Blackboard
3.3 of 5 127 reviews
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Blackboard Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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3.3 127 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

Blackboard President & CEO Jay Bhatt

Jay Bhatt

(22 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work life balance is great in certain departments"
    in 12 reviews
  • "flexible work arrangement, depending on your manager, and fun people to work with most of the time"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work/life balance has suffered occasionally"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Lots of fighting and talking behind people's back from the upper management"
    in 7 reviews
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Product Management Intern (Former Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I worked at Blackboard full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat team. Wonderful boss. Great exposure to a variety of functions and teams in the company.

ConsSometimes felt like I was doing busy work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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As a Developer

Software Product Development (Current Employee)
Tempe, AZ

I have been working at Blackboard as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat staff, fun environment. Friendly co-workers.
The team works well.

ConsNo challenges. Some products are priced off, and some of the product are out of date.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time trying to have good, cool, and new products. Don't worry so much about legacy support. People should upgrade their systems. It is time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fun Work Environment

Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Blackboard full-time for more than a year

ProsWorking here is fast-paced and fun. Lots of learning on the job and new projects to keep you interested. Most people actually really care about teaching and learning, which was a big surprise to me.

ConsBusy work, too many meetings and PowerPoints.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should make it more clear how to get a raise. I got an excellent review, but I can't figure out how to translate that into a raise or a bonus.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great work life balance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Blackboard full-time for more than 10 years

ProsWork life balance is great in certain departments. Mostly smart people dedicated to their job. The industry is an interesting and exciting one to be in right now.

ConsGetting a good manager is hit or miss.

Advice to Senior ManagementRecruiting for better talent needs to be made a priority. Current recruiting practices are a travesty for a technology company.

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New CEO BAD Vision

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Blackboard full-time for more than a year

ProsIt depends on the department. There are some very bright people who work there but with all the new "strategic initiatives" many key people have left

ConsNo work life balance. No culture, confusing management. VERY VERY TOP HEAVY!

Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees fairly and figure out who you are as a company

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Ed Tech Company.

Director (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Blackboard full-time for more than 5 years

ProsNeed to be OK with change as the company is working through an evolution from product to solution specific. Very passionate team.

ConsFew opportunities for formal training, professional development is mainly via on-the-job projects. However, there are plenty of opportunities for OTJ learning.

Advice to Senior ManagementIncreased transparency and cadence of communication.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Decent place to work most of the time.

Various (Current Employee)
Killeen, TX

I have been working at Blackboard full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFast paced always growing environment which keeps things fresh and motivating. We help people with their higher education opportunities which is rewarding as well.

ConsPolitics reign over actual performance in many ways. Communication is also an issue between various lines of business.

Advice to Senior ManagementWrite some SOPs for communication, base performance off of acutal performance and not off of who you like the best or who you think is the best looking!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great mission but unfocused and decentralized

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Blackboard full-time for more than 3 years

Prosflexible work arrangement, depending on your manager, and fun people to work with most of the time. benefits are decent/normal but nothing to get excited about.

Consthere is no on going training in the company and also no room for growth, depending on the department you work in. with so many acquisitions, integration has been messy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Team Lead (Current Employee)
Hagerstown, MD

I have been working at Blackboard full-time for more than a year

ProsPay and worklife balance, OT is not required.

ConsHard to advance, mgmt is not available for their team

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Well on its way to a turnaround

Product Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Blackboard full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat people, technology, and customers. Management team focused on combining the silos and on innovating. So much is changing in education, and technology can and should make a huge difference. Blackboard truly can and should be a driver of change in the global education market, mad the management seems to be taking the right steps in this direction.

ConsMany old processes and focus on business units, instead of customer-focused innovation. That is definitely changing with the new management team.

Advice to Senior ManagementReward risk, innovation, and customer focus.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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