Sabre

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Sabre Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
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3.3 336 reviews

45% Approve of the CEO

Sabre President and CEO Tom Klein

Tom Klein

(75 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance; groups with good knowledge and great cultures(in 54 reviews)

  • Good place to work - many employees are able to work from home(in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little regard for work-life balance overall and compensation is below market(in 22 reviews)

  • This provides little to no job security and adds to a stressful work environment(in 6 reviews)

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    Nice place to work...lots of very intelligent engineers to work with and learn with

    Senior Software Developer (Current Employee) Southlake, TX

    ProsComputer engineering processes are in-place and they work quite well. I'm talking about peer code reviews and quality assurance. The group I was lucky enough to work in had an excellent set of processes that every single 'project' or 'upgrade' went through.

    ConsPhysical work space (Southlake, TX...their world-wide headquarters) was quite confining and not conducive to good or high levels of concentration. People always interrupting you, talking to your neighbors...just generally not what I'd call an easy place to concentrate in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't hire and fire so rampantly (and religiously). You are losing a lot of good people by doing what you do when it comes to the constant threat of new layoffs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Full of smart, experienced, industry-saavy people who are good to work with but organization is slow to change

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorked here for over 10 years until leaving for a better opportunity in the industry. The people make this a great place to work. They are smart people who know the industry very well and are happy to share their knowledge with you. Pay is above average for the travel industry and market for companies outside the industry. Benefits were also very competitive with many other industries. I was able to advance my career and grow responsibilities w/o leaving the holdings company.

    Cons1. The plus is also a minus. With so many experienced people, it can be tough to find advancement opportunities. It is a culture of who you know and what projects you've worked on or lead.
    2. The GDS business (the core of Sabre) is a mature industry and thus is primarily managed to profitability rather than top line revenue growth. Not a big deal if you are a finance person but maybe it is for someone in brand marketing.
    3. The company is still trying to find ways to grow. It has done acquisitions, it has incubated businesses and it hasn't hit a home run or even a double yet. Perhaps that will change but it struggles to find growth outside of its airline technology business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's time to rip off the band-aid and get to the future. That means taking some risk with acquisitions but it also means taking risk in terms of talent management. I think some people are allowed to stay too long.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mostly good

    Solutions Manager (Current Employee) Southlake, TX

    ProsFlexibility, good pay, lots of opportunities to move to around to different jobs at a lateral level, fairly low benefit costs compared to some other companies

    ConsUpward promotion is not always easy unless you have a senior level sponsor, overly complex organization structure with too much matrixing, need more clear definition of roles / responsibilities to hold people accountable

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote from within as opposed to hiring externally for more senior positions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Product Manager (Current Employee) Southlake, TX

    ProsThe work environment and people make for a great place to work. The aviation industry is very interesting and have given me the opportunity to travel to very cool places and always have challenging problems to solve. It depends on the position but I have extremely great flexibility and work life balance and most every coworker that I know would agree. People have been hard on the new CEO, Tom Klein. My opinion is that he is a pretty standard executive and most people I know don't like him because he has a very different style of management than the last CEO, not necessarily worse.

    ConsThere is very limited visibility into what upper management is thinking. Proposals are sent "up stairs" but you never seem to get an answer or even get a feel for how they took the proposal. Recent change (and moves to get there)to being a public company has seemed to hurt employee morale more than help

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease improve visibility into decisions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, great people!!

    Technology Director (Former Employee) Southlake, TX

    ProsSabre provided me an excellent opportunity to grow and learn early in my career. The majority of my bosses enabled me to excel in learning technology and commercial agreements. I also had a couple very good mentors and guided me to become very successful. There are four business units in Sabre and I spent my entire career on the travel agency side.

    ConsThe "traditional" travel agency side of the business has been shrinking for years, but online agencies have filled back filled the void. From Sep 2013 through Mar 2014, Sabre laid off more than 1000 employees (likely closer to 1500) as they prepared to go public. When Sabre was a public company from 1999-2007, they had annual layoffs. In addition, over half of the executive team is new in the last 12 months.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPersonal and profession growth seems to be limited. Layoffs and instability in career path reduces employee productivity and drives stress in the workforce.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    interesting - challenging workplace

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSabre is on top of new technology. Sabre is a green company, The HDQ building is energy efficient. They stand out for good social concerns. They take a stand on human trafficking and educate their employees about this tough topic. They are progressive in a lot of ways.

    Consalways in the reactive mode - very cost conscious now with limited view to the future

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to employees and customers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mostly positive

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCulture of hard working employees who care about the customer and completing quality work.

    ConsHard work doesn't necessarily tie back to recognition or salary increases depending upon the division you are in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoing less with more is not ultimately sustainable. Outsourcing isn't a winning solution all of the time.

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    Good place to work, but future uncertain

    Customer Tech Representative (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThe work environment is a comfortable one. Management is open about what is going on with the company, and your place in their plans. Respectful of employees and willing to try new things.

    ConsEconomic pressures, layoffs, a new CEO and philosophy. Southlake HQ seems to forget sometimes that not everyone works at or has the same issues as those at HQ.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep all departments engaged and informed

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company ; Great Culture

    Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee) Southlake, TX

    ProsIn general, good compensation, challenging work, above average PTO bank and benefits, great telecommuting policy, flexible work hours; company also offers in-house training and seminars; allows time for employees to donate their time to charity; great diversity

    ConsSome areas complain of being overworked; professional external training and development seems to be lacking; maybe top heavy; HR lacks connectivity to employees; Many employees who have been there a while may have become complacent;

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

    Management needs to communicate down the importance of the employee so employees care more about the business. This is where HR comes in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat environment, friendly people, great on social responsibility.

    ConsCompany encourage you to have more life balance but overbook employees. Lots of conference calls not productive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMust work better on a career plan for the employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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