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Excellent company to work for

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

The atmosphere is pleasant and the company is managed well. The technology is interesting and employees get a good view of the strategic direction of the company.

Cons

I wish they where more open to working remotely, especially since it is a company that develops technology for this purpose. Not that this was a policy within my team and not the company as a whole.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    good place to numb a career

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    Former Contractor - UI Developer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - UI Developer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Citrix Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The work environment is "fun". Lots of free food, lots of junkets, lots of little perks meant to boost morale. It's good place for middle-aged tech folk in the hump of their careers with mortgages and young kids, not hugely demanding intellectually and pretty flexible as far as offsite and flextime work goes. This is a place to start off a career for a year or two, or to take a 2-3 year break from the normal demands of higher-functioning tech companies in the Valley. Not a place to hang your hat for more than a few years, or you will lose your skill-edge and you will become demoralized. Or you can just be a mediocre stale "lifer" and enjoy the free food and drinks and call it a career. The Santa Barbara location is the best place -- it's the core of the intellectual chops of the company, and the overall vibe in SB is really quite nice. Santa Clara, or Florida -- not recommended.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership. Almost fickle to the point of childish. Upper management is treated as if they could change course at any minute, and at great cost to potential salary upgrades, bonuses, and desperately needed new hires, quick and rash "gut, from-the-hip" decisions by the CEO and his ilk has affected Citrix quite negatively. Frequent re-orgs are a given. This happens at every well-capitalized huge company to a certain degree -- at Citrix it's the rule, not the exception. There is absolutely no incentive to innovate or change processess. Innovation happens solely through acquisition, and that process is also poorly managed. Integration of newly acquired products into existing lines is an engineering nightmare -- nobody vets the acquisitions at a technical level and engineering is just expected to make it all work. A lot of B-School narcissists in the VP rank who drink the Kool-Aid of "technical fungibility" without having the slightest clue as to how their products are actually built, or work. A lot of "magical thinking". I marvel at the stock value of a company that really is just a conglomo-cluster of disparate acquisitions. The products themselves -- with the exception of the GoTo boondoggles -- are bug-riddled with very little effort invested in usability.

    Advice to Management

    Scale back acquisitions and do a thorough clean-up and audit of existing management and initiatives. Put forth a management vision that has executional legs, not just a bunch of slick-sounding slogans and buzzwords that dodge accountability. In English: have the balls to put yourselves and your people to account. There's way too much deadwood up and down the chain.


  2. Just OK

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation and good work life balance.

    Cons

    There are way too many politics to deal with. Middle upper management likes to hire people that could never threaten their job leaving a void below them.


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