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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated 18 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. Helpful (3)

    "SAS UK "not what it says on the tin""

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SAS Institute is focused on staff loyalty and satisfaction

    Cons

    SAS UK is anything but loyal to staff. We started the year with a organisation review which was put on hold for over 3 months whilst staff were on a risk register, without consideration for them at the time. During the year we removed the head of professional services and once again all staff were not clear of the company strategy and vision. More recently we announced a new call centre in Dublin with little clarity on how this will effect the current staff in UK.

    Advice to Management

    Management should consider the implication on staff when making these announcements as it effects their daily lives but does not register high with the scarcely seen management team.


  2. Helpful (12)

    "SAS rapidly declining"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    used to be a great place to work, friendly, talented teams that really made a difference to their customers.

    Cons

    Recent management changes have been a disaster, sales are plummeting and staff (at least the good ones) are leaving in droves. SAS UK could not move any further from the company's ethos and claims about valuing it's staff.

    The management and head office based staff are spoiled with the luxury in Marlow and have no idea of what it takes to make a long customer project successful. They live in a bubble and are arrogant and condescending to the people that do the real work.

    The staff that have brought success in the past are disillusioned and angry at the recent changes. They feel hugely undervalued and management attitudes are simply appalling. The best have already gone, others are biding their time - all are devastated that the company they loved is being destroyed.

    It would be easy to dismiss comments like mine as the ramblings of someone who 'lost out' in some way and is currently unhappy. But these views are universal within the organisation, I have never seen such unhappiness before.

    The final straw for me, was the recent cancellation of the Christmas party. The cancellation in itself wouldn't have been too distressing, however the tone of the announcement was a slap in the face. To claim that people would rather spend time with their families as a major reason for cancelling is just a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look at yourselves and stop blaming other people for the companies problems.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best places I have worked so far, in my application development career."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Variety of different projects and technologies. If you want to you can be rotated into different teams with your manager approval. Very open minded setup and HR keep and eye to make sure you have some sort of life outside of work.

    Cons

    A lot of red tape. Most UK projects are for different security agencies. Code and machine access strictly on request only.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Allow your employees take care of the project and maybe a bit less micromanagement


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  5. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Great people, propositions, work ethic

    Cons

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  6. "Review of SAS UK"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    - We are fortunate to have the best analytics products in the market
    - The company offers great benefits to its employees
    - Lots of experienced staff to learn from

    Cons

    - Staff are developed in the wrong way, or not at all
    - Way too much office politics

    Advice to Management

    - Build a culture of mentorship
    - Resist the chance to micromanage; let people get on with their jobs
    - Spend more time with staff to show you are human beings


  7. "A technology company that looks after its staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    SAS consistently is voted best company to work for in many countries around the globe. The benefits packages are generally outstanding and there is often scope to develop within your current role or into other roles in other parts of the organisation.

    Cons

    As with any large organisation there can be a lot of political wrangling that makes your working life more traumatic than it should be.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on inter-department and inter-division politics. Encourage better cultural and business integration between the main organisation and acquired organisations.


  8. "Great benefits, and a good chance to do new things if you are ambitious enough"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Benefits for families are good, and pace of work is not too fast. There is ample opportunities to take on new challenges if you are ambitious enough to push yourself forward

    Cons

    Bad communication and very complex management structure.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up communication and streamline processes - it should not take talking to 5/10 different people to get a simple task done.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Slowly dying through politics"

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


  10. "An exceptional and unique working environment with a great company in a hot market"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlow, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, caring employer, a good leadership team, freedom to innovate, market leading products

    Cons

    Several long serving employees who don't realise how lucky we are leads to an entitlement attitude and a resistance to change

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving the change agenda, we are on the right tracks and people need to get on board or as we say 'get off the bus'


  11. Helpful (1)

    "SAS Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly company to work for.

    Cons

    Limited career progression because people do not leave or move on


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