SAS Institute Reviews

Updated May 6, 2021

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Pros
  • "Work/Life Balance is valued here(in 369 reviews)

  • "Awesome work environment with great benefits(in 133 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "If you're not in Cary your experience is totally different(in 36 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance is in your own hands(in 31 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Worth It.

      May 6, 2021 - Senior Systems Engineer in Cary, NC
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      Pros

      I believe in what we do. Will stay as long as I feel like I am doing something useful.

      Cons

      It is easy to get comfortable and complacent. Fight it and find a team that will fight it with you.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good flexibility, good environment, limited mobility

      Mar 30, 2021 - Senior Communications Specialist in Raleigh, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great work/life flexibility. If you need to schedule a doctor's appointment, run out to meet the bus or take a sick day, just do it and let your manager know. Generally no need for prior approval. You can make your own schedule (within reason) and as long as you perform, no one's watching to make sure you're at your desk or online at given hours. Great on-site services - cafes, health care, child care, fitness center and more. Beautiful campus with walking trails, softball and soccer fields, picnic shelter, artwork. Almost everyone gets a private office. Family atmosphere - low turnover means people form lifelong connections and friendships.

      Cons

      Mobility - low turnover also means it's tough to advance or even move laterally. Most people have been around 12+ years, so everyone is senior level and up.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great atmosphere & lots of things to learn, not necessarily analytics

      May 6, 2021 - Service Delivery Manager in Poland, ME
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * great opportunities for learning * interesting projects * great people sharing knowledge & experience, very supporting & cooperative * tolerance & openess

      Cons

      * some vagenuess about roles & goals, but depends on the role & region * mid-range salary

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Sr. Software Technical Writer

      May 1, 2021 - Senior Technical Writer - Team Lead in Cary, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Free onsite healthcare, M&Ms, unlimited sick time, onsite services

      Cons

      used to not be able to work from home as much but now it is not a problem

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good work environment

      May 2, 2021 - Senior Manager, R&D 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good work environment. Work on interesting projects.

      Cons

      Too much focus on cloud, not enough on core analytics capabilities.

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Great Place to work

      Apr 30, 2021 - Senior Principal Advisor 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The company was great to work for, nice people.

      Cons

      Too Many Country Club groups that if you are inside of you may never go anywhere.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      My Dream Job!

      Apr 29, 2021 - Principal Technical Support Engineer in Cary, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I do what I love to do, when I want, when I can

      Cons

      no cons to consider, it's all good

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Apr 30, 2021 - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
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      Pros

      compensation was above market rate

      Cons

      none. Was a great place to work

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Not what it was, but hardly terrible.

      Mar 17, 2021 - MASTER SAUSAGE MAKER in Raleigh, NC
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      Pros

      I really like most of my coworkers. Our benefits are great, though most tech companies now offer the same or better. On-campus services such as healthcare center and pharmacy save employees a lot of time and money. And most employees have a lot of flexibility and autonomy in how their work gets done, especially since COVID. Previously working from home except on rare occasions was frowned upon. More than half the company is happy not to have to deal with rush-hour traffic twice a day. The cafes were great, but the future of them looks uncertain now.

      Cons

      There's no career path for you at SAS unless you are hired at a very high level or are willing to be a shameless climber or backstabber to advance. Otherwise most people just tread water and are elevated to high-paying jobs they don't deserve and can't perform. So many smart, talented high performers will never even become managers ... they hit not a glass ceiling at SAS, but a concrete one. Too many managers aren't held accountable for poor performance because it's easier just to leave them be. Managers tolerate subpar performance by direct reports instead of firing them, which is extremely offensive to those who are smart and work hard. It falls on the capable people to compensate for the ones who have stayed in the same role with no promotion for 5 years, 10 years or more. These are people who actually fail to perform the essential functions of their job, yet there they are, getting paid and sucking up benefits. Certain spoiled bratty people are also somehow allowed to threaten to leave in order to advance, and they're rewarded handsomely for it. A friend in high places can wave a magic wand and quadruple the salary of a friend, or create a new job for them or even do both. Then they'll watch, confused, as that person grabs their giant bonus check and sails out the door to a startup, taking their lofty and unearned title and grossly inflated salary with them. You know what they say, LOVE IT OR LIST IT! Oh, I mean leave it. Right? ;)

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great company to work for

      Apr 14, 2021 - Senior Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - takes great care of employees - interesting and challenging projects - education is very important - love the vibe of the company - great software

      Cons

      - if you want a fast paced company, this might not be for you

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