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Updated June 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "work life balance is very good there" (in 78 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 (3)

    "Good company, not perfect but they are trying and it shows"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    About the company : Good colleagues and friends. Nice travels. Some employees have a long tenure, which shows there is something in this company. The company clearly tries to apply the corporate values, and it takes time obviously.
    About the product : nice vision, the product is good and you can feel comfortable selling it. Compares very well to competition. Excellent appraisal from customers.
    About vision : has been a bit hectic in the past, but looks very clear now : Customer success and satisfaction.

    Cons

    It's not a startup, it's not a super large group.
    Trying to grow brings some cultural and organizational changes, and it's trial and error. So many small errors can happen.
    Applying the new vision is a mix of ordering and explaining. Which is sometimes not well understood by all employees and mid-managers. Therefore, loss in translation, and loss of time to re-engage people.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people and in agile methods, not only for Technology but also for Sales and other Business Units. Work environment is key to feel good (modern premises).
    Push mid-management to apply what Top Mgt tries to put in place. There are good ideas but sometimes not well implemented.
    Communicate more : it's ok to have processes, and people will buy it if you explain why, and if you show the results of the processes (stats).


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Sales Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

    MicroStrategy Response

    Aug 21, 2017 – Chief Human Resources Officer

    I love and appreciate your positivity. The impact we can all make on this company is potentially profound and glad you are a part of it.

  3. "Manager"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A lot to like, a lot to hate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get out of working at MicroStrategy what you put into it. It can be demanding, but that can be a good thing. Management embraces change, which rubs some folks the wrong way but does keep things interesting.

    Above all else though, MSTR has what I honestly believe to be the best collection of tech talent in the DC area. You'll work with some truly great people.

    Casual dress code, cool office with an on-site gym, and other perks from time to time.

    Cons

    Change is a constant. This can be frustrating, sometimes extremely so. Management is demanding, from the CEO on down. Bring thick skin and flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Try managing upwards every now and again, rather than cascading the pressure down onto your people!


  5. "Great experiences working there"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MicroStrategy (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice and smart people to work with.
    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Management change a lot. Do not like the management overall.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Old, obsolete and irrelevant - and it shows"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice offices, Tysons has great places to shop

    Cons

    CEO - autocratic self-serving. Employees are treated like garbage. Very strange culture and not healthy. Product is obsolete, there are no new customers.

    Advice to Management

    ...too late

    MicroStrategy Response

    Jun 14, 2018 – HR Manager

    We appreciate the feedback, and are sorry you have not felt the recent wave of change and energy in headquarters and our offices around the world. We are old for a software company, in fact we just... More


  7. "Positive and Innovative Place to Work"

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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

    great place to work, employees are friendly and smart, awesome employee perks

    Cons

    nothing comes to mind, definitely have to be someone who is flexible and able to work with frequent changes

    Advice to Management

    none

    MicroStrategy Response

    May 22, 2018 – HR Manager

    Thank you for such a positive review. We hope to continue to provide positive experiences and an innovative space for employees to thrive.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Each Company Is On A Journey"

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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

    MicroStrategy is in a very interesting space, that is secure, innovative and growing. The pay is competitive, and there is opportunity for growth... If you can weather the storms.

    Cons

    All companies are on a Journey of maturity. MicroStrategy is no different. The question is where is this company on that Journey? Are they 20 years down the road? Have they figured out some the lessons many companies of the same age have? Interestingly, for as long as MicroStrategy has been around they share many of the challenges that start-ups do. For example:

    - Internal Communications: The organization has a deeply embedded email/helpdesk communication culture. This means if you need help or want to collaborate with others on an idea or tasks, it takes an enormous amount of effort with helpdesk requests, and multiple emails. The idea that people can pick up the phone and actually talk to each other seems a bit foreign here. I'm sure this is the reason why they are pushing harder to be more "Agile."

    - Upper Management: This is probably the greatest challenge within MicroStrategy. There is a real lack of collegiality, and civil treatment of subordinates. It's not uncommon to hear people being called stupid or f-bombs being dropped on people in open environments. In short, at times its abusive. This leads to stifling of innovation and ideas out of fear.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take yourselves so seriously. We sell software, its not life and death, and its not saving the planet. Relax, drop the egos, treat people with respect, be ok with failure more and you'll get more successes.

    MicroStrategy Response

    May 23, 2018 – HR Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We are on a journey, still learning and developing as a business. There are many aspects of MicroStrategy that are similar to a start-up, many of them positive. Thriving... More


  9. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive environment, good vision, good compensation, health and dental benefits, culture, product differentiators, management, senior management commitment to success

    Cons

    401k benefits need improvement but are ok.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the focus on being committed to BI (Self-service, AI, Machine learning, the Intelligent Enterprise), continue with the positive and constructive culture, continue striving to be the best

    MicroStrategy Response

    May 7, 2018 – HR Manager

    It's so nice to hear from current employees who believe in our product and see our leaders are committed to success, something our CEO stressed at our Company Day last week. We're committed to not... More


  10. "Consultant (Independent)"

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They Pay you well and have benefits

    Cons

    A lot of learning everyday and pretty much none stop working

    MicroStrategy Response

    May 7, 2018 – HR Manager

    We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. We hope our employees feel rewarded both in compensation, and the challenging work. You'll never be bored with the ongoing growth and... More


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