Sabre

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Sabre Reviews

Updated 20 February, 2015
Updated 20 February, 2015
68 Reviews
2.0
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Pros
  • Managers don't pressurize employees unnecessarily; they respect your work-life balance (in 62 reviews)

  • Flexible work from home policy but hear that it might be changing soon (in 54 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little regard for work-life balance overall and compensation is below market (in 27 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    c++ interview

    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer

    I have been working at Sabre

    Pros

    Interview schedules on time . good response from hr...................................................................................

    Cons

    requirment is not clear and they said java, c++, unix and oracle.. simply they gave 15 objective questions . But answers are not clear..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Written test answers are not clear.. better to take face to face interview for senior associates.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a great company.

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

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

    Pros

    The people is the main reason that makes this place and why I have remained so many years. The Work From Home can be a benefit assuming you have a Manager that allows it.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Promotions are based on how well you can promote yourself via a PowerPoint and networking and stop being about your actual accomplishments. Company feels that more Project Managers is what we need when we need people that do actual real work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people that can help getting the work done and not those who only track and report. The backbone of the company is feed up and your are losing good people everyday.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talent retention

    • 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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great. Nice cafeteria with organic locally grown selection.

    Cons

    Lower than market salary. No growth opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on talent retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not good at all.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sabre

    Pros

    Pay was competive. Decent pay

    Cons

    Management was ridiculous. Will fire you for any little slip up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice Place to start career with but not recommended for long term

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contributor Operations Research in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Contributor Operations Research in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    1. Flexible Environment
    2. Good and smart people but not in all team
    3. In the starting work is good
    4. Lot of travel opportunity

    Cons

    1. Managements seems to be confused, no clear goals and directions in which they want to take company. Plan is drawn every year but not followed
    2. Some people have been there for too long and they dont deserve to be there
    3. Over promising by sales, marketing make life hell for the actual guys who are working
    4. Not lot of scope to grow in terms of technical skill
    5. Salaries are below market level and have to really coerce them with an offer from other company to get good hike or promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people and product and not in marketing. Make culture to be bottom to top where ideas can flow form bottom to top

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    There is a reason most people haven't heard of Sabre

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

    I worked at Sabre full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flight benefits were great when part of AA, but that changed drastically for those of us that came later. Lots of smart people in Finance who had MBA's. Some interesting work, but may have changed in recent years.

    MBAs get paid reasonably well compared to overall market, and much higher than ordinary Sabre hires.

    Cons

    Pretty much the whole company. It runs despite the management and politics. The business model for the CRS portion of the business is being a middleman, and many customers and partners attempt to bypass Sabre. Too much focus on developing new products that customers don't want or don't like using. The name recognition for Sabre severely lacks relative to the portion of the travel industry that it touches.

    There is limited impact that management and all the planning/analysis they put in place can have on the business. The CRS is just a database where you want to keep costs low for the information going in and going out. However, management did anything but when trying to grow their political organizations.

    The current senior management is just as clueless now as when they were middle management a few years ago.

    Politics can be extreme. MBAs have better opportunities for promotions and better pay/raises, though there is still extreme competition within that group, and not the best job to take out of business school, unless you are fanatic about company politics and doing lots of useless work.. Its ridiculous how many MBAs Sabre hires with good salaries, and then chooses to only develop a select group of them almost from day one. Many leave for better jobs/companies with better business models and greater impact.

    For those who are not hired as MBAs, understand that you won't be paid as much. This is market driven and not unique to Sabre.

    The Sabre brand is not all that well known, and other employers don't often know what it is, much less understand what the company does.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Realize that the business is a quasi-utility, not a startup or "tech" company and manage capital and overhead more efficiently and responsibly.

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

    Disrespectful and distrusting senior management creates a hostile and uncomfortable work environment.

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

    I have been working at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    - Good location.
    - Nice campus.
    - Good cafeteria.
    - Covered parking?

    Cons

    Low salary.
    Disrespectful management.
    I never knew the true meaning of "micromanage" until I came here.
    No work-life balance. (65 hour weeks are not only common, but expected)
    Holidays/PTO are mostly for "show". Go ahead and TRY to get a day off. I dare you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most employees do, in fact, know what they're doing. Treat them that way.
    It is never appropriate to talk down to an employee. If there are true performance issues, address them professionally.
    Assume that people do care and want to succeed. Stop treating people like an inconvenience.
    If you want talent, you need to pay for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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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