K12 Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  1. Very supportive environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Knowledgable people that care about students.

    Cons

    Work more than 40+ hours a week.


  2. Great Place to Work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Virtual work is never done.


  3. Great place to work. Very flexible company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, management empathetic with employee's needs

    Cons

    not any serious drawbacks I can think of

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. Satisfied at K12

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love the work life balance that the company supports of its employees I love the tuition reimbursement program here at k12, enabling employees to pursue their education. the work timings are so flexible, it helps in employee retainment and give the employees to perform better.

    Cons

    company as such is upcoming and fastest growing in DC area. so some of the business development processes are not streamlined yet.

    Advice to Management

    you are doing an awesome job, please keep it up.Encourage career advancement for the employees and emphasize on technical training.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Good place to work, could be even better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company mission Work/life balance Excellent co-workers Innovative products and environment

    Cons

    Disparity of financial incentives/rewards between upper management and the rest Lack of true leadership at the top Unwillingness to invest in infrastructure or anything that doesn't generate immediate revenue Tendency of CEO to espouse the moral commitment of the company while selling his shares at a rapid rate

    Advice to Management

    The most important assets that the company has are its employees, not the product. This is the knowlege age, not the industrial age. Anyone who has been here for more than a year or two has no sleeves left because s/he has been asked to continually roll them up until there's nothing left. Treat your employees like we are important or risk losing more of us. The job market isn't that bad as evidenced by the line of good people leaving the company lately. We've helped build a lot of shareholder value which will go away if we all leave. Don't think it can't happen.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Fantastic company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, positive work environment, excellence in curriculum, good communication between teachers and students

    Cons

    low salaries and long hours

    Advice to Management

    increase teacher salaries to reflect state teachers salaries


  8. Helpful (1)

    Attentive and Growing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at K12 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A new CIO was brought in and is doing a very good job of bringing the infrastructure up-to-date. Availablity and customer satisfaction are rising. New innovate systems and changes are being made to keep applications and services at the forefront. Enterprise Business and Technology Services (EBTS) management putting forth a strong effort to provide a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There are a lot of new processes and changes being implemented so there is some flux. Things are still growing and I believe that things are only going to get better. I did not leave due to dissatisfaction, but was offered a great opportunity close to where I live.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating with employees through all-hands. Focus on the positive and help them understand the roadmap.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Product Development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Development in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Product Development in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Product Development has an amazing group dynamic that keeps employees enthusiastic and happy to work. People believe they are building the best online curriculum. The greatest pro has to be the supervisors. The Vice Presidentsin Product Development and dedicated, experienced professionals who care about their employees. It is a good feeling to know you are seen as a person and not a number or statistic.

    Cons

    Pet projects of the CEO are given too many resources that could be used to build better products designed to incrase student learning and test scores. CHoices are being made to lobby instead of doing things right. The priorities might need to shift a little.

    Advice to Management

    The Executive Vice Presidents need to listen to the employees and show value to everyone, not just a few pets. MBA's are not educational experts, so have MBA's make the educational decisions is a ticking time bomb. When an employee shows enthusiam and iniative that will help the company, at least acknowledge it in an email.


  10. Overall great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at K12 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the corporate mission and spirit of collaboration. Everyone there seems genuinely committed to providing excellent education to underserved students.

    Cons

    My boss was very short sighted, and in a company that grew quickly, old friendships can trump smart business decisions

    Advice to Management

    Provide a path for employees to provide feedback outside of their own management chain, many of which have become more of an instance of leveraging personal relationships than excellent management loops


  11. Helpful (2)

    K12 is a great place where students come first, and where learning is possible in advanced ways.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counselor
    Current Employee - Counselor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at K12 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people locally Like to give raises and promotions to those within the company first before considering outsiders Opportunity for growth in a position, ability to learn various jobs' tasks; one is never bored The company provides the rapidly growing online education field to those who are low-income, high-risk, and/or seek alternatives to brick & mortar schools Fabulous, cheap but all-inclusive benefits and discounted offers Pre-tax options for public transit, parking, etc. Significantly smarter and more organized about policies than other virtual academies or online schools Free public charter schooling options, tuition-based schools, as well as purchasable course material for homeschooling IS NOT HOMESCHOOLING, but rather structured teaching to students who are more independent and can learn virtually Flex time; work hours you want to work within reasonable work day times

    Cons

    Horrible errors and miscommunications with HQ, specifically Enrollment (lack of documentation People may be qualified for their position but aren't great a the job duties K12 gives them; k12 has an issue with not firing people who do not fulfill their duties Related to above; some supervisors do not monitor their employees' computers to ensure work is getting done but have the ability to do so There is a lack of new hire training Lack of information to all employees about the general operations of our local school(s), especially if you are paid hourly; we would like to be in the know as well

    Advice to Management

    Monitor people more closely as they do not do their jobs sometimes. Ensure that everyone in the office helps out just as much as the rest. When training, make sure it is required and that it is completed by all individuals from that group rather than relying on the honor system.



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