K12 Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. Client Services Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at K12 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    K12 has great benefits, good work environment, and very competitive pay.

    Cons

    Not very good job opportunities.

  2. Teacher

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Herndon, VA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work from home, flexible schedule, work with kids

    Cons

    Strict data driven approach to education that does not hold students accountable for performance. There is a big disconnect between individual state charters and corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more educators in key leadership roles.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Lost vision

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at K12 part-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company continues to strive to build client base. Naturally there are competitors who will shake up the options and opportunity. Still, they attempt to be ahead of the game and analyze need to maintain relationships with clients. Attempts at including teachers and other educators in the process had been stellar, but dwindled to mediocre. Working from home is a bonus, I suppose.

    Cons

    It's hard to write pros when the cons are so glaring. Company used to have a student/teacher relationship focus. Suddenly it evolved into a poor representation of education. The focus is so statistics focused that the reasons for some of the statistics are meaningless. The teacher evaluations are so off kilter from a true reflection of their efforts that unless someone enjoys browsing to the max, they will not receive anything but a mediocre eval. When mentioned, the response was more: no one gets the stellar review. Company used to give bonuses, now they are not good enough for them. Company used to send teachers and others thank you's, which went a long way, now they do not. Their expectations of all remote employees is "flexibility." Do not be fooled by the jovial middle to lower management. They are all tools. They work from home, and are expected to work whenever and however they are told, but also reminded they do not need to work weekends. I don't know one manager who doesn't work weekends, nights, etc. It's high stress and low pay. Very low pay. The lure of working remotely is a rouse. It becomes a very mismanaged set of expectations. Many quality people have left the organization because of the continuous and shifting expectations, all away from students and ideas for quality education. Some clients dictate absurd expectations for the company, and they comply. Some are given "special projects" and it's a method of being a tool. There is no reward at the end of the project, not for the one who stresses out to compile the information.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what you want. If you want quality educators pay them for their education, experience, and expertise. Decide that they are professionals; they are not business hires, but education hires. Get to KNOW what education and educators are all about, and stop attempting to allow liaisons between "both sides" of the company to do that work for you. Do it yourself. Hire upper management that actually knows what it's like in education; not as salesmen or intermediaries, but TRUE educators. Hire former principals and superintendents to help with the business side; they KNOW business from a, gasp, education perspective. Finally, any of the management that drinks the Kool Aid cannot be convinced that they are sacrificing their professionalism and character, perhaps even their ethics, for their job. Be more protective of your own reputation and how you project your true professional self, than how well you represent the company. There is no reward. The Path to Promotion campaign should not be enough to change why you are in education to begin with.

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  5. Good for 5-10 year experienced developers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12

    Pros

    Close to many residential communities. They use good technologies for freshers to learn

    Cons

    Some of really good people left the company. Not great benefits for 10+ years experienced guys.

  6. Senior Director

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Herndon, VA

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

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good mission, excellent co-workers, still opportunities to move around within the company.

    Cons

    Upper management still appears to be a revolving door making it challenging to manage daily work, since plans tend to change with each new chief in the tee-pee.

  7. Helpful (4)

    great mission, poor communication and management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    work from home, cutting edge, making a difference in education, great people

    Cons

    so much reorganization, departments competing with one another rather than working together

    Advice to Management

    communicate!

  8. pretty good

    Former Intern - Software Engineer
    Former Intern - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    the staff is friendly and helpful

    Cons

    there was No concrete mentorship

  9. Helpful (1)

    Overall positive experience, in recent years though culture and morale has diminished.

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

    I worked at K12 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission, engaged customers, interesting problems to solve. Advancement opportunities for people who work hard and show leadership skills.

    Cons

    Increasing bureaucracy and politics, less people who are interested in getting things done. Virtually no direction or focus from upper management on aligning the company to common goals.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Teacher

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at K12

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Fun Stay involved in Education

    Cons

    Pay is low for the hours and work

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay for better performance

  11. Powerful mission with passionate employees who want to serve schools and families.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful mission: helping each student reach his or her true, personal potential.

    Cons

    Lots of employee turnover. The culture needs some improving.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on improving culture and internal communications.

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