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MicroStrategy Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
244 Reviews
3.2
244 Reviews
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MicroStrategy Chairman, President, and CEO Michael J. Saylor
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The best thing here is the work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Great products and it's great working with so many smart people (in 12 reviews)


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

  • Senior Management is frivolous and the employees pay the price of their wastage (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Completely disorganized

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    Lots of real and large business problems to solve in a space that will only become more important in the future

    Cons

    There is a complete lack of direction shared by all. CEO micromanages all aspects without any real input or delegation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work together to build a plan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Why would you hire someone who you let go in 1 month?

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    None this is terrible

    Cons

    Why would you hire me and then let me go within 1 month? I barely started working and was let go due to company restructuring, all done within 1 month. Why would you even hire me in the first place? This makes no sense

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire then let someone go within 1 month!! This is so unprofessional and pathetic!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Think hard before you accept an offer here - you will have NO job security.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    It's hard to come up with 20 positive words. The only thing I can say about this company is that there are roughly 3 good, honest, nice people in the entire company.

    Cons

    People always comment on the "corporate culture" being great at MicroStrategy. For the first 1 or 2 months it is. After that, it's hell. They'll tell you it's a "work hard, play hard" environment. It's actually a work hard, be unappreciated, and then work MORE environment. The management does not care about its employees and there's an enormous disconnect between upper management and all other employees (both figuratively and literally, there's a 14th floor where all of upper management sits and no one but upper management has access to get there). Beware: you will be treated like an idiot and a child and nothing you do will be acceptable or good enough.

    The company is extremely unstable. They hire recklessly and then fire in the same manner. Recently the company lost money and then fired over 300 people the next week. This is all while hiring around 60 new people a month in the US alone. The company also has no respect for its employees and when they lay people off they tell the person they're being laid off and tell the person they need to be out of the office by the end of the day (5PM). This means everything you've been given to work with (laptop, phone, tablet, garage pass, badge, email access, etc.) has to be returned and will be shut off within the next 6 hours (if you're lucky and they tell you in the morning).

    NEW COLLEGE GRADS: If you're a new college grad, PLEASE read this carefully. I was in the same boat as you when I took this job with MicroStrategy. I thought, "wow they're taking a chance on me and giving me a job and a good starting salary, etc." Keep in mind though, you are DISPOSABLE. While they may offer a good starting salary, beware because this salary will probably not change for the next 3 or 4 years. Then, if it does it's not going up by much. Also, your bonus is NOT GUARANTEED and usually it's sales based and not performance based.

    "Re-organizations" are constant and result in the employees never having solid ground under their feet. You have no job security due to the fact that your position could be eliminated at any time and you'll never have a set line of managers because the structure of the company changes so frequently.

    To conclude here, do your research on jobs in general but ESPECIALLY on this one. You don't want to get into this job where you'll be overworked, under-appreciated, under-paid, and never have any job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Management isn't always right. HR and upper management need to act as neutral parties instead of trying to placate wronged employees. Also, think through your hiring and firing. It doesn't make any sense to hire hundreds of people a month and fire hundreds of people in the same month. Do some planning and give your employees some job security because you'll be able to keep loyal employees if you respect them even a little. Having this kind of turnover is ridiculous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Too disappointed

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    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer  in  Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Vienna, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nothing more than a competitive salary

    Cons

    Not stable at all. I was recruited for only one month and then had to leave the company due to headcount reduction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make decisions without thorough consideration. The sudden headcount reduction really sucks. At least you should provide some time for people to get prepared and find new jobs.

  6. 10 people found this helpful  

    Layoffs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer  in  Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Tysons Corner, VA

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A good start for non-CS students towards a software engineer.

    Cons

    This company lays off most new hires and withdraw many offers due to financial problems this week. The amount of severance package is 3 weeks's payment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do Not Work There

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    Former Employee - Project Planner  in  Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Project Planner in Tysons Corner, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good location, parking was easy, nice office

    Cons

    Poor management, high turnover, lack of direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    MicroStrategy Today

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice Pres
    Current Employee - Vice Pres

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Solid client portfolio, and good BI technology. Mobile technology is top tier and robust enough to be able to handle almost any business case that comes along. Cloud services are going to be well served by the newly formed relationship with AWS (Amazon).

    A strong cash position is the financial foundation of the company.

    Cons

    The company is in transition and with that, brings uncertainty for the employees. Many key executive positions are being eliminated or re-defined and the trickle down is in full swing. For too long Executive leadership has been disjoint, fractured and off the mark. Their plan to "fix" this is to bring in all new leadership in Sales, Services, Marketing and HR.

    The focus on non-core business (BI) has created uneasiness and uncertainty with customers. Prospects no longer believe the company is committed to BI and are looking elsewhere for options. This is having an impact on the company's financial performance.

    Efforts to cultivate, development and enable a viable Partner channel to drive license sales and increase revenue has been unproductive and continues to struggle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The allocation of resources internally and the shifting of personnel away from non-core business and product lines is a clear indication of Sr. Management's focus and objectives. Once this becomes more clear to the install base, it'll only further substantiate the belief that the company is abandoning BI.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awful Corporate Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent products and marketing. Positioned well in their market.

    Cons

    The politics and drama are out of control. There is so much in-fighting among the executives and various organizations. They make rash decisions and 'knee jerk' reactions. Very condescending to female employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to be inspiring Leaders and improve the corporate culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Sales Director

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    Former Employee - Sales Director  in  Nova Europa (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Nova Europa (Brazil)

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good technology, a lot of innovation and a broad customer base.

    Cons

    Missing focus. Good ideas e.g. in mobile computing and social media but consistency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the CEO!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Dismal, just dismal

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

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

    Pros

    The remote work set up is nice. Company does at least value technology to allow people to live and work most anywhere. Also nice to have a quarterly bonus scheme where you don't have to wait a year.

    Cons

    Everything. Technology is sub par, circa 1990s, management is dismal and massive overhead of useless executive roles at the company. Culture is cut throat and back stabby. No strategic execution, everything is tactical and fire drill. No pay raises (or few and far between) for the rank and file. And the red tape to get anything done is on the order of the US government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the red tape, get agile and start treating employees like human beings. No more heavy handed authoritarian management and trust that you have professionals in the organization that can move you forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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