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A company in irrefutable decline

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Former Employee - Researcher in Southlake, TX
Former Employee - Researcher in Southlake, TX

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

Pros

1)Work from home policy is exceptional (in most departments) 2) The airline industry is a fascinating and dynamic one 3) Green company with a strong community presence; nice building 4) Easy opportunities to move around (horizontally)

Cons

It is unfortunate to see a company that was once a true leader in innovation relegated to one where buzzwords, marketing, and bureaucracy rule the roost. The CEO has championed a 'good old boys network' where loyalty beats merit and incompetent senior leaders enjoy inexplicable stability. Ideas are killed by bureaucracy and middle management who are too focused on expediency rather than on quality. Marketing team does ZERO reconnaissance learning how difficult it is to build a solution before selling a given product, often resulting in blatant lies to their customers and setting preposterous delivery schedules. 'Innovation' is one of a continuum of buzzwords that get thrown around with no substance backing it up. Sabre *used* to be an innovate organization delivering state-of-the art solutions. The organization does little-to-no R&D today and instead focuses on oscillating fixes from customer-to-customer. As a result, recruiting top talent has struggled, and their best and brightest often leave for better opportunities (usually within a year). I find many technologists have gone to Sabre only because it was a last resort. Most old-timers (of which there are many, at least in the Southlake HQ) have plateaued in their careers and are too risk-averse to accept new ideas. Excessive meetings, corporate fluff, and speaking without substance have become the norm. Some products are stable and serve their customers well; however most are buggy and far too immature to be brought to market, which the shoot first, ask questions later mentality wins out. Overcrowding in the Southlake offices exacerbate the stress experienced by employees. Unless you can afford a $700K-plus mortgage, plan on a minimum commute of 30 minutes on days you have to travel to the office.

In short, this is not the Sabre of old. Might be a wonderful place for an MBA. For others, this is a sinking ship.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Your turnover rate amongst your brightest new hires is at a staggering level. Find a way to retain them; most can get jobs elsewhere at the blink of an eye. Find a way to encourage collaboration across groups, and make sure marketing folks steak with technologists before making promises they cannot possibly deliver. Cut out several unnecessary layers of middle management (and several senior managers if possible). Get back to doing some R&D, and take a risk or two. Reduce overcrowding on campus, and just be more honest with your employees and customers alike.

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    Smart people, old technology stack

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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

    If you're a top performer and hyper competitive, you will thrive here. If you are a mediocre talent, you can hide and coast here.

    Cons

    Silos are not aligned and a lot of senior/executive management has left recently. Flex seating is a joke and not enough places to sit everyone where they can work with their teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the silos and fiefdoms. Too many times good ideas are corrupted and become poorly executed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Southlake, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Southlake, TX

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

    Pros

    One of the best things about this company is when you are not on the road traveling you can work from home quite a bit, which kind of makes up for being away up to 75% of the time, depending on your department. The salary is also pretty good, a little above average for the DFW metro area. Its a pretty casual place and everyone is very friendly. They have good worklife programs as well.

    Cons

    Sometimes you are on the road for a project and you have a certain day that was planned to come home and all of a sudden they want you to extend by a week or so, and if you had something planned it's a catch 22. There is also very little direction as far as who does what for projects and applications. You email one person and they cc another person who cc's yet another person and pretty soon it's taken 48 hours to just find an answer to a simple question.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more clear direction on project flow. A lot of money is wasted for implementations, testing and planning due to this.

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    Positive Outlook
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