K12 Reviews

Updated April 20, 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)

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

Cons
  • The work life balance is not supported, true school organization and functioning is missing (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. Client Services Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

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

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

    Pros

    K12 has great benefits, good work environment, and very competitive pay.

    Cons

    Not very good job opportunities.

  2. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Herndon, VA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work from home, flexible schedule, work with kids

    Cons

    Strict data driven approach to education that does not hold students accountable for performance. There is a big disconnect between individual state charters and corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more educators in key leadership roles.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Lost vision

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Herndon, VA

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

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

    Pros

    The company continues to strive to build client base. Naturally there are competitors who will shake up the options and opportunity. Still, they attempt to be ahead of the game and analyze need to maintain relationships with clients. Attempts at including teachers and other educators in the process had been stellar, but dwindled to mediocre. Working from home is a bonus, I suppose.

    Cons

    It's hard to write pros when the cons are so glaring. Company used to have a student/teacher relationship focus. Suddenly it evolved into a poor representation of education. The focus is so statistics focused that the reasons for some of the statistics are meaningless. The teacher evaluations are so off kilter from a true reflection of their efforts that unless someone enjoys browsing to the max, they will not receive anything but a mediocre eval. When mentioned, the response was more: no one gets the stellar review. Company used to give bonuses, now they are not good enough for them. Company used to send teachers and others thank you's, which went a long way, now they do not. Their expectations of all remote employees is "flexibility." Do not be fooled by the jovial middle to lower management. They are all tools. They work from home, and are expected to work whenever and however they are told, but also reminded they do not need to work weekends. I don't know one manager who doesn't work weekends, nights, etc. It's high stress and low pay. Very low pay. The lure of working remotely is a rouse. It becomes a very mismanaged set of expectations. Many quality people have left the organization because of the continuous and shifting expectations, all away from students and ideas for quality education. Some clients dictate absurd expectations for the company, and they comply. Some are given "special projects" and it's a method of being a tool. There is no reward at the end of the project, not for the one who stresses out to compile the information.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what you want. If you want quality educators pay them for their education, experience, and expertise. Decide that they are professionals; they are not business hires, but education hires. Get to KNOW what education and educators are all about, and stop attempting to allow liaisons between "both sides" of the company to do that work for you. Do it yourself. Hire upper management that actually knows what it's like in education; not as salesmen or intermediaries, but TRUE educators. Hire former principals and superintendents to help with the business side; they KNOW business from a, gasp, education perspective. Finally, any of the management that drinks the Kool Aid cannot be convinced that they are sacrificing their professionalism and character, perhaps even their ethics, for their job. Be more protective of your own reputation and how you project your true professional self, than how well you represent the company. There is no reward. The Path to Promotion campaign should not be enough to change why you are in education to begin with.

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    Operations Manager

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at K12 full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The company is still rapidly growing and they like to promote from within. So if you are passionate about the business side of K-12 education and willing to relocate, you can find yourself moving up the ranks very quickly.

    Cons

    The expectation of middle management and above is to basically be available 24-7. It's not unheard of to wake up in the morning and see that email conversations were happening after midnight and decisions were being made without your input. Personally, with a family at home that was a little much for me. Also, philosophically many have issues with the charter school movement and K12 profits greatly in areas that are struggling for funding. They can paint it any way they want, but when it comes down to it K12 Inc. receives millions in funding through public revenue sources, and then as a private entity they will focus first and foremost on making a profit rather than serving their students.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down your growth until you can catch up academically. Also, value your employees more and be considerate of the rest of their lives, not just there value to you as a worker.

  6. K12 is a great place company to work for. The work is challenging and rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Jacksonville, FL

    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

    I love working from home and still being able to provide a high quality educational experience for students across the country.

    Cons

    Not having face-to-face interactions and working from different time zones can sometimes present a challenge. Many projects are on tight timelines which can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice for product development to get more immediate feedback from students/teachers.

  7. Really friendly office

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    Former Intern - Human Resources Intern in Herndon, VA
    Former Intern - Human Resources Intern in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They had lots of fun events like potlucks and lunches with higher-ups when I was there, but I was only there for two months during he summer, so it might not always be like that. Friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    The work I was assigned as an intern was kind of boring and there wasn't much instruction regarding exactly what I was supposed to be doing.

    Advice to Management

    Possibly consider giving shorter projects, because I ended up working a few projects that took a few days for my first few weeks, then working on a big one alone for the rest of the time that I sort of got stuck on.

  8. The management is terrible!

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Enrollment Consultant in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pays pretty well
    Coworkers are awesome
    Pretty rewarding if you enjoy helping people
    Bonuses were good when paid correctly or on time.

    Cons

    The management is terrible. They say one thing and do another
    No one what's to help you if you have questions
    Hours are terrible
    Slave drivers when it comes to schedules
    Can't even go to the bathroom if you need to unless it's your break time.
    Can't take your vacation time with out getting into trouble
    Always feel like you're going to be fired even when you're on the top of the goals

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people. Allow for more flexible schedules.

  9. Good for 5-10 year experienced developers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12

    Pros

    Close to many residential communities. They use good technologies for freshers to learn

    Cons

    Some of really good people left the company. Not great benefits for 10+ years experienced guys.

  10. Senior Director

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

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

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good mission, excellent co-workers, still opportunities to move around within the company.

    Cons

    Upper management still appears to be a revolving door making it challenging to manage daily work, since plans tend to change with each new chief in the tee-pee.

  11. Great mission but lots of overtime

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    Former Employee - Accounting/Finance
    Former Employee - Accounting/Finance

    I worked at K12

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Commitment to their mission of education, nice offices

    Cons

    Intensity, Overtime, CFO, burnout, turnover

    Advice to Management

    Allocate resources to staff so that they do not get burned out and leave. Turnover is expensive.

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