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SAS Institute 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 15 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  3. "Principle Software Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Developer in Cary, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Developer in Cary, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone, regardless of rank or title has a voice. This gives everyone buying and a sense of ownership.

    Cons

    They are still a for profit business and make decisions according.

    Advice to Management

    Each of us having our own office is great for creativity. But not so good about the othè areas like teamwork comrasdry and commitment.


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  5. Helpful (27)

    "Not What It's Cracked Up To Be"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cary, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cary, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    short work weeks. 35 hours is standard.
    very green grass around campus.

    Cons

    The title says it all: don't believe the hype.
    All these best places to work awards must be rigged, bought, or a be tremendous HR/PR effort.
    The perks/benefits might have been astonishing in years past but in 2017 they are simply on par with other tech companies, and even well-behind in some categories. Most of the good benefits that older generations at SAS got are no longer available or have been greatly diminished.
    One of the areas they are far behind in? Compensation. Low pay, and low to no raises has been normal for some time now. Bonuses are meager. For a company that does over 3B in revenue and has been profitable forever, that is astonnnnnnnnishing. Meanwhile the CEO (whose own wealth continues to grow like crazy) continues to build new buildings on campus (even though there's a hiring freeze going on) and building developments off-site for his own gain. That last part is completely fine and his prerogative, but it is a slap in the face to employees that don't get paid well or get merit increases, and his bank accounts continue to grow like crazy because he owns the company (not public, no investors, yada yada.) and can do whatever he wants with his money. Here's an idea: Maybe freeze some raises/benefits for the huge amount of people in MGMT and yourself so you can reward top performers in an attempt to gain back some respect from employees who are undervalued and not being rewarded for hard work?
    No room for growth whatsoever unless you "stick it out" for 5-10 years when you MIGHT get bumped up one level. Maybe.
    So who wants to work here? A couple types of people from what I can tell: 1) people over a certain age who have been here 10-30 years and don't have the drive to pick up and leave. They don't have to work hard and they've been here long enough when they actually got raises and benefits that were ahead of the competition so they are in a good place. 2) average workers. people who don't want stress, don't want to push themselves, and just be able to have a short work week to spend time at home or with family. Totally get it. That's a good bit of people.
    The last couple of comments sum up why SAS is falling behind and will continue to do so. Any young and/or good talent soon realizes that it is not all it was cracked up to be and jumps ship to any one of the faster, smarter, and more generous tech companies in the area. There are plenty of other local tech companies that move fast, embrace change, reward solid work and not just tenure (remember, these are usually people who aren't the best that end up sticking around), and have comparable benefits.
    If you are 21-30, I would highly encourage you to think twice about working here. The writing is on the wall.

    Advice to Management

    rethink everythjnf


  6. "pretty new here, but so far I don't see much of a downside"

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

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

    Pros

    The culture is great, and my teammates are eager to help me learn and to collaborate. Rather than people trying to tear each other down, we try to work together to accomplish a goal. If you have a question, you are not punished for wasting someone's time, like at other companies I've worked for in the past. Amazing benefits: On-site health center, pharmacy, gym, pool, and very big and walkable campus. Free dietitian consult and initial personal training consult. The food is subsidized and amazing. Lots of sports leagues and activities. I love having my own office.

    Very huge focus on work-life balance. The standard workweek is 35 hours (though this may vary with your individual role, especially if you are in a technical position, and you have deadlines, etc).

    Focus on educating the employee. So far, nobody has raised a red flag when I sign up for an internal course, as long as it is work related.

    Cons

    It is too early for me to see them, no company is perfect, so I'll let you know if I find one!

    Advice to Management

    Haven't had much interaction yet, but so far I'm satisfied with management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Work/Life Balance"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. 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.


  9. "Senior Software Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Software Developer"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Best Work-life balance in the business"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.