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Sabre Reviews

Updated 15 November 2014
Updated 15 November 2014
382 Reviews
3.3
382 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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Employee 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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    • 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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    Great work culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere.
    Managers don't pressurize employees unnecessarily; they respect your work-life balance.
    Good salary.
    It's not all about pleasing the customers. Employees matter.
    Good time off and work from home policies.

    Cons

    Heavy bureaucracy - difficult to get what you need.
    Blanket policies from senior executives stymie and frustrate you.
    Very slow pace of product development - it can take years to perform a single product enhancement.
    Little or no innovation, in spite of explicitly stated company vision and values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to invest time and resources in order to innovate and do new things, or do things more efficiently. The current short term oriented thinking means that nothing changes and things will never more any faster or products get any better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Expect some travel

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Southlake, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Southlake, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    IT company with clients all over the world. You will have a couple of business trips per year at least.

    Cons

    Teams dispersed all over the world makes it difficult sometimes to coordinate priorities.

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

    Low Salary

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sabre

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Low salary, long working hours.

  8.  

    Great place for family guys

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Kraków (Poland)
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Kraków (Poland)

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

    Pros

    1. Possibility to change role or team once a year.
    2. Multinational teams.
    3. Flexible working hours.
    4. Ability to work remotely from home.
    5. Excellent healthcare programme.
    6. Social benefits and family events.
    7. Office location and city panorama from the window.
    8. Showers in the office (great for cyclists, joggers, etc.)

    Cons

    1. Global lay offs spoiled company image - harder to hire good employees now.
    2. Lack of responsibility and faith in success due to overgrown teams and complicated organization.
    3. Notorious bureaucracy leaving little time for actual work (administrative tasks, invaluable meetings, etc.)
    4. Infrastructural issues continue to delay work (e.g. corporate proxy, network connectivity in data centers, outsourced resource management).
    5. Shortage of desks for employees (must rotate seats).
    6. Brainwashing through propaganda posters and stickers all over the place as well as frequent all hands.
    7. Hypocrisy of managers, artificially boosting ratings (e.g. pilot teams for Agile transformation were already transformed but chosen specifically to look good on paper).
    8. Some managers care more about showing off in front of their bosses rather than company interest.
    9. The process for setting yearly goals by an employee is completely detached from reality.
    10. Hermetic and slow in terms of taking up on the latest technology.
    11. The work becomes boring and not challenging anymore after a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk less, do more. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    13 months (2012-2013)

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

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

    Pros

    interesting job profile, work culture, interesting technologies and possibility to grow your skill set

    Cons

    mechanism of promotion not too clear, sometimes job titles not really reflecting the reality

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Could be a great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Southlake, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Southlake, TX (US)

    I worked at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    Industry is interesting, overall culture is good, vacation is great

    Cons

    No work/life balance, raises are minimal, pay is not great, VERY high turnover in finance at senior levels and below, some work can be very boring, lots of layoffs in the business units. MBAs will make almost twice as much for a role that is the same or even easier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sabre wants to build extraordinary teams but doesn't want to pay money for these extraordinary teams and is always trying to save on salaries. That will never work.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Hard to advance manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Southlake, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Southlake, TX (US)

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    work/life balance (most times) and people

    Cons

    exec mgmt can't make up minds on how things will be so everyone seems to be in a constant state of guessing what or how processes will be done.
    driving distance from home

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions on how the company will be run in the different business units, use them for some time before adding new twists and turns.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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