Sabre Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. The Real Story

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Sabre as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home which they have now lessened. Nice Office. If you want a job that pays ok and you only want to work 6mos to a few years, go for it.

    Cons

    Upper Management and VP's are not employee focused unless the work is slow and the first thing they do is layoff people. They layoff the great managers and keep the ones that lie to their employees and management. Layoffs are constant. VP's are ego driven and not employee driven. I would suggest if you need a full time career, look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of laying off, give the employees a chance to take extra vacations or look elsewhere for cuts. Layoffs half of the VP's. Some have no idea what the company is about or what it is trying to achieve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    No longer the leading travel industry technology company - Distrustful and disrespectful environment

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    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Southlake, TX

    I worked at Sabre

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits if you negotiate aggressively during the hiring phase

    Cons

    Senior management operates in a constant damage control mode due to inability to communicate project progress truthfully to customers
    Good old boys club environment for promotions and career opportunities
    Project management standards are not adhered to resulting in failure to deliver initiatives on time and on budget
    Technology division is risk adverse and not willing to explore creative solutions without detailed industry standards resulting in a growing gap with new initiatives with their key competitor
    Departments are territorial and organizationally silo driven with significant finger pointing between them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your customers
    Treat employees (new and old) as assets to be nurtured and developed long-term
    Encourage creativity in product and service development
    Walk the walk don't just talk the talk, if you are going to be Agile and Lean then everyone in technology has to be converted

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Figure Head Management

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    Current Employee - Associate Product Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Product Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    if there was one, I would say. Very talented employees. Flexible schedule as well. And pretty decent Company perks

    Cons

    The sect I work for (for the next 2 weeks anyway) has a very severe problem. Most of the products we offer, are widely outdated. Im talking 8 to possibly 15 years old. Every month there is a new issue with our software that we have to submit a ticket for. Not only that but every time we bring an issue up, It gets ignored. Management is extremely narrow minded when it comes to every teams problems. All they seem to care about is planning and making money for themselves. The teams who make them the most cash, they pay more attention to (of course). Nobody seems to care in management, It seems to be that a management position is more of a political standpoint, than an actual job that involves solving an issue and creating opportunities for others. Not only that but my management team is based out in india. So how in the hell are things suppose to get done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start acting like managers. Listen to your employees, We are not just numbers. Stop treating US like we are the ones who are outsourced. Stop planning so much. Put your money where your mouth is. and start taking action. Stop sugar coating everything and ignoring issues. they are not going away.I however am going away. Your business ethic is atrocious. Your turn around times are just as bad. and your CEO is just up there looking good. What he actually does is beyond me, because he is clearly running a dog a pony show.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    I was never allowed to do the job I was hired for and was never allowed to get training to better myself.

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    Current Employee - Software Configuration Manager in DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Software Configuration Manager in DFW, TX

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

    Pros

    The only two pro's for me are the paycheck and due to my seniority my vacation time.

    Cons

    My manager is only interested in pleasing his boss, if we don't meet his bosses standards then we don't meet his. And since Sabre has laid off a lot of people worldwide in the past year he uses that to try to get us to work. I also was never allowed to get training in the programming skills that I was hired to do and since then I have been unable to get training in the skills that I am expected to use daily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers that care about their employees and stop worrying about hiring the best people in the business and worry about empowering the people that already work there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Laid off from Sabre and still unemployed.

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    Former Employee - Doesn't Matter in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Doesn't Matter in Southlake, TX

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

    Pros

    Employees were allowed to work from home at times except Fridays although some teams were allowed to do that which didn't make sense.

    Cons

    Management and above didn't care about the employees and played favorites. Utilize all employees on a team so that everyone can be engaged and not just the favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address conflicts on the team to avoid a hostile environment instead of hoping it will just go away. Act like you care about your employees and their career path/growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Decent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer, Contributor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer, Contributor in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Better benefits than the company I worked fro before Sabre took over.

    Cons

    Sabre is shiftless and they don't care about their employees. The are always concerned about the bottom line. They will cut your throat to save their own neck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  8. 14 people found this helpful

    Amazing people, clueless and politically driven management. But don't screw yourself over by working here.

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Southlake, TX

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

    Pros

    The people at Sabre are amazing. Extremely polite, and wonderful people who each have their own story. People at Sabre help each other to grow and learn.The environment is beautiful and the cafeteria has pretty decent food.

