Citrix Systems

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Citrix Systems Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
840 Reviews
3.7
840 Reviews
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Citrix Systems President, CEO, and Director Mark B. Templeton
Mark B. Templeton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The ability to work from home really helped gain a better work/life balance (in 149 reviews)

  • It's generally easy to work from home for a day or so or take time off (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is no longer existent (use to be something coveted here) (in 27 reviews)

  • The 'middle management' makes all the decisions without leveraging the talent below them (in 29 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A foot in the tech industry door

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Chalford, England
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Chalford, England

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

    Pros

    Relaxed, open and fair. My colleagues were the best part of working at the company. There was some cutting edge tech but alas I didn't get the chance to work on it.

    Cons

    Working with head office in FL meant that there was lots of bureaucracy involved in some very trivial decisions. Often the best approach to solving the problem was vetoed by dictatorial management. Pay wan't awesome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mark T is an ace dude. Some of his lieutenants are just talk loads of bull with no idea of how to run a tech company. When Mark T retires this company needs a similar visionary to take over, otherwise it will be in trouble

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic time with Citrix...developed vastly and worked with great people!
    Lots of change but this has been fun.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Leader in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Leader in London, England

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

    Pros

    freedom, great products, very well paid.
    I work with an excellent team of talented individuals and we lead the market.

    Cons

    growing pains...turning into a large company.
    This has created a number of challenges...under resourced and immature in the processes we use sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in resources where required....Consulting, sales and support.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Reasonable work environment but poor middle management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Little Chalfont, England
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Little Chalfont, England

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to work with some of the more recent cloud technologies and receiver devices. Generally engineers are helpful. Citrix has the potential to be a great place to work

    Cons

    During the past couple of years, team working has been lacking, teams are dispersed around the building with no real sense of leadership. Middle management seem to be stuck in meetings all the time in their own side offices, rarely coming out to see what is actually happening on the floor. Secretive meetings between managers over product discussions and processes with no involvement from engineers. Management seem to be in it for themselves and they can do no wrong. it appears to be a one-way communication process most of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more open with your employees and ask questions about their day to day work. Is there anything we can do to help the team achieve it's goals? would be a good place to start. What processes are frustrating to use?, what could I do better? Don't just come out of your office when you need something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Citrix Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Talented people, good products and and an al round good place to work. Big discrepancies between the quality of the actual office though, particularly in Sales areas.

    Cons

    Long hours are needed to keep up with the work load. I regularly work 70 hours a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that the further down you go, the longer hours people tend to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great high tech company but experiencing some growing pains

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    Former Employee - Director of Software Engineering in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Director of Software Engineering in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at Citrix Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great technology. Very relevant solutions. Competitive benefits.

    Cons

    Some of the higher management is inexperienced in larger enterprises.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    Former Employee - Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Becoming 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Citrix Systems

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Interesting 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 ManagementAdvice

    Look at the bigger picture

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great work / life balance, interesting technologies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Citrix Systems

    Pros

    Socially 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.

    Cons

    Seems 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Chalfont Saint Peter, England
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Chalfont Saint Peter, England

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Better 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reseller Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Reseller Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Not much really - plenty of hype around the technology stack, no clue how they will pull this together into an integrated set of offerings.

    Cons

    Every 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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