MicroStrategy

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MicroStrategy Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2014
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3.2 219 reviews

59% Approve of the CEO

MicroStrategy Chairman, President, and CEO Michael J. Saylor

Michael J. Saylor

(130 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    MicroStrategy Today

    Vice Pres (Current Employee)

    ProsSolid 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awful Corporate Culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tysons Corner, VA

    ProsExcellent products and marketing. Positioned well in their market.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementLearn how to be inspiring Leaders and improve the corporate culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sales Director

    Sales Director (Former Employee) Nova Europa (Brazil)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the CEO!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dismal, just dismal

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Reston, VA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsEverything. 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 Senior ManagementCut 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible executive management

    Vice President (Former Employee) Vienna, VA

    ProsMoved forward by hiring industry experts to sell BI to the C-level executives in verticals, but then brought in an SVP in Sales who completely destroyed the positive momentum in new account acquisition.

    ConsGetting rid of your Industry solutions division was a big mistake. Horrible senior mismanagement...lack of vision, inability to stay focused and on course.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook to your business partners to get an understanding on why and how they retain their most valuable senior executives.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't waste your time...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIn a nutshell: GREAT Technology, Horrible Management!

    ConsIf you're a young college student, MicroStrategy might be right for you. (Get some diverse experience and then move on...as there is truly no loyalty to employees in this corp.) If you are, however, in the middle of your career, don't waste your time. Management is the worst I've seen in my 25 years of working for mid-to-large corporations.

    To cut to the chase: it's unethical, hire & fire mentality: especially on the sales, marketing and many of the internal divisions. MSTR has a history of bringing in talent -- and then let them go after they've used their contacts/worked them to death. (Do your homework: talk to recruiters and former employees to get an accurate read: as of Sept 2012 it's dropping fast!)

    Yes, the CEO is a product visionary, but IMHO a horrible manager of people. (The only ray of sunshine/longevity that I found in the corporation is with the ORIGINAL technology group put in place years ago by the CTO.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Golden Rule is something that needs to be re-read...or perhaps looked at for the first time! Bringing on loads of folks...for the "next new project whim" -- and then letting them all go due to falling profitability, puts MicroStrategy on a slippery slope downward. As former MSTR folks move on to existing clients, prospects and partners...you can have the best technology in the world but a horrible business reputation will keep you from ever growing to the levels that you desire.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Typical technology company that gives you an ok career start

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood life work balance.
    People are doing real hard work.
    International cultural environment

    ConsTraditional engineering thinking patterns and dated business strategy.
    Lack of innovation.
    Mid level leaders have no vision.
    Hierarchical organiapzation and slow decision making.
    Below average pay

    Advice to Senior ManagementMid level management should keep up with latest industry trends and challenges.

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    Great entry-level job, but not for mid- to senior positions

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Tysons Corner, VA

    Pros- great place to get your career started in BI
    - great paid vacation days compared to other companies, especially when you're an 8-yrs tenure
    - opportunities to transfer vertically or offices abroad

    Cons- promotion among departments is inconsistent to say the least. You see people who aren't up to their titles across organization. Promotion isn't based on performance but by quota and tenure, e.g. Even though there're qualified employee s for promotion, if it maxes out the #of promotion Saylor agrees, superstar performers have to wait.
    - limited upward career opportunities. From senior management to CXO don't care about their subordinates career development. Recently HR developed online manager courses, but senior managers don't take it seriously.
    - uncompetitive pays and benefit. This is the main reason many talented people left the company as soon as they got Green Card.
    - Senior management treat non-US employees as slave. They know that non-US employees can't leave without sponsorship, so they take advantage for their pay. They try no efforts to retain talented employees.
    - The company is run solely by Saylor. When he thinks of a new idea, it WILL be implemented no matter how it makes business sense. We have many non-revenue generating free apps which they spent so much money and which have nothing to do with BI. No direction as a company.
    - instead of purchasing a private jet or get CXO office suites custom-designed, get a portion back to hard-working employees such as profit share or stock options.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's great to survey employees but it doesn't matter if you don't implement what employees complain. Building a corporate gym just doesn't cut the mustard. Get real about industry pay/benefits.

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    Great technology vision, Terrible Culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Technological vision in place. Michael Saylor is a true visionary.

    ConsCut-Throat Culture.
    Lots of politics.
    People are treated as disposable assets.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTechnological vision is great and long term, but the same should happen in terms of the organizational structure. Countless changes of structure and sales strategy direction will not help achieving the right results. Need to promote more collaborative work and introduce measures that are not only short term focused to reward employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Where is HR?

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThere are very few good reasons to work at MicroStrategy...the only one being the fact that people can work from home without issues.

    ConsBottom line, in most every organization in the company, you will get screwed. There is no focus on people at all and HR seems completely absent as senior leaders look for any way to shove a stick up the hind end of their employees. Whether it is abusive treatment, moving targets or just the simple lack of caring about employee health and retention...and HR is invisible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLike others have said, focus on people, do a review and training of senior leaders and find out where the cancer is and get rid of it, regardless of the good old boys networks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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