Citrix Systems

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Acquired into this company, it's worked out well.

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Current Employee - Senior Dev Test Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Dev Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

Pros

Good benefits, fun work, great atmosphere, low ego place to work. All senior staff is pretty accessible. Free drinks and snacks, good cafe.

Cons

The product that the company runs on is a bit narrow, getting everyone to work on Windows. That said, my group, Netscaler, makes boxes that run everywhere on the internet, speeding up web transactions for large internet companies

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company for launching your career, if you are ambitious about growth look elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Santa Barbara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Santa Barbara, CA (US)

    Pros

    Great company culture, flexible works hours, amazing work life balance, laid back work atmosphere

    Cons

    Extremely political. Only senior members in the team will be rewarded. Meritocracy is a joke. So if you are ambitious and looking for faster growth or performance based rewards, certainly this is not the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat every member in the team equally and give more importance to performance rather than seniority

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to have on your CV, OK Benefits.

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

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

    Development 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 ManagementAdvice

    Look 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.

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