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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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  • If you're in an oncall rotation your work/life balance will suffer (in 12 reviews)

  • Turnover rate is so low, it could be hard to move up in the company (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Stay away if you care about your career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - R&D in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    food, low pressure, nothing else

    Cons

    SAS is filled with under achievers, incompetent employees. Average age is pretty high and most of the employees are 60+, think of it as a retirement center. Some of the directors are just like grandparents, you would sometimes need to go visit, talk to them about their health problems, their kids and if you start talking technical, they will not be able to understand at all. I was asked to explain one thing 6-7 times and each time they looked surprised. The salary is a lot under market rate, they easily pay half of your value that you can get other places. No raise, which is unbelievable and the bonus was like a joke (less than 3%). The 401k is only 3%, much less than other companies, which is probably why senior employees have to keep working at this age. No stock or profit sharing. As others said, the "best place to work" on fortune, etc must be rigged or bought or something. None of the employees I know have received any survey for that.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "The good days are behind SAS!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    cafe, profit sharing, work-life balance for most people

    Cons

    slow growth, CEO too old and now in effective, poor leadership with no decision making capability, legacy software, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Sell before it becomes nortel. You can't continue to milk customers for the legacy software you have! 20 percent do the hard work, 80 percent goof around or play politics. This is not sustainable.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Unethical management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Cary, NC
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture period. Amazing perks and beautiful campus in Cary. Great walking trails. Lots of good food at great prices.

    Cons

    Unethical management processes. You are either a favorite or they will push you out like you are trash. Veteran SAS employees with zero management experience "leading" teams but provide zero leadership. There is no coaching or mentoring. You are on your own. The dream job can turn into your worst nightmare in a matter of days here. Very disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    No advice because they won't listen anyway.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Project Manager"

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

    Pros

    Had my own office even though it had no window. The cafeteria was cool but actually got food sickness one day. This was back in 2007. This year is not an option above.

    Cons

    Contracting at SAS was a nightmare. Worked for SSOD (SaS Solutions on Demand), building U. They used the SAS carrot to pay me a horrible hourly contractor rate. Not really a livable wage relevant to other contracting firm's rates which is mostly my fault. Too enchanted by the employee situation. If you go in as a contractor, be weary as you will most likely leave as one. I simply had to exit stage left as they gave me about 60-80 hours of work starting off. Beware of the contracting lure here.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so abusive and greedy.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Bloomington, MN
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    So called benefits. I am so sorry I can not think of any. My desk, view my long hours were nice.

    Cons

    The accounting manager has no room for suggestions, new ideas or you growing in the company. You job will be sold to India at the first chance.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Strategi Account Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Account Director in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Strategic Account Director in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good technology, strong pre-sales community, good salary

    Cons

    Mentality,management, pricing, complexity, culture and collaboration

    Advice to Management

    Sop polarising your teams and enable collaboration


  8. Helpful (11)

    "Working here is a waste of precious life."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Tester in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Software Tester in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good healthcare, onsite recreational facilities, flexible work hours, low stress, good vacation, holiday schedule, good brand image of the company in the market.

    Cons

    Slow paced work environment.

    Lack of mentoring by managers.

    Excessive nepotism among management.

    Upper management has no clue how to drag the company into the 21st century or how to prepare for upcoming challenges in the industry.

    Job security is a double edged sword: people are too complacent: for a company owned by a Republican that prides on selling software which improves customers' efficiency, they themselves operate as a socialist utopia. Average employee age is 45+ and it really shows in the day to day operations. I personally know people that don't do ANYTHING. Some don't even show up for work for days on end. All it takes is an incompetent manager who will just look the other way.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the people who don't do any work.

    Look at how individual products could adapt to upcoming challenges rather than ask everyone to conform to the requirements of your top selling products. Everything can't be packaged in the same mold.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Worst management ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great talented people in the trenches who LOVE the company! Many want to do amazing work but are being held back by ineffective management

    Cons

    Politics are petty and ridiculous as VPs jockey for favor from Dr Goodnight which massively impacts average employees. Micro management is the worst I've ever seen. Herding turtles regarding the employees who have been here 25+ yrs and there are a lot of them. Pay is below average. 35 hour work week is a myth, not that there isn't the opportunity for it, just that management says they need everyone in the office and available for 40+ hrs per week. Flexible work arrangements are a myth. Summary: be at the office so everyone can talk to you if they *might* need to. Regardless of technology being able to provide that bridge. And the veterans are not fans of newbies who want to do rock star work.

    Advice to Management

    The myth of SAS wont last much longer. When the veil is publicly lifted, be ready for competition to take your top talent and thrive.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Unusual place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance is good to some extent.

    Cons

    Federal leadership is very passive aggressive and does not understand how conduct business with the Federal Government. Organization marginalizes account executives.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like you would want to be treated.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible comp plan for sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Better than average health benefits (sales comp is well below industry standard).

    Cons

    Many employees started in sales than move to an operations position. Very telling to how SAS treats sales professionals. Lots of administration in this company which makes simple tasks more complex with lots of unnecessary checks and balances. I would guess triple the administrative staff of most companies a similar size.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your customers. If it takes too long to respond to customer needs and requests, it's likely there are too many administrative obstacles and unnecessary processes.



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