Saba Software

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Saba Software Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
256 Reviews
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Saba Software President and CEO Shawn Farshchi
Shawn Farshchi
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work from home really gives you an option to manage personal and professional life better (in 27 reviews)

  • Working from home and Flexible working hours (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be a little tough but entirely up to the employee honestly (in 17 reviews)

  • Highly unprofessional upper management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    The most fun I had in a job in a long time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA

    I have been working at Saba Software full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I've had several jobs at Saba and my current job is one of the best I've had in my career. My contributions are impactful and they are recognized by management. Saba's engine in running strong and most departments are performing very well. Management is aligned behind the same goals and these goals are communicated clearly to the employees.

    Saba Cloud is a very comprehensive Talent Management solution and by positioning it as Intelligent Talent Management and having TIM, The Intelligent Mentor, as one of the key differentiators, Saba is the best solution in the market. This is becoming obvious in the sales cycle where Saba's been very competitive and winning a lot deals.

    The introduction of the new brand has been very successful and this is one of the reasons why we all feel very strong about the company and its future.

    The Saba culture can be best described as open, direct and collaborative. Innovation and creativity are strongly encouraged. Saba is a place where everybody rolls up their sleeves to get things done.

    Shawn is a no-nonsense and very approachable CEO. He's extremely focused on the customer and he has hired and promoted executives who share his vision. But don't try to BS him, he sees through that very quickly and it's the best way to see your projects come to a halt.

    Saba is a great place for people if you are looking for a job where you can have an impact and leave your mark.

    Benefits: free lunch, commuter benefits, medical (HMO, PPO), dental, vision, 401K, gym access, good vacation policy (Netflix model, "unlimited" PTO days as long as your boss approves)

    Cons

    One of the challenges internally is the bureaucracy when dealing with finance and legal. It's a painful process to get POs approved and invoices paid, but this is due to the stringent financial controls that have been put in place.

    If you're not the right fit, it will be clear quickly. And that can be hard for some people to accept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Saba Software Response

    Jan 21, 2015Sr HR Director

    Thank you for your comprehensive overview and insights. We value your feedback. On our PO process, it is fairly straight forward and we follow SOX guidelines and compliance.

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fun place. Great leadership. Mediocre middle management. Nepotism.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    I have been with Saba for a while now. I believe the current higher level management is passionate and driven to achieve greater success. In addition to that amazing work culture, flexible work hours and willingness to adapt make Saba a great place to work. Products are complex but they are innovative for the industry Saba operates in.

    Cons

    Unfortunately all the pros are counterbalanced by absolute lack of performance recognition. Promotions and performance are completely unrelated. Extremely mediocre middle management. Most non-DOers become managers. DOers see no growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work on products and strategy. But I'll also request you to start recognizing talent. Not friends and family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Saba Software Response

    Feb 20, 2015Sr HR Director

    Thank you for your feedback. Our whole team at Saba is very passionate about our customers and products that are revolutionizing the talent management industry.
    We are so happy you are a part of
    ... More

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    We don't have work/life balance because our work is our life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Saba Software full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Turnover used to be very low compared to other companies in the software industry. Innovation is encouraged, and there are always interesting challenges. My manager was always very supportive and encouraging. I had one of the good managers who permitted real vacations -- he never expected me to work during vacations and once I had a vacation scheduled, he held that time inviolate. As a result, I was always happy to return to the office after vacation, refreshed and ready to meet our challenges with new ideas. All that began to change in 2011.

    Cons

    Saba pays under market rate while expecting U.S. employees to be available for meetings as early as 6am Pacific time and as late as 1am Pacific time. They are always in crunch time, leaving no space for super crunch time. Some managers refuse to approve vacation until a day or two before vacation is supposed to start, making it risky to purchase plane tickets and reserve hotel rooms. I was in a meeting in which a manager had just approved an employee's vacation the day before; the manager tried to get the employee to agree to not go on vacation after all just hours before his vacation would start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You aren't getting extra work out of people when you so frequently force or manipulate them to work so many hours all the time. You're getting a lot of mistakes and a lot of missed opportunities. People look like they're working, but they're really exhausted, making mistakes, and getting sick. Given that you pay roughly 15% less than the rest of the software industry in the same location, you need to compensate with something else, such as down time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Saba Software Response

    Feb 20, 2015Sr HR Director

    Thank you for your feedback. While I'm disappointed you left, we would have welcomed a conversation as your views are definitely not in line with that of most employees at Saba who enjoy unlimited ... More

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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Saba Layoff Class of 2014

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saba Software full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is quite good, great US vacation policy, work from home office, good people.

