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MicroStrategy Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
338 Reviews
2.4
338 Reviews
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MicroStrategy Chairman, President, and CEO Michael J. Saylor
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The vacation time is good and the work-life balance is nothing to complain about (in 41 reviews)

  • Great company, flexible working hours, and lots of diversity (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Morale is low and the lower ranks have lost faith in upper management (in 15 reviews)

  • international collaboration, good work-life balance, bi training (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 16 people found this helpful  

    One Person, two, three or more jobs, Work so hard, just for the green card. leave sooner or later

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MicroStrategy

    Pros

    All good things of Microstrategy are fading away

    Cons

    Many need the green card, have to work more than two jobs or even more in this terrible company - support the Cloud, Corporate, Social applications, PRIME and AWS etc... So tired but still need to work, work for the green card. Leave this terrible place immediately after getting the green card.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no management, there is no leadership. VPs and directors just cover themselves instead of fighting and protecting their team. They are hopeless, just like their CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 20 people found this helpful  

    When will this failed management trio finally get fired?

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    Current Employee - Sales in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Sales in Tysons Corner, VA

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

    Pros

    This would be a great HBR case of how bad management turns a formerly decent company into a train wreck.

    Cons

    Saylor and his two ridiculous Co-President lap-dogs make for a fatal combination of incompetence, ignorance and bad character. Together they have brought this company down and stripped out any value, passion or potential. The employees are disengaged and frustrated and literally everyone is looking for a new job (just look at the reviews on this site!). The technology is old and dated and competitors like Tableau are winning over customers by the hundreds every quarter. The great people who once worked here are all gone. This company is an empty shell, a house of cards about to collapse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to employees: get out quickly and find a better job and company (like I will do). To customers: replace this technology/vendor, there are much better options out there. To investors: sell your shares, this is soon going to be a penny stock (again!)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 27 people found this helpful  

    No leadership, no direction, no lessons learned.

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    There used to be a lot of potential. Good gym. Free Coffee.

    Cons

    Let's start with the CEO and work down. He is not only an arrogant person and horrible to deal with - but he surrounds himself with a bunch of "yes-men" [and 22 year old women] to convince him that he's brilliant and doing the right thing. The last 4 years have been full of failed endeavors that have nothing to do with our core business. We have probably spent several hundred million dollars on projects that haven't made a dime. Not to mention anyone put on those "products" was immediately promoted (read: costing more money) and then subsequently fired (when 20% of the company got laid off this year). The only stakeholder in any project is the CEO and that's not a way to create enterprise-grade software - You spend your entire day thinking about how to please "Mike" for your next demo when you know all he is going to do is bark for an hour in an aimless, mindless rant. He has no idea what he is doing right now.

    So - If you're in the business of having 0 talent, constantly sucking up, name dropping, taking credit for others work, and having a personal chef make all your lunches - then the executive team at MSTR is right for you! By the way - when the chef then brings the extra "scraps" from lunch down to the commoners it's just another sick metaphor for how this place is run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do us all a favor and quit (or disagree with Mike so you get fired). None of you have your jobs because you're good at them. Saylor has lost his edge completely, and is too out of touch to do the job anymore. Learn some humility and stop shooting yourself in the foot.

    Also - Let's forget about "Identity", you clearly have no clue what you're doing there. Time to make serious investments back in the Analytics Platform where you're entire talent pool is aligned.

    You have created a culture where no one has any respect for your leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 12 people found this helpful  

    Good People, Poor Executive Leadership

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

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

    Pros

    People working here are great

    Cons

    Lack of focus on personal development/career advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 23 people found this helpful  

    Boring place full of nasty office politics

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy

    Pros

    They have a nice gym, which probably doesn't work anymore because MicroStrategy has lost so much money on their CEO's half-baked ideas

    Cons

    You'll find yourself sitting at your desk having no work to do. Your boss says "Oh, don't worry work is coming!" You wait weeks. You get really good at wasting time. Work comes, it's brainless work, you finish it really fast. It's not your boss's fault, he's as clueless as you are to the fact that management has been planning on gutting your team. You are suddenly out of a job.

