MicroStrategy Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
236 Reviews

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Pros
  • The best thing here is the work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Great products and it's great working with so many smart people (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • international collaboration, good work-life balance, bi training (in 6 reviews)

  • Senior Management is frivolous and the employees pay the price of their wastage (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    good company and good people to work with

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    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    relatively relaxed and schedule working time. Smart people to work with

    Cons

    Product is very complex to handle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great culture, no career path

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Support Manager  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Product Support Manager in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture for a first job just out of college - young (20-30 year olds) and diverse.

    Cons

    Not much of a growth path for your career (at least in Tech Support).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to retain and develop talent in Tech Support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too disappointed

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    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer  in  Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Vienna, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nothing more than a competitive salary

    Cons

    Not stable at all. I was recruited for only one month and then had to leave the company due to headcount reduction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make decisions without thorough consideration. The sudden headcount reduction really sucks. At least you should provide some time for people to get prepared and find new jobs.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Think hard before you accept an offer here - you will have NO job security.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    It's hard to come up with 20 positive words. The only thing I can say about this company is that there are roughly 3 good, honest, nice people in the entire company.

    Cons

    People always comment on the "corporate culture" being great at MicroStrategy. For the first 1 or 2 months it is. After that, it's hell. They'll tell you it's a "work hard, play hard" environment. It's actually a work hard, be unappreciated, and then work MORE environment. The management does not care about its employees and there's an enormous disconnect between upper management and all other employees (both figuratively and literally, there's a 14th floor where all of upper management sits and no one but upper management has access to get there). Beware: you will be treated like an idiot and a child and nothing you do will be acceptable or good enough.

    The company is extremely unstable. They hire recklessly and then fire in the same manner. Recently the company lost money and then fired over 300 people the next week. This is all while hiring around 60 new people a month in the US alone. The company also has no respect for its employees and when they lay people off they tell the person they're being laid off and tell the person they need to be out of the office by the end of the day (5PM). This means everything you've been given to work with (laptop, phone, tablet, garage pass, badge, email access, etc.) has to be returned and will be shut off within the next 6 hours (if you're lucky and they tell you in the morning).

    NEW COLLEGE GRADS: If you're a new college grad, PLEASE read this carefully. I was in the same boat as you when I took this job with MicroStrategy. I thought, "wow they're taking a chance on me and giving me a job and a good starting salary, etc." Keep in mind though, you are DISPOSABLE. While they may offer a good starting salary, beware because this salary will probably not change for the next 3 or 4 years. Then, if it does it's not going up by much. Also, your bonus is NOT GUARANTEED and usually it's sales based and not performance based.

    "Re-organizations" are constant and result in the employees never having solid ground under their feet. You have no job security due to the fact that your position could be eliminated at any time and you'll never have a set line of managers because the structure of the company changes so frequently.

    To conclude here, do your research on jobs in general but ESPECIALLY on this one. You don't want to get into this job where you'll be overworked, under-appreciated, under-paid, and never have any job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Management isn't always right. HR and upper management need to act as neutral parties instead of trying to placate wronged employees. Also, think through your hiring and firing. It doesn't make any sense to hire hundreds of people a month and fire hundreds of people in the same month. Do some planning and give your employees some job security because you'll be able to keep loyal employees if you respect them even a little. Having this kind of turnover is ridiculous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Massive software company feels dated

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Product is incredibly high quality
    Great place for recent college grads or others looking to get certain experience on their resumes and then move on
    Pay is competitive
    Despite offices being spread across the world, they do a good job of keeping everyone in touch
    Work your 40 hours, collect your paycheck, go home
    Very generous PTO policy

    Cons

    Management is hit or miss
    Easy to get lost in the shuffle. The company is huge.
    Development and release process of the software feels like it has not changed since the dot com era
    Periods of crushing boredom with intermittent moments of blind panic
    Generic corporate culture. The epitome of a cube farm.
    CEO seems legitimately unstable at times.
    Company meetings feel like sitting through indoctrination for a cult. It'd be easier to drink the kool aid if the company either did some good for the world or made corporate culture more of a priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix broken processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK for a first job. Get your title and experience and be prepared to leave soon.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    Stable, consistent salary.
    Agreeable people to work with.
    The job is mostly easy.
    Moving internally between departments or specialties is not too difficult, provided you have the expertise/training.
    The only thing I can see truly positive about them is that they did pay reliably, and offer a fair benefits package.

    Cons

    Guaranteed overtime during the end of any development cycle for major OR minor releases. Mostly because of poor planning by management, and over-promising by marketing.

    Heavy political atmosphere with emphasis on "towing the company line" rather than getting the job done. Even internally!!

    Lots of off-shore hiring and foreign hiring, few American workers employed - most are Indian, Chinese, or Mexican. I have nothing against cultural diversity, but these are literally people from another country that have been relocated for their job with a work visa. In other words, they do not employ very many *Americans* (except maybe in HR). I was one of 3 Americans on my entire floor of over 300 people.

