K12 Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
179 Reviews
2.4
179 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The flexibility of the job that allows me to work from home part of the time is the best feature (in 30 reviews)

  • Except for product deployments, the work/life balance for software developers is good (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • poor upper management and low moral, not alot of leadership in management (in 13 reviews)

  • Work life balance does not exist (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lots of people doing lots of different things. Really just average overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor

    I have been working at K12 as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work at home
    Schedule is flexible
    Hire from within for promotions
    Solid staff and network of assistance
    New teacher training

    Cons

    Pay is below average
    "big" decisions seem to happen often and often feel like pendulum swing
    Too many cooks in the kitchen
    Not sure the curriculum was effective
    Huge gender bias

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote diversity.
    Listen to comments coming from students and teachers.
    You don't need to change mid-stream so often. Pick a plan and stay with it for a while.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    K12 is a company with a fantastic mission, a solid employee base but is going through growing pains.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    For someone who's not an educator it's extremely rewarding to be able to contribute to the education of our youth. The employee base is very well tenured, knowledgeable and hard working.

    Cons

    With the recent changes at the executive level the company has lost sight of it's long term vision and purpose in response to short term market concerns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back, look at what made K12 successful in the first place and focus on students success. Profitability and efficiency can only be the primary focus when the core of your business is solid. It's not too late to make the right choices!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People, Uncertain Future

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    Current Employee - Director in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    The people are great, talented and committed to the core mission of serving students.

    Cons

    Some changes to the executive management seem positive but only time will tell. Some people seem more focused on claiming credit over collaboration. Quality of work-life really depends on your manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the focus on kids

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating

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

    I worked at K12 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Passion for the company's mission and the ability to dramatically effect student and family lives.

    Cons

    Senior management that constantly changes direction and fails to communicate with employees; lack of appreciation and concern for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to learn what is really going on with the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    K12 Marketing Intern

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Intern in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Intern in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn, growing company

    Cons

    culture is very disorganized, didn't have valuable projects to work on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have solid projects from MBA interns to work on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great motivating work environment.

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    Former Employee - Online Teacher
    Former Employee - Online Teacher

    I worked at K12 part-time

    Pros

    Good balance between work and family life.

    Cons

    Lower compensation than regular public schools.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    No Problems

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12 full-time

    Pros

    You can work from home, make your hours, great level of flexibility.

    Cons

    Dealing with families that don't understand the difference between home-school and online public school.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lots of dedicated people on the front lines, but senior leadership are not educators

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

    I worked at K12 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many colleagues are super focused and dedicated on creating great educational experiences for students from all walks of life. It is great to work with people from all over the country.

    Cons

    The company leadership consists of mostly Ivy League MBAs and former corporate executives from all industries except education. The focus is on generating enrollments (which equals $). Top executives pay, bonuses and stock options are inordinately high, which fuels the argument that for profit companies should not be running public schools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scale back executive and board compensation and invest back into the quality of the schools you operate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    K12 Document Processor - BEWARE nightmare job

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    Current Employee - Document Processor in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Document Processor in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at K12 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are no positives about this company.

    Cons

    1. You sit all day at a desk with people breathing down your neck to process as fast as you can.
    2. Can't trust anyone
    3. Everything is political- including promotions, firings, etc. Favoritism plays a heavy role in everything. Suck up and you'll be okay. But who would want to suck up to terrible bosses?
    4. No life/work balance- awful shift schedules, added pressure to work weekends
    5. No health insurance, benefits etc.
    6. Recruiters will lie to people to get them in the job.
    7. Very sketchy company- Federal violations being one of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dig deep to find the actual inefficient people are the managers and supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Document Processor- K12/Randstad - Horrible experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Document Processor in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Document Processor in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pros is its in Herndon and the work commute isn't so terrible.

    Cons

    Document Processor for K12 or Randstad is one of the worst jobs I've ever had in my entire professional career. Promotions are given to people who the supervisors like- performance or anything else does not matter. Managers and supervisors are entirely needy of attention. It's almost like working in a high school environment. The guidelines are always a mess, supervisors aren't professional, and the pay is poor. People are constantly on your back for no reason. The person who is your lead or supervisor will be a big joke, back stab you, and treat you like garbage to make themselves feel better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not even going to waste my breath.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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