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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 (6)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Generally a great company with a mixture of experience and enthusiasm.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Judged on results rather than methods. Free tea. Little restrictions on innovating to make things better

    Cons

    Poor pay, inconsistent marketing activity and still very US-centric in terms of opportunity and personal growth

    Advice to Management

    Don't get carried away with the new toys and listen to advice from experienced employees more, regardless of their position.


  3. Helpful (1)

    A flexible and interesting place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Live and work with extremely relevant technology for today's IT world. With exposure to current and future product roadmap's, your skills are in high demand across all industries. A very flexible work environment, such as work from home and variable hours.

    Cons

    The only downside is that salary is perhaps lower than other companies of similar size. If salaries would be 20% higher, it would be perfect.


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  5. A great company in general but held back in areas

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people Excellent middle management Great buildings Superb products Global support Packages and benefits Knowledgeable technical teams Customer focused Family feel

    Cons

    Poor initial releases Zero respect from upper management for technical teams Limited career progression Only average salaries

    Advice to Management

    Remove the divide between sales and technical sales. The problem comes from above, not from the shop floor.


  6. A good place to work as a stepping stone

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Testing Engineer in Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Testing Engineer in Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with new technologies and people. The company understands that there needs to be a balance between work and family life and does definately accocomodate this.

    Cons

    Promotional systyem is a sham, particularly outside of Development. The main problem is that there isnt really any understanding from PMs and Senior Management when it comes to delivering on particular timescales, they expect everything to be done yesterday....we are a billion dollor company losing money in silly areas.

    Advice to Management

    Do something to keep your most talented employees, don't just stand back and let them leave. Understand that you will not and cannot get EVERYTHING you want.



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