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Updated January 18, 2018
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SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight
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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)

    "Could be better"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. 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.

  3. 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.


  4. 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


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Perception isn't reality"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, on-campus everything is convenient, work-life balance is a real thing, people stick around for a long time.

    Cons

    Leadership is not positioning the company to remain competitive in the analytics market, benefits are being reduced every year, "lifers" do not care to put customers first and can negatively impact sales, good old boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Listen with an open mind to what customers are saying they want, and what the market is doing. Get the organization on board before it's too late and you're too far behind.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Lovely, tight-knit, family-oriented culture. Unfortunately, HR is a nightmare."

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Cary, NC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Cary, NC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute as an intern

    Pros

    SAS offers a lot of opportunity for growth for its interns. Most interns get really cool projects, and there's a huge variation between them all. Great work-life balance. The family-oriented culture is one of a kind, thanks to the extremely low turnover rate (no one ever leaves SAS) and the ideals of a group of older, aging southern folk. The intern program had some cool events.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, corporate processes can be clunky. HR treats you like a number in a formula and doesn't have your best interest in mind.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your HR practices. If HR is a nightmare starting from the offer, you'll lose top young talent for good.


  7. Helpful (18)

    "Benefits decreased by up to $10,000 this year"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fuquay-Varina, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fuquay-Varina, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Honestly the food is the best benefit of all. It is top notch and delicious. Architecture and new buildings are beautiful. Colleagues are smart.

    Cons

    This WAS a great place to work. Unfortunately, they've decided to increase healthcare costs and allow employees to shoulder higher out-of-pocket costs. In addition, the retirement plan took a drastic hit. While HR would like you to "think" that increasing employer contributions to 6% is a great deal for employees, this is actually standard for a company of this size. Oh, and they took away the end of year employer retirement contribution - the best benefit of all (this is literally a $10k decrease in benefits for many people). But did you hear they added a few measly weeks onto maternity leave, making it more in line with other companies? I'm not sure how SAS was the best place to work in years prior, but I think they are barely squeaking by now as a "regular" company.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out if you want to keep young employees because these "perks" you keep talking about are standard issue at this point for many companies. Increase bonuses or merit increases to be more in line with rising costs in the Triangle

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Once competitive, but no longer so."

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    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Great co-workers
    On-site gym and healthcare
    Most employees have their own office
    Onsite cafes
    Parental leave
    Some managers get it. If you have a good one, you’ll be happy and likely stay.

    Cons

    Legacy employees who need to retire or leave but Goodnight won’t layoff because of his pride of “years of successful growth without layoffs”.
    Low Salary
    HR’s rules don’t apply to HR
    No profit sharing (Used to be double digits, but it’s gone in 2018 - trying to remain competitive!)
    Top-heavy management
    Disjointed/lack of vision and focus - always playing catch-up to competitors, not building what customers want with regards to cloud.
    Low sales numbers = low morale
    Lack of work flexibility options - Goodnight built this so he wants people to come to work.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest. Be good to your employees. Let them know they are valued and give them growth opportunities. Demand concrete vision from department heads and how you can succeed. The company is way behind our competitors in many ways and there is too much politics in the way for someone to swoop in and save the company because everyone has to have a say.


  9. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Alls great keep up the good work

    Advice to Management

    Alls great, more benefits please.


  10. "SVP"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent as is the work-life balance.

    Cons

    No equity. Benefits shrinking each year.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course with some minor changes that will benefit the overall employee compensation package.


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