At SAS Institute Inc., 94 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1308 employee surveys, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.44. It was published on Aug 21, 2015. 72185 Visitors

What Employees Say

Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
We have special and unique benefits here.
People care about each other here.

What They Do

We asked SAS Institute Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

SAS creates analytic software that turns data – about customers, operations, financials and more – into insight. In 140 countries, our customers use SAS to boost marketing, battle cybercrime, speed drugs to market, streamline supply chains and much more.

About this Company

Website: US Headquarters: Cary, North Carolina
US Sites: 45 Major Locations: Cary, NC; Bloomington, MN; Austin, TX; Middleton, MA; Arlington, VA
US Employees: 6859 Worldwide revenues: $3090 million
Employees worldwide: 13649 Founded: 1976
Industry: Information Technology

SAS CEO Jim Goodnight values the input he gets from informal conversations with employees.

Perks and Programs

We asked SAS Institute Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Onsite Healthcare Center (HCC) and Pharmacy: The SAS HCC is the preferred medical home for 75 percent of SAS HQ employees and 50 percent of dependents. There are no co-pays, co-insurance or other out-of-pocket costs for any of the HCC’s comprehensive services which include primary care, pediatric and adult services, diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses and more. The staff includes family nurse practitioners, physicians, registered dietitians/nutritionists, nurses, medical laboratory technologists and contractual psychologist and physical therapists.
  • Onsite Work-Life Center: Staffed with full-time social workers, SAS Work-life Center provides a broad range of services and educational programs to help employees and their families balance their personal and professional lives. Programs include support groups, lending libraries and peer mentoring networks to address such issues as child rearing, teen/college, special needs, adoption, eldercare, mature workforce, financial planning, divorce and separation, single parenting and more.
  • Recreation & Fitness Center (RFC: SAS’ free on-site recreation and fitness and wellness center includes an Olympic-size pool, aerobic studios, nautilus rooms, cardio rooms, basketball courts, track, softball and soccer fields. The RFC offers more than 1500 classes per year, plus sports programs, personal training, mindfulness/stress management, and yoga. Onsite discounted services include massage therapy, hair salon, nail/skin care salon, jewelry repair, shoe repair, alterations and more.
  • Healthy Food Options: SAS provides well-balanced, nutritious and affordable meals and snacks to employees, guests and children in SAS child care centers. SAS’ own culinary farm grows vegetables for all four kitchens on campus. The chefs meet with the culinary farmer each season to choose crops to fit their menus. Break stations in every building offer free beverages and snacks. And employees enjoy healthy meals at subsidized prices in campus cafés and Food-to-Go locations. Nutrition counseling is free, and “Chews Strategically” is one of SAS’ most popular blogs. Written by HCC nutritionists, the blog delivers concise, accurate nutrition information along with step-by-step instructions for a healthy recipes.
  • Childcare and summer camps: SAS has been providing outstanding on-site Montessori education at a reduced rate for employees’ children since 1981. Today there are approximately 600 children in SAS’ on-site centers and over 200 in the regional subsidy program across the US. SAS Summer Camp is conveniently located on the SAS campus. Started in 2001, it now serves more than over 100 children per week over nine weeks in the summer. Exciting new activities include sledding down snow drifts in July, riding Blackbeard’s pirate ship, and many specialized clubs, art programs and special guests – providing parents peace-of-mind that their children will enjoy summer and learn something new.


87% Company-paid health coverage for employees 87% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
20 hours Weekly hours at which part-timers receive health care coverage


  • 401(k) or 403b plan
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • Personal concierge service
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Hair salon
  • Banking
  • Subsidized public transportation
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Take-home meals on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal travel service
Among employees at SAS' Cary headquarters, 96 percent use the Recreation & Fitness Center.


27 days Holidays & vacation days after one year of employment $5,000 Adoption benefit
60 days Job protected maternity leave 20 days Paid leave for adoptive parents


  • Unpaid sabbaticals
  • Telecommute option (12% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Offsite subsidized childcare
  • Elder care resources
  • Flexible schedule
  • Job sharing
  • Onsite child care
  • Lactation room(s)


  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Medical facilities
  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center
SAS Health Care Center celebrated 30 years of free care for employees and their families.


SAS campus features many conversation spots for brainstorming.

How to Get Hired

We asked SAS Institute Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

SAS looks not only for the right skills, but also for a cultural fit. We seek colleagues who will contribute to the unique culture that makes SAS such a great place to work. Candidates must demonstrate that they have what is at the very heart of SAS – innovation and creativity – as well as qualities that match our company values. We look for the total candidate: technical skills, culture fit, relationship skills, problem solvers, good communicators and, of course, innovators.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

We look for people that understand who we are and what we do. We are innovators. If you embrace risk, pursue creativity, thrive on relationships and have the skills and knowledge to boot, that’s what we look for. You should be able to communicate what your skills are and why SAS needs those skills to remain an industry leader.

Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?

During the interview process, SAS recruiters partner with hiring managers to ensure that the best person is selected. Interview questions designed to reveal candidates’ core competencies, their previous company’s culture and their ideal work environment help indicate long-term compatibility. Because teamwork and collaboration is part of our daily life at SAS, candidates may also participate in less structured team interviews in an informal setting to help ensure a good fit with prospective co-workers.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We are mainly hiring in critical revenue generating areas such as sales, consulting, and research and development.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?


hiring Outlook

3% Job Growth 4% Total voluntary turnover of full-time employees in the past year
56764 Applicants in past year 1296 Openings in past year
50% New hires by employee referrals

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