Florida Virtual School

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Florida Virtual School Reviews in Orlando, FL

Updated January 11, 2015
Updated January 11, 2015
166 Reviews
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Florida Virtual School Interim President and CEO Ron Blocker
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Idea, Poor implementation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Media Producer in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Digital Media Producer in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Young ideas, some telecommuting, Not bad for first job out of college. Cool office people for the most part

    Cons

    I left years ago so it may have evolved a bit. Nepotism ran rampant. Some management stuck in the past

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Read all reviews and really question non- instructional reviewers as well as bogus school planted 5 star reviews.

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    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, great fellow teachers, a few really good instructional leaders, good benefits & professional development. Poor Old guard management has been removed for the most part.

    Cons

    Teacher contract is a joke, human resources is oppressive , you do not want to even call them for a simple question. Still some Julie Young cult followers in important positions. Low pay, no credit for experience, no pay raise this year, board slow to respond to problems with school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for starting to change things but please do not stop fixing things as you still have a teacher trust and confidence issues with leadership. Please look into a better pay scale as teachers feel less valued than traditional school teachers and county franchise FLVS teachers. Please make this a Great place to work again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The best company I ever worked for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registrar in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Registrar in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people, admin interested in suggestions, work from home, great training and great management!!!!

    Cons

    Sometimes lonely working at home , sticking to 40 hours a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being involved with every level of employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is what education should never be

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    The salary for a Florida teacher is not bad. The salary is less than average for my state. There are some great students and parents who are really not being served well.

    Cons

    The expectations are completely unscrupulous. The curriculum often provides incorrect information - no one cares. Motivated students can do fairly well and learn a decent amount. The rest of the students are pushed through no matter what. Credit is given but material is not learned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually DO what your trainers are trained to tell the new recruits that you do.
    Stop pressuring ILs to pressure teachers to make quotas.
    Some things take time to learn--even if that means that you might have to wait to get your money.
    If you need more money to stay afloat, keep the teachers and reduce the salaries of the higher ups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexibility

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    • 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
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Very Over worked

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    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
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  9. 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
  10. 8 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
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    High hopes...disappointing experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 (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

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