Sabre Reviews

Updated 10 September 2014
Updated 10 September 2014
362 Reviews
3.3
362 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance; groups with good knowledge and great cultures (in 55 reviews)

  • Good place to work - many employees are able to work from home (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little regard for work-life balance overall and compensation is below market (in 22 reviews)

  • Work from home depends on manager and the team you are working in (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Decent place to work; Not what it used to be

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Southlake, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Southlake, TX (US)

    I worked at Sabre full-time for 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
  2.  

    Good internship experiences

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sabre as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Interns can learn a lot of things here, from peers, managers, and senior executives. Also, the pay is good.

    Cons

    The culture of the company is just OK, not many cooperation across different groups, sometimes the job can be boring, depends on the projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better food, organize more networking events

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    New Management, New Direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer  in  Southlake, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Southlake, TX (US)

    I have been working at Sabre full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In the past couple of years since I've joined, the company has made big changes in executive leadership (new CEO and new CTO). In that time, Sabre has also made big changes to the business (going public, moving Travelocity to Expedia's platform, attempting to sell lastminute.com). Internally, we are pushing to change the culture to be "one Sabre" and to drive innovation. Common topics: creating big data products, shifting to cloud architectures, focusing on world class user experiences. As a software developer, it feels pretty positive. You are definitely rewarded for pushing your product forward.

    Cons

    Culturally, there seems to be a lot of apathy. Technology seems to be about 5-10 years behind the best tech companies. For example, we're just now starting to investigate cloud architecture. If you're into mainstream technologies from 5 years ago, you're considered leading edge rebels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I love the new direction the company is going. Focusing on using modern technologies and valuing premium user experiences are great strategies for creating customer value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very interesting industry & good people to work with.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Southlake, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Southlake, TX (US)

    I worked at Sabre full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the fact that Sabre really took pride in the community around them. There were so many community service opportunities and Sabre allowed a certain number of work time hours to pursue them. From my experience in my group, my manager always "had my back" and really stood up for and believed in the people beneath him. There was also a very flexible environment with working from home options. The actual options available to you for WFH varied depending on the group you are with.

    Cons

    In the group I was in it was very difficult to get a promotion and moving around the company was difficult if your group was under-staffed. You would get "blocked" so to speak from the upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be as transparent as possible with employees when questions are asked.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Software Developer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Associate Software Developer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Sabre full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good workplace
    Good facilities
    Work / Life balance
    Leisurely environment

    Cons

    Feel of lost in the crowd

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    Great company to learn a lot from, especially if you're a new grad. Sabre is engaged with almost every facet of travel and with many technologies, both currently in use and on the drawing boards of many large companies for the future.

    Cons

    Too much analysis and slow to take action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Experiment more with different business strategies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant - Tpf  in  Southlake, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant - Tpf in Southlake, TX (US)

    I worked at Sabre full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Technology if you are interested in that. And the environment for better working including friendly people. I believe the people are happy here most of the time in comparison to some of my other companies before

    Cons

    Pay and bonus are not great. While many companies do a better pay or better bonus - here both are not that great. Yearly reviews and salary raise are not something that can be said even on percentage basis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Position was outsourced

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst  in  Southlake, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Southlake, TX (US)

    I worked at Sabre full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My first manager was fantastic. Hands off, not micromanaging and knew that her team knew their jobs and let them do them. Great WFH policy.

    Cons

    Then I was reorg'ed to a new manager. This manager chose to outsource my position to the Sabre office in Uruguay. This transition was degrading and insulting. I was given six months notice of the layoff and offered a great compensation package but with one restriction. I was forced to train my replacement two weeks before my departure. If I refused, there would be no compensation. The new manager had the audacity to invite me to the team lunch "Welcoming" my replacement to the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsourcing isn't always the answer to everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people to work with but have no clear direction

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging work that relates to solving tough problems for the travel industry. Flexible work from home policy but hear that it might be changing soon.

    Cons

    Outdated technology with no plans of investing back in the business. Really good opportunity for startups to build and compete

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower and drive decision making to lower levels by providing high level of guidance of where company needs to go

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Just another work place - not innovative

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Architect  in  Southlake, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Architect in Southlake, TX (US)

    I have been working at Sabre full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    a few smart people.

    A nice work from home policy which allows employees to work from home once a week (depends on the manager).

    Pay and benefits are good

    Location is a plus

    Cons

    Middle management lacks direction and often turns out to be just paper pushers.

    Work life balance for people who work in geographically dispersed teams is really bad despite the nice work from home policy

    Sabre doesn't like to innovate or invest money on new technology. Many of their products are 25 to 30 years old and they don't really invest money into making them any better. While this might be a informed and intelligent business decision, its an extremely unattractive prospect for technology folks. A lot of folks has been around for several decades and are unwilling to change or innovate in any manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Geographically spread out teams (especially when time gap is over 12 hours) might not be saving you any money. Communication with in such teams is very hard which in turn results in a huge productivity drop. If the teams were co-located making independent decisions, you might see a productivity boost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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