SAS Taps the Brake Pedal on Hiring

Susan Hall

The Charlotte News & Observer homed in on comments by Jim Goodnight, co-founder and CEO of SAS, of a hiring slowdown at the business software giant. The Goodnight comments were part of an interesting interview at Inc. magazine.


Goodnight is quoted in the Inc. article as saying:

Right now, looking at our numbers, our expense growth is higher than our revenue growth. Anytime that happens, I put a freeze on hiring. We're up by 4 percent hiring this year. We can't sustain any more. I think we've got over 300 open positions right now. But what I do in this situation is, I just call HR and say, "Hey, don't hire any more people."

But SAS spokeswoman Desiree Adkins told the News & Observer that the software company has not instituted a hiring freeze. Adkins said Goodnight looks at hiring at this time every year and:

... frequently slows it down in the second half of the year. It's not unusual for SAS (or any business) to do this. Particularly when we've already exceeded our average yearly employee growth when we're only half-way through the year.

She said new positions have been added to the careers page as recently as last week. I found 91 U.S. jobs listed there and more than 200 in other areas around the world. But Adkins did not elaborate further.


The company website states that it has 12,117 employees worldwide, including 4,757 at its Cary, N.C., headquarters. The company consistently ranks highly in lists of best places to work and best employers for work/life balance. In the Inc. article, Goodnight talks about how being good to employees pays off.

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