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5 people found this helpful  

Sweat Shop - Long Hours - No Career Growth

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

Pros: The company mission is the only pro.

Cons

Blame game, long hours, low pay, low morale, no career growth! Management only cares about the bottom line. Employees are undervalued, overworked and underpaid. You will be burnt out within a few weeks. Turnover is extremely high!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Value your employees, create some form of career path/ladder. Communicate, communicate, communicate or continue to loose good people.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    K12 produces good courses that benefit many students; there's a shared sense of pride in the final product. Also, many interesting, talented people work there, and it's nice to count them among your colleagues. And it's fun to use technology to help students learn in a different way.

    Cons

    K12 has little loyalty to employees, even less to contractors. The company uses contractors extensively. (Top management is very concerned with how head count looks to investors and analysts.) Contractors are seldom converted to permanent staff, and they are subject to periods of no work. There's a lot of turnover, both among contractors and permanent staff. There is little hope for advancement in most positions. The CEO micromanages; senior management's hands are tied. They are aware of the problems but cannot do much to help. The brutal schedules and the race to stay ahead of students in new courses are exhausting to workers. If this was balanced by professional development, it would be easier to take. If you're hoping to build your career, there are better places to do so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to delegate, and stop stop straining the company with your own very high salaries and generous bonuses--if you spread a bit of that money among the workers, it would be an excellent investment. K12 is no longer a "startup," and you shouldn't be treating employees as if it was. (Everyone lives lean in the first few years of a new business, but K12 is no longer new. Any company that has millions to spend on acquiring other companies can afford cost-of-living increases for staff.) If you can't loosen the reins, it's probably time for you to turn things over to people who can be more effective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    K12 is the most positive work experience I've had, due solely to my supervisor and colleagues.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    K12 has a wonderful mission with products and services to support that mission. Many talented and bright employees working long days and weekends especially during launch season "for the kids." Everyone believes that the company provides wonderful products and services.

    Cons

    The culture of K12 flows from the CEO, who fosters dissent among senior staff and creates an atmosphere of distrust and stress. Although he has received large salary increases and bonuses, and millions of stock options, he is stingy with his employees. He has no respect for his staff or employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management would be wise to work like a team; offer support and encouragement to staff members; be generous with praise and stand up for your employees. Get the house in order or it will implode.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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