K12 Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
178 Reviews
2.4
178 Reviews
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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. 4 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
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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 (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
  3. 3 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 (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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  5. 2 people 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
  6. 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

  7. 5 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    No loyalty or respect for the teachers.

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Murray, UT
    Former Employee - Teacher in Murray, UT

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

    Pros

    I got to work at home. I was also able to make good connects with the students and parents that decided to be attentive in the school. The actual teacher you work with, are the best in the state (but don't become too attached, the school doesn't like to keep around their good teachers).

    Cons

    You have to be rehired every year, and to be rehired you are judged on data that you may not know about until the end of the year, if at all. You will be assessed and evaluated on student progress, but students are not required to attend class. You will be told what to teach, and this will change on an almost monthly basis. Teachers, and mentors are not treated with respect. There is no loyalty in the company, and even though the administration would strongly disagree, they harbor an atmosphere of fear, and contempt. Each year is like roulette...will you be rehired or won't you? Even the best teachers fear for their jobs on a constant basis. Like all teachers you will put in over 40 hours a week, but you will be expected to spend more than your contracted 40 hours doing menial administrative tasks (like logging attendance, and calling truant students).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're teachers are the ones that make the school great. Treat them with the respect they deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice idea, poorly executed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12

    Pros

    Good people who believe in what they're doing.

    Cons

    Dreadful communication. Poor quality control. Feels rudderless most of the time. Very resistant to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, Truly has students' best interest in all aspects.

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at K12 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    K12 has lots of areas for employees growth and professional development. Additionally, there are so many different divisions within K12, that the opportunities are countless.

    Cons

    K12 has experienced a significant number of changes in the past couple of years. They are not necessarily bad changes, but there have been many key executive changes. Change is never easy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 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

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