K12 Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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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 32 reviews)

  • The work / life balance was good (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance does not exist (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management does not care about the families lower employees are assigned to help (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Think about it

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at K12 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Based on department, some great leadership.

    Cons

    If you are a remote employee, there is no opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Consider your employees input.


  2. Teacher

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Virtual Teacher
    Former Employee - Virtual Teacher

    I worked at K12

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work from home
    Good variety of students

    Cons

    Micro-managed
    Very little flexibility
    Only concerned about outward appearance not actual performance


  3. Helpful (1)

    K12

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at K12

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    K12 is a fantastic place to work! I like my job very much. We have flexibility with hours and are treated as professionals.

    Cons

    No cons to submit really. The only con is for any work from home job, in that it is easy to overwork.


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    Teacher

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some benefits are that you work from home, but must be at your computer/phone during normal business hours. They provide you with a computer and reimburse your Internet cost.

    Cons

    If you like to be a teacher, school secretary, counselor, tech consultant, and parent to your students, then k12 is the place for you! Plan on spending half your day teaching your students and the other half being secretary and tracking your students attendance, etc. Also, you can have over 200 students assigned in your course you teach (grades 6-12), but then also have 60+ students in your homeroom. All of your data is based on your homeroom student's progress in their courses (even though the homeroom student may not have you as a teacher). k12 is 100% business minded and is a huge change if you are used to teaching in a classroom.

    Advice to Management

    Choose one or two initiatives to begin at the start of the school year. We were peppered with a million different initiatives that we were expected to follow. It is confusing and a sign of poor/under trained management. Also, get organized! A million ways staff communicate- emails, Lync messages, yammer, k12training, Edulink, etc. makes it VERY tedious and confusing.


  6. Helpful (1)

    HR Coordinator

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

    I worked at K12 full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are many great people there with experience and are willing to give you great advice in career advancement. C- level Management are amazing and they are very personable always there if you would like to reach out.

    Cons

    HR department is very cliqueish. Management is only looking out for themselves and will push you out at the first moment of you outshining them. They will delegate work to you, but take the credit and the bonus that comes with it.

    Advice to Management

    understand that sometimes being that close to each other is a way to trick the system than to actually work well. many folks were pushed out instead of actually leaving on their own accord because they didn't do the work and let others take credit.


  7. Manager of daily school operations

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at K12 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Using my background in Operations while being involved in education is what I live about working for K12. The option to occasionally work from home is also a major plus.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons in my experiences with K2.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Lacking any Honor or Integrity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at K12 full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pros will only be present if you are a schmoozer. Apparently the bosses only like you if you take credit for other people's work, and do pretty much nothing else in terms of real work. If you're good at being full of it, this is the best pro.

    Cons

    Unless you have a position where you manage others, don't hold your breath on getting paid a decent salary, or on staying around long. Or else expect to have to do the work of two normal people. They like to have a flock of underpaid scapegoats. They also like to keep this cycle of terrible, overpaid, arrogant upper management who think that they deserve 100x the salaries of everyone else...then when they fail to do anything special after a few years, and after arbitrarily replacing most of their staff, they move on with their golden parachutes.

    Advice to Management

    Give your staff 21% salary increases like they deserve, and lower your salaries by at least 50%...which still gives you more than you deserve.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Bought & Forgotten

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I hear that some students benefitted from K12's programs and products.
    I had some good coworkers who worked hard and willingly under stressful conditions.

    Cons

    Disjointed, dysfunctional corporate family.
    Heavy pointless meeting culture.
    Bigwigs who started the company jumped ship.
    We never received any feedback from the actual students.
    Middle management afraid to make decisions, spend most of their time covering their own necks.
    The company I worked for was bought by K12. Instead of incorporating us into the larger company, we were left to figure things out on our own without much help. We felt like orphans.
    When my boss quit, nobody was hired or promoted to replace her.

    Advice to Management

    When hiring (especially upper and middle management), make sure you hire people who genuinely care about education and the well-being of students. And don't be afraid to hire employees with a track record of questioning established practices. Encourage positive teamwork!


  10. K12 Enrollment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of team bonding within enrollment

    Cons

    Not enough individual recognition for employees


  11. Application Developer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    Scope of work. One can work in multiple areas.

    Cons

    Need more flexibility for improving business process



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