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"Mixed. Challenging, rewarding work but brutal hours expected."

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Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Amazing, talented coworkers, dynamic atmosphere, location, growing company offers opportunity to constantly work on new challenges, avoid mundane and repetitive responsibilities. Products serving the education market provides meaningful mission.

Cons

Company is too decentralized, poor employee communication, acts like a start up but has long ago passed that point. Constant acquisition prevents focus on core improvements.

Other Employee Reviews for Blackboard

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great company, great mission, rough perid"

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Empowered to work on projects outside of your job description

    Willingness to explore new technology

    Free soda

    Worthwhile mission

    Rapid growth

    Cons

    The clique of deciders: you're in it, or you're not

    Wanna get ahead? Don't ever go home.

    Since being taken private... the screws are tightening

    LOTS of M&A... change fatigue will set in after about a week

    Advice to Management

    Slow down, clean up the house before continuing to expand.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "This is a sinking ship... avoid it unless you like doing the work of 3 people and getting paid less than 1"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sherman Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sherman Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Blackboard full-time

    Pros

    All the pro's that existed in the past are gone. Very few perks to working here anymore. The office space was recently re-done, and there is free coffee and snacks. Donuts and Bagels twice a week.

    Cons

    Lot of Drama and office politics. Management doesn't care about it's people. Severely understaffed and employees are overworked. Interns doing the work they should be paying full time employees to do. No career development, management doesn't care about employee satisfaction. Customer service is suffering because only the cheapest and least well trained people are being kept around. The most experienced (ie highest paid) people are quitting or getting fired to save money. Usually with no replacements. So you will be expected to do the job of 2 or 3 experienced employees with almost no training or "on boarding". Instead of hiring people with actual experience for a job, they "promote" from within. Sounds great except for the fact that the best person is not "promoted" to do the job. They are simply given the job because they're cheap and willing to do it. Instead of paying to get someone with actual experience for the job they give it to the next person in line, without regards to their qualifications. Literally giving management jobs and specialized roles to people who have NEVER actually had any experience doing those jobs (sometimes to interns). Because this is cheaper than actually hiring a manager with experience or a specialize with experience. What you get is sub par performance, overwork and a bad work environment. Good luck.

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting corners. If you want good employees you need to hire (and pay) well. You can't expect to hire people fresh out of college and simply "train" them to perform the same as experienced and highly qualified employees. Putting people in positions simply because they want the job and not because they're actually qualified to do it is a poor way to run a business.

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