SAS: A Workplace Community with a Values-Based Culture

SAS was called the most important software company you never heard of by Fast Company magazine in 1999. Even today, though many MBA students, corporate work-life directors, and HR professionals are familiar with their background, they are not a household name. They started as a statistical analysis software company (hence the initials “SAS”) based near Raleigh, North Carolina, and since 1976 they have been a company where engagement and commitment matter more than salary, stock options, and bonuses.
The SAS philosophy, as stated on their website, is simple:
“If you treat employees as if they make a difference to the company, they will make a difference to the company.”
That’s been ...

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