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Blackboard Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
187 Reviews
3.1
187 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I work remotely, so I find the work/life balance to be good (in 18 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule for some teams (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Extreme lack of work/life balance with push for earnings from consultants who are expected to be 80% billable every week (in 8 reviews)

  • Cannot challenge upper management (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Intern for Short Project

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blackboard

    Pros

    It was a great experience working as an Intern at BB. People were all nice, friendly, and helpful.

    Cons

    It's hard to comment on this because my stint was only Summer of 2014. I think the company was great for my experience, albeit, limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring Interns.

  2.  

    great place.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blackboard

    Pros

    low call volume. great supervisors

    Cons

    low pay, long hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Making a Difference

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    In my positions, I have always been given the leeway and empowerment to do what I need to do to get the job done. I have always been lucky enough to work for good bosses, and I have always gotten the support I needed. When first employed, I was underpaid for the role I was in, but my management team corrected it on my behalf.

    Cons

    There is a lot of change taking place. There have been re-orgs, priority shifts, and resource allocation changes, and some good people have wound up looking for other employment.

    I've dealt with change my entire adult professional life, and so I can handle it, but if you can't, this might not be the place for you. In fairness, once some of the current goals are realized, this change may settle down a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am happy with the benefits that are provided, but I have always found it curious that a Company that is a major player in education has no tuition assistance/reimbursement program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    pretty good

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Blackboard

    Pros

    very good company to work for give few years for it to stablise

    Cons

    not many cons this company is at saturation point

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Ok place to work , talented people to work with. Lower pay

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Blackboard as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work from home.
    Cool workplace
    Talented people to learn from.

    Cons

    Lower pay compared to other companies. Focus on individual work. Not much of day to day team interaction. Going through a transition phase
    No commuting allowance for interns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide better pay and compensations to interns

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Meh...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Blackboard full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Young and energetic and surface level a modern place to work.

    Cons

    The politics at the executive level trickle down and muddy the day to day interactions of the employees.It is NOT a collaborative environment. Information share only occurs if it benefits the person who has the information. Its a very clique oriented work environment. Their focus is on the business at the expense of the employees. No problem throwing an employee under the bus to suit the business needs. No training is given or career path direction. ALOT of people have left!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've heard happy wife makes a happy life... Happy employees make a booming business. Get rid of the political landmines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Okay company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Renewal Operations Analyst in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Renewal Operations Analyst in Reston, VA

    I worked at Blackboard full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible Organization.
    Good Work from home policy

    Cons

    It took forever for my team to get its quarterly bonus. Didn't receive for 9 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More involved manager committees to its staff. Provide more direction to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    This company has it's ups and downs.

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    Current Employee - Training
    Current Employee - Training

    I have been working at Blackboard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a fairly new and rapidly growing company. Which means they are open to change.

    Cons

    Work load does not match salary.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't forget the little guys

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partnership Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Partnership Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Blackboard is a growing company that may make for a great launching pad into the world of IT careers with fresh, out-of-college students.

    Cons

    If you are not a corporate employee, you will receive lackluster benefits, you will not receive credit for your work, and most power in the company seems to be given through nepotism. Unless you know someone higher up, don't expect to get any sort of fair compensation for your work or expect to be able to grow in the copmpany.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please reacess what your employees are truly worth. There are plenty of other companies out there that offer much greater pay. You need to give employees motivation to excel and want to stick with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blackboard

    Pros

    I've really enjoyed my time at Bb. The people are a key selling point and most are go-getters. The company is very flexible in terms of family-work balance and everyday I learn something new.

    Cons

    I think the company could do more around management training offered and mentorship programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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