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



This review is based on 1269 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.09. It was published on Aug 24, 2016. 26950 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.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.

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: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: Cary, North Carolina US Sites: 45
Major Locations: Bloomington, Minnesota; Austin, Texas; Arlington, Virginia US Employees: 7,191
Worldwide Revenues: $3,160 million Employees Worldwide: 14,254
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1976

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.

  • Check off your ‘To Do List’ onsite: SAS believes in helping relieve everyday stress for employees, so they offer many services onsite to help employees knock out their ‘To Do List’. Services include a full service Healthcare Center and Pharmacy with everything from full primary care for employees, spouses, and dependents to physical therapy and nutrition counseling. There’s a Work-Life Center with programs to help employees plan for everything from their kids’ college, to finding local eldercare. There’s also a free onsite gym and pool with exercise classes and personal trainers, basketball and tennis courts, soccer fields, a Campus Cuts hair salon, massage therapist, and nail salon. SAS also offers subsidized childcare and summer camps onsite – you’ll frequently see employees taking a lunch break with their kids in the cafes.
  • Subsidized Food: Employees enjoy healthy meals at heavily subsidized prices in any of the four full service campus cafés or Food-to-Go locations. There are also free breakroom snacks, drinks, and coffee – including special breakfast treats on Fridays. There are many coffee bars on the SAS campus, and every once in a while you’ll hear a few employees tickling the keys of the piano in one of the cafes adding a little extra coffee shop vibe!
  • Creative Work Spaces: SAS understands that creativity doesn’t happen on command, so we support flexibility to work when and where employees feel the most creative. Whether employees prefer to work in their private offices on campus, or in a large collaboration space with whiteboard walls and modular furniture fostering interaction, SAS provides an environment to create and innovate. Smaller breakout rooms with the latest A/V technology are also available for smaller meet ups.
  • Giving back: SAS supports employees’ efforts to give back to the community by funding their volunteer hours, providing matching funds, and connecting them with local opportunities to give back. SAS focuses efforts on educational programs, especially those focused on STEM. 
  • Emerging Leaders program: SAS develops their young professional talent by providing leadership training, exposure and networking opportunities to SAS and community leaders, expanding on-the-job experience with special project assignments, and teaching energy management for future leadership roles. 
  • Continuous Education: SAS is rooted in academia, getting its start analyzing agricultural data for NC State University. And while the physical SAS ‘campus’ has a university flair, SAS recognizes the importance of continuous growth and development for employees, so they offer tuition assistance for employees who want to return to school to continue growing professionally. Additionally, SAS offers employees looking for more informal development an onsite library with over 10,000 books, librarians to help with research for projects, and access to to pursue personal skill development.
  • Celebrations: SAS celebrations range from work anniversaries, to birthdays, to our annual SAS picnic with food, fun, and lots of fireworks. 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, of course, actual pie treats are involved. Who doesn’t love to eat a piece of pie?


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


  • 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 Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 19 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
    Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 52 weeks Unpaid sabbatical


    • Flexible schedule
    • Job sharing
    • Telecommute option (11% use it)
    • Compressed work weeks


    60 days Job-protected maternity leave90 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    61 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take20 days Job-protected paternity leave
    20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)9 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
    $5,000 Adoption benefit20 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents
    20 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.


    • Onsite child care (only at headquarters)
    • Lactation room(s)
    • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
    • Offsite subsidized childcare
    • Elder care resources


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


    • Breast cancer screening
    • Skin cancer screening
    • Blood pressure screening
    • Complete biometric screening
    • Medical facilities (only at headquarters)
    • Prostate cancer screening
    • Cholesterol tests
    • Flu shots
    • Fitness center (only at headquarters)
    • Subsidized offsite gym memberships


    • Formal programs support professional development for: Women
    • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
    • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

    Executive Diversity

    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 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 the kind of match we want.

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    SAS seeks more than skills and experience. We want 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 also want well-rounded individuals who are multi-dimensional and not so narrowly focused. People who are good communicators and collaborators and can easily adapt to rapidly changing environments. We look for those who inspire leadership that sparks innovation, change, and business transformation.  

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

    SAS is looking for candidates in critical revenue generating areas such as sales, consulting, and research and development. We look for candidates with deep analytical expertise in the areas of statistics, operations research, and econometrics, as well as domain expertise such as health care, financial services, manufacturing, and government.

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

    Visit us at You can also follow us on LinkedIn.

    hiring Outlook

    1,200 Job openings forecast for coming year 4% Job Growth
    67,482 Applications received 1,242 Positions filled in past year
    53% New hires by employee referrals 1,381 New positions created
    345 Jobs filled by current employees Yes Recruits on college campuses
    154 New graduates hired 4% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
    7% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
    * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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