In the eleventh episode of Soaring with Sabre, we chat with Maciej Francuz as he shares his experiences of working for over 8 years with the company. Maciej speaks about the boomerang experience, talks about his motivation and reveals what is his favorite thing about working in our organization.
In your journey with Sabre for over 8 years you have changed business units and roles, which
is very inspiring. Tell us how was the experience?
I joined Sabre in 2012 as an IT Project Manager. My previous experience was in the banking sector, which is a completely different world. My first team here was GDS Hotels and GEO. I met wonderful people, who have helped me to understand the Sabre ecosystem and grow as a leader. What is more, I immediately became a fan of the Agile approach in SDLC. After two years I joined a new team and started supporting the Shop Holidays project. It was a great opportunity for me to become familiar with other Sabre products.
Then I accepted an offer outside of Sabre. Today I can say that everything happens for a reason. The reason is “boomerang”. Yes. When my contract expired, I rejoined Sabre as a Scrum Master and jumped into the Sabre Red Workspace team. I enjoyed working with collocated teams, developing an interesting product. Four years ago I decided to take a shift in my career path and accepted a Manager’s position in the same team. Although I was hesitating for a while, today I’m sure it was the best step to move on.
What motivates you to look at different roles as you progressed in your career?
I definitely seek interesting and challenging tasks which are in line with my personal goals. It is also very important for me to work on products and solutions which are valued by customers all over the world.
How would you advice people who want to consider internal moves like you have done?
Don’t be afraid of changes and keep our (Sabre) culture in mind. Even if you make a wrong decision, you can always count on your Manager and Teammates, who will always try to help you find the best solution.
What has been your biggest learning as you worked through different business teams?
The biggest lesson I had was developing my communicativeness and ability to listen to others.
Working with various teams I’ve faced similar challenges. It’s been always my main goal to keep everyone on the same page. Being a Manager, I always try to listen to what people say or what they intend to say. Such a skill helps me to create good relationships with my team members.
What’s the best part of Sabre that you like?
Great atmosphere. If you wake up in the morning and want to go to work, you are in the right place.