K12

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K12 Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
207 Reviews
2.4
207 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 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.  

    great mission, poor communication and management

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    work from home, cutting edge, making a difference in education, great people

    Cons

    so much reorganization, departments competing with one another rather than working together

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Long time teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    Working at home, fkexible, awesome administration support.

    Cons

    Work is always there. Need to know when to turn off your computer for the day!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plenty of work, low pay, zero respect

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    Decent benefits - medical, dental, vision, and pto.

    Cons

    The company does not pay well. There is no room for advancement. Managers who are awful stay in place, while educated, excellent staff leave because there is no reason to stay. They're imploding because upper management is well-paid and oblivious, and all non-managers are underpaid and expected to actually implement the random, poorly thought-out ideas of inept managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have employees provide reviews for their managers. Fire managers with consistently low reviews. Offer opportunities for advancement. Pay a decent wage, and hold onto the staff members who have good reviews, work hard, are educated and an asset to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall positive experience, in recent years though culture and morale has diminished.

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    Former Employee - Director in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great mission, engaged customers, interesting problems to solve. Advancement opportunities for people who work hard and show leadership skills.

    Cons

    Increasing bureaucracy and politics, less people who are interested in getting things done. Virtually no direction or focus from upper management on aligning the company to common goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    So far it is awesome!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. :)
    Good salary!

    Cons

    None that I have experienced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't bother applying here

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    Current Employee - Personal Admissions Liaison in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Personal Admissions Liaison in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    Helping kids, even though we have a terrible system that prevents us from doing so. Even families who call in think we are a mess.

    Cons

    Low pay, barely any bonuses. Management sucks! Friends promote friends. Terrible schedules some till midnight. Will have to work weekends used to be a fun environment but not anymore. Super strict. Point system if your late or call out. Can't use a sick day unless you let them know in advance a day before (like you will know if you are going to be sick) never approve vacation time they have black out months. Fire people left and right. Managers worry about petty things and drama. Unprofessional. All the managers have no experience in leading people since most are uneducated, and used to be servers at restaurants and got the job here and promoted by their friends. Always harassing you calling you if you call out. They try and make stupid spirit days that no one participates because everyone is stressed and your job is never secure. I mean you get written up if your 30 seconds over your break. Oh and if your hired contractors they are going to squeez the life out of you at work treating you like a slave only to fire you at the end of their busy season, even though they will promise you that if you are good you get to stay LIES! Oh ando if they give you a prize like a jacket, hat they take taxes out of your check so say no. And if you put your two weeks in they tell you to not bother showing up anymore. You are dispensable. Don't bother wSting your time at k12.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should all be fired from your directors who do nothing in their offices but link (IM) all day to your managers that just lock themselves in their office watching football games and trying to find reSons to write up ppl and fire them. Or maybe if you actually worked and stopped being outside smoking all day??? But yet micromanage the rest of us. But then what can you expect from a bunch of rednecks with no education. Go back to working at restaurants. That's what you are good for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    Flexible Fun Stay involved in Education

    Cons

    Pay is low for the hours and work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay for better performance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Powerful mission with passionate employees who want to serve schools and families.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    Beautiful mission: helping each student reach his or her true, personal potential.

    Cons

    Lots of employee turnover. The culture needs some improving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on improving culture and internal communications.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good people

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    Former Employee - Illustrator in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Illustrator in McLean, VA

    I worked at K12

    Pros

    Team environment, good people, good challenges

    Cons

    Long hours and not much else

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Of course working from home and the flexibility in the time. Sometimes I run an errand in the AM and make up the work after dinner.

    Cons

    Things are CONSTANTLY changing. Corporate Management keeps sending stuff to local management (principals) for teachers. The expectations are extremely high and difficult to keep up with. Policies change every 6 months for teachers and students, so no one can keep up. The demand on students is RIDICULOUS. The company has it's hand in too many hats-they should have stuck with writing and selling their curriculum. I would never allow my student to attend a K12 school. The curriculum is fine, but the delivery is an absolute nightmare. Beware!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit getting into the online school business. Sell your curriculum, because that's your niche! Larger public schools and lawmakers will shut you down soon enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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