MicroStrategy Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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MicroStrategy Chairman, President, and CEO Michael J. Saylor
Michael J. Saylor
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Pros
  • Work-life balance used to be very good (in 41 reviews)

  • For most employees you can have flexible working hours (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Egoistic upper management does not care about the success (in 15 reviews)

  • work-life balance and really the upper management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (25)

    Excellent company and benefits.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Microstrategy really knows how to take care of its employees. We just had a all expense paid trip to four seasons resort in Mexico (with spouse) for all the top performers across the globe. It was a wonderful time to meet other people and understand the pitfalls as well as key items which made them successful. Microstrategy gives full potential to earn your bonuses which is not a paltry sum by any means.

    Cons

    There has been some amount of reorgs which has resulted in some really good people being lost


  2. Helpful (63)

    Worst company I have ever worked fot

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy

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

    Pros

    Some very talented people work at Microstrategy that are willing to work very long hours to meet unreasonable deadlines.

    Cons

    The executive team surrounding Saylor are "yes" men, afraid to question his unreasonable demands or have a reasonable discussion on any topic. No one is empowered to make any decisions. No training or advancement for employees. Large scale layoffs at Saylor's whim. No long or short term stategy. Most key people have left the company in the last year.

    Advice to Management

    Put in an executive management team to run the company


  3. Helpful (1)

    MicroStrategy is truly a unique company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Employee in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Technology Employee in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Microstrategy is working in two very hot industries (enterprise analytics and security). I am seeing lots of really great change in the company and that is paying off for company and employees. Company recently went from annual to quarterly bonus, as an example of more directly connecting contribution to employee benefit.

    Cons

    Sometime traffic can be a issue getting in and out of office around Christmas time, but have seen decrease in issues over last 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Microstrategy had a really good team of employees. Keep doing events like the company all-hands, company picnic, as well as smaller departmental events to continue to connect the team together.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    MicroStrategy today!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MicroStrategy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Any company which employees humans can have a bad day and sometimes even a bad year. Having been with MicroStrategy for over a decade, I can confidently say that THIS is one of the most exciting times in its history. It is an honor to be a part of something so special. More than ever, MicroStrategy is proving to be a durable, smart leader in enterprise solutions. I'm thankful I get to work with technologists and management who are making such an undeniable impact!

    Cons

    It's exciting to work in such a fast-paced environment, but at times it seems there is not room to refuel. That being said, I'm beginning to see a deliberate effort from management to encourage a healthy balance for employees.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Turning around!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, great gym and things are starting to turn around!

    Cons

    Lots of people still resigning...,.

    Advice to Management

    Address the company more often, including the next layer of management below MJS, would be good to hear from the CTO, CFO, CRO etc.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Software Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - simple comp plan with unlimited upside - market leading products in analytics & mobility and a disruptive product in security - numerous happy, local reference-able customers - tenured, savvy and respected sales engineers - Apple friendly company - iPads & Macs

    Cons

    - noise & morale issues at HQ could be a distraction


  8. Helpful (6)

    Good range of opportunities

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

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on multiple types of projects given the combination of core BI plus hosted SaaS offerings. I had the chance to start in the field doing BI consulting, then take a leadership role in an incubated business.

    Cons

    Intense culture is not a fit for everyone given the drive that comes from the senior management and the scrutiny of a public software company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating. MicroStrategy strength has always been the largest datasets; this now needs to be combined with a focus on visualization and combining with adjacent technologies to offer a more complete solution - adjacent solutions developed in-house or acquired.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Turning things around

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

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - V10 is a major product advancement that solidifies market leadership - Talented employee base, both technical and non-technical - Awesome HQ location, facilities, and benefits

    Cons

    - CEO direct operational involvement is both good and bad. He is brilliant, intense, and there's nowhere to hide. - RIF'ed ex-employees and vocal nonperformers who were previously fat, dumb, and happy, and unused to pay-for-performance are perpetuating a bad mood. - The company was failing in 2014, but is succeeding now. Standards are changing. If you are still failing individually, then you should probably go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    - Hold more motivational employee events like the V10 release party - Offer an ESOP. Why can't we participate in the financial success? - What is the annual bonus process? I know this was a special year, but I never heard anything, and even though I did OK, i was disappointed because of the delay.


  10. Sr. Principal Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding technology and smart colleagues to back up as you help clients become successful.

    Cons

    Sometimes the travel can be a bit much because we have so many world wide clients but you can work details out with your management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the current business model for awhile and encourage retention of management and executives.


  11. Helpful (3)

    The great IT company

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Data Scalability and connectivity Single Re-useable Metadata SDK for customization and application integration

    Cons

    Needs continued improvement in: Ease of use – Self-service analytics and data exploration, End-user report consumption and Time to develop reports User Interface and Visualization effectiveness – If it does not look good business will not use it

    Advice to Management

    Fantastic product. There is literally nothing this product can't do, provided you are willing to invest the time and resources towards mastering this product. Highly recommend MicroStrategy for Enterprise level usage and not for operational systems, where data is fairly unstructured.



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