    Furthermore, they outsource testing and development jobs heavily to India, China, and Russia because it saves money. They close other offices (except HQ) in the U.S. or anywhere around the world if they fail to meet the cost-benefit ratio. This is a highly profit-driven public-traded company that cares way more about their bottom line than satisfying their customers or employees.

    Developers may easily work 50-60 hours a week as a normal work week. During crunch time, working 80 hours per week is not unheard of, and it ends when the managers say it ends. The pay does not increase with overtime as workers are salaried, they are simply given some extra comp days - but that is not worth the frustration and stress involved in this entire process.

    Most developers look like they have been there forever and the light has gone out of their eyes. Everyone who works there only cares about a paycheck; they accept the status quo, and most don't venture beyond their cubicles or their manager's office.

    The company culture is anti-new-ideas (although they say to your face that they have an open-door policy, you are just open to talk, not to be listened to unless you have worked there for 10 years). Heavily political.

    Oh, and what the CEO says is GOD as far as anyone is concerned. They will always tell you "Well, he writes out paychecks, so...."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Maybe another economic bust is what it takes for you guys to stop being so greedy and short-sighted. Oh, wait, all of your "best" customers are just as greedy and short-sighted as you are? Nice racket you have going there. You get paid by greedy people who help other greedy people make more money and downsize workers, close stores, lay people off - and you do the same things yourself. All in the name of "just business."

    It should be no secret as to why you have such a high turnover rate of employees - they will leave as soon as they can, or no longer wish to sell their souls for a paycheck. Your company is evil. Leave before it is too late to save your soul!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Enormous growth opportunities, great environment, free gym

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    Current Employee - Lead IT Business Analyst  in  Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Lead IT Business Analyst in Vienna, VA

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

    Pros

    Innovative environment and great team

    Cons

    In my position I would love to move away form excel, unfortunately due to the fact that we do not have enough systematization/ atomization to support our daily work projects are difficult to complete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would love management to invest more to support internal administration and activities. Unfortunately today this is not possible.
    Salaries need to be competitive with the market place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Progressive company with best in the market with Business Intelligence Software

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    Former Employee - Director IT  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Director IT in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Young, vibrate and flexible company

    Cons

    The day never stops - work at home after business hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reasonable expectations with the work day and balance with family life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Hard to see it as a long-term career builder

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    The best thing here is the work-life balance. Hours are very flexible, and most managers just care about you getting the job done -how you use your time to do it is not very relevant. If you're lucky enough, you'll land in a good team with a good manager, and hard-working nice guys.

    Cons

    There are several things to consider (from a software engineering role):

    - Compensation: it is simply below industry standard. Base salary is low, and bonuses are generally low as well - then add you almost never get 100% out of your bonus potential. In average, software engineering positions somewhere else will get you at least 10-15% more.
    - Benefits: other than a gym on-site and 10% cellphone plan discount, perks are not very good. If you manage to stay in the company for 6 years, you get 5 weeks paid vacation, but that's not the norm for MicroStrategy employees.
    - Lack of motivation: it's hard to find a guy that can sell you the job or the MicroStrategy vision. Top management specially is simply not a role model or someone to admire. Too much disorder, trying to do so many things at the same time without a clear, well-thought road-map. If you're unlucky enough to land in a "maintenance-mode" team, you will be pretty much fixing bugs and implementing small features on old products, while fighting non-sense requests from recent-grads working as PMs or non-technical analysts.
    - No standards. No clear processes: Different teams work as they please. Some of them have no build process in place. Some use a version control system, some others. Some have a lacking QA function. No clear communication channels. No ownership.
    - No employee recognition: it's hard to feel you're a valued person in the company. Other than a "employee of the quarter" recognition that is largely dependent on having a manager that wants you to be recognized (the minority of managers), you won't get anything. Not that recognition is the whole, but it certainly helps.
    - No clear career path: most of people here get promoted based on tenure rather than on performance. That leads to "senior" and "management" roles that shouldn't be. If people doesn't have the skills, then just don't promote them. You're going to damage the company when you put someone in charge of growing a team that does not know how to be a manager, or a leader. Believe me, I'd rather get a better salary increase than being a manager of my own time (i.e. managers with no direct reports).

    This of course is no secret. Talent leaves the company as soon as their immigration case is resolved (if applicable) or as a better offer somewhere else comes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't really know what to suggest. I think the best is: forget what you think leadership is, and learn it all over again. Motivate people. Compensate people. Invest in your talent. Stop wasting resources in dead-end initiatives. Stop splurging money in sending half business, non-technical people to company events all over the world, and giving them iPhones/iPads or the newest MacBooks. Really. It just looks bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great starting experience but a very traditional east coast corp

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I was new to software world and this was my first full-time job out of college. It really prepared me for a successful career in software and data. Lots of other young people when I joined who became good friends.

    Cons

    Its an old school hierarchical org where promotions and raises are based on tenure more than competence and ambition. Anyone young with ambition will inevitably have to quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a page out of silicon valley hiring and promoting practices. Flatten the org more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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