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    1. 1.0
      Mar 2, 2020
      Senior Director
      Former Employee, more than 8 years
      Remote, OR
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      MicroStrategy is a well known brand with multiple offices located around the world, providing an international flavor depending on your role. There are some very good, bright people at the company, however, the best and brightest are generally the quickest to look for the exits. The company will test your ability to endure pain and suffering in your career, providing a great opportunity to learn a lot about yourself in the process. The company offers above average benefits and has a 401k match program, however, there are no RSU's or ESPP. Compensation in the US and in select international locations is generally fair.


      This is an incredibly dysfunctional company that is run by an autocratic leader, surrounded by a C-Suite that has been hired to re-affirm him, not to challenge him. As a result, the company is replete with cliques, heavy-handed top-down management decisions, and political gamesmanship that operates within a fear-based culture of conformity. Employee reviews are subjective and ratings given to direct reports are typically lowered by upper management overruling middle management decisions. Middle managers have no real power to make decisions for their teams with all decisions resting upon the final approval of MJS, who is often manipulated by his direct C-Level reports. The company has been losing market share and stays in business because of customer renewals and the CEO's billions. Very few net-new licenses are ever sold and they are not competing well against other leading players in the BI space. The poor showings in the Gartner Magic Quadrants is justified internally by saying Gartner has changed their methodology rather than acknowledging product shortcomings and closing those gaps. MicroStrategy does not offer stock options (RSU's or ESPP) and doesn't offer anything to build long term employee loyalty. The fastest way to a raise or a promotion is to either threaten to leave or to actually leave and then return to MicroStrategy -- there are many boomerangs who have negotiated better opportunities for themselves by going this route.


      We understand we have a unique culture. It's not for everyone and we understand it comes with its challenges and frustrations, but also successes. MicroStrategy has come a long way in 30 years, and continues to follow our CEO’s vision of Intelligence Everywhere. We are excited about Gartner’s recently published Magic Quadrant results, which recognized MicroStrategy as a Challenger for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms. We’re also confident about HyperIntelligence, which created a new category of analytics, and helps our customers make smarter and faster decisions. We continue to look forward to the future and growing as a business and employer. Thank you again for the feedback and your service to MicroStrategy.

      1. 4.0
        Jan 30, 2013
        Software Design Engineer
        Current Employee, more than 3 years
        McLean, VA
        CEO Approval
        Business Outlook


        - Great work/life balance. Schedules are very flexible and management is very open to these kind of concerns - You work with some amazingly bright fellows. - You can work at multiple projects at the same time using different technologies. Rotation is enough to keep things interesting - Management is in general very friendly and open to new proposals and to give your ideas a shot - Career plans are generally good, at least in the Software Engineering area


        - Poor compensation/perks available. In general, MicroStrategy offers way less (at least 10%) than what other comparable tech companies offer in the area. Perks are almost non-existent (the only good one we have is a gym at the HQ). Bonuses are also very small. Talented people usually jumps ship after a couple of years for obvious reasons. - Some managers are very good, but others are very inefficient and disorganized, causing a mess in projects. Also, we're normally short-staffed in terms of QA, UI and Program Management personnel, so we as developers end up doing tasks we shouldn't. - A lot of immigrants. Not a bad thing per se. The problem is many barely speak/write English and this makes communication though at moments. - Many tasks are performed at the China center. This is a problem as many of your QA engineers will be located at the other side of the world and you have no chance to talk to them. - I'm not a big fan of the board and president. They don't seem to be very involved with personnel and MicroStrategy has grown so big that bureaucratic hurdles appear constantly as the company tries to reshift to accommodate the strategies they pick.

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