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SAS Institute Reviews

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. 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

  3. "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'


  4. 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


  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. "Excellent company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Work life balance. Very good policies. Employee friendly.

    Cons

    I did not find as such

    Advice to Management

    NA


  7. "Account Exec"

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

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

    Pros

    SAS is always listed as one of the great places to work in the world.

    Cons

    large organization, things can move slow.

  8. "Senior Data Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Nice workmates and great product

    Cons

    Work hour is too short


  9. "Good place to work overall"

    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

    Social, salary, project tream, corporate culture

    Cons

    Work-life balance, career path, after hours work


  10. "Client Executive"

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

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

    Pros

    SAS is a great company to work for. Strong leadership, great software, talented workforce.

    Cons

    Same as most large companies that have been around for 40 years

    Advice to Management

    Let's get more talent from the outside.


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