Florida Virtual School

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Florida Virtual School Reviews in Orlando, FL

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
162 Reviews
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Florida Virtual School Interim President and CEO Ron Blocker
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Pros
  • I did not select Very Dissatisfied because I get to work from home (in 71 reviews)

  • The flexibility is great, the salary is fine, the benefits are great (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Absolutely no job security and no employee rights (in 12 reviews)

  • You have to find work life balance with your family needs (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Flexibility

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FLVS Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - FLVS Instructor in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work from home, Variety of students, great collegues

    Cons

    Too many students at times, LONG hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep student load manageable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Job makes you feel less than a teacher and more like a telemarketer.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working from home has its plusses. Benefits are good, Fellow telemarketers, oops I mean teachers are great for the most part.

    Cons

    Low salary and no raise this year makes the board grinches. Hours 8am to 8pm. Weekend availability expected. Poor Human Resources Department. Uncaring leadership most of which never taught here. Call and contact expectations are ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is obvious that the FLVS Board cares about the teachers very little as they would have stepped in to do something about the "fire first" ask questions later adminstration. Create a pay scale, put a leash on some of the HR people, give the teachers a voice here. Change hours to more reasonable ones, we should not be available to students 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. CARE! I know this is a waste of time but I like to write.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Very Over worked

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle School Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Middle School Instructor in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working From Home
    Teachers are really hard working and want you to succeed

    Cons

    No work life/balance
    Overload of students especially during the summer
    Some teams can be cliques, veterans looking out for each other
    Some IL's (Principal's) have no compassion, just want student completions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We worked really hard as instructors to serve students but it is hard to make a connection with students when the ratio is high, Especially during summer! Although change is great, changes during every meeting can be overwhelming to implement!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Even with Julie Young gone, FLVS is still not changing oppressive policies towards teachers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FLVS Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - FLVS Teacher in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, Benefits are good for a school district. Did I say work from home. This is about it.

    Cons

    Low pay for hours worked
    Available 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week
    Oppressive policies towards teachers
    Unfair and unattainable evaluation metrics
    Very little professional respect
    HR Department only exists to terminate employees
    No Union
    Intimidation and Fear used as motivation
    FL DOE does not care how teachers are treated, I called and complained and nothing came of it.
    You are an Island with FLVS Administration constantly jumping on you to try and sink you
    Course loads double what a traditional school teacher has.
    Has become "all about money" not education
    Where the money goes no one seems to know as it is not on teacher's salaries

    Teachers if you are thinking of working here, please think about it hard as unless you want no home life this is not even an average place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They really do not care as long as the money keeps coming in. Management is weak and those who use to be teachers forgot what it is like and most of them have never been an online teacher.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great idea, fun technology, rewarding to work with students but no free time to recharge

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Instructor in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The technology can be super fun to work with and working with kids on an individual basis is very rewarding. It is fun to be a part of this up and coming new way of teaching and learning.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Upper management pretends it exists or the teacher is in control but there is none. You work all the time. Providing quality individualized education to 170ish students at once is not really possible in a normal work week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on hours per week

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Will Work you to death because you are expendable

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    Former Employee - Adjunct in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Adjunct in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Florida Virtual School part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Get to work from home which is a big selling point for them, but you are on the phone and in front of a computer 12 hours a day six days a week.

    Cons

    Hours are atrocious, amount of work is overwhelming. They will kick you to the curb in a heartbeat if you speak up. It is "factory teaching".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat teachers like human beings and not tireless robots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    High hopes...disappointing experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Instructor in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Being able to work anywhere that has internet.

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Constantly on call
    Felt misled by higher ups
    80 hour plus work weeks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less students per teacher. Improve on "vacation" coverage. Management should go back and be instructors for a time to see how difficult it is to manage grading, many pointless calls, and academic integrity concerns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Could have been better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Florida Virtual School as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company culture, most people were very motivated, lots of opportunities for professional and personal development.

    Cons

    Department was chaotic, unorganized, felt several business practices were unethical, director manager was too busy to see how department was functioning. Problems within departments are not addressed until they reach a certain level of escalation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorganize your management teams and departments. A lot of wasted man power, re-address your recruiting/hiring process, it's too long and not cost effective. Hiring pools I feel are too ineffective for your business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 11 people found this helpful  

    Teachers RUN like a ZOMBIE is chasing you. Stay Away from FLVS.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from home. Work from home. Work from home. Work from home. Sorry, I had to have twenty words to complete this section.

    Cons

    Horrific Leadership who have too much power. Work between 60-80 hours per week. Daily changes to work requirements. Unrealistic performance expectations. Employees have no voice because if you do you are FIRED. If you see a positive rating on here about FLVS, QUESTION IT as the School has employees who put in "fake" ones to counteract all the negative ones. I am only here as I have 2 ill family members who need the insurance. Stay Away and stay where you are, it cannot be worse than this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run it like a school or run it like a business but not both. You may want to actually get some input from your teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great Promises/Failed Delivery

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Instructor in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working from home has huge benefits if you have kids or older parents. It also forces you to get up to speed with a lot of common technologies out there today. A typical teacher might not have much experience using 21st century tools before joining FLVS. In general, there are some ridiculously great teachers . . .

    Cons

    BUT teachers are often not allowed to directly adjust the course materials and rarely have time to work on better materials to help students. Using outdated courses in many areas leads to inefficiency and teacher burnout. If you want higher credit yields, fix the courses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require teachers to pick shifts that add up to a 40 hour week instead of this living in the gray 7 days a week stuff. Require students to indicate their study times and assign students to teachers with similar schedules.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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