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Updated August 16, 2017
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MicroStrategy Chairman, President, and CEO Michael J. Saylor
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Pros
  • work life balance is very good there (in 80 reviews)

  • Great People to work with and always challenging assignments (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • upper management takes too much time to get things done (in 51 reviews)

  • For a company that preaches transparency Microstrategy does not do a good job at all in being transparent with those not in senior management (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Sales Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Any individual employee can make a difference at MicroStrategy.

    Cons

    MicroStrategy operates in a very competitive environment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to increase investment in product innovation and marketing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    good team members, nice environment

    Cons

    not clear path to growth

  3. "Senior Account Executive"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Comp plan is outstanding
    - Customers love the product and if you have fans you can make tons of money
    - culture is really fun and start-up like

    Cons

    - BI is becoming a saturated market
    - micromanagement of the wrong stuff


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good knowledge base and friendly culture. Everyone in my team is talented and helpful. It's a great starting point as a junior software engineer.

    Cons

    Even though the culture is called "Agile", it's still slow on the process and administration.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "This is fine..."

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will note everyone mentions things like the gym or the freebies they delve out when morale (inevitably) hits critical levels. You may also note some of these reviews seem rather scripted.

    During my time the peers were arguably the best aspect of the job, and ironically the dysfunctional atmosphere set me up for a much greater role. It's hard to find a better stepping stone if you make the most of your time here, just don't stay too long.

    After the recent plunge, you won't hear many employees complaining about the lack of stock options. The massive amount of voluntary turnover has prevented widespread layoffs the past year.

    Cons

    The founder/CEO/President/Chairman of the Board/decision maker across every department. Senior leadership below Glorious Leader exist solely to enable his micromanaging processes and to lick his boots. The Old Boys Club is alive and well here.

    While much data will be collected and regurgitated in manic fashions, rest assured that all decisions will solely be based upon opinions. Tenured department leaders pride themselves in their capacity to manipulate this fact.

    Competitors that are 1/4 its age are now pulling in double its revenue.

    Outside of your title, which you will need to fight for, your career will not grow here. Skills will atrophy in an atmosphere of "by orders of the king," so make use of Lynda and fight to get industry certifications.

    Advice to Management

    Over the long run there is a pattern of corporate bulimia, binging on executive hires, and ultimately purging when these hires don't help the company improve. Talented people (people who generate value-added work) bail long before the stock takes a plunge, worried more about their own market value, but also recognizing the slow and steady decline of a company that's has perpetually failed to reach its real world potential. After a couple cycles and finally recognizing the pattern, the employee chooses between a cushy unfulfilling job of looking busy/stressed/optimistic or to cut bait and move on.


  6. "Life is balanced"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    Working time is flexible. Gym, free gym classes. Free food on Friday's food truck and Thursday Thirty.

    Cons

    People feel less motivation to get management role


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Everyone Always Comes Back"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people, work life balance, atmosphere

    Cons

    Ability to Grow, Boys Club in Upper Management, Big brother (Usher), salary

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make the atmosphere positive. People stay in jobs for the people so continue to make this a fun place to work and you wont have a problem

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for regardless of experience"

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    Current Employee - BI Architect
    Current Employee - BI Architect
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, 401k matching, and great training opportunities (especially the 6 weeks boot camp immediately after joining the company).

    Cons

    If you don't work at HQ, you can get lost in the corporate forest.

    Advice to Management

    Be more hands-on, step down from the ivory tower from time to time.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Tysons Corner, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great place to work. Plenty of variety of project work. Work with and learn from some of the best people in IT. Management does a good job of matching consultants with assignments that make best use of their talents while challenging you to expand your skill set. If you have a chance to work for this company, take it!

    Cons

    Lots of travel (50-75%) if your in the Professional Services organization. That can be a problem for some people but it suited me just fine.

    In my case work location was split about 50/50 between working from my home office and traveling to customer sites throiughout the US & Canada.


  10. "Best in Enteprise reporting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still among the best in enterprise BI. Excel in enterprise BI

    Cons

    Lost focus and now cant seem to catch up with data discovery vendor even with focus. Also missing data engineering spectrum of things

    Advice to Management

    Need better data discovery tool. Why no offer in data engineering side of thing.


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