Blackboard – Shanghai
The Blackboard team is looking for an Android Developer looking to revolutionize the role of mobile technology in education. A proven leader in the… Blackboard
Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookDisapproves of CEO
- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I worked at Blackboard full-time (More than 3 years)
The people who worked at Blackboard were top notch while I was there. It was truly a hotbed for some of the best and the brightest for a long time. The dedicated and hardworking colleagues is what kept me there as long as it did. When I started there was a lot of promise and there seemed to be a ton of a growth still going on. There seemed to be a lot of company spirit and though the culture was starting to fragment, there was a lot of mutual respect throughout and commitment to keeping the company running. At the time I was employed, they were located in Gallery Place/Chinatown but apparently they are moving back to their previous location near Dupont.
Once they were sold to a private equity firm, things began their usual descent as often happens when companies are acquired. Layoffs weren't as massive as I've seen at other companies, but they did happen. Mostly people started leaving of their own volition to escape the ever-declining landscape and lack of growth and promotion opportunities. It was the end of an era when the founder, Michael Chasen departed at the end of 2012. His successor, Jay Bhatt was totally unlikeable and untrustworthy and you could tell his purpose was just to turn the company profitable again by bleeding dry the remaining staff. Raises were pitiful if they were given at all, health benefits were changed to be absurdly terrible...they hardly paid for anything. People were leaving in droves by the time I left, and the atmosphere was bleak with the remaining crew being seasoned vets who seemed resigned to just tolerate the changes. In addition, the product side seemed to be really suffering as well with upticks in client dissatisfaction and losses to large competitors. The Blackboard name was being smeared in the court of public opinion more and more over the last several years.
Advice to Management
Restore your corporate culture and focus on repairing your tarnished image. Get a CEO that is honest and likeable, and return your product to the industry leader it once was. Try to retain the few remaining knowledgeable people you have left and stop treating people like they are expendable means to an end. Listen to your staff more and don't bother with employee surveys if you aren't going to take anything away from the feedback you're provided.