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Sabre Reviews

Updated October 17, 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 35 reviews)

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  1. "Team Lead Software Development"

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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

    good worklife balance and package

    Cons

    poor management. promotions are given haphazardly, no proper employee development


  2. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment and good people

    Cons

    Needs more pay and more people

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing you and have competitive pay

  3. "Principal Program Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Program Management in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Program Management in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, Good tools and history

    Cons

    Heavily HQ centric, improvement required on using tools properly


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Beware!"

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

    I worked at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive at the Senior individual contributor level.

    Cons

    - They do not care about employees. The leadership is completely disinterested in the well-being of employees and does not see the value in promoting an engaging work culture.
     - Massive Layoffs
     - Lackluster benefits
     - Terrible office culture
     - No diversity and inclusion efforts
     - Disjointed business
     - Simply a place to grow your experience, get the money, and GO! Don't give this place more than 2 years of your time.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and they will invest in the work to grow the business. They are people not numbers...


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Doesn't recommend"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Some people are nice but depends on departments
    Okay benefits

    Cons

    Company in absolute turmoil
    Poor managers and very weak top management
    Most don't care about your work and unless you are in the VPs friend circle, chances are you are out
    If you can find another job, avoid this place as it is a complete disaster. I wish I stayed away. In certain corporate divisions, they have a revolving door.
    Business model is eroding as chances of company growing is slim
    They had two major layoffs in this year 2017 and more possible


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Weak leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    -Travel Industry is exciting
    -Access to new technologies

    Cons

    -Very ineffective leadership
    -Lack of product vision
    -Ineffective global workforce
    -No work standards and lots of re-work

    Advice to Management

    Spend your time prioritizing, strategizing and ensuring your people have what they need to succeed instead of trying to look good on paper. Enforce accountability and reward good performers.


  7. "Procurement Operations Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Procurement Operations Analyst
    Current Employee - Procurement Operations Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people and the culture in Sabre is one of the best in the industry.

    Cons

    To stay current and ready for future changes, the first changes they make is to get rid of the people that make them the successful company they are today.

    Advice to Management

    Help educate the people who know the industry and who have helped your company become what it is to become more knowledgeable for future changes. Hire the new talent, then do reverse mentoring instead of getting rid of the knowledgable talent.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Airline Solutions"

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

    Pros

    These are the pros and cons of working on each area in Sabre:

    Sales
    Pros: You have license to be as rude and arrogant as you want. You can over-promise and nothing will come back to you (no accountability). Low stress and enough budget to entertain customers. Plenty of travel.
    Cons: Contract, addendums, product descriptions, brochures, demos etc… are not your responsibility. These are own by the Marketing organization. Good luck getting quality from them.

    Marketing and Solutions Management
    Pros: This organization is understaffed. Grossly understaffed. So it’s not likely that the multiple lay-offs will affect you.
    Cons: Everything else. You are told that you are the “CEO of your product” but in reality you are the janitor of your product. You work all day and all night. You have to keep apologizing to the customer. You never have enough budget to make a decent product. You have to support the Sales organization and Customer Care, so you become as tactical and short-term as possible. You are dragged by the weight of your development team.

    Development
    Pros: You can get two promotions per year. Your salary is good. You provide your own estimates and nobody is smart enough to challenge them. Also zero accountability. You can change your mind in the middle of a development and overrun your project. No worries. Not your fault.
    Cons: You are a line item in a cost spreadsheet. So if the product runs out of budget you are the first to be laid off. You may be a contractor here. If that’s the case you may take forced vacation by the end of the year.

    PMO
    Pros: You can work from home 5 days per week and nobody will notice.
    Cons: You are not really a Project Manager in the sense of planning an executing. In fact your only role is to do multiple “reports” for upper management and chase people up to request status. You are like a pit-bull and your boss will tell you to keep on biting every day. For the people doing the work you are just a nag.

    Delivery
    Pros: You get to learn from the customer first hand. When implementing a new product you learn a great deal about its functionality and the problems of the industry.
    Cons: Since most products are half-baked your interactions with customers are harsh. If you are an idiot (not uncommon) you’ll bring back that bad vibe into the company. You’ll be mean and fight with the rest of Sabre just to fulfill the whims of a small airline. Everyone will hate you for being mean.

    Cons

    The problem with Sabre is very simple: overpromise.
    Back when the company went public, the promise to stake holders was a YoY growth that is very aggressive. That number is not achievable.

    The clowns responsible for that mess have cashed out and are millionaires now.
    Today the new executive team is unable to grow the business to that expectation. So they have surrendered control to the finance organization and the only thing they know is to cut costs in a desperate attempt to meet target numbers (hence the multiple lay-offs per year).

    Advice to Management

    If you will fix something, fix this:

    The lack of talent in middle management (Directors and VPs) is appalling. They are too much into politics and career growth. They don’t really care about the employee or about the company long term. Ethics run very low here.

    Also: Stop looking at the share price as an indicator of success. Hire real Product Managers who know how to create value by creating great products.


  9. "working at sabre in a changing environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    innovation and investment if you are in the selected products.

    Cons

    lack of loyalty and long term vision


  10. "Some things to address"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    Has the potential to be something great in a very exciting and dynamic industry.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is trending downwards. There used to be many more events to engage the employees of all business units. Since performance has gone down at a company level, these events have come less and less.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you are encouraging the people to continue to work hard. There used to be a lot of motivation to work hard, it seems as if it's more of a negatively reinforced culture recently.


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