Case Review: SAS Institue

SAS is a very unusual and interesting company.  It operates in the opposite manner as many public software companies.  Sales people are not paid on commission, there is no formal organizational structure, there is an onsite daycare, there is an onsite medical clinic and employees are not given stock options.  These are just examples of the many differences.

If I were to design a corporation, SAS would be on the top of the list for companies to emulate.  First of all, it is a company where I would want to work.  And it provides the human support to its employees that we all need (medical care, schools for children, gymnasium, nice location, etc.).

The one change I would add is a little more structure.  The case mentions that the company does not appeal to those who like more rules.  My approach is to try to capture the interest of any type of person that might contribute to the company and excluding one or more personality types risks losing out on personnel diversity.

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