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Saba Software Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Work from home facility to manage personal and professional life better (in 40 reviews)

  • If you're able to hold yourself accountable and perform well on your own accord, your work/life balance will be unbeatable (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • you need to struggle for work life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • No Cons for the company as such (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Potential lives here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saba Software full-time

    Pros

    A lot of smart people work here. The original Saba team is hardworking, collaborative, scrappy and optimistic about the future. With the recent acquisition of HGN, there is a ton of potential here to evolve the company and change the market.

    There are definitely some golden children here that are allowed to operate big areas of the business with questionable results, but in general, Saba is not weighed down by politics, and you have the ability to speak your mind, own your role, do what's needed, and see the impact of your work. If you want to be successful, you basically own it.

    The new management team is making progress - sometimes it can seem slow, but it's a good combination of "best of both" organizations and it's moving in the right direction. New and exciting product innovations, more depth of expertise across the org, and a lot of new opportunities for all.

    Cons

    The recent acquisition created a culture-clash, and not all but many of the new additions to Saba are a political, backstabbing, and very passive-aggressive bunch. HGN was not operating successfully or profitably as a company in the end, but some are clinging to a distorted reality of the past, refusing to change, pining away for the way it used to be, and making it hard to look towards the future and move the company forward together. Ironically, the HGN organization had the mantra "feedback is a gift" - clearly some of them don't understand what that actually means.

    Their petty behavior is especially painful for high performers from both sides who can see the truth but are met with high drama for stating the obvious problems with the old business model and way of working.

    This also goes as far as some employees blaming the CEO for the company lacking a positive "culture." My advice to them - look in the mirror.

    Advice to Management

    It's understandable to want employees to be happy, and your desire for a homogeneous, unified culture makes sense, but it can't be at the expense of our business performance. Stop coddling grown adults and make decisions that are best for the business. Focus on stabilizing the organization, setting the foundation for the future Saba, and making rational decisions based on the needs of the business. Stop reacting to drama. Growth and success will follow.


  2. "What does the future hold? Is it about growing or being successful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Saba Software full-time

    Pros

    Company has some very good and very talented people. The Austin office was brought together to be the Center of Customer Excellence. We built an incredible team in the office.

    Cons

    After a recent purchase of Halogen Software, the company seemed to be run from a very top down approach without fulling grasping the importance and the sacrifices many had made to help build that office. Halogen management located in Ontario, CA took over control of the Support team and despite good talk of compensations, recognition, budgets, etc... not much was well communicated or delivered.

    Advice to Management

    You want to build a company who drinks their own champagne and use your own software to help empower, train, compensate your employees. I hope it finally happens, but after 10 + years of promises I am not convinced. The focus needs to be on the basics and not moving forward all the time. You need to be better at what you do before you grow too much too fast.

  3. "pros outweigh cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - flexible work schedule
    - autonomy to do your job
    - mostly working with experienced employees, Saba doesn't try to hire tons of people right out of college for cheap labor but instead they seem to invest in the right roles
    - global company with strong market presence & brand
    - company is growing and there is a ton of opportunity to move up or into different roles. hiring within is common
    - great product
    - impressive customer list
    - decent benefits (401k match, unlimited vacation)
    - I personally have an exceptional manager who is intelligent, transparent, direct, and I continue to learn from her every day

    Cons

    - recently acquired another company which can be very stressful to employees on both sides
    - business/GTM strategy isn't always clearly communicated
    - global company so communication can be a challenge for those who have previously worked at smaller companies or companies where everyone is in an office

    Advice to Management

    - be better communicators
    - provide better training to managers & sales teams


  4. "What are we doing here?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The senior leadership team has done something special. Being profitable they are really pushing the envelope by investing in both organic innovation and solid acquisitions. The product is really incredible, not the big, cumbersome legacy LMS system, but a truly agile talent platform that rivals the best cloud applications for usability, flexibility, and extensibility. This is not Saba of yesterday.

    Cons

    There are nasty competitive silo's and political cliques led by mid-Level managers who have a ton of influence and actively work to undermine each other. New ideas in any form threatens them and they will attack quickly when they see something they don't understand.

    Some employees believe that prospects buy Saba simply because they are the 800 lb gorilla in the LMS space. They will tell you we are only LMS and everything else is a waste of time and resources. New ideas in any form threatens them and they will move slowly when they see something they don't understand.

    All of this makes it hard to get support and momentum.

