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Citrix Systems Reviews in Chalfont Saint Peter, England

Updated Jun 23, 2014
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3.5 6 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

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

Mark B. Templeton

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80% 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 128 reviews)

  • Polite work environment - top leadership (CEO MarkT is leaving) enspouses humility and respect(in 55 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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    1 person found this helpful  

    A flexible and interesting place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)

    ProsLive 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.

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

    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 (UK)

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

    Sales Engineer (Current Employee) Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to have on your CV, OK Benefits.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)

    ProsVery flexible working hours.
    Can work from home.
    Great pension and health care plan.
    Offices in a beautiful location with greenery, golf course and listed buildings nearby
    A lot of freedom to work as you wish.
    Well known company, good to have on your CV.

    ConsDevelopment work isn't as intensive as you would expect. A lot of time is wasted on other things. Some architects hog all the interesting projects to work on.

    Company doesn't have a culture of training it's employees.

    Management positions are generally swapped around the same incompetent people (most of which have been at the company for over 10 years but are not qualified to take on such responsibility - you can forget being promoted to a management position).

    If it wasn't for acquisitions, Citrix would be 6 feet under by now because there is no significant internal innovation.

    Because Citrix has lot's of employees who have been with the company for over 10 years you don't get recognition until you've been at the company for at least a couple of years, which is bad for a graduate or any new hire. There is no chance of influencing any changes within the company or being taken serious for new hires.

    Some people in higher positions (a few architects and managers) seem not to be doing any work worthy of their pay cheques. There is a crew of Directors, Senior Architects and the like who are very stubborn and backward.

    In comparison to other large companies, the rate of promotion is very slow, most people get a promotion once every 5 years or more, a lot of people have gone over 7 years without promotion.

    The gap in pay rise from one grade to the other on promotion isn't enough, a promotion could result in only £1000 to £2500 annual pay rise for most people but the pay bands vary a lot.

    There is a hierarchy that makes all major decisions and it's difficult to get your word in. There is a LOT of incompetence and politics in management.

    There is some elitism at Citrix, a lot of Cambridge grads work for Citrix in Cambridge and they don't seem to be producing anything meaningful.

    Most people at Citrix are too afraid to say anything about the mediocrity at Citrix because no one else has the courage to complain and because there is no structure in place to express these opinions, HR has no power at all.

    The really talented developers seem to be leaving the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook out for your members of staff, if they perform well it reflects well on you.

    Sometimes it's time to leave the company, if the majority of people have been at the company over 7 years they don't have to prove them self any more, you need to get new people in and some of the guys need to leave. Some people seem to be passing time, piggy backing on the fact that they have been at the company for ages. If people work together in the same team for over 8 years results in cliques and a a lot of negative history keeps plaguing the teams, this needs to be avoided.

    The VP needs to review the UK management to see if they are still competent. Blackberry went down partly due to managers in the UK who weren't competent enough. Everyone has to prove them self, experience and length of service don't automatically make someone as good employee.

    This company is going down if things stay the same.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great company in general but held back in areas

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemove the divide between sales and technical sales. The problem comes from above, not from the shop floor.

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    A good place to work as a stepping stone

    Testing Engineer (Current Employee) Chalfont Saint Peter, England (UK)

    ProsWorking 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.

    ConsPromotional 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 Senior ManagementDo 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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