K12 Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
173 Reviews
2.4
173 Reviews
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Pros
  • The flexibility of the job that allows me to work from home part of the time is the best feature (in 29 reviews)

  • Except for product deployments, the work/life balance for software developers is good (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • poor upper management and low moral, not alot of leadership in management (in 13 reviews)

  • Lack of communication between participating schools and K12 (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unmitigated Disaster

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    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Sharp people at lower levels trying to do the right thing.
    Some remote work allowed for weather, childcare etc.

    Cons

    No vision by leadership.
    People in senior roles that wouldn't even be in mid-management roles at better companies
    Below average pay.
    Work life balance does not exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin changing out senior executives after meeting with employees to discuss known issues. Recognize that many political games are going on with VP's jockeying for position and backstabbing one another. Also, be honest that the company's for sale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great hardworking coworkers down in the trenches but Sr. Leadership (CEO included) are incompetent and out of touch .

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    At the Director level, pay is great with stock options and bonus potential.
    Casual attire and the office is in a nice area.
    Was a pleasure to work with such a dedicated, hardworking group of people (those below executive level).

    Cons

    They decided to place me in a different role than I interviewed for and didn't actually tell me that until after I started the job.
    People are jumping ship all the time. Not just low level employees, but higher level and high performers, too. Never a good sign. And they weren't leaving for better jobs- they were just leaving with nothing lined up (I did the same).
    Many of the systems don't work/talk to each other properly which leads to poor enrollment numbers and experiences for both internal and external users.
    Poor recruiting and training for entry level employees on up. Garbage in, garbage out. Some of the folks on the phone spoke some type of slang which was barely recognizable and we are trying to sell an education here.
    2013 was a bad year and instead of analyzing the root cause, I was told to ignore that and compare all the numbers to 2012. The market has changed and pretending something didn't happen isn't going to make things better. I've never heard of a company that simply ignores the facts from the prior year and goes to another year that sounds better to them. This means you are forced to work against an impossible budget that has no basis in fact or possibility of being met.
    Zero work/life balance. That is a foreign concept here and it isn't helped that they change days/hours of operations without actually hiring people to provide coverage. They expect low level exempt people to work late and come in on weekends with no compensation. They try to offer a bonus to incentivize people to come in but it changes monthly and employees just get burned out.
    Communication varies between areas but on average it is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What was once an exciting, promising company has been run into the ground due to incompetence and wayward leadership. Zero morale, high stress, high attrition and poor direction don't spell success.
    Stop launching systems before being adequately tested, that reeks of nonexistent strategic planning. Bugs are to be expected in any launch but the issues here go way beyond that.
    Consider trying to be an "Employer of Choice".
    Finally, don't tell people after they are hired that you've decided to place them in a different role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what was advertised in the interview

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    Former Employee - Personal Assistant Liaison  in  Alcoa, TN
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant Liaison in Alcoa, TN

    I worked at K12 full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are decent

    Cons

    Wasn't supposed to be a sales job but that's exactly what it was. Leads are recycled and you constantly 'over call' people who expressed no interest. Training was an absolute joke and the trainer didn't have up to date, relevant material and the site director came across as a sneaky snake oil salesman. Not my thing for sure and I'm glad I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What's the point? You are all a bunch of yes men and women.

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

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Consultant  in  Alcoa, TN
    Former Employee - Enrollment Consultant in Alcoa, TN

    I worked at K12 full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits but that's it

    Cons

    Training was horrible and job was not even close to described

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company seems to be going downhill.. Shady practices

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work environment is nice, flexible hours

    Cons

    Management is not really that forthcoming with their employees. Company utilizes a lot of contractors and constantly tells them they are trying to hire them, but they only care about the bottom dollar and will let you go in a heartbeat. Having worked in a few departments, I have seen this over and over. Constantly cutting corners, combining jobs and overworking contractors and employees, lying to employees, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't listen to anything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    A Big Joke

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    Former Employee - Online Teacher  in  Maumee, OH
    Former Employee - Online Teacher in Maumee, OH

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    About the only positive thing is the paycheck, which at least keeps you above poverty level. This place is a terrible place to work, with Big Brother looking over your shoulder every second. They will can you in a heartbeat. They have a difficult time retaining teachers and students.

    Cons

    Money is lousy, benefits not very good, people get fired for no valid reason, rules change all the time, management is invisible.
    Not a real school. It's the Fast Food of Education. Students pass without doing work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell your shares while you still can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Troubling Atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager Product Development
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Product Development

    I have been working at K12 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The ELT team works hard to provide technology that is useful and easy for employees to use.

    Cons

    The company leadership has made choices that are hurting students and employees. Management only wants "yes mean." Even though the main funding for the company is public funding and the schools are created through partnerships with public entities, employees are not allowed to be forthcoming to government personnel. Management intentionally misleads public officials and instruct employees to mislead or stay silent. The content is not designed to teach the required standards but the management group misleads states into believing it is. State DOE's need to ask people below senior management for the facts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to tell the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Teacher - 4 years

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    Former Employee - Online Teacher
    Former Employee - Online Teacher

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not many - work from home is a plus, but you'll be working 12-16 hours a day, including nights and weekends. Enjoyed contact with students.

    Cons

    Don't think that being an online teacher will be easier. It's not! Extremely low pay, high turnover in teachers and students. No contract, so people leave with no notice. Grueling long hours with no overtime. Stressed out, angry, overworked employees. Management constantly changing policies and duties they require of teachers. Teachers are expected to perform a multitude of secretarial/data keeping tasks which take up most of your time. High caseloads. Special ed teachers will write 90+ IEPs a year along with all the other duties teachers are required to do. Teachers also serve as advisors to a caseload of 40+ students and must have weekly contact by phone with students, many of which don't want to be contacted, so it's like chasing your tail. High pressure from admin to pass students, so teachers change course requirements and fudge grades enabling students to easily pass. Devaluing, meanspirited environment which encourages backbiting between employees. Emphasis on the dollar. Staff meetings focus on getting kids to pass classes and praises those teachers with high pass rates. No professional development. Evaluations center around student pass rates. Constant technology problems. K12 policy does not allow supervisors to give recommendations, which makes it difficult to get another teaching job. They do not promote from within so zero opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your teachers more. You're losing a lot of good people because of the awful work environment, low pay and heavy workload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great, then progressively worse.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12 full-time

    Pros

    None at this point. Don't know what else to say. Still some good people left. Perhaps something good will happen before they all hit the road.

    Cons

    Exec. Management. Devalued the employees. Stopped listening. Introduced a ton of bureaucracy. Hard to get things moving. Hard to care anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent executive leadership

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    Former Employee - Technical Manager
    Former Employee - Technical Manager

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ther are no real positives anymore. It used to be a dynamic (albeit sloppily managed) company.

    Cons

    This used to be a troubled but promising place to work: truly valuable mission, good people. It had serious problems, but people were conscientiously working to fix them and were making real progress. Then a new "executive chairman" joined and hired an utterly incompetent CFO. Together they systematically destroyed the place, as if by design. They refunded or eliminated every constructive initiative. It's a genuine tragedy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the executive chairman and CFO, along with some dead wood among the VPs. Put the company back on a sound development path. Fund critical initiatives realistically. Try to remember that good people are needed to create a great company, and that they want to enjoy coming to work. Put in place managers who are skilled at managing people in addition to numbers. The numbers do matter, but people matter more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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