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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated 20 Sep 2019

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SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight
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  • "Cary, NC is not that exciting of a town(in 34 reviews)

  • "overall it is a great place to work(in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work on exciting projects Values employees

    Cons

    Can’t think of any right now

    SAS Institute2019-08-30
  2. Helpful (12)

    "Could be great but has no direction"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Marlow, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    SAS provides good benefits and really respects work life balance. Colleagues on the whole are very supportive and the working environment is very good. Lots of technology to learn and a great place to start your career. Employees are given a lot of autonomy and generally not micromanaged.

    Cons

    Not so good if you want to grow your career as true growth opportunities are few and far between with most promotions led by an old boy network type ethos. In the time I was at SAS, management structures changed frequently, both in the UK and at Headquarters in Cary. There often seemed no logical reason for the changes other than empire building by those involved and unfortunately this meant that very good... managers were replaced by less competent ones purely because either they, or their boss, could play a better political game than the incumbent management team. The UK has especially suffered because of this and has weak management across many areas of the business. SAS employs people with new and different skills because they acknowledge that the world of analytics is changing but are then not prepared to learn from their experiences. HR is not the employees friend and is purely their to protect the interests of the company not the employees. Middle management is generally very ineffective and are primarily administrators rather than people managers.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop playing politics and take a truly global view of org structure and who are the best people to fill senior roles. Don't be afraid to fill senior roles with external appointments and embrace the fact that new hires can contribute with new ways of doing things and make the most of their experience prior to SAS. The "SAS Way" is holding you back and will not serve the company well if it doesn't adapt and truly... embrace new ways of doing things. Provide true growth and don't make reviews and objectives merely a tick box exercise.

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    SAS Institute2019-07-21
  3. "-"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Systems Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities, working life balance and travel

    Cons

    Slow delivering new products compared to market

    SAS Institute2019-06-27
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work - mostly"

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    Former Employee - Architect in London, England
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with Lovely office locations Varied and exciting work Impressive access to cutting edge tech

    Cons

    Little protection from poor managers Products vast and overstated Political environment Heavy focus on sales "Best Place to Work" not usually UK

    Advice to Management

    Think more strategically Beware of disruptors at the door

    SAS Institute2019-06-10
  5. "Fantastic company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Associate Software Developer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Being a privately owned company has its perks. The senior management team are very reachable/approachable and from the very start you are made to feel that your contribution is meaningful. A competitive starting salary, meaningful benefits, great people and great opportunities makes it a fantastic place to work. Plus, the work that SAS does is very interesting and innovative.

    Cons

    Salaries might be better at the "big banks".

    SAS Institute2019-05-28
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Average salary and benefits provided.

    Cons

    Poor and untrustworthy management teams. Too many long term employees that have not worked elsewhere. Jobs for the boys culture.

    SAS Institute2019-04-28
  7. Helpful (16)

    "Toxic dump"

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    Current Employee - Global Account Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits reasonable. That's about it

    Cons

    Nobody buys SAS anymore. Business just managing decline with a YOY decline in business of 40%. Probably SAS' Kodak moment - doubt they will be around for long. SAS technology no longer competitive - companies that have SAS installed are being gouged, and are looking for ways to get out of contracts. Seriously bad management.

    Advice to Management

    Get your CV's in order - with an attrition rate of nearly 50% you aren't going to be there long.

    SAS Institute2019-01-20
  8. Helpful (7)

    "All that glitters isn't gold"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlow, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful grounds, fantastic restaurant, great Company benefits

    Cons

    HR department - AKA The Stepford wife's

    Advice to Management

    This could be a fantastic Company to work for if there were not so many office politics. If your face fits, you will go far at SAS, however if anyone on the EXEC team or HR department take a disliking to you, your cards are marked. Please get rid of the dead wood, especially in HR and replace with individuals that actually want to work hard and be accountable for their actions. Look into their KPI results which... have been completely tampered to show that they are a high flying department. Quite possibly the laziest HR team you will ever encounter.....

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    SAS Institute2018-11-30
  9. Helpful (6)

    "JMP division Marlow UK? Don’t bother."

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Marlow, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very beautiful office grounds in Marlow. Lunch provided at low cost. Great presales support, good sales trainings. Good team outside of the U.K.

    Cons

    Toxic environment. Inside sales team disgraceful, management can’t keep their hands off their staff, HR and upper management pathetic, huge commission payout mistakes, marketing manager sleeping at a customer event.

    Advice to Management

    Time for change.

    SAS Institute2018-12-16
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Client Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lovely environment in Marlow, food was great.

    Cons

    lack of leadership, but they do try but it comes across a bit fake

    Advice to Management

    Make more of an effort

    SAS Institute2018-11-05
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