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Updated 22 June 2018
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  • "Work/Life balance seems to be a thing of the past" (in 19 reviews)

  • "On balance SAS is a great place to work" (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, casual and friendly people

    Cons

    Maybe sometimes work is to casual?


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Going in the wrong direction..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    SAS has a great reputation in the analytics space, so its good for your CV.

    A good place to go as a graduate, you will learn a lot, but make sure to leave within 3 years or you will drop too far behind the rest of the industry. If you are further in your career then think hard before you join.

    The pension is good, although make sure to negotiate a good entry salary, its unlikely that you will get a significant raise once you are in.

    Cons

    SAS technology is outdated, by a long way. I know that there are efforts to close the gap between SAS and free open source technologies that are 5 years old, but the gap is there and it looks like its increasing year on year.

    Your experience of SAS UK will vary greatly from function to function. Professional Services roles are terrible, there is no work-life balance at all, no sense of community, and no real sense that the organisation as a whole values you at all. Presales is full of folks that have been there too long and have very little knowledge of the competing technologies in the space,so if you join do not expect to learn anything newer and be prepared to have any good ideas beaten out of you. If you have an office bound role in HR or finance then you will have a great work-life balance and a really great work experience - check out what the back office functions say in the other reviews - nothing but positivity...

    Without the pension the benefits are pretty much the average for the industry, (albeit with a salary thats well behind the industry) although the folks that work at SAS UK have been there for so long they still view the benefits as amazing.

    There is no career progression, unless you play politics and a more senior role is created for you. Simply put employees in the middle management roles stay too long, meaning that younger employees have no where to go. To add to this the top management roles are always recruited from outside, so the middle managers have no where to go. Essentially this adds to the malaise of having no real view of the outside world and very little innovation.

    SAS UK had an egalitarian culture - with the revolving door of new senior managers at the top of SAS UK, that has gone, although most folks have been there for so long, there are like the proverbial frogs boiling in water - they haven't realised its not there any more.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of staff turnover - some is good, although try to keep the good and remove the bad - the reverse of approach to the last decade.

    Remove the incumbent senior managers and any mid-level manager that has been at SAS UK for more than 10 years. Remove all staff that have been there for more than 15 years. Its just not healthy for the company to have a situation where most folks have been there for a decade or more... Embrace change and innovation.

    Reduce the cost of the software, work to make the software relevant in an era of Open Source and Cloud - not pay lip service to it (which is essentially what the new SAS Viya platform does) - get SAS UK back to being the number one in the analytics space.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good company to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlow, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlow, England
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Room for progression and career development
    Relatively easy lateral moves
    Good benefits although more tailored to older generations and family oriented ones

    Cons

    You will meet a lot of people who have been at SAS for 10+ years, even people who have worked for SAS all their lives and they will want to stick to their methods and processes and be very reluctant to of innovation
    Horrific management from Cary
    I have witnessed favouritism and conflict of interest cases

    Advice to Management

    Cary needs to sort themselves out.
    Their management style is very outdated, conflicting and full of last minute changes. Many times it feels like themselves do not know what they are doing.


  4. "Good business"

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    Current Employee - Sales in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding uk leader. Largely good and visable uk management team. Amazing tech when deployed in the right way. Generally a good collaborative environment.

    Cons

    It’s a steep learning process to really understand what the tech does. If you don’t understand it you don’t sell it. There is a lot of process and admin within the sales org.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify internal processes within sales where possible and appropriate.


  5. "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


  6. 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.


  7. "European Pre-Sales Manager"

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    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.

  8. "Working at SAS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really smart people
    Good benefits and working environment

    Cons

    Internally slow and cumbersome at times
    New directions take time to materialise

    Advice to Management

    Keep focussing on agility and execution


  9. "Pays the bills"

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    Current Employee - Data Quality Analyst in Marlow, England
    Current Employee - Data Quality Analyst in Marlow, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Flexible working hours. Other employees are friendly and helpful....well most of them!

    Cons

    Often get the impression management don't care. If your job doesn't directly make money then you're practically invisible. It's easy to get stuck in a rut.


  10. "Very good company in a competitive market"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Marlow, England
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Marlow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology, training opportunities, good work/life balance

    Cons

    internal politics and unclear overall strategy about globalisation and how the organisation will evolve.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it simple, cut down the politics


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