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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated 7 December 2017
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  • If you're in an oncall rotation your work/life balance will suffer (in 15 reviews)

  • little room for technical advancement outside r&d (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Good company to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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    Their management style is very outdated, conflicting and full of last minute changes.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.


  2. "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.


  3. "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


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Globalisation is a disaster for the UK business"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "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.


  7. "Working at SAS"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  8. "Pays the bills"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "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


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "We stand at a cross roads"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlow, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlow, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    New leadership for consulting in the UK gives the opportunity for positive change.
    Not everyone that was adding value has jumped ship - SAS UK still has a chance to recover. Most employees do really care about the success of our customers and the business.
    Pension is pretty good.
    New technology releases have the potential to reinforce position as market leader.

    Cons

    6 months, No sign of change.

    UK leadership still haven't acknowledged the removal of the Xmas party - it's the elephant in the room. The lack of ownership for this decision shows the contempt that senior leadership have for the employees.

    The benefits are no better than anywhere else - they're outsourced & 'off the shelf'. The UK dines off of the reputation of the US campus. In reality, like most firms in the UK, it's part of the collective race to the bottom.

    Lack of internal information makes it difficult to up skill in the latest technologies.

    Advice to Management

    If you continue to erode the culture and alienate your employees you won't be successful. Put real leaders in positions of authority, trust your staff and rebuild the team culture.


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