At SAS Institute Inc., 89 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 3163 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.09. It was published on Sep 10, 2018. 57406 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.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
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 customer data into insight and makes the world better by doing good. Customers in 149 countries use SAS to battle cybercrime, improve customer experiences, protect endangered species, improve education and child welfare, and much more.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: Cary, North Carolina, 27513 US Sites: 41
Major Locations: Bloomington, Minnesota, 55437; Austin, Texas, 78726; Arlington, Virginia, 22209 US Employees: 7,212
Worldwide Revenues: $3,240 million Employees Worldwide: 14,357
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1976

SAS Institute Inc. has been awarded:

Best Workplaces for Women 2018 (ranked 56)

PEOPLE's 2018 Companies that Care list (ranked 33)

Best Workplaces for Giving Back 2018 (ranked 45)

Best Workplaces for Technology 2018 (ranked 13)

Best Workplaces for Millennials 2018 (ranked 23)

World's Best Workplaces 2018 (ranked 10)

SAS employees celebrate being ranked as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.

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.

  • Healthy Meals at Fast-Food Prices: We want our employees to be happy and healthy so they are inspired to do their best work. We offer subsidized healthy meals at fast food prices in all four of our full service campus cafés and Food-to-Go locations. Employees can also pick up subsidized family dinners to take with them in the evenings – so the whole family can enjoy a healthy meal at home. There are also free breakroom snacks, drinks and coffee – including special breakfast treats on Fridays. We have many coffee shops around our campus and sometimes you’ll even hear employees tickling the keys of the piano in one of our cafés – adding to the coffee shop vibe!
  • The Office: We know creativity doesn’t happen on command, so we support flexibility to work when and where employees feel the most creative. Some employees prefer to work in their private offices where they can surround themselves with things that inspire them like photos, posters, books and even collections of Star Wars Pez dispensers. Others enjoy the energy of our large collaboration spaces like our new Design Lab. Employees can also visit one of our coffee shops, take a walk on our trails or grab a spot on one of our patios – our personal favorite has a giant chess board.
  • Students and STEM: We’re passionate about giving back and supporting our community. We promote volunteering, provide matching funds through when employees help fund projects for teachers and host events like STEM days and Days of Code. We focus our efforts on education – specifically STEM education – and help kids discover that science and math have been and always will be ‘cool’. Where else could you play with Sphero robots, learn to code on iPads and working on cool projects like using analytics to predict the winner of the NCAA men’s basketball championship? When our employees get to lead these activities in schools, they turn in to kids for a day, too!
  • Emerging Leaders: We develop our young professional talent by providing leadership training, exposure and networking opportunities with SAS executives and community leaders, expanding on-the-job experience with special projects, and teaching energy management for future leadership roles. We also have a mentorship program that connects new talent with company veterans, facilitating knowledge transfer to help employees learn from each other.
  • Lifelong Learning: Our roots are in academia and we’re proud of it! We started 40 years ago analyzing agricultural data for NC State University. Now, we’ve grown to have our own ‘campus’ that still has a unique university flair. We recognize the importance of continuous learning and development, so we offer tuition assistance for employees who want to go back to school and continue growing professionally. We provide employees with tuition reimbursement up to $5,250 annually to show our support. And for those looking for more informal development, we have an on-site library with over 10,000 books, librarians to help with research for projects, and access to from LinkedIn to pursue personal skill development.
  • Work hard – Play hard: We love to celebrate everything from work anniversaries and birthdays to our annual SAS picnic – where you’ll find food, fun and lots of fireworks for the whole family!. SAS ‘Pi Day’ on 3/14 may be our most unique celebration since numbers are at the heart of everything we do. We celebrate by taking group photos by our outdoor Pi art sculpture, employees can submit creative “pi charts” to win prizes, and it wouldn't be complete without actual pies. Who doesn’t love pie?
  • Winter Break: What’s the best holiday gift of all? Extra time to spend with family and friends, of course. Our people work hard all year so we like to say “Thank you” by giving our employees a Winter Break. Everyone in the company takes a break the last week of December through the New Year without having to take additional vacation time. That means no meetings and no emails. That way, we can enjoy the holidays and save our vacation time for another big trip!
  • Environmental Sustainability: We believe in doing our part to help protect the environment by reducing our footprint with multiyear programs focused on energy conservation, emission management, pollution mitigation, water conservation, and waste reduction and recycling. Do we have a solar farm? Yup. Do we have honeybee pollinators on-site? You bet. Do we have 10 LEED-certified buildings including one Platinum certification? Sure do. Do we have employees who run recycling programs on-site? You know it. As our world evolves, we must be diligent in safeguarding the planet, and targeting innovative ways to live and work sustainably – starting with our own campus.
  • Check off your ‘To-Do List’ on-site: We believe you should enjoy your life outside of work as much as you enjoy your day job. So, we make it easy for our employees to check off their ‘To-Do List’ on-site. Need to visit the doctor? We have a full-service Health Care Center and Pharmacy on-site with full primary care for employees, spouses and dependents. Want to fit that workout out in? Stop by our free on-site gym or pool, or check out our full sports complex with tennis courts, soccer fields, running trails and more. And don’t forget our Campus Cuts hair salon, massage therapist, nail salon and yoga studio. There’s also a Work-Life Center with programs to help employees plan for everything from their kids’ college to finding local eldercare. With tons of additional perks from dry-cleaning to car detailing, there’s not much you can’t get done on campus!


