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Sabre Reviews

Updated 14 December 2014
Updated 14 December 2014
390 Reviews
3.3
390 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    I really enjoyed working at Sabre as a regional Finance Director - a great business with a fantastic team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Finance in London, England
    Current Employee - Director, Finance in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great people, smart, collaborative, successful business, supportive and positive culture, strong drive to succeed, win and grow the business. I felt my work was appreciated and valued, and felt I could make a real impact on the business.

    Cons

    Some controls are over-centralized at times , which can slow things down on occasion, and pay outside of the US can be 10 -20% below the local market norms for high quality finance professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower the regional teams a bit more, but otherwise a very well run, excellent business.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Promotions are given only when you threaten to leave

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    • 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
  3.  

    Decent place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Southlake, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Southlake, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and reasonable salaries and benefits. Covered parking and great campus.Great community-service culture and commitment to charities and similar organizations

    Cons

    Executive management is in a state of flux still trying to execute on strategic plans. No offices for anyone at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less planning and more action.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Project manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    Good salaries and office location

    Cons

    Does not handle workforce reduction well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Handle workforce reduction better

  6.  

    Excellent Company to work for!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sabre

    Pros

    Great minds and educated people making great decisions.

    Cons

    Top heavy in upper Management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It was a very good experience for me as it was my first job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Sabre has a very flexible work schedule. You can take as many WFH as much but the work has to be efficient and in time.

    Cons

    Sabre does not pay well for university grads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay well!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Good company, but going through painful changes.....

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    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

    Good company for the most part - implementing new talent management philosophy that is a good direction.

    Cons

    Layoffs annually - difficult environment. Some mixed direction to the mature business (Grow, but do it with less resources)
    Many new leaders, lots of longtime employees leaving or being nudged out.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • 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
  10.  

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

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    • 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
  11.  

    Great place to get good airline industry experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, Delivery and Consulting in Southlake, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Manager, Delivery and Consulting in Southlake, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, scope to learn and grow at a fast pace

    Cons

    Maintaining work life balance can be challenging at times

    Recommends

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