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About The Organization

SAS Research and Development (India) Pvt. Ltd. is recognized among India's Great Mid-size Workplaces 2019 and among India's Best Workplaces for Women 2019 (Top 25). Every year, Great Place to Work® identifies India's 50 Great Mid-size Workplaces (with employee strength of 100 to 500) through an objective and rigorous workplace culture assessment process. As a part of our annual research in India, this year a total of 747 organizations were evaluated and from them, we identified India’s 75 Best Workplaces for Women 2019.

SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative analytics, business intelligence, and data management software and services, SAS helps customers at more than 75,000 sites make better decisions faster. SAS R&D India (Pvt.) Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SAS Inc., USA, is a key development center for Research and Development of products and solutions for SAS. The Pune office, being the largest R&D center outside the U.S., is focused on developing strategic products and solutions of SAS.

Company Size

451 Employees


Information Technology


Why SAS Research and Development (India) Pvt. Ltd. is a Great Place to Work?

SAS Research and Development (India) Pvt. Ltd. has successfully created a Great Place to Work FOR ALL their employees as they have excelled on the 5 dimensions that are a hallmark of a High-Trust, High-Performance Culture™ – Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride and Camaraderie. In a rigorous assessment process conducted by the Great Place to Work® Institute, SAS Research and Development (India) Pvt. Ltd met the minimum criteria on the Trust Index© Employee Survey, on the consistency of experience across all demographics and on the Culture Audit© People Practices Framework, to clear the first level i.e. getting Great Place to Work-Certified™.

Great Place to Work® is considered the ‘Gold Standard’ in workplace culture assessment and recognition.

As a certified organization, SAS Research and Development (India) Pvt. Ltd. became eligible to be considered among 'India's Great Mid-size Workplaces 2019' – a list that features the 'Best of the Best’. The process of identifying India's Great Mid-size Workplaces is based purely on the assessment findings and does not involve any jury or opinion based criteria.

Culture Snapshot
SAS Research and Development (India) Pvt. Ltd. has successfully established and nurtured a workplace environment that excels in almost every area of employee workplace experience. Programs are many in number, cater to all employee demographics, are integrated with where the organization is headed currently and quite a high degree of personal and human connects. While most practices and programs at SAS go unmatched, special mention should be given to their focus on creating a healthy and supportive work environment with their ergonomics support and consultation and work-life balance help for parents in stressful times with the Support SAS Kids program.

This page highlights more about the work culture of the organization, selected best people practices, the vision of the leadership and glimpses of employee life.

Read through to find out what makes SAS Research and Development (India) Pvt. Ltd. a Great Workplace.

Recognitions awarded by Great Place to Work®

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Great Place to Work-Certified™ from April 2019 - March 2020. Certified for 3 years in a row!

India's Great Mid-size Workplaces 2019

Among the TOP 25 of India's Best Workplaces in IT & IT-BPM 2019

Among the TOP 25 of India's Best Workplaces for Women 2019

World's 25 Best Workplaces 2018

Best People Practices

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Caring - Balancing

Sleep Transformation Program

SAS Sleep Transformation Program cultivates a workplace wellness culture that encourages employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The program consists of a two-week education phase, followed by the implementation phase. The focus has been to educate employees on topics such as Mindfulness strategies, Stress Management, foods that impair and promote sleep. With the help of an online Sleep Transformation Community and a sleep journal to record progress, employees are motivated to take proactive steps towards improving their mental & physical wellbeing.



Townhalls with a Twist

Town halls play a vital role in providing employees with information and strategic direction, building culture, and offer an opportunity to connect personally with the executive team. A format that usually relies on one-way communication from executives to employees. However, at SAS Research & Development rather than following the usual route, a bottom-up or inverted pyramid approach is implemented where no manager would present the highlights and achievements. Each town hall employees enthusiastically get together to present team updates in the most creative manner - from hosting talk shows to interesting Bollywood skits, thus breaking the monotony by creatively engaging the workforce. 

