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  • SingleLensReflex.SLR Jan 21, 1:27 p.m.

    I am so jealous. the company where i work would take the stuffing out of our chairs if they could sell it. They make us come in early so our lunch break is "our time" then they make us work thru lunch. illegal you say ? lots of illegal stuff, but no one will complain. Modern day slavery.

  • ar979 Jan 21, 12:22 p.m.

    They have tons of 'non-computer scientist' type jobs. If you would actually take the time to look at the job listings, you would see that. There were actually 2 housekeeping jobs up just a couple days ago.

  • cas-65 Jan 21, 11:15 a.m.

    It's tough to get an interview there. I have a CSC degree from NCSU with 12 years of IT experience, applied for several jobs at SAS but never heard back.

  • kikinc Jan 21, 11:02 a.m.

    The people that I know that work at SAS aren't programmers. They're the art director, food court manager, grounskeepers, etc. They all found their jobs when SAS advertised. Can't say they only advertise for software development positions.

  • didisaythat Jan 21, 10:14 a.m.

    I love how much information people have on a company that they do not work for. Thank you to the people that do work for SAS to give us more information and personal experience. I am sure the naysayers will not believe you.

  • pmck Jan 21, 10:08 a.m.

    Yeah, I work at one of those places where they say, "be thankful you have a job..." when anyone dares to make any constructive criticism. Congrats to those who work for companies like SAS where the value of great employees is recognized (and they are rewarded).

  • dirkdiggler Jan 21, 9:36 a.m.

    "Madam, a software company needs other types of employees to run the company, too. But when do they post other types of jobs?"

    All the time. Maybe you just arent qualified for any of them.

  • dirkdiggler Jan 21, 9:28 a.m.

    its funny...all my friends at SAS are extremely happy working there. I work at a company that made Triangle Business Journal's top places to work 5 years in a row. I'm sure the negative nancy's would be on here talking about how horrible my place of employment is, too, but let me tell you....when you have benefits out the wazoo, an on site health club, free personal trainer, massage therapist, awesome health care that is dirt cheap for employees, 6 weeks vacation, and your employer's rate of pay is ranked in the top 99th percentile, you get, and KEEP, happy, loyal, hard working employees.

    I work hard for my employer because I'm appreciated and my hard work is rewarded. I know that's hard to comprehend if you've never been in that sort of environment. It took me 2 years to realize the honeymoon feeling was never going to end. We are left to do our jobs and arent micromanaged to death, we're paid very well, and we have great benefits. Yep, sounds like a reason to complain...

  • RGMTRocks Jan 21, 9:06 a.m.

    Babeedoll, puleeeze, maybe it is that great. You don't work there and you're bitter because they didn't hire you. Sheesh.

    I see a trend here that I see everywhere else too - people who think they're entitled and the world and employers owe them something. To reap rewards, one must sow the proper seeds. If you want a great job at a great company, then you have to be what that company is about. I'm an IT manager at another company that is also great to work for - IF you're of the right mindset and skill level and you have the right attitude. My staff have told me they wouldn't work at SAS (when they really could) because I'm not there. I treat them well, as does our company and WOW you should see the work they put out as a result. These people have the skills and attitude and they are the cream of the crop! People, don't be stupid...BE the people that make a company great and you too will be rewarded in many ways.

  • usmalenurse Jan 21, 8:14 a.m.

    "try to be a little more positive. Or at least talk about something that you ACTUALLY know about and not just what you assume." --ar979
    Talk about cutting down the number of golo posts...that would do it!

  • CicnyKid Jan 20, 7:41 p.m.

    I would have thought working for one of the ABC Boards would have made the list . . .

  • madamwuf Jan 20, 6:59 p.m.

    I'm not saying SAS doesn't have administrative assistants, I'm pointing out that those positions are fewer and farther between than jobs related to their core business. They post them as they become available, which in SAS time, means rarely as the admin's they do have aren't leaving.

  • bigal02282 Jan 20, 6:57 p.m.

    Fortunately for me, I suppose being a computer nerdy-type guy since around 1986 or so would put me in good stead for a job there. On the other side, with absolutely no experience being a brain surgeon, I probably couldn't get a job as one in any local hospital. Well, bad for me, good for YOU.

  • Baybee Doll Jan 20, 6:55 p.m.

    U'll never get the housekeeper position anyway!! U don't have 10 years of experience mopping floors. Lol, what a joke.

  • Baybee Doll Jan 20, 6:50 p.m.

    Madam, a software company needs other types of employees to run the company, too. But when do they post other types of jobs?

  • utterance Jan 20, 6:48 p.m.

    "Especially considering that SAS owner Jim Goodnight is a well known conservative. As is Daniel Wegman. And the Stilles that run Nugget Markets."

    Reading comprehension is key. I said "most." Check out who most of the SAS employees donate to.

    "how do i get a job as sas? i would even clean the bathrooms!"

