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Sabre Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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3.3 338 reviews

46% Approve of the CEO

Sabre President and CEO Tom Klein

Tom Klein

(76 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance; groups with good knowledge and great cultures (in 55 reviews)

  • Good place to work - many employees are able to work from home (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little regard for work-life balance overall and compensation is below market (in 22 reviews)

  • Work from home depends on manager and the team you are working in (in 6 reviews)

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    Technology is very outdated.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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Southlake, TX (US)

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

    ConsToo 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 Technology is very outdated, and it takes way too long to get anything built.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 Senior ManagementStop hiring project managers to run reports. Start listening to your customers and innovate! Employee retention is an issue!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSenior 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementEngage 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Micro-managed beyond comprehension and required to hit moving targets.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people - without a doubt, overall the best group of people I have found in my entire career. There is a high degree of integrity here and pride in their work. You will not be working with slackers. The option to work from home is nice, if you can get it. Different managers will restrict this option, so make it part of your contract if it is important to you.

    ConsThe micromanaging is out of control. I've never worked anywhere that makes more of an effort to un-empower their employees. They claim they want innovation but provide no ownership over your work. In some divisions, leadership at the highest levels is seriously lacking, as the SVP's just bicker over their power & territory. Even at that high level, they refuse to work together, and everyone under them ends up just trying to keep their heads down to stay out of the fray.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease empower your employees. People at director levels and above should not be doing the work anymore. Ask them how they manage their projects. If the response is scheduling meetings every week, then they don't understand automation and how to manage workloads properly. You have an impeccable staff down to the lowest levels. Don't squander that asset by using management techniques best left in the 80's.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Micro-managed & stressful

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Most people are young so you if you're in your mid-late 20's you'll enjoy the people
    - If you work hard, you can move up the ranks at a reasonable rate
    - After you put your time in, you can work from home once or twice a week- so they are flexible

    Cons- It's a stressful work environment with crazy deadlines. So many people work past their paid time and don't get over-time. Management values the "obsessed with work" work ethic.
    - You have to track everything you do. While some of it is for billing the clients, it's also for a way for management to play big brother.
    - They had lay offs in 2013 and ever since then the micro-managing has gotten worse and there was always a looming threat of another round, even though they played it off like it was a one time thing
    - Even though they were flexible with remote working etc., it was still impossible to achieve a good work-life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't think I can advise the management because they are too far gone in their ways.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was very unhappy there

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD (US)

    Prosoption to work from home, managers make an effort to listen to employee's ideas and concerns

    Consvery little work-life balance, little training, consistent inefficiencies that never seem to get resolved, atmosphere of put your head down and work, expected to work late, relatively low compensation, never enough resources, demanding deadlines, no office activities or amenities

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A crazy busy, never boring, often overwhelming place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThis has a friendly atmosphere and offers great training in a flexible and high energy environment. There are some opportunities for moving into different teams for adding to overall skill set.

    ConsThis is a very busy workplace - most say too busy, the work never finishes and the stress level can be very high. Pay level once trained does not keep pace with market rates.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in more people.

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    Spoc (Former Employee) Tulsa, OK (US)

    ProsPerhaps change has crept in to their managemernt and perhaps they have managed to raise the level they treat those who are genuinely desiring to facilitate change. I know they have moved locations and are still in business.

    ConsA lack of insitefull leadership left over from the American Airlines era. No perspective of looking at how far more successfull compaive good service to the customernies do it. No desire to facilitate posotive change. Unable to understand the customer and thus g

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone given because none was ever followed in the past. Of the companies I have worked for, the leadership at SABRE the management was the least able to keep up with current practices and understand and cater to the needs of it's customers, with no desire to change that.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be a good work environment, not any more

    Software Development Contributor (Current Employee) Southlake, TX (US)

    ProsSalary and vacation are good, remote work allowed, flexible

    ConsSenior management changes led to a stressful work environment, lot of people are laid off every year so there is no job security. Not all departments in Technology get to work on a latest technology stack.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease learn to motivate your employees rather than stressing them out, learn to keep a fun, peaceful and collaborative work environment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Trying to fit into the culture has been difficult, navigating through archaic processes and practices.

    Quality Assurance (Current Employee) Southlake, TX (US)

    ProsFlexibility and location are a plus. The company cares about the community and gives back. There are some good people here that make it worth coming back every day.

    ConsRecent changes at highest levels have thrown development teams into chaos with no guidance or direction. The company went public in April which seems to be the reason for all the layoffs and shuffling at the first of the year, but little positive future prospects. It doesn't even appear the company knows what it wants to invest in for development - this has always been the case with pet projects often winning out. Needless to say we are not leading edge but a follower in the industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate, tell us what is going on. Where are we headed?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Can be OK if circumstances and opportunities line up right. Make the right connections and you will go far.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, cool industry, nice campus, good benefits

    ConsSenior management policies are currently in flux, loyalty to employee's is 0%, it's all about the bottom line and what is in it for the equity company, it's shareholders and the current executives

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop paying lip service to the employee's and actually reward them for their hard work and sacrifices (the ones that have survived). Senior executive management all look like a bunch of greedy money grabbers who are happy to stand on the backs of employees to fill their pockets. (Company goes public and there is nothing for employee's...absolutely nothing. Really?)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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