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K12 Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
206 Reviews
2.3
206 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 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.  

    Long time teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    Working at home, fkexible, awesome administration support.

    Cons

    Work is always there. Need to know when to turn off your computer for the day!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2.  

    So far it is awesome!

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

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. :)
    Good salary!

    Cons

    None that I have experienced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    Good environment with people roughly in the 21-40 age range, great benefits that start immediately and great work life balance. Only been here less than a year and have already moved up twice in the career ladder.

    Cons

    there are no cons at the current moment, pretty happy, work can become mundane if you don't make the most of it, be ready to call people for the majority of your day everyday.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great motivating work environment.

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    Former Employee - Online Teacher
    Former Employee - Online Teacher

    I worked at K12 part-time

    Pros

    Good balance between work and family life.

    Cons

    Lower compensation than regular public schools.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    No Problems

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12 full-time

    Pros

    You can work from home, make your hours, great level of flexibility.

    Cons

    Dealing with families that don't understand the difference between home-school and online public school.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good job if you stick it out.

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

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

    Pros

    Good low-level management, pay comparable for teachers where I live, flexible, management (in my experience) stands behind teachers, and there are opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    One used to be able to work any time of day as long as 40 hours were met (for full-time) and calls to students were made during business hours -- which is great for parents wishing to stay home with children and who need that flexibility. Changes in management have resulted in changes to this policy and teachers are now expected to work from 8-4/9-5. There is still flexibility, but this aspect is frustrating.

    Student loads can be excessive, but enrollments are unpredictable, so sometimes it's impossible to adjust staffing levels to meet unexpected enrollment demands.

    The company is constantly restructuring, so it can create uncertainties as to expectations for staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay should be adjusted for where teachers live -- not just one flat pay-scale.
    Flexibility is an important aspect of this job for most teachers, keep in mind that many have this position and work very hard but may not be able to be available from 8-4 or 9-5. Allow the flexibility (with phone calls made during business hours) for your remote employees.

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  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    started off great and slowly losing morale

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    flexible schedule and oppurtunity for growth

    Cons

    poor upper management and low moral, not alot of leadership in management

  9.  

    50/50

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    The work environment is awesome!! Really laid back and for the most part everyone gets along rather well. Perfect place to if you just joining Corporate America.

    Cons

    New upper management seem to have their own agendas and it only includes the people they like or brought over with them from their previous job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight more for your employees instead of trying to impress upper management.

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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good while it lasts

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

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

    Pros

    The private schools allow teachers to set flexible hours, not just 9-5. You can also do Sunday through Thursday instead of the traditional workweek. Managers discourage teachers for working more than 40 hours a week, to avoid burn out. The curriculum department creates the lessons and being online removes teachers from the duty of policing behavior (gum chewing, tardiness, dress code, etc), so teachers are only responsible for grading and answering student questions. Many students respond really well to the online environment, and you form a better relationship with them than you would in a traditional classroom. Pay is good, but school is year-round so really it balances out. Working from home allows better time management.

    Cons

    Since we are online and the curriculum is set up an an independent study, there is no opportunity to do fun stuff like cooperative learning or field trips. The curriculum department creates lessons in a one-size-fits all method for all K12 students, and modifying them is cumbersome and frowned upon. Student who go AWOL are hard to reach, and many parents don't understand technology and have difficulty monitoring their student's progress (or just can't be bothered). Getting promotions or raises is difficult because you have no interaction with coworkers, no opportunity to impress management or get to know them. NO CONTRACTS so people can and do disappear with zero advanced warning, just because someone with zero education background decided that they could do some cost cutting somewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more communication between faculty, curriculum, and admissions. Establish yearly contracts. Abandon traditional school concepts of "winter break" and "spring break" and instead increase vacation days. Interact more with teachers. Allow vacation days to accrue based on date of hire rather than the fiscal year and allow them to roll over - so we don't have everyone trying to to use up all their days in July, when we are busy with both the spring terms and summer school and prepping for the fall.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding Instructional Platform, low pay for the skills required

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    Former Employee - Virtual Teacher in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Virtual Teacher in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at K12 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to use awesome virtual tools to reach students and families in real time; outstanding peers and direct leadership

    Cons

    Teachers are paid below district wages

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase teacher salaries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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