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Saba Software Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be a little tough but entirely up to the employee honestly (in 20 reviews)

  • No cons as such but lots of client issues in between stories are problematic some time (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "System Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work for

    Cons

    Bit driving for me from San Jose

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Stagnant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good product and great customer base in enterprise segment. Decent sales team. Free lunch.

    Cons

    Soul, culture and teamwork have been destroyed by management team brought in by PE firm a year ago. Business processes are weak. Most initiatives are short-sighted and reactive, not building for sustained growth.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach in employee engagement. That would go a long way in running the company. Value and listen to the veterans who have been in the industry for some time.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Incredibly dedicated team, good benefits, somewhat challenging work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have only been at Saba for a short time, but the dedication from the team is very inspiring.
    People will go out of their way to help you, and all of my other coworkers that I've interacted with are very friendly and welcoming.

    It feels like we've accomplished more as a company in the time I've been here than the entire 11+ years I was at my previous job. It may not literally be true, but it speaks to the dedication and hard work the team puts in.

    Saba is also a truly global company, which I enjoy being a part of. There is a wide mix of cultures in the office and across the globe to learn from.

    The pay is competitive and 401k matching was instituted at the beginning of this year. There is also free daily lunch and breakfast available. There is an unlimited vacation policy as well, which seems to follow industry trends.

    Cons

    The work/life has been challenging so far. There has been a fair amount of work at night and on weekends. The odd hours can be explained by Saba being a global company, however. The weekend work is a result of aggressive scheduling of activities.

    The unlimited vacation, while also a potential positive, is also a potential negative. There is no accrued vacation that needs to be used up, so it is entirely up to your manager on how much can be taken. It hasn't been a problem so far, and hopefully it won't be.

    Advice to Management

    There are lots of very smart and dedicated employees here. Keep them happy and the sky is the limit!


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  5. "Sales Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good sales leadership, mainly on the technical sales - VP of Technical Sales was a proven direct contributor, manager, and strong leader.

    Cons

    Not the best leadership from the top. The CEO (at the time) was a little flippant when it came to direction of the company product and feature-wise. It was often misinterpreted by customers and prospects (IMO).


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Enterprise Corporate Sales"

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Corporate Sales in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Enterprise Corporate Sales in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saba Software (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome platform, great culture, amazing product development team.

    Cons

    former execs made some mistakes

    Advice to Management

    Keep using your own platform, it's working!


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Saba Summary"

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Products, Good Practices, Good People

    Cons

    Lack of Transparency, Lack of Delegation and Trust

    Advice to Management

    Create a Talent Pool and not just a People Pool


  8. Helpful (12)

    "Very mixed about experience. Wouldn't stay too long like i did.."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Saba Software full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free food. Strong middle management team. Work life balance. Lot's of smart and passionate individual contributers.

    Cons

    VERY political. Executive leadership hires based on personality fit and disregards if they can do the job. They favor a select few that will be allowed to make most of the decisions and treat other employees badly.
    Leadership does not make data-driven decisions only pays lip service to it. Some very difficult personalties to get along with at the company. Chief officer has a very dated and flawed approach regarding strategy. Also, hired several very incompetent employees and did not include the technical experts in the decision-making process. About 50% of work in our department was purely dedicated to playing politics and doing needless task in the hope to win brownie points from upper management. Decisions are made based on emotions not logic. Few rationale people left at the company.

    Advice to Management

    Replace some of the old school executives and build a culture that is less driven on politics and rewards high performance.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Probably not the place to be"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Redwood Shores, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Learn a lot
    -My team is pretty good and I respect both my managers
    -A few really smart people who know their stuff
    -Free lunch

    Cons

    -Only a few people actually know how/ are willing to do their jobs. Management says "ok let's do it" without ever figuring out how or who will do it.
    -Post-buyout most of the good people have either left or been laid off. It's getting increasingly difficult to get anything done.
    -Management does not communicate to each other, every team is a silo so co-ordination is non-existent.
    -Workload is insane

    Advice to Management

    -Learn how to be managers and hold your people accountable
    -Talk to each other


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Sr.Application Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Good company to work if you are working in the core team

    Cons

    ideas restricted, no collaborative work


  11. Helpful (11)

    "mixed bag"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent products
    Strong individual contributor level employees

    Cons

    limited opportunity for career progression
    the company can't recognize performance when they don't know who their performers are
    some in management prefer spin to truth
    management does not work as a team

    Advice to Management

    Improve teamwork
    some positive changes have been made, many more needed


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