January 28, 2009

Citrix Systems 4Q Net Down 4.2%; Cuts 10% Of Work Force

According to CNNMoney: “Citrix Systems Inc. (CTXS) posted a 4.2% decrease in fourth-quarter net income as product-license sales fell, and the company said it would reduce about 10% of its global work force as it consolidates its facilities.”

“The provider of virtualization software, which improves computer efficiency by allowing multiple systems to operate on one computer, has cut costs recently but, until the job cuts on Wednesday, Citrix said it would continue to add employees and wouldn’t delay expansion.”

Update 1 (1-29-2009): According to rumors and leaks from inside, the first wave of layoffs at Citrix to start today: “[…] We will begin employee notifications on Thursday, January 29.  In the US, we will finish on Friday the 30th, with international notifications being completed as soon as practical, in compliance with local regulations […]”


  1. I am a Citrix employee and just finished the mail mentioning the same (10% reduction in Workforce). In US office, this process will complete by this Friday (30th Jan). In other world office, by next week i.e. by 6th Feb.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 28, 2009 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

  2. #1: Please share the updates with us here

    Comment by DF — January 29, 2009 @ 12:00 am | Reply

  3. layoffs in india have started

    Comment by anonymous — January 29, 2009 @ 12:26 am | Reply

  4. Today citrix fired around 8% employees from their Bangalore R&D center.
    Layoff will continue on Friday to reach target of 10%

    Comment by vernum — January 29, 2009 @ 6:22 am | Reply

  5. “Citrites,

    Today, as part of our quarterly earnings report, we are announcing our plans to restructure some of our operations and reduce our workforce by approximately 10%. This is in direct response to an increasingly unpredictable global economy.

    I want you to know – directly from me – just how painful, but necessary this decision is.


    As a result, we made the very difficult decision to reduce our workforce as part of an overall restructuring – marking only the second time in the company’s 20-year history that we have taken this course of action. Many great people have built this company, and we’re grateful for every single contribution. I know this will be a difficult time for all employees – especially those impacted. I can assure you we do not take these decisions lightly.

    We will treat all Citrites with absolute respect and fairness.

    Every employee impacted will be eligible for appropriate separation payments and outplacement services based on policies that meet or exceed customary practices and regional regulations. Our goal is to work swiftly in order to minimize the amount of angst for everyone involved.

    As a courtesy, I’d like to request you not expect managers to discuss specific reductions before all notifications are complete. This is very important toward making sure all impacted employees are treated with dignity and respect.

    We will begin employee notifications on Thursday, January 29. In the US, we will finish on Friday the 30th, with international notifications being completed as soon as practical, in compliance with local regulations.

    I’m confident these decisions have been made with the appropriate business rationale and respect for each and every individual. During the transition, I want everyone to do what they can to support departing Citrites – offering an empathetic ear and a helping hand.

    As we complete this process, we need to keep our eyes and energy pointing forward.




    Comment by Anonymous — January 29, 2009 @ 9:03 am | Reply

  6. […] Layoffs at Citrix begin [leaks, update: 1-29-2009] […]

    Pingback by Today’s Hot Layoff Topics « — January 29, 2009 @ 10:20 am | Reply

  7. Whats going to happen to service levels? End users are going to suffer as well. Competitors are going to go into a feeding frenzy. Too bad, I like Citrix products and service.

    Comment by Paul Ziakin — January 29, 2009 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

  8. Uh, yeah, right. very suspicious post.

    no need for hysteria.

    Comment by Jojo — January 29, 2009 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  9. In India, around 20 persons are already laid of (out of approx. 250 employees) and still procedure is going on. No specific reason is provided to the employees apart from “Citrix restructuring” as mentioned in above mail by Mark T.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 30, 2009 @ 3:56 am | Reply

  10. All I can say is that, at my company, we could easily trim 10% of the fat we have. As long as the cuts are not in areas that they want to grow I think Citrix will be fine. Thinning the herd is not such a bad thing. There are over 5000 Citrix openings nationwide..( feel bad for the employees but times are going to get tough and any company that has to answer to shareholders is going to have to make changes. I already called my local Citrix office attempting to get to their engineers before the rest of the recruiters do.

    I am a customer too and I do worry about support service levels as well as quality but if it is a true restructuring than they should shift resources, personel or $$$ to the right places.

    Don’t panic yet, this could be a good thing.

    Comment by anonymous — January 30, 2009 @ 7:08 am | Reply

  11. Citrix is no different than any other large company. They care nothing about the
    customer just the bottom line actually they have total disdain for their customers. They only care that the customer doesn’t complain to them the managers and that they don’t actually have to speak to the customers. Sorry customer that is how they think. You are just a number to them as long as you pay your service contract.

    Comment by anonymous — January 30, 2009 @ 7:55 am | Reply

    • You are obviously a angry laid off former Citrix employee. What you wrote does not even make sense. Total disdain for customers? You sound like a nut. Read your posting and think a little more clearly if you want to be taken seriously. What does, “They only care that the customer doesn’t complain to them the managers and that they don’t actually have to speak to the customers”? That sentence make so little sense it is comical.

