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SAS ranks No. 1 in the world for best workplaces

Mumbai, India  (Nov. 21, 2012)  – SAS earned the top spot on the elite World's Best Multinational Workplaces list from Great Place to Work®. SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, ranked No. 1 based on inspiring work, open communication, generous benefits and work-life balance.

"This recognition underscores our efforts to encourage creativity and innovation around the world, no matter where we are located," said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight. "Employee feedback is critical to achieving first place on this list. It means a great deal that SAS employees value the company as much as we value them. It also mirrors how we value our customers."

SAS is recognized worldwide by Great Place to Work. Last year, SAS ranked No. 2 on the World's Best Multinational Workplaces list. This year, SAS has been among the top workplaces in India, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Europe, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the US. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sudipta Sen, Regional Director - South East Asia, CEO & MD, SAS Institute (India) said, "We firmly believe that fostering a great working environment is a good business strategy. Our employees are the lifeblood of our success, and they recognize how important their contribution is for the company's success. We will continue to increase our focus and investment in further strengthening our employee satisfaction."

"The companies listed on the second annual World's Best Multinational Workplaces List are creating workplaces dedicated to fostering trust, pride and camaraderie amongst their employees," said Susan Lucas-Conwell, Global CEO of Great Place to Work. "Their inclusion on this prestigious list demonstrates their commitment to continually improving the lives of their employees and setting innovative new standards for workplaces of the future."

To be eligible, companies must appear on five or more national Great Place to Work lists in the past year and have more than 5,000 employees worldwide, with at least 40 percent working outside the company's home country. Companies on the World's Best Multinational Workplaces list are rated by their employees to be among the best companies, and have excellent HR policies and practices that support a culture of trust.

Great Place to Work recognizes leading workplaces in 45 countries. Every year, Great Place to Work analyzes data from surveys taken by more than 2.5 million employees and workplace culture analytics taken from 5,671 companies that represent more than 11 million employees. The World's Best Multinational Workplaces list is the first integrated look at survey data from employees of thousands of companies across six continents, making it the world's largest annual study of workplace excellence.

About Great Place to Work:

Great Place to Work Institute is a global research, consulting and training firm that helps organizations identify, create and sustain great workplaces through the development of high-trust workplace cultures. Great Place to Work serves businesses, nonprofits and government agencies in 45 countries on all six continents.

About SAS

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