Sabre Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
374 Reviews
3.3
374 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good work/life balance with all the benefits of remote work (in 60 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)

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

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  1. 1 person 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Promotions are given only when you threaten to leave

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    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing industry to be a part of-- hi Tech and Travel!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are great, flexible work hours, a great campus with a casual environment and its nice to be a part of a company that's so customer focused

    Cons

    Agreed with what others have said about not being paid a competitive salary initially

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sabre

    Pros

    Good perks, work life balance

    Cons

    Layoffs, not the most advanced

  6.  

    Great company

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    • 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
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Decent place to work; Not what it used to be

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    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
  8.  

    GTE

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    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
  9.  

    Challenging Work Environment with Flexible Work Arrangements

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    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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    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.  

    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

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