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MicroStrategy Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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MicroStrategy Chairman, President, and CEO Michael J. Saylor
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  • upper management takes too much time to get things done (in 50 reviews)

  • Company course changes are made on a whim and difficult to predict if you aren't in senior management (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (12)

    "Don't Work for MicroStrategy"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in West McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in West McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Only one reason: name recognition. I used to like it when I told people where I worked and they would know what I'm talking about. There's an aura about MicroStrategy, about how its stock went up to 300 and how it was lost in a day.

    Cons

    The micromanagement culture. Let's get one thing straight: MicroStrategy is the Michael Saylor show. It seems every decision goes through him: he sets every employment decision, checks off every pay raise, etc. His micromanagement is ridiculous--I once had a meeting with him to discuss my work. He goes so far to tell you what to do and how to do it-- down to what color the text should be-- and he does this for every department at MSTR!

    All the employees-- other senior management in particular-- all are there to serve him. Kinda funny how nobody ever contradicts the Saylor, no matter how wrong he is.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the micromanagement culture! It's so employee morale crushing...


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be a good company for new college grads - not any more."

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people - MicroStrategy used to have a very rigorous hiring process, but in the last few years they've been struggling to hire and retain the best and the brightest. Some organizations within the company are more open in communication - I've worked in technology, sales and professional services organizations in MicroStrategy and like Professional Services the best.

    Cons

    Management does not care about employees - the benefits are well below average, no espp, stock options, bad health care plan. Technology organization is the worst managed in the entire company - the senior management thinks of technology as a cost center and fails to reward even the top performers. Moving out of Technology to other divisions within the organization is very tough and can take anywhere between 9 to 15 months after a formal request, by this time either the person who made the request has lost interest in moving and the opening in the other organization is filled.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be open in communication; treat all employees fairly

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Truly worst experience ever."

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits
    travel job- if you love to travel

    Cons

    worst management ever( no respect for the consultants, many examples of very poor management:
    1. Consulting head ridiculed a consultant on mic in front of a consultants gathering in vegas.
    2. Sr. managers have no clue on many things regarding the workings of the company
    3. You hardly have any say in your quaterly reviews. Managers will write comments on your review and you have no way to comment on that. Only option is to acknowledge or else you don't get the petty bonus you made.
    4. Bonus structure is designed in a way that you hardly make only 5 -10% of you bonus .
    5. No 360 degree reviews you basically have zero say and have to agree to your managers.
    6. No credit for extra effort you put in on weekends or after office hours.
    7. Zero skill development for the consultants. You are expected to know everything right at the beginning. This is funny because when they hire HR says you are not expected to know everything.

    Advice to Management

    Most are hardly management material. They should be trainned and given examples from other conultancy companies. Even Indian consultancies have better managers :D


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Where is HR?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are very few good reasons to work at MicroStrategy...the only one being the fact that people can work from home without issues.

    Cons

    Bottom line, in most every organization in the company, you will get screwed. There is no focus on people at all and HR seems completely absent as senior leaders look for any way to shove a stick up the hind end of their employees. Whether it is abusive treatment, moving targets or just the simple lack of caring about employee health and retention...and HR is invisible.

    Advice to Management

    Like others have said, focus on people, do a review and training of senior leaders and find out where the cancer is and get rid of it, regardless of the good old boys networks.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Great entry-level job, but not for mid- to senior positions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA

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

    Pros

    - great place to get your career started in BI
    - great paid vacation days compared to other companies, especially when you're an 8-yrs tenure
    - opportunities to transfer vertically or offices abroad

    Cons

    - promotion among departments is inconsistent to say the least. You see people who aren't up to their titles across organization. Promotion isn't based on performance but by quota and tenure, e.g. Even though there're qualified employee s for promotion, if it maxes out the #of promotion Saylor agrees, superstar performers have to wait.
    - limited upward career opportunities. From senior management to CXO don't care about their subordinates career development. Recently HR developed online manager courses, but senior managers don't take it seriously.
    - uncompetitive pays and benefit. This is the main reason many talented people left the company as soon as they got Green Card.
    - Senior management treat non-US employees as slave. They know that non-US employees can't leave without sponsorship, so they take advantage for their pay. They try no efforts to retain talented employees.
    - The company is run solely by Saylor. When he thinks of a new idea, it WILL be implemented no matter how it makes business sense. We have many non-revenue generating free apps which they spent so much money and which have nothing to do with BI. No direction as a company.
    - instead of purchasing a private jet or get CXO office suites custom-designed, get a portion back to hard-working employees such as profit share or stock options.

    Advice to Management

    It's great to survey employees but it doesn't matter if you don't implement what employees complain. Building a corporate gym just doesn't cut the mustard. Get real about industry pay/benefits.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Horrible executive management"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Vienna, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Moved forward by hiring industry experts to sell BI to the C-level executives in verticals, but then brought in an SVP in Sales who completely destroyed the positive momentum in new account acquisition.

    Cons

    Getting rid of your Industry solutions division was a big mistake. Horrible senior mismanagement...lack of vision, inability to stay focused and on course.

    Advice to Management

    Look to your business partners to get an understanding on why and how they retain their most valuable senior executives.


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Dismal, just dismal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The remote work set up is nice. Company does at least value technology to allow people to live and work most anywhere. Also nice to have a quarterly bonus scheme where you don't have to wait a year.

    Cons

    Everything. Technology is sub par, circa 1990s, management is dismal and massive overhead of useless executive roles at the company. Culture is cut throat and back stabby. No strategic execution, everything is tactical and fire drill. No pay raises (or few and far between) for the rank and file. And the red tape to get anything done is on the order of the US government.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the red tape, get agile and start treating employees like human beings. No more heavy handed authoritarian management and trust that you have professionals in the organization that can move you forward.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Awful Corporate Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent products and marketing. Positioned well in their market.

    Cons

    The politics and drama are out of control. There is so much in-fighting among the executives and various organizations. They make rash decisions and 'knee jerk' reactions. Very condescending to female employees.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be inspiring Leaders and improve the corporate culture.


  9. Helpful (20)

    "MicroStrategy Today"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice Pres
    Current Employee - Vice Pres
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid client portfolio, and good BI technology. Mobile technology is top tier and robust enough to be able to handle almost any business case that comes along. Cloud services are going to be well served by the newly formed relationship with AWS (Amazon).

    A strong cash position is the financial foundation of the company.

    Cons

    The company is in transition and with that, brings uncertainty for the employees. Many key executive positions are being eliminated or re-defined and the trickle down is in full swing. For too long Executive leadership has been disjoint, fractured and off the mark. Their plan to "fix" this is to bring in all new leadership in Sales, Services, Marketing and HR.

    The focus on non-core business (BI) has created uneasiness and uncertainty with customers. Prospects no longer believe the company is committed to BI and are looking elsewhere for options. This is having an impact on the company's financial performance.

    Efforts to cultivate, development and enable a viable Partner channel to drive license sales and increase revenue has been unproductive and continues to struggle.

    Advice to Management

    The allocation of resources internally and the shifting of personnel away from non-core business and product lines is a clear indication of Sr. Management's focus and objectives. Once this becomes more clear to the install base, it'll only further substantiate the belief that the company is abandoning BI.


  10. Helpful (27)

    "Layoffs"

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    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Tysons Corner, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good start for non-CS students towards a software engineer.

    Cons

    This company lays off most new hires and withdraw many offers due to financial problems this week. The amount of severance package is 3 weeks's payment.


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