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Sabre Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 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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    Promotions are given only when you threaten to leave

    Software Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsSemi-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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

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    Epitome of Corporate America

    Senior Software Developer (Current Employee) Southlake, TX (US)

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

    ConsBureaucracy 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 Senior ManagementTouting ground-up change is one thing, doing it is another.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company with unclear goals

    Principal Account Management (Current Employee)

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

    Consnot quite clear strategy, chances of restructuring without warning , missing proper feedback and support from management

    Advice to Senior Managementmore focus on people's development and proper regular feedback and support; improve work/life balance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sabre - could be better!

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Kraków (Poland)

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

    ConsNot elastic (hard to get WFH and felxible working hours),
    Very poor pay-rise rate,
    Poor bonuses
    Working atmosphere

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of opportunity but poor culture and lots of politics

    Software Principal (Current Employee) Southlake, TX (US)

    ProsFun/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.

    ConsCulture - 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 Senior ManagementNeed 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Too much politics

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Kraków (Poland)

    ProsSkilled coworkers, good benefits, overtime is a very rare exception (judging from how many people stay late in the office). High standards office, laptop to take home. Whatever the problem, you will find experts on it.
    They do have interesting projects, just make sure where you go.

    Cons"Visibility" above productivity, politics affects everything.
    They have some projects without clearly set business plans, and some doomed to fail because of bad/no-longer-good-for-the-job architecture.
    On-calls.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunity to learn the aviation technology industry

    Principal Product (Former Employee) Southlake, TX (US)

    ProsThere are many avenues in which to continue to learn the aviation technology industry

    ConsWork-life balance and infighting amongst departments

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand that people are the key success factor and thus constant Reduction in Force events should be avoided as often it is not the knowledge that is kept, but instead the earned salary that is the first target to reduce when considering RIFs.

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

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    Working at Sabre

    Senior Business Analyst (Former Employee) Southlake, TX (US)

    ProsAmazing supportive people. Good benefits. Great PTO.

    ConsTreat their people like they can be replaced at any time. No job security with multiple random layoffs. Preach work/life balance but don't practice it.

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

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    Casual atmosphere, good work/life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCampus is clean and well-located. Good work-life balance; most people allowed to work from home once a week and can make arrangements around kids' schedules.

    Cons2nd round of layoffs in 3 years. New costly products/features are implemented but often without ROI. Becoming an electronic sweatshop.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPerform adequate market analysis so there is ROI. Then won't need to have so many layoffs/reorgs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    drowning in bureaucracy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Montevideo (Uruguay)

    Proscompetitive pay, well established company leader in its market, good office atmosphere

    ConsLack of proper coordination between different different groups; drastically uneven quality of middle management, absurd contractual dependencies on IT vendor (HP) which makes simple tasks an endless trudge through bureaucracy and astoundingly outdated software tools for a technology company. There is currently close to zero investment in training employees beyond their immediate duties, and very little on new technologies, making growth opportunities increasingly scarcer

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