K12
2.6 of 5 135 reviews
www.k12.com Herndon, VA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 12, 2014

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Nate Davis

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38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work from home and help promote a valuable alternative form of education"
    in 19 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 6 reviews
  • "There is too much work accompanied by low pay and ridiculously long hours"
    in 9 reviews
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I have been working at K12 full-time for more than 5 years

ProsOpportunities to move up in the company are good

ConsThey don't always move quickly on decisions.

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

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Enrollment Consultant (Former Employee)
Herndon, VA

I worked at K12 full-time for more than a year

Pros-Decent bonuses
-High quality curriculum

ConsFor profit education truly means for profit. You basically have to push parents into signing, up no matter what part of the process their in.

Advice to Senior ManagementEducation does not correlate with sales

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

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Outstanding Instructional Platform, low pay for the skills required

Virtual Teacher (Former Employee)
Knoxville, TN

I worked at K12 full-time for more than a year

ProsOpportunity to use awesome virtual tools to reach students and families in real time; outstanding peers and direct leadership

ConsTeachers are paid below district wages

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease teacher salaries

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

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Great people for a progressive cause

Marketing Services (Former Employee)
Herndon, VA

I worked at K12 full-time for more than a year

ProsSmart genuine people, Competitive pay for the area, Attractive corporate office, Great benefits, Flexible hours

Cons- Individual departments aren't very integrated. You only know what'd going on within your department.
- Not much room for growth.
- Gossip/behind the back culture at times.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive employees more incentive for a job well done. Try to bring departments together.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very fast paced, challenging and intense!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Herndon, VA

I worked at K12 full-time for more than 3 years

ProsEmployee passion for company mission of giving students a choice in education; employees are dedicated and work hard to make the company succesful

ConsToo many silos, too many last minute decisions and lack of communication to employees. Not all groups are moving in the same direction at the same time.

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter communication across the company and need to show appreciation for employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Internal Politics

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at K12 full-time

ProsExtremely aggressive, higher only the best, exposure to leaders in industry, excellent products.

ConsCut throat when it comes to business and employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe careful of coming across in the market as too blood thristy and greedy--aggressive is good, heartless is not.

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

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Unrealized Potential

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Herndon, VA

I worked at K12 full-time for more than 5 years

Pros* Lots of good people
* Except for product deployments, the work/life balance for software developers is good

Cons* Management tries, but that's not to say they succeed
* Not a place for those with ambitions
* Too many managers considering the number of developers
* Management focused on share price, not exploiting their early successes in what is becoming a competitive marketplace
* Not much vision
* Caretaking in place of Leadership

Advice to Senior Management"Empowerment" doesn't mean what you think it means.

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

Community Manager (Current Employee)
Herndon, VA

I have been working at K12 full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFlexible with remote employees. A company with a purpose, and constant reminders that you are helping those in need of a better education.

ConsLOBs work in silos and it is hard to with other teams as they like to claim their own work.

Advice to Senior ManagementAfter a recent reorganization, the management team still has a lot of work to do in regards to making sure LOBs are not working in silos and need to work on creating a better corporate culture.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Inspired educational products designed to address the technological movement in America's education system.

Enrollment Consultant (Former Employee)
Herndon, VA

I worked at K12 full-time for less than a year

ProsFulfillment from helping families find the right educational pursuits for their children
Incentives and upward movement within the company
Fast paced and quality assurance driven work environment

ConsManagement shifts occur frequently without much communication
Communication of tasks and training not always on par with expectations
Obligation to work overtime not commensurate with wage

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate changes in a more efficient and respectful way

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

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Changes needed

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Herndon, VA

I have been working at K12 full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe overall mission of helping students is great. The idea of providing choices to students is admirable. Work time flexibility is nice.

ConsThe restructuring has been a disaster. Meetings are more like tug of war battles than productive work environments. If upper management figures out someone will work, instead of rewarding the employee, they assign so much work it causes burn out . Some of the strongest and hardest people to get along with were placed in the new division, product management.

Advice to Senior ManagementProduct Management is out of control on power trips. Define roles instead of letting people fight for positions amongst themselves. The only people who are going to stay are the loudest and bossiest. That is not going to lead to a well balanced company work pool. Look out for the people who just want to do their jobs and not fight for positions.

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

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