MicroStrategy Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (51)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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 (8)

    Great company to work for but with too many changes in the last 2 Years.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    An excellent product, a great Analytical culture and competitive Complan,
    A midsize company where you can connect with the full management team and introduce your customer with some specific requests.
    Still the best knowledge on analytics vs company like Qlik, Tableau or Megavendors where the knowledge is very poor.
    Excellent customer base with huge deployments and happy customers.
    A very promising Version 10 Product

    Cons

    A great visioner (CEO) who was very helpful at the beginning of the company but is clearly missing connections with customers as well as employees.

    A lack of continuity in the management team.
    Huge investment in the past on products without any continuity loosing opportunity to improve the current offerings.

    Advice to Management

    Revise a consistent Strategy for the future
    Keep management in place
    Give to M. Saylor an advising role and let strong CEO managing the company

  3. Helpful (2)

    Ranked once again at the top in Ventana's "Hot" BI/Analytics list

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Superior product, second to none
    - Negativity on Glassdoor is overdone - yes, there were lay-offs and yes, they sucked for everyone
    - Continued success attracting top logos to the customer roster
    - Rotation program is a great career builder

    Cons

    - Lack of focus
    - Company struggles with perception in the marketplace and user community

    Advice to Management

    Focus on shipping great software

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  5. Helpful (15)

    Painful, gloomy work environment for the last

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.

  6. Helpful (40)

    Microstrategy heading for a tragic ending

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.

  7. Helpful (24)

    The last 6 months have been miserable - bad decisions, no direction, clueless execs cycling through.

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

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

    Pros

    The best thing used to be all the very bright people who worked here. They've all left over the past 6-7 months. There used to be little room for "chair-warmers", but now those are the only people left.

    Cons

    Execs are in a desperate struggle to try to improve morale, trying new creative approaches every month or so - but they don't have the intellectual capability to understand what people even do, so that's a lost cause. Employee group designed to help employees is made up of "that type" of person who always volunteers for those types of things - they already drink the Kool-aid and can't understand employee issues. Benefits has been entirely restructured and compensation now based on simplistic data entry - they fail to recognize that you get what you reward.

    Advice to Management

    Remove all the Yes-men on the top floor and get some clear fresh air in that doesn't just rubber stamp the terrible ideas coming out; and that has the intellectual capacity to understand what people in the weeds are doing every day.

  8. Helpful (12)

    MicroStrategy Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (3)

    The great IT company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (20)

    "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)

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

    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 Management

    Stop lying to yourself

  11. Helpful (15)

    No opportunities for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

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

    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.

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