Sabre Reviews

Updated 20 October, 2014
Updated 20 October, 2014
371 Reviews
3.3
371 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good work/life balance with all the benefits of remote work (in 59 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)

  • Sabre was not flexible in terms of working options, for instance work from home (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart and friendly coworkers. Fair compensation. Company activities. You can make a career in Sabre.

    Cons

    On call duties. If you live in Uruguay, is far from Montevideo, so you have to add 1 hour in the bus to the 8:45 daily hours.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A great experience and a lot of interesting people

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Sabre

    Pros

    The people are great and they give everyone a fair chance to succeed, they really care and want everyone to do well.

    Cons

    Would like to see more National work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Kraków (Poland)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Kraków (Poland)

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

    Pros

    Working from home
    Flexible hours
    Ability to change team

    Cons

    Compensation
    Bureaucracy
    Best talents left the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep the best talents
    Pay more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience

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    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Transparent management, open door culture, excellent domain experience, opportunities for job rotation. Sabre invests in its people, has a generous PTO policy and flexible working hours

    Cons

    For those who are coming from a non travel background, learning the domain can involve a fairly steep learning curve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    If you're looking for a multinational innovative company, with lots of opportunity for development? This is it!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Provides an opportunity for creativity and innovation, in one of the most exciting industries - Travel. Offers lots of opportunity to experience different facets of the business.

    Cons

    The larger the organization the harder it can be to deliver unique value to customers while also taking care of one's employees. Sabre really strives to do both.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement Department in Southlake, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Procurement Department in Southlake, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible workplace, had a 'human touch' to all that they did and it was a great place to work. I left to take a higher paying job but it is no where near as enjoyable.

    Cons

    Sometimes the lines of authority were blurred and poorly thought through decisions were made. Salaries were not as strong as surrounding area companies and quite an attrition rate owing to money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be tougher at the top and stop the renegade decision making by various managers / directors / VP's that cost the company $000,000. Enforce policy, process, procedure and accountability.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Decent place to work; Not what it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Southlake, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Southlake, TX (US)

    I worked at Sabre full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are mostly good-natured and fun.
    They like them some technology.
    Nice facilities.
    Lax dress code.
    Work from home allowed.
    Many long-timers.
    MBA club - Does not make it easy. MBA managers have higher expectations.
    Great place for women, not so much for men. They go overboard on the PC and fairness crap to the detriment of non-preferred classes.
    Compensation decent - once in, they will claim to be restricted to low percentage adjustments so negotiate for max before hire. Ask for the salary range for the job. Ensure you are in the correct band - Developing, Proficient, Expert. At least ask for median.
    Job ID can determine bonus amount. If code is 40123, code 50123 has 2x bonus and salary range. The 5 job may not be available, but ask about promotion.

    Cons

    Regular reorganizations.
    No dedicated office space.
    Open floor plan/noisy.
    Loyalty to owners/stock price bring annual layoffs - Merry Christmas.
    Love outsourcing - can make for 1am conference calls and 20+ hour days.
    Shrinking customer base.
    Do not see as a growing business.
    Terror activity can have large, immediate impact to business.
    MBA club - creates a class culture.
    Perception of veiled hostility toward men.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When laying people off, cut the non-performers. Across the board/everyone has to lose a head layoffs do nothing but allow managers to be vindictive to the people they don't like and demoralize employees. For all of the layoffs I went through, I was always amazed that some people were not impacted.

    Make HR do something worthwhile. HR should have a current profile of every employee. Shutting down a business unit and want to keep good employees? HR should be able to place them in one day. Career planning and management? HR should have current information so they can actively assist employees meet their goals. HR does nothing but manage the happy on-boarding and the hard-feelings off-boarding. You should invite all employees that have been laid off over the years to watch when HR has a purge. Would be a good opportunity for a happy hour. No, I was not laid off. I don't like HR as they don't help employees.

    You speak of mentoring. Sounds great doesn't it. Maybe add a formal structure to it?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Challenging Work Environment with Flexible Work Arrangements

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    • 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very poor management

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    • 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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    New Management, New Direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Southlake, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Southlake, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    In the past couple of years since I've joined, the company has made big changes in executive leadership (new CEO and new CTO). In that time, Sabre has also made big changes to the business (going public, moving Travelocity to Expedia's platform, attempting to sell lastminute.com). Internally, we are pushing to change the culture to be "one Sabre" and to drive innovation. Common topics: creating big data products, shifting to cloud architectures, focusing on world class user experiences. As a software developer, it feels pretty positive. You are definitely rewarded for pushing your product forward.

    Cons

    Culturally, there seems to be a lot of apathy. Technology seems to be about 5-10 years behind the best tech companies. For example, we're just now starting to investigate cloud architecture. If you're into mainstream technologies from 5 years ago, you're considered leading edge rebels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I love the new direction the company is going. Focusing on using modern technologies and valuing premium user experiences are great strategies for creating customer value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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