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  1. "challenging but financially rewarding"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    financial incentives and career opportinities are always available

    Cons

    change; wrong leadership; revolving door of employees and resources


  2. "Company Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large stable Company with good benefits

    Cons

    Too big of a company to navigate.


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    "Slow innovator, complex and frustrating organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAP full-time

    Pros

    Large global company, exposure to world wide businesses, cultures. Visibility to broad industry trends. Loyal ERP customers.

    Cons

    Organic innovation is very slow, unless it comes top-down from Hasso or the board. Executive board is largely organized functionally (vs. BU) tailored to board member's abilities, not suitable for a company this side. Great ideas from the bottoms-up almost impossible to realize, even those that get early traction in the market. Most new revenue is through M&A. Highly matrixed organization, especially GCO. General managers closer to the market have little influence on product direction and priorities. Development (except acquired businesses) mostly centralized or influenced from Germany and is often out of touch with the market. Many "me too" products that are late to market, many wasteful use of development resources not assigned to products.

    Advice to Management

    You are too big for a functional structure at the board level. You need empowered BUs that have key functions as part of them and can act with agility. Implement "Run Simple" by simplifying your organization structures. Actively (not just lip service) support more bottoms-up innovation.


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  5. "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAP (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Broad portfolio, good vision, chance to make a lot of $$

    Cons

    Lots of process, repetitive forecasting, hard if you don't have SAP accts.

    Advice to Management

    listen to sales teams / reps about real opportunity


  6. "Bro Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAP as an intern

    Pros

    The large scope of the company helps them to be good at what they do - they are very obviously leaders in the space and respond to trends very quickly

    Cons

    When I was there, they were letting go of staff very quickly as part of a campaign to tighten their processes and while I agree there were often too many hands in every bucket, it is also important to help people believe in strong work culture and security

    Advice to Management

    Be open and be careful not to appear to "bro." I didn't feel as much connection as a woman in my work space


  7. Helpful (3)

    "SAP - right company for you?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  8. "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Channel Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Transformation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  11. "Ok Summer Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Intern - Premium Engagements
    Former Intern - Premium Engagements

    I worked at SAP as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Super nice people and very laid back atmosphere. Did not feel pressured at all during work and the work you did was very dependent on how much initiative you took. Interns were also offered to take various classes for free that were helpful and cool to learn.

    Cons

    Not a super set internship program so there's not much structure to the program. They kind of just throw you onto projects come up with which can be good and meaningful but also can be silly and tedious depending on the manager.



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