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SAS Institute Systems Engineer Reviews

Updated 13 January 2018
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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. Helpful (5)

    "Could be better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, on-site facilities (Cafes, gym, pool, tennis courts, soccer fields, softball field, frisbee golf course, day care, 1/4 mile track, healthcare center)

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive enough to keep top talent. Some of the products released do not feel ready for prime time but they are still released anyway. There is not real standardization of installs/configurations for customers. When it gets to Technical Support it is already too late to correct.

    Advice to Management

    Stop reorganizing divisions because you have heard the latest buzz words and expect it to work at SAS. The “One IT” initiative caused a massive stir up in one of your most successful divisions with a mass exodus of top talent from that division and even SAS.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great Company Taking some Lumps."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work\Life Balance is very solid. Some groups have a very healthy work environment and quality managers. If you are in NC opportunities are plenty.

    Cons

    SAS has a problems with releasing new products without a clear path to migration. SAS has too many products that it keeps alive; this has diluted its focus. SAS has no problems getting a "C" in certain product areas which can be frustrating for people that Sell and engineer that product. SAS has some BUs that have created a very organized system to promote very specific individuals and marginalize the value of people outside the good old boys network.

    Advice to Management

    Get your hands dirty leadership and get rid of some of the toxic folks. Create a system where solid hard work is rewarded not the good old boys network in Cary. Give incentive for newer folks to move up. Your benefits are decreasing (Cost of Healthcare increased) value wise. SAS has one string to pull which is Salary. Other companies can offer variable pay and strong equity. People will continue to leave if decrease benefits and get stingy with pay. They have great products, but you need to cut the deadwood products and focus on what you do well.


  3. "Senior Information Systems Engineer - Good Work/Life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Information Systems Engineer in Cary, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Information Systems Engineer in Cary, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great company that cares for it's employees. Has lots of benefits. Everyone is treated with respect and encouraged to do well.

    Cons

    None. The work could be a little more exciting.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


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  5. "Great Place to Work for a reason"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, incredible respect, lots of freedom and opportunities given to new hires. Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Older company with older technology, can feel daunted by competitors


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Good work environment but benefits are no longer competative"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Technical Support Engineer in Cary, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Technical Support Engineer in Cary, NC (US)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to excellent child care plus some subsidies to cover the cost
    Beautiful main campus with gorgeous landscaping and art
    Great, inexpensive food available in main campus cafeterias

    Cons

    Benefits are mediocre at best, which is disappointing as the company is known for their great benefits
    Salary ranges are not very competitive unless you work directly in a software development role


  7. "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leave entitlements, Great company to work for, Lots of focus on self improvement and training, exposure to many industries and global leaders

    Cons

    Long after hours with no reward


  8. "Great place to work and grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, culture fosters learning and growth, and strong support resources

    Cons

    Growth opportunities appears to be limited to headquarter based employees


  9. Helpful (12)

    "True Story"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    SAS Institute has great benefits

    Cons

    SAS Institute is a cult like environment where the managers get away with anything and everything and those lower are stuck. Its like a kingdom, only the top 1% get the real growth.

    Advice to Management

    Be more fair.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Overall great experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with, great customers, exciting atmosphere from a technology perspective.

    Cons

    Benefits aren't as great as touted, especially if you don't have kids. The effective employees get massive amounts of work dumped on them while the ineffective employees get to live the "SAS Work/Life Balance" that is so highly regarded.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade the benefits to the 21st century and make sure they reflect what the employees need. Try to find an equitable way to assign work.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "SAS Institute"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cary, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cary, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environmernt, talented people, great balance work-family.

    Cons

    Salaries lower than average possibly.

    Advice to Management

    None