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SAS Institute Senior Software Developer Reviews

Updated 2 September 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. "An awesome place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, wonderful work ambience, superb onsite facilities, nice benefits, freedom and flexibility to be creative, no micro-management, exposure to emerging technologies.

    Cons

    Finding the right network and career advancement may be challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Put some more effort working out career choices with your team members.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Software Developer in Cary, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Software Developer in Cary, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with benefits and a work/life balance.

    Cons

    Would like to see more coworkers from the millennial generation hired at SAS.


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    "Great Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Boston, MA (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 place to work. They are very generous and pride themselves on providing a great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Most of the perks that you read about pertain to the people working in Cary.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager Software Development"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager Software Development Engineering
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Software Development Engineering
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work schedule and flexibility.

    Cons

    Work hours and inability to be enabled to manage your team.

    Advice to Management

    Teach higher management what trust and enablement really mean.


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    "Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cary, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cary, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    work environment, family benefits
    onsite benefits are a double edge sword. Being home sick you don't feel like driving into work to see your doctor, but really nice if you are sick at work.

    Cons

    no advancement, no one leaves so new management positions don't come often and are always inside.
    salary


  7. "Senior Software Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Work culture is best amoung other companies

    Cons

    Management/Politics is not so good.

    Advice to Management

    Remove politics


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best Work-life balance in the business"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cary, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cary, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge problems to work on. Great people and tools. Terrific balance of work and real life.

    Cons

    Salaries are just ok. Career options are pretty limited.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you've been doing.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "nothing great, just about ok"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Pune (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not much i can think of but when i started off the pay was good compared to what other companies were offering. Also i was hired based on my programming ability than the specific language knowledge.

    Cons

    More importance is given to make non-competent employees feel good at the cost of product quality. As such there is little respect for US counterpart and nobody really cares about timely deliveries. WFH policy is a real joke and if you at all get it the manager will all the time act like he did you a huge favour and work contribution you did counts to none.

    Advice to Management

    Please improve the HR policies, they really care less. Improve the work from policy which has allowed HR to really benefit.


  10. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cary, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cary, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, great technologies

    Cons

    no one leaves the company leading to staleness, lack of innovation


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work, some technology churn"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Middleton, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Middleton, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a mature software company, management understands what it takes to build complex systems.

    In our group, we worked on an interesting product with a team having lots of industry experience and a smart, motivated group of developers. It was fun testing the product at scale and at high levels of concurrency. The team and the company are all on the same page here. Good stuff.

    Family oriented culture. Our group, here in Middleton, MA, is a diverse mix of people with different software and Retail industry backgrounds.

    Management willing to make some big bets on new technology.

    Cons

    As is typical, I suppose, when a big company acquires a smaller one, upper management (including technological) from the parent has a "we know best" attitude. It took years for some folks to finally understand the nature and benefits of the product they were (now) selling. This "lack of listening" wasted millions of $$ and many developer-years of effort. Too bad, really. I mean, these guys are smart and had meaningful improvements to make in the product. It's just they didn't have the full picture. Which is ok. Unless you willfully stop yourself from seeing what is right in front of you...

    Management unwilling to pull the plug on failed experiments. Kept pouring good money after bad on those big technology bets. Never heard of "fail fast", I guess. I dare say, this lesson has been learned ... :-)

    The real downside to the big bets is that it has a real impact on people. You spend years of your working life on a project. You really want it to go somewhere. Upper management does not seem sensitive to this issue.

    Fewer opportunities to move to other products or teams from a remote office.

    Advice to Management

    Management knows what they're doing. There appears to be a significant effort to stabilize the application platform and bring the verticals into line. This is a painful and expensive process, but necessary after years of acquisitions. More power to 'em. Just remember, those squares you're moving around on the org chart are people!

    Fwiw, SAS' real competition today is from the open source world as folks flock to the R language, powered by Apache Spark and the like. Heads up!