Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 19

SAS Institute Inc.

Cary, N.C. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Because the IT team at this Cary, N.C.-based software company must cover 24/7 operations in the data center as well as offer around-the-clock global support, flexible work schedules are key to employee happiness. With that in mind, the company allows people to work flexible schedules (7 a.m. to 3 p.m. instead of the usual 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for example), offers comp time to on-call employees, gives people time off during the day to attend events at their children's schools and lets employees work from home when necessary to deal with things like family emergencies or home repairs. The flexible schedules benefits IT's customers, too, because they ensure that IT workers are available for extended hours. There are other perks, as well. For example, employees can use an on-site fitness center before or after work or even compete in sports during their lunch hours.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 4

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 5,569

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 328

IT employee turnover in 2008: 3%

IT promotions in 2008: 7%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 6

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $2,400

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 31%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 36%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 30%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 16%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 3%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 19%