K12

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8 people found this helpful  

Good place to work, could be even better

  • Comp & Benefits
  • 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

Company mission
Work/life balance
Excellent co-workers
Innovative products and environment

Cons

Disparity of financial incentives/rewards between upper management and the rest
Lack of true leadership at the top
Unwillingness to invest in infrastructure or anything that doesn't generate immediate revenue
Tendency of CEO to espouse the moral commitment of the company while selling his shares at a rapid rate

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The most important assets that the company has are its employees, not the product. This is the knowlege age, not the industrial age. Anyone who has been here for more than a year or two has no sleeves left because s/he has been asked to continually roll them up until there's nothing left. Treat your employees like we are important or risk losing more of us. The job market isn't that bad as evidenced by the line of good people leaving the company lately. We've helped build a lot of shareholder value which will go away if we all leave. Don't think it can't happen.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 10 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    - 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
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Has potential to be great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
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