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MicroStrategy Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated February 4, 2015
Updated February 4, 2015
87 Reviews
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MicroStrategy Chairman, President, and CEO Michael J. Saylor
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Pros
  • The vacation time is good and the work-life balance is nothing to complain about (in 41 reviews)

  • Great company, flexible working hours, and lots of diversity (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Morale is low and the lower ranks have lost faith in upper management (in 15 reviews)

  • international collaboration, good work-life balance, bi training (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 32 people found this helpful  

    Worst company I have ever worked fot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Put in an executive management team to run the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 12 people found this helpful  

    MicroStrategy Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Exceptional product across many areas of analytics and business intelligence; perhaps the best in the business across web and mobile. Salaries and compensation tend to be on the upper end. Name recognition is very strong due heavily to Gartner's Magic Quadrant. The company has significantly streamlined pricing and SKUs in the last year making it far easier for customers to understand what was once a very complex set of options. Employees in general are highly trained, committed, and work well together.

    Cons

    Significant turmoil is created with frequent changes in direction by an ever-changing (turn-over) management team. Micro-management is a significant problem and ultra-centralized decision-making creates strained and convoluted customer negotiations. Under-empowerment is a serious concern below the VP level..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower employees at the director, manager, and team member levels to make decisions and negotiate with customers with a reasonable set of well communicated guidelines. Create an environment where customers can say (with a straight face) that it is easy to do business with MicroStrategy. Make a clear plan and stick with it for more than a quarter or two. Hire a product marketing team that knows how to properly manage product lifecycle and knows what the 4 Ps stand for and how to work with each of them effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The great IT company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Data Scalability and connectivity

    Single Re-useable Metadata

    SDK for customization and application integration

    Cons

    Needs continued improvement in:

    Ease of use – Self-service analytics and data exploration, End-user report consumption and Time to develop reports

    User Interface and Visualization effectiveness – If it does not look good business will not use it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fantastic product. There is literally nothing this product can't do, provided you are willing to invest the time and resources towards mastering this product. Highly recommend MicroStrategy for Enterprise level usage and not for operational systems, where data is fairly unstructured.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 18 people found this helpful  

    "Micro" strategy turned Macro Trategy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I'm trying to think of some Pros and I honestly can't. DNA is so toxic that there's absolutely no reason for anyone sane to explore employment here. All solid employees (across Technology, Sales, Services and Leadership) are long gone. Existing workforce is made of mediocre monkeys who can't find jobs elsewhere.

    Cons

    Recenetly removed all perks, mobile phones, conference numbers and promotions. Besides, CEO lost his mind and the company is trying to reinvent itself in the enterprise security space which is a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying to yourself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 15 people found this helpful  

    Good work life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    It's OK, very intelligent people overall but upper management never shows up, who knows what they are doing. Work life balance is great.

    Cons

    Very little communication from upper management, I guess I can get more money somewhere else but not all in life is money I have good friends here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people, the market is every day hitting on software people offering new opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 23 people found this helpful  

    Company veteran with broad experience in various departments

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Only people - but a majority are either leaving or planning to leave soon.

    Cons

    - Lack of visionaries. Company is just surviving on its past products
    - Illogical decisions and role allocation is devastating employee moral.
    - Constant reorgs and structuring has plagued the company growth.
    - Employees are underpaid for the amount of work expected of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Respect your employees. Be humble. They are the ones who keep the company running.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 27 people found this helpful  

    Trainwreck

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Mostly none. There were two things you used to say (1.) great people and (2.) great product. The great and good people have either been let go (for all the wrong reasons) or have quit in droves. The product has been overtaken by competitors and is quickly being replaced throughout its customer base.
    Nice gym, though.

    Cons

    Constant confusion and rapid direction changes generating from the top. The founding guard except for Michael Saylor has been purged. The remaining leadership (led by the bizarre "Co-Presidents") offer no resistance to Mr. Saylor in exchange for outlandish compensation packages. I do not know a single person who is not actively looking for a job. View any position here as a short term stop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As you've driven most of the consulting organization out, I'd suggest that you get brushed up on how to install because you're going to be the last ones left to deliver anything.
    Keep the gym.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 24 people found this helpful  

    analytics company that can't predict

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    There's some wonderful people, or at least there were. Middle management is mostly good. The gym is nice. The location is great.

    Cons

    It's toxic beyond belief. People are more worried about credit and blame than what's important. CEO pet projects aren't thought out and are a money pit that causes massive lay-offs. They don't have a budget. VPs just want stuff and start doing, though don't talk. No one talks. There's zilch collaboration. People aren't passionate about what they do. It's all zombies. They do so many risk things, but are risk averse to those things they most need. They like a cookie cutter type, one totally 1980s. Totally backward thinking on hiring and how to run a project. It puts the wrong people in power. They all think they're so smart because they went to good schools, but just tell each other all day they're right and don't listen to the people on the ground who know. They have a crazy process for hiring that ends up losing incredible talent, all run in a draconian way by people who have power, but no clue. It's totally deflating to have that many "smart" people be so stupid. There's a ridiculous number of lawyers who often do downright questionable things, but again, they think they're always right. The leadership is totally void. There's no direction. There's no employee appreciation. There's no loyalty. There's not even anyone pretending they care to have those things. And to top it off, the technology is dated. When working for a tech company, the least I should get is an innovative product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send Saylor for a permanent vacation on his yacht. The 3 at the top need to go. They are the reason for this problem! Listen to smart people and going to MIT doesn't make you smart. The people who successfully do the work are the smart ones. Connect with your people. The company is totally top heavy. How did so many incredible and talented engineers get let go and the top only got bigger and I'm sure paid themselves handsomely for running what could have been good into the ground. Stop being jerks!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 15 people found this helpful  

    No opportunities for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Vienna, VA

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    Good company, risky side projects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Vienna, VA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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