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Sabre Reviews

Updated 15 October 2017
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  • Less focused on work/life balance than it once was (in 52 reviews)

  • Upper management seems to be in turmoil (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lost its purpose"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sabre full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with colleagues and customers across multiple geographies and cultures, a great place to learn and try different roles.

    Cons

    After a period of great success and growth across a number of markets Sabre has changed strategy and has reduced resources considerably across multiple areas and markets which will drastically impact future growth and overall performance. Sabre has moved back to being a US led and focused organisation. Leaders are lacking in personality and are unable to motivate and inspire their teams to achieve great things.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly communicate your strategy, focus on customer engagement, invest for growth - this is not an airline and should not be managed as one.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sabre full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunity for travel
    Good compensation and benefits
    Used to be a pioneering travel technology company that set the pace

    Cons

    The new management struggle to really understand leadership, strategy and how to sustain or grow the business.
    If you have a good manager (there are still some) then work at Sabre can be good.
    The bad managers at Sabre (these are unfortunately far too common today) tend to be unregulated and inadequate. If you suffer poor management then there is little to be done, apart from jump ship

    Advice to Management

    Value the people and vast experience that you still have. Take a serious look at the leadership from within and evaluate individual performance in terms of actual relevant industry knowledge, ability to nurture and develop teams, ability to lead and if it exists try to identify the passion and motivation from within these teams. Re-ignite the passion and great teamwork that used to be Sabre


  3. Helpful (3)

    "avoid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sabre full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice people (the few still in Sabre who have not been sacked or pushed out)

    Cons

    very political
    leaders unable to develop and communicate clear strategy
    no meritocracy
    HR in EMEA is unprofessional and lies to benefit senior managers
    salaries are increased with no meritocracy

    Advice to Management

    Rethink allocating 40% of the DPM on behaviours if then the general environment in EMEA HQ is toxic and HR & managers go hand in hand against any basic principle of human integrity and professionalism.


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  5. "Company going in wrong direction"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work life some Managers allow you to work from home.

    Cons

    Too many rounds of layoffs, teams don't work together only interested in keeping their jobs. Moving too many jobs out of US, and hiring inexpensive workers within their own group.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the layoffs,


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sabre needs revamping big time"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay. Good client base.

    Cons

    1. No work life balance. I have seen first company where people in US also work in very very odd hours all the time.

    2. A very top down hierarchy is highly Prevalent. No consultative approach of taking decisions. This has had negative impact like regular layoffs.

    3. Favoritism runs very HIGH in this place. Just keep doing what your boss says and pretty much ignore everything else and your job will be SAFE.

    4. Surviving on old ways of revenue earning. Did not hear anything new being done anywhere across the company.

    5. Pay disparities are prevalent.

    6. The last but not the least but surely the worst, AFTER WE HAVE SCREWED UP, ONE SOLUTION LIKE ALWAYS, LAY OFF FEW PEOPLE TO MAKE UP FOR LOST REVENUE.

    Advice to Management

    Take timely decisions on policies and laying a clear vision and communicate it right down to the engineer level.

    Become nimble, organised, upgrade working standards and innovate or more difficult times lay ahead.

    If today Sabre was to go for any sort of quality audit related to the Software development process, i think it will fair POOR.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southlake, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southlake, TX (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and good location

    Cons

    Very top heavy, 3 top leaders brand new and don't seem to have a cohesive strategy, too many senior employees entrenched in old ways of doing things

    Advice to Management

    The organization is too top heavy and too many layoffs of worker bees while keeping directors and VPs


  8. Helpful (2)

    "For Every Legit Review 5 More HR fakes pop up."

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Salary is a bit under market but not bad
    -Benefits not bad

    Cons

    Toxic back stabbing culture. Nepotism and and US based employee promotions becoming the majority. Multiple rounds of layoffs in 2017 and probably quarterly. No innovation. Constant cash grab and run executive turnover. New execs technical but recreating silos.

    Bonuses are tampered with by several layers beyond manager and are not guarenteed therefore if you make below market midpoint you are often underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Airline SME knowlege must be paired with tech skills to gain market share. Promote US based employees too. You must innovate or die if GDS business wanes.


  9. "Sabre Hospitality Solutions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    Good first job. Challenging projects at the entry level. A fine place to learn about workplace etiquette and how to be a successful team member. You will be challenged in your position and growth is inevitable. Remote work is an option. Teammates are great people.

    Cons

    Growth stalls at the mid level and challenges become reflective of a company that lacks discipline in its business. Actionable communication and growth shared across teams is limited, and the same problems occur time and again. Communication from the top seems low priority, and your role can feel isolated from any larger shared mission. Pay is about 25% below industry standard in my division.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in new business practices and implement new workflows. Resolve unbalanced project hours and improve employee satisfaction. Take control of the business instead of allowing business to control the company. Be leaders and prioritize communication with the organization on a routine. Increase pay to industry standard.


  10. "Bangalore leadership team"

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    Former Employee - Development Man in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Development Man in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sabre full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun loving , womanizing , lots of unstated perks if you are in the right group.

    Cons

    Mismanaged , polatical party kind of operation.

    Advice to Management

    Don't spend employee money on your personal fun.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sabre full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Talented, hard-working people, good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Lack of vision, self-serving leadership, culture of "save yourself".

    Advice to Management

    When you're so disloyal to employees, how do you expect strong performance and innovation? It used to be a great company but Tom Klein was a terrible CEO, who brought in terrible leadership. You still need to get rid of a few more left-overs then create a robust, real vision for the company! Or just sell the thing and let everyone move on.


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