The kind of encouragement and support provided by SAS for innovation is exemplary, we get to learn new technologies and smart way to achieve our core tasks along with a flexibility to own them. It manages a perfect balance between innovation, work-life, product delivery and career development. I personally participated in more than 3 out of the box initiative in last one year, it really helped me learn new technologies without investing any of my personal time.

Employee Testimonial

The push that our organisation give to us to balance our professional and personal life is something I really appreciate. There are a lot of unique things and services provided for eg: the recreation programs, the fitness programs (yoga) and what not. The uniqueness about it, is it really cares what employees want and work with them to achieve it.

Employee Testimonial

Career @ SAS Research and Development (India) Pvt. Ltd.

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Leaders Speak


Moti Thadani

Head – Research & Development, SAS Research and Development (India) Pvt. Ltd.

1. What is your personal approach to making a Great Workplace?
I strongly believe that there is a direct correlation between our culture and our business success. Once we, as a team, believe that we are a Great Workplace, we see the entire organization functioning at an altogether higher level of efficiency and quality. My personal approach to making a Great Workplace is to clearly communicate this purpose in creating a Great Workplace, to listen to what team members have to say about this purpose and to engender mutual respect for our individual efforts towards achieving this purpose.

2. What are the top 2 benefits you see of creating a Great Workplace?
People’s trust in the leadership at SAS and in each other is high as a result of our unflagging efforts to create a Great Workplace. With trust being high, collaboration is easy and the pace at which the organization works is sped up thus delivering high-quality products more efficiently. Another benefit is that team members feel empowered to find solutions to problems/issues, knowing that their leaders will support them. People are more energized and motivated to ensure the organization works like a well-oiled machine.

3. What are your top people priorities?
Treating employees like they make a difference (so that they do make a difference) is a key people approach at SAS. Another priority is instilling the SAS Values of Curious, Accountable, Authentic and Passionate in our people. Our SAS Values encourage us to challenge assumptions in creative and forward-thinking ways, to exceed what is expected from us, to lead with integrity and to commit to excellence in everything we do.

4. How has your association with Great Place to Work® helped your business and strategic goals?
Colleagues, partners, customers and our team members all view our organization with new-found respect which reflects the excellent character and the high competence that a Great Workplace promises. They know we offer high integrity, good intent, excellent capabilities and a track record of delivering results that exceed expectations. This makes it easier to work across language and geographical distance barriers as well as to navigate the occasional hiccup. Over the years this has helped our organization take responsibility for more complex and more autonomous projects.

Soumi Alphons

Head - Human Resources, SAS Research and Development (India) Pvt. Ltd.

1. What can your present and potential employees be sure of from a work culture perspective in the organization?
‘What keeps you inspired in SAS’ is my favourite question in stay interviews, and the answers that I receive have remained the same over the last several years. Meaningful work, Empowerment, and Inspiring work environment. And that’s what we promise to our current and potential employees.

2. What, according to you, is a people challenge your industry is facing?
There is no dearth of talent in India, but hiring people who are cultural fit is a challenge. At SAS, we need leaders at all levels. We want people who are passionate about what they do and bring that energy to work every day. We need people who challenge and push each other to achieve excellence. Finding such talent requires efforts, time, and commitment from everyone involved in hiring.

3. How are you ensuring a consistent workplace experience FOR ALL your employees, irrespective of their role, age, gender, tenure etc. in the organization?
We believe in an equitable distribution of profits and programs. We are a single status company. When it comes to the choice of benefits connected to career, life, money or health, there is no division in the title. Our R&D Head and a new hire enjoy similar privileges. We believe that the power of diversity is unleashed when we respect and value differences. Our culture inspires people with different experiences or backgrounds to work together. The respect with which each one interacts in the workplace is something that people haven’t seen elsewhere. Additionally, unique workplace programs support us to build a strong multi-generational workforce where each one feels special and important.

4. How has your association with Great Place to Work® helped your business and strategic goals?
The equation is simple. SAS being a great workplace naturally attracts great talent. Great talent helps us to maintain our leadership position in the business. Due to our great workplace reputation and great talent, customers are confident about doing business with us.

Life @ SAS Research and Development (India) Pvt. Ltd.

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