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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated January 5, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great company that values work/life balance" (in 260 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, flexible schedule" (in 106 reviews)

Cons
  • "Benefits applied so unevenly as to be almost useless - particularly with regard to work/life balance" (in 20 reviews)

  • "overall it is a great place to work" (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people; low cost, on-site daycare and preschool

    Cons

    Low salaries - they used to say because the benefits were worth so much, but now on par with most other tech companies

    Advice to Management

    Address performance issues!


  2. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company benefits and great technology.

    Cons

    It's a large organization, therefore tough to get some changes made that are necessary for success

  3. "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Brilliant colleagues
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Politics and favoritism
    Questionable direction
    Lack of advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Until the bad and the ugly are cleaned up , the former glory is unlikely to be fully restored.


  4. "Senior Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love the people, the products, and the management.

    Cons

    We work hard. But, we build wonderful products

    Advice to Management

    keep building... keep reaching.


  5. "Decent culture"

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    Current Employee - Associate Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Associate Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amenities are nice. Management, in my case, is great.

    Cons

    Benefits aren’t as good as they were in the past. Career advancement in support doesn’t seem as likely as other divisions or other companies.


  6. "I'm happy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Best place I've worked at so far

    Cons

    Some benefits can seem dated compared to newer tech companies


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Culture and benefits in decline ..."

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Incredibly smart people
    Strong customer base

    Cons

    Overly competitive work environment
    Sales and growth underachieve
    Hesitant to change with the marketplace
    Salaries are below average for the industry
    Benefits are in decline; being reduced every year
    Significant decline on Forbes' Great Places to Work list over past several years
    Difficulty retaining talent in 'hot' areas like AI

    Advice to Management

    Stop bringing in executives from the outside; they are changing what used to be a great place to work into a cutthroat environment; people are leaving

    Stop reducing benefits every year

  8. Helpful (17)

    "Used to be great, but lately..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work/life balance, salary, ability to work remotely

    Cons

    No career planning, annual reviews (at least in my department) non-existent, annual variable compensation planning rarely completed before October, continued erosion of previously offered benefits

    Advice to Management

    SAS was founded on being employee friendly. Lately, however, it seems that SAS has become "corporate" - started with the loss of profit sharing (and subsequent non-payment in 2017), vacation hours accumulated by the hour rather than made available in a lump sum, pressure to produce product by strict dates rather than the prior "shipping when it's ready" mentality. Too many "secret" policies from the executive staff that affect employees even if mid-management disagrees. Everyone is "afraid" of telling Dr. Goodnight something that he doesn't want to hear.


  9. "Good place to intern"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are incredible. Family culture. Cafeterias are cheap but great quality food. A couple challenging projects that helped me grow professionally, as well as meeting a lot of intelligent people. Pickup sports and leagues within the company, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Lots of typical "intern" work, which is expected, but I would have liked to have a challenge every day rather than every couple week.
    Everyone pretty much has their own office so it feels isolating at times if you're not working with other interns. I prefer a collaborative environment which I didn't have in this role.

    Advice to Management

    Give interns more challenging work (and another intern to work with, or at least in the same physical location)!


  10. "Senior Marketing Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Specialist in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Specialist in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SAS is a company that cares about it's employees and the planet. Their focus on using our analytic expertise and resources to do good in the world is one of the things that inspires me at a brand level. But at a personal level, I find that the work place is one that encourages thinking outside the box and allows individuals to shape their careers based on their strengths and interests. My relationship with my manager is open and transparent.

    Cons

    I do not always have the time to enjoy all the benefits that SAS provides its employees (their extensive fitness center and natatorium come to mind) but I might just be using that as an excuse. There are not a lot of cons that I've experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Holding under performing employees accountable. Sometimes we are too nice when we need some turnover to be a stronger company.