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Blackboard Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
177 Reviews
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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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  1. 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
  2.  

    Great Company but with a few issues

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Laid back, can work from home, there is a lot of potential for internal growth

    Cons

    Lots of internal politics get in the way of the actual job. Lots of talk of "mission vision values" but it's unclear what they are. At times felt under valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize all employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Once and former market leader now under poor management

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    Current Employee - Finance in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Finance in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Blackboard full-time

    Pros

    Salary is competitive, corporate HQ is in a good location. Finally making progress on technology and moving the products forward.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is overly focused on the bottom line, and office politics often trump smart decision making. The company has RIF'd 100+ employees every year for the past 3 years, due to poor/flat revenue growth but the desire to achieve EBITDA targets at all costs. The lack of laying a foundation for the future may ultimately be a problem but execs will have moved on as soon as the company is resold or goes public.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dedicated smart team, great company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Blackboard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company, good products and technology, team members and company as a whole are all dedicated to the work and to the larger mission of improving education. Nice to work at a place that other people recognize (oh, my kids use that!) and where people generally think highly of the company.

    Cons

    Long hours during busy times of the year, high expectations are put on everyone, and it can be very demanding at times. Frustrating when work "firedrills" seem to be the norm. Political environment, can be hard to break into inner circles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your employees - at all levels - that you value them and their contributions.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    No coffee runs! Colaborative work environment. Senior management is comitted to helping you succeed. Great location

    Cons

    Not always enough work, but is often the case with many internships.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Consultant

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great people. Good benefits including PTO. Good pay. Work from home (if you are ever home).

    Cons

    Poor leadership that is very reactive due to budget constraints placed upon them by private equity ownership. Extreme lack of work/life balance with push for earnings from consultants who are expected to be 80% billable every week. Bonuses do not match expectations. No advancement opportunities. No opportunity for career development. Feel like a workhorse. We don't provide the best consultants for each job which is a horrible disservice to our clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip on the reality of the situation you are asking your employees to perform. Put yourselves in their shoes. No job is worth never being at home and being at a career dead end.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work. Good purpose / mission. The people are awesome and great opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Director, Technical Services in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director, Technical Services in Washington, DC

    I worked at Blackboard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are the best reason to work at Bb. They hire smart, driven, dedicated people. At the time, the culture was pretty positive and collaborative.

    Cons

    Bb was going through a lot of transition with the new CEO. They seemed to be struggling to sell and meet sales targets. Within Consulting, they were struggling with redefining themselves as a strategic consulting partner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic company - a lot of work though

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I've been at Bb for nearly 6 years now. I work remotely, so I find the work/life balance to be good. That being said, I do work far more than 40 hours a week. There are lots of opportunities to learn/try to new things because there are always lots of things to do here at Blackboard. People are professional and smart and fun to work with.

    Cons

    I do work more than 40 hours. The pay raises are very meager (not even enough to keep up with inflation these days) and as of right now, I'm paid a little less than I'm worth. There is no real career path in most of the roles here...but you do get a lot of experience because you do a breadth of projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think if you can't offer more money (higher raises), consider giving more time off or investing in employees personal growth by sending them to seminars and/or courses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Ed Tech Company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increased transparency and cadence of communication.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fun Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Working 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.

    Cons

    Busy work, too many meetings and PowerPoints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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