Blackboard Reviews in Washington, DC | Glassdoor

Blackboard Washington DC Reviews

Updated October 9, 2017
114 reviews

Filter

Filter

Washington, DC Area

3.2
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Blackboard CEO Bill Ballhaus
Bill Ballhaus
11 Ratings

114 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Flexible but Inconsistent"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blackboard full-time

    Pros

    * Really smart and dedicated people to work with.
    * If you're passionate about education, this is a good place to be.
    * Flexible work environment . Reasonable hours, ability to work from home, many remote employees.
    * Lots of opportunity to grow laterally and move between different parts of the organization. Good for learning new skills.
    * Generally fun casual environment to work in.

    Cons

    * Past years saw lots of churn among executive team. That led to constantly changing direction. Current CEO is trying to put company on a better path.
    * Vertical advancement (promotion within a team) is harder than lateral job changes
    * Compelling strategy but not great at execution.
    * Blackboard acquires a lot of companies and doesn't do a great job integrating them. This can cause culture conflicts.
    * Market perception isn't great, mostly stemming from patent battles 10+ years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Narrow the focus, nail down the strategy, stick to it, and put an emphasis on execution. Stop trying to be all things to all customers. Making the hard decisions to narrow the focus and do fewer things -- but do them really well -- may impact $$$ in the short term but will build a solid base for the future.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company Culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get involved in lots of different projects

    Cons

    Sales doesn't take ownership of their numbers, hard to collaborate with different groups since turnover is high

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Inconsistent and Confused"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Security Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Information Security Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Flexible working environment with many work from home opportunities.
    *Friendly and welcoming work environment and colleagues.
    *Company provided hot and cold drinks.

    Cons

    *Lack of consistent direction. Going one direction for a month, then switching directions completely, only to go off in another direction a month later.
    *Little accountability for lack of follow-up/follow-thru. Even little things get dropped and delayed for months without consequence or even reasonable explanation.
    *Teams are tasked with creating, monitoring, and enforcing policy, but the organizational structure does not support it, making enforcement impossible.
    *Many tools overlap and are used by different teams, even though they largely duplicate the functionality of the tools used by other teams. When somebody wants a ticket opened in Jira, you really need to ask which one.

    Advice to Management

    *Figure out your direction, filter that down through the management chain, and empower the correct groups to enforce policy.
    *Stop the rapid corporate acquisition and expansion into new things for a time and get your existing house in order.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, awesome work-life balance, cool products, really focusing on innovation

    Cons

    Some people stuck in their ways - not willing to change/move forward with new innovate standards


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awful"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    hmmm.... I was able to leave for a 20K raise based on the survival skills I developed while at BB.

    Cons

    I came to BB as part of an acquisition. They left us alone for about a year and then all hell broke loose. Management was deceptive, the products shoddy, and the people in the DC office were politically motivated self promoters.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Largest EdTech"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blackboard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Largest education technology firm who started the industry focused on retaining legacy client base and driving operational efficiencies across the company

    Cons

    Limited investments for growth or innovation given focus on retaining legacy install base and maximizing operational efficiencies across the company


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Financial Analyst"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great food for management you can eat leftovers and fun monthly team events as well as a small gym which is busy most of the time.

    Cons

    Endless Cons: no supervision, you are thrown to the wolves, false promises, a lot of politics, management is a nightmare, good luck applying/working here.

    Advice to Management

    Guide newcomers and show them where things are at least, how things work even if not an entry level position job.

  8. "Lacks corporate direction"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great sense of family and team ethics.

    Cons

    The technology roadmap is not well though out. IT Projects are mis planned and usually are not delivered with success.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in outside consulting help to aid in PMO and and ensuring projects are well run.


  9. "Great place to work!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Blackboard as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Managers push creativity and great work-life balance, very flexible.

    Cons

    None so far! Keep up the good work, Blackboard!

    Advice to Management

    Keep making people uncomfortable. That's the only way to ensure growth.


  10. "Procurement Specialist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Reston, VA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Reston, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blackboard as a contractor

    Pros

    It was a nice work location.

    Cons

    It was a confusing atmosphere.


Showing 114 of 436 reviews
Reset Filters