Florida Virtual School

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Florida Virtual School Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
162 Reviews
2.5
162 Reviews
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Florida Virtual School Interim President and CEO Ron Blocker
Ron Blocker
15 Ratings

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. 8 people found this helpful  

    Pretty soon they will have teachers handing out flowers at airports as they give "elevator speeches".

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work from home. Phony sense of belonging at first with a scary underneath.

    Cons

    Nonstop work replaces home life You are either one of the elite making decisions to work poor teachers to death or you are one of the grunt labor teachers who are manipulated by a company that says it is all about students but it is really all about the money. Many connected friends and family running the show.. Everyone is so fearful they did not even say goodbye via e-mail when I resigned for personal reasons. They have you do all this dancing and team building at conferences and talk about being a "family" and if you go down due to illness or don't make your numbers they all back away like you have a vile stink on you. The culture is fear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please realize your employees are people Stop talking about your "culture". You are more like a cult where teachers do all the work and the elite collect the awards off of their backs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great Promises/Failed Delivery

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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 (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
  3. 9 people found this helpful  

    Absolute WORST place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    There is some flexibility with hours and schedule*. Some people are friendly and helpful. Professional development options are excellent.
    *You can make your own schedule, but be prepared to work 10-12 hour days if you want to stay afloat!

    Cons

    This is the absolute worst place to work. At first, everyone is very nice and helpful. Good luck after being there over 3 months; that's when the claws come out. They scam you into thinking you are taking a strictly virtual teaching job and then pull the switch-a-roo and want you to go into a local school and/or be accessible via webcam (this is new since they are fighting for survival with new competitors in most counties because of new legislation). ILs (principals) care very little about your needs/concerns and HR is a joke, as I am still waiting for a return call/e-mail regarding a question. I am VERY organized and still had trouble keeping up after working 10-12 hour days! There is no Spring Break and you don't get summers off. When you do get time off, you come back to a pile of grading (which must be cleared within 48 hours of being submitted by student) so you are constantly playing catch up. And don't get me started on the calls. They constantly push "customer service", but in reality don't practice what they preach with their teachers. All they care about is numbers and completions. Education does NOT follow a business model, people. If it did, teachers (upper level management in some corps.) would easily be making 6 figures... STAY AWAY FROM THIS TRAP!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incredible, Fast Paced, Room For Growth

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

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

    Pros

    Working at FLVS you have the change to change the lives of students on a daily basis. You can learn, grow, and influence positive change. Organized teachers can spend a great deal of time impacting students on a one-on-one basis.

    Cons

    Disorganized teachers will have long days (this is certainly a choice).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep looking toward the future!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    You can make a difference with your students.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Allows you to teach to the needs of each student. Develop meaningful relationships with students, parents and other staff members.
    Flexible work schedule
    Team building stressed for success
    Culture is very collaborative
    Communicate with student and parents individually a lot.
    Live lessons allow you to see learning in action.
    Best teaching situation I ever had. I thrived on helping my students be successful.
    I never could reach all students at Brick and Mortar, I learned how to do that here.

    Cons

    You have to find work life balance with your family needs. If you team you can maintain the balance easier.
    Consistency is difficult some weeks.
    Need to be self motivated and self disciplined.
    Legislation has forced many changes in work efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to be aware of the teacher class loads, it is critical to the best customer service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome place to work!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FLVS Instructor
    Current Employee - FLVS Instructor

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time

    Pros

    You are able to help a student in their world. I enjoy the constant interaction with students and the flexible work schedule . If you are organized and have a heart for kids you will do very well at this place. I have worked in education for over 10 years and this has been one of my greatest experiences .
    It would very easy to get overwhelmed with this job if you aren't organized, however they have an excellent training program that teaches you how to manage the ins and outs of the job.

    It's a difficult place to get a job with and they tell you everything to expect during the interview process. The pay is decent and most teachers I speak with seem to enjoy their jobs.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to manage the workload at times. Working from home is great but it does present it's own distractions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful experience in online teaching.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School

    Pros

    The flexible schedule. PD training. Peer support.

    Cons

    Learning new systems. Time management. New procedures.

  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School

    Pros

    You can in a way work at your own pace.

    Cons

    The teachers. They call you every second of the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to get your teachers to be a little less "on top" of their students.

  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Under appreciated

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Teachers are able to work from home and teachers can make their own schedule, however expected to return calls asap.

    Cons

    Teachers are overloaded with 250+ students, not listened to when offer opinions, expected to work 7 days a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your teachers who are working with your clients, the students and parents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Any Positive Review is Written by a "Sock Puppet"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - High School Mathematics
    Current Employee - High School Mathematics

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

    Pros

    I loved working with all of the students

    Cons

    Please read any other review for details. Any positive review is written by a "Sock Puppet" from the Virtual Learning Center (FLVS Headquarters) and probably from the Marketing Department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck, Mr. Blocker. I hope that you keep "cleaning house" -- especially on the instructional side of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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