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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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  • If you're in an oncall rotation your work/life balance will suffer (in 13 reviews)

  • little room for technical advancement outside r&d (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Risk and Finance Architect"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Architect in Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Architect in Bellingham, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great company to work for, very innovative...and provides employees what they need to be successful. Always putting customer interest and employees first

    Cons

    Can be internally focused at times

    Advice to Management

    Continue expansion into the Vyia world...


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to catch your breath"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment; great people; beautiful campus

    Cons

    Hard to make a lot of money as a sales person; Not a sales driven company

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Really is a great place to work, but..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Possible to work on the most advanced projects in the world.
    Mostly extremely smart, very nice people.
    Work with people from all over the world.
    Great work/life balance

    Cons

    As usual, your day to day life really depends on your manager, and they don't require management training. Results can be spotty.
    As a developer, you pretty much have to program in C or Java.

    Advice to Management

    Require continual management training. Require first time managers to attend a sequence of courses in how to effectively manage people.

    Be more open to new software development methodologies.


  4. "Good company but going through some changes"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great medical, dental and vision. Offer gym and daycare coverage. 401k benefits are great too.

    Cons

    Pay is good but not very competitive with other tech companies. Going through some management changes this year


  5. Helpful (6)

    "The dark side of SAS"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Private offices and a beautiful aesthetically pleasing campus.

    Cons

    There are two worlds at SAS. The dark world of SSOD (SAS Solution on Demand) and the rest of SAS. SSOD division has no work/life balance unlike whats mentioned about SAS all over the media. Your work bleeds into your nights, weekends, holidays and even your sleeping hours. They basically feel like they own your life and you are at their beck and call. SSOD is a high stress, fire fighting environment and a terrible place for a decent family life. They expect work to come before family and personal life. The rest of SAS (I hear, because I have never experienced it) is supposed to have a wonderful work/life balance like so many other reviews say. But for those of you considering SSOD, beware!


  6. Helpful (6)

    "It's just OK"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, great co-workers, tons of resources, benefits are good (I wouldn't say they are great)

    Cons

    Every organization has its warts and SAS is no exception. I feel SAS's heyday was 10-20 years ago. Very little movement in new sales solutions to customers. Most people make their number by compliance or contract renegotiations. To even get resources for sales opportunities now, AEs must fill out a mound of paperwork. Mgmt is trying to get a better hold of the sales process BECAUSE of the lack of new sales and dwindling renewals.

    Advice to Management

    The world is changing. Customers want to acquire technology in a different way than they did decades ago. The revenue model must change to stay competitive.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good company for work life balance.

    Cons

    Too many middle management problems.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Great please to who?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SAS Analyst in Brazil, IN
    Former Employee - SAS Analyst in Brazil, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is very good for moms and dads
    Good benefit - nothing extraordinary, but good ones

    Cons

    Bad for young talented people, no opportunities - horizontal or vertical.
    Lots of baby boomers, does not value young, talented and beloved people. That's too bad, young managers just leave the companye because of the lack of opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know you people, your subsidiaries, know your staff talents and give them opportunity!


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Senior Development Tester"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice offices, great food in the various cafes, pretty campus.

    Cons

    Your immediate manager has complete control over your career. All the documentation in the world to dispute a situation doesn't matter to HR. HR is only there for the company's benefit, not the employee's.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting so much emphasis on paperwork and filling out useless forms and more emphasis on how people are actually working together and communicating.


  10. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company with benefits and a work/life balance.

    Cons

    Would like to see more coworkers from the millennial generation hired at SAS.


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