    They're currently looking for a housekeeper. Close enough? Requisition number 10002765.

  • Baybee Doll Jan 20, 6:46 p.m.

    Jeff, puleeeze, it isn't that great. Sheesh.

  • flyingcheetah92 Jan 20, 6:40 p.m.

    "Why run an article like this when 99.999% of the readers will be unable to find employment with SAS?"

    It is also true that more than 99% of people here will not get shot or die in an automobile accident either...should they stop putting those up too?

    Baybee Doll: I am sorry that you had a poor experience there, but do you really think that just one person is a basis to say that it is not a great place to work?

  • madamwuf Jan 20, 6:36 p.m.

    "What would truly make them a great company is if they do something to help the economy and open up some jobs that non-computer scientists (99% of the population) can actually get. "

    So... a software company shouldn't hire so many computer programmers? SAS's core function is software, so those 1% of the population with computer science degrees can reap the benefits of a well-chosen field. After all, there would be no SAS administrative assistants if it wasn't for SAS computer programmers.

  • jeff27577 Jan 20, 6:19 p.m.

    how do i get a job as sas? i would even clean the bathrooms!

  • Baybee Doll Jan 20, 5:58 p.m.

    Yeah they are so great that the HR woman treats you terribly when you apply for a job. Of course, this was many years ago when they actually posted normal jobs for normal people (e.g., admin assistant, not just A and B and C+ certified with 10 years of experience in a nerdy computer job).

    What would truly make them a great company is if they do something to help the economy and open up some jobs that non-computer scientists (99% of the population) can actually get. Then get a fair, welcoming HR rep who sets a good example for their company. Until then, I disagree that they are so great.

  • Big Mike Jan 20, 5:33 p.m.

    Good for them! Glad someone around here cares about the people who work for them, while the 99% rest of us are just numbers with a pulse and making 8......

  • shepherdofwolves Jan 20, 4:45 p.m.

    [Ever notice that most of the best companies to work for are owned/managed by more politically progressive people?]

    "Progressive, maybe. Particuarly companies with a high profit margins. Politically? That would be hard to prove."

    Especially considering that SAS owner Jim Goodnight is a well known conservative. As is Daniel Wegman. And the Stilles that run Nugget Markets.

  • utterance Jan 20, 4:31 p.m.

    "Progressive, maybe. Particuarly companies with a high profit margins. Politically? That would be hard to prove."

    Actually, it's quite easy to prove. Take a look at opensecrets.org and peruse who most of the top brass and employees donate money to.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Jan 20, 4:15 p.m.

    Why run an article like this when 99.999% of the readers will be unable to find employment with SAS? I'm happy for the SAS employees because they work for the exception, not the norm. I've heard the pay isn't great but the benefits are more than generous; plus the working conditions are superior to that found in most corporations. In a time where corporate greed and ineptness makes keeping a job stressful and finding one even moreso, SAS is the goose that laid the golden egg.

  • The Fox Jan 20, 4:07 p.m.

    [Ever notice that most of the best companies to work for are owned/managed by more politically progressive people?]

    Progressive, maybe. Particuarly companies with a high profit margins. Politically? That would be hard to prove.

  • williammjohnston Jan 20, 3:04 p.m.

    Congratulations to SAS. I have several friends who work there. Never heard of any of them looking for a different employer! See what this says for a privately owned and Controlled business. (SAS employees would never vote or need a union!)

  • kikinc Jan 20, 3:02 p.m.

    Everyone that I know that works for SAS loves it. If I could only be so lucky to work there.

  • changein2016please! Jan 20, 2:32 p.m.

    SAS sounds like what IBM was 25-30 years ago. Very difficult to get in the door, but once you did, you knew you were in a great company. I would love to work at SAS (yes, I have applied several times) and I know the competition to get in must be very high because they are continuously ranked as one of the best places to work.

  • Lyle Jan 20, 2:31 p.m.

    So much misinformation from posters! My wife has worked there for over 5 years. She loves SAS and they love her. Work you to the bone? Hardly. She's exceptional in her group and has a 35 hour schedule. She works and has worked with many long-term veterans there who are coasters, poor managers, schizo and have no work ethic. SAS is not perfect. But they are not a sweatshop. The benefits are generous and anyone who has loyalty and drive should be set. Their sales force was cut loose a few years ago because they did not meet goals. And they had one year to turn it around. So, Mr. Goodnight "laid off"(fired) the lot. With the opportunity to reapply elsewhere in the company.

    It's easy to throw bombs at a company at which you would have zero chance of even getting an interview with. The spelling and grammar on this board are lamentable, especially from the real meanies.

  • BigUNCFan Jan 20, 2:21 p.m.

    Also, as I understand it, if you use the on site health stuff, you can go to a specialist if needed. My friends get their blood work done there even when they use another doc off site or a specialist. The can do almost all of the blood tests and they are the same as if the specialists did them in his or her office except a ton cheaper for the company. The results are then sent to the doctor who ordered them. It is a win win for the employee and the company.

