Blackboard Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Client Manger

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    Former Employee - Client Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Client Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Blackboard

    Pros

    compensation was OK but leadership was awful

    Cons

    leadership was horrible and would do anything for a buck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful

    A company with great potential to change the world, but struggling to change their direction

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Strong Name Recognition
    Large Base of Customers
    Leading in the Education Market
    Flexible Working Conditions

    Cons

    Constant Management Change
    Disjointed Strategy
    Inability to Develop Realistic Compensation Plans that Incent Behavior
    Products that don't work
    Failure to Retain Employees
    Lack of Higher Education Experience in Senior Management
    Marketing Strategy that doesn't leverage the "uniqueness" of the Education Market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize the Product base
    Link the functionality of the products to provide more value
    Immerse the company in the Higher Education Community
    Seek the opinion of long term, successful employees
    Create reasonable compensation plans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Smart, dedicated, earnest people; Lack of focus, lack of direction, all but flagship products are severely marginalized

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Blackboard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people
    Good salary
    Relaxed work environment
    Good work/life balance
    Good ancillary benefits
    Adequate health coverage

    Cons

    Low morale across company
    Constant reorgs
    Only the flagship product -- Learn -- is treated with any dignity or seriousness. All other products go to Bb to die a slow death. I speak from the POV of an employee of a smaller, acquired company in the same market space with a product directly competing with Learn.

    Bb is a fine place to work. But if you are going to work for Bb, find a position working with Learn in some way, and working in the DC HQ or Reston technology HQ. All other offices are treated as second class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know this wasn't the work of the current management team, but if you are going to buy a competitor, just kill the product outright, or actually support it and provide resources, care, and feeding for it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Maturing start-up culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are serious in what they do and interested in helping their customers solve their problems.

    Cons

    Going through adjustment with new competition and new CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize the environment so that people feel that they have opportunities and a stake in the company,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blackboard

    Pros

    Pro: Office Friendly Nice Curteous respectful

    Cons

    Con: nothing at all, very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Okay but really disruptive right now

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blackboard

    Pros

    Culture is really casual, but with good, committed people, especially on the product side. Great intentions and lots of opportunities to move and grow..

    Cons

    Really suffering over the last two years with new VC ownership. Constant reorgs and the general market space has flattened sales which has pressured management to cut a lot of corners. A lot of those corners were in people with the excuse that reorgs were necessary to align new business strategy. Reality was that Sr Mgmt had to make the numbers and they cut people to save in short term while hedging long-term with standard reorg finance/accounting shifts. Wasted a lot of money on Management Consulting expertise and ignored 90% because the required investment in OPEX personnel was too much. All go forward investments had to be packaged in CAPEX or other non-ops vehicles hence external, short-term resources are plugging the holes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real on what it takes to build a professional corporate management structure. 3 years under new management and you still haven't updated core corporate governance, policies and procedures. Reorg, reorg, reorg is reactionary. My group was reorg'd 4 times in less than 18 months, and is still running with only interim leadership.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Once quite satisfied and engaged, not so much anymore.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with work and schedule. Directors trust you that (assuming they think you're smart) you'll get your work done. Working on products that have that ability to directly impact students/teachers/parents lives for the better.

    Cons

    Since the company underwent a re-organization about 1.5 years ago, there are constantly changing procedures, reports, and general lack of focus on the larger vision of the company. Tunnel vision on the more glamorous products but not looking at the overall picture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall, great experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blackboard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall great experience with this place. If you want to move up you have to take it upon yourself to reach out to the right people and put in the work. They were very flexible when it came to work arrangements. You could work from home even if you had an office space available.

    Cons

    too many acquisitions in short amount of time caused a lot of confusion. Very decentralized.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company!

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Blackboard is on the other side of a massive restructuring. The company is in a good place now.

    Cons

    All the change has tired out people a bit. That said, things are getting better and morale is on the way up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More frequent employee performance reviews. There is a lot of great talent in the company and those individuals deserve recognition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company, smart people.

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and schedule flexibility.

    Cons

    Company direction isn't always clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees want to do a good job. Let them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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