    Cons

    Unreal/unfair layoffs. The company reorganizes and eliminates positions and lets people go. There are dozens of us this year just dropped from the employment rolls. One person let go at the same time I was had more than 10 years with the company. I also heard there were layoffs in September and November too. That creates an unease and people wonder when it might be them. So people leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk. If people are the most valuable asset, then figure out how to use people who have worked at your company for a significant amount of time. Just to tell them one day that they aren't needed is really bad for morale. I could have done a few other jobs, I even would have taken a pay cut to keep my job, but I was offered no alternatives to being laid off. No one talked to me, no one even gave me any idea my job was in jeopardy. There are constantly job openings. It is inconsistent with the company's core premise and the theory behind TIM in the software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Saba Software Response

    Jan 22, 2015Sr HR Director

    As we continue to evolve the business we unfortunately have had some re-orgs which resulted in some roles being made redundant. We explore all internal options before making such a difficult decision ... More

  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Used to be good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saba Software

    Pros

    The company used to be very good with policies and salary. Work from home is still good.

    Cons

    Old technologies, random layoffs and appreciations, cheap labour prioritized, no concern for employees, it doesn't matter if you are good or have been working in the company for long time you can be randomly laid off. Priority to save money, difficult to reach management, no career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being a Talent Company focus on the talent inside the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Saba Software Response

    Jan 22, 2015Sr HR Director

    While we appreciate transparent feedback, your views are a bit contradictory of those others have shared. We continue to evolve our products and services offering best in class products. We offer ... More

  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Still love my job after all these years!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Saba attracts first rate people. I always been impressed and motivated by my colleagues. Management style is results focused, allowing for autonomy and flexibility. I've never worked in the same city as my direct manager but always experienced good direction, support and encouragement. Lastly working directly with customers on challenges related to people development is fascinating (at least for me).

    Cons

    Though working remotely is great in many ways, there are challenges. If you are not an HQ employee, you must put in some extra effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work from home at least occasionally so you can relate better to the challenges faces by remote employees. Spend a week working from a satellite office (don't just go for a meeting). Leave RDWS now and then so you can relate to all the workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Saba Software Response

    Nov 21, 2014

    Thank you for the thoughtful review, and your advice to management on "walking in your shoes" - it's powerful. Please reach out directly to me if there are ways we can engage with you during ... More

  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Bad place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saba Software full-time

    Pros

    None ... Absolutely no Pros

    Cons

    Pathetic work environment .... 0 appreciation ... they just don't care...

    Doesn't Recommend

    Saba Software Response

    Dec 8, 2014Sr HR Director

    The situation described above is very vague and inconsistent with other views reflected here and within Saba.. We offer excellent benefits (i.e., medical, dental, vision, free lunch, tuition ... More

  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    THE place to be if you are for a company that values its people and their contributions.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, product, culture and a bright future. This company has all of the cohesiveness of a small organization but is much bigger. Communication is open and honest, and the company is committed to its people and clients. For the first time in many years and I feel I have joined a company that values its people, their talent and their contributions.

    The product is amazing. It is reflective of the new world of work... people centric , intuitive and flexible... something not found in the competitive products in the same market space.

    This company will allow me to grow professionally and intellectually. Everyday I am excited to begin work and embrace the challenges of making a difference for the company, my colleagues and our clients.

    I consider myself very lucky to have recently become a part of this company.

    Cons

    Nothing that I have not seen worse in other places. To be sure, certain processes could be a bit more efficient....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep taking us forward.... Keep improving the product...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Saba Software Response

    Oct 24, 2014

    Thanks for taking the time to share your experience at Saba. I found one statement in particular to be very compelling " I feel I have joined a company that values its people, their talent and their ... More

  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    One of the worst companies I've ever worked for, if not the worst!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    Good location, decent benefits, free lunch

    Cons

    - Incompetent executive team (particularly those who've been with the company for over 2
      years)
    - Extremely toxic environment in the corporate office
    - Even though they claim to be a "talent management" company they don't know how to
      treat employees with respect and dignity (or simply don't care)
    - They dispose of good employees overnight for no apparent reason, so those who are not
      in the "inner circle" are constantly paranoid, thinking they'll be next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect and dignity, especially if you claim to be a "talent management"company!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Saba Software Response

    Nov 24, 2014

    The situation described above is inconsistent with other views reflected here and within the company, and I hope is an isolated experience. Have you discussed or raised this with the management team ... More

  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Always have that resume ready to send...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Support
    Former Employee - Client Support

    I worked at Saba Software full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefits are decent, vacation time is generous.

    Cons

    Ineffective management, few points of contact in company to answer your questions, offshore internal team are sluggish, little chance for promotion, company training via video modules, help documentation is unorganized, cheap labor is favored, client retention not a concern....i can go on and on. Beware, the company IT jobs are shipping overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there is nothing that could be said here except karma will not look on you favorably

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Saba Software Response

    Nov 24, 2014

    You were with Saba longer than 5 years, and we appreciate your contributions with the company. I hope that the skills and experience you developed here will be a good leverage point for your future ... More

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