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Sabre Reviews

Updated 9 December 2014
Updated 9 December 2014
391 Reviews
3.3
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Pros
  • Managers don't pressurize employees unnecessarily; they respect your work-life balance (in 62 reviews)

  • Flexible work from home policy but hear that it might be changing soon (in 54 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little regard for work-life balance overall and compensation is below market (in 27 reviews)

  • Work from home depends on manager and the team you are working in (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK OK

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development in Bangalore

    I worked at Sabre full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work from home
    good compensation
    time flexibility

    Cons

    no career growth and not planned properly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    NOT A GOOD PLACE TO WORK

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contributor in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Contributor in Bangalore

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    flexi work env, nice vsisbilty

    Cons

    versatile business losses , bad managemt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to improve a lot

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall average place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sabre full-time (more than an year)

    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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good solutions, poor execution

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

    I have been working at Sabre full-time (more than an year)

    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. 4 people found this helpful  

    No Technical Growth at all

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    Current Employee - Java Lead in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Java Lead in Bangalore

    I have been working at Sabre

    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.  

    There is a reason most people haven't heard of Sabre

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    Former Employee - Finance in Southlake, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Finance in Southlake, TX (US)

    I worked at Sabre full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flight benefits were great when part of AA, but that changed drastically for those of us that came later. Lots of smart people in Finance who had MBA's. Some interesting work, but may have changed in recent years.

    MBAs get paid reasonably well compared to overall market, and much higher than ordinary Sabre hires.

    Cons

    Pretty much the whole company. It runs despite the management and politics. The business model for the CRS portion of the business is being a middleman, and many customers and partners attempt to bypass Sabre. Too much focus on developing new products that customers don't want or don't like using. The name recognition for Sabre severely lacks relative to the portion of the travel industry that it touches.

    There is limited impact that management and all the planning/analysis they put in place can have on the business. The CRS is just a database where you want to keep costs low for the information going in and going out. However, management did anything but when trying to grow their political organizations.

    The current senior management is just as clueless now as when they were middle management a few years ago.

    Politics can be extreme. MBAs have better opportunities for promotions and better pay/raises, though there is still extreme competition within that group, and not the best job to take out of business school, unless you are fanatic about company politics and doing lots of useless work.. Its ridiculous how many MBAs Sabre hires with good salaries, and then chooses to only develop a select group of them almost from day one. Many leave for better jobs/companies with better business models and greater impact.

    For those who are not hired as MBAs, understand that you won't be paid as much. This is market driven and not unique to Sabre.

    The Sabre brand is not all that well known, and other employers don't often know what it is, much less understand what the company does.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Realize that the business is a quasi-utility, not a startup or "tech" company and manage capital and overhead more efficiently and responsibly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Disrespectful and distrusting senior management creates a hostile and uncomfortable work environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance

    I have been working at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    - Good location.
    - Nice campus.
    - Good cafeteria.
    - Covered parking?

    Cons

    Low salary.
    Disrespectful management.
    I never knew the true meaning of "micromanage" until I came here.
    No work-life balance. (65 hour weeks are not only common, but expected)
    Holidays/PTO are mostly for "show". Go ahead and TRY to get a day off. I dare you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most employees do, in fact, know what they're doing. Treat them that way.
    It is never appropriate to talk down to an employee. If there are true performance issues, address them professionally.
    Assume that people do care and want to succeed. Stop treating people like an inconvenience.
    If you want talent, you need to pay for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for family guys

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Kraków (Poland)
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Kraków (Poland)

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

    Pros

    1. Possibility to change role or team once a year.
    2. Multinational teams.
    3. Flexible working hours.
    4. Ability to work remotely from home.
    5. Excellent healthcare programme.
    6. Social benefits and family events.
    7. Office location and city panorama from the window.
    8. Showers in the office (great for cyclists, joggers, etc.)

    Cons

    1. Global lay offs spoiled company image - harder to hire good employees now.
    2. Lack of responsibility and faith in success due to overgrown teams and complicated organization.
    3. Notorious bureaucracy leaving little time for actual work (administrative tasks, invaluable meetings, etc.)
    4. Infrastructural issues continue to delay work (e.g. corporate proxy, network connectivity in data centers, outsourced resource management).
    5. Shortage of desks for employees (must rotate seats).
    6. Brainwashing through propaganda posters and stickers all over the place as well as frequent all hands.
    7. Hypocrisy of managers, artificially boosting ratings (e.g. pilot teams for Agile transformation were already transformed but chosen specifically to look good on paper).
    8. Some managers care more about showing off in front of their bosses rather than company interest.
    9. The process for setting yearly goals by an employee is completely detached from reality.
    10. Hermetic and slow in terms of taking up on the latest technology.
    11. The work becomes boring and not challenging anymore after a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk less, do more. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

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

    Could be a great company to work for

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

    I worked at Sabre full-time

    Pros

    Industry is interesting, overall culture is good, vacation is great

    Cons

    No work/life balance, raises are minimal, pay is not great, VERY high turnover in finance at senior levels and below, some work can be very boring, lots of layoffs in the business units. MBAs will make almost twice as much for a role that is the same or even easier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sabre wants to build extraordinary teams but doesn't want to pay money for these extraordinary teams and is always trying to save on salaries. That will never work.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    GTE

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    benefits, work live balance, people

    Cons

    management, promotions, personal growth, higher management really sucks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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