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Sabre Reviews

Updated 15 November, 2014
Updated 15 November, 2014
382 Reviews
3.3
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Pros
  • Very good work/life balance with all the benefits of remote work (in 60 reviews)

  • Flexible work from home policy but hear that it might be changing soon (in 53 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little regard for work-life balance overall and compensation is below market (in 25 reviews)

  • Work from home depends on manager and the team you are working in (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place for family guys

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Kraków (Poland)
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Kraków (Poland)

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Possibility to change role or team once a year.
    2. Multinational teams.
    3. Flexible working hours.
    4. Ability to work remotely from home.
    5. Excellent healthcare programme.
    6. Social benefits and family events.
    7. Office location and city panorama from the window.
    8. Showers in the office (great for cyclists, joggers, etc.)

    Cons

    1. Global lay offs spoiled company image - harder to hire good employees now.
    2. Lack of responsibility and faith in success due to overgrown teams and complicated organization.
    3. Notorious bureaucracy leaving little time for actual work (administrative tasks, invaluable meetings, etc.)
    4. Infrastructural issues continue to delay work (e.g. corporate proxy, network connectivity in data centers, outsourced resource management).
    5. Shortage of desks for employees (must rotate seats).
    6. Brainwashing through propaganda posters and stickers all over the place as well as frequent all hands.
    7. Hypocrisy of managers, artificially boosting ratings (e.g. pilot teams for Agile transformation were already transformed but chosen specifically to look good on paper).
    8. Some managers care more about showing off in front of their bosses rather than company interest.
    9. The process for setting yearly goals by an employee is completely detached from reality.
    10. Hermetic and slow in terms of taking up on the latest technology.
    11. The work becomes boring and not challenging anymore after a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk less, do more. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Could be a great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Southlake, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Southlake, TX (US)

    I worked at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    Industry is interesting, overall culture is good, vacation is great

    Cons

    No work/life balance, raises are minimal, pay is not great, VERY high turnover in finance at senior levels and below, some work can be very boring, lots of layoffs in the business units. MBAs will make almost twice as much for a role that is the same or even easier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sabre wants to build extraordinary teams but doesn't want to pay money for these extraordinary teams and is always trying to save on salaries. That will never work.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    GTE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefits, work live balance, people

    Cons

    management, promotions, personal growth, higher management really sucks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging Work Environment with Flexible Work Arrangements

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PGM in Southlake, TX (US)
    Former Employee - PGM in Southlake, TX (US)

    I worked at Sabre full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging projects, flexible work arrangements, fast moving pace. Some good leaders in the pack. These bright points gives you some hope for the future.

    Cons

    Regular layoffs, aggressive work environment, tolerates bad behavior when it comes from senior leaders. This is causing a general uneasiness under employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start cleaning from the top when laying off. Hold senior leaders accountable. Change the cut throat environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southlake, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southlake, TX (US)

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Telecommuting options are sometimes available.

    Cons

    poor leadership results in ineffective teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train leaders and build functional teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Position was outsourced

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Southlake, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Southlake, TX (US)

    I worked at Sabre full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    My first manager was fantastic. Hands off, not micromanaging and knew that her team knew their jobs and let them do them. Great WFH policy.

    Cons

    Then I was reorg'ed to a new manager. This manager chose to outsource my position to the Sabre office in Uruguay. This transition was degrading and insulting. I was given six months notice of the layoff and offered a great compensation package but with one restriction. I was forced to train my replacement two weeks before my departure. If I refused, there would be no compensation. The new manager had the audacity to invite me to the team lunch "Welcoming" my replacement to the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsourcing isn't always the answer to everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Safe place but with matrix structure where responsibility fades

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Supervisor in Kraków (Poland)
    Current Employee - Software Development Supervisor in Kraków (Poland)

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    For a long time stable place to work in. Very good work/life balance with all the benefits of remote work.

    Cons

    Currently with all changes decisions are taken a away from the places they should be taken.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more responsibility to lower level of management and reduce the matrix organisation. Better utilize multiple development centers by concentrating development teams in only one location .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seeking escape route

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Southlake, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Southlake, TX (US)

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Location is great for me. Pay is decent. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    It's full of cliques. Very little to nothing is based on merit but instead on how you can market yourself. Most employees who are interested in just doing good work will be disappointed by the constant nonsense and drama.
    Amateurs and minor intellects will be your superiors and your opinion will be unwelcome.
    Groupthink is the the only acceptable opinion. Tolerance is high, as high as long as you agree with the group and their cult leaders.
    Many going along to get along. The truly gifted people have already left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technology is very outdated. Innovation is not happening quick enough to keep customers and employees happy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southlake, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southlake, TX (US)

    I worked at Sabre full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility with schedule. Good benefits. The Southlake campus is nice. The travel industry is very dynamic and the work is interesting.

    Cons

    Too many project managers and disparate systems and processes. Teams are in silos and have their own agendas. Collaboration isn't encouraged. Customers are not happy. Technology is very outdated, and it takes way too long to get anything built.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring project managers to run reports. Start listening to your customers and innovate! Employee retention is an issue!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great name to have on my resume, but it's time to get the hell out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sabre

    Pros

    Senior leadership is responsive to requests from employees. Changes are being made around campus. Campus is Eco-friendly and there are several employee groups one can join based on one's interests. Volunteering is important to the company. Depending on the team, there are flexible work from home policies, flexible hours, and the potential for work/life balance.

    Cons

    The company is currently undergoing a lot of change. With being public, mostly new senior leadership, and some of the "old Sabre" still around, it's a very confusing environment. They want us to innovate, but budgeting, legacy systems, and fear of failure prevent that from happening 95% of the time. Depending on the team, work environments can be brutal, overly competitive, micro-managed by non-managers, and uncomfortable to work in. It is not a terrible place to work, but one needs to be cautious of the team they join and aware of the changing culture. Hopefully is it evolving for the better, but only time will tell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage more with top talent to create top products. Revamp campus to be more conducive to any personality work environment. Stop giving power to those who are stuck with the old way Sabre ran, and instead listen to the new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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