Citrix Systems

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Citrix Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.8 713 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

Citrix Systems President, CEO, and Director Mark B. Templeton

Mark B. Templeton

(565 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • 1-Work life balance is perfect, as you have the ability to work virtually from anywhere(in 127 reviews)

  • It's generally easy to work from home for a day or so or take time off(in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is no longer existent (use to be something coveted here)(in 21 reviews)

  • Middle management should be trashed , they are ' Yes Men ' who don't stand up for their teams(in 23 reviews)

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    Good culture and benefits, difficult moving into senior roles or cross-department

    Employee (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsGood culture and benefits. They do hire the best people, even in support roles like HR, so everyone knows the job well.
    Learned a lot from my time here.
    Looks good on resume.

    ConsBecoming more bureaucratic and slow in recent years.
    Quite silo'd organisation in R&D (Development).
    No talent management program, though lots of appraisal process. A few too many layers of management now, and standard of line management varies. They try to give you ownership of career development which is ok, but with little support to do so. Managers have vested interest in keeping you in role.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at the talent you have and develop it - don't rely on the line management to be giving good data.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCEO is very approachable
    Open plan working environment, friendly and talented colleagues.
    Flexible working hours
    Opportunity to learn new technology

    ConsInteresting projects are in the States, difficult to be recognised if you are based elsewhere
    Too many organisation changes
    Business decisions are made late and often changes in the last minute

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at the bigger picture

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    Great work / life balance, interesting technologies

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSocially aware company that tries to look after it's staff. Interesting set of technologies and opportunities for personal development. Provide free training "Citrix Certified xxxxx" courses, but there are caveats for getting on them. Excellent team managers and executives.

    ConsSeems to be moving some of the management and control back to Fort Lauderdale. This can be slightly frustrating when decisions need to be made. Renumeration is starting to fall behind the City.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your local managers to en-act the executive vision. They're smart people, leading smart people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great company but a lot is expected!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCitrix is by far the best company I've worked for in terms of conditions, flexibility and general work-life balance. The remuneration is acceptable (not the best) but other benefits such as health care and pensions do tend to make up for it.

    It provides many opportunities to become involved in interesting projects, and equally, opportunities to identify and lead projects. OK, your role would dictate how applicable this is but the fact remains that the opportunity is there.

    Again, depending upon role, there is the likelihood of flexible working. Being a true global organisation, time-zones are merely an inconvenience and flexible working (times or locations) is a tool used to overcome this. It has to be said that self-discipline is a "must have"!

    Most (with a few exceptions) of the co-workers are genuinely nice people and looking to achieve the same goals.

    ConsThere are some big ego's to contend with but isn't that the same anywhere? Unfortunately, in an organisation where attributes associated with these large egos are often rewarded, some individuals are promoted beyond their capabilities.

    Referring back to the flexible working, this can sometimes be a negative. It's often the case where "work" can impact personal time during evenings, weekends and holidays. This isn't a cultural thing, but rather personal - if there is the opportunity to respond to emails or participate in calls when officially OOO, then some people choose do do so although it's not expected.

    Promotion can be extremely difficult and after many years have come to the conclusion that there's more to it than being competent at your job. Reviews can be consistently excellent and the reward no better then those with mediocre feedback.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember those who put in a lot of hours and go out of their way to improve.

    Also, remember that Citrix is a truly global company and working practices are for the benefit of the whole organisation, not individual business units. The latter is slowly being addressed I admit...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Top IT employer where open-source is part of the business model

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsFull of smart people, good place to work.

    ConsMoving slowly like most other corporations, resistance to change, many managers that are mostly talking about doing stuff than doing them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpeak less about vision and plans and start implementing them, promote people that are not afraid of questioning the status-quo and get rid of those that are not able to adapt.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, great ethics, amazing people, management still trying to catch up with the company's growth however.

    IT Manager (Former Employee) Chalfont Saint Peter, England

    ProsThe biggest perk about working for Citrix is the people. I was always incredibly proud to work for Citrix, i loved the people I worked with, managed and socialized with. The "big cheeses" are inspiring and create and harbor that motivation in their work force.The company changes and adapts extremely fast, so you really feel like you're working for a front runner. The "Work From Anywhere" also allows you to literally give up the need to be tied to a desk, and you get more opportunities to work with people you may otherwise.

    ConsThe biggest challenges I faced were mainly caused by remote management and inter-regional relationships. The 3 GEO's (Americas, EMEA and APAC) were not always in agreement about communications/culture/path. Each region, and in some cases each Country, has their own culture and requirements. As Citrix is a US based company, there were often times when communication or direction of a project was inappropriate or difficult to follow for those outside of the US, but getting that culture knowledge across was challenging and sometimes, not taken seriously. It's also very difficult to "switch off" as the company follows the sun, so I found I was spending half my day catching up on the correspondence from the night before, and then having to wait a further 24 hours to get answers from other GEO's.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter value the people you already have. Too often I have seen people leave Citrix after working there for many many years, simply because they don't feel they are being "appreciated". This can be caused by pay (sadly more often than not), but also because career paths are not clear, coherent or don't span between differing teams or operations levels within the company. People WANT to stay at Citrix, but they reach a point when they can get more or go further by having to leave and go elsewhere. If Citrix spent as much time, energy and money looking after their existing star players than they do recruiting new people, they'd retain a lot more knowledge and loyalty.

    I would also suggest "streamlining" the chain of command in some areas. Citrix has a lot of initiative and enthusiasm in their lower ranks, but very often, those of us who work at the front line, who has a clear idea of what the real frustrations and concerns are for our internal and external customers, simply can't get their voices heard. To provide the very best service, you need to listen to the people who deal with it every day. It's great receiving sweeping changes from the higher ups, but if the new version of somethings goes out without that small niggle that's been bothering people for years, the new version won't be that much of a practical improvement.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you get acquired by Citrix, don't expect to be valued ...

    Reseller Manager (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsNot much really - plenty of hype around the technology stack, no clue how they will pull this together into an integrated set of offerings.

    ConsEvery acquisition ends with frustration and disappointment, good folk leave.
    EMEA management rule by fear, huge pressure on revenue and contribution.
    Talk of ethical management is just that, talk.
    Salaries are below average, and little opportunity for progression.

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

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    A good company with a not so good management

    Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsThe technology is great, the general attitude is very nice

    ConsHR is terrible in EMEA, no clear career path, life/work balance is very biased on the work side

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook after your employees, not your MBO's

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poorly managed, lacking leadership and vision

    Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee) London, England

    Prosgood pay, lovely offices, facilities, good health care benefits and pension

    Conspoor career progression and training opportunites no personal growth

    Advice to Senior Managementcareer development needed in Service department

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent work life balance

    Software Test Engineer (Former Employee) Gerrards Cross, England

    Pros- Excellent work/life balance
    - The people you will encounter and work with are amazingly talented and friendly
    - If you work hard you will be recognized and rewarded for it (pay rise/incentives)
    - Interesting work with the ability to easily move roles if you no longer feel challenged
    - Starting salary is good (not the best out there but considerably better than most)

    Cons- Promotion scheme needs to be improved
    - Salaries progression should also be improved when compared to the US as the US employees are paid a LOT more. (However as stated in the Pros if you work hard your work will be recognised)
    - Socializing outside of work generally does not occur as employees are too spread out due to the cost of living close to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management and finance/budgeting should pay better attention to feedback from managers, when the managers state that someone will be (probably) be ready for promotion in 6/12months they should budget accordingly so that more people can be promoted

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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