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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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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. Helpful (5)

    "Remote Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Great perks at Corporate Headquarters

    Cons

    - No respect for Sales People -
    - SAS is an Engineering Company
    - lowest pay in industry
    - Ethics is not culture
    - disrespect CEO by DirectReports
    -Remote offices < Headquarters
    -Worklife Balance<Headquarters

    Advice to Management

    - Value your people
    - Treat remote orgs well
    - Respect Millenials to Baby Boomers
    - Learn High Performance
    - Respect Loyalty
    - Take care of people
    - learn Respect of employees
    - listen don't dictate
    -Give Worklife balance to remote


  2. Helpful (16)

    "The most political, petty place on earth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    If you know enough people, you can completely ignore your job, skip meetings, spend 3 hours a day at the gym, without any consequences whatsoever! You can sleep in meetings, open your eyes only long enough to say something political and nasty to slap down a colleague, before drifting off peacefully again.

    Cons

    The culture is the most political, nasty and petty you will ever encounter in your life. Most people here are NC State graduates who never acquired skills (you are at a vast disadvantage if you have a degree from a different university), are riding the gravy train, and rely on politics and back-stabbing to get ahead, even in the most technical fields. Your skills and dedication are irrelevant, and your soul will die a little each day you are here.

    Advice to Management

    Management is complicit in the problem, so there is no advice they will take. From top to bottom, this company's corporate culture is one of negativity, backstabbing and closed-mindedness.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Senior Development Tester"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice offices, great food in the various cafes, pretty campus.

    Cons

    Your immediate manager has complete control over your career. All the documentation in the world to dispute a situation doesn't matter to HR. HR is only there for the company's benefit, not the employee's.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting so much emphasis on paperwork and filling out useless forms and more emphasis on how people are actually working together and communicating.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Utopian... if you are OK not getting paid or if you are OK having account coverage and commission (Sales Credit) decisions being made based on who sleeps with whom in Cary... or maybe that was just the impression I got from many pieces of information.

    Cons

    Compensation. Head winds on commissions and internal Sales Credit policies limit earnings.

    I wish I had seen the Glassdoor post "Enterprise sellers - run from this company" before I joined.

    Pre-sales resources extremely reluctant to travel; emperor's new clothes.

    I cannot recall another company where Inside Sales holds the trump card.

    Advice to Management

    Don't crap where you eat, or at least don't penalize your field sellers market opportunity as a biproduct.


  5. Helpful (14)

    "Clean out dead weight! Start w/ the EDU Practice"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Free M&M's... if you consider that a pro! Great place to work because you really don't have to. Very nice gym and subsidized meals.

    Cons

    I worked as an intern in 08 and had a great experience only to return in 2014 to realize how negatively the place has changed. The place runs rampid with nepotism and career paths are inhibited by VP's, Senior Directors and Managers that have been there for decades. The Education Practice is joke and is losing ground to Microsoft's R analytical platform. Pay is less than industry competition and if you want upward mobility, plan on working there for a few decades with little to no encouragement.

    Advice to Management

    Clean out the dead weight starting with the education practice who is losing Dr. G millions due to a lack of strategy supporting SAS University Edition and stop promoting people because they know somebody in your good 'ole boys club. Get a better grip on who the real talent is!!!


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Too much politics and nepotism, not much work getting done."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall work-life balance is good.
    Main HQ campus is great.
    Cafeteria and gym is good.
    Broad vision of the executive leadership is in the right spirit.

    Cons

    People who joined 2-3 decades ago haven't left yet (and not because they are worth keeping around necessarily). Nepotism and incompetence is rampant in certain departments within R&D. People are hired/ promoted/ given opportunities based on who they know rather than what they can do. The executive leadership is trying to do the right thing but immediately below them is a thick layer of VPs, senior directors, directors , managers (people who spend most days reminiscing about the "good old days" of SAS) who run their departments as personal fiefdoms and suppress/ turn a blind eye to any wrongdoings or mistreatment carried out by their favorite employees. Any action taken is too late and only to save their own skin. HR is too slow to react to incidents of workplace misconduct.

    There is no career path for young employees.

    Advice to Management

    Nepotism is so pervasive in a certain core advanced analytics R&D division that only the CTO can step in and change things.

    Turn R&D into a transparent meritocracy.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Stay away if you care about your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - R&amp;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.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Sales Rep"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Foundation in advanced analytics. If working on campus, industry reputation holds as top place to work. If not on campus, what is marketed and verbalized doesn't hold true.

    Cons

    If enterprise sales rep, RUN AWAY from this company!! Sales is not respected. Lack of integrity on teams. Not professional environment and won't be compensated. Just as political as mega-vendors that will pay you well.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "The good days are behind SAS!"

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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Unethical management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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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