SAS UK Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2019

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SAS UK Chief Executive Officer Jim Goodnight
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Pros
  • "Excellent subsidised on-site restaurant in Marlow as well as beautiful grounds(in 4 reviews)

  • "Subsidised canteen with great food(in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "senior management(in 4 reviews)

  • "Senior leadership team and sales management is very strong thus making it a great place to be(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (13)

    "Honest View From The Inside…"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS UK full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Upstanding Corporate values (Authenticity, Accountability, Passion, Curiosity) Regardless of what people may think, SAS UK remunerate very very well, possibly too much given the value obtained Work hard, Demonstrate right behaviors and you'll be rewarded - it's as simple as that If this doesn't work for you, suggest you find a better paid job elsewhere...but be willing to make concessions re: other qualitative aspects of your working life The grass is greener - whilst not perfect, better than most if not all other companies (it's the small, influential individuals that ruin it for the majority) A welcoming, friendly place to work where people will say hello in the corridor and hold doors open for you - sometimes it's the small things Fantastic grounds - maintained immaculately by a hardworking Estate team Great catering options in a subsidized restaurant Current Sales VP is of critical importance to the success of the organisation - genuine, approachable, transparent and trustworthy = helping to keep everyone motivated

    Cons

    Lack of diversity... If you're a Caucasian you're good - otherwise you're making up numbers Push to increase employment of women (at risk of positive discrimination) - this is a Tech Sales company in an inherently male dominated industry - fact No doubt, next push will be to target other minority groups - LGBT community, Wheelchair Users, etc. spending disproportionate budget on gender neutral toilets, ramps... Also helps to be middle aged Specific shortcomings: SALES - purely focused on themselves at all times, do not act selflessly or have any intention of integrating with wider business - added to which, lack of role model behaviors HR - Who are HR ? - Hardly ever there in body (flagrant stretch of working from home policy) let alone mind even if they are present - Incompetent at best but KPI's will tell you otherwise. Staffed by part timers that ensure they have each other’s back at all times - Smiling assassins Save yourself the time and Google the answer to your question MARKETING - Happy Clappy prima facie, where everyone seems to be a manager...but Business Ops hardly ever in office (vacation / work / sick / vacation / work / sick...repeat) IT - Generally, Male, Sweaty and Full of themselves - switch off and back on again and save yourself the trauma of engaging p.s. curtain haircuts went out of fashion with the Spice Girls CORP SERVICES - People that do the work are Outstanding. However, People Managers are APPALLING - known bullies with track records that Senior management continues to fail to act upon PSD - Great work ethic - but a lot of effort for very little contribution to bottom line. Also, PSD Ops is a closed shop run with aggressive management, Eurythmics 1908's - just nod your head, agree and move on if you want a quiet life FINANCE - Grey with a sprinkling of personality. Beware Mean Girls that congregate in corridors to gossip /moan about the most inane things LEGAL - Lovely, Lovely, Lovely but dominated ISG - Gimme, Gimme, Gimme "They've got it, so we want it as well" MEMEX - You're not Memex anymore - act like One SAS All the benefits of being a private company lead to poor embedded behaviors - akin to spoilt children (e.g. Sense of entitlement, Resistance to change - "This is how I've always done things", "I know what I'm doing - I've been here 20+ years" ) Being privately held aside, business is run like a charity instead of focusing on bottom line - Yes look after your employees and be paternalistic but priority surely must be on bottom line. Critical headcount requests are rejected but management will happily sign off on a five figure Xmas party only attended by the smallest element of the business / a totally unnecessary annual fireworks event / Summer party... ? Too much deadwood in the organisation - adding little to no value, at inflated salaries, living off of former glories, aided by reluctance to performance manage due to effort and difficult discussions required Don't fall out with influential people - sometimes (read most times) better to keep your head down, your nose clean and stay out of any politics - problem is, politics will some how find you and get you involved Too slow to react to change in the industry and conclude projects / implement systems (every project takes four times as long to implement, at twice the cost) - demotivating for talented, ambitious employees who are usually at no fault and failed by management indecision

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  2. "Great company to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Marlow, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS UK full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great culture, opportunity to create your own role

    Cons

    Growth slowing, heightened competitive market place


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Emotionally harmful place to work"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAS UK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Subsidised canteen with great food Nice campus in Marlow Generous pension and benefits

