Florida Virtual School Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Florida Virtual School Interim President and CEO Ron Blocker
Ron Blocker
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Pros
  • Work from home on my own schedule (in 71 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Overloaded with students and expectations, work 12 hour days, unclear expectations, no job security (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1. Global School Review

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    Current Employee - Client Support Representative in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Client Support Representative in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (Less than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked with the Global School team, which is a smaller team within the larger organization. My team consisted of three people. - Small team with great flexibility - Work from home all but two days a month - Good benefits (Dental, Vision, Medical, Tuition reimbursement) - Lots of time off that align with school vacations, plus PTO (2 weeks around Christmas, 1 week around July 4th)

    Cons

    - Lower pay - Not much in the way of career advancement


  2. More cons that pros

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    Former Employee - English Instructor in Boynton Beach, FL
    Former Employee - English Instructor in Boynton Beach, FL

    I worked at Florida Virtual School (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A somewhat flexible work schedule as you determine which calls you need to make on which days. You can also take calls/texts from anywhere and can work from mostly any location with internet access.

    Cons

    Long hours that can result in rapid burnout. They say that all of their decisions are student-based; however, as a for-profit company, that isn't always the case.

    Advice to Management

    Determine what your goals are and how to best meet them without sacrificing the quality of service. Value your employees' opinions and give them more support.


  3. Helpful (1)

    They own you

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Florida Virtual School

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work from home

    Cons

    It seems like you are always on call and working ALL the time

    Advice to Management

    Have set hours for teachers to work


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  5. Intense workplace with high expectations

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    Former Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Florida Virtual School (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    competitive salary, opportunity for growth and experience in various areas of education industry

    Cons

    Job security, rapid change in organizational structure


  6. Reviewd

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company values, beliefs and student centered

    Cons

    No job security in any position


  7. Helpful (3)

    Very Challening Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Florida Virtual School (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very dedicated, hard working teachers; also many non-insturctional staff that care deeply for students' successes and for the overall health of the organization. Many students have benefited and excelled who would not have done so in a brick and mortar environment.

    Cons

    FLVS has great intentions; students are a primary focus, but that focus is sabatoged by poor managment practices, illogical and costly decision making, and lack of accountability for program/project initiatives. The turnover rate is probably one of the highest in the educational field, and employees are chastised when attempting to make wrong things right. Not a healthy environment in which to work.

    Advice to Management

    I wish I had the solution; so many very good people were 'let go'; so many inept stayed. I would strongly suggest that the drama and biased intrapersonal relationships be put aside and empower those who can see things logically and realistically.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Low pay and little respect for 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You work from home and do not have to have an extensive wardrobe. Benefits are good. Teachers/colleagues are some of the best in Florida. Great place for students.

    Cons

    Low pay for 8am to 8pm availability. You do not have any say in educational or organizational issues. Little respect for experience/education. No pay scale and no pay adjustments for cost of living. Ridiculous contact requirements for parents/students - teacher made responsible for students who won't work and parents who will not return calls.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of posting fake reviews on here and other review sites, why don't you put more effort into improving the school.


  9. Best place I ever worked !!!!!!

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    Current Employee - Registrar in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Registrar in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Feeling that I bring something to the table. They value my input. Work from home lots of flexibility really kind and understanding admin makes you feel like u r part of a team

    Cons

    Sometimes lonely working from home

    Advice to Management

    Continue on your current path. Student is the center of every decision


  10. Helpful (4)

    Good and Bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Florida Virtual School

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to work from home.

    Cons

    There seems to be confusion in management. I had at least three different Instructional Leaders (Principals) within 9 months. It can get boring working at home and not being able to interact with students face to face.


  11. Helpful (8)

    Slightly better than being unemployed

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most employees work from their home office, although some face to face time is required despite there being no place for this to happen. The benefits are good and FLVS pays a good portion of the premiums.

    Cons

    Pay is a joke. You can forget about ever getting a raise. Micromanagement is prevalent. Employees are expected to work a ridiculous amount of hours - totally negating the generous time of. There is very little opportunity for advancement. Leadership is a joke. The courses are terrible for students. It is embarrassing to be associated with it. The lack of technology provided to the employees makes a difficult job even worse. Trying to communicate while on a call with more than 5 people at a time is horrendous. Plus, we're always being disconnected or cannot hear some of the conversation because of people using cell phones.

    Advice to Management

    Promoting people to manager who have little experience or training in management is a serious mistake. This is the worst management I have ever experienced. Everyone is miserable at FLVS. Get a clue.



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