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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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  • If you're in an oncall rotation your work/life balance will suffer (in 13 reviews)

  • little room for technical advancement outside r&d (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility for outside arrangements, autonomy, onsite resources for work-life balance.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be stagnant, too much autonomy of process can yield to "silo" development and not-ready-for-prime-time releases.


  2. "Sr Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong SAS (collegiate) culture. Perks at HQ campus are outstanding, but no similar perks for remote employees that work off the HQ campus.

    Cons

    Success is sometimes based on longevity rather than results. People are sometimes recognized more for making their peers happy, rather than customer-first.
    Complex and sometimes confusing portfolio of products, making it hard for a major client to understand nuances described in marketing briefs.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that there's value in professional and complimentary services, in addition to the software sale. Clients also value the services, support and time provided by technical specialists as well as the software itself.

  3. "Sr. Associate Implementation Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, benefits, overall employee focused, and company culture.

    Cons

    Career opportunities and advancement are limited. Continuity is challenging.


  4. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow, very knowledgable industry leader.

    Cons

    Very traditional- hard to get into unless within network


  5. Helpful (3)

    "SAS the Pro and the Con"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work Life balance is exactly as advertised. Great amenities and lots of extra things to do with family. If your a coder this is great company.

    Cons

    Lots of politics that rule how company runs. Pay for most is about 50-75% of market due to the "benefits". Sales has very high turnover and products are no longer the juggernauts they once were. Lots of competitors that frankly can do it better, faster, cheaper. The internal culture is not the same as seen from outside.

    Advice to Management

    Run it like a public company with same kind of oversight. Hold executives accountable.


  6. Helpful (16)

    "I had to leave to advance my career."

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    Former Employee - Developer in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Developer in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Good work-life balance.
    - Decent benefits (although becoming less of a differentiator as other companies catch up).
    - Great campus facilities (subsidized cafeterias, work-out facilities, On-site daycare/healthcare/prescription).
    - Friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    - Stalled growth has limited raises, bonuses and profit sharing. In general, performance isn't tied to these anyway. Everyone gets the same thing so why bother putting in hard work.
    - Absolutely no career advancement. None.
    - As a younger person, SAS is a career suicide. I loved the company but had to leave to move forward.

    Advice to Management

    - Identify and promote high value employees. Don't make it based on time-served as it is today.
    - Identify and remove poor management. They stand in the way of making changes that SAS needs to stay competitive and block the advancement eager to move SAS forward.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "No Advancement, No Loyalty"

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of on-site perks at headquarters--workout facilities and pool, decent cafeterias, other services, healthcare, and onsite day care if you're lucky enough to get in (only 300 spots for 6,000 employees). No layoffs, okay pay, modest bonuses most years.

    Cons

    Workloads are completely unrealistic. Promotions are few and far between and not based on merit. How can they be when you only allow two promotions for an entire department of 100 employees? Less and less flexibility every year. No career advancement available. At all.

    Advice to Management

    Enable career advancement and increase flexibility before you lose everyone that works hard.

  8. "An awesome place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, wonderful work ambience, superb onsite facilities, nice benefits, freedom and flexibility to be creative, no micro-management, exposure to emerging technologies.

    Cons

    Finding the right network and career advancement may be challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Put some more effort working out career choices with your team members.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Becoming average"

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer
    Current Employee - Technical Writer
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Initially was my dream job
    Great people
    Interesting work
    Work life balance

    Cons

    Far too much work. People often do the equivalent of 3 people's jobs. Frustrating because no help is hired. People leave and replacements are usually not hired. Benefits have been consistently cut.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your people.


  10. "Technical Support Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Most managers allow for work/life balance
    35 hr work weeks

    Cons

    Provide more guidance on career growth/development and opportunities to move around the company.


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