SAS Institute: Ranked #1
SAS has been on Fortune’s list of the ten best corporations to work for since 1998, which was the year the list was first established. The institute has been named and ranked as number one for 2010 and 2011, not only in the U.S. but also in Norway, Sweden and Belgium.
The company’s business reputation has reached greater heights, as their innovations are now used at more than 50,000 sites globally. In fact, SAS has more than 11,000 employees in more than 50 countries. That way, they can keep their commitment of providing customers with hands-on support, whether locally or globally.
Top management believes that the key to achieving business success is by keeping their employees happy, yet challenged, and driven in a state of healthy work-life balance. As such, they can provide the company with continuous innovations to keep their customers satisfied as well. They have adopted this culture through all the years of striving to become one of the leading innovators of software, and lately as a leader in multivendor software architecture.
Based on our interview with Allison Lane of SAS.com, she states that:
“At SAS, we look for applicants who have the appropriate experience and skills, and who are a good fit with our culture."
While that statement may sound simple on the surface level, the last point about "cultural fit" is crucial. It's not about just having the right skills and training, but also about sharing the same perspectives as those working beside you.
Lane further adds,"All benefits and amenities are available to all employees." This is in response to our query if all types of employee perks are generally available – regardless of rank, job level or status as a new recruit. In other words, when it comes to benefits, all employees are treated equally, no matter what position they hold.
As the holder of the highest position among the top 100 corporate employers named by Fortune, this software-innovation company is highly regarded for its work-life balance programs and benefits. These include health care, a subsidized child-care center, wellness programs, and a recreation and fitness facility erected on a 66,000-squarefoot-area right on the company’s campus grounds. All these are aimed at reducing the day-to-day distractions that SAS employees face as they try to keep pace with the growing demand for SAS’s business analysis software.
For the company, employee satisfaction equates to revenue growth and profitability because they contribute in maintaining closer customer relationships; while the reduced recruitment costs allow the business to realize greater profits.
Image Credit: Courtesy of SAS Institute