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MicroStrategy CEO Michael J. Saylor
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Pros
  • "Great location; good benefit; onsite gym; nice employ lounge; work/life balance(in 85 reviews)

  • "Great people, casual flexible work environment(in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • "I've seen upper management make it a personal mission to get rid of those they didn't "like" and push them out(in 55 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (8)

    Starting to hit its stride --- momentum forward

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time for more 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

    August 9, 2018HR 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 also agree that we're working through some new (but good) changes that come with adjusting ...

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  2. associate software engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time

    Pros

    1. Top work-life balance in China 2. Top hourly salary

    Cons

    1. Annoying training for product using, even for developer!

  3. Helpful (9)

    Not A Place For Longterm Career Growth

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - People were good co-workers. No bro-grammers - Depending on the team, good work life balance. Many strict 9-5ers who have young children. - In building gym with quality free fitness classes (they turn off the AC after 6 p.m. so don't work out late in the summer!) - Fantastic new lounge

    Cons

    - No investment in software engineers to keep their skills current. - Management is a mess - Salaries are kept low for everybody because the software engineers who rely on the company to eventually get a green card (of which there are many) are incredibly underpaid for their experience level. Bad raises.

    Advice to Management

    As a "right out of school" hire, it was really disheartening when the software engineers hired a year after you start out 5k-10k higher than you (every year the starting pay discrepancy has increased), and you don't get anything more than a bare minimum bump in salary even with a promotion from junior software engineer. All of the younger software engineers knew that we would have to leave within two years in order to...

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    MicroStrategy Response

    February 14, 2019Chief Human Resources Officer

    Thanks for the review. I want to note that we currently have an opening for a Training resource in our Technology department. The role of that resource is to focus on the ongoing development of our Tech employees as I would agree, we have traditionally not done enough to keep skills ...

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  4. Excellent place to start

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tysons Corner, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    As just out of school, you can learn almost everything you need as a professional software engineer. Co-workers are super friendly and engaged. My supervisor is quite nice. You have a great freedom to implement the project. Excellent gym and great classes.

    Cons

    The direction of product is vague. The skills for higher level engineer are mediocore. Good performer will leave soon after got green card or better offer.

    Advice to Management

    Build up the courage to truly improve the product and focuse on the product only.

  5. Helpful (5)

    No Support = No Sales

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    Current Employee - Account Executive 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Mstr has invested heavily in the latest release for 2019. The features are far more rich than what the markets perception is.

    Cons

    The company is well behind the competition on the brand perception front. Telling AEs “we expect big things” when the companies leaders don’t provide the tools to do job is disingenuous. AEs need better support from key leaders if they want “big things.”

    Advice to Management

    The legal contract process takes way to long. Stream line that. Fix your data. Show up to some client meetings. Invest in better brand perception.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Cloud Support Engineer in Tysons Corner, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - Fantastic location next to the mall - Unique company culture of intelligent and interesting people - Solid leadership within my department - Nice niche product - Interesting customers - Free beer and cold brew coffee - Free food every day - 24/7 Gym with classes and personal training sessions - Up to date company when it comes to technology and methodologies - Fantastic work life balance - Company events

    Cons

    - Have heard of some sections of the company that do have poor management - Some aspects of the culture can lead to a bit of a laid back attitude towards work - Company revenue has been stagnant for years - Product has some growth but doesn’t show signs of dominating the industry - Product has some extremely dated components that are finicky and rarely used - Compensation is fairly average to below average

    Advice to Management

    While the product has grown for their new 2019 release it still doesn’t seem to be a game changer. That and the fact that most of the company’s revenue still comes from support over licensing leaves questions in the air regarding it’s growth. Keep hiring the way you hire, keep educating the employees well on the product. Certainly the company will hold a place in my heart as a unique and great place to work, it definitely...

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    MicroStrategy Response

    February 14, 2019Chief Human Resources Officer

    Thank you for the review and for your efforts at MicroStrategy. We appreciate the perspective you have shared here and are working very hard on making this a unique and great place to work.

  7. Helpful (16)

    Stop. Changing. Everything. Just. To. Change. It.

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    Current Employee - Cog in Vienna, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    MicroStrategy has truly great products, which are extremely useful internally for day to day work WHEN they work. Aqueduct (or externally MicroStrategy 2019) is extremely useful, except it constantly malfunctions and throws random error messages, which gets frustrating when it is our own product. Badge (or Usher) is fantastic in conception, but similarly fails to deliver. I love the idea of not having to carry around...

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    Cons

    Let's get this out in the open - the pay here is well below market standard for similar companies and geographic areas. That may not be true for executives, but my annual raises have been minimal despite having good ratings on my reviews. I've never worked anywhere where the general staff (from executives on down) were so inconsiderate to fellow coworkers. We're all part of the same team, but only a minority of the...

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    Advice to Management

    Despite all the cons I've listed, I enjoy my work and I work extremely hard. It's difficult to spend each day working so hard and feeling so unappreciated - especially when the people I'm working for have little to no idea what is going on at the surface level, but I personally keep the trains moving. I'm not asking you to get in the weeds, but it would be nice if I didn't have to find such delicate ways to explain the...

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  8. Helpful (9)

    Work Here If

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MicroStrategy full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Next to the mall, has a gym, Capital One Arena suite tickets (if you're lucky).

    Cons

    Work here if: 1. You want empty promises of career growth unless you're willing to be a puppet to the executives. 2. You want to endure harassment and bullying by upper management. Don't even bother reporting anything to HR, they're there to protect upper management, not the people. 3. You want to be treated like a number and not as a valued employee. Everyone is replaceable. 4. You like to play the lottery and...

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  9. Helpful (9)

    Avoid this company at all costs

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tysons Corner, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Next to mall so many eating options

    Cons

    Do not know where to start. The list is extremely long. Will highlight just a few. - If u planning to join the technology department, absolutely do not join! The head of the department is a CTO who has zero technical knowledge and is very hard to have a conversation with. When he speaks in town halls, everyone usually finds it a good time to take a nap. - Not just the CTO, all VPs reporting to the CTO are also...

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    Advice to Management

    Management? Usually management is refreshed every few months cause they are not able to take more abuse from the CEO. Only people with zero self respect end up staying here.

    MicroStrategy Response

    February 14, 2019Chief Human Resources Officer

    Our CTO and Technology leadership team are very involved and engaged in the day-to-day management of the teams and the product release cycles. The leadership team meets regularly to understand the release status, which includes reviewing our quality index and scorecard. This information ...

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  10. Helpful (13)

    Terrible Management

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    Former Employee - Marketing in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MicroStrategy full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    This company will teach you everything you don't want in your career and workplace.

    Cons

    Simply put - MicroStrategy offers the most toxic environment I have ever seen. Yes, there are some very smart and good people here but most EVERYONE is unhappy, tired, overworked and under appreciated and it shows in the toxic, negative environment that you will walk into every single day during your time here. There are no growth opportunities, no recognition for the hard work you will put in, no care for you as an individual...

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    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate your upper management. When entire departments are losing team members back to back over the span of a few months, clearly you have a major issue. There is truly some talent in this organization but it is blocked by the upper management, VPs, directors, etc. and their egos and sense of belittling anyone below them. I've seen it time and time again across various departments and it is just not acceptable. I...

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