Sabre Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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Sabre President and CEO Tom Klein
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Pros
  • Very good work/life balance with all the benefits of remote work (in 62 reviews)

  • Good place to work - many employees are able to work from home (in 54 reviews)

Cons
  • Some of the new execs are rigid in their work/life balance policies (in 27 reviews)

  • work life balance and not hable to work from home (in 7 reviews)

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  1. manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I can work from home.

    Cons

    It takes a long time to move up


  2. Helpful (4)

    Seasoned professionals need not apply

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    Some departments are very skilled. The insurance is ok. Work from home can be good if you work on the right team

    Cons

    The constant threat of layoffs. As an engineer - despite the best efforts and some of the best quality product you can imagine - marketing killed the budget overnight on a three-year project. The whims of senior management and marketing wreck havoc with the worker bees at Sabre.

    Advice to Management

    Far the entire management team and hire people who are ethical, moral and responsible. Take a page from Google and stop trying to be something you're not.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Company strategy is scattered. Poor leadership under Tom Klein.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Southlake, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    I worked among a team that bonded based on the fact we felt we were 'forgotten' by Sabre management. We all did our best to bring strong results to the company, but found less and less resource as time went on.

    Cons

    Regular layoffs. You'll never feel 'safe'. Hard to make life decisions when layoffs are so frequent. I made the best of 15 years with this organization, but would NEVER go back based on the manner in which they eliminated my role. Salaries are luke warm.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    One of the Worst Work-Life Balance. Company has very good projects and opportunities to work on but no team alignment.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Southlake, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides Fantastic Compensation with generous benefits including a standard 401K match upto 6% ($ to $ Match) of your basic salary.

    Cons

    Working under Pressure expected on almost routine basis. Lack of alignment between cross-teams. Lot of team members have Ego problems and Back-Biting business is routine here. No value from upper management for the work done during your tenure. HR sucks too. No HR professional provides proper answers to your queries. At most I would say a transition company in your career which you can be at to learn some new technologies and skillsets and then move on to a better opportunity after spending some time here.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the integrity of your employees ad treat them fairly. Understand that at any given time, whenever an employee quits or leaves your company, he/she does not lose a good opportunity. Instead you are losing a good asset and in turn inviting trouble to hire new talent which may or may not turn out to be as good or experienced to work under the already worse Pressure situations persisting in your company. Advice to HR & Some of the Trouble Makes: Keep your Ego at your home when you come to office. No one cares (Not at-least me) whatsoever when it comes to finding a new opportunity after moving on from your company.


  6. Director Software Development - BI / Analytics

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    Current Employee - Director of Software Development in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Director of Software Development in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Too many changes at Senior management level

    Cons

    Fantastic team of experts providing technology solutions for travel domain


  7. Helpful (6)

    Was a great company.

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Southlake, TX
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Southlake, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people is the main reason that makes this place and why I have remained so many years. The Work From Home can be a benefit assuming you have a Manager that allows it.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Promotions are based on how well you can promote yourself via a PowerPoint and networking and stop being about your actual accomplishments. Company feels that more Project Managers is what we need when we need people that do actual real work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people that can help getting the work done and not those who only track and report. The backbone of the company is feed up and your are losing good people everyday.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Not good at all.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay was competive. Decent pay

    Cons

    Management was ridiculous. Will fire you for any little slip up.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Talent retention

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Southlake, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Southlake, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is great. Nice cafeteria with organic locally grown selection.

    Cons

    Lower than market salary. No growth opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on talent retention.


  10. Helpful (4)

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

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    Former Employee - Finance in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Finance in Southlake, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Could be a great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Southlake, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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.



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