K12
2.6 of 5 156 reviews
www.k12.com Herndon, VA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 29, 2014

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Nate Davis

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35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "The flexibility of the job that allows me to work from home part of the time is the best feature"
    in 22 reviews
  • "Except for product deployments, the work/life balance for software developers is good"
    in 13 reviews
Cons:
  • "Lack of communication between participating schools and K12"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Communication from upper management could be better in certain divisions of the company"
    in 10 reviews
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    Overall great

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsLoved the corporate mission and spirit of collaboration. Everyone there seems genuinely committed to providing excellent education to underserved students.

    ConsMy boss was very short sighted, and in a company that grew quickly, old friendships can trump smart business decisions

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide a path for employees to provide feedback outside of their own management chain, many of which have become more of an instance of leveraging personal relationships than excellent management loops

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Product Development

    Product Development (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsProduct Development has an amazing group dynamic that keeps employees enthusiastic and happy to work. People believe they are building the best online curriculum. The greatest pro has to be the supervisors. The Vice Presidentsin Product Development and dedicated, experienced professionals who care about their employees. It is a good feeling to know you are seen as a person and not a number or statistic.

    ConsPet projects of the CEO are given too many resources that could be used to build better products designed to incrase student learning and test scores. CHoices are being made to lobby instead of doing things right. The priorities might need to shift a little.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Executive Vice Presidents need to listen to the employees and show value to everyone, not just a few pets. MBA's are not educational experts, so have MBA's make the educational decisions is a ticking time bomb. When an employee shows enthusiam and iniative that will help the company, at least acknowledge it in an email.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Experience as an Intern.

    Systems Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsMy Systems Engineers team was very friendly.
    Learnt alot as an Intern including Frameworks, Technical Report creations.

    ConsThere were times where I was sitting idle and didnt had work the whole day.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Attentive and Growing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsA new CIO was brought in and is doing a very good job of bringing the infrastructure up-to-date. Availablity and customer satisfaction are rising. New innovate systems and changes are being made to keep applications and services at the forefront. Enterprise Business and Technology Services (EBTS) management putting forth a strong effort to provide a good work/life balance.

    ConsThere are a lot of new processes and changes being implemented so there is some flux. Things are still growing and I believe that things are only going to get better. I did not leave due to dissatisfaction, but was offered a great opportunity close to where I live.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep communicating with employees through all-hands. Focus on the positive and help them understand the roadmap.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic company to work for

    Teacher (Current Employee)
    Tacoma, WA

    ProsAutonomy, positive work environment, excellence in curriculum, good communication between teachers and students

    Conslow salaries and long hours

    Advice to Senior Managementincrease teacher salaries to reflect state teachers salaries

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun people to work with.

    Summer Intern (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking for a good cause
    Good company culture, fun people to work with
    Flexible hours to work
    Not stressful at all
    multiple interns to make friends with

    ConsSlow pace environment
    People seemed to be in the same position for a while, little growth opportunities
    upper management thinks they are better than everyone else

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet upper management to listen to the lower employers to see if they have any suggestions for improvement on whatever they are doing

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    Too much bloodletting

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat co-workers
    Great product s
    Company enthusiastically embraces technology and innovation
    Good benefits package

    ConsNot enough work/life balance
    Compensation is inadequate among rank-and-file employees and contractors
    Long-time contractors are rarely converted to staff; this undervalues their extensive contributions and value to the company

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn the past 6 months, 9 employees have voluntarily left one department. Allowing this to happen and not investigating the root causes of this exodus are very expensive mistakes. The 9 employees who left the department took with them many years of experience plus unique skills and innate product knowledge that cannot be replicated in the new hires brought on board to replace them. Pay close attention to what employees say in their exit interviews and act on the common factors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work, could be even better

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

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

    ConsDisparity 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

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    Satisfied at K12

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsI love the work life balance that the company supports of its employees
    I love the tuition reimbursement program here at k12, enabling employees to pursue their education.
    the work timings are so flexible, it helps in employee retainment and give the employees to perform better.

    Conscompany as such is upcoming and fastest growing in DC area. so some of the business development processes are not streamlined yet.

    Advice to Senior Managementyou are doing an awesome job, please keep it up.Encourage career advancement for the employees and emphasize on technical training.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work. Very flexible company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsGood work life balance, management empathetic with employee's needs

    Consnot any serious drawbacks I can think of

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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