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Updated January 19, 2018
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  • If you're in an oncall rotation your work/life balance will suffer (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great College Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Intern in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Support Intern in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Great Environment, Opportunistic, Lots of Food, Large office, Work From Home

    Cons

    Can Get Boring, Software Issues

    Advice to Management

    Fix Free Software Products


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Systems Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Systems Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, on-site facilities (Cafes, gym, pool, tennis courts, soccer fields, softball field, frisbee golf course, day care, 1/4 mile track, healthcare center)

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive enough to keep top talent. Some of the products released do not feel ready for prime time but they are still released anyway. There is not real standardization of installs/configurations for customers. When it gets to Technical Support it is already too late to correct.

    Advice to Management

    Stop reorganizing divisions because you have heard the latest buzz words and expect it to work at SAS. The “One IT” initiative caused a massive stir up in one of your most successful divisions with a mass exodus of top talent from that division and even SAS.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great Company Taking some Lumps."

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work\Life Balance is very solid. Some groups have a very healthy work environment and quality managers. If you are in NC opportunities are plenty.

    Cons

    SAS has a problems with releasing new products without a clear path to migration. SAS has too many products that it keeps alive; this has diluted its focus. SAS has no problems getting a "C" in certain product areas which can be frustrating for people that Sell and engineer that product. SAS has some BUs that have created a very organized system to promote very specific individuals and marginalize the value of people outside the good old boys network.

    Advice to Management

    Get your hands dirty leadership and get rid of some of the toxic folks. Create a system where solid hard work is rewarded not the good old boys network in Cary. Give incentive for newer folks to move up. Your benefits are decreasing (Cost of Healthcare increased) value wise. SAS has one string to pull which is Salary. Other companies can offer variable pay and strong equity. People will continue to leave if decrease benefits and get stingy with pay. They have great products, but you need to cut the deadwood products and focus on what you do well.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "A Dying Company Trying to Hold On"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SAS remains a market leader in analytics. Why not? They pretty much invented the space. If you live in Cary, NC you enjoy the incredible benefits of the SAS campus. As a remote employee, not so much. SAS salaries are OK. Not great, but livable. However, don't expect to be over paid at SAS.

    Cons

    SAS is a dying company. Inventing a space and maintaining your advantage are two different things, and SAS has failed miserably at the latter. SAS has become a "government," over bureaucratic, too many levels of useless administrators, impossible to react to market conditions, and they take their own analytics-based mentality too seriously allowing their processes to get in the way of common sense and logical business practices.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of half, or more, of your middle managers. Understand that analytics is not the only key to managing a business. Make work more pleasant for those who do not work in Cary.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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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

    Great advanced analytics solutions for every line of business

    Cons

    Very Engineering and Support focused. Compensation for Sales in much lower than industry standard. Lot's of turn over in the sales chain both in reps and managers.

    Advice to Management

    Make your salespeople matter. Pay them equal to industry so they stay. Great place to work but most leave for greater opportunities. Turnover Impacts customer confidence.


  6. "Senior Information Systems Engineer - Good Work/Life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Information Systems Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Information Systems Engineer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great company that cares for it's employees. Has lots of benefits. Everyone is treated with respect and encouraged to do well.

    Cons

    None. The work could be a little more exciting.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Limited Growth company wide!"

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    Current Employee - IT Service Desk Specialist in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - IT Service Desk Specialist in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits (But are shrinking)
    Cafeteria (Food is good)

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities
    Incompetent managers who do not care about your career.
    Older population.
    Older technology overall.
    No development plan for employees
    Lack of job flexibility

    Advice to Management

    Please look at creating a time limit on positions to create opportunities for younger employees to move up in the company. In order to survive the company needs to get alot younger. Please train front line managers on the importance of keeping the moral good within their particular departments.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Mixed Bag"

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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

    Pros

    Benefits, cafeteria, facilities
    SAS is an analytics leader

    Cons

    Authoritative, cliquey management team
    New offerings compete with customer home grown solutions
    Direct sales competes with channel sales
    Career advancement
    Increased competition

    Advice to Management

    Management training by third party across the board
    Re-develop a customer focus, both internally as well as externally
    Become a collaborative company


  9. "SAS Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great benefits
    -Great Campus
    -Great Cafeteria
    -Great Enviornment

    Cons

    -Low Pay
    -Not much diversity
    -Not much room for growth in career unless someone leaves


  10. Helpful (8)

    "IT PMO"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice campus, good food.

    Cons

    Things happen very slowly at SAS. I once heard a recruiter describe working in IT as "sleepy". PMO has lost it's focus on supporting it's customers. (Other SAS Business Units). Passive Aggression and Micromanagement are commonplace and supported by upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Just because an employee has been there for 10+ years, does not make them management material.


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