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SAS Institute Senior Software Engineer Reviews

Updated 3 August 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. "na"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life balance is good

    Cons

    Policies are not employee friendly

    Advice to Management

    Improve on policies


  2. "Great place for a family person"

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful balance between work and life. Really interesting projects. Lots of new innovative products being brought to life. Great benefits. All in all, a great place to work!

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on!


  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Amazing work life balance
    Work in analytics domain.
    Job security

    Cons

    Salary bit low compared to industry
    Needs better local management


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Backwards company full of impediments to innovation."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation, great on-site amenities, fantastic lunch program.

    Cons

    Older R&D workforce that is not open to new ideas or innovation, wildly overhyped benefits package.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "great company, my manager...not so much"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great perqs
    generous at the corporate level

    Cons

    old technology. some REALLY bad managers.
    salaries below industry
    some perqs (like onsite child care) determined by seniority

    Advice to Management

    value your employees, not because you are required to, but because you want to. if you don't want to perhaps you should not be in management.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice work in analytics
    Great work life balance
    Exposure to Product development practises

    Cons

    Less opportunity to work on latest technology

    Advice to Management

    Management should focus on career planning for employees


  8. "Best Place to work for"

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Great work culture
    2. Very good quality of work
    3. Approachable management
    4. Takes very good cares of its employees

    Cons

    No down sides at all

    Advice to Management

    NONE.


  9. "Ok company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people in team
    Good amount of leaves
    Okay work
    Okay food
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Not at all a great place to work at-least the India Pune center
    Management not good at all; Managers do not know what management is.
    Managers are skeptical and biased
    Bad salary structure
    No work from home

    Advice to Management

    Please understand what management is. Don't force people to do things
    Keep inclusive approach. Don't be biased


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager Software Development"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (14)

    "Like Family..."

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

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    I think of my team at SAS more of an extended family than as coworkers. I'm still relatively new to the team, having only been with the company for four years, and yes I realize that is a lifetime at many software companies. People come to SAS, and for the most part they stay at SAS.

    The benefits are just what you've heard, fantastic perks throughout that rival many of the Silicon Valley big shots. Amazing health and wellness benefits on site, and a real focus on employee work/life balance, going even so much as giving fringe pseudo-science seminars in all sorts of interesting and forward thinking topics.

    I see some on Glassdoor are complaining about low pay, but I haven't really seen that in my team. People seem to be happy with compensation, and I feel I am being paid very fairly in my role, but then I did negotiate heavily when coming into the group. I've also seen decent, and on par with the industry, raises over the last few years. Nothing to get excited about, but again very fair. They're also extremely generous with their 401K dole outs. They don't do matching, like most companies, and instead pay a small contribution every paycheck whether you're contributing or not... On top of that, there's a yearly 401K payout for profit sharing (as well as a personal bonus to the employee). These aren't huge, but very fair and are very nice to receive.

    As for the work environment, you have some amazingly creative and intelligent people, a few floaters that have been around forever, but are kind of stuck in the past, and some of the best summer students I've ever worked with. Every company has dead weight, and yes SAS has its share, but for some reason I feel that even the drift wood in the various groups are a bit higher motivated and a bit higher classed than at most companies.

    There's a lot to like here, and a lot to feel proud about. It's a great company to park at if you're done hoping from job to job and just want to settle in on a nice long career. SAS definitely feels like family, and over time even if you get discouraged and mad, it's hard to turn your back on them.

    Cons

    When you first come to SAS there's one word thought that probably crosses a lot of people's minds... Did I just join a cult?

    It does feel like that, sometimes. The culture is very enclave-chiq. SAS has created a little micro-city in Cary that has everything you could possibly need, from a post office, barbershop, day care, school, amazing gym and yes, even a cemetery. The way the guards wave, non-stop, to the parading cars that enter the campus in the morning, smile plastered on their faces, you start wondering if you should be drinking the free sweet-tea in the cafeterias. It's a very different work environment than you're used to, and transplants may find it a little off-putting at first. Especially if you're an introvert-type. Not to mention, everyone seems to know everyone's business... It's hard not to, and you'll be invited to team lunches daily, to extracurricular events, and etc. Your comfort and mileage may vary. Some people are probably reading, how is this a con? It's just a little... much... at times.

    The only real problems I've seen around campus are just boredom of some of the lifers at SAS, who probably should have retired or left a long time ago, and the flat structure you'll hear a lot of people mention here on Glassdoor.

    This is not a company you can easily come in and work your way up the ranks, mostly because of the lifers. Most teams have the 20-30+ year team members who know everyone and have been around since Goodnight. They've married SAS employees, have kids that are SAS employees, etc, etc.

    Because of that, it's a really low-key and loose organization, I'm two rungs from the top of the company as a lowly engineer. There's really not too much more for me to progress to... To be fair, there are tons of other opportunities in the company, everything from engineering, media production, finance, to honestly being a SAS employed artist or gardener if I really wig out one day. So, there's really no excuse for feeling stuck or bored in your position.

    I'll likely never be a Sr. Director, though, or CTO, or etc. If you want that, you'll probably need to jump ship at some point and go to a more traditional company. Is that a con? I don't know. You'll learn a ton at SAS either way, whether you make it a lifelong journey or just a short stint on your way to other things.

    Advice to Management

    The next several years will be interesting. A lot of the old-school guard is retiring and the company is shifting ideas. Keep and foster as much of that amazing Summer Student talent that you can. They are the future of this company, and from what I've seen and worked with, the future is very bright.