    Why did this happen? Saylor, the CEO, comes up with ideas that he is convinced is new and exciting and throws money at it. His words, he said he has no problem throwing money at ideas even if they don't work out. OK, that's fine...Nokia started out as a lumber company after all. But here's the thing: He has no idea what he is doing. None of his ideas are well researched but he's still prepared to spend millions on them... e.g., Emma, Wisdom, Alert, etc. All these products have gone bust in the past few years each followed by massive layoffs. No lessons are learned here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Michael Saylor and his fraternity brothers that run his company with him should step down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 43 people found this helpful  

    That Giant Flushing Sound You Hear is MicroStrategy Swirling Down the Toilet

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    Current Employee - Director in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Tysons Corner, VA

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

    Pros

    If you love long hours, zero appreciation for your heroics, and the feeling that your leadership team is completely insane...then this is definitely the place for you!!!

    Cons

    Starts at the top. Spineless yet talentless (but extremely well paid) lawyer-educated executive leadership that would never challenge Fearless Leader Kim Jong-un, er, rather, Michael Saylor who leads by intimidation. MjS, as he as known and loathed, has completely lost his mojo and everyone knows it except him. I've had the opportunity to work with these executive clowns close up and can tell you this is a company that has lost its way.

    Waaay too much money on pet projects that ended up nowhere - where shall I start? Emma the Friendly Marketplace, Alert for Retail, Usher for mobile identity (wait you say - Usher is still around... but some of you may remember that Usher was first released as a party planning app with a - no kidding - smiling penguin as a logo...lol). Has Usher sold anything yet? Like the little train that could, they'll keep trying - as there are only a thousand other companies doing the same thing with a more compelling value proposition.

    A lot of the development teams are gone. Worse, nearly all of the good sales and services people are gone or are looking - net-net delivery is dead in the water. New leaders are ducking for cover (if not already looking). Consider that are now on their third marketing leader this year as well as new services, sales, HR, technology, etc.

    But heck, who needs stability - because this is MicroTragedy!

    Thinking about this joining this "company" - take a good look at the reviews from 2014. That is exactly the misery you will be stepping in. Saylor - Go back to your yachts and into hibernation mode again - the company did a lot better that way. And take Klein, and Zolf with you as the only thing they do well is help you decimate successful organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Michael, will you be giving the same keynote for the fifth straight year again at MicroStrategy World ("the mobile wave will blah blah blah")? Can't wait (...slow clap...)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 21 people found this helpful  

    Company veteran with broad experience in various departments

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Only people - but a majority are either leaving or planning to leave soon.

    Cons

    - Lack of visionaries. Company is just surviving on its past products
    - Illogical decisions and role allocation is devastating employee moral.
    - Constant reorgs and structuring has plagued the company growth.
    - Employees are underpaid for the amount of work expected of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Respect your employees. Be humble. They are the ones who keep the company running.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 14 people found this helpful  

    Upper management is disconnected from the reality.

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

    I have been working at MicroStrategy (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, location, salaries. Smart people still left in there to run mid-level management and to work with.

    Cons

    Everyday changes in executive decisions, hard to keep up with the flavor of the week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 14 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    1 People are smart and nice to work with.
    2 Products are great.

    Cons

    1. Technical stack is old and broken. It's very hard to move fast on current system.
    2. The management does not have enough vision or patience.
    3. The people who make decisions don't know customers' need in today's world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Refactor the current system and embrace open-source infrastructure.
    2. Fire VPs.
    3. Move faster and bring young heads up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 18 people found this helpful  

    So much potential, so few talented executives to actually realize said potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    The people here are great. Over the years, MicroStrategy has done a great job recruiting excellent talent. I would say the reason most people stay here is working with alongside some fantastic colleagues as well as the nice facilities.

    Cons

    Management has definitely lost their edge. We have an executive staff that makes decisions in a vacuum. I would compare the flow of information to that of the CIA. The communication is terrible. On top of that, listening skills are even worse. One would think that an executive team would spend more time understand the needs and pains of their employees in order to help improve the company as a whole. This has been painfully overlooked and we are definitely suffering as a result.

    Work-life balance is decent depending on which department you are in and the same goes for career growth. The toughest issue is knowing that you can spend long hours on a project only to have to go backwards and start over when management decides they want to do something different. You start to question what you are actually accomplishing and what difference it actually makes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people at Microstategy are your greatest asset. LISTEN to them. Try to create policies that encourage and foster a positive working environment where people are happy to come in and work hard for you. PLEASE! This company has great potential for increased growth in the coming years if it can get it's act together. Otherwise you should just sell the company and let a more competent team come in and do the job for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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