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Sabre Reviews

Updated 11 August 2014
Updated 11 August 2014
356 Reviews

3.3
356 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.  

    OK OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development  in  Bangalore
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development in Bangalore

    Pros

    Work from home
    good compensation
    time flexibility

    Cons

    no career growth and not planned properly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na

  2.  

    NOT A GOOD PLACE TO WORK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contributor  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Contributor in Bangalore

    Pros

    flexi work env, nice vsisbilty

    Cons

    versatile business losses , bad managemt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to improve a lot

  3.  

    Overall average place to work

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

    Pros

    Stable company.... Can do better.

    Cons

    1. No proper data management tools.
    2. Needs to invest on Office Infrastructure. (Unhygienic washrooms , dirty carpets at EC office,)

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good solutions, poor execution

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

    Pros

    Pros:

    - Great people to work with - airline industry veterans, well qualified employees

    - Interesting products - Sabre has a broad suite of solutions catering to the airline industry
    Most of the products solve hard problems and hence it's very good work for employees looking for intellectually stimulating work

    - Flexible work culture

    Cons

    Cons:

    - No visibility in terms of career progression in the bangalore office. "
    Why should I stay in Sabre Bangalore for 5 years?" - that question is not answered. Many people stick around for 2-3 years, gain good experience and get out

    - Job titles are evolving as the company grows - please negotiate your designation properly,

    The career progression is typically very slow here compared to other companies. So the mapping between old job title and new job title is invariably a disappointment to many new joinees

    - Sabre hires pretty smart people who do contribute well to the business, but when it comes to time or appraisal time, "we haven't met our results" and so you are getting squat

    - Poor project management practices - You can be pretty sure the first deadline is not met, mostly because an unrealistic deadline was set without thinking about resource availability

    - Lots of attrition, so there are a number of new managers who themselves don't know company policies too well

    - Lots of travel but no stipend or per diem, just expense based on actuals

    - While Sabre has a number of solutions, not all the solutions are "customer ready" but are still rolled out anyway, bugs and all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Management is more reactive than pro active. When a customer gets really angry, all resources are thrown at the customer and once that dies, focus is shifted to the next customer who is angry. No systematic approach to customer management.

    This could be an outcome of heavy attrition which brings me to point 2

    - Sabre hires really smart people with transferable skills. Yet, bonus is practically non existent, pay hikes in line with inflation and no money when traveling. How exactly do you hope to retain and motivate talent?

    - Take a honest look at all your products. Ruthlessly cut out the crappy and buggy ones. Customer does not know internal divisions, so if one product from one group is buggy, customer is extremely worried about another unrelated product

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    No Technical Growth at all

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Java Lead  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Java Lead in Bangalore

    Pros

    It has very good work life balance
    Salary is good - above average
    Financially company is very strong
    Work culture is very open

    Cons

    The work is mostly support type
    There is too much free time and people get into comfort zone
    Not much interaction with managers at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better to set the expectation with a candidate at the time of interview

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Safe place but with matrix structure where responsibility fades

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Supervisor  in  Kraków (Poland)
    Current Employee - Software Development Supervisor in Kraków (Poland)

    Pros

    For a long time stable place to work in. Very good work/life balance with all the benefits of remote work.

    Cons

    Currently with all changes decisions are taken a away from the places they should be taken.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more responsibility to lower level of management and reduce the matrix organisation. Better utilize multiple development centers by concentrating development teams in only one location .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Seeking escape route

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

    Pros

    Location is great for me. Pay is decent. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    It's full of cliques. Very little to nothing is based on merit but instead on how you can market yourself. Most employees who are interested in just doing good work will be disappointed by the constant nonsense and drama.
    Amateurs and minor intellects will be your superiors and your opinion will be unwelcome.
    Groupthink is the the only acceptable opinion. Tolerance is high, as high as long as you agree with the group and their cult leaders.
    Many going along to get along. The truly gifted people have already left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Technology is very outdated. Innovation is not happening quick enough to keep customers and employees happy.

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with schedule. Good benefits. The Southlake campus is nice. The travel industry is very dynamic and the work is interesting.

    Cons

    Too many project managers and disparate systems and processes. Teams are in silos and have their own agendas. Collaboration isn't encouraged. Customers are not happy. Technology is very outdated, and it takes way too long to get anything built.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring project managers to run reports. Start listening to your customers and innovate! Employee retention is an issue!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great name to have on my resume, but it's time to get the hell out

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

    Pros

    Senior leadership is responsive to requests from employees. Changes are being made around campus. Campus is Eco-friendly and there are several employee groups one can join based on one's interests. Volunteering is important to the company. Depending on the team, there are flexible work from home policies, flexible hours, and the potential for work/life balance.

    Cons

    The company is currently undergoing a lot of change. With being public, mostly new senior leadership, and some of the "old Sabre" still around, it's a very confusing environment. They want us to innovate, but budgeting, legacy systems, and fear of failure prevent that from happening 95% of the time. Depending on the team, work environments can be brutal, overly competitive, micro-managed by non-managers, and uncomfortable to work in. It is not a terrible place to work, but one needs to be cautious of the team they join and aware of the changing culture. Hopefully is it evolving for the better, but only time will tell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage more with top talent to create top products. Revamp campus to be more conducive to any personality work environment. Stop giving power to those who are stuck with the old way Sabre ran, and instead listen to the new ideas.

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

    Micro-managed beyond comprehension and required to hit moving targets.

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

    Pros

    The people - without a doubt, overall the best group of people I have found in my entire career. There is a high degree of integrity here and pride in their work. You will not be working with slackers. The option to work from home is nice, if you can get it. Different managers will restrict this option, so make it part of your contract if it is important to you.

    Cons

    The micromanaging is out of control. I've never worked anywhere that makes more of an effort to un-empower their employees. They claim they want innovation but provide no ownership over your work. In some divisions, leadership at the highest levels is seriously lacking, as the SVP's just bicker over their power & territory. Even at that high level, they refuse to work together, and everyone under them ends up just trying to keep their heads down to stay out of the fray.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please empower your employees. People at director levels and above should not be doing the work anymore. Ask them how they manage their projects. If the response is scheduling meetings every week, then they don't understand automation and how to manage workloads properly. You have an impeccable staff down to the lowest levels. Don't squander that asset by using management techniques best left in the 80's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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