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MicroStrategy Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
282 Reviews
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282 Reviews
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Pros
  • The vacation time is good and the work-life balance is nothing to complain about (in 30 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours, work life balance (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management focuses on profits yet does not implement logical processes to ensure success (in 11 reviews)

  • international collaboration, good work-life balance, bi training (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 30 people found this helpful  

    Dismal

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Designer in Tysons Corner, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Salary is competitive, gym is nice

    Cons

    Do yourself a favor and rent 'Snowpiercer' before working here, it's a lot like that. Management is sitting up in a ivory tower on the 14th floor. Regular employees do not have access and are crammed on top of each other everywhere else in the building while professional chefs serve the executives lunch in their spacious offices. Does this sound like modern technology company?

    Meanwhile the CEO is micromanaging design decisions that are well beyond his grasp. Go ahead, download Usher, see if it makes any sense to you. No? Well thank Michael Saylor for that, he designed it. Do you really want to work at a place where you will have 0 impact on the design because ultimately the CEO is driving everything?

    Speaking of which, he's been in a 10 year coma partying and touring the world on his yachts, has now arisen from his slumber and decided that his ailing company badly needs his attention. Board members have repeatedly called for his resignation. In an effort to appease them, he's aggressively firing anyone who looks him in the eye the wrong way.

    I would not assume that your position is going to last for any period of time if you take a job here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Without the right people and the right values your company will fail. You seem to have neither at the moment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 13 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    Interesting technology, nice office, gym, and lounge

    Cons

    Exec management out of touch with market and competitive realities. Clueless about how to manage sales or product/ technology pipeline. Analytics business is struggling to compete with the likes of Tableau or Qlik. And Usher is a solution looking for a problem. It has nowhere the capabilities required to compete in the enterprise logical or physical security space. On top of this, massive ego clashes at the exec level has created silos and resulted in irrational hiring and then, layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many folks in both technology and business teams have fancy titles that add no value to the company. A massive clean-up is required, possibly, replacement of several members of the executive team ti turn things around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 22 people found this helpful  

    Unclear business strategy, unstable planning

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Mc Lean, VA
    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Mc Lean, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    Before, it is good for person who starting their career path; but now it almost no any pro, since it is people reduction and does not follow the trend of BI.

    Cons

    1. Terrible business strategy. Large investment in non-profitable Usher project, and reduction in profitable Analytics project.
    2. Worse management than before. Some CXO's do not know technology, usually changing company structure to mask unsuccessful financial statements.
    3. Unstable planning. 2014Q1Q2 large recruiting followed by 2014Q3 large global lay off.
    4. Do not follow the trend of BI.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 14 people found this helpful  

    Company might go bankrupt in 3-5 years

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    No Pros
    If you just want to get a job and desperately need a job then join, but start looking for better positions asap

    Cons

    Company product is for predictive analysis and yet they cant do their own prediction.Just 3 months back they were giving referral bonuses and huge joining bonuses and hired like 120 people.And now they have laid off all of the new hires.I am sure things didnt change in just 3 months.I am sure they used their own predictive analysis software.
    The technology is super old.Still using ROLAP cubes and stuff in their core product which was used like 15 years back.Not a single industry level framework used in the company and if you recommend then you are scoffed.Some parts of core product still use like java 1.4 and inhouse javascript framework which was developed 6 years back.Even finding new job is tough with these the old environment.
    CTO called a meeting of all employees after layoff and assured that everything was under control now.10 days down the line another 15% cut in workforce.
    Projects Closed in the last 2 years - ALERT ,EMMA ,WISDOM and soon USHER.
    Even if you join keep looking elsewhere as top executives are clueless.
    More than 25% workforce laid off in 1 go and happens every 3-4 years.Most employees are in fear and are looking for new jobs.
    No regard for employee careers.Some people in H1b given like 5-6 days notice.
    Till now the core software had customers but now with core software getting old and competitors leaving them far behind in technical aspect, the company might be unable to survive for more than 5years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change top level management.CTO should just resign on moral grounds as after he assumed the position the company has totally lost the way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 13 people found this helpful  

    A company on its way down

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting Technology, Low level of Competitiveness

    Cons

    Management, Leadership, Vision, Promotions, Opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find another line of Work. Being a software executive is not for everyone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 9 people found this helpful  

    Chaos

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, work life balance.

    Cons

    1. The technology and software architecture are old. You may find it from the job requirement of new hired SDE.
    2. I do not think the management has the insight to lead the company. New features and products that take a lot of resources does not excite the engineer team or the customers. New features are not properly planned. Now, the product are gigantic. It is the time to slow down and trash some meaningless feature and leave some space for the real valuable features. I do not think the management understand what customers are looking for.
    3. We have too many features to support. In order to keep the product working fine and decent, we need more SDE and QEs. If the financial status does not allow that, the best thing to do is to cut the unreleased features other than cut more labors.
    4. The management does not know how to keep competent employees or attracts outstanding new graduates. The payment and bonus are not attractive anymore. Even core tech people are not properly paid. I can not imagine how the company will run if any one of these people are seeking opportunity somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comments for the management and share's holder. It is their property they can do whatever they want.
    For the new graduate who are willing to relocate, avoid the Washington DC area if you are looking for an developer job. IT here are either dying or feed by the government. IT is not a good career choice in this area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Dark souls

    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    I am trying very hard to find something to write positive about this company but it's very difficult. I guess I can say at least the salary is competitive for certain roles.

    Cons

    Huge conflict/struggles among CEO - Board - Mid Level Management. nobody really cares about employees or the products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be responsible individuals and get some principles in business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. But if you are ambitious this does not apply to you.

    Cons

    Management has no clue! This company is going through serious shake ups. Please don't join unless others in glassdoor tell you to join :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid off middle management and release management. Make the company flat. Embrace agile. Get your product strategy straight. Analyze products with facts not with emotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 11 people found this helpful  

    That speed

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A Software that is potent and definitely among very best

    Cons

    1. Hire and fire: From 120 new hired people over 90 got fired within 3 months ... We have no time to waste...
    2. Stability is the same in Human Resources, Management as with the new Releases of the product...
    3. Fragmented products that cannibalize their own market. No true vision of the future rater trying to catch up with Tableau

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are starting to perceive the company as interchangeable as the company perceives the employees. Get that under controll or prepare to have fun with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Another Layoff Story

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in McLean, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Great people (co-workers and direct management)
    - Location was ideal for me (mall, near major roads, amble parking)
    - Loved the position I was in; it was a perfect fit for what I was looking to get into

    Cons

    The biggest con is the management - it seems like they can't figure out what they are doing. As soon as I started the position, I felt like they had over hired/hired me for no reason - I should've listened to that feeling. I was hired and laid off in under 3 months, after I left my prior position I had been in for almost 3 years. This seems to be a cycle: hire and fire. There's been at least 4 in the last 20 years.
    My advice: skip this company. They do not reward loyalty or eagerness. Systematic hiring and firing cycles should convince anyone that their job is not secure. If you are looking for something that you could grow in and succeed for the long haul - look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your own way and let your employees succeed.
    Give up mobile apps - it's not going to happen for MSTR.
    Pay people what they are worth, but don't over pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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