K12

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K12 Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
58 Reviews
2.0
58 Reviews
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Nate Davis
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The flexibility of the job that allows me to work from home part of the time is the best feature (in 32 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The work life balance is not supported, true school organization and functioning is missing (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management does not care about the families lower employees are assigned to help (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Plenty of work, low pay, zero respect

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    Decent benefits - medical, dental, vision, and pto.

    Cons

    The company does not pay well. There is no room for advancement. Managers who are awful stay in place, while educated, excellent staff leave because there is no reason to stay. They're imploding because upper management is well-paid and oblivious, and all non-managers are underpaid and expected to actually implement the random, poorly thought-out ideas of inept managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have employees provide reviews for their managers. Fire managers with consistently low reviews. Offer opportunities for advancement. Pay a decent wage, and hold onto the staff members who have good reviews, work hard, are educated and an asset to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Teacher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Of course working from home and the flexibility in the time. Sometimes I run an errand in the AM and make up the work after dinner.

    Cons

    Things are CONSTANTLY changing. Corporate Management keeps sending stuff to local management (principals) for teachers. The expectations are extremely high and difficult to keep up with. Policies change every 6 months for teachers and students, so no one can keep up. The demand on students is RIDICULOUS. The company has it's hand in too many hats-they should have stuck with writing and selling their curriculum. I would never allow my student to attend a K12 school. The curriculum is fine, but the delivery is an absolute nightmare. Beware!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit getting into the online school business. Sell your curriculum, because that's your niche! Larger public schools and lawmakers will shut you down soon enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 10 people found this helpful  

    Great people are leaving constantly; company is in financial and cultural decline

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flat hierarchy allows for good exposure throughout the organization
    Collaborative environment of hard working people
    Positive benefit of working to improve educational outcomes

    Cons

    Office culture is declining as company struggles and executive team fails to make improvements
    Most of the good people have left already
    Operations are a mess

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leading by fear doesn't work if you don't give divisions resources to be successful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Researcher
    Current Employee - Researcher

    I have been working at K12 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    nice people, dedicated to the growth of the company

    Cons

    very fast paced and lack of coordinated planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on high turnover rate

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Concept still in development. Great start though.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Virtual Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Virtual Teacher in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at K12 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It is a great and there seems to be a great desire to improve.

    Cons

    The work life balance is not supported, true school organization and functioning is missing. Pay is not even 10K of what a starting educator with a bachelors, not certified makes in the larger counties of the Atlanta area. Leadership is still burgeoning. K12 is a great opportunity for certain students and not all it seems like that message is not being effectively communicated and many leave dissatisfied and return to their home schools.

    It feels like more of a product to deliver rather than a school

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

    So much potential, but lacking in vision, leadership, and following through in making the right choices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Alot of opportunity for growth and career building. Company is still open to hearing and trying new ideas. Sense of contributing to improving virtual education. Promotes within to keep institutional knowledge and experience. Average to good benefits overall.

    Cons

    Some benefits are lacking, such as 401K, and capped time off at 80 hours regardless of seniority. Higher than average cost of health insurance. Difficult to take time off in high pace high demand environment, playing into work-life balance issues. Training and transfer of knowledge is not good. Poor morale overall and a general sense of frustration to not making significant forward progress over last several years in various areas of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improving some benefits would help morale some, but the main issues are investing in the right areas of the company, and listening to the employees from the schools on through to the corporate staff. More investment needs to be directed to implementing healthy and proper staffing and systems to support the demands and needs of our customers. Lack of accountability in leadership failing to meet deadlines, goals, and project success needs to be addressed. Focus on fixing major inefficiencies in various processes and systems which need to be revamped and up to date in order to continue to be competitive and successful in all areas of the business. Too much focus in on the end results and not the root problems of the models. For example, student retention vs. student success/achievement. More resources need to be focused to improving the systems and virtual/blended educational models in order to truly meet the marketed promise of "individualized education" as it needs to be in order for our students to be successful.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Passion for the company's mission and the ability to dramatically effect student and family lives.

    Cons

    Senior management that constantly changes direction and fails to communicate with employees; lack of appreciation and concern for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to learn what is really going on with the business.

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

    K12 Marketing Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Product Marketing Intern in Herndon, VA
    Former Intern - Product Marketing Intern in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn, growing company

    Cons

    culture is very disorganized, didn't have valuable projects to work on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have solid projects from MBA interns to work on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Teacher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Virtual Teacher, Fuel Ed
    Current Employee - Virtual Teacher, Fuel Ed

    I have been working at K12 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    work from home, flexibility, good students, teachers who work hard and care a lot
    Good part time job

    Cons

    Low pay for full time, can be chaotic, upper management has been basically separated and rarely talks to teachers or teams any more, departments were great, moving to regions has been just okay but truly not as positive as departmental was, management never asks our opinions on how processes are truly working
    Not much respect for those who have been here awhile. No Masters degree but lots of experience gets you nowhere. Yet they don't pay you any more for a Masters degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has made big gains financially and yet you all do not give raises. Bonuses are not really what teachers care about since taxes eat those up. Pay your people better and you won't have as much turn over and bad reviews here. For Profit education is getting a bad name.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Training Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alcoa, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alcoa, TN

    I worked at K12 full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay was decent. This location doesn't have set growth....rumors that it will happen.

    Cons

    Worse class training I've ever experienced. Other employees commented that it was the worst they had heard about. Also, not hired for what applied and when asked the HR rep had no idea what I was talking about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay closer attention to details when getting staff hired and trained.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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