Sabre
3.3 of 5 298 reviews
www.sabre.com Southlake, TX 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 16, 2014
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43% Approve of the CEO

Sabre President and CEO Tom Klein

Tom Klein

(56 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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OK OK

Senior Software Development (Former Employee)
Bangalore

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

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)

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

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

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

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

I have been working at Sabre

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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Employee with more than a decade, sees sad future

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Southlake, TX (US)

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

ProsIt has been a good company, surviving and even thriving through the down turn with a CEO that saw the value in his employees and understood his people.

ConsThat CEO retired. Now we have a new one who thinks he's Steve Jobs, intent on IPO, with a new management team that just listens to consultants rather than trying to understand the business.

Advice to Senior ManagementRather than cutting heads to reduce cost we need to take all of the companies we've bought through the years and actually try to put them together using single processes and platforms. That's where the real cost savings will come from, it takes longer, and more of a commitment. A commitment that hired guns don't have, so the current new crop needs to go.

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

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I spent a lifetime in this company and made wonderful friends. Corporate culture there is quite toxic though.

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX (US)

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

ProsNice salary and benefits
Great peers
Flexible work schedules
Opportunity to see the world

ConsProduct management not customer centric
ineffective management practices in general
Too many executives - vice presidents reporting to vice presidents, etc
frequent and sudden layoffs have been the norm since 2000.

Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership changes are certainly needed.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not worst ever, but would not recommend

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sabre

ProsGreat co workers
Work sometimes fulfilling

ConsSenior leadership almost delusional
Company has hired high level executives from so many different companies and none of them are really any good

Advice to Senior ManagementThe past is gone. There are competitors in the marketplace and they will come after you. Repeating what you've accomplished in the past will only make investors happy for a little while.

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

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Looks good on paper but the reality is very disappointing

Senior Principal Product Manager (Current Employee)
Southlake, TX (US)

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

Pros- Majority of employees are good and talented people.
- Many exciting projects with good opportunities to learn and move around.
- Compensation and cafeteria are good.

Cons- Executives at all levels lack clear vision, non-supportive and consistently flip-flop decisions.
- Engineering teams live in their own world and don't interface well with product marketing. Probably due to poor integration of acquired companies.
- "Throw under the bus" mentality across many teams instead of productive collaboration.
- Unmanaged / ad hoc marketing and product launch procedures.
- Many customer complaints about quality and promised releases / features
- Regular layoffs.

Advice to Senior ManagementEnforce greater collaboration / process across teams and commit to roadmaps if you want to deliver quality solutions and improve customer satisfaction.

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

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Bad work culture and a sinking boat

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sabre full-time

Proswork from home policy
great cafeteria
environment conscious
great campus

ConsMost people do not know how to behave in corporate environment and make it difficult to get work done.
People schedule too many meetings with mostly wrong audience
Lack of collaboration within team. Please tend to play blame games.
Very old technology.
Developers do not get enough freedom with technical aspects.
No clear definition of roles. everyone want to be a project manger to micro manage team.
Abrasive personalities are encouraged.
Lack of trust within team.
Lay off are very common.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open with employees.
create a collaborative environment
create new policies to retain talent

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

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Laid off today. Heard management is getting hit tomorrow. Jan 9th.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sabre

ProsSome good people, work from home (unless ur manager is a micro-manager), there is a liquor store across the highway and the chicken tortilla soup in the cafe is pretty tasty.

ConsConstant fear of layoffs, back stabbing, DPMs, too much focus on cultural diversity, HR is absolutely NO help when it comes to harassment, they hire BAs and testers with no industry knowledge or Sabre knowledge.... Oh wait...maybe that's because they laid off the people with the knowledge and can't get them to come back. The list goes on and on....

Advice to Senior ManagementJust announce layoffs on the news. Geez. People are gonna talk. If Sabre doesn't want to look bad then they need to quit laying people.

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