MicroStrategy Reviews

Updated June 30, 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 (22)

    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 (5)

    I do not enjoy this place

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

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

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

    Pros

    When I joined MicroStrategy, everything was nice and relaxed. People were happy to help and eager to learn.

    Cons

    MicroStrategy is turning into a very chaotic place to work. I would definitely suggest not working at this company. There is no career potential or upward mobility for hard workers.

    Advice to Management

    I think that they need to do a better job at paying their best employees a fair and decent wage. This is not happening and talented people are leaving, hundreds at a time.


  3. Helpful (8)

    Used to be a better place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Overall the building is nice, nice gym, nice perks such as office events at HQ like ice cream socials and costumer contests. Good technical boot camp training for employees.

    Cons

    A lot of good people are gone, high turnover. Very top heavy organization. No clear direction right now, people are frustrated and scared. No clear career progression.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear with your vision for the company, let the employees know, execute it and stay the course! So much time and money has been wasted with changing ideas for the future of the company.


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  5. Helpful (15)

    The tragedy of garbled leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Manager in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Manager in Tysons Corner, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The everyday engineers and mid-level managers are among the most talented and dedicated in the industry. The community within Support was, and still is, one of the best memories of my career. Support's leadership fought hard and long for individual success. I got to travel a fair share for the position and see most of the US. The pay used to be good years ago, but has not kept up with the industry.

    Cons

    The amount of stress was substantial and entirely driven by uncertainty and worry. Executive management is entirely walled off and major decisions change twice a week. For 2015, the constant reorganizations meant that previously owed salary increases for promotions and bonuses were quietly dropped. Every 6 months or so, the executive staff is reorganized and new leadership is brought in with promises of improvement and better compensation. All failed to live up to the hype. Those reorganizations came with promises of growth and resources to support new roles, but they have failed to provide anything to make them successful.

    Advice to Management

    Saylor should resign, take over Usher, and leave the BI platform to new blood. He has heralded in a new chapter of frustration and betrayal for his employees. You're bleeding employees that you cannot afford to replace.


  6. Helpful (9)

    Was a great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MicroStrategy

    Pros

    Technology leadership, great location, and rich knowledge in BI

    Cons

    No clear vision about future product development, and no concert action plan on retaining talents.


  7. Helpful (19)

    Huge mess

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance mostly because upper management has no idea what they're doing so you could go long periods of time without meaningful work.

    They used to hire really bright people so you have great coworkers to share in your frustration of how bad upper management is.

    Cons

    Massive disconnect between the executives and the employees. Upper management doesn't give a rat's tail about their employees until they realize everyone's leaving and they're massively understaffed. Promises are made and broken on a regular basis about employee placement. They choose to completely ignore the people who have been there for 15+ years who actually know what they're doing in favor of new people they've brought in over the past year who refuse to listen to anyone's idea other than their own. Also, it's no secret that everyone is being underpaid. It's almost like they're trying to get people to leave and then somehow they're surprised when they start hemorrhaging employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so stubborn and listen to other people's ideas for once. Also if you hired a management consultant firm to actually figure out what the company should be doing instead of changing your mind every couple of months, that would have been helpful.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Reports of its demise have been greatly exaggerated

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

    I worked at MicroStrategy

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

    Pros

    Nice facilities. Good perks like sports tickets and the best holiday party I've been to. Smart, fun people to work with. Good products.

    Cons

    Saylor is not as bad of a guy as everyone is making him out to be. The place isn't for everyone, but it's not like the CEO is running around terrorizing everyone. The culture is a bit litigious which some sales people won't enjoy. It's also very metrically driven. If you're a consultant living in an area that isn't selling a ton, you will likely be on the road ALOT.

    Advice to Management

    Sad to see that so many good people have left. You have to stop the bleeding.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Was great still has powerful BI but....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good bi product , lots of experience, teams, size, CEO is still visionary

    Cons

    Upper Management, shifts in strategies, too focused on stock price performance (gimmicks in sales), too much legacy code (product needs big haul for next generation analytics)

    Advice to Management

    CEO is still a visionary but need less seismic shifts or better planned, should have kept talent from leaving at the mid and lower level cause that would have been mutual investment.


  10. Helpful (14)

    Extremely Disappointed

    • 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 (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were great and extremely knowledgeable. It's sad to see that the majority of them have now left the company or have plans to leave.

    Cons

    I have worked in multiple departments at this company and have seen dissatisfaction from many of the employees. The employees do not get compensated for their hard work and the bonuses for Q1 were cut in HALF for the Tech Support department. Not to mention, when employees are promoted, their compensation stays the same. This is another main reason why people keep leaving this company.

    It seems that the executives think the people in Tech Support are easily replaceable as if the years of experience with the product can be replaced in a matter of weeks or months. There practically will be no Tech Support department with the rate knowledgeable employees are leaving. Almost everyone I know in that department has plans of quitting, or are thinking about quitting. Every week more and more talented support engineers are leaving the company and the more the executives ignore this issue, the more it is apparent that they do not care about the quality of service customers will receive when calling into Technical Support. Sure, you can hire newbies as replacements but will they know how to solve P1 cases? Who will they turn to for help when the only people left in the department are newbies as well?

    The fact that the organizational structure in the Technical Support department was changed even though the majority, if not all, of the employees expressed their concerns and dissatisfaction, shows that the opinions of the employees were not taken into consideration by the executives. Also note that before the change happened, the upper level management team was given a list of the people who would leave if the department were to change.

    In regards to working in different departments, if you were to move to a different city with higher cost of living, you will NOT be compensated accordingly. Try living in a city where the rent is more than half of your monthly salary. Also, the phrase “Let me get back to you” seems to be the phrase of choice when upper level management is confronted about issues such as compensation, project availability, etc. Poor communication among the different levels of management is another huge con. All compensation changes, and financial decisions have to go through the CEO so the process takes an enormous amount of time.

    If you do some research you will notice that the majority of consultants at this company are GDC consultants. If GDC consultants were to leave the company, they would have to leave the country as well due to Visa reasons. Because of this, most of them are basically forced to stay with the company. It is an ongoing trend that if you have the ability to leave the company (US citizen), you will most likely do so and I have seen plenty of other consultants who end up leaving within 6 months due to the poor compensation, and project availability. If you look at Lithium (Forum for consultants) you will notice that a lot of consultants are on the bench and are not staffed on projects. Sure, consultants have "uncapped" quarterly bonuses, but it doesn't really matter when you can't get on a billable project. Also take into consideration that the employees in the Technical Support department were only given 50% of their Q1 bonuses...

    Advice to Management

    Many people have tried to give advice to management. They didn't listen. So there really is no point.


  11. Helpful (11)

    Can be ok, but do not recommend

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

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

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

    Pros

    -Quality, in-house made product
    -Opportunities for advancement in short time periods
    -Some really good people work here
    -Very interesting clients and work

    Cons

    -Micromanaging CEO
    -Poor communication and constant change of strategy
    -Development of product doesn't always match market need
    -Lack of internal personnel to be successful

    Advice to Management

    Remove the one common denominator after years of problems and loss of market share.



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