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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated 22 Jan 2020

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3.7
72%
Recommend to a Friend
81%
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SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight
Jim Goodnight
820 Ratings
Pros
  • "The work-life balance attitude at SAS is amazing(in 316 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, competitive compensation and great work environment(in 114 reviews)

Cons
  • "If you're not in Cary your experience is totally different(in 36 reviews)

  • "Used to be awesome but tired and not progressing with analytics space(in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Highly respected and serious"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family environment, supportive, team-ethos and management listen and take action. Traditional values.

    Cons

    Investment in marketing is lower than industry average.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what we do.

    SAS Institute2019-10-25
  2. "Great company ruined by a few bad managers"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Marlow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and products in the company.

    Cons

    If you have the wrong manager you'll witness some appalling decisions

    Advice to Management

    Check the mid managers' competence regularly

    SAS Institute2019-11-14
  3. "Great benefits, not much progression."

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    Former Employee - Licensing Specialist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office space and benefits

    Cons

    Lacking in options for progression.

    SAS Institute2019-11-15
  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Marlow, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great products and very stable company

    Cons

    Salaries are far too low

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries or staff will leave

    SAS Institute2019-11-22
  5. "Supportive and great benefits"

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    Current Employee - SAM Practice Lead 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Open to new ideas and give you the space and support to drive them through. Supportive management who want you to succeed and love the work.

    Cons

    As with any consulting firm there is quite a bit of travel, that can’t be helped.

    Advice to Management

    Keep leading with clear vision and don’t forget to take us along the journey with you.

    SAS Institute2019-10-19
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people! Down to earth management Ability to learn and grow as a developer Competitive salary Hard work rewarded

    Cons

    Genuinely finding it difficult to think of any

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, I really enjoyed my years at SAS and feel like I owe soo much to the company.

    SAS Institute2019-10-06
  7. "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
  8. Helpful (14)

    "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
  9. "-"

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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
  10. 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
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