MicroStrategy Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (25)

    It's all fallen apart so fast

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Workout classes -Gym with showers -Concert tickets -iPads and Macbooks <3

    Cons

    One year ago, this was the best job I'd ever had. Now it is the worst job I've ever had. I've seen a lot of bright talented outside people brought in to lead, only to be told "no" constantly. The only successful "leaders" here today are yes-men. That definitely wasn't true three years ago, but it totally is true now. Anyone based at headquarters who is still here is doing it because of one of three reasons: 1- they're not competitive candidates for a job elsewhere 2- they got promotions from everyone else quitting 3- they have little kids and are able to leave work early because managers don't care anymore The people left are friendly people, but this place is not where you want to be right now. Maybe in a few years it will be okay again.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't pay your employees more, anyone who isn't here for a visa sponsorship will probably be job-hunting. Learn to trust and delegate to the vice presidents you bring in.


  2. Helpful (26)

    Best Enterprise BI Product - Worst Company Culture w/CEO Ruining Any Chance of Success

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Director
    Current Employee - Sales Director

    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

    Great enterprise product! At least 12 months ago and when finally the overdue next release comes out it should help catch up to other BI vendors who have stormed ahead improving their Analytics while MSTR derailed into a new Security focused path last year

    Cons

    Not much to add to other posts - way too many excellent experienced people in all areas forced out or fed up and left. Since CEO took an interest in day-to-day activities there are one after the other CEO/Exec operations decisions that put up roadblocks for hard working teams to achieve success. Add to that a new 2015 Comp plan that helps the CEO find every nuance possible to NOT PAY the sales force....

    Advice to Management

    Do whatever it takes to stop the bleeding of talent and get the company and Analytics product back on track. Security is a cool offering with lost of potential - just don't push it at the expense of the BI platform


  3. Helpful (8)

    V10 is out! There

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Simply put, there's no other enterprise platform combining three mega-trends in the industry across Analytics, Mobility and Security. After a very bumpy ride, stability is returning to the company and everyone's focused on selling and delivering great value. Deeper usage of internal tools like SFDC, Merit, Rally is a good thing..they're used industry-wide. Oh, and before I forget - this is not a paid review and no one from HR asked me to write it :) There are happy employees too at this company who need to be heard on Glassdoor.

    Cons

    Company will need to do more to regain employee morale from last round of layoffs and regain employee trust.

    Advice to Management

    Same as what other reviews say - focus on employees and customers. The rest will take care of itself.


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  5. Helpful (16)

    Train Wreck

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

    I worked at MicroStrategy

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

    Pros

    There are few... was a good product, was recognized, was interesting... 10 years ago. They generally pay well... but it's like getting "hazard pay"

    Cons

    no cohesion among management team... CEO is running the company into the ground, using his 25 year old playbook. No morale No perks No future vision..

    Advice to Management

    give up


  6. Helpful (13)

    Could be so much better.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Strong Business Intelligence platform, single product base not a collection of acquired tools.

    Cons

    No global strategy or vision. Company is at the mercy of the whims and ego of the CEO and Founder. Lack of experience at the top and all the way through the company, especially after a lot of long time employees have left. All decisions made at the top with little consideration on how they should be implemented in the field. New products are announced with no go to market strategy. Most new products over the past 2 years were outside the core BI and had no pricing, sales plan, tools, targets or field enablement. Only guidance was to ring your customer and talk to them about product XYZ. All of these expect for Usher were pulled within 18 months.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on BI. Float Usher off as a separate company. Bring in someone with experience who can grow a business to $1B and beyond.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Culture is self-managing similar to what Zappos is trying to do although it hasn't been explicitly articulated.

    Current Employee - Senior Business Intelligence Consultant in White Plains, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Business Intelligence Consultant in White Plains, MD

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

    Pros

    Continuous Learning. Exciting new v10 product. Smart colleagues. Some cool engagements.

    Cons

    A disconnect with almost everybody. High turnover. Strategy is still unclear whether it's an Accenture model or McKinsey model.

    Advice to Management

    Recent turnovers are putting a damper morale


  8. Helpful (5)

    Turning things around

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

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    - V10 is a major product advancement that solidifies market leadership - Talented employee base, both technical and non-technical - Awesome HQ location, facilities, and benefits

    Cons

    - CEO direct operational involvement is both good and bad. He is brilliant, intense, and there's nowhere to hide. - RIF'ed ex-employees and vocal nonperformers who were previously fat, dumb, and happy, and unused to pay-for-performance are perpetuating a bad mood. - The company was failing in 2014, but is succeeding now. Standards are changing. If you are still failing individually, then you should probably go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    - Hold more motivational employee events like the V10 release party - Offer an ESOP. Why can't we participate in the financial success? - What is the annual bonus process? I know this was a special year, but I never heard anything, and even though I did OK, i was disappointed because of the delay.


  9. Helpful (25)

    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.


  10. Helpful (18)

    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.


  11. Helpful (27)

    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.



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