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Sabre Reviews in Southlake, TX

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.  

    Decent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Southlake, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Southlake, TX

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and reasonable salaries and benefits. Covered parking and great campus.Great community-service culture and commitment to charities and similar organizations

    Cons

    Executive management is in a state of flux still trying to execute on strategic plans. No offices for anyone at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less planning and more action.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company, but going through painful changes.....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southlake, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southlake, TX

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

    Pros

    Good company for the most part - implementing new talent management philosophy that is a good direction.

    Cons

    Layoffs annually - difficult environment. Some mixed direction to the mature business (Grow, but do it with less resources)
    Many new leaders, lots of longtime employees leaving or being nudged out.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Finance in Southlake, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to get good airline industry experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, Delivery and Consulting in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Manager, Delivery and Consulting in Southlake, TX

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

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, scope to learn and grow at a fast pace

    Cons

    Maintaining work life balance can be challenging at times

    Recommends
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    Expect some travel

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Southlake, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Southlake, TX

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    IT company with clients all over the world. You will have a couple of business trips per year at least.

    Cons

    Teams dispersed all over the world makes it difficult sometimes to coordinate priorities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Could be a great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Southlake, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Hard to advance manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Southlake, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Southlake, TX

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

    Pros

    work/life balance (most times) and people

    Cons

    exec mgmt can't make up minds on how things will be so everyone seems to be in a constant state of guessing what or how processes will be done.
    driving distance from home

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions on how the company will be run in the different business units, use them for some time before adding new twists and turns.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 9 people found this helpful  

    Decent place to work; Not what it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Southlake, TX

    I worked at Sabre full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are mostly good-natured and fun.
    They like them some technology.
    Nice facilities.
    Lax dress code.
    Work from home allowed.
    Many long-timers.
    MBA club - Does not make it easy. MBA managers have higher expectations.
    Great place for women, not so much for men. They go overboard on the PC and fairness crap to the detriment of non-preferred classes.
    Compensation decent - once in, they will claim to be restricted to low percentage adjustments so negotiate for max before hire. Ask for the salary range for the job. Ensure you are in the correct band - Developing, Proficient, Expert. At least ask for median.
    Job ID can determine bonus amount. If code is 40123, code 50123 has 2x bonus and salary range. The 5 job may not be available, but ask about promotion.

    Cons

    Regular reorganizations.
    No dedicated office space.
    Open floor plan/noisy.
    Loyalty to owners/stock price bring annual layoffs - Merry Christmas.
    Love outsourcing - can make for 1am conference calls and 20+ hour days.
    Shrinking customer base.
    Do not see as a growing business.
    Terror activity can have large, immediate impact to business.
    MBA club - creates a class culture.
    Perception of veiled hostility toward men.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When laying people off, cut the non-performers. Across the board/everyone has to lose a head layoffs do nothing but allow managers to be vindictive to the people they don't like and demoralize employees. For all of the layoffs I went through, I was always amazed that some people were not impacted.

    Make HR do something worthwhile. HR should have a current profile of every employee. Shutting down a business unit and want to keep good employees? HR should be able to place them in one day. Career planning and management? HR should have current information so they can actively assist employees meet their goals. HR does nothing but manage the happy on-boarding and the hard-feelings off-boarding. You should invite all employees that have been laid off over the years to watch when HR has a purge. Would be a good opportunity for a happy hour. No, I was not laid off. I don't like HR as they don't help employees.

    You speak of mentoring. Sounds great doesn't it. Maybe add a formal structure to it?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging Work Environment with Flexible Work Arrangements

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PGM in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - PGM in Southlake, TX

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects, flexible work arrangements, fast moving pace. Some good leaders in the pack. These bright points gives you some hope for the future.

    Cons

    Regular layoffs, aggressive work environment, tolerates bad behavior when it comes from senior leaders. This is causing a general uneasiness under employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start cleaning from the top when laying off. Hold senior leaders accountable. Change the cut throat environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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