Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 6

SAS Institute Inc.

Cary, N.C. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 6 for retention, No. 4 for benefits IT employees at this Cary, N.C.-based software company know the thrill of working on cutting-edge technology. Collaboration efforts between the IT and R&D teams have helped create technology that supports green initiatives, sustainability efforts and disaster relief analysis. The IT organization also uses technology to improve the efficiency of internal business partners's processes. IT employees have opportunities to work on projects with the newest technologies, such as virtualization tools, cloud platforms and grid computing. Customized work schedules: The company offers a variety of flexible scheduling options to give employees the freedom to perform their jobs in the manner that works best for them. Most flexible schedules are worked out between individuals and their managers. The turnover rate at SAS is just 2%; in comparison, the industry standard is approximately 22%. The list of reward and recognition programs is long: The IT group offers the Exemplary Performance Award, a quarterly, peer-driven honor, and the Key Club Award, another peer-driven award, for employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. The Key Club Award winner is recognized with movie tickets, a massage or merchandise from the company store. A companywide award called the CEO Award of Excellence celebrates the achievements of SAS employees in all departments. An IT newsletter features, among other things, reports about employee success stories, introductions to new employees and announcements of birthdays, births, anniversaries and marriages. The IT group also maintains "brag boards" to recognize good performances. Social events for IT employees include a yearly chili cook-off and department lunches and dinners.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 2

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 5,566

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 321

IT employee turnover in 2009: 3%

IT promotions in 2009: 1%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $1,400

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 32%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 40%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 31%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 17%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 4%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 20%