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Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
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Citrix Systems President, CEO, and Director Mark B. Templeton
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not loyal to employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Citrix Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, flexibility to work from home, great people and developers at the individual contributor level.
    Interesting technology.

    Cons

    Favors stock price over employees. Would rather have low priced employees in Asia producing poor quality products than highly skilled employees in US and UK producing great products.

    MarkT has lost his edge. New executive team has ruined the corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acquiring companies and misusing their technologies and people. Building up the sites in Asia is not the way to strengthen the quality of your products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    It "use to be" a great place to work, but then.....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Citrix Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, opportunities for training, practices the "work where ever you are" attitude, open door policy with direct management always a good thing.

    Cons

    Upper management is making it unbearable to perform good work, with all the metrics and micro management that's been placed on the front line engineers. It use to be the attitude of "do whatever it takes to help the customer"...no metrics involved. Within the last year, too many new metrics implemented that hinder good customer service and the whole notion of doing whats best for the customer is now gone...in favor of upper management watching "the bottom line"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To upper management...you need to get a hold on what it is your doing to your employees. You've almost completely turned your backs on the front line support engineers and have made it an unbearable environment. If you don't correct this soon, more employees will leave, just like I did.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Culture is dead

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

    I worked at Citrix Systems

    Pros

    - Salary
    - Flexible work hours
    - Work From Home program

    Cons

    - To much middle management ... to many chiefs and to few Indians
    - Inter department politics. Managers care more about their department than rest of company
    - No career path or unclear path. Be happy with your starting position since it can take years to actually get promoted
    - Poor management at mid and executive level
    - Takes forever to have a decision made since to many managers involved in each decision
    - Sales Execs put in charge on non sales departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are two many layers of managers.

    Decisions that should take a week takes MONTHS do to many managers and having to get them all to agree to something..

    The execs of individual departments don't care about the company as a whole. They only care about themselves and reducing their cost center even if it actually hurts the company.

    Stop putting execs who only have Sales Experience in charge of non sales groups. They don't understand what it takes to make a quality product that keeps the customer happy and keeps coming back versus just getting a sale and being done with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a good place to work, not anymore.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Citrix Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Standard Silicon Valley large tech company. Don't believe the Citrite propaganda about it being a different place to work.

    Cons

    Constant re-organizations and layoffs. Horrible management that changes strategy by the month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe in the vision of your products and in being able to work from anywhere. You have a ton of talented workers who could work almost anywhere but stay at Citrix because of being able to work remotely. Lately, for some reason management has decided that full time remote work is not possible and is trying to force remote workers into the offices. How can the company fill its management team with Luddites who believe that people need to sit next to each other to be creative or to get work done? It is a sign of a poor manager who believes that they need to see their employees sitting in an office to be able to manage them effectively.

    One senior engineering VP recently berated remote workers implying that they were somehow less effective and possibly slacking off, while also stating that it wasn't fair that some remote workers lived in states where they could have bigger houses and cheaper rent. How can you fill your management team with leaders who have such a lack of vision. Why aren't you celebrating your remote workers and learning from them to make our products better rather than berating them every chance you get and trying to force them into a cubicle in an office?

    The current Feb. 2015 layoffs were handled in the worst way I've ever seen for a layoff. Making everyone sweat out a week of uncertainty created a totally unproductive week of work across the entire company. We have so much work to do and so little time that to waste a week like this is really disappointing. To make everyone suffer through this week was also unkind to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    The Ultimate Toxic Work Environment

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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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Free Snacks
    Flex
    Virtual Work Environment
    On site Gym

    Cons

    Unethical management
    Too many cliques
    Layoffs are a common occurrence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more empathy toward your employees regarding layoffs. Employees were notified on 1/28 of layoffs that would affect 900 people. The message that was given was delayering. However this was not the case because many employees who were laid off did not fit the criteria.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    I am glad I was one of th oens laid off

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Escalation Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Escalation Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great people, great work life balance

    Cons

    company management clueless HOW DID THEY GET IN THEIR CURRENT SITUATION?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    DONT BELIEVE THEIR PROMISES TO GET YOU TO JOIN.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Citrix Systems

    Pros

    Free beverages and work from home days.

    Cons

    Lack of vision, management is not quality compared to other Tech companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus and actually manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Citrix is not what is once was...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Citrix Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Great Work/Life Balance... You can pretty much work from anywhere.
    - BYO program... freedom to use device you want.
    - Pay is solid.
    - Mark Templeton is a great CEO.

    Cons

    - Culture is slowly dying and the company is too focused on growth than keeping a great culture and moving fast.
    - Focus is on office consolidation so if you are not in one of the 'core' offices, then you are at risk.
    - No growth potential... Citrix prefers to hire off the street rather than promoting from within.
    - Recent middle management hires just don't get the culture.
    - Not enough women in the management ranks.
    - Acquired companies basically 'vest in peace' and Citrix does not invest properly to ensure integration happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Promote entrepreneurship within Citrix and allow for groups outside Australia to innovate knowing it will cost X over Y years.
    - Figure out a formula to acquire companies and integrate them faster.
    - STOP killing products!
    - Get back to the Citrix of 2000-2009... those were the years!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    A once-great company that stumbled hard.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Citrix Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, competitive salaries, flex-work policies.

    Cons

    Disconnect between senior management and people actually doing the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to do things differently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company but stay away from sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Citrix Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great technical support and technical management. Products have a solid reputation and have limited competition in their core markets .

    Cons

    Competition is getting stronger as VMWare gets more serious about end user computing. Microsoft RDS is getting to be "good enough" for smaller shops. Citrix doesn't play defence well and doesn't compete well outside their current account base with new products.

    Sales management is terrible as they only focus on themselves. Be prepared for a high quota, limited accounts and no upward mobility. There is limited structure on who get what accounts and is usually given out by who has the directors ear at the time or who are his drinking buddies. Sales Managers are retreads from other companies and never carried a bag at Citrix.

    Frat boy mentality where knowing college football is almost as important as knowing your product.

    Place suffers from "Emperor New Clothes Syndrome."

    Product quality has been slipping as of late.

    I think all the glowing reviews must be from HR as it isnt the same company I worked at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    test the product better, and promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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