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Updated Jul 13, 2014

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2.6 161 reviews

44% Approve of the CEO

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Nate Davis

(18 ratings)

35% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The flexibility of the job that allows me to work from home part of the time is the best feature(in 25 reviews)

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


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

  • Communication from upper management could be better in certain divisions of the company(in 12 reviews)

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    Company is managed as poorly as it's schools

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood people trying to do good things

    ConsCompany is searching for answers, their technology is tired, and leadership is lost.

    Advice to Senior Managementget rid of the egos and start thinking like a modern technology development company. It's a mobile-first world and you are years behind already. Your internal development teams are 3rd rate and will never allow you to catch up. The poor quality of your content, archaic enrollment and learning management systems and glacial pace of advancement of those platforms are testaments to the fact. Clean house and outsource your development.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Definition of Insanity...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Herndon, VA

    ProsK12 has a great mission and truly does help families find an education option that fits their needs. There are many very talented employees who have so much to offer to the position, company, and fellow co-workers.

    ConsThe culture has changed considerably in 5+ years. The salaries are low for anyone under a director level. There is no career growth, guidance, internal promotions are few and far between. It has become a place that is all about money and not helping families (or employees). Communication is barely there. Morale is the lowest it's ever been. Perfection is expected at all times and employee opinions or ideas aren't important or wanted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management should look to the culture of other companies to see what changes they can make. Trust your employees more, raise salaries more than a 2% raise, meaningful goals sets in the right time frame, set policies and stick to them. Save money by allowing telecommuting specific days - it's a virtual education company, if the students can be remote the employees should too.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not so great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking from home; low stress; immediate managers of teachers overall are good to work with but at times treat teachers in a threatening manner.

    ConsI'm not sure education for profit is such a good idea. Teacher expertise is not tapped; you just grade work from a canned, static curriculum and communicate with students, parents and school mentors. Some school mentors are effective and facilitate student progress while others are uninvolved. The program is misused as a special ed solution placing students lacking in the skills they need for successful elearning into a setup for failure. There is a lot of very confusing bureaucracy to wade through. Pay is lower than minimum wage would be. Because this is a for-profit company, you do not have access to use open educational resources as you would in the public sector. Teachers are at the behest of the mentors, meaning we have no ability to make sound instructional decisions, unless we can convince them to do so. There's a lot of "just getting through" for a grade and little concern for high quality learning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you raise the level of professional respect, treatment, and compensation for teachers that they receive in the public sector (which has its problems too, but you're worse) and concern yourselves with actual learning rather than completion you might have a shot at keeping teachers longer, but oh yeah, you're all about making money, aren't you?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Finance personnel beware!

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Herndon, VA

    ProsCompany in in the IT/software industry which is by definition growing and a flourishing industry.

    ConsIn finance you will work like a sweat shop with average pay and no recognition. You will be expected to available 7 days a week and will even get call at 6am on Sunday to come into work with warning. This may not be true for other areas in the co. but this is true across entire finance group. CFO and other top leadership is new and has taken the position to revamp the group by removing all personnel that is not a 'perfect fit". Middle management in finance are in place because they have great tenure or through nepotism as they have relatives in the c suite or on the board. If you work in finance and are out of work then maybe take a chance. otherwise do yourself a favor and pass. To be clear, I'm not bitter, since I've left I have a better role with more pay and better work life balance... just wish I knew someone on the inside that could have saved me the trouble.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey will not listen; no need

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice idea, poorly executed

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people who believe in what they're doing.

    ConsDreadful communication. Poor quality control. Feels rudderless most of the time. Very resistant to change.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No loyalty or respect for the teachers.

    Teacher (Former Employee) Murray, UT

    ProsI got to work at home. I was also able to make good connects with the students and parents that decided to be attentive in the school. The actual teacher you work with, are the best in the state (but don't become too attached, the school doesn't like to keep around their good teachers).

    ConsYou have to be rehired every year, and to be rehired you are judged on data that you may not know about until the end of the year, if at all. You will be assessed and evaluated on student progress, but students are not required to attend class. You will be told what to teach, and this will change on an almost monthly basis. Teachers, and mentors are not treated with respect. There is no loyalty in the company, and even though the administration would strongly disagree, they harbor an atmosphere of fear, and contempt. Each year is like roulette...will you be rehired or won't you? Even the best teachers fear for their jobs on a constant basis. Like all teachers you will put in over 40 hours a week, but you will be expected to spend more than your contracted 40 hours doing menial administrative tasks (like logging attendance, and calling truant students).

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're teachers are the ones that make the school great. Treat them with the respect they deserve.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible pay- awful training, and unpleasant work environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOnly thing good is that I had some sidework at home.

    ConsHORRIBLE Pay. Training is very lacking- never get an answer, just told to go to computer training session. Students enrolled are very low skilled and lacking- no engagement because they are the bottom of the barrel to start with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a life- know that your certified teachers are worth a lot more than you are paying.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    a challenge for passionate educators

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proswork from home, school schedule great for vacations with family

    ConsThe new phenomenon of online schools means loads of conflict, uncertainty, and disorganization. It can be difficult to navigate the company's organizational structure when an issue arises to know who should handle the matter.

    Advice to Senior Managementthe corporate mentality, emphasis on hitting numbers, and endless peripheral requirements placed on passionate educators

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Truly unpleasant work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Herndon, VA

    ProsProspects for promotion, mission-driven organization, smart people

    ConsUnreasonable senior management, high turnover, lack of professionalism

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    SEC

    Enrollment Consultant (Former Employee) Herndon, VA

    Pros-Decent bonuses
    -High quality curriculum

    ConsFor profit education truly means for profit. You basically have to push parents into signing, up no matter what part of the process their in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEducation does not correlate with sales

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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