    Advice to Management

    What your doing is amazing. Please push your team to embrace the changes you've created. Look at the work being done outside of LMS. Track it. Count it. As people to demonstrate it. Make people show that this is a new Saba.

    Saba Software Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Manager, Global Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Company moving in the right direction"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A little recent history: this company had a lot of turmoil 2-3 years ago, when it was delisted from the stock exchange for shady accounting. The owners brought in a entirely new management team, and the company is now seeing the fruits of these changes.

    - All these people who have recently written negative reviews were the "weakest links." As someone sitting on the inside, this might suck for them but its great for the company and the rest of us. None of us want to be picking up the slack. I'm glad the leadership has the fortitude to release the weak performers and not just shuffle them around the company.

    - Lot of flexibility regarding how we do our jobs, where we work, and when we work. Most of the sales and marketing team members work remotely and are trusted to get their work done as they best see fit. Everyone is treated like an adult.

    - Leadership has a clear vision on where the company is going and is open in sharing this with the company. The execs are all rowing in the same direction. We have the CHRO, CEO, VP of Marketing and other execs all willing to do what it takes to for us and for our clients to succeed.

    - Great alignment between sales and marketing. Not perfect but everyone is openly working on this and its getting better each day.

    Cons

    - Too many people working remotely. Why have an office if people living right down the street never come in? Makes collaboration more difficult.
    - Company is growing fast. This creates a lot of uncertainty and is stressful to a lot of people...especially when there are people getting let go.
    - The sales team needs more formal training and a sales methodology.
    - The satellite offices don't seem to have all the perks that the people in the main office get.

    Advice to Management

    I have great faith in the direction of this company. I love that you are all willing to roll up your sleeves to get the job done. It seems to me you're all team players, and from my perspective there's not a lot of politics going on. A few points:
     - We badly need to implement more sales training. I don't think hiring experienced sales people is enough. Many are bringing bad habits they picked up in previous jobs.
     - Its going to be hard to define an office culture when most of the people in the office are working from home most days.

    Saba Software Response

    Sep 26, 2017 – Manager, Global Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it :)


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Incredible Company with Incredible People"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hands off management style with the ability to work in and out of the office as you please. If you're able to hold yourself accountable and perform well on your own accord, your work/life balance will be unbeatable.

    Very good pay, unlimited PTO (took a 3 week vacation with no questions asked), and excellent benefits.

    Excellent product, powerful partner alliances, and now a huge upper hand following the acquisition of Halogen.

    Harmonious coordination between the different functions in the sales/marketing organization. High level of collaboration.

    The people are what make this company so great. Very laid back and relaxed, yet aggressive in the field. Sales Kick Off is a blast if you get the chance to go!

    Cons

    All of the negativity on here is brought forth by the Halogen acquisition. Growing pains are to be expected...just trimming the fat :)

    You have to be a self starter. You are held accountable for your contributions but are not micromanaged to the point of forced success. If you have no clear sense of direction and drive, this might not be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing. Crucial business decisions always come with some sort of recoil. The future of this company is so bright because of how you all have transformed the organization!

    Saba Software Response

    Sep 26, 2017 – Manager, Global Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it :)


  7. Helpful (1)

    "NA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Able to work from home

    Cons

    it takes a very structured person to work remotely.

    Saba Software Response

    Sep 27, 2017 – Manager, Global Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Pushed me so hard they pushed me out the door"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were very good.

    Cons

    No spirit of teamwork between the various internal teams, which created internal tension. Certain individuals promoted who were undeserving. A lot of pressure in a sales role - expected to work even when taking paid time off.

    Advice to Management

    Use your own tools to ensure that you know which top performers may be at risk of leaving the organization.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Ineffective Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Some decent and competent people work there
    - Work from home is an option for some teams
    - Fast-paced and never boring

    Cons

    - Management seems to have no long term plans
    - Hard to attain consensus agreement on goals, making it hard to know what the overall strategy for team(s) and the company is
    - Constant reorganization (5-6 times in 3 years!)
    - Majority of people you will work with are not very helpful and would rather play politics than find a way to work together

    Advice to Management

    Management is a skill, not something people should be automatically promoted to. Majority of managers/leaders at Saba are very weak and do not hold people accountable.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Run and don't look back!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Saba Software full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free lunches and unlimited vacation (assuming you can find the time to take off)!

    Cons

    Too many to list them all but having no respect for their employees, management that only has its sights set on the bottom line due to company owners that are getting the company ready for sale.

    Advice to Management

    Find another company.


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