MicroStrategy Reviews

Updated August 7, 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. Helpful (65)

    Worst company I have ever worked fot

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very talented people work at Microstrategy that are willing to work very long hours to meet unreasonable deadlines.

    Cons

    The executive team surrounding Saylor are "yes" men, afraid to question his unreasonable demands or have a reasonable discussion on any topic. No one is empowered to make any decisions. No training or advancement for employees. Large scale layoffs at Saylor's whim. No long or short term stategy. Most key people have left the company in the last year.

    Advice to Management

    Put in an executive management team to run the company


  2. Helpful (25)

    Sad shell of a previously great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employees are among the smartest, dynamic, and driven you'll find anywhere. They are dedicated, passionate, and team workers. Good flexibility in occasionally working from home when necessary.

    Cons

    Supremely dissatisfied employees given the recent turmoil and new CTO. Technology lacks direction, employees feel micro-managed, and formerly highly motivated employees have been reduced to "clocking it in" and just putting in required hours. Executive management seems oblivious (or don't care) that those remaining feel untethered, disrespected, and unmotivated. Some free drinks and lunch really don't disguise the greater problem here.

    Advice to Management

    You are losing an incredible amount of intelligence each and every day. Please open your eyes and stop this sinking ship. Sure, you have the "transparency" you have so touted, but at what cost???


  3. Helpful (16)

    Everyone is leaving the company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    none anymore. used to be a great company.

    Cons

    they have lost about 1000 employees over the past 9 months, the majority of which left on their own because of how bad the environment has become.

    Advice to Management

    the only thing that will save the company is getting rid of the CEO (rumor is, he's getting ready to sell the company, so perhaps this will happen)


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  5. Helpful (17)

    Was a great company. Now everyone running out with their hair on fire now

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great gym -Used to have great software -Used to have a real work hard, play hard mentality -Good benefits

    Cons

    Lengthy list here: -Arrogance in unparalleled. Starts with CEO, who feels everyone is stupid by comparison to him and has no respect for anyone, unless your name is Zuckerberg or Gates (ie. people whose IQ compare to his). This rolls downhill to this upper management, who are almost as blinded by arrogance as he is. Very skilled and experienced people are quitting left and right and the management acts like the company and software are just fine. -Software, which was once cutting edge, has been passed by competitors. -Zero communication from management on company direction and objectives. -Zero input allowed from anyone on improvements that can be made. -Company did very well for years until CEO decided to become more hands on in the business. While a brilliant person, his lack of management skills or feeling that human beings are necessary for success in a business are crippling the company.

    Advice to Management

    Pointless to put anything in here. They don't care what any commoner thinks.


  6. Helpful (25)

    Business Unit Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is very easy to do and the employees are friendly.

    Cons

    The upper management was told to post positive reviews on Glassdoor to try and fix the negative perception of this company. This type of problem solving is exactly why this company is not somewhere I would recommend working. Instead of directly addressing the problem, the upper management would rather try and hide this problem from the public. The negative perception of this company originates from upper management instituting multiple re-organization of entire departments along with numerous layoffs. The middle managers who are tasked with implementing the re-organization typically are not on-board or told such little information that its easy to see why they fail. The upper managers do not provide enough inofmration down to the lowest levels which leads to dis-trust and lack of confidence in the direction they are taking.

    Advice to Management

    Start with a solid plan and then follow through by implementing this plan. Do not make promises you cannot keep. Keep an open dialogue with the lower level employees.


  7. Helpful (20)

    Had good potential; Now crashing to the ground

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    Had the opportunity to work with top talent. There was a great work environment before the lay-offs and mass attrition.

    Cons

    - CEO is a micromanager - It's a tech company run by lawyers - Employees have recently been consistently treated poorly - Work environment has completely changed: everyone is expecting everyone else to quit any day - The low staff numbers due to lay-offs and attrition highlight the poor vision and execution of management, as the software across products has been left is such poor state, with no one left to help fix

    Advice to Management

    High time to change CEO and President, at least.


  8. Helpful (16)

    No opportunities for growth

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Vienna, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people to work with; ability to work out at the employee gym and take classes during the day; close to the mall

    Cons

    there are no opportunities for growth or promotions. layoffs have impacted staff morale. executive management provides little to no direction of the future for the company.


  9. Helpful (10)

    Good company, risky side projects

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Vienna, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love the company, the people and the work life balance You get to learn a lot You have fun

    Cons

    Company has risky projects which differ from their main offering and lead to job insecurity No clear recognition for good work No clear path of career development

    Advice to Management

    Interact more with employees and make sure that all low level employees are aware of what we are trying to acomplish with the new releases/features/offering and WHY


  10. Helpful (5)

    great for new graduates but recent layoff and re-org is scary

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    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Vienna, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very talented engineering team. Great working environment with an on-premise gym. The product they are building, especially the analytics platform is a powerful tool and knowing how it works is a very good skill in your career

    Cons

    work-life balance and really the upper management

    Advice to Management

    Be focused and layout a long term strategy and stick to it.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great work life balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Education Specialist in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Education Specialist in Vienna, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people -Great training -Great work life balance

    Cons

    Very hard to get salary increases



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