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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated 24 September, 2018
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  • "Work/Life balance seems to be a thing of the past" (in 19 reviews)

  • "On balance SAS is a great place to work" (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "SAS Canada"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Compensation :)
    - Employee Benefits
    - Work/Life Balance
    Come to work with a good attitude, work hard for what you want, and it will be rewarded to you.

    Cons

    For years SAS has relied on the strength of its product as the main driver of its brand. This was a weakness, in my mind. However, I do see this changing. A great example of this is our partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee. That should increase awareness of SAS in the Canadian market.

    Advice to Management

    I came here with high hopes and after a number of years I am still happy to be here. Keep it up!


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Watch out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SAS Institute part-time

    Pros

    If you are lucky you will have a good manager else you will be always defending yourwork. There are some very good people but not enough

    Cons

    Extremely aggrassive abusive and hard work is not appreciated. Managers are fake and wont give honest reviews to you. They will send pseudo reviews to HR so that they get rid off you before probation...they might use you for 6 month and throw you once workloads reduces.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leader in the analytics space. They are have good perks when you are in Cary. But similar to IT company outside of the HQ.

    Cons

    They are old and rusty. Not agile enough to make the company still lead the industry. Open source and cloud have been eating their shares. They are behind and clients are trying to call off their subscription as SAS is expensive to maintain.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the right people. Stop over value your friends/family for strategic positions.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Disappointed"

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    Former Employee - Experienced Associate in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Experienced Associate in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easygoing atmosphere, cool area downtown, no one looking over your shoulder.

    Cons

    A lot of nepotism and favoritism going on. Because if this I was excluded from some team meetings/discussions and was made to feel unwelcome. Contractors can be back-stabbed by permanent staff. I saw many good people sent to the door for no real reason.
    Lack of clear reporting structure also caused issues.

    Advice to Management

    Check all your facts and talk to your contractors before blindly believing any negative things that are said about them by permanent staff. My peers seemed to be threatened by experience and innovative thinking. If you are going to hire contractors, be fair to them.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "2017 - Global Re-org Year"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Solid compensation package and benefits
    Flexible working environment (work at the office or from home)

    Cons

    Organization is going through a massive global re-organization of their sales teams.
    Executive management team is 'hush, hush' about what's going on internally, given the company is private and owned by an eccentric billionaire in North Carolina.
    No strategic focus. Company is mired in legacy offerings. No cloud strategy in 2017.


  6. "Great Place To Work - Need to Increase Sales for more Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, smart people. and good-work life balance

    Cons

    Sales in terms of percentage growth to much slower compared to industry in the Analytics space.

    Need a multi-tenant cloud strategy - and don't be the Analytics leader in "Name" only, go out and get Market share

    Need a Partner Strategy - without partners, you don't have enough feet on the ground talking about SAS.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have a comprehensive multi-tenant cloud strategy, with a strong Partner ecosystem making SAS applications for everyone to use.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Slowly Declining"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits/compensation and some nice people.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, they have been slow to innovate and their marketing has been very poor so they are adding very few new customers. They are relying on a handful of big companies to keep the revenue coming in and even those companies are starting to look around. As a result, it's not a great place to work.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great employee programs, wonderful place for work-life balance and to raise a family

    Cons

    Undynamic company living in a dynamic industry


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great company....needs to focus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - amazing culture with strong focus on employees. Senior leadership absolutely committed to people.
    - outstanding technology
    - smart, dedicated, passionate people who want to make a difference
    - open environment

    Cons

    - there is an inflection point happening in the analytics space where many of the largest clients are evaluating core technology and creating their own solutions based on open source technology. This is to avoid costly licensing fees and to accelerate time to benefit (given that SAS technology is notoriously complex to deploy). The company is late recognizing and responding to this change, and in many cases has seen the combination of open source and cloud delivered solutions pass it by.

    Advice to Management

    Focus. There are too many solutions in the portfolio that are not ready for prime time. Pick the solutions you want to lead / dominate, put the resources and investment dollars behind those and redeploy away from niche solutions.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good culture, great people but product develepment not focused enough"

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    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people good benefits, flexible work arrangements (although a home office policy is missing). Customer facing staff deeply cares about the clients' success.

    Cons

    No defined career paths. Management changed constantly. No clear directions for the consulting practice. Technology gets a bit long in the tooth, SAS takes way too long to get new products to the market, which at the beginning are often quite buggy.

    Advice to Management

    Focus your product strategy and try to get ahead of the Open Source companies that build on the Hadoop stack of products. There is nothing Open Source Spark can't do as well as a costly SAS Grid installation. The value-add needs to come from the business know-how build into the solutions as in the CI space. That is also were you can justify the price tag for your services.


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