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SAS Institute Manager Reviews

Updated 20 October 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. "European Pre-Sales Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - JMP European Pre-sales Manager in Marlow, England
    Current Employee - JMP European Pre-sales Manager in Marlow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best job I've had and best company I've worked for. I work with great talented people and management motivate and trust people to work on the right things.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any down sides. Head hunters try to interest me in other jobs and I politely tell them to go away.

    Advice to Management

    Cary on. You do a great job of communicating strategies and provide a productive and fulfilling environment, thank you very much.


  2. "Good but not great"

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    Current Employee - Fraud & Error Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Fraud & Error Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Work Life Culture and modern environments

    Cons

    Some seriously dull people, long hour on projects


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Globalisation is a disaster for the UK business"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Marlow, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Marlow, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exceptional UK leadership, great benefits and overall good experience locally.

    Cons

    Since globalisation came in, things are just deteriorating. Poor and slow decision making coming out of Cary, lack of regard for strong local practice, no real understanding of how to execute change in a professional manner. We have lost some really key talent recently and this looks set to continue. This is a mounting crisis for our business. Damage is being done that will be hard to undo. So sad to see.

    Advice to Management

    Cary leadership, face up to what is happening. It is not going well. You don't have the experience on the team to pull this off. Either bring in some help or give back local autonomy. Get over losing face and care more about losing market share.


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  5. "Great company to work for and highly relevant to its customers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly relevant technology offerings to help customers reach their goals. Lots of interesting and goal orientated people to work with, who on the whole leave their egos outside the office. Everyone gets a chance to share ideas through friendly communication channels.

    Cons

    As with all large companies there are unwanted/outdated practices and lethargy in places. Would like to see the company be more agile and take ideas directly from those employees who have proven insight into the minds of a wide range of customers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the experts below the management structures and have faith to have an integrated approach to moving the business forward for the next 40 years.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "SAS Ireland -"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job security
    Good commission
    Product portfolio is ok

    Cons

    Management are pathetic
    Promoted account executive to Sales Manager who had never hit target
    Retained staff who didn't perform

    Advice to Management

    Show courage and honesty


  7. Helpful (2)

    "UK gone downhill. Global change not manageed well. Great global company"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Marlow, England
    Former Employee - Manager in Marlow, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting solutions, great learning experience, great people, quality environment, global reach, good focus on customers

    Cons

    internal silos and politics, low quality UK leader (2013-present 2015). Organisational change management done poorly. limited vision for future

    Advice to Management

    have the courage to remove under performers. communicate better


  8. "SAS - great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Marlow, England
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Marlow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Marlow campus is a great work environment, lovely surroundings, excellent (and very cheap)restaurant, unlimited tea, coffee, juice on tap, superb recreational facilities including cricket and it's own 3-hole pitch & putt course, pool tables and much more. People are exceptionally friendly and welcoming, there is a genuine and deep-rooted feel good culture about this company, people are very proud to work here and often stay for many years.

    Cons

    None really if you work hard, contribute and are good at your job

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the impressive efforts to enhance and improve what is already a great place to work


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Integrity for sale"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent technology although a bit outdated

    Cons

    Unprofessional and incompetent management
    Staff are frequently shafted
    Culture of bullying
    Complete lack of integrity at senior management level
    No creativity

    Advice to Management

    Take a long look at the repeat offenders and deal with them.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Slowly dying through politics"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Medmenham, England
    Former Employee - Manager in Medmenham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Essentially a great product with a huge amount of potential. There are elements within the company that are trying to drag it into the late 20th (yes, 20th) century.

    Cons

    Where to start?
    Ultimately the company is a fiefdom. Each regional area is then a separate sub-fiefdom. The regional areas do well as long as they realise that their autonomy stretches only as far as babysitting the region for the Global CEO.

    Working in the UK office I have experienced "SAS Culture" at it's highest and lowest. A very political atmosphere where a "nose clean" and "head down" approach cuts more than attempting to drive change. Any change that does make it past immediate management hits the glass ceiling of the US and goes nowhere.

    Where once innovation was encouraged, now people just try to stay out of the sights of predatory management and have done unto them.

    The company refuses to exit adolescence and, as such, will most likely be consumed when Dr Goodnight finally leaves.

    Advice to Management

    Fewer autocrats and more listening


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Benefits decreased by up to $10,000 this year"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fuquay-Varina, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fuquay-Varina, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Honestly the food is the best benefit of all. It is top notch and delicious. Architecture and new buildings are beautiful. Colleagues are smart.

    Cons

    This WAS a great place to work. Unfortunately, they've decided to increase healthcare costs and allow employees to shoulder higher out-of-pocket costs. In addition, the retirement plan took a drastic hit. While HR would like you to "think" that increasing employer contributions to 6% is a great deal for employees, this is actually standard for a company of this size. Oh, and they took away the end of year employer retirement contribution - the best benefit of all (this is literally a $10k decrease in benefits for many people). But did you hear they added a few measly weeks onto maternity leave, making it more in line with other companies? I'm not sure how SAS was the best place to work in years prior, but I think they are barely squeaking by now as a "regular" company.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out if you want to keep young employees because these "perks" you keep talking about are standard issue at this point for many companies. Increase bonuses or merit increases to be more in line with rising costs in the Triangle