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11 March 2019

Pros

* Work/life balance. * If you are hired in with a competitive pay, then they offer competitive pay. * Everyone is nice! * I feel valued and respected as an employee with money/title aside.

Cons

* I don't feel valued and respected as an employee with money/title included. * Micro-promotions appear to be utilized to help limit growth of over-performers due to title inflation of already promoted under-performers. It's one thing to inflate one's importance and value wanting a promotion, it's another to see it rampant across multiple orgs. * You must threaten to leave or leave then return to increase salary to market standards. Even with multiple promotions, cost of living out-paces promotion salary increases. I've been told "it sounds just like when I worked there many years ago." * Lower bar on competency resulting in drowning out the all-stars. Unfortunately that results in all-stars leaving or losing passion/drive.

Advice to Management

Employees learn that most will flatline their career growth the second they accept the offer. This is regardless of performance. It's not something that is disguised. Even with micro-promotions, employees quickly become undervalued in contrast to the market standards. Quitting or threatening to quit with a written offer shouldn't be the means to re-evaluate compensation. Instead that only reduces employee loyalty. Why try if there's no appreciation or value for going above and beyond?

Even with multiple promotions, cost of living out

11 March 2019

Reviewed by: Product Manager in Bellevue, WA (Current Employee)

10 September 2018

Pros

Within SAP, there are huge differences between the business groups (on-premise, Concur, Ariba, Fieldglass) when it comes to working atmosphere, tasks and culture but all business groups do follow the same HR and finance structure. This is from SAP Fieldglass perspective: - Lots of responsibility - Complete free on how to complete the tasks - Management is always open to listen - Management is easy to approach - Very informal way of communication - Diverse colleagues, no discrimination - Focused on end-customer - Flexible when taking holidays and working from home - Good base salary and generous benefits like pension, health insurance, etc.

Cons

- Internal promotion is capped to 10% salary increase despite external hires receiving a higher offer - Not transparent about profit and added value by business groups, teams and individuals - Every team has their own rules - Lots of misunderstanding between different business groups on how to work - Development of the application is very US focused - Higher management is predominantly US employees and teams - Employees that do not function well and not coached or reassigned to roles that do fit them

Advice to Management

Please continue the focus on diverse teams, management and acceptance of each individual how to work and behave. Some excellent steps have been made but this needs to continue even further. Please revisit your policies on promotions and salary increases. Although the base salary is more than good, it does not encourage internal candidates to know that external candidates will receive a higher offer. Please make a clear statement on what the future of SAP should be. That means is it really going to focus on just cloud and will also adopt the ways of working as the acquired cloud groups work or do you want to transform the cloud business groups to adopt the consultancy style of SAP? Either can be successful but now it is stuck in the middle with the both worlds clashing.

Internal promotion is capped to 10% salary increase despite external hires receiving a higher offer

10 September 2018

Reviewed by: Senior Integration Consultant in London, England (Current Employee)

22 August 2018

Pros

Good work life balance, not crazy long hours No job pressure or strict project deadlines Free lunch Beautiful campus with lots of parking and charging stations for EVs Smart engineers Fun work environment Opportunities to grow skillset like Hackathons, etc

Cons

Average salary by Silicon Valley standards Promotions are slow Not much insight into other projects/SAP goals and directions Immigration process is slow and terrible Frequent reorgs affecting overall functioning of teams

Advice to Management

Need more structured and concrete directions for projects so that engineers are motivated to put their best efforts Should hire more young talent and encourage them to rise by giving more challenging work, giving promotions and hikes, matching compensation to other Silicon Valley based big tech companies

Promotions are slow

22 August 2018

Reviewed by: Software Development Engineer in Palo Alto, CA (Current Employee)

31 May 2020

Pros

Free food & gym, working from home option and average salary and that's about it.

Cons

Zero promotions, no matter how hard you work.. Unprofessional managers. People kept hiring their friend, buddies and relatives. If you have no experience of the job you will become manager and that the criteria of becoming manager at SAP. You only get promotion or change to different job only if you know someone higher. Internal recruiters staff is rubbish, they don't even let you know about the interview outcome, they simply ignore you. Top level management changes every other year, re-org is every year in February (just like Xmas comes every year), manager changes every 2 years, unstable org. Good company if you are planning to stay for 5 years or less, get SAP brand on your CV and look for another role outside. If you are lucky to have a good manager than stay, but the problem is your manager move to new role..

Advice to Management

Its too big for you guys to handle, let go most of the non essential teams and their SVP's, you don't need 1000+ people in ops for each solution and then another 1000's in industry and so on. Stop renaming the teams and solutions, it won't make no difference when people behind it are the same. Make solutions less complicated for customers, cut down on solutions.

Zero promotions, no matter how hard you work..

31 May 2020

Reviewed by: Finance Director in London, England (Current Employee)

9 November 2018

Pros

There is lot of learning opportunities

Cons

Slow promotions, large heiierachial strcuture

Slow promotions, large heiierachial strcuture

9 November 2018

Reviewed by: Anonymous in United Arab Emirates (Anonymous Employee)

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