Over 10 years in SAP Asia as an employee here.
Had started with dedication and loyalty to a quality company, with that constant tension between Engineering and Sales, but things were still ok, customers were the focus.
BUT it changed.
Last few years were just down and out with constant cost cutting. Everything was driven by costs — Top level managment changed from Germans (think Deutschmarks) to Americans (think USD) to Australians (think AUD). People were let go. If you are a high paid executive, they just tell you your headcount is gone. If you are a Low paid grade, they find some reason to push you out on the basis of performance. Either way, they want you out because the only time we get paid for layoffs is if there is a bucket of money for. top down (like now in 2019). Even so, there is constant info that the ones informed now will be the “lucky ones”. More will be pushed out and the headcount is expected to go down by end of the year (excluding new headcounts from acquisitions).
Many Indian managers and senior executives were brought at the mid layer in the last few years. It wouldn’t have been so bad if they deliver, but they never. They talk but never deliver. They stead credit from others. They use their P&L and managerial power to kick out the locals and hire their own relatives from India. It doesn’t help that HR in SAP is just at manager beck and call. Those who are in the inner circle form the HANA circle, and with zero discount policies for HANA, they get the fattest commissions though they do nothing. They piggy back on other people labour.
Then the Indians bring in their even lower-cost Filipino subordinates, those who are good in a-- kissing and nothing more. They only work when the manager is in front of them and say all the right things. More time is spent on monitoring SAP employee shares which SAP gave 40% discount upfront. Even Bill knows time is short and gives obscene discounts for employee stocks.
Nobody is interested in customer’s interest.