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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work for, very good with work and personal life balance."

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, and team work environment. Very good with work life balance. If you are on vacation, people don't expect you to read and reply emails. Although sometime you do reply for emergency situation.

    Cons

    Senior vp turns over is high. Usually we spent more times to educate the about the product than relying on the senior executives to set vision and long term strategy.


  2. "Overall a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work with various other teams and product lines at SAP.

    Cons

    Too many PIL processes and procedures make it hard to innovate quickly and compete with smaller software companies. Very frequent management and organizational changes.

  3. "My start-up was acquired by SAP and I stayed 1 year"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great marketing, excellent white papers and sales tools

    Cons

    Detailed, lengthy processes to bring products, etc. to market


  4. "16 years and counting..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SAP has grown to be a dominant force in the software industry and diversified a lot over the past 16 years I have been with the company. SAP has a very diverse workforce and provides flexibility as well growth opportunities. SAP has provided me with an opportunity to work with highly motivated and skilled people and enabled me to achieve a reasonable work life balance, developing my career while raising my family.

    Cons

    With the tremendous growth the company has experienced over time, SAP is still suffering some of the growing pains, such as the introduction of many processes and regulations that sometimes get in the way of executing business quickly and an in innovative way.


  5. "Stable, rock solid company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    SAP being a 40 year old Enterprise Software company offers a very stable work environment. SAP Labs is the R&D division of the company. Work is interesting, as we keep exploring new opportunities to build new features and products. The culture is consensus oriented. There is not too much of hierarchy.

    Cons

    Depending on which part of the organization you are in, the nature of work can vary dramatically. SAP has seen tremendous success with its ERP applications. But, success has been far and few in other areas. The company is trying to reinvent itself in areas of Cloud and Mobility.
    Do not expect to work on the latest and greatest of technologies. Speed of innovation has been another challenge. Things tend to move slow, and the focus is usually on delivering a near perfect solution rather than something quick and good enough.


  6. "Good place to work overall - some frustrations"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Genuine care & respect for people, no hire & fire mentality. Good benefits although less than they used to be. Employees can speak their mind openly (thanks to our German friends I guess)
    - Highly diverse and talented workforce. People from all over the world, probably more Europeans than your typical SV company account for a rich cultural experience.
    - Lots of new exciting products and technologies
    - Opportunities for lateral moves once you've proven yourself and built your network.

    Cons

    - Center of gravity is in Germany, lots of things have to go though the HQ. Sites / product units are not independent enough which hiders agility.
    - Turf wars and kingdoms result in an inability to re-distribute resources adequately and dead branches sticking around for a while.
    - Complex to navigate and lots of dependencies between groups can slow you down

    Advice to Management

    Very good moves lately, keep going. Keep up with the people-centric agenda. Try to work on less politics and a more de-centralized model.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to work but can lost in the numbers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good employee facilities Good technology

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, too big, too process centric

    Advice to Management

    Cut the redundancy for efficiency

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job responsibilities
    Open company culture
    Motivated, skilled employees
    Access to information
    Customer contact

    Cons

    Cross-team, cross-country communication
    Limited opportunities to advance outside headquarters

    Advice to Management

    Foster motivation of workforce


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Tough times ahead for SAP"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in East Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in East Palo Alto, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people. Good work culture. Fairly ethical. Very good immediate team - very collaborative and supportive.

    Cons

    Company is too big and too Waldorf-centric. technology is falling behind and it takes too much effort to innovate.

    Advice to Management

    Be more progressive and more current with technology and trends. Too much time and energy is wasted in getting consensus. Typical big company - has become too slow to innovate. Relying too much on brand.


  10. "If you are politically savvy and you'll do well at SAP"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leader in the field, work-life balance

    Cons

    way too many layers of management and too slow to react.

    Advice to Management

    pay more attention to HR, establish processes that give people opportunity to grow and advance professionally