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Current Employee - Technical Project Manager  in  Reston, VA
Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Reston, VA

I have been working at Blackboard

Pros

Great work envirronment to work in. Great co-workers.

Cons

No so impressive leadership. Things are kept closed doors often times.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

No advice

Recommends
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    Young, fun company that is passionate about education.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Blackboard

    Pros

    Awesome people. Great culture. Very collegiate atmosphere. Many fun, cross functional projects. Many opportunities to change your position after a few years, though this is usually a lateral move. Blackboard has the majority of market share which makes it quite a contender in the space.

    Cons

    Difficult obstacles in place to get promoted to director, senior director, vp and svp levels because of review by committee in place (i.e. the decision is not up to your manager). No real formal feedback given on what you need to work on to get promoted. Lower levels are within Managers reach so they aren't so bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The review by committee at the senior levels was acceptable when Blackboard was a smaller company. The company has outgrown this model and needs a new review process for promoting above Director level than the one currently in place. Should be less about your relationships with people on that committee and more about data and metrics. Also, would be great if salary discussion and performance reviews were done in conjunction with each other. (Right now salary discussions about raises, etc.) are done as an afterthought almost a 1 or 2 months after performance reviews. It's very odd.

    Recommends
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    Have to get into the right power networks

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

    I worked at Blackboard

    Pros

    name recognition on resume
    experience in delivering software to large/diverse market
    experience in culture of a large company

    Cons

    informal cliques determine what get done
    poor communication from mid level mgmt about strategy
    acquisitions have resulted in focus on incremental product development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it's OK to not be Apple
    it's not OK to ignore (for the most part) the student experience
    it's disheartening to have people say they are forced to use your software

    Doesn't Recommend
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