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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated May 22, 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 (6)

    "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. "Good Place to Be a Statistician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Statistician in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Research Statistician in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people in the field work here. There is a lot of deep knowledge about statistical computation if you know who to ask and how to work with them. It's a great place to learn.

    Cons

    Company has been around for a while. Management styles and policies that worked well when it was small and times were different aren't working now.

    Advice to Management

    Your best technical people are not necessarily your best managers. Find a path where good technical people have a non-management path for advancement and good managers who aren't technical geniuses can help you run the company.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Good work environment but benefits are no longer competative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Technical Support Analayst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great employee benefits but falling behind technologically"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "Great environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, work/life balance. Freedom to do your job.

    Cons

    Decisions take long time to be implemented


  8. "Best Company to Work For!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, benefits, and training. I have never worked at a better place and with such caring, supportive people.

    Cons

    Too many choices for lunch in the cafeterias.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to start a career at young age"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    Fun to work for the leader in analytics

    Cons

    Not a place for the mid-career as the growth potential is slower than expected.


  10. "Great place to work and grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, culture fosters learning and growth, and strong support resources

    Cons

    Growth opportunities appears to be limited to headquarter based employees


  11. "Ok place to intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Intern in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great campus and benefits and some great people to work with.

    Cons

    Not much turnover for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    It's important to explain how and what to do for interns so that they can learn.


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