K12 Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
173 Reviews
2.4
173 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 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.  

    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
  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

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good while it lasts

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    Current Employee - Online Teacher  in  Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Online Teacher in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    The private schools allow teachers to set flexible hours, not just 9-5. You can also do Sunday through Thursday instead of the traditional workweek. Managers discourage teachers for working more than 40 hours a week, to avoid burn out. The curriculum department creates the lessons and being online removes teachers from the duty of policing behavior (gum chewing, tardiness, dress code, etc), so teachers are only responsible for grading and answering student questions. Many students respond really well to the online environment, and you form a better relationship with them than you would in a traditional classroom. Pay is good, but school is year-round so really it balances out. Working from home allows better time management.

    Cons

    Since we are online and the curriculum is set up an an independent study, there is no opportunity to do fun stuff like cooperative learning or field trips. The curriculum department creates lessons in a one-size-fits all method for all K12 students, and modifying them is cumbersome and frowned upon. Student who go AWOL are hard to reach, and many parents don't understand technology and have difficulty monitoring their student's progress (or just can't be bothered). Getting promotions or raises is difficult because you have no interaction with coworkers, no opportunity to impress management or get to know them. NO CONTRACTS so people can and do disappear with zero advanced warning, just because someone with zero education background decided that they could do some cost cutting somewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more communication between faculty, curriculum, and admissions. Establish yearly contracts. Abandon traditional school concepts of "winter break" and "spring break" and instead increase vacation days. Interact more with teachers. Allow vacation days to accrue based on date of hire rather than the fiscal year and allow them to roll over - so we don't have everyone trying to to use up all their days in July, when we are busy with both the spring terms and summer school and prepping for the fall.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Department Chair
    Current Employee - Department Chair

    I have been working at K12 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to move up in the company are good

    Cons

    They don't always move quickly on decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people for a progressive cause

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    Former Employee - Marketing Services  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing Services in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart genuine people, Competitive pay for the area, Attractive corporate office, Great benefits, Flexible hours

    Cons

    - Individual departments aren't very integrated. You only know what'd going on within your department.
    - Not much room for growth.
    - Gossip/behind the back culture at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees more incentive for a job well done. Try to bring departments together.

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

    Outstanding Instructional Platform, low pay for the skills required

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    Former Employee - Virtual Teacher  in  Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Virtual Teacher in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to use awesome virtual tools to reach students and families in real time; outstanding peers and direct leadership

    Cons

    Teachers are paid below district wages

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase teacher salaries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Internal Politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12 full-time

    Pros

    Extremely aggressive, higher only the best, exposure to leaders in industry, excellent products.

    Cons

    Cut throat when it comes to business and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful of coming across in the market as too blood thristy and greedy--aggressive is good, heartless is not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    K12

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    Current Employee - Community Manager  in  Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Community Manager in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Flexible with remote employees. A company with a purpose, and constant reminders that you are helping those in need of a better education.

    Cons

    LOBs work in silos and it is hard to with other teams as they like to claim their own work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After a recent reorganization, the management team still has a lot of work to do in regards to making sure LOBs are not working in silos and need to work on creating a better corporate culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A great company on the rise

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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

    dedicated staff, experts in their field, a mission to believe in

    Cons

    pay not always most competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lot's of chances to help kids

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    Current Employee - Online Teacher  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Online Teacher in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at K12 as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    One of the leaders for online education

    Cons

    Training is pretty boring and could be more interactive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the training more interactive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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