K12 Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
170 Reviews
2.4
170 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  

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    started off great and slowly losing morale

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    flexible schedule and oppurtunity for growth

    Cons

    poor upper management and low moral, not alot of leadership in management

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    50/50

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    The work environment is awesome!! Really laid back and for the most part everyone gets along rather well. Perfect place to if you just joining Corporate America.

    Cons

    New upper management seem to have their own agendas and it only includes the people they like or brought over with them from their previous job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight more for your employees instead of trying to impress upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not so great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12 part-time

    Pros

    Working from home; low stress; immediate managers of teachers overall are good to work with but at times treat teachers in a threatening manner.

    Cons

    I'm not sure education for profit is such a good idea. Teacher expertise is not tapped; you just grade work from a canned, static curriculum and communicate with students, parents and school mentors. Some school mentors are effective and facilitate student progress while others are uninvolved. The program is misused as a special ed solution placing students lacking in the skills they need for successful elearning into a setup for failure. There is a lot of very confusing bureaucracy to wade through. Pay is lower than minimum wage would be. Because this is a for-profit company, you do not have access to use open educational resources as you would in the public sector. Teachers are at the behest of the mentors, meaning we have no ability to make sound instructional decisions, unless we can convince them to do so. There's a lot of "just getting through" for a grade and little concern for high quality learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you raise the level of professional respect, treatment, and compensation for teachers that they receive in the public sector (which has its problems too, but you're worse) and concern yourselves with actual learning rather than completion you might have a shot at keeping teachers longer, but oh yeah, you're all about making money, aren't you?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    More flexible in some ways than a traditional school.

    Cons

    High workload with low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being open to new ideas. Be realistic about workload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company seems to be going downhill.. Shady practices

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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

    Work environment is nice, flexible hours

    Cons

    Management is not really that forthcoming with their employees. Company utilizes a lot of contractors and constantly tells them they are trying to hire them, but they only care about the bottom dollar and will let you go in a heartbeat. Having worked in a few departments, I have seen this over and over. Constantly cutting corners, combining jobs and overworking contractors and employees, lying to employees, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't listen to anything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Finance personnel beware!

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

    I worked at K12 full-time

    Pros

    Company in in the IT/software industry which is by definition growing and a flourishing industry.

    Cons

    In finance you will work like a sweat shop with average pay and no recognition. You will be expected to available 7 days a week and will even get call at 6am on Sunday to come into work with warning. This may not be true for other areas in the co. but this is true across entire finance group. CFO and other top leadership is new and has taken the position to revamp the group by removing all personnel that is not a 'perfect fit". Middle management in finance are in place because they have great tenure or through nepotism as they have relatives in the c suite or on the board. If you work in finance and are out of work then maybe take a chance. otherwise do yourself a favor and pass. To be clear, I'm not bitter, since I've left I have a better role with more pay and better work life balance... just wish I knew someone on the inside that could have saved me the trouble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They will not listen; no need

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

    Teacher - 4 years

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    Former Employee - Online Teacher
    Former Employee - Online Teacher

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not many - work from home is a plus, but you'll be working 12-16 hours a day, including nights and weekends. Enjoyed contact with students.

    Cons

    Don't think that being an online teacher will be easier. It's not! Extremely low pay, high turnover in teachers and students. No contract, so people leave with no notice. Grueling long hours with no overtime. Stressed out, angry, overworked employees. Management constantly changing policies and duties they require of teachers. Teachers are expected to perform a multitude of secretarial/data keeping tasks which take up most of your time. High caseloads. Special ed teachers will write 90+ IEPs a year along with all the other duties teachers are required to do. Teachers also serve as advisors to a caseload of 40+ students and must have weekly contact by phone with students, many of which don't want to be contacted, so it's like chasing your tail. High pressure from admin to pass students, so teachers change course requirements and fudge grades enabling students to easily pass. Devaluing, meanspirited environment which encourages backbiting between employees. Emphasis on the dollar. Staff meetings focus on getting kids to pass classes and praises those teachers with high pass rates. No professional development. Evaluations center around student pass rates. Constant technology problems. K12 policy does not allow supervisors to give recommendations, which makes it difficult to get another teaching job. They do not promote from within so zero opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your teachers more. You're losing a lot of good people because of the awful work environment, low pay and heavy workload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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