K12

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K12 Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
187 Reviews
2.4
187 Reviews
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Nate Davis
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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.  

    Love it!!

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    Current Employee - Virtual Teacher in Nicoma Park, OK
    Current Employee - Virtual Teacher in Nicoma Park, OK

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

    Pros

    Work from home. Great co-workers. Working with the students in mind and not "the test".

    Cons

    Pay below state average. Don't know anything about bonuses, raises, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great teachers and students

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    Former Employee - Online Teacher in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Online Teacher in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, great co-workers

    Cons

    poor management and huge workload,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Document Processor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12 full-time

    Pros

    Great people in the company.

    Cons

    Departments need to have a better communication with one another to know what is going on in different areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Concept still in development. Great start though.

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    Current Employee - Virtual Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Virtual Teacher in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    It is a great and there seems to be a great desire to improve.

    Cons

    The work life balance is not supported, true school organization and functioning is missing. Pay is not even 10K of what a starting educator with a bachelors, not certified makes in the larger counties of the Atlanta area. Leadership is still burgeoning. K12 is a great opportunity for certain students and not all it seems like that message is not being effectively communicated and many leave dissatisfied and return to their home schools.

    It feels like more of a product to deliver rather than a school

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    So much potential, but lacking in vision, leadership, and following through in making the right choices

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Alot of opportunity for growth and career building. Company is still open to hearing and trying new ideas. Sense of contributing to improving virtual education. Promotes within to keep institutional knowledge and experience. Average to good benefits overall.

    Cons

    Some benefits are lacking, such as 401K, and capped time off at 80 hours regardless of seniority. Higher than average cost of health insurance. Difficult to take time off in high pace high demand environment, playing into work-life balance issues. Training and transfer of knowledge is not good. Poor morale overall and a general sense of frustration to not making significant forward progress over last several years in various areas of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improving some benefits would help morale some, but the main issues are investing in the right areas of the company, and listening to the employees from the schools on through to the corporate staff. More investment needs to be directed to implementing healthy and proper staffing and systems to support the demands and needs of our customers. Lack of accountability in leadership failing to meet deadlines, goals, and project success needs to be addressed. Focus on fixing major inefficiencies in various processes and systems which need to be revamped and up to date in order to continue to be competitive and successful in all areas of the business. Too much focus in on the end results and not the root problems of the models. For example, student retention vs. student success/achievement. More resources need to be focused to improving the systems and virtual/blended educational models in order to truly meet the marketed promise of "individualized education" as it needs to be in order for our students to be successful.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people 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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  9. 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Potential but no Execution or Plan

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    Current Employee - Product Development in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Product Development in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    The goal of the company is idealistic and would be wonderful if it were intended. The goal is to put students first, but students are not the center of any discussions.

    Cons

    Morale is getting worse. A new incentive plan was introduced that is a popularity contest with your peers. People who are always late to meetings and work are cherished by the executive team because they are friendly. They are being super friendly to compensate for not being able to get their job done. The executive team prefers friendly to productive. Professionalism is non-existent. Managers choose a favorite and ignore most. You either suck up or will leave. Supervisors are not trained to treat employees with respect.
    The curriculum is not being updated to stay competitive. Some salaries are higher than budgets to improve the products. Priorities? If the priority was really "students first" then the money would back that as a priority. More money is spent trying to avoid making the curriculum meet state standards by lobbying and hiring lawyers than it would cost to update the content. A few people make all the decisions and they do not ask for feedback or employee input so they keep doing things the same as they have for years. New hires at the top have not translated into any improvements, only broken promises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your high salaries and consider the "students first." Make the curriculum meet the needs of the customers after you spend time finding out what the customers need/want. Employee incentive plans that are popularity contests harm morale. Conduct surveys on managers so employees can provide feedback on the tyrants you have hired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job is a Joke

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

    I worked at K12 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits...if you can handle the job.

    Cons

    Job is not worth the good pay and benefits.
    Horrible environment.
    Upper management does not care about the families lower employees are assigned to help.
    Office head is a slimeball.
    No work/life balance.
    Adult fluids reportedly found in both men and ladies' restrooms.
    Lack of empathy from higher-ups. They do NOT care about their employees.
    "Big Brother" is always watching you atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect and you will excel. Sadly, you don't and are obviously failing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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