Citrix Systems Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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Citrix Systems President, CEO, and Director Mark B. Templeton
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Pros
  • There used to be good 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
  • Promotes work/life balance with no evidence of such (in 27 reviews)

  • 4-I wont even start talking about middle management (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Citrix review

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    Former Employee - FL - Florida in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - FL - Florida in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Citrix Systems (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Decent salary for south Florida.

    Cons

    Incompetent middle management put in place by cronyism. If upper management doesn't fully clean house, company will continue in its current downward spiral.


  2. Helpful (8)

    Avoid working here at all costs. Run the other way! Worst experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Citrix Systems

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive, BYOD, final day of work.

    Cons

    This has been by far the worst employer I have ever worked for in the 15+ years in Sales. I was hired last year by a great team and inherited a micro-manager after the restructuring. He was by far the most inexperienced, rude, and fear mongering manager I have ever worked with. Lack of any communication skills and made everyday a painful experience. I could not wait to leave. Avoid working here and save your career. Products are mediocre. VMware owns space on the virtualization side . F5 will continue to dominate ADC. Micro managers; middle management lacks any motivation and adds zero value. Employees gossip and there is no loyalty between peers. People don't like their jobs and top performers carry all the weight. Product is unreliable and works half the time. SE culture is poor and are disconnected with the sales teams. Very little to no on-boarding or training. Company is disorganized on a sales operations level. Florida inside sales is remote and lacks training.

    Advice to Management

    Create a culture that is attractive. Have an onboarding program that starts on day 1. Update your sales leadership team and replace managers that don't inspire. Move your operations out of Florida and have Silicon valley teach a thing or two about creating a better place to work. Florida is not cutting it and you'll continue to lose deals and quality talent. I could not wait to leave this company and wouldn't wish even my enemies a job at Citrix Systems.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Software development engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Citrix Systems

    Pros

    Have good work life balance

    Cons

    Pay not competitive and less stock options


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Senior Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coral Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coral Springs, FL

    I worked at Citrix Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and good people at the lower levels. Work flexibility was the best there and they kept it very easy to work from anywhere.

    Cons

    Where do I start? After 15 years I had had enough. Enough of the 'innovex' crowd looking out for their own and not mentoring or guiding ANYone else in their careers. Nepotism at its king there and anyone not from that group is in for an uphill battle for guidance, support, and meaningful work. More recently the CEO has lost focus and the company is struggling to find its way. Good people are overlooked for under qualified friends. I know that happens to an extent everywhere but at Citrix it is RAMPANT. if you have other options, please steer clear. Oh and sexual harassment type activities are brushed under the rug with frequency. Think of a modern frat house and that gives you a good picture of the Americas organization

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and start over. Start at the top layers.


  6. Helpful (7)

    Citrix Consulting - Stay away

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Citrix Systems full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with other teams besides CCS.

