MicroStrategy Reviews

Updated April 30, 2015
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MicroStrategy Chairman, President, and CEO Michael J. Saylor
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  1. Helpful (42)

    Did somebody promise all the positive people their bonus for their good reviews?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time

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

    Pros

    If you don't work in Tysons, have never met MJS, and have no interaction with him then you are probably far enough away to have a decent work day. If you want to spend your day frustrated, hearing the CEO has called you or your department useless, then sign up and make good use of the gym the other reviews rave about working away your despair.

    Cons

    If you work in Tysons, you feel the gloom driving into the garage and it stays with you like a vacuum sucking the very happiness and life out of you. The sense of depression walking the halls cannot be put into words.

    The CEO is not capable of running a public company by any reasonable standard. He has no business leadership education or experience and it smacks you in the face in every company call or meeting. Most founders would have sold and moved on to a new venture by now but his arrogance and total control ownership status makes this impossible for him to do apparently. It is hard to imagine anyone caring less about their employees. Or getting more personal satisfaction out of berating and belittling those he meets with. You can hear yourself humming "those poor unfortunate souls" from The Little Mermaid while Ursala sucks the voice out of Ariel. Because no one but the CEO has a voice on anything.

    Current and future customers should do their homework before making additional investments. There are other products on the rise and catching up fast. And many of them are hiring away what's left of MicroStrategy's talent. Unless something changes at the top, it's hard to see how the product stays viable long-term without talent to enhance it.

    For those around during the good days, it's hard to watch what was so good decline to what it is today.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company and let MJS go back to his Miami villa boat club. There are people who would gladly return and work to restore the product to its well-deserved glory if it could be done under caring and qualified management.

  2. Helpful (33)

    Saylor, can't you see your employees are unhappy with you?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MicroStrategy (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    1. I couldn't have asked for a better boss. My boss promotes a happy work environment despite the abysmal conditions going on in the executive floor.
    2. My coworkers in middle management and below are a team of smart, dedicated individuals and the vast majority of them are what make the working conditions tolerable.
    3. Great amenities such as being right next to the mall/metro, free tickets to the box in the Verizon Center (when they're available), and a great gym and fitness classes.
    4. I find the work I do stimulating and I have picked up valuable technology skills which I intend to use elsewhere.

    Sadly, the pros are barely enough to keep me (or most of the current employees) here.

    Cons

    Where do I start...

    1. The fact that we've lost a third of our employees due to layoffs in an effort to save money is unsettling at best. Pretty soon there won't be enough employees to continue the operation because so many people are leaving.
    2. Compensation is poor. They froze salaries and would not promote people. I personally have been waiting 10 months to get a pay raise. Others have had to wait for a pay raise as well.
    3. They haven't sent out Q1 bonuses. Some people say they're changing it to a yearly bonus for certain departments; others say that we're just not going to get them. Regardless, we still have no news on them. It's becoming difficult to survive on my salary as it is and I need the bonus to stay afloat.
    4. Why do we still have an aviation team? If you're trying to save money, that private jet and pilot seem to be the first logical things to get rid of. But by all means, avoid the inconvenience of flying first class at Reagan at your employee's expense.
    5. Large-scale restructuring across multiple departments occurring at an alarmingly fast rate is causing this company to take a turn for the worse. An entire office in China devoted to QE/software developing was let go in the process. Technology moved to an Agile structure. Support and Maintenance moved to the new BU structure. Sales now has P&L. HR is down to 3 people so any concerns we might have about these changes will fall on deaf ears. The team who is responsible for doing basic training in the software has been let go or has left, so now there's nobody to teach the software to new employees. Each department is chronically understaffed.
    6. Cope with the fact that if you do decide to start working here, there will be people that are making more money than you that have less experience/been here for less. I've been here for 2 years and I'm still making less than new people.

    Advice to Management

    Saylor, I get that this company is an extension of you. I get that you created this company from the ground up, but it wouldn't be here if you didn't have people pointing you in the right direction and giving you constructive criticism about your practices. Disregarding the welfare of your employees will be your downfall, because your employees will continue to leave. If it weren't for the people that work for you, this company wouldn't be where it is today (and probably wouldn't exist).

    Don't hire executives that will only agree with you. Have an executive team that's willing to disagree with you and not live in fear for their jobs. That's the reason they're there is to say "I don't feel this decision is right" or "I feel like my department isn't fairly compensated". Constructive criticism is key if you want your company to succeed and according to the vast majority of your employees, you are not making smart decisions for everyone.

    When faced with a decision to make or a problem at hand, ask yourself how this decision will benefit the organization and not just yourself.

    Pay your employees. I can't stress this enough. Pay your employees. This is probably the best place for you to start before you lose everyone.

    I can say with 80% confidence that once the turnover rate starts increasing, it's notoriously difficult to get it back down to a reasonable level. The more people that leave, the harder it will be on everyone else that's left which will force them to consider jumping ship, and this will keep happening until there's no one left.

  3. Helpful (27)

    Not a good place anymore

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MicroStrategy

    Pros

    Gym, close to mall, real smart people to work with, but everyone is thinking about leaving. Can't think about anything else really.

    Cons

    Farewell lunches almost every Friday and you have to choose whose to attend. That says everything. The last few 5 stars ratings are all fake.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. It is just hopeless.

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  5. Helpful (18)

    Amazing Employees, Poor Senior Management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The best part about MicroStrategy is the people, not the management, but the people. I have worked with many people in Sales, Finance, Legal, Compensation, and Operations and 95% of them are very intelligent and see the problems at hand. Many of these people I would gladly work with again.

