K12
2.6 of 5 135 reviews
www.k12.com Herndon, VA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jan 29, 2014

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Nate Davis

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38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Unrealized Potential

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
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 Senior Management"Empowerment" doesn't mean what you think it means.

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

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

Enrollment Consultant (Former Employee)
Herndon, VA

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

ProsFulfillment 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

ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementCommunicate changes in a more efficient and respectful way

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

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Friendly people, slow moving company

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Herndon, VA

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementPut 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Herndon, VA

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

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

ConsDepending 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 Senior ManagementWhen you care your people, they will care about your results.

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

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Friendly teams, good people

Information Specialist (Current Employee)

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

ProsPositive 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent Company Vision -

National Account Manager (Current Employee)

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

ProsK12 has a great mission, one you can get behind. The provide quality education to everyone regardless of location, finances, or aptitude.

ConsNeed 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 Senior ManagementInvest in culture, development of staff and sales operations.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Overall a good experience...many changes at the helm

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood management teams, competitive salaries, work remotely. The company is growing and I see a real effort on the part of management to control the growth, put resources where they will have the most impact, and genuinely try to understand and appreciate each employee's contribution.

ConsInitial training lacking...had to train self...actual training protocol being developed now.

Advice to Senior ManagementAlways explain the WHY of your decisions!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Growth is stagnant

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsFlexible hours
Friendly environment
Interesting and engaging work

ConsGrowth is almost impossible. Turnover is high because of this.
Headcount is more important than experience or potential

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease take a few moments to observe hardworkers and reward them accordingly. Likewise, take note on those who aren't progressing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great products and people- poor/mediocre organization and management

IT Manager (Former Employee)

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

ProsFlexibility to work from home, wear many hats and learn new things. Passionate and hard working staff with a great product and ideas. Nice to work somewhere you know that at the end of the day...you are doing something for the greater good of the world in helping kids learn.

ConsPoor organization, many silos, and executive management are all on a different page. K12 needs stronger leadership to prioritize and get everyone marching in the same direction.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf all the depts realized they are on the same team, with clearly defined and common goals you would be much more efficient and successful.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not a terrible place to work, but not fantastic either....

Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
Toledo, OH

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

ProsNo micro management, co-workers are always working in the best interest of the company.

ConsVery unorganized management, poor communication amongst management and staff, mangers have no idea what their staff is doing on a daily basis.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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