    Cons

    If you are a senior consultant or above with more than 2 years experience, you need to make a decision before you accept an offer from CCS. Are you willing to put up with the politics from the Citrix Lifers to gain more experience or do you think that you would be better off someone where else? The NHT program for the more experienced hires is a slow game of attrition. The senior management team (EAs, SDMs, your manager and the coordinators of the program) is trying to wear you down so that you will either leave or get broken down. The game is setup to work against you. You will have a disengaged manager who is clueless as to what you are going through and you have arrogant EAs who think that they are deities in their own right. Next, you will have to put up with demanding SDMs who will give you no information about the weekly projects that you get staffed on and then they will demand Citrix reports on a weekly basis. Mind you, you will get NHT assignments and will need to prepare for Mid Checkpoint and Final Checkpoint while putting up with the personalities of the two people who run this program. Be prepared to revert back to kindergarten while these two people talk down to you. As one EA has said, CCS is like a fraternity. Hazing is pretty open. You will be required to stay out late with the senior management team during the FLL NHT visits. If you don’t go out with the EAs and senior management, than you will be given the serious side eye. Also, make sure that you understand that the senior management team subscribes to the philosophy “All rulers are either butchers or meat.” This brings up the next piece of advice – don’ t trust anyone. The TAs and Staff Consultants are trying to make their mark so they will do what they can to try to cut others down in the eyes of senior management. “Honest feedback” only goes one way, from the senior management team down to the NHT hires. Don’t you dare give an honest opinion to management or the NHT program managers if you plan on staying at Citrix. If you are a tech newbie with less than 2 years experience you should ask yourself – is this really worth it? Do you want to grow in a negative environment where you will be always looking over your shoulder or do you want to build your career with a firm where you can work with people sincerely interested in your development. BTW, the review process is pretty cutthroat. You will be evaluated by a team of people (not just you manager) where all those present will savagely rip you apart & look for holes to exploit. You will need to find a strong EA to kiss up to whom you can buy coffee, and always say yes to. If you plan to stay at Citrix, don’t turn down going to Friday evening company events where you will be required to hold a beer, have a fake smile and make pretend that you are enjoying yourself. The whole buddy & mentor game is a joke. You can tell your manager your career aspirations and he or she will assign you a buddy or mentor that may know nothing about what you would like to do. Don’ t expect Citrix to look out for your interests. Also, don’t expect to put in less than 60-70 hours a week (no including travel) if you are a senior consultant or above. You will be required to spend a good 20-30 hours a week doing documentation on top of your regular engagements. This whole experience is really not worth it. You will be underpaid and over worked and will lack the support of your manager. Look elsewhere and weigh your options before joining CCS.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Citrix Systems full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    appeared to have well defined organization structure.

    Cons

    new management was terrible. management was ill structured and had no leadership. more about politics and did not trust its employees.. programs had no substance which was due in part to the management team in place

    Advice to Management

    remove poor managers


  8. Helpful (4)

    Work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Citrix Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to move up quickly is definitely there. Ability to make fast cash as well. Some of the perks are cool.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is non existent. Monotonous routine drives many away. But if you can do well here you can do well elsewhere.


  9. Helpful (10)

    Disaster of a place!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Citrix Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing positive is going on right now.

    Cons

    If you're looking for uncertainty, look no further. Layoffs. No clear leadership. Citrix has lost it's culture. There is no vision. No plan. No real strategy. Everyone is fearful of losing their jobs. Complete chaos!

    Advice to Management

    Hire real leaders!


  10. Helpful (8)

    4 Managers and massive turnover in less than 2 years

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Citrix Systems

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

    Pros

    Citrix hires experts and individuals who are looking to make a difference

    Cons

    They systematically alienate and devalue employees until they quit They have taken away most flexible work programs, meaning they do not practice what they preach They have detrimental turnover and re-orging, so teams are constantly having to play "catch up" They hire multiple agencies with no real cohesive strategy resulting in duplication and confusion

    Advice to Management

    It would be amazing to see management really take an interest in their employees and truly nurture/empower their many skills while encouraging visibility for their team members.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Once a leader now just another tech company trying to survive in a shifting market.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Citrix Systems full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Able to leverage 25 years of end user virtualization with a good portfolio of products and services. Networking products are competitive, good technical support staff.

    Cons

    Product- teams are more focused on hitting a delivery date vs, delivering a quality product. Innovation has been stagnant as Citrix tries to buy themselves into new markets. Citrix now finds themselves playing catch up to VMWare (Sabolic). Citrix completely gave up on XenServer hypervisor which was a huge mistake. Recent layoff shows that the virtualization space is stagnating and senior manager has lost their edge. Citrix refuses to directly engage the Desktop as a Service market and will get run over by Microsoft and Amazon in the years to come. People - Arrogant, inept and self promoting are the best words to describe field sales management at Citrix. Will throw you under the bus in an instant as they don't know how to be leaders. Citrix pays well below industry average, territories are too small and quotes are not evenly distributed. Management will criticizes you publicly for some of most mundane process as they spend all their time in SalesForce and not in front of the customer. You will not be treated as a professional but as a replaceable cog as turnover is high.

    Advice to Management

    Tenured employees are leaving, take a hard look at your management staff and make them more accountable. Focus product teams on delivering a quality product. The XD 7.X release cycle was a fiasco, missing the DaaS market.



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