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What is working from home like at SAP?

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3 January 2021

Pros

Good pay Flexible work from home shortly after starting

Cons

Maybe a little too politically correct

Advice to Management

Don't be so afraid of hurting someones feelings. I had to do Teams meetings everyday and found it very annoying that my coworker was always coddled because she had a young child. Thats fine but hearing a child crying on holding them up for everyone to see during meetings to me is unprofessional. They hired me site unseen and I didn't have a lot of experience with excel and I always felt I was put down because of that. Needless to say they kept the younger mother and ended my contract. Oh also she knew someone that worked there.

Good pay Flexible work from home shortly after starting

3 January 2021

Reviewed by: Data Specialist in San Ramon, CA (Former Contractor)

5 August 2020

Pros

Flexible work schedule and work from home options (even prior to C-19) Socially responsible and employee-centric priorities

Cons

Slow to change; overarching manage upward rather than empowering down

Advice to Management

Look outside the normal sphere of influencers and management to get true picture of state-of-the-company.

Flexible work schedule and work from home options (even prior to C

5 August 2020

Reviewed by: Client Delivery Manager in Philadelphia, PA (Current Employee)

23 August 2018

Pros

SAP provides good pay grades for some positions (esp. in Sales and Presales, esp. for millennials), and is a solid, stable employer for development positions. SAP as a global organization has great values. It's good to work for an organization that recognizes that purpose is a strong motivator and that it has an important role to play in the overall social fabric, not just making money. Flexible hours and the possibility of working from home are a great perk. The SAP Canada organization organizes some interesting employee-centered events, largely due to the dynamism and initiative of local employees.

Cons

I really don't understand why SAP Canada is rated so high, unless this is driven by an internal PR campaign. Ratings were very bad around 2016, then it looks like someone figured out they had to improve their Glassdoor position and started asking interns, new employees and managers to review positively. SAP is an IT company and despite lip service paid to embracing gender diversity and making room for women in management, it remains a profoundly misogynistic company, and what is more, it doesn't realize it is or if it does, is painfully slow to do anything about it. The talk is all up, up, up, SAP is great, oh look at all the great women leaders we have, but if you talk to other women in non-management positions, the dirty secret is that women feel their opinions and contributions are not only unrecognized but devalued and disregarded again and again. Some women in management are put on a pedestal and revered, and held up as the proof that SAP is a great place to work for women, but this is simply not the case. Unless you’re part of the boys club, come from the outside with impressive credentials or are simply a ruthless corporate climber, you will get nowhere with this company. This is a hugely political organisation. Don’t expect to get anywhere unless you’re already a manager or very well-connected. There are many stories of employees who do next to nothing but are protected by their connections. It’s not unusual for upper managers to take the credit for lower-rung employees’ inputs and going to HR is worse than pointless. Their job is to support management. Any claim you bring the them will be ignored until the problem is so huge that they can’t ignore it anymore, or unless they’re looking for an excuse to get rid of the person complained about. Huge egos are rampant. In fact, it’s next to impossible to advance unless you possess one. The global SAP organization has some wonderful stated values, but in actuality, few people in management actually follow them. The effort to "Build bridges, not silos" is only recognized when management does it, "Tell it like it is" is a wonderful philosophy but in actually, people are afraid to speak out because, as stated, SAP is a highly political organisation and their careers will be compromised if they really do say what they think (esp. if you're a woman). "Stay curious" is great advice but is hard to follow when you're working 50-60 hours a week and there's no money or time for offsite training. Yes, the company has flexible hours and you can work from home, but in many roles, this is the only possible way to get the job done and raise kids at the same time, because every job in the Sales organisation is extremely demanding and cannot be accomplished without working in the evenings and weekends. (It seems very different for development roles). Unless you're very technical, have an MBA and/or are willing to relocate to the company's larger business centers (Toronto, Philadelphia, Palo Alto, NYC), there's really very few opportunities for promotion. Bottom line, if you want a career in sales, willing to set your personal life aside to pursue it, are in extremely good health and are able and willing to belong to a boys club, this is a good place for you. If you want a routine job with decent pay, are willing to put up with insane amounts of stress, and are not terribly ambitious, this is a good place for you. If you're a young worker eager to get some workplace experience, this is a good place for you to start. If you're a mid-level career woman (or man) looking for a good, respectful place to do a your job, and even make your mark, the options for you are extremely limited. This place will leave scars on your family and your psyche for years to come, and may even damage your health.

Advice to Management

- Hold gender-awareness training for mid-level managers, where the worst offenders are situated. - Listen to mid-level women employees. They don't have the braggadocio of top sales leaders and therefore go unrecognized, but they are your greatest pillars of support. - Recognize also that, while appointing women in positions of leadership is a logical starting point, it is not enough. Often, women who accede to positions of leadership do so because their behavior mimics that of the men around them and do not effectively act as agents of change, but strengthen the status quo. - Make greater efforts to recognize the contributions of mid-level career women in Sales, Presales and especially, sales support functions, who work extremely hard, are not compensated on commission (therefore don't have the same vested interest in closing deals as sales and presales personnel do) and who are 99% of the time disregarded when it comes to recognition.

Yes, the company has flexible hours and you can work from home, but in many roles, this is the only possible way to get the job done and raise kids at the same time, because every job in the Sales organisation is extremely demanding and cannot be accomplished without working in the evenings and weekends.

23 August 2018

Reviewed by: Sales Support in Montreal, QC (Current Employee)

14 January 2021

Pros

Great work culture; allows work from home

Cons

They like to get rid of their older employees

Great work culture; allows work from home

14 January 2021

Reviewed by: Senior Software Developer in Celebration, FL

22 August 2018

Pros

Flexible work schedule, often can work from home, job security. Great place to hide and get away with doing nothing if that is your motivation. Truly devoted to their customers. Great diversified portfolio of products.

Cons

Internal processes: Too big to fail and therefore there is no hurry to do anything, Too bureaucratic and hierarchical. If it doesn't work in Germany, difficult to get HQ to understand the business, cultural and process issues. People stay too long in the company; lifers. Great place to hide and get away with doing nothing if that is your motivation. Employees based in Germany are never fired no matter how ridiculous they are.

Advice to Management

More high level, senior management and their business units should reside in the US. They should keep better track of employee production (outside of engineering and sales) because too many people take advantage and they are not working very hard. I have heard employees actually say they want to work for SAP because they hear that they don't have to work too hard.

Flexible work schedule, often can work from home, job security.

22 August 2018

Reviewed by: Individual Contributor in United States (Current Employee)

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