      Comment by anonymous — March 3, 2009 @ 11:45 am | Reply

  12. Today’s lay off at Headquaters was worse than yesterday…..

    Comment by Anonymous — January 30, 2009 @ 10:30 am | Reply

  13. Its not a layoff, it looks like a firing based on performances along with layoff. Is it even legal to fire based on performance during layoff?

    Comment by Anonymous — January 30, 2009 @ 11:22 am | Reply

  14. I was one of the ones let go, they did not go by performance i was they did, in the job i was in i was out working more the half the people in my department, help setup new process to help try and fix there customer service issue’s. and had the highest customer, wanting to talk to my manager about how good i did my job. i wish someone would tell me what i did wrong. if they wanted to cut fat, why remove someone that was taking care of the customer’s?

    Comment by Anonymous — January 30, 2009 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  15. It is all about greed. Made 63 million last quarter in profit. Made 2 million less this time around. They were just searching for an excuse. A lot of great engineers were let go yesterday that I know of personally. Hope they pay for their greed and short sightedness when customers find a better alternative to the rotten customer support that is about o happen.

    Comment by anonymous — January 30, 2009 @ 12:16 pm | Reply

  16. I interviewed one of the people laid off today and I have to say, he was not a rookie and seemed like a pretty knowledgeable resource. Another friend of mine was laid off and he was very knowlegeable. What was the criteria for the layoffs? Were certain groups just told to cut 10%? I am hoping to snatch this guy up before someone else gets him. It does sound like the layoffs were not carefully thought through or politics got involved in the layoffs which will lead to morale issues. In my area, we are pretty desparate for Citrix talant and the fact that this guy was just let go was surprising.

    Was there a specific area that the cuts were made?

    Comment by anonymous — January 30, 2009 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

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    Comment by Raj Khanna — January 30, 2009 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

  18. Citrix had way too any fat content. These are the same people that over spent on per diems in 2001. Join the party pal.

    Comment by Bill Brown — January 30, 2009 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

  19. I second the guy who said, the layoffs were not on performance basis. Even I interviewed couple of citrix guys laid off from india office. They were pretty bright. Even we are going to get them in, before someone else obsorbs.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 2, 2009 @ 4:41 am | Reply

  20. I saw few bright engineers that were laid off in CA office. I don’t think it is based on performance, it may be for regrouping the teams for economic reasons.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 2, 2009 @ 10:14 am | Reply

  21. AFAIK layoff is not on the performance basis. I know few persons personally and they have a hell lot of knowledge, moreover there is a great dependency on few of them as per the product point of view. If I trust the management over here (in India), even managers are not aware of any such action (supported by the fact that even 1 of the manager is in the list) and directors comes to know about this just a few days back but this decision is taken at the VPs level.

    Citrix Employee (India)

    Love Your Job But Never Fall In Love With Your Company, Because You Never Know When It Stops Loving You.

    Comment by Fighter — February 2, 2009 @ 8:55 pm | Reply

  22. #21: “Love Your Job But Never Fall In Love With Your Company, Because You Never Know When It Stops Loving You.”: words of wisdom

    Comment by Beep — February 2, 2009 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  23. i am one of them laid off.

    Comment by dude — February 2, 2009 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

  24. The support group is run by a moron. It’s easy to believe the decision wasn’t based on performance.

    Comment by anonymous — February 2, 2009 @ 11:19 pm | Reply

  25. I was one of the ones laid off. I was at Citrix 3 years. It was not based on performance. There were only 8 people let go in Marketing (Corporate/Product/etc.) There were over 500 people laid over globally, but I believe less outside of the United States and India due to such stringent labor laws. Citrix has a performance evaluation application used quarterly to make sure it doesn’t keep under performing employees past 6 months. They put them on a plan and then terminate them if they do not perform. If you come across an ex-Citrix employee who was just laid off, give them a chance, they will surprise you with how hard they are dedicated to their job.

    Comment by anonymous ex-citrite — February 3, 2009 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  26. Are they going to stop spending money on stupid things laike SAP, project SALSA, etc?

    Comment by Anonymous — February 5, 2009 @ 5:15 am | Reply

  27. When are they going to stop spending $$$ on SAP and project SALSA etc.?

    Comment by Laid off guy — February 5, 2009 @ 5:17 am | Reply

  28. I can see them closing down Ft. Lauderdale completely for a sexier location like Santa Clara. The CEO use to go to practically all the all hands meeting for engineering and he’s been MIA from those meetings for a long time. Their senior VP lives in California and another VP lives in the UK. The power base has shifted elsewhere and the physical location won’t be too far behind. It’s too bad because Citrix use to be such a great company to work for. The culture is gone now and it’s so sad because Citrix has so many talented people working there not knowing what’s next. Citrix is just a shell of its former self. I’m sure the talented people will be looking elsewhere soon. It’ll be a quick death from there since they already said they will not be back filling any positions lost in Ft. Lauderdale. They’ll replace those positions with reqs from Banglore. It’s such a sad fate for a great company. This is what happens when marketing execs take over an engineering companies. It becomes a huge process nightmare and all the culture and charming characteristics that made the company fun and energetic gets zapped right out of the building.

