Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 14

SAS Institute Inc.

Cary, N.C. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 4 for retention This Cary, N.C.-based software company holds international appeal for its employees. SAS hosts annual global workshops at its U.S. headquarters, with high attendance from its U.S. IT staff, who get to meet the international IT people that they've worked with remotely. In fact, the company delivered more global IT projects in the past year than any other time in its history. Fun for all SAS offers several new programs each year to draw out the sports, gardening, cooking or craft enthusiast in everyone, from the annual family picnic to anniversary celebrations, sports leagues and photo contests. The company's newest building is state of the art and has given IT staffers the opportunity to work on projects outside their day-to-day routines, such as the installation, setup and automation of video walls; programming for a touch-screen room-scheduling system integrated into the email and calendar system; the creation of systems for room automation and digital signage; the design of customer kiosks; software development for a new event management system; and a point-of-sale system for the cafe. Tech treats The company has several initiatives under way, including rolling out social networking, tablet computing and smartphones. IT employees evaluate, configure and set policies for these new technologies. The CEO Award of Excellence recognizes employees who go the extra mile and exceed expectations, and divisional awards recognize and reward consistent, exceptional performance and behavior throughout the year.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 3

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 5,803

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 328

IT employee turnover in 2010: 3%

IT promotions in 2010: 12%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $1,200

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 32%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 41%

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

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 16%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 4%

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