K12 Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
205 Reviews

2.4
205 Reviews
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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 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of dedicated people on the front lines, but senior leadership are not educators

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many colleagues are super focused and dedicated on creating great educational experiences for students from all walks of life. It is great to work with people from all over the country.

    Cons

    The company leadership consists of mostly Ivy League MBAs and former corporate executives from all industries except education. The focus is on generating enrollments (which equals $). Top executives pay, bonuses and stock options are inordinately high, which fuels the argument that for profit companies should not be running public schools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scale back executive and board compensation and invest back into the quality of the schools you operate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    UTVA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12

    Pros

    Get to work from home

    Cons

    Great company to work for. No cons

    Recommends
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Veteran of multiple departments

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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

    growth opportunities if you last long enough

    Cons

    low-mid level management is inconsistent and overwhelmed, pay structure has dramatically reduced within the last year+ and changes daily

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    workers will never care more for the customers than managers care for them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    More flexible in some ways than a traditional school.

    Cons

    High workload with low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being open to new ideas. Be realistic about workload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Inspired educational products designed to address the technological movement in America's education system.

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Consultant  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Enrollment Consultant in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Fulfillment from helping families find the right educational pursuits for their children
    Incentives and upward movement within the company
    Fast paced and quality assurance driven work environment

    Cons

    Management shifts occur frequently without much communication
    Communication of tasks and training not always on par with expectations
    Obligation to work overtime not commensurate with wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate changes in a more efficient and respectful way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unrealized Potential

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * Lots of good people
    * Except for product deployments, the work/life balance for software developers is good

    Cons

    * Management tries, but that's not to say they succeed
    * Not a place for those with ambitions
    * Too many managers considering the number of developers
    * Management focused on share price, not exploiting their early successes in what is becoming a competitive marketplace
    * Not much vision
    * Caretaking in place of Leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Empowerment" doesn't mean what you think it means.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly people, slow moving company

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people, attempt to reward and acknowledge employees, busy time is end of summer instead of end of year

    Cons

    takes way too long to adopt technology, employees are treated like contractors, external consultants get the new work, lots of political warfare internally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a value on career growth for your employees. Most of them are senior level and just because it's Java doesn't mean there's nothing new to learn. You risk losing good employees by not allowing them to keep up with the technology around them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people and mission. The "screw them if they don't like it they can leave attitude" should give you pause.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people are great, passionate about helping kids and are fun to work with. The mission of helping kids is great and permeates the culture.

    Cons

    Depending on your position, you can be expected to work crazy long hours. They don't staff up properly in many areas of the business and can use their do good mission as a reason you need to work harder. Lots of emphasis placed on cost cutting and driving revenue, sometimes as the expense of results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you care your people, they will care about your results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Friendly teams, good people

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    Current Employee - Information Specialist
    Current Employee - Information Specialist

    I have been working at K12 as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Positive work environment with friendly and helpful team members. As a contractor can make your own schedule as long as you meet deadlines and communicate with the project teams.

    Cons

    Communication from upper management could be better in certain divisions of the company. This is important for hourly contract employees. Room for advancement within company as a contractor is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace your talent and help them achieve their goals. Offer advancement opportunities to long term team members. Retain your workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent Company Vision -

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    Current Employee - National Account Manager
    Current Employee - National Account Manager

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

    Pros

    K12 has a great mission, one you can get behind. The provide quality education to everyone regardless of location, finances, or aptitude.

    Cons

    Need operational help with sales organization. Run like a smaller corp that is still in development. Many basic needs are not able to be met - accurate commission calculations, customer billing are often inaccurate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in culture, development of staff and sales operations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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