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Sabre Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
393 Reviews
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Pros
  • Managers don't pressurize employees unnecessarily; they respect your work-life balance (in 62 reviews)

  • Flexible work from home policy but hear that it might be changing soon (in 54 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little regard for work-life balance overall and compensation is below market (in 27 reviews)

  • Work from home depends on manager and the team you are working in (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Figure Head Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  3.  

    Not worth the hassle

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Vienna (Austria)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Vienna (Austria)

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

    Pros

    Lot of free time and you can manage your work time freely, you'll be able to visit the local airport dispatching system and hangars every now and then.
    Nice atmosphere and colleages.

    Cons

    Uses mostly outdated tools and software (VisualStudio 6.0 in 2015, with empty promises of switching away from it) and reimplements standards as in-house library, with the results you may expect... and now who wrote them either left or is a manager or an architect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Priorities are inverted, prefer to make a good product and who's making it happy with what are they doing than just assigning task to please upper management layers, or people won't stop leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No career Growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work timings & Work from home option

    Cons

    check thelayoff.com for sabre-holdings read the history of firing employees, also no ethics followed when firing employee they don't get chance to say Bye, even treated badly. (08-Jan-14) one of the mass layoff around 60 in a day.
    Manager driven culture no policies, favoritism.
    No Transparency or Openness , to many hidden parameters.
    Bangalore Center has created few custom designation and call them as desk title, and in letter they give previous title.
    every 3 years top mgmt changes and restructuring happens .....
    no even pay structure for same level.
    more manager per employee ratio

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider providing shares to all employees & not only for key people.
    allow 360 degree review for appraisal and not just accept what manager puts in the tool.
    no skip level meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    COMPANY WORK CULTURE

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Banga (India)
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Banga (India)

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

    Pros

    WFH facility...... but manager are too irritating and they have monopoly .......

    Cons

    Never ever join Getthere , Spoil your life and inner piece . you will have to follow manager and cannot raise your void , they exploit tool much .............

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    kindly grow up learn from ur mistake , you cannot dominate resources ...give flexibility ...Job is not a game ....people life dependent on this ...end of the all ar human being and stop acting like in human .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place to work at for senior employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Dont know if this should be called a pro but work hours are really messed (called flexible working hours).
    One person comes at 8 AM other at 12 PM and other at 6 AM.

    Cons

    Outdated technologies, messed up work culture, unorganized work environment, absolutely no role for senior employees, layoffs (became worst from 2013 and is still going on), no future once you work in travel domain (not many companies to move to)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 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 an 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

  11. 13 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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