K12 Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
178 Reviews
2.3
178 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 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. 1 person 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
  2.  

    K12 Marketing Intern

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Intern in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Intern in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn, growing company

    Cons

    culture is very disorganized, didn't have valuable projects to work on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have solid projects from MBA interns to work on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Passion for the company's mission and the ability to dramatically effect student and family lives.

    Cons

    Senior management that constantly changes direction and fails to communicate with employees; lack of appreciation and concern for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to learn what is really going on with the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Document Processor- K12/Randstad - Horrible experience

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    Former Employee - Document Processor in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Document Processor in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pros is its in Herndon and the work commute isn't so terrible.

    Cons

    Document Processor for K12 or Randstad is one of the worst jobs I've ever had in my entire professional career. Promotions are given to people who the supervisors like- performance or anything else does not matter. Managers and supervisors are entirely needy of attention. It's almost like working in a high school environment. The guidelines are always a mess, supervisors aren't professional, and the pay is poor. People are constantly on your back for no reason. The person who is your lead or supervisor will be a big joke, back stab you, and treat you like garbage to make themselves feel better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not even going to waste my breath.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    K12 Document Processor - BEWARE nightmare job

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    Current Employee - Document Processor in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Document Processor in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    There are no positives about this company.

    Cons

    1. You sit all day at a desk with people breathing down your neck to process as fast as you can.
    2. Can't trust anyone
    3. Everything is political- including promotions, firings, etc. Favoritism plays a heavy role in everything. Suck up and you'll be okay. But who would want to suck up to terrible bosses?
    4. No life/work balance- awful shift schedules, added pressure to work weekends
    5. No health insurance, benefits etc.
    6. Recruiters will lie to people to get them in the job.
    7. Very sketchy company- Federal violations being one of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dig deep to find the actual inefficient people are the managers and supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great motivating work environment.

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    Former Employee - Online Teacher
    Former Employee - Online Teacher

    I worked at K12 part-time

    Pros

    Good balance between work and family life.

    Cons

    Lower compensation than regular public schools.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    No Problems

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12 full-time

    Pros

    You can work from home, make your hours, great level of flexibility.

    Cons

    Dealing with families that don't understand the difference between home-school and online public school.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unmitigated Disaster

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Sharp people at lower levels trying to do the right thing.
    Some remote work allowed for weather, childcare etc.

    Cons

    No vision by leadership.
    People in senior roles that wouldn't even be in mid-management roles at better companies
    Below average pay.
    Work life balance does not exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin changing out senior executives after meeting with employees to discuss known issues. Recognize that many political games are going on with VP's jockeying for position and backstabbing one another. Also, be honest that the company's for sale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great hardworking coworkers down in the trenches but Sr. Leadership (CEO included) are incompetent and out of touch .

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

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

    Pros

    At the Director level, pay is great with stock options and bonus potential.
    Casual attire and the office is in a nice area.
    Was a pleasure to work with such a dedicated, hardworking group of people (those below executive level).

    Cons

    They decided to place me in a different role than I interviewed for and didn't actually tell me that until after I started the job.
    People are jumping ship all the time. Not just low level employees, but higher level and high performers, too. Never a good sign. And they weren't leaving for better jobs- they were just leaving with nothing lined up (I did the same).
    Many of the systems don't work/talk to each other properly which leads to poor enrollment numbers and experiences for both internal and external users.
    Poor recruiting and training for entry level employees on up. Garbage in, garbage out. Some of the folks on the phone spoke some type of slang which was barely recognizable and we are trying to sell an education here.
    2013 was a bad year and instead of analyzing the root cause, I was told to ignore that and compare all the numbers to 2012. The market has changed and pretending something didn't happen isn't going to make things better. I've never heard of a company that simply ignores the facts from the prior year and goes to another year that sounds better to them. This means you are forced to work against an impossible budget that has no basis in fact or possibility of being met.
    Zero work/life balance. That is a foreign concept here and it isn't helped that they change days/hours of operations without actually hiring people to provide coverage. They expect low level exempt people to work late and come in on weekends with no compensation. They try to offer a bonus to incentivize people to come in but it changes monthly and employees just get burned out.
    Communication varies between areas but on average it is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What was once an exciting, promising company has been run into the ground due to incompetence and wayward leadership. Zero morale, high stress, high attrition and poor direction don't spell success.
    Stop launching systems before being adequately tested, that reeks of nonexistent strategic planning. Bugs are to be expected in any launch but the issues here go way beyond that.
    Consider trying to be an "Employer of Choice".
    Finally, don't tell people after they are hired that you've decided to place them in a different role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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