    Cons

    Not a global company despite claims to being one. For example, you will struggle to ever take advantage of an opportunity abroad. SAS doesn't know how to help you if you want to work abroad with the company because they are not a progressive employer. CEO, Jim Goodnight, should have retired a decade ago. Every one of his actions harms the company. For example, he tried to fire the entire sales organisation because he thought Engineers could do a salesperson's job. Ultimately for young and enthusiastic professionals, seeing the CEO on stage will not fill you with confidence about the company's prospect. This point on the CEO is not intended to take away any of his achievements back in his hay days, which are highly notable, but one of the greatest skills is knowing when to pass on the torch. Jim will never do that....ever. R&D is going in the wrong direction. Not embracing open source, which is resulting in products coming out R&D that businesses simply do not want. Most of SAS UK's customers are either reducing or simply maintaining their SAS environments and there are close to zero net-new name clients being brought in. SAS UK HR is the only HR organisation that made me feel alone. What I mean by this is HR at SAS UK will never side with you, they will rarely ever meet with you, they will only as some of the reviews on this page have accurately explained communicate with you via email. Should you ask for a meeting face to face or a phone call they will say that they do not deal with employees and only work on strategic matters with mid to senior management. You are made to feel a complete absence of trust. SAS is certainly not the place to start your career or to join as an experienced professional. Reason being is SAS UK is highly disorganised due to a poorly put together leadership team that distances themselves at every opportunity from the clear performance bottlenecks that hold the business back from competing on not just the predictive analytics front but even as a great place to work. The company keeps going on about millenials and you'll have senior leaders sending you silly videos of Simon Sinek suggesting you have no idea who you are.... The company is currently being sued on multiple fronts by employees who were fired for calling the problems out that exist and suggesting solutions to solving them.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "SAS"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in Marlow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS UK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Been at company for years and none spring to mind

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  5. "Great place to work, limited work options"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Analytical Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS UK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great facilities and great technical knowledge. Best training resources on the market. Working from home and flexible hours are really helpful.

    Cons

    Working mostly with really big customers, limited options in terms of what you work and very little time to actually learn.

  6. Helpful (9)

    "Far from actually being a Great Place to Work in the UK - Current & future employees beware"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAS UK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are some very friendly, loyal & knowledgeable employees Excellent subsidised on-site restaurant in Marlow as well as beautiful grounds Generous sickness absence policy (8 weeks full pay then 75% pay for up to 26 weeks)

    Cons

    The company has changed over the past few years & is not the same place as it used to be. Since the company globalised 2 years ago the UK business is now highly controlled by the US meaning UK employees have little to no say about changes & act simply as puppets doing what they are told with very little ability to influence & change. SAS talks the talk but does not walk the walk. The company puts up a very good front of being a Great Place to work to impress people & attract talent but in reality this is not a great place to work. An example of this is the Bullying & Harassment policy that whilst written & communicated is often ignored by HR allowing serious bullying to happen across the business without any recourse or action against the bully’s. This is a common theme in reviews about SAS UK & is sadly very true. Employee turnover is increasing & has worsened in 2018 specifically in the Sales & Finance department. Finance in particular has seen 30% of its employees leave in 2018 due to the behaviours & actions of senior management who have failed many within the team. Finance is far from being a well established team. Job security is an issue with the company who hire & fire at will particularly around the 2 year mark of employment thus preventing employees obtaining full employment rights. If you want job security this is not the place for you! Headcount issues are common with frequent headcount freezes. Employees who leave are often not replaced meaning work is rolled up or down putting undue pressure on existing employees. Settlement agreements are common practice across the business although this will be denied by HR! They are often used to buy their way out of failings made by management that they want to hide. Support & respect for middle management across the business is scarce meaning often those managers fail through no fault of their own. Middle managers simply act as messengers of decisions they have had no involvement or say in no matter how hard they try & fight. HR in the business are the biggest let down. They are rarely visible & avoid face to face contact with employees with the preferred means of communication being email. If you need or want to talk to them then good luck as they will mostly be at home taking the occasional working from home policy to extremes!

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS UK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A talented bunch of people who are great to work with. Excellent work-life balances and place where people are treated with respect and empowered to do their best work.

    Cons

    Sometimes a little slow to react to changes

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Employment at SAS Marlow"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Marlow, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAS UK full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Environment, perks and onsite restaurant

    Cons

    No Cloud based Offerings, becoming outdated software company, needs to modernize it's technology

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, learning how to grow into a bigger organisation; great new executive team with passion"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS UK full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People are great, environment is great,

    Cons

    As the company grows it is experiencing the usual pains of communication and so on; my feeling is these are being addressed

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  10. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at SAS UK part-time

    Pros

    They take good care of employees

    Cons

    Processes take a long time

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