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MicroStrategy Chairman, President, and CEO Michael J. Saylor
Michael J. Saylor
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    Good experience for new grads

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

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    Disapproves of CEO
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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great 6-week training program to learn the MicroStrategy software & get a certification right out of the gate (though apparently they are getting rid of this...)
    - Nice benefits, lots of vacation, 401k matching, amazing gym, etc.
    - Good location next to Tysons mall so you always have many options for lunch
    - Significant performance bonuses if you are a top performer
    - Opportunities for working from home, very flexible schedule
    - Advancement to more technical roles seems to generally be a meritocracy rather than by tenure; however there were rarely opportunities for upward advancement in my department - most promotions were lateral

    Cons

    - Very corporate "uncool" feel compared to other tech companies your friends might be working at
    - Executive management is changing faster than you can keep track of (not even sure who my boss's boss is anymore)
    - Company is not focusing on its core product in favor of questionable side projects
    - Technical skill development is surprisingly low for a supposed engineering position
    - Advancement to managerial positions is purely by length of tenure
    - Not much work if you're efficient. On a good day, I will do only 2-3 hours of real work.
    - After initial training, professional development is nonexistent. There used to be an Academy program, but they phased it out after the 2014 cutbacks.
    - Low base bay

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the BI platform that made you the company you are and put this Identity stuff on the back burner where it belongs. Even though I've worked here two years, I haven't seen any significant technological advances in the Analytics platform even though that is what is keeping this company in business. Develop a real direction for the BI product so you don't lose out to other market contenders like Tableau.

    It seems like most of the recent negative reviews have come from the Technology, Sales, and Professional Services teams, but for what it's worth, my experience on the Support side was largely unaffected by the recent turmoil in the company and still think it would be a good opportunity for fresh grads to get experience at a reputable company (though it remains to be seen whether they can maintain that reputation). The worst that happened on my team is that our weekly donuts & quarterly paid team dinners were phased out.

    I honestly believe some of the Support teams are overstaffed and underutilized. In my two years, I can count on one hand the number of days where I felt like I put in a solid day's work, and didn't just surf the internet or wait out the clock. I could have easily handled the workload of 2 engineers on both the teams I worked with.

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