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SAS Institute Systems Engineer Reviews

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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. Helpful (5)

    "Good work environment but benefits are no longer competative"

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    • 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


  2. "Great place to work"

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    • 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


  3. "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


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  5. Helpful (12)

    "True Story"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Overall great experience"

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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "SAS Institute"

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    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


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior SE"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Lilburn, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Lilburn, GA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health, retirement and if you live in Cary free associated benefits. Lots of training programs in SAS , etc.

    Cons

    SAS does not work well with disabled employes, management does not know the environment nor their people. People who have worked at SAS are not well connected to understand how to work together as a team

    Advice to Management

    Spend time in the trenches with employees, work more closely with new employees. Teach positive behaviors and change your behavior to fit new type of employees.


  9. "Good management makes a difference"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cary, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cary, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    The company itself is great. Culture is great.

    Cons

    If management does not invest, or is difficult to work for, the work experience is not so great.

    Advice to Management

    Invest, mentor provide guidance.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Where Engineers Atrophy"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Cary, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Cary, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are in R&D, you will enjoy incredible job security. Nobody ever gets fired. You can go home at the end of the day and leave work at work. You can get by for years without ever doing any work.

    If you have a small startup, this is a great incubator. Just show up to work every day, appear to be busy, and they give you a quiet office, great healthcare, and will leave you alone for days at a time.

    Cons

    You will work on some really unsexy products here, which tend to make it to market about 10 years too late (for example, their core product still has no way to make native REST calls and parse JSON endpoints).

    Build system is something out of the 90s. Hilariously lacking automated testing; a lot of it is done by hand, or by systems so brittle that they're only run manually. Simple bugs take months to fix. When I left, lots of development was still happening in Adobe Flash.

    Because of the high rate of tenure here, there is very little room to advance into management. Promotions are granted based on seniority. You can never make a difference here, and any disruptive ideas are squashed pretty quickly. Annual raises are percentage based; the only way you will ever see your salary increase substantially is by switching departments.

    Advice to Management

    There is no churn in R&D. All of your good engineers have left long ago, and there are nothing but engineers whose skills have atrophied and unemployable anywhere else. Because of this, they exist in a bubble, never learning any new skills from incoming talent, and never innovating.


  11. "An awesome place to work!"

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    • 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 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging environment keeps you on your toes. Good technology, great benefits, and awesome middle management that recognizes hard work. Privately held.

    Cons

    Sales positions tend to require too much travel as we're industry based. Career advancement appears to be primarily limited to those working at HQ.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great work! Continue to adapt the business to industry needs but don't change the core of what makes SAS a great place to work.