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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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  • If you're in an oncall rotation your work/life balance will suffer (in 11 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 (4)

    "excellent benefits but possible dead-end job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company Overall; Salary's not competitive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Not a Sales Organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people. As a sales person your time can be spent prospecting - not doing TPR reports. Health insurance is a traditional PPO and very nice if you need the coverage. High deductible plan is not an option.

    Cons

    Simply put Dr. Goodnight does not see value in a sales organization. He believes the software is so great it should sell itself. This attitude is very apparent within the company - sales people are second class. 95% of the deals being completed are renegotiation of existing contracts and catching customers who are out of compliance. 60% of reps do not make their numbers, year over year attainment is nearly unheard of. Turn over within sales is high compared to other large companies.

    If you are not in the Cary, NC office then you are a wicked step-child and will never be accepted.

    Benefits for remote employees are lousy. 401K matching does not vest for 5 years. Additional vacation days are not earned for 10 years. You are not eligible for annual bonuses until year 2, vesting rules apply. Comp plans also include a team achievement gate which is largely out of your control. Don't join SAS and expect to make money.

    Advice to Management

    Not enough food to go around the table. Either cut the sales force by 1/3 or reconfigure to aggressively pursue new business. Time for Dr. Goodnight to take a Chairman position and bring in a new CEO from outside the North Carolina ranks.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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!


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company Most of the Time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Excellent physical work environment
    Invests heavily in technology

    Cons

    The Cary, NC HQ is the center of the SAS universe. If you aren't located there, opportunity for advancement is minimized. There is also a lot of nepotism at SAS. Who you know is often more important than what you have achieved when it comes to getting promoted.

    No tuition reimbursement. Employees may take any SAS courses for free, but that's it.

    Pay scale is a bit low compared to competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Give regional employees greater opportunity to advance.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. CEO seems to be invested in the well-being of all employees. While SAS is not as responsive as some startups, the company is always looking for ways to innovate and improve, and does not rest on its laurels. And, they are much more stable than any startup.

    Cons

    As the company has grown, as with most companies, things move more slowly internally.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of reducing retirement benefits, offer attractive incentives for employees close to retirement. This will provide a shot of energy and new ideas to this strong, established company. Let's face it - it is difficult to make the decision to leave such a well-respected company with great benefits. This would be a win-win for those employees and for the health of the company.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good for Old People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Work Life Balance really nice people

    Cons

    If your young it sucks to work at SAS, they don't have a good internship program and the majority of devs are over 40.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Hard to move up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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

    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.


  11. "good for work life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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



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