MicroStrategy Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (28)

    Does not value employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MicroStrategy

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

    Pros

    time off, salary, people are friendly

    Cons

    Do not promote internally often, departments do not talk with each other, product is buggy, treat employees poorly

  2. Helpful (33)

    No longer a good place to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MicroStrategy

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

    Pros

    None. Because of the crazy executive team, you can't tell whether these good aspects are still true in the near future.

    Cons

    There used to be many talented people devoting themselves to their projects. But that's the past.
    Bad management team without any long term goal.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the crazy mind and ideas. Make a solid product and respect your people and customers.

  3. Helpful (33)

    Paul Z and Jonathan K. THE TRUE YES MEN THAT MJS WANTS!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Tysons Corner, VA

    I have been working at MicroStrategy

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

    Pros

    Well after so many years I can say I have fond memories of the days when Saylor was an absentee CEO. Now the CEO, Co Presidents and CRO seem to be happy collecting their checks, massive STOCK Grants that no one can justify

    Cons

    Run for your life!!! This place is acid, while they will pay us in Sales Management dearly during this new P&L phase you only have to sell your soul to get the $$ by rolling back the commissions of your team members and enforcing bogus Thresholds. What a trade off, $$ for the Devil.

    Advice to Management

    Uhhhhmmmmm.. Yes sir Mike, Anything you say Mike, may I have another beating Mike!

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  5. Helpful (24)

    Designer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, 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

    You will meet lots of brilliant minds here. You will find smart teammates that inspires you, and you will have a manager that you can look up to. But as for now, most of them left the company or on their way out.

    Cons

    This company use to be an ok place to work for. Everything went down after CEO decided to spend less time on his yacht and take more time on "taking care of business". Upper management is a joke, only yes man can survive in the management team. All the smart upper level guys who actually know the technology have literally been fired, because they have said no to the boy king for obvious reasons.
    The company do not respect and care their employees at all. Upper management make all kinds of ridiculous decisions, and at the end all regular employees pay for the price, such as massive layoff ,no bonus and no promotion.
    If you are a technical person, or someone looking for personal growth, this is not the right place for you. On the other hand, if you are really good at office politic and nothing more, this might actually be the heaven for you.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a professional CEO to run the company for Saylor. Bring a decent CTO on board (how can a tech company's CTO don't know technology). The company will never be like this, if the upper management team have even a little bit common sense..

  6. Helpful (19)

    Senior Production Consultant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Production Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Production Consultant

    I have been working at MicroStrategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is challenging job. You are able to work in different environment. You are able to learn different thing.

    Cons

    Before 2013, the company have got a lot of talent and intelligent people. After that, all people in the company are quite new to the product. They are not knowledgeable like in the past. The expenses are much more strict than before.

    Advice to Management

    Having such a high rate turn over, knowledgeable people do not exist in the company anymore. This makes MicroStrategy consultant is quite comparable to other consulting company. (not outstanding anymore)

  7. Helpful (9)

    Painful, gloomy work environment for the last

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

    I have been working 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

    1. Awesome Gym
    2. Even more awesome people

    Cons

    1. Horrible upper management
    2. No clear direction for future growth
    3. Lot of processes being put into place that doesn't make any sense for mid-size company.
    4. Lot of good employees are fed up and leaving the companies with or without finding a new job.
    5. Very negative atmosphere without much motivation to come in to work.
    6. Favoritism.
    7. Low bonus.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO has a great vision but listen carefully to what he means and not what he says. Then translate that to the organization.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Project Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MicroStrategy

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

    Pros

    Free gym and classes, Location by two malls, Hard working employees

    Cons

    Poor decisions made at every management level.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to say No to the CEO!

  9. Helpful (8)

    Spin off Usher and Sell MicroStrategy Analytics!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    Analytics and Mobile software is leading in the Enterprise Software market, but stay tuned.

    Cons

    This is a miserable place to work!

    Window dressing for possible acquisition include:

    1. Extreme cost control measures...really we have to pay for our own office supplies?
    2. New executive leadership team, all the successful have been forced out or ran away
    3. Micro management by CEO and Executive team....nothing worse then accountability without authority
    4. Loading SalesForce.com with every "possible" opportunity, not reflecting reality, c'mon man
    5-infinity Everyone else has capture for me

    What missing?

    1. Vision for where the company and products are going....can we say, "Product Roadmap"
    2. Retention Strategy at the revenue producing layer, all the good people are leaving
    3. Believable synergy between Usher Enterprise Security product and Analytics
    4. Employee Morale and culture for long-term sustainability and growth.

    Advice to Management

    Sell, and fast!

  10. Helpful (38)

    Microstrategy heading for a tragic ending

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, 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

    The people. The employees, excuse me I mean the serfs, have to band together to survive the tyranny of the CEO, which is ruling MicroStrategy with an iron fist like a medieval tyrant reincarnated. Gym is pretty good though.

    Cons

    For anyone who has read "And Then There Was None", MicroStrategy seems to be a real-life simulation where employees are leaving one by one until there will be nobody left. You know how in Game of Thrones, you are afraid what might happen to any character you like? This is a similar situation in MicroStrategy. Even if no one says it, it is very apparent that almost everyone is looking to leave whether it be actively searching or passively hoping for an opportunity to appear. It has almost become a game of who will leave next. This then causes a never-ending chain reaction cycle where people leaving will put more burden on those left which causes more people to leave. The people who remain are forced to take on the additional work with no additional compensation, and even if you get promoted you might not get adjusted compensation for a year. Your manager will tell you that he/she is very sorry and they are trying their best and how they appreciate everything you are doing. They might also mention how they are trying to fill the spot but will not be able to for an indefinite amount of time due to constraints within the company. This is probably all true as this seems to be a systemic problem originating from the top and their hands might honestly be tied.

    Furthermore, where the company used to be really collaborative and people work together well, it seems like management is trying to foster an ever-fiercer competitive environment. Quarterly reviews are always based on how everyone else on the team performed compared to you, and this will force people to not want to help each other as much even if it is for the greater good. This also applied to organizational hierarchies within the company. It does not seem that the different departments are friendly with each other. They do not work together nor do they communicate much with each other. At times, it seems that they work against the efforts of each other, and everything gets stuck. This causes frustration both internally and with our customers, but it seems like management is more concerned with whose fault it is or which department should take responsibility then actually try to resolve any issues that have arisen. I do not come from a political background but have experienced enough office politics to know that I do not ever want to go into politics.

    To people who are consider joining, strongly consider if you really need this job that badly as you probably do not know what you are getting yourself into. You might be put in a situation where you are set up to fail or you will become so overwhelmed, stressed, and disillusioned that you will join the masses that are heading out the door to greener pasture where you are better appreciated and efforts rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Based on all the previous reviews, it is unlikely that anything will change. However, I do commend upper management as they seem to be sticking with this until the very end. The captain should be the one that goes down with the sinking ship. I just hope that all the remaining passengers gets off before it's too late.

  11. Helpful (22)

    No longer a good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MicroStrategy

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

    Pros

    It was a very good place before and there were a lot of talented people in the company.

    Cons

    the new management team in Tech department after the re-org knows little about the product. So they don't know how to review the performance of the employee in the Tech department. they spent big amount of money bought an Agile software and now they are relying on an Agile software to calculate how many bugs are logged by QEs and how many bugs are fixed by SEs to evaluate their work.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the product.

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