MicroStrategy Reviews

Updated June 22, 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 (61)

    Worst company I have ever worked fot

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (10)

    Used to be a good company

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

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Talent colleagues;
    Free Gym;
    Good payment and work environment;

    Cons

    After people reduction and re-org last year, many colleagues left.
    And now the company doesn't have a correct direction.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Good range of opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Professional Services Manager in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Professional Services Manager in McLean, VA

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on multiple types of projects given the combination of core BI plus hosted SaaS offerings. I had the chance to start in the field doing BI consulting, then take a leadership role in an incubated business.

    Cons

    Intense culture is not a fit for everyone given the drive that comes from the senior management and the scrutiny of a public software company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating. MicroStrategy strength has always been the largest datasets; this now needs to be combined with a focus on visualization and combining with adjacent technologies to offer a more complete solution - adjacent solutions developed in-house or acquired.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Was great still has powerful BI but....

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good bi product , lots of experience, teams, size, CEO is still visionary

    Cons

    Upper Management, shifts in strategies, too focused on stock price performance (gimmicks in sales), too much legacy code (product needs big haul for next generation analytics)

    Advice to Management

    CEO is still a visionary but need less seismic shifts or better planned, should have kept talent from leaving at the mid and lower level cause that would have been mutual investment.


  6. Helpful (11)

    Can be ok, but do not recommend

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

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    -Quality, in-house made product
    -Opportunities for advancement in short time periods
    -Some really good people work here
    -Very interesting clients and work

    Cons

    -Micromanaging CEO
    -Poor communication and constant change of strategy
    -Development of product doesn't always match market need
    -Lack of internal personnel to be successful

    Advice to Management

    Remove the one common denominator after years of problems and loss of market share.


  7. 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.


  8. 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


  9. 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.


  10. Helpful (12)

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

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


  11. Helpful (18)

    Didn

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

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time

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

    Pros

    MicroStrategy used to be a great place to work and allowed advancement through hard work and sustained performance.
    MicroStrategy used to have the best technology in the market.
    However, those days are past.

    Cons

    The executive team does not enable or empower its management or employees to make decisions and drive the success of the company - in fact it does the opposite - the employees that are left are forced to get work done in spite of the barriers placed specifically to impede them.
    New ideas are not encouraged - in fact ideas that conflict with the vision of the CEO have been met with firings.
    Career advancement is only possible by agreeing unwaveringly and blindly following the directive of the executive team at all times without exception.
    A LOT of deep institutional knowledge of the software platform has left the development and sales teams over the past 9 months. That cannot be replaced.
    The company does not value its employees. They are simply numbers on a spreadsheet eating into cost centers.
    The company will nickel and dime you over compensation and bonuses every chance they get.
    They will cry poverty and slash bonuses for loyal hard-working employees that have made it through very difficult times while the stock soars and the execs receive kickers for hitting short term profit targets (by laying off employees).
    All of these are entirely self-inflicted. The company succeeds in spite of its executive management, not because of it.

    Advice to Management

    In order to attract the top-level talent the company needs to move forward in the market, the company culture has to change. And that comes from the top. Forcing employees to leave positive reviews will not change that culture or perception.



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