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SAS wins World's Best Multinational Workplace honor

Posted November 14, 2012

— When it comes to best place to work recognition around the world, SAS and its employees can now proclaim: "We're No. 1!"

SAS, the world's largest privately held software firm which is based in Cary and is a perennial winner of "Best Place to Work" honors, is now the "World's Best Multinational Workplace," according to the Great Place to Work Institute. SAS was second on the first such list a year ago.

Twenty-five companies were honored at an awards banquet in San Francisco on Tuesday night. 

Companies based in or with major operations in the Research Triangle area made a strong showing:

  • Quintiles, the world's largest life science services firm which is based in Durham, ranked 23rd.
  • NetApp, which operates a large campus in RTP, finished third.
  • Cisco, which maintains its second largest campus outside its Silicon Valley headquarters in RTP, was rated 21st.
  • Also in the top 25 is Novo Nordisk, which operates a huge drug manufacturing facility in Clayton, at No. 22.

Winning recognition for what it offers in the workplace is nothing new for SAS, which generated a record $2.775 billion in revenue in 2011 and is expected to top that total this year.

The company, co-founded by billionaires Jim Goodnight and John Sall in 1976, has been recognized in the U.S. as the top place to work by Fortune magazine, which works with the Great Place to Work Institute, to evaluate and rank companies.

Employees receive a wide range of benefits ranging from generous healthcare plans to onsite daycare and access to fitness facilities.

Rankings are based on feedback from employees as well as an evaluation of human relationship policies and practices. The Great Place to Work institute stresses a mix of internal communications, benefits and balance between work and outside life.

To be eligible, a company must have more than 5,000 employees around the world with at least 40 percent of those based outside its home country.

SAS has more than 14,000 employees spread globally across 400 offices. Of those workers, more than 6,600 are based in the U.S. with just over 5,000 in Cary.

"This recognition underscores our efforts to encourage creativity and innovation around the world, no matter where we are located," Goodnight said in a statement. "Employee feedback is critical to achieving first place on this list. It means a great deal that SAS employees value the company as much as we value them. It also mirrors how we value our customers."

In competitions focused on Best Companies to Work For by country, SAS Belgium and SAS Sweden were ranked first this year.

SAS won U.S. honors in 2010 and 2011 as cited by Fortune magazine.

"The companies listed on the second annual World's Best Multinational Workplaces List are creating workplaces dedicated to fostering trust, pride and camaraderie amongst their employees," said Susan Lucas-Conwell, Global CEO of Great Place to Work. "Their inclusion on this prestigious list demonstrates their commitment to continually improving the lives of their employees and setting innovative new standards for workplaces of the future." 


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  • Mrs. Beasley Nov 15, 2012

    @dixiechic - SAS(Scandinavian Airlines) is laying off...not SAS Institute(software firm in Cary). :-)

  • dixiechic Nov 15, 2012

    So I just read this article after reading they are laying off 800 employees. Glad I don't work there!! Just saying

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 14, 2012

    That is a good thing. Congratulations. I wish all work places was that good. May others learn from this.

  • rlsmith5 Nov 14, 2012

    I had business dealings with SAS for at least 15 years and found them to be outstanding in how the conducted business and how they treated there employees. I just wish we had more people like Jim Goodnight who not only runs a terrific business , but also cares the same about the employees. Congratulations and keep up the GREAT IMAGE.

  • BernsteinIII Nov 14, 2012

    "SAS is NOT beholden to Wall St. "

    That's a good thing.

  • harinootsak Nov 14, 2012

    SAS is NOT beholden to Wall St. SAS employees ARE beholden to Goodnight. It is a software plantation, and the crop is software leased to their customers annually. It is an arcane business model, a legacy of IBM mainframe days, but it works. SAS's customers derive savings and profit orders of magnitude more than what the software and services cost. There is no true competition (at this large-scale price point). Say your nay, but you are looking at an outlier in American business, a very successful outlier. One doesn't have to approve or like SAS, but one best be impressed with the juggernaut @ Harrison/I40.

  • Just Once Nov 14, 2012

    You are all correct - I would MUCH rather be working at Target at midnight on Thanksgiving hoping I will have a job on December the 26th.

  • silvfx Nov 14, 2012

    wow thats alot of ugly talk. I wonder how many of these so called SAS experts have started their own companies from scratch and built it into a multi billon dollar enterprise. I wonder how many of them would even know what SAS does and how their products impact the world.

  • BernsteinIII Nov 14, 2012

    "When you begin making a decision on whether or not to accept a position, I hope you don't base it on salary alone."

    Nope. I can't imagine that anyone would.

  • offthegrid7165 Nov 14, 2012

    Goodnight doesn't just cut jobs without a really good reason, especially when they are bringing in more revenue than ever! lucasd06

    Depends on what you consider a "good" reason... or more accurately... what Jim considers to be a "good" reason. Just watch the news my'll see.