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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated Jun 22, 2019

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  • "Cary, NC is not that exciting of a town(in 34 reviews)

  • "On balance SAS is a great place to work(in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent"

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

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits and work environment are amazing

    Cons

    A lot of jobs cannot be worked remotely

    SAS Institute2019-06-03
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Great work life balance but uncertainty about the future"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Software Developer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work - life balance is great. Coworkers are a joy to work with. On site doctor and cafes are nice to have. The development work is fun and I feel like I have a lot of control and input on what to work on.

    Cons

    Financial benefits have started to slide a bit compared to the rest of industry. SAS as a whole doesn't take open source software seriously enough as a threat to market-share.

    SAS Institute2019-05-21
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Robust software but losing market share"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Market-leading software that was once innovative; Work-life balance

    Cons

    Flat entity with limited opportunities for growth or promotion Senior leadership makes poor executive decisions and devalues the sales process. Until leadership changes and installs individuals having ethics and real expertise, this company will continue to decline.

    SAS Institute2019-06-18
  4. Helpful (7)

    "Was great back in the day...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Insurance is still great along with 401k. Great subsidized cafes!!! A lot of nice people work here.

    Cons

    Salaries below average. High performers get taken advantage of with little to no monetary rewards. A lot of management is not forward thinking. Many folks are retired in place. Used to be awesome but tired and not progressing with analytics space.

    Advice to Management

    Reward top people with $. Don’t be afraid of change.

    SAS Institute2019-06-02
  5. Helpful (9)

    "Very good place to work"

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

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    SAS offers a supportive environment for employees. Work-balance is good for most job functions, although some can be very stressful. The campus is beautiful with many amenities. Benefits and perks are very good.

    Cons

    Your experience at SAS is directly related to who your manager is. Many managers are very good, but some who are competent at their own job functions are not as talented at managing people.

    Advice to Management

    SAS tends to promote individuals to management without first vetting their talent for managing people. The company should institute a management education and testing curriculum for management candidates. All managers should be required to submit an annual 360 evaluation.

    SAS Institute2019-04-30
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Environment But Lacking a True Sales Culture"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very friendly colleagues Incredibly knowledgeable engineers Fantastic work/life balance

    Cons

    The sales culture is too soft There isn't any focus on marketing Niche vendors are beating SAS across most industries, resulting in more lost opportunities than wins

    SAS Institute2019-06-05
  7. Helpful (8)

    "Best of breed products, poor leadership"

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    Current Employee - Sales 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Best of breed products and solutions, good benefits, excellent work/life balance, opportunities to move around within the company to continue learning and broadening your experience

    Cons

    This company helped create Business Analytics; they were among the first to do it and the products are still the best available, but the leadership is failing. They don't have a vision for how to grow and adapt to what is now a highly competitive market. Because SAS is still privately owned, it is still run by one person who makes all major decisions. Therefore, it's difficult for outsiders to come into the company...

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    Advice to Management

    Start truly being open to ideas and people from the outside; encourage new ideas. If we stay with our current model of only promoting to top management positions from within, we're not going to make the changes we need to make to stay competitive.

    SAS Institute2019-05-17
  8. Helpful (10)

    "Great Company! (if you don't work in Sales there)"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - If you only look at the structure below executive level in the sales organization, they have fantastic leadership. - I cannot emphasize this enough... the sales management is top notch. They know the job, they are strategic, they know how to coach, they are fantastic in every way a manager can be fantastic - The work/life balance is everything you hear about. - The food is incredible. - The schedule is easy,...

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    Cons

    - Product is dated which poses problems since company dumps tons of money into R&D that is never realized. - Sales is shown little to no respect from the rest of the organization - Sales process has been hijacked by a bloated bureaucracy and takes forever - Half of your sales cycle is convincing internal resources to work with you - Comp plans are a mess. You actually get paid commission fewer months than you...

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    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a significant change in how the sales organization is treated. You need to streamline a LOT of their workflow. Tech Support needs a complete overhaul. Your sales management below executive level is being forced to do all the heavy lifting, and they are the only reason you even have employees still there. You claim to support this great "culture", but the concept has slipped away from you completely....

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    SAS Institute2019-05-15
  9. Helpful (9)

    "How do you compete?"

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

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Lost focus, unclear future, uncertain about how to compete with Opensource.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your customers. You are not as smart as you think you are.

    SAS Institute2019-05-16
  10. Helpful (1)

    "SAS is a great place to work"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Humanitarian company, family friendly, very nurturing and accessible when you don't know something

      Cons

      Culture hasn't spread to all offices, still growing in some areas

      SAS Institute2019-05-06
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