K12
2.6 of 5 157 reviews
www.k12.com Herndon, VA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jul 9, 2014

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Nate Davis

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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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    3 people found this helpful  

    Not what I expected the job to be

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking from home was the only pro

    ConsThey have now taken away the wifi and given VoIP, the workload is outrageous. You will be online all day and night and on the weekends if you are not careful. The pay is not that great and it seems as if raises are not given

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop worrying about enrolling thousands of students and focus on being consistent from year to year. Offer teachers the salary on the state pay scale.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Contractual employee

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe concept of online learning is appropriate for some students
    The other contractual team members I worked with were dedicated and highly invested in trying to make the concept work.

    ConsThe focus of the company seems to be on the bottom line, profit is what matters. Students are given refurbished computers (the company doesn't have building expenses why do they go cheap on computers?)
    staff are severely underpaid
    support services for special education students is very poor (because they can't keep staff)
    All of the staff I spoke with were looking for a way to get out due to overwork and being underpaid
    Disorganization due to high turnover

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are in the education business. Focus on the student and staff needs instead of what will improve profit!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall a good experience...many changes at the helm

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood management teams, competitive salaries, work remotely. The company is growing and I see a real effort on the part of management to control the growth, put resources where they will have the most impact, and genuinely try to understand and appreciate each employee's contribution.

    ConsInitial training lacking...had to train self...actual training protocol being developed now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlways explain the WHY of your decisions!

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

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    don't walk ... run away

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    Prosit made me reevaluate what I wanted out of life...and it wasn't this

    ConsThe pay doesn't equate to most northern virginia places
    training is beyond horrible... no one feels prepared and people were walking out by lunch
    didn't think it was possible ... but it is by far the worst call center I have ever encountered...coworkers so unprofessional that you can walk by desk and see people with their hands on their headsets just so they can hear the customers

    Advice to Senior Managementyou have some serious reevaluating to do on all levels

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    More business than school.

    Virtual Teacher (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    Pros- "All - Star" team of teachers! Absolutely some of the best teacher co-workers you could ask for.

    - Wonderful students and families to work with! Many kids have switched schools several times, so the change to the K12 way of doing things doesn't bother them. Parents are told from the beginning that they will have to be heavily involved in their child's education and they're always willing to do that. Parents are very supportive of classroom teachers (versus administrators, whom they tend to distrust).

    - Teach from home. This means avoiding any stress related to dressing professionally, etc. you might have as a regular classroom teacher. K12 gives you everything you need to set up a home office to teach from. That includes reimbursing you for part of your Internet bill each month. They have excellent IT people to help you with any computer or equipment problems you have.

    - Creative use of technology. Classes are taught using an online virtual meeting program called Elluminate Live! Students click on a link that takes them to your virtual classroom when it's time for class to start. Teachers can use Power Point, send handouts or worksheets to students as .pdf or .doc files, have students use microphones to participate in class discussions, show videos, or have the whole class explore a website simultaneously. Lots of room to use technology in creative ways.

    Cons- Curriculum doesn't match state academic standards. Most students transfer from public schools 1 to 2 years behind with a history of poor academic performance at their "home" school. K12 curriculum is about 1 year ahead of the state recommended content for each grade. Teachers work hard to make sure students learn the K12 specified content for their grade level. But, the student's state test scores will always be poor.

    - Tons of overtime with no extra pay. Starting salary is competitive with local public schools, but K12 will ask you to be available nearly 24/ 7. Parents call your company - supplied home office phone weekdays, weekends, and at any time of day or evening. Your work week can easily surpass 50 - 60 hours. 12 - hour days are the norm. They will also send you "K mails" (their internal E mail system) seven days a week. Teachers get enough K mail on the weekend that they have to read and answer it or they'll already be behind Monday and won't have time to catch up by Friday.

    - High teacher turnover. Teachers burn out within a year and leave because they're trying to add to lessons so students learn content they didn't understand from past years. I've known several teachers to leave before the end of their 90 - day probationary period due to the stress of working so many hours a week and still not being able to get everything done.

    - Business - oriented atmosphere. Less focus on the curriculum and improving instruction and more on finances, corporate incentives to try to increase enrollment, and changes to their Online Learning System (OLS).

    - Unfair teacher evaluation system. School principals aren't trained administrators. Most were teachers who were promoted from within and haven't been given adequate training before being given a principal-ship. You won't know what's on the teacher evaluation form until you've been evaluated once. The administrator is supposed to observe more than one class before evaluating your performance, but that rarely happens because they are so busy. Upper management asks them to do several jobs at once to try and save money.

    - Frequent reassignments. I've known many teachers who were told they were being moved to an entirely different grade level or subject several times in a school year. K12 expects you to drop whatever you were teaching, let someone else take over, and get your new class over a weekend! You may be teaching 9th grade English on Friday, but by Monday you're expected to be ready to teach a whole new class of 10th grade Science students (if you're licensed to teach multiple subjects). This means almost no continuity of instruction for students (and, very upset parents who will rightfully demand answers you can't provide).

    - No extracurriculars to speak of. If you like coaching or sponsoring clubs to get to know your students as young people, there's no opportunity for teachers to do that. Typically, parents get together and organize clubs and events based on the region of the state they live in. The school only sponsors one time activities like back - to - school events and science fair.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport students by keeping teachers in their positions for an entire school year. Adjust your curriculum to match state academic standards so students have a chance to learn all of the content. Set universal guidelines for parents so they don't call teachers after 4 P.M. or on weekends. Don't mislead parents by saying their child can "work at their own pace" when, in fact, they have to follow the monthly curriculum guides teachers create and stay with the class. Reduce the administrative paperwork load so teachers aren't working 45+ hours a week. Focus on students as young people and learners, not on money and creating a "corporate" atmosphere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Hostile Work Environment

    Enrollment Consultant (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsDecent Salary, not much else going for the place.

    ConsHostile, negative environment, no professionalism, horrible training. If you don't chain smoke cigarettes with senior management then you don't matter. And they make that apprarent. HA

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop acting aloof, cold and treating employees like trash.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Organizational disaster

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI wish I could think of some "pros" to write about, but from day one, promises we're made by this company that were never acted upon, much less met.

    ConsNobody is willing to accept responsibility for anything. High turnover at all levels. It's just a bloated publicly traded company that is worried about shareholders... not education.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShut it down if you can't do any better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    K12 is Waste of Time to Consumers and Employee. Stop OFFSHORING...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOrganization changes more often. Employees are treated as Slaves. No responsibility from Senior Management. Offshore employees are mediocre. Single point of Failure.

    ConsI cant think of any

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease know what you are doing instead of simply implementing

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Turnover rate is disturbing

    Teacher (Current Employee)
    Oklahoma City, OK

    ProsGives parents a choice.
    Students can schedule school to fit life.
    Quality curriculum.

    ConsPoor human relations.
    Pay about 1/2 the hourly equivalent of state pay.
    Work hours almost double that of brick & mortar.
    Human resources seems to be a revolving door from management in Herndon to the school at the state level. Office staff at our school has turned over completely 3 times in the past 11 months.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou will eventually run out of teachers to use for bottom line booster.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work, Team members are very helpfull

    Intern (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsGet to work with lot of tools, Team members and Manager s are friendly

    ConsNone as of now nn

    Advice to Senior ManagementDidnt work long enough to know about the management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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