Sabre Reviews

Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
364 Reviews

3.3
364 Reviews
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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Promotions are given only when you threaten to leave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Consultant  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Software Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Sabre

    Pros

    Semi-flexible working arrangements means working from home is acceptable. Lots of travel involved to some really cool places (although recent cost cutting is slowing that down). Decent bonuses each year (usually between 5-10%). 5 weeks holiday in the UK is standard. Lower level bosses and directors are usually easy-going and understanding.

    Cons

    The workloads can really stretch you. The reward for completing work is more workload. There are people in the company who don't carry their weight, creating more work for everybody else and they aren't even disciplined. They are just left to themselves. The lay-offs affect the company globally meaning everybody has to suddenly do more than one or two positions at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Marketing department is a useless, expensive and elitist waste of time. They have most of the influence over product development but know nothing about what the customers are needing because they never see them. Something has to change.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Just another work place - not innovative

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

    I have been working at Sabre full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    a few smart people.

    A nice work from home policy which allows employees to work from home once a week (depends on the manager).

    Pay and benefits are good

    Location is a plus

    Cons

    Middle management lacks direction and often turns out to be just paper pushers.

    Work life balance for people who work in geographically dispersed teams is really bad despite the nice work from home policy

    Sabre doesn't like to innovate or invest money on new technology. Many of their products are 25 to 30 years old and they don't really invest money into making them any better. While this might be a informed and intelligent business decision, its an extremely unattractive prospect for technology folks. A lot of folks has been around for several decades and are unwilling to change or innovate in any manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Geographically spread out teams (especially when time gap is over 12 hours) might not be saving you any money. Communication with in such teams is very hard which in turn results in a huge productivity drop. If the teams were co-located making independent decisions, you might see a productivity boost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people to work with but have no clear direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Challenging work that relates to solving tough problems for the travel industry. Flexible work from home policy but hear that it might be changing soon.

    Cons

    Outdated technology with no plans of investing back in the business. Really good opportunity for startups to build and compete

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower and drive decision making to lower levels by providing high level of guidance of where company needs to go

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

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sabre

    Pros

    Fun environment at Sabre Holdings

    Cons

    Interesting industry to be in right now

  6.  

    Sabre a good company with family values

    • 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They value work life balance

    Cons

    There is little room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for the people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Epitome of Corporate America

    • 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

    Pros

    Offers a decent work/life balance and initial compensation is acceptable. Campus is aesthetic and friendly.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and politics run amok. Overzealous processes get in the way of delivering products timely -- simple changes take too long to implement. Compensation and training is stagnant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Touting ground-up change is one thing, doing it is another.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company with unclear goals

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

    I have been working at Sabre full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    professional colleagues, lots of opportunities to learn business, competitive packages

    Cons

    not quite clear strategy, chances of restructuring without warning , missing proper feedback and support from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more focus on people's development and proper regular feedback and support; improve work/life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Terrible environment, great benefits (SabreSonic UY)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sabresonic Product Analyst  in  Montevideo (Uruguay)
    Former Employee - Sabresonic Product Analyst in Montevideo (Uruguay)

    I worked at Sabre full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Wages (USD currency in Uruguay)
    - Flexibility in work hours
    - Benefits related to health-care
    - Easy job, if you're willing to get past selfish workmates who don't want to teach you, then you can get some great experience.

    Cons

    - No work/life balance
    - Awful and unprofessional management
    - Management works on a friendship basis, if they like you you'd get the chance to grow, otherwise they hinder your growth. ZERO LEADERSHIP skills or people skills.
    - Overall I wouldn't work here unless I really needed to save money or gain experience to get a better job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The whole management team needs to get fired at the SabreSonic office in India and Montevideo. They need to restructure and hire new and better managers, team leads and supervisors. Once they have a new management, they have to establish clear and reasonable goals, motivate their employees. They need to establish a better office culture with respect and ethical behaviour (I had coworkers who dated each other, fought and broke the Sabre owned laptops; smoked marihuana in office premises, etc).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Sabre - could be better!

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

    I have been working at Sabre full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work for GDS,
    Experience in travel industry,
    Chance to develop within industry

    Cons

    Not elastic (hard to get WFH and felxible working hours),
    Very poor pay-rise rate,
    Poor bonuses
    Working atmosphere

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunity but poor culture and lots of politics

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

    I have been working at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    Fun/interesting work if you can find your niche area - and it's a big enough place with enough variety that you should be able to. Smart people, flexible hours, casual work environment, diverse organization, many travel opportunities. It's big enough you can usually find your niche, though it may take a while. Management is trying to move in the right direction. Great vacation package - love that they combine vacation and sick days into a general paid-time-off.

    Cons

    Culture - fear of failure, afraid to be transparent to leaders - people do what the new CTO says instead of telling why what she's doing is driving bad behaviors in the organization. Layoffs have made this even worse as people just say what their leaders want to hear. Siloed organization - incredible amount of local optimization/waste between marketing, dev, test, ops. Way too deep of management layers - leaders seem to think things get done through more management and meetings instead of focusing on building software better. Lots of politics to fight through. Vast majority of managers here manage "up" - not much thought on their people other than getting them to deliver. Although attempting to move in the right direction, management is pretty clueless on how to get there now. There's a huge focus now to measure everything but by the time the measures are put in place, they end up providing no value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a massive culture change if you really want to transform the organization. The layers beneath you mostly tell you what they think you want to hear - they're afraid to tell you no. Leads to much many poor and costly decisions. Break up the siloes! Focus on the people that are delivering software instead of managers who are trying to impress you and build their empires.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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