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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated May 8, 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 (1)

    "Technical Support Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Supportive colleague

    Cons

    Low paid, no career growth, unfulfilling work
    60% more salary for similar work in bay area


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good work environment but benefits are no longer competative"

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    Current Employee - Systems Technical Support Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Systems Technical Support Engineer in Cary, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to excellent child care plus some subsidies to cover the cost
    Beautiful main campus with gorgeous landscaping and art
    Great, inexpensive food available in main campus cafeterias

    Cons

    Benefits are mediocre at best, which is disappointing as the company is known for their great benefits
    Salary ranges are not very competitive unless you work directly in a software development role


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Technical Support Analayst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Analyst in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Analyst in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice gym available on campus (if you have time to use it)
    Nice cafes available on campus
    Good benefits but getting worse yearly

    Cons

    Poor pay
    Poor differentiation between employees
    No career path or path to advancement
    Stagnation, often trapped in a job with no options internally

    Advice to Management

    Bring back yearly reviews. Get rid of the dead weight. Reward the performers.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great employee benefits but falling behind technologically"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Data Scientist in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Data Scientist in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    Slow, technologically falling behind, lacking clear-cut vision


  6. Helpful (4)

    "SAS"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits and very talented and smart employees

    Cons

    "Tenured teacher syndrome" seems to be a common thing at SAS

    Advice to Management

    Some folks that have worked there for a long time have mastered the organizational politics & this essentially becomes their contribution. Give newer people a real chance to succeed before assessing their value.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "You'll be fired for no reason"

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

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

    Pros

    The cafeterias are wonderful and Jim Goodnight is a saint. If you like working out, the gyms always have a spot available.

    Cons

    Since this is a North Carolina company, you can be fired for no reason, as I was. Human Resources said I wasn't learning the software fast enough, but I had been there for 13 years and had written several books on SAS/STAT, SAS/QC, SAS/ETS, SAS/IML, and others.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employees informed. And have a heart, for goodness sakes. People give their all for you; you should do the same for them.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Slow-mo tech company"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Marketing in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    incredibly stable, work-life balance, low job performance pressure

    Cons

    lacks the excitement of high-tech, missing the available market revenue growth, incredibly political, career growth limited/capped due to organizational inertia

    Advice to Management

    act like a high-tech management team, trade some current profit margin for investment in growth for the future, understand that agreement/harmony <> leadership/value


  9. Helpful (6)

    "great company, my manager...not so much"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 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

    great perqs
    generous at the corporate level

    Cons

    old technology. some REALLY bad managers.
    salaries below industry
    some perqs (like onsite child care) determined by seniority

    Advice to Management

    value your employees, not because you are required to, but because you want to. if you don't want to perhaps you should not be in management.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "excellent benefits but possible dead-end job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance and benefit packages are excellent

    Cons

    R, a free statistical software, has been overwhelming SAS and there seems no future there. Jobs skills that one would obtain in SAS are very specific only to SAS and useless in other company, so you would have nowhere else to go if you would get laid-off.

    Advice to Management

    You guys would really need a vision to get through this.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people and products. Excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    Software and processes are not as current or agile as competitors. Emphasis should be on providing a total software and services solution. Culture, promotion and many benefits are focused on the headquarters staff.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace changing technology and process improvements.


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