    Comment by ex citrite — February 5, 2009 @ 9:39 am | Reply

  29. Well I was lucky to escape the cuts, this time …
    I was sad to see great colleagues leave us , people I had worked with for 5 years.
    I still don’t understand the selection process : my team is understaffed and they let 1 guy go
    As the previous comment said, shame to see that marketing is now running CTXS.
    Hope that Wes and his mates get their marching orders next time …

    PS : don’t even get me started on the XenServer 500m$ aquisition and Siebel CRM …

    Comment by Me — February 5, 2009 @ 10:12 am | Reply

  30. I found this update to the Citrix Wikipedia page hilarious if you haven’t seen it. Especially about Mark T’s Tesla roadster. I guess the guy never saw his nice red shiny Ferrari 360 Modena that he brought to park in front of HQ for a ctxs event.

    Due to mismanagement, Citrix has laid off 10% of its employees world-wide. The “global” figure deliberately under-represents the severity of the downsizing. Citrix has over the past 10 years, outsourced most of its jobs to India. During the great downsizing of 2009, Citrix did not cut one of it’s Indian jobs, which pay less than 10% of the USA/UK positions. In actuality, Citrix eliminated 25% of its US and UK employees.

    Ironically, the total salaries of all employees fired is a tiny fraction of the money Citrix spent acquiring each of the companies listed in the “Acquisitions” section of this Wikipedia page. Furthermore, the mass firings occurred a few months after CEO Mark Templeton bragged about his new Telsa Roadster, a car that costs more than most of his employees make in a year, by producing this YouTube video and sending an email to all employees about it. Thus leading Citrix employees to ask, “Hey Mark, how’s that Roadster of yours? Still runs good?” Before the layoffs, Citrix executives repeatedly told employees during “all hands” meetings that Citrix was in good financial standing and could weather the storm. After the layoffs, remaining employees wondered how many other “white lies” executives told during those meetings.

    Despite the layoffs, Citrix stock continues to nose dive as the company fails to keep up with its prime competitor, VMWare. Citrix recently scrapped its plans to implement a three-tiered database architecture for its platform in order to play catch up with VMWare. Citrix has a site license to the VMWare platform and often tests Citrix software within VMWare images.

    Despite the massive layoffs, Citrix must port all of its code from private Microsoft APIs to public ones before their license agreement expires at the end of the year. Much of this work might now have to be done in India.

    Comment by ex citrite — February 6, 2009 @ 7:45 am | Reply

  31. What is the severance package at Citrix layoff?

    Comment by FD — February 6, 2009 @ 9:36 am | Reply

  32. oh please. that wikipedia entry doesn’t sound bitter, does it ? I’m sorry for the author but it’s hardly impartial. And it’s 90% BS

    Comment by anonymous — February 8, 2009 @ 12:26 am | Reply

  33. Some are bitter and some aren’t, but if that’s their way of venting, let them. He/she probably lost their job and a way to support their family. If you still have yours fine and good, but at least feel some sympathy for some that have lost theirs.

    Comment by ex citrite — February 8, 2009 @ 7:35 am | Reply

  34. Citrix destroyed by Sales and Marketing types.
    Most of their new products riddled with bugs.
    Sad very Sad indeed…
    This is what you’ll see on Citrix’s tombstone….

    Comment by anonymous — February 8, 2009 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  35. I was layed off, ex. Next question ?

    Comment by Anonymous — February 8, 2009 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

  36. What about the offers made by Citrix currently on campuses in India (like IITD, IITB etc.). Will Citrix take them or there is no hope…

    Comment by Anonymous — February 9, 2009 @ 12:28 am | Reply

  37. I guess you were part of sales and marketing?

    Comment by ex citrite — February 9, 2009 @ 5:24 am | Reply

  38. Hi,

    This was really unfair as Citrix has actually posted profits and still there were layoff’s & now actually when they post loss in Q1’09 I am sure there will be more & more… layoff’s

    Think about it.

    Comment by Ex-Citrite — February 17, 2009 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  39. Don’t blame Citrix- blame the idiots in government for jerking around the interest rates,loosening the lending laws and allowing the scumbag Wall Street Banks and Mortgage brokers screw us all. Of course having the sheep that got into houses they couldn’t afford,with crazy no interest teaser rates and no down payment loans didn’t help. Citrix is no different then any other company that has to answer to stockholders. It is not like they are the only company laying people off. It’s sad to see people lose their jobs but this is the reality of 2009.

    Comment by Anon — March 5, 2009 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

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