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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated April 21, 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 (9)

    "You'll be fired for no reason"

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


  2. Helpful (6)

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

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


  3. "SAS year round intern"

    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Intensive program, learn lots of hands-on experience.

    Cons

    Big company, do not have much chance to interact other people.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "excellent benefits but possible dead-end job"

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company Overall; Salary's not competitive"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company! Great employees, interesting business problems, good management, project management. Work distribution can be heavy at times, but by and large is manageable. Couldn't imagine working anywhere else.

    Cons

    Salary not quite at level of comparable companies for equal experience level. Took longer to move up in company than would have liked.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

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


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nicely groomed campus, access to onsite services, cheap food in the cafe's.

    Cons

    Less than competitive pay, zero room to move in the organization and unevenly distributed work loads. Out dated sales tools!

    Advice to Management

    Clear-out dead weight collecting paychecks waiting for retirement, stop being a great place to work because people don't have to!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Hard to move up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice people, cafeteria, gym, and health care center. The campus is beautiful and very nice to drive through.

    Cons

    It's very hard to move up due to people never wanting to leave the company. They also do not pay well or very competitive to the job market due to the benefits and all the people who want to work there so bad. They get away with offering a lower salary because "everyone wants to work there". Don't fall for it.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to new ideas and don't think that people will take anything money wise just because it's SAS.


  10. "good for work life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Tester in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Development Tester in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. supportive environment and nice colleagues
    2. good on-campus facilities (childcare, gym, cafeteria)
    3. good for work-life-family balance

    Cons

    opposite of start-up culture, can be a bit slow-paced

    Advice to Management

    management is overall good in my team


  11. "Great Place to work"

    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

    I worked at SAS Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really care about the individual, lots of opportunities to try different, interesting work, lots of room to grow, great people, cool intern events

    Cons

    Not based out of a huge city but there are offices all over the world so it balances it out

    Advice to Management

    None


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