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If you’re curious about why such a talented group of people choose to work at SAS, we’ll let them speak for themselves. All our employees believe in what we do – and understand that our innovation in analytics is only as important as what can be accomplished with it.

Candid stories through an authentic lens.

Jessica
Marketing

Jared
R&D

I-sah
Social Innovation & Brand

Grant
Sales

Portia
R&D

Tahseen
Customer Advisor

Keith
Human Resources

Nigel
Education

Enrique
Sales

Katie
Work Life Center

Ed
Consulting

Selena
Social Innovation & Brand

Jessica
Experience Design

Kevin
Sales

Marvio Portela

Marvio

Vice President of Sales, SAS

Here’s something you should know about Vice President of Sales Marvio Portela: He’s the kind of leader who’s not afraid to admit making a mistake.

“I have had more than one life at SAS,” said Marvio, who explained that his first career at SAS began in 2010. “SAS is a place where you can be who you are, but eventually, I made the choice to explore other opportunities.”

Fortunately for SAS, and for Marvio, that exploration led him back to a place that felt like home. Two years after his departure, Marvio returned to SAS to lead the Sales team in Brazil. He held this role for only five months before making the move to Melbourne, Australia, to lead the sales efforts underway in Asia Pacific. Today, Marvio is back in Latin America as the regional vice president.

“Look at the connection I have [with SAS],” said Marvio. “I’m changing not only my life but the lives of my family. SAS [too] is my family. It’s difficult for me to describe my life without describing SAS.”

Defining the SAS connection

Marvio has certainly added several stamps to his passport over the last few years. And while those moves around the world would be a lot for anyone to adjust to, the relocations and introductions to new cultures added a new level of adjustment. Especially for someone like Marvio, who had a young family to consider in the moving process.

So, what is it about SAS that made Marvio so willing to change his life and the lives of those around him?

Maybe it’s the connections shared with people who have become more than colleagues. Maybe it’s the history of this company and the beliefs it was built on. Maybe it’s the solutions offered by SAS and the way SAS' technology changes the world. Or, maybe it comes down to the deep, authentic connection he feels to a place that represents something so much greater than a single job. It's so much more than mere departmental responsibility.

Every employee’s connection to SAS varies, but Marvio explained that the connections all tie back to our desire to find an answer to a single question: What can we do better? Better may be harnessing our curiosity to save the environment, creating a better place to work or building smarter solutions. “That’s the importance of curiosity – thinking of an idea or a solution and trying to do something better, something different,” said Marvio.

 

Jess Mayo

Jess

Associate Test Engineer, SAS

SAS is a place for the relentless problem solver, the tireless innovator and the passionate explorer. One of our Associate Test Engineers, Jess Mayo knows that, here, your know-how, abilities and talents are what matter most.

Are you curious about the world around you? Are you filled with passion to make the world a better place? This is what we value. This is what we want. And this is part of what Jess loves about working in R&D from SAS world headquarters.

“Management, directors or anybody I talk to ... they don’t see me as a millennial,” said Jess. “They appreciate my knowledge, and they listen. They really listen, and they want to know what I have to bring to the table.”

Respecting everyone's unique contributions

Our culture is built on our employees’ curiosity and on their excitement to find solutions to the problems no one else can solve. At SAS, our curiosity and our capability let us do the unthinkable – making incredible things happen by refusing to believe that any data problem is too great or too impossible to be solved.

Jess’s R&D team is on the front lines of transforming impossible things into possible solutions. “I work on a team with all women … and I’m in technology,” she said. “I’m in Research and Development; women just don’t make up a lot of us, and it’s really, really cool to look around in a meeting and see ‘Oh, there’s eight men? But there’s 12 women.’”

SAS is full of driven, highly skilled women just like Jess and her team, and SAS has (once again) been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces for Women. We’re so committed to empowering women and encouraging a corporate culture of diversity and fairness that women make up nearly half of our workforce and more than 35 percent of our leadership. “Other companies are striving and pushing for more women,” said Jess, “but it’s something that we already have. It’s something that I’m a part of, and it’s really, really exciting.”

And that’s why SAS is not just a leader in the analytics market or the artificial intelligence field. We’re a leader in the global movement to empower more women to enter the STEM field – women who are curious and knowledgeable, passionate and talented, innovative and skilled. At SAS, more than anything else, your curiosity matters.

Riad Gydien

Riad

Sr. Vice President, EMEA, SAS

SAS is the world’s largest corporate consumer of M&M’s, with our employees consuming 22 tons of the button-shaped chocolates annually. And, over the years, those brightly colored candies have become a trademark of the SAS experience and part of our charming makeup.

But with or without these bite-sized morsels, SAS would still be SAS. The essence of who we are has never hinged on the refilling of our break room candies.

“I work across a number of geographies in South EMEA, and we have offices in many weird and wonderful places,” said Senior Vice President of South EMEA Riad Gydien. “But in each of those places, which don’t look like the Cary campus at all, we are able to recreate our M&M’s – the essence of SAS.”

For Riad, the essence of SAS lies within our people. It’s not about HR, our corporate culture or the analytics innovation happening inside the walls of our global offices. It’s our employees, who define SAS today.

 

What are your M&M's?

“We make a difference in the world every day, and it’s not just a commercial difference,” said Riad. “We make a difference to the people we work with, our customers, in government and society as a whole.”

Having worked for several other companies and previously having owned his own company, Riad said the kind of difference SAS makes is rare, and it’s not found in most organizations. At SAS, we aren’t racing to achieve certain shareholder or stakeholder benchmarks. We are working for each other.

“SAS has built a culture where we work for each other and for Dr. Goodnight,” said Riad. “There is a person [in leadership], and this company has always been about people – our customers and our colleagues.”

As a data scientist at SAS, I get to work on projects that have social impact through our Data for Good initiatives.

Hiwot, Data Scientist, Health Care and Life Sciences, SAS

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