

    Cons

    Human Resources is far and away the least inspiring group to deal with. They are accessible and will answer your questions, however they rarely take up the banner for the employee. They are manager/company first focused and poor employee advocates. Getting promoted takes an act of congress as managers are given very little budget for promotion, the ranking system used for bonus calculation pits teams against each other, especially small teams and teams that have employees scattered across the globe. Being at another large, global company I have seen more out of their HR and talent management teams in 3 months that I saw in over 10 years at SAP. After 10+ years I wanted to stay, however after several interviews and always losing out to other candidates who had a close connection to the hiring manager, it was time to move on.

    Advice to Management

    Scrap the rating based bonus system, appreciate your internal talent more - you forced me out after 10 years because your mid level managers hired their buddies instead of looking at my qualifications.


  2. "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Good place to work, free lunch.

    Cons

    Not much growth, HR rules Sucks.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "SAP - right company for you?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director Business Development in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director Business Development in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits are excellent.
    If you go in at the right level with the right executive support, SAP can be a great place for you.

    Cons

    Career Path = Challenging as SAP categorizes all employees as managers or "experts" (read: individual contributor). Once done, they don't like to reclassify. In other words, your career possibilities are established early and if you don't like the path you're on, it's VERY difficult to change within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Work toward a "meritocracy" - make it visible that the people making the greatest contribution are getting promoted and rewarded financially and not just the "long timers"; SAP needs to become an attractive employer to millennials to survive over the next 10 years - this will require a serious change in leadership and management style.


  4. "Account Executive"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Scottsdale, AZ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, with good people and fantastic solutions.

    Cons

    Hierarchy between management and sales team.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your sales teams


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Channel Development"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Channel Development in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Channel Development in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    SAP is a good place to either get great corporate experience or if you can make it to executive level, have a great career.

    Cons

    If you are not at the executive level be prepared to have the rug pulled from underneath you regardless of your position, within their multiple organizations. It is know throughout the company and industry that SAP is constantly does "re-orgs". This means if your able to keep your job, who knows what it will be or who your new manager will be.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a better career path put in place, that in turn would help make your organizations within your company stronger and more productive, equaling more revenue. The unsuitability of your constant "re-orgs" are not conducive to ultimate productivity, especially with a complicated and extended sales cycles that take place within the software industry.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Transformation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    employee centric, work-life balance, freedom, collaboration, free lunch, global bonus pool program, company brand name, smart people, global presence

    Cons

    politics, cross board area alignment is off, communication is weak, no transparency, too much game playing and empire building, many lifers whose skills are not relevant, young talents are not trained properly, inexperienced management, lack Silicon Valley culture (agile, can-do, win/win mindset, entrepreneurship, passion, set people up for success), frequent re-orgs cause low morale

    Advice to Management

    Hire for skills, put the right people for the role not because they are your friend, stop playing games, motivate your employees (talk to them directly, have a true desire to help them be successful), give CEO real power (not just sales but real influence over product direction), stop selling half baked products to customers in the name of revenue growth and quick win, clear role and responsibility (so many over-lays, redundancy, many glorified admins), stop laying people off in the US just because the HR employment policy is at-will and there's no work council to deal with.

    SAP Response

    Feb 14, 2016 – Employer Brand Mrketing

    Thank you for taking the time to give a review. It is good to hear that you like working with smart people, the global presence, and the work-life balance. But, I am sorry that your experience at... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Some pros some cons of a very large employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    So far decent income
    Learning opportunities .... if you have time on weekends
    Benefits

    Cons

    You are just a number in a very large pool of employees
    Technical skills/work does not seem be valued as much as sales or management: Kind of sad for a high tech company
    No work/life balance in consulting

    Advice to Management

    Try to stay away form the short-term minded "Wall street" mentality: Have a long-term vision that emphasizes technical innovation

    SAP Response

    Feb 14, 2016 – Employer Brand Marketing

    Appreciate the feedback. And agree that the learning opportunities are great. Having said that, I am sorry to hear that you don't feel valued for your tech skillsets. From my experience, our team... More

  8. "Associate Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAP (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Bangalore office has Great work environment.

    Cons

    My team did a lot of maintenance work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.

    SAP Response

    Jan 25, 2016 – Administrator - Social Recruiting Community

    Thank you for the insight. We are happy to know you enjoyed the work culture!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    SAP has a very Good work life balance. And has no issues in taking vacations and holidays easily. Also WFH is good.

    Cons

    The compensation and benefits is very bad. The salary provided by SAP is very low and not at all competative in the market.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place for technology professionals, not so much for sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits
    Very good, not great, technology
    Name recognition opens a lot of doors

    Cons

    Extremely political mid-level management
    Not somewhere to build a rewarding sales career.


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