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Sabre Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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  • Less focused on work/life balance than it once was (in 52 reviews)

  • Upper management seems to be in turmoil (in 36 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Too many leadership changes!!!! Vision changes every 3 months!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Undisclosed in North Richland Hills, TX
    Current Employee - Undisclosed in North Richland Hills, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hopefully in 5 years each product will have a true path and vision. The people are great but left without processes and true training or educational resources. There are literally none on the Hospitality side.

    Cons

    Leadership has changed so many times in 18 months that the products path and vision change therefore confusing the market.

    Advice to Management

    Finish your gutting of leadership before you market a product because the vision of each changes by quarter leaving the market confused.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic work environment"

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

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    %6 401k match
    Flexible work hours
    Work from home once per week
    No accountability. You can ignore all emails you receive.

    Cons

    90% Engineers are people from that country. You know what i mean.
    Toxic environment
    Politics all the time
    This is what a colleague of mine told me (He is a guy from that country btw): When you have 10 tasks to do, push all of them back or assign to someone else. Then one or two of those tasks will be routed back to you eventually anyway. Then do it.
    Codebase is sxxt. Hardcode is everywhere.
    Hard lesson learned: never work for managers from that country
    This company has reached the end of its life. Don't come unless you are homeless.

    Advice to Management

    Apply general hire and team match policy like many bay area tech companies. Otherwise no equal opportunities, just indians.
    Leave the important roles to Americans. For example, delivery and BA.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Fear culture"

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

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some groups not too bad about overworking you

    Cons

    Most groups overwork you
    Fear rules
    Do things because I said so
    Cheap salaries rule
    Layoffs every year, multiple times

    Advice to Management

    Stop the churn
    Someone steer in a direction for more than a year
    Quit laying people off every year


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Complete lack of culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Customer Success Specialist in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Success Specialist in Southlake, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits - start with 3 weeks PTO. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Management is clueless and too busy for their employees. Asking for help will label you as non-motivated and lacking initiative. Onboarding success is dependent on your manager's competency and could potentially be a complete disaster. WFH policy is arbitrary and not standardized. Some departments emphasize 'butt-in-seat time' as a measure/requirement of productivity yet do not talk to their employees all day.

    Advice to Management

    There are quite a few formal policies in place as expected for a company of this size, unfortunately management is too busy/disorganized to follow. Culture is nonexistent. Show up, headphones in, work, go home. Camaraderie is nowhere to be found.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Culture of Chaos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    Profitable despite the dysfunctional working environment

    Cons

    Lack of communication. No workforce planning. Priorities shift by the day.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfunctional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southlake, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great to work with. Actually miss a large number of them. The pay and benefits are great as well.

    Cons

    Leadership is disconnected from reality. Waving a $100.00 bill in people's faces in order to get people to make less mistakes so we do not have as many outages is proof in how far removed from the real world the CEO is. The real issue is that the company was allowed to grow organically for so many decades, that there is now an insurmountable task at hand of trying to modernize the code base. The issue is that the code base is so old and was designed with compartmentalized/horizontal development, that teams do not know what they will break  downstream until after integration of the code from all teams occurs.

    Advice to Management

    What needs to be done is to make the products less customized, stop sharing code (decouple) as it is problematic when a project updates code but breaks another product downstream, and restructure to a vertical development shop where a team owns a product from beginning to end. Otherwise stability will only get worse and you will eventually run out of US based TPF developers.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "HR Employee"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Southlake, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good food court. Green building.

    Cons

    Management doesn't want to hear constructive criticism. HR is run like a Nazi camp. I was interrogated during my last day and treated like I was a criminal over an ethical concern. I felt like I needed a lawyer and felt ashamed, belittled and berated. (Linda K. ran the show)

    Advice to Management

    Major changes needed to overhaul the company culture and HR.

  8. "better before going public"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    was a good place to work

    Cons

    the former CEO brought the co down


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Going down fast"

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

    I have been working at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Work from Home

    Cons

    No innovation
    No career growth or development
    Extremely poor leadership
    HR not transparent

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat, 75% of middle layer are paper pushers bogging down innovation. Stop using catch phrases and show actual improvement. You can not progress with the same team that got you in the hole!


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Run from this company!!!"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Southlake, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sabre (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing good to write about. This place is horrible. They treat employees like cattle headed to slaughter.

    Cons

    Lack of any innovation
    Horrible management
    No vision
    Products are antiquated
    Management who blames employees for misguidance
    NUMEROUS layoffs this year and continued through next year as well

    Advice to Management

    Stop your hire/fire mentality
    Change must come from the top down but the only change at Sabre involves layoff after layoff.


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