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Blackboard President & CEO Jay Bhatt
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Pros
  • Work life balance is great in certain departments (in 18 reviews)

  • Good clients, flexible work hours, great co-workers (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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  1. Great work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Java dev, amazing products and work culture

    Cons

    slow at times, takes up too many biz opportunities


  2. Helpful (1)

    education business is growing, Bb is not

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    life balance, products, people, location

    Cons

    too many cuts in PD budget to be successful


  3. Blackboard Mobile/talented and fun - Blackboard Corporate/polar opposite

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - True entrepreneurial spirit - Great working atmosphere, good/fun loving people who works hard, everyone here puts in 110% - Great manager (at least, my manager, cannot speak for others) - Competitive benefits package - The peace of mind that you're working for a well known, well established/not going anywhere soon company.

    Cons

    - BBMobile functions like a startup, for some people this is a good thing. If you like the high passed, change focus and start working on the next 'hotness', this place is good. - Although BBMobile functions like a startup, there are times that you need to work beyond the 9-5 work day. A normal startup will make it up to you with bonuses, stock options, etc. Blackboard makes it up to you with stability. - Blackboard's HQ is in DC, it's a 3000+ person organization with offices across the world. Coming from a startup, you'll quickly realize that there's a fair amount of red tape bureaucracy. - BBMobile lacks profit sharing or any mentionable bonus program, however their salary range is competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Blackboard Mobile suffers from the same ailments as any other Bay Area tech firm. There are some rock star managers and there are some who require retraining - however this is not the crux of the situation. The problem is isolating Blackboard's Washington DC corporate red tape Initech-like culture from destroying what you currently have. To BB Mobile MGMT: I cannot say enough positive things about BB Mobile's management. Ideally, in my next position, I'd love to bring my manager with me and continue working with him again. My only complaint with BB Mobile MGMT is that the current string of people leaving abruptly paints a bleak picture for all others. To BB Corp MGMT: Do one of two things, 1. Enable the San Francisco office to operate as their own entity without the restrictions of corporate policy/IT policy/etc or 2. Close down the SF office and absorb which into DC.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Unprofessional, inexperienced, cliquish, disorganized, sketchy

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    San Francisco downtown location. Dorm room enviornment for fresh college grads with zero experience. Smart engineers.

    Cons

    Selfish and conniving recruiter who only cared about making a commission. No adult supervision and they refused to hire managers. Only friends of founders were considered for promotions. Insecure coworkers would do anything to throw you in front of a bus.


  6. Blackboard is purely an education company

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Educational success across the world with new strategic acquisition every other day.

    Cons

    Outside of education this company should just sell everything off..


  7. Fun place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Blackboard as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun place, lots of socials, good office location, easy access to management, a lot of smart individuals and surrounded by an intelligent and progressive culture

    Cons

    expensive to eat nearby, pay can be a bit higher, interacting can be a bit compartmentalized by department, a lot of hoops to jump through because of large company size

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the chain of command


  8. Helpful (1)

    It's OK

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Blackboard

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I feel that my job at Blackboard is very secure. I know that I will have a place there as long as I do decently.

    Cons

    People are satisfied with jobs that are not good enough. There is not enough attention to detail, standards need to be higher.

    Advice to Management

    You should try to care about the product you're making more. Focus on making your core products really good instead of making tons of money.



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