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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated 20 February 2018
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  • SSOD division has no work/life balance unlike whats mentioned about SAS all over the media (in 16 reviews)

  • SAS really WAS a great place to work, 25 years ago (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Slowly dying through politics"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


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

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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
    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'


  3. 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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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Badly Organised"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in East Kilbride, Scotland
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in East Kilbride, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and investment in employees, highly social, advancement.

    Cons

    Company (Memex) was bought by SAS and was left with bad habits. Veteran developers working at coding roles and low experience developers (1-3 years out of university) in decision making positions (supervisors, team leaders and even managers). Too much moving around of staff meant that, my original reasons and conditions of taking the position were forgotten 3 months in.

    Advice to Management

    Promote veterans, not graduates. Stop putting emphasis on sales and start putting it on innovation. Many great developers just seem forgotten.


  6. "Great but not perfect"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Cary, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Cary, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work environment (depending on what area you're in), campus amenities, flexibility (depending on what area you're in)

    Cons

    Work environment (depending on what area you're NOT in), flexibility (depending on what area you're NOT in)

    Advice to Management

    Growth has taken away from some of the best parts of the SAS culture. I'm not sure if there's anything management can do about that.


  7. "SAS employee"

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

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful environment, great friends and I love the lunches

    Cons

    None really, I got to be who I always wanted to be, important

    Advice to Management

    Keep on rollin


  8. "Senior Account Executive"

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

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment for their employees.

    Cons

    Different culture at work in headquarters


  9. "Nice place to work on exiting projects"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    - Autonomy and freedom as long as results follow
    - Perfect to get a complete overview of the possibilities and challenges of putting analytics to work
    - Work on game changing projects
    - Culture and People

    Cons

    - Not too many carreer growth options

    Advice to Management

    Create a clear carreer grow path that allows you to get a taste of everything before specializing


  10. "IT Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    work-life balance, benefits, campus atmosphere, strong 401k.

    Cons

    can be difficult to move up because everyone stays so long.

    Advice to Management

    look for new ideas, fresh input


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Not a great fit if you want flexibility"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health care and dental benefits are first rate. Great coverage. Also, match on 401K. SAS is closed the week of Christmas so you have a full week off built in each year

    Cons

    Inflexible on vacation time when you're hired. It doesn't matter how many years experience you have, you start with 3 weeks. I found I had to put in requests months in advance since my team only allowed for 2 people out at any given time. Not a lot of perks for remote employees. You pay for your own internet, you have to pay back your health club reimbursement if you leave, you have to open a corporate credit card in your name (affects your credit). You can try to refer someone but it seems like with all the hiring freezes, management prefers to hire within. As a result, there's not a lot of new blood and new perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Design a better program for off boarding employees. It's really confusing. I also thought that the lack of actual exit interview was a poor choice. Just taking a survey doesn't relay the level of detail that you should want to hear to improve the workplace and environment for future employees.


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