SAS Institute Reviews

Updated 12 Jul 2020

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3.8
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SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight
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  • "If you're not in Cary your experience is totally different(in 36 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance is in your own hands(in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Best in Enterprise Analytics. Great Place to Work in Asia"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture, friendly people across Asia Pacific (India, ASEAN, China, Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand). Meaningful work if you love enterprise analytics and its impact. High growth industry.

    Cons

    Like a startup in an established company, many practices such as SMB need to get to maturity stage.

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great colleagues but lack of innovation as a tech company"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Hong Kong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    SAS has a very professional delivery team trusted by customers Most colleagues are friendly and helpful Solution is solid and mature

    Cons

    Local management manipulates achievement of individual sales people, so to present the image that everyone is doing averagely JUST OK. No hero nor loser. This leads to sluggish growth and serious workplace politics of local office. The local management is sometimes reluctant to adopt new ideas Turnaround time of back office support is unpredictable

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  3. "Great working environment, but slow to change"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Services Delivery Program Manager 

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people (for the most part) are great. Everyone wants to see you succeed and help you along the way. The benefits are great, but I will have to say I don't take advantage of everything SAS offers. The working environment is great, you get your own office and personal space. They try really hard to make people happy by offering everything they need on campus.

    Cons

    It is hard to move up at SAS. You pretty much have to wait until your manager leaves. Also, the salary is much lower than competitors and you don't get much of a bonus each year either, no matter how well you perform. SAS has a hard time letting go of lazy people and not paying the hard-working employees enough. Another thing is the WFH policy isn't flexible, actually pretty non-existent.

  4. "Customer Advisor"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Advisor 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People at SAS is great, very collaborative environment, lots of business and analytics experts work here and they are ready to help you.

    Cons

    Right now SAS is going through a wild technology change so you will see a lot of overlaps on the products and also is struggling a lot to compete with full cloud analytics vendors.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    This company has excellent benefits. The health insurance is the best health insurance I have ever had, including cheap insurance premiums for children and/or family. The on-site cafes are very convenient. There are two children's daycares on campus. Daycare is heavily subsidized and thus very inexpensive. Free snacks and soda fountains in the breakrooms. An individual office for more than 95% of employees, not cubicles. The minimum workweek is 35 hours, not 40.

    Cons

    Some report working more than 35 hours. Mediocre company growth.

  6. "Great place to work but can be political"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Auckland, Auckland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Very social at times, generally positive take outlook on things, opportunities to grow within the business.

    Cons

    Base pay can be below market rate which is made up for by bonus structure, no matter what role you're in. Regional employees and offices are often governed by the sometimes out-of-touch HQ in North Carolina, USA. This can frequently cause a discord between the SAS US business and SAS in the rest of the world.

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  7. "Great place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Lead in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    company reputation, culture and values

    Cons

    the restricted mobility or growth

  8. "World-wide family type company."

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Presales Engineer in Moscow
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Jim Goodnight: "Ninety-five percent of my assets drive out the gate every evening. It's my job to maintain a work environment that keeps those people coming back every morning"

    Cons

    Work-life balance is in your own hands

  9. COVID-19
    Helpful (8)

    "Started out really well..."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Of course, the site is wonderful itself, with a lot benefits. It is great to be able to go and play sports at lunch time (pre-COVID days). Most people are really nice and I made good friends.

    Cons

    Biggest problem, which I was shocked to see at such a well-regarded company: There is a lack of standards in how people managers lead their teams. Some managers are really professional, others are very unprofessional and there is no incentive for managers to do their job well. I have heard from many employees too. Sadly, for a long time, there was a pretty negative attitude towards "Employee Resource Groups" by managers I encountered, even though pretty much all major corporations have them. This started to change in 2019, but for all years prior, the attitude towards starting an ERG was surprisingly negative. All that being said, there are some very happy employees on specific teams. Also, promotions are insanely hard because of low turnover (which is both bad and good, because it means people stay put). According to one of my ex-managers, it is not possible to transfer at all times to a new position within the company if your interests change.

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  10. "some smart people but arrogant managers"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Some good people depending on where you work. Strong research departments.

    Cons

    Management is incompetent. HR does not care about the employees. Be wary of the IoT division.

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