    Cons

    Managers who don't protect their employees, SVP's who are yes men, employees viewed expendable. The recycling bins, and the lack of privacy at work. Sometimes you just don't want to be bothered. Sabre was an amazing place to work when Sam Gilliland was President/CEO. I think that it says a lot when he left. He knew that 10% of the work force would be let go for their new "vision." Sabre doesn't need a new vision, it just need to utilize the number of tools it already has. Do we use any of our acquisitions? How about all these dashboards that no one uses, and we waste time building? Travelocity could have been saved, if we spent more time trying to fix things, instead of trying to fix the surface problems. With a marketing campaign as strong as Travelocity has, why would you throw that brand away? Unnecessary long hours. This isn't Deloitte, this is a tech company. What is the need to work ridiculous hours? To prove you value your work life more than a real life? They promise a work life balance, but really it is more of a work work and no life balance. WFH days are of the devil at Sabre. If you WFH, it is assumed that you don't do work, even though you have emails and actual work completed to prove that you are working. Just because your manager doesn't wfh doesn't mean that you shouldn't be able to. Why are only some policies upheld in certain departments? Why does Finance follow its own policies. Shouldn't policies be company wide?

    SVP's who just nod their head yes. It is like a bobble head that doesn't stop. Why not double check with your team to see if they have the capacity to complete the work? How about not forgetting the work that you assign? Completed projects and when presented having an SVP wondering what it is for. Remember, you asked me for this? You have SVP's who sugar coat. Sugar coat a massive lay off by saying that this is for the good of the company. It is all about the vision that they are trying to create. For the betterment of the entity as a whole. Lying to people, instead of working with them and being honest. Did you that honesty goes a lot better with then false hope?

    Then you have the managers who were at one time your colleague but now your boss. Which is fine. But then they let their personal problems hinder their perspective and take it out on their employees. And they make your job a living hell for as long as they can, because their personal life sucks. Instead of screwing over your employees, why don't you help them out? Teach them ropes, understand what they are interested in? Stop being fake, pretending to be this happy go lucky individual. Why don't you be honest?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest. Is it so hard? So you heard that there would be lay offs? Well tell us. We would appreciate you more for it. This so called vision, is nothing but fluffy way of saying, "Hey, we screwed up real bad, but lets put some big words on a poster and increase the lack of company morale!" Sabre is screwed, especially with the type of people running it today. Everything is politically driven, to see who can gain the most. It is cut throat, and unnecessary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful

    Don't work here..run for somewhere else

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sabre

    Pros

    Good cafeteria food, covered parking.

    Cons

    This place lays off workers like crazy. You will walk in one day thinking it's just another day at the office, thinking you're performing well, and BOOM...a 5 minute ambiguous meeting full of jibberish about the company needing to reduce expenses yadda yadda and your job (along with scores of others) is one of those things to cut. They'll pull this 2 weeks before Christmas so obviously they don't even care about morale and what the employees lucky enough to still have a job after a mass layoff will think. What a COMPANY!! If they didn't screw up running it so badly, they wouldn't have to resort to worrying about their financials that they have to churn through an annual hire/fire cycle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Painfull!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southlake, TX

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

    Pros

    Not working there any more!

    Cons

    Finger pointing, back-stabbing, micro-managing, no annual raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to recruit and keep valued employees, treat them as such!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Work here if you don't want balance and like managers who throw you under the bus

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Southlake, TX

    I worked at Sabre full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and casual dress code

    Cons

    This was by far the worst experience I've ever had at a company. Managers take credit for their teams' work but throw them under the bus when something goes wrong. Coworkers will stab you in the back. Management will hold it against you if you can't stay past 6pm because of childcare issues. There is a reason this company cannot recruit or retain talent, it is a horrible place to work. I worked 60-80 hours/week consistently (even working on most weekends), and was told I was not getting enough done. My manager refused to remove anything from my plate, even though she couldn't articulate why certain deliverables were needed or how they would be used. This culture comes from the top down, if you want to be rewarded, get into the inner circle and make sure you're the first one in and the last to leave (even though you won't get an actual desk assigned to you because of "flex" scheduling).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your mid-level managers and hire people who actually understand how to motivate their employees. Gain some understanding that people have lives outside of work, and work life balance is not a "perk," it is necessary if you want happy, productive employees. Try surveying employees more than once every few years and then listen to them. My coworkers were all miserable, this was not an isolated incident.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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