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Updated August 14, 2018
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MicroStrategy Chairman, President, and CEO Michael J. Saylor
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Pros
  • "My managers have all been good and encourage a good work-life balance" (in 80 reviews)

  • "You'll work with some truly great people" (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper Management: This is probably the greatest challenge within MicroStrategy" (in 54 reviews)

  • "When I told senior management that they have to" (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Starting to hit its stride --- momentum forward"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart, creative and passionate workforce and true belief by many, many folks in the MicroStrategy platform strength and market potential. A focus on excellence combined with a belief in face to face interaction as much as possible. Some great hires recently across the business. Culture is very results and KPI focused - truly a data driven attitude - can cut both ways but mostly positive.

    Cons

    Company is still working through the right mix of field empowerment and top down direction and strategy--- both are needed and leadership sometimes can lurch a bit between them or be impatient with the time and effort required to move from idea to execution to institutionalized business practice. Also work to do on moving from a pure technology to business solution focus --- and finding the right mix of both.

    MicroStrategy Response

    Aug 9, 2018 – HR Manager

    It's always great to hear from a current employee. We agree -- a lot of great recent hires have joined in all departments -- our newest addition being our Chief Marketing Officer, Marge Breya. We... More


  2. "Love working here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    Very intelligent coworkers, good team, work hard play hard, good work culture

    Cons

    they don't pay/subsidize further education

  3. "Technology is a good place to be"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tysons, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tysons, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MicroStrategy has a diverse workplace and the people you work with are helpful and smart. I am in the technology department and like most jobs, what you put into it is what you get out of it. I like the location and the on site gym, with free classes. There has been a push recently to promote employee career development and it is not too difficult to switch teams. My managers have all been good and encourage a good work-life balance. There are a variety of technology stacks in use, some old and some new and there always opportunities to improve and learn.

    Cons

    - Lowish pay
    - Company outlook not great

    Advice to Management

    - Empower Software engineers more
    - Reward higher performers and do not be afraid to get rid of unnecessary positions/people to get costs under control


  4. "MicroStrategy"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Enough distraction to allow the enterprise to forget mistakes.

    Cons

    You cannot buy a box of pencils without the CEOs approval. Very smart guy, but out of touch with how the world functions.

    Advice to Management

    Undock the yacht(s)....


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Smart Individuals, Toxic Culture"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Tysons, VA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Tysons, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Talented employees with great ideas and execution
    - Cross team and departmental projects/exposure to different business lines
    - Meaningful face time and working relationship with VPs and CXOs

    Cons

    - Culture of gossip and complaining about other employees and management
    - Collective sense of frustration about management decisions
    - Lack of appropriate vision regarding company strategy (getting lost in the weeds)
    - Agile value used as facade for indecisiveness and poor project planning
    - Feedback listened to but not heard and acted upon

    Advice to Management

    Why bother hiring talented employees if you micromanage them and don't leverage their knowledge and skills? Listen to their suggestion, give them ownership, and trust that they'll execute on their vision.


  6. "Senior Sales Ops Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Tysons, VA
    Current Employee - Sales in Tysons, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing Culture and work life balance

    Cons

    Nothing really its amazing overall.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    The chaos allows for great opportunities to rise up quickly and take on projects you might not at another company

    Cons

    Total lack of focus and strong leadership
    Higher ups placate the CEO

    MicroStrategy Response

    Jul 19, 2018 – HR Manager

    We appreciate you taking the time to provide us feedback. We've always presented our environment as agile, and we are a fast-moving business. This does provide a lot of opportunities for our... More

  8. "HR Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    Great travel, good friendships with colleagues

    Cons

    Low pay, little work/life balance


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Field Sellers can work from home. Managers were good, but had no autonomy. They pay really well (but they need to in order to get people to come to work there)

    Cons

    Everything is run by the CEO, and he lacks the ability to relinquish control to let his managers, manage the business and people effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees & managers be empowered to run the business.


  10. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits. Most everyone was a professional.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be stressful. Other times long hours.


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