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Sabre Reviews

Updated Jul 07, 2014
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3.3 336 reviews

45% Approve of the CEO

Sabre President and CEO Tom Klein

Tom Klein

(75 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance; groups with good knowledge and great cultures(in 54 reviews)

  • Good place to work - many employees are able to work from home(in 48 reviews)


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

  • This provides little to no job security and adds to a stressful work environment(in 6 reviews)

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    OK OK

    Senior Software Development (Former Employee) Bangalore

    ProsWork from home
    good compensation
    time flexibility

    Consno career growth and not planned properly

    Advice to Senior Managementna

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    Overall average place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsStable company.... Can do better.

    Cons1. No proper data management tools.
    2. Needs to invest on Office Infrastructure. (Unhygienic washrooms , dirty carpets at EC office,)

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    Good solutions, poor execution

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bangalore

    ProsPros:

    - 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

    ConsCons:

    - 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 Senior Management- 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No Technical Growth at all

    Java Lead (Current Employee) Bangalore

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementBetter to set the expectation with a candidate at the time of interview

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementPlease 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Micro-managed & stressful

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Most people are young so you if you're in your mid-late 20's you'll enjoy the people
    - If you work hard, you can move up the ranks at a reasonable rate
    - After you put your time in, you can work from home once or twice a week- so they are flexible

    Cons- It's a stressful work environment with crazy deadlines. So many people work past their paid time and don't get over-time. Management values the "obsessed with work" work ethic.
    - You have to track everything you do. While some of it is for billing the clients, it's also for a way for management to play big brother.
    - They had lay offs in 2013 and ever since then the micro-managing has gotten worse and there was always a looming threat of another round, even though they played it off like it was a one time thing
    - Even though they were flexible with remote working etc., it was still impossible to achieve a good work-life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't think I can advise the management because they are too far gone in their ways.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was very unhappy there

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD (US)

    Prosoption to work from home, managers make an effort to listen to employee's ideas and concerns

    Consvery little work-life balance, little training, consistent inefficiencies that never seem to get resolved, atmosphere of put your head down and work, expected to work late, relatively low compensation, never enough resources, demanding deadlines, no office activities or amenities

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A crazy busy, never boring, often overwhelming place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThis has a friendly atmosphere and offers great training in a flexible and high energy environment. There are some opportunities for moving into different teams for adding to overall skill set.

    ConsThis is a very busy workplace - most say too busy, the work never finishes and the stress level can be very high. Pay level once trained does not keep pace with market rates.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in more people.

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    Someone whos been there

    Spoc (Former Employee) Tulsa, OK (US)

    ProsPerhaps change has crept in to their managemernt and perhaps they have managed to raise the level they treat those who are genuinely desiring to facilitate change. I know they have moved locations and are still in business.

    ConsA lack of insitefull leadership left over from the American Airlines era. No perspective of looking at how far more successfull compaive good service to the customernies do it. No desire to facilitate posotive change. Unable to understand the customer and thus g

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone given because none was ever followed in the past. Of the companies I have worked for, the leadership at SABRE the management was the least able to keep up with current practices and understand and cater to the needs of it's customers, with no desire to change that.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be a good work environment, not any more

    Software Development Contributor (Current Employee) Southlake, TX (US)

    ProsSalary and vacation are good, remote work allowed, flexible

    ConsSenior management changes led to a stressful work environment, lot of people are laid off every year so there is no job security. Not all departments in Technology get to work on a latest technology stack.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease learn to motivate your employees rather than stressing them out, learn to keep a fun, peaceful and collaborative work environment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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