    As for knowing what you have and wanting to keep that private, I have a feeling they would know anyway because you would claim said medical issue on your insurance.

  • Justin T. Jan 20, 2:11 p.m.

    This list is totally incorrect. Everyone knows the best job is posting on GOLO about how there are no jobs. The government and/or mom pays the tab on that one.

  • tmh1375 Jan 20, 2:07 p.m.

    @ tmh1375 Who provided the survey? Raleigh72

    That information is located within the article.

  • utterance Jan 20, 1:58 p.m.

    Ever notice that most of the best companies to work for are owned/managed by more politically progressive people? It's not just this year either. It's usually like this every time a survey is taken.

  • NC Reader Jan 20, 1:42 p.m.

    Well, there's one good thing about the naysayers: They won't be applying for any SAS jobs, which will just keep the competition to about 1000 others rather than more than that if I were to apply for a job there!

  • yellow_hat Jan 20, 1:41 p.m.

    I remember when IBM used to make this list consistently, but that was before management decided that everything is better in India & China.

  • Raleigh72 Jan 20, 1:35 p.m.

    @ seankelly15
    I was never fired, I was a contractor, I did my job and left. I just heard the employee's complaints. Sorry for the typo before.

    @ tmh1375
    Who provided the survey? The place I worked did a survey and based on the results, it made a difference whether you got more money or not. Surveys are usually bs.
    I should be more positive!

  • TWM Jan 20, 1:32 p.m.

    It could be worse you could work for enterprise....

  • f6rider Jan 20, 1:12 p.m.

    uglytruth: your right ;)

  • seankelly15 Jan 20, 12:56 p.m.

    Raleigh72 - "I worked for a company that was on a best of the best places to work." Did you mean 'on' or 'one'? Was the company one of those listed by Forbes? Were you fired?

  • cympie27 Jan 20, 12:48 p.m.

    Oops, that should be @JAT not PAT

  • cympie27 Jan 20, 12:42 p.m.

    PAT, you are so misinformed. First, SAS has UNLIMITED sick days. If you sick they most definitely encourage you NOT to come in. Second, the free health care on campus is there as a convenience. Otherwise you can go to any doctor you choose in the insurance carrier's network as with any other employer...only with lower premiums and better coverage! So, now you know.

  • ar979 Jan 20, 12:41 p.m.

    I work at SAS and have to say that most of what you people are saying is untrue. We don't HAVE to use the onsite Dr, it's offered as a convienence. We have unlimited sick days so if we do need to take care of a kid or ourselves, we can.
    I agree with tmh1375--try to be a little more positive. Or at least talk about something that you ACTUALLY know about and not just what you assume.

  • snshine62d Jan 20, 12:34 p.m.

    Goes to show that if you take care of your employees...your employees will take care of you company. Wish I could get a job there.

  • uglytruth Jan 20, 12:32 p.m.

    @f6rider do I sense sarcasm??

    Actually, I don't see IBM in the top 100 anywhere. Did I miss it?

  • WRALblows Jan 20, 12:32 p.m.

    Isn't it interesting what happens when companies treat employees as assets instead of liabilities? Isn't it just crazy how those employees work to make the company succeed.

    Most of us now work in the new "take it or leave it" workplaces where those who split the profits see employees as nothing but walking expenses. Then these company principals wonder why they are not a shining example of success. I know of at least three companies in the area that would be thriving if they valued their human resources. Instead they are barely scraping by because no one who works for them cares about anything but the paycheck. If you are one of those saying "hey, they get paid so they should be happy they have a job" then you think just like the owners of slipshod companies going nowhere.

    I can't wait until it's an employees market again instead of an employers market.

  • tmh1375 Jan 20, 12:15 p.m.

    "How the hell does Fortune magazine know anything about the working environment?" Raleigh72
    Maybe because..."Two thirds of a company's ranking is based on the employee survey.
    The remaining third is based on company data provided to the Great Place to Work Institute's Culture Audit."

    I know several that work there and are extremely happy. They work a lot of hours but have many perks that make it worthwhile. You all should try to be a little more positive once and awhile. It's good for you.

  • JAT Jan 20, 12:08 p.m.

    I always felt like somt of the "benefits" SAS has were really meant to try to keep people there and working despite being sick or needing time off. Some things might make lives easier but sometimes you need time off to get your hair cut and car detailed and to go to the doctor. And if your kid is sick, you want to know you can go and take care of it, not feel guilty for having to leave it in the onsite daycare and work. I don't want an on-site doctor. I have my own dr and if I'm sick, I'm going to go see THAT dr not one who's there just so I can be told to get back to work ASAP.

  • durham_nc Jan 20, 12:06 p.m.

    any opinions on NetApp & Google?

  • f6rider Jan 20, 11:57 a.m.

    I can't believe "IBM" didn't get that spot :D Did IBM even make the list?

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