K12 Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
205 Reviews

2.4
205 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 25 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 12 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12 full-time for 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
  2.  

    Teacher

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    Current Employee - Virtual Teacher, Fuel Ed
    Current Employee - Virtual Teacher, Fuel Ed

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

    Pros

    work from home, flexibility, good students, teachers who work hard and care a lot
    Good part time job

    Cons

    Low pay for full time, can be chaotic, upper management has been basically separated and rarely talks to teachers or teams any more, departments were great, moving to regions has been just okay but truly not as positive as departmental was, management never asks our opinions on how processes are truly working
    Not much respect for those who have been here awhile. No Masters degree but lots of experience gets you nowhere. Yet they don't pay you any more for a Masters degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has made big gains financially and yet you all do not give raises. Bonuses are not really what teachers care about since taxes eat those up. Pay your people better and you won't have as much turn over and bad reviews here. For Profit education is getting a bad name.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Training Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alcoa, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alcoa, TN

    I worked at K12 full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay was decent. This location doesn't have set growth....rumors that it will happen.

    Cons

    Worse class training I've ever experienced. Other employees commented that it was the worst they had heard about. Also, not hired for what applied and when asked the HR rep had no idea what I was talking about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay closer attention to details when getting staff hired and trained.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Contractor teacher

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    Current Employee - Contractor
    Current Employee - Contractor

    I have been working at K12 as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Work at home on your own schedule.

    Cons

    Low salary as contractor. Not enough students to be put on salary scale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good job if you stick it out.

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

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

    Pros

    Good low-level management, pay comparable for teachers where I live, flexible, management (in my experience) stands behind teachers, and there are opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    One used to be able to work any time of day as long as 40 hours were met (for full-time) and calls to students were made during business hours -- which is great for parents wishing to stay home with children and who need that flexibility. Changes in management have resulted in changes to this policy and teachers are now expected to work from 8-4/9-5. There is still flexibility, but this aspect is frustrating.

    Student loads can be excessive, but enrollments are unpredictable, so sometimes it's impossible to adjust staffing levels to meet unexpected enrollment demands.

    The company is constantly restructuring, so it can create uncertainties as to expectations for staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay should be adjusted for where teachers live -- not just one flat pay-scale.
    Flexibility is an important aspect of this job for most teachers, keep in mind that many have this position and work very hard but may not be able to be available from 8-4 or 9-5. Allow the flexibility (with phone calls made during business hours) for your remote employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    UTVA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12

    Pros

    Get to work from home

    Cons

    Great company to work for. No cons

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Veteran of multiple departments

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    growth opportunities if you last long enough

    Cons

    low-mid level management is inconsistent and overwhelmed, pay structure has dramatically reduced within the last year+ and changes daily

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    workers will never care more for the customers than managers care for them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Consultant  in  Alcoa, TN
    Former Employee - Enrollment Consultant in Alcoa, TN

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

    Pros

    Good benefits but that's it

    Cons

    Training was horrible and job was not even close to described

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company is managed as poorly as it's schools

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12

    Pros

    Good people trying to do good things

    Cons

    Company is searching for answers, their technology is tired, and leadership is lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the egos and start thinking like a modern technology development company. It's a mobile-first world and you are years behind already. Your internal development teams are 3rd rate and will never allow you to catch up. The poor quality of your content, archaic enrollment and learning management systems and glacial pace of advancement of those platforms are testaments to the fact. Clean house and outsource your development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Definition of Insanity...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    K12 has a great mission and truly does help families find an education option that fits their needs. There are many very talented employees who have so much to offer to the position, company, and fellow co-workers.

    Cons

    The culture has changed considerably in 5+ years. The salaries are low for anyone under a director level. There is no career growth, guidance, internal promotions are few and far between. It has become a place that is all about money and not helping families (or employees). Communication is barely there. Morale is the lowest it's ever been. Perfection is expected at all times and employee opinions or ideas aren't important or wanted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should look to the culture of other companies to see what changes they can make. Trust your employees more, raise salaries more than a 2% raise, meaningful goals sets in the right time frame, set policies and stick to them. Save money by allowing telecommuting specific days - it's a virtual education company, if the students can be remote the employees should too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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