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SAS Institute Raleigh Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  • If you're in an oncall rotation your work/life balance will suffer (in 12 reviews)

  • Turnover rate is so low, it could be hard to move up in the company (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Account Executive - Inside Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is great. ~35hr work week, onsite healthcare, 6 onsite subsidized cafes, intramural sports at lunch

    Cons

    Pay is not super competetive

    Advice to Management

    Create more room for quick advancement through the ranks for high achievers


  2. "Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really nice place to work ; collegiate atmosphere; strong sense of community and corporate responsibility.

    Cons

    Can seem overly conservative to less experienced employees.


  3. "Great place for a family person"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful balance between work and life. Really interesting projects. Lots of new innovative products being brought to life. Great benefits. All in all, a great place to work!

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on!


  4. "Good Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, onsite gym and health care. Challenging work.

    Cons

    Not enough staff to do the workload.


  5. "Senior Associate Analytics Software Tester"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Analytics Software Tester in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Analytics Software Tester in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers that are always willing to help you.
    Friendly managers!
    Amazingly professional job environment.
    Unbelievable benefits!

    Cons

    I have not found any yet!

    Advice to Management

    Keep everything as it is!


  6. Helpful (18)

    "Falling Behind"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is still somewhat of a thing at SAS. The campus is beautiful. There are a number of cafeterias. The customer base still left as a result of the business model they have includes many interesting companies, doing many interesting things.

    Cons

    The company is rapidly losing its competitive edge. Newer employees see little opportunity for career growth inside the company; older employees are not incentivized to keep up with the rapid technological changes going on outside SAS HQ. Much of what SAS does can be found elsewhere for far less, and the company's business model (and perhaps size) is going to have to change dramatically, I think, for it to continue to do well.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more value for your employees -- that means money, plain and simple. Your current structure means your best talent is going to move on, and your least productive people are going to stay, for lack of anywhere else they can realistically go.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work, but beware the culture is changing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Health Care, Child care and perks are nice

    Cons

    As the employees mature, they are being replaced by younger cheaper to insure replacements. This happens everywhere not just at SAS. But SAS needs to be honest with those they want to leave as to why.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your middle managers are not a part of the problems SAS has. Look at the excesses that are all around.


  8. "I love this place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Receptionist in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Security Receptionist in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful Health Benefits, Plenty of on-site perks, Relaxing environment. This is the most stress-free job I've ever had.

    Cons

    If you're a shift worker, there is not too much flexibility while you're at work.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management seems to be where the problems are, our senior leadership is wonderful.


  9. "Still the best place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SAS is still the best company to work for. I have been with SAS for 12 years and it has been great.

    Cons

    Could benefit from more parking garages but fortunately the weather is usually nice so its not that big an issue.


  10. Helpful (19)

    "Not What It's Cracked Up To Be"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    short work weeks. 35 hours is standard.
    very green grass around campus.

    Cons

    The title says it all: don't believe the hype.
    All these best places to work awards must be rigged, bought, or a be tremendous HR/PR effort.
    The perks/benefits might have been astonishing in years past but in 2017 they are simply on par with other tech companies, and even well-behind in some categories. Most of the good benefits that older generations at SAS got are no longer available or have been greatly diminished.
    One of the areas they are far behind in? Compensation. Low pay, and low to no raises has been normal for some time now. Bonuses are meager. For a company that does over 3B in revenue and has been profitable forever, that is astonnnnnnnnishing. Meanwhile the CEO (whose own wealth continues to grow like crazy) continues to build new buildings on campus (even though there's a hiring freeze going on) and building developments off-site for his own gain. That last part is completely fine and his prerogative, but it is a slap in the face to employees that don't get paid well or get merit increases, and his bank accounts continue to grow like crazy because he owns the company (not public, no investors, yada yada.) and can do whatever he wants with his money. Here's an idea: Maybe freeze some raises/benefits for the huge amount of people in MGMT and yourself so you can reward top performers in an attempt to gain back some respect from employees who are undervalued and not being rewarded for hard work?
    No room for growth whatsoever unless you "stick it out" for 5-10 years when you MIGHT get bumped up one level. Maybe.
    So who wants to work here? A couple types of people from what I can tell: 1) people over a certain age who have been here 10-30 years and don't have the drive to pick up and leave. They don't have to work hard and they've been here long enough when they actually got raises and benefits that were ahead of the competition so they are in a good place. 2) average workers. people who don't want stress, don't want to push themselves, and just be able to have a short work week to spend time at home or with family. Totally get it. That's a good bit of people.
    The last couple of comments sum up why SAS is falling behind and will continue to do so. Any young and/or good talent soon realizes that it is not all it was cracked up to be and jumps ship to any one of the faster, smarter, and more generous tech companies in the area. There are plenty of other local tech companies that move fast, embrace change, reward solid work and not just tenure (remember, these are usually people who aren't the best that end up sticking around), and have comparable benefits.
    If you are 21-30, I would highly encourage you to think twice about working here. The writing is on the wall.

    Advice to Management

    rethink everythjnf


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