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Senior Executives Kill the Passion for Working for What Would Otherwise be a Noble Company

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

I have been working at K12

Pros

- It feels good to be working for a company that provides a high quality education to which some kids would not otherwise have access.
- Clean, safe working environment in a fairly new building.
- There are a handful of mid-level managers and employees who hold the company together and make day-to-day work bearable.
- Company makes a profit and grows its consumer base year after year.
- Decent vacation time and sick leave policies.

Cons

- Leadership abuse the fact that the company provides quality education options for kids with statements that insinuate that employees should feel compensated by the product and services the company provides, while giving themselves gigantic bonuses, and tens of thousands of stock shares, in addition to huge raises. Then they've given everyone else a partial percentage of their bonus, no stocks, and no raises for the last two years.
- Elitist mentality by executives, from reserved parking that remains mostly empty until 10:00 am, to a perimeter of offices lining the windows around the florescent lighted cube-city.
- Executives often hire unqualified friends of theirs into director and VP positions, allowing them plenty of time to learn the job on-site, without giving proven, dedicated employees a chance at those positions.
- Executives, VPs and directors are usually not held accountable for the multitude of mistakes that they make, nor are they held accountable for the poor leadership and lack of dedication they exhibit. Rewards for jobs well done for everyone else are extremely scarce, while it is easy to be reprimanded for the smallest mistake.
- The company needs a Chief Operating Officer. There has never been one, and it is clear that it is lacking.
- The current CEO demands to approve certain day-to-day operations activities, yet considering that he comes into the office a couple times a month, he is completely out of touch with the real day-to-day operations going on.
- Departments across the company are understaffed. Staff is not hired to support company growth and acquisitions.
- While education compensation is available, unless the classes are in the field under which you are already working, it is often difficult to get management approval. So if you are looking to take classes concentrating on a field above your current position, approval will likely not be given. In other words, unless you are just trying to get better at your current position, you will likely not get approval from management for compensation.
- There is a major lack of communication throughout the company, and upper management refuses share organizational structures, which both generate a level of uncertainty and create inefficiency and frustration.
- Those who are allowed to work remotely from across the country, or even locally, make it much more difficult on those who come into the office every day.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Reward employees equal to what you reward yourselves. Compensation should be closer to ability. In other words, - if the CEO gives himself a 100% bonus of his 700k salary, along with a 25% raise and stock rewards, and the board approves, each employee that does a below average job, like he has done, should be given at least the same percentage bonus/raise.
- You are not as smart as you think. Most of you are lucky that you have so many brilliant people working for you. Give credit where credit is due a lot more often.
- Hire a Chief Operating Officer.
- Hire staff to parallel the company's growth and support what is needed for success, rather than reacting to impending failure.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Has potential to be great

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and flex time
    Competiive pay
    Adequate benefits

    Cons

    This company is successful in spite of its leadership. There is little to no feedback for job performance. You have to self evaluate your own performance because managers rarely provide feedback at all. Like another post indicated, titles are used to increase pay. There are too many Directors, Sr Directors, VPs, etc and the titles do not reflect the abilities of the individual or their accomplishments.
    Very little, and not effective, communication between departments.
    Little opportunity for continued learning within the company to encourage employee growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a complete top to bottom review to analyze manpower, duties, positions, and effectiveness.
    Get finance under control to pay bills on time. To have invoices 120 plus days late for both large and small accounts is unacceptable for a publicly traded company of this size. Fix the issues before if effects investors and employees. It is already effecting vendor relationships as some cut off service until payment is made. There really is no excuse for non-payment.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Exec Management creates caste system

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    flexibility in hours
    educational based company mission
    great people
    good location

    Cons

    employees were told no raises for the past 2 years, but executive mgmt team got LARGE raises.
    Company does not value or promote any sort of life balance or benefits geared towards life balance
    No importance put on career development or formal review process
    Growth of business has caused major disorganization
    Lack of any sort of Corporate Communications strategy
    leader does not invoke inspiration or rapport with employees
    Promotion opps and praise are based on hours put into your job, not actual performance of your job
    Key Leaders do not have kids and lack empathy for core customer - parent.

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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    read above about the cons and focus on improving each one of them so that employees don't feel that they are just a number with no value. Giving yourselves raises while telling the rest that they are lucky to have jobs is not good leadership and does nothing to instill loyalty and inspirational work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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