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"Good company - Stressful Work - Lack of Resources"

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Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
Approves of CEO

Pros

Market leader - Desktop is HOT. Products are good overall (but many are cobbled together and don't work/feel like from a single company )

Cons

Management is not very professional, always in cost cutting mode, growth depends on who you know - old boys network

Advice to Management

Value your people. Staff appropriate to work otherwise emps will leave the first chance they get -- and the hiring outside picks up

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    "Great technology; politics sucks"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Competitive salary and benefits
    - Exposure to latest technologies
    - Freedom to innovate
    - Flexible work schedule
    - Remote access
    - Lots of vacation time
    - Lots of smart and skilled engineers

    Cons

    - No more "Citrix culture" after all the acquisitions over the past several years
    - Management is pretty useless and only cares about milestones; software quality has suffered as a result of shipping known severe bugs because it would affect the manager's bonus pay
    - Management compensation is mostly driven by achieving artificial goals; they spend more time worried about them than ensuring the products are being delivered with great features and high quality
    - Significant amount of dead wood in engineering who are kept around because of who they know

    Advice to Management

    Employee morale in FTL engineering was very low when I left and does not appear to have improved much based on what I hear from friends who still work there. When the economy improves, I predict a lot of good engineers will be leaving for greener pastures.

    The root cause of many of the problems in FTL engineering can be traced back to an internal coup in 2006 that was orchestrated by several middle managers. They successfully removed most of the old-time Citrix engineering management and replaced them with their sycophants. Since then, FTL engineering management has become a Good Old Boys Club of mostly H1-B's who look out for each other and ensure work keeps going to Bangalore regardless of the demonstrated consequences. If you plan on working in FTL, my advice is to try to get on a team that is managed out of the UK rather than under the FTL management team. The UK managers still have the best interest of the company at heart to some degree.

    Citrix was a fun place to work until the politics took over. At the corporate level, I think the company made too many acquisitions too fast and kept the acquired management teams intact. There was no attempt to integrate the newcomers into the existing culture; rather they were allowed to do whatever they wanted and now there are fiefdoms all across Citrix. In one extreme case, you have an EVP of engineering who has no engineering background and cares more about color schemes and icons than the technical value of the product.


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great technology
    - alot of very capable and intelligent people
    -huge market opportunity now

    Cons

    - far too much internal politics
    - many roles have little to no career path
    - Regular pointless changes in messaging and product naming

    Advice to Management

    Give all employees stock options. There was much less political maneuvering and back stabbing when every one got stock options each year.

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