87% Company-paid health coverage for employees 87% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
75% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
$3,830 Average Tuition Reimbursement
In addition to the convenience of an on-site pharmacy, the SAS Health Care Center has been offering free care for employees and their families for more than 30 years.


28 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 8 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Sick Paid time off


  • Flexible schedule
  • Telecommute option (10% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Medical facilities (only at headquarters)
  • Onsite Amenities (Food Services - 4 full service subsidized cafes, 2 coffee shops, 1 quick service subsidized cafe with coffee shop, 4 subsidized Food TO Go locations in office buildings, Evening meal and take home foods for employees, Breakstations on each floor of office buildings with free beverages and snacks. Recreation & Fitness Center - Fitness Classes (Land, Mind/Body, Aquatics), Personal Training, Sports Programs, Recreational Events (Family, Adult & Kids), Wellness Seminars, Fitness/Wellness Assessments, Salon Services (Skin, Nails, Hair, Massage), Delivery Services (Produce Box, LeBleu Water, Dry Cleaning), Additional Services (Car Detailing, Personal Shipping, Jewelry & Watch Repair), Seasonal Services (Tax Preparation, Personal Shredding), Book Exchange, Health Care Center (Physicians, Physical Therapists, Nutritionists), Pharmacy, Caring Closet (Loaner Medical Equipment), Child Care.)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 40 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
76 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take40 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
40 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)24 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$5,000 Adoption benefit60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)
40 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

Environmental Program Manager Leads environmental impact team Self-Conducted Environmental impact audit
7 LEED certified building(s) Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Renewable energy program Yes Carbon offset program
Yes Recycling program Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • 50 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

To promote the importance of early childhood education and build a global, diverse community of innovators, SAS CEO Jim Goodnight has made education the company’s primary philanthropic focus for the last 25 years.


Among employees at SAS' Cary headquarters, 96 percent use the Recreation & Fitness Center.

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?

We’re looking for relentless problem-solvers, who are unafraid to challenge assumptions by being creative and forward-thinking. Our approach to connecting the best talent to each hiring opportunity is measured through company values and job-specific competencies. New hires should embody our core values of being curious, passionate, authentic and accountable. What helps us identify a strong candidate who has the technical skills, but adds to our culture? A prospective employee’s passion shows up as a commitment to excellence and they thrive on meaningful work. To be authentic means candidates are genuine, transparent, and full of integrity. New hires are responsible, and exceed the minimum expectations when they show accountability. Top candidates provide professional examples that demonstrate their ability to add value through their position-specific skills. 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Information is at candidates’ fingertips. And the candidates that stand out to our recruiters and hiring managers are the ones who invest time in learning about our company. Learn who we are and what we do, and tie that into your interview. Candidates can set themselves apart by being clear about their purpose and what they’d like to accomplish as a part of the team. We meet candidates through in-person networking or recruiting events, social media, and referrals from our talented employee base. We receive a high volume of requests to learn about careers at SAS, but those who make the biggest impression are the candidates that can clearly communicate why they want to work here, and how the unique skills they bring add value to our business. And don’t forget, interviews area two-way street, so ask your recruiters and hiring managers questions – interview us in the process!  

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

As our business needs adjust to the needs of our customers and emerging technologies, we are focused on hiring for our growth initiatives. These disciplines include Artificial Intelligence, Fraud, Risk, and Internet of Things. We look for professionals across a wide spectrum of skills sets, including Statistics, Operations Research, Econometrics, Health Care, Financial Services, Manufacturing, and Government. From Research and Development to Engineering, Product Marketing, and Sales, we are highly interested in talking with subject matter experts.

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

Our candidates should check out our careers site ( to see all openings and set up job alerts for new positions. Also, following us on LinkedIn ( is a great way to stay connected. Additionally, prospective applicants should always be ready to share why they are interested in SAS and how they’d be able to help make a difference here.  

hiring Outlook

1,200 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 1% Job Growth
43 Average applicants per opening 60,158 Total job applicants
36% New hires by employee referrals 32% Openings filled by current employees
145 Recent graduates hired 5% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
13% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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