    This has also been a huge resume builder for me. I have been here a little over two years and because of the constant under staffing in internal facing non-tech roles, even before the layoffs, I have been able to have assignments that would normally go to someone with at least 3 more years of experience. If you are looking for more responsibility at lower levels. You must carve your own path though.

    Cons

    TLDR: CEO does not understand internal needs, bleeding out the company through loss of individuals, any new senior management is silenced or forced out, CEO involved in to much minutia (example multiple revamp of system wide reporting), outside of tech no room for advancement.

    Unfortunately all the companies ills fall to one person: Michael Saylor. After the Apex Capital letter Saylor has come back in full force. This has been a nightmare for the rest of us. The man might now software but he does not understand people. He believes that we are all interchangeable cogs and that we do not need training in order to do another person's job. We have had several Senior Executives who have come in that have made me in operations excited to see change. They have either been fired for telling Saylor no, have quit because of the madness, or have been put in a corner where they can just spin their wheels.

    Since Saylor has come back our internal processes have had to change on a weekly basis. Our system wide reporting have been revamped by him personally several times in 2 months. A CEO should not be worrying about this level of minutia. Never thought I would say it but please send him back to his yacht and let us work.

    Yes there were the layoff and they sucked but we have continued to hemorage people since then. Normally you have to clot the wound even if it is self inflicted but Saylor and senior management are literally letting the company bleed out. Without people to run the company it does not matter how successful the product is.

    Everyone I know in tech has had room for advancement but in other departments there is none as middle management has been here generally 8-12 years.

    Advice to Management

    This is really Advice to the Board of Directors. You should have listened to Apex Capital. Saylor should not be the CEO. Remove him and let us rebuild and move on with the company.

  6. Helpful (17)

    Fake positive reviews

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Quality Engineer in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Quality Engineer in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at MicroStrategy (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    -Job security for the short term, as there are more tasks and meetings than what the remaining employees can handle.
    -As long as you fill in the time sheet, no one really cares about what you do.
    -Marketing people are still doing their job to fill in fake reviews.

    Cons

    CXOs have clear goals, to count on the days staying in the company in order to vest their quarterly benefit. They neither care about customers, products, nor the employees. Every decision shows their lack of knowledge in management, technology, and the market.

    Advice to Management

    Do nothing is better than what you've done.

  7. Helpful (16)

    There is no hope for the company unless CEO is fired

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time

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

    Pros

    Don't talk about sales performance, this company cannot compete its competitors in the increasing rate of market share.
    Don't talk about technology, the core server is written 15 years ago, and the designers of that server are all no longer in this company.
    Don't talk about work life balance, companies in this area has as least as same level work life balance.

    Cons

    The biggest cons is reflected by the vote of employees. Are there any successful companies will experience employees loss from 3500 to 2400 in one year? Don't talk about reorg with me. Reorg only influence ~650 employees. Hundreds of guys choose to leave this no-hope company.
    The choice of employees is the best index to reflect a company.

    If you pay attention on the glassdoor score of this company, it decrease 40% for the company and >50% of CEO. What does this mean? It shows a dude leading this company worse and worse.

    Advice to Management

    Sale the company, otherwise it will be rubbish stock few years later.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "An American Tragedy" by Shakespeare

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Director
    Former Employee - Sales Director

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    connected to the mall, decent benefits, good work life balance, good products

    Cons

    Shakespeare couldn't write a better tragedy himself. Terrible company culture and environment. Moral is very low and management is doing nothing about it. No internal communication between management and field reps which makes for a comical environment as no one knows whats going on internal with the company as for goals, projects, announcements etc...

    All the good talent has left the company so there has been a huge brain-drain. No learning & development for employees to advance their careers, company has no corporate responsibility as for doing charitable work (most likely a good thing because im sure no organizations want to attach themselves to Microstrategy).

    If you decide to join this company make sure to get everything little thing down in writing to the smallest detail and cent, literally cents. Business ethics and trust are not very important at this time but hopefully things change soon because MicroStrategy does have some unique products and the clients to back it up. I cant stress enough that you have to be very careful if you ever decide to consider this company at this point. Any data driven person would know the risks out way the benefits.

    You could probably find a better job at the mall across the street.

    Good luck

    Advice to Management

    Good luck

  9. Helpful (10)

    Business Unit Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The work is very easy to do and the employees are friendly.

    Cons

    The upper management was told to post positive reviews on Glassdoor to try and fix the negative perception of this company. This type of problem solving is exactly why this company is not somewhere I would recommend working. Instead of directly addressing the problem, the upper management would rather try and hide this problem from the public.

    The negative perception of this company originates from upper management instituting multiple re-organization of entire departments along with numerous layoffs. The middle managers who are tasked with implementing the re-organization typically are not on-board or told such little information that its easy to see why they fail. The upper managers do not provide enough inofmration down to the lowest levels which leads to dis-trust and lack of confidence in the direction they are taking.

    Advice to Management

    Start with a solid plan and then follow through by implementing this plan. Do not make promises you cannot keep. Keep an open dialogue with the lower level employees.

  10. Helpful (9)

    Used to be a great place

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good people outside of senior management. Really was a great job for many years and then the change in management has made things almost unbearable

    Cons

    Lack of direction
    No longer the leader in the market
    Loss of serious talent
    Poor morale
    Just trying to play catchup with competitors
    They could care less about the sales organization or any of their employees

    Advice to Management

    They would never read this or change anything anyways

  11. Helpful (25)

    You are a dummy if accept a job here in 2015.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MicroStrategy

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

    Pros

    I don't know what people who wrote the recent positive reviews are smoking, but whatever it is I want some!!!!! Maybe it would ease the pain I feel working here everyday.

    Cons

    My life. Everything that happens to me between 8:30am and 6pm is a con.

    Advice to Management

    LOL. Like you'd listen.

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