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. 8 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Product Development in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    The flexibility of the job that allows me to work from home part of the time is the best feature. The idea of working on cutting edge products is exciting.

    Cons

    About 2 years ago, the company restructured and placed 2 people in charge of the department. They were overloaded and overworked. As a result, there is now no leadership. People are disgruntled and looking to leave. Because people are afraid of losing their jobs, they have started stabbing each other in the back. Two years ago, this was a fun place to work. Now, I cry when I have to go into the office for fear of what may happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some leadership in the department and listen to the employees. Conduct a survey about the job atmosphere and direction. A few people are allowed to speak, but like the other departmental surveys, Product Development needs to listen to employees other than direct reports of the 2 bosses. I doubt the managers know my name. Yelling at employees should not be allowed. The bosses need to stop the back stabbing instead of working to promote that culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    SEC

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12

    Pros

    I can't say, there are any pros about this company anymore. Maybe, just benefits and let's face it, you can get health insurance at most jobs now a days.

    Cons

    Constant changes in performance metrics. No one seems to ever be on the same page and was a daily battle to even want to go to work. Environment is horrible. Everyone has their own way of doing the same things and caused too much confusion and animosity. Ever since they have tried to change the whole company a year ago, every month that went by I got more disgusted. Management and Supervisors are lazy and don't do much but complain and take things out on employees.I used to love working there and then it went to garbage. Glad myself and many others have, or are leaving as well. What a dump.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing how the system works DAILY. When are you going to wake up and realize that the people on the phones are not robots. You can't re program people daily in this position and expect a good outcome. Keep pushing it and you won't have any quality people left, if there even are any left at this point. Probably a good reason why, goals weren't met. A bit more respect would be a good idea as well. It goes a long way

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Use extreme caution...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - State Enrollment Consultant (Enrollment Advisor) in Alcoa, TN
    Former Employee - State Enrollment Consultant (Enrollment Advisor) in Alcoa, TN

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

    Pros

    The training was actually a bit better than what most people said. The materials that were presented were actually pretty decent for what its worth and was quite interactive. The supervisors that were there early on were decent and were their biggest asset. These were the only highlight that was at the company. Everything else was wrong.

    Cons

    Where does one start here?

    - The pay is quite awful for the position that is being asked. It needs to be significant;y higher than what it was mentioned.
    - There is NO work-life balance.
    - There was a lot of misconceptions that are mentioned in the interview and the ACTUAL job.
    - Chaotic environment.
    - Though the training was good, it must be far more realistic for the position at hand.
    - Accommodations are questionable at best and seemed like it was a difficult process to get something taken care of.
    - There was definitely a lack of growth opportunities present and will forever be. Quite possibly a dead end position at the looks of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the pay MUCH HIGHER than what it is and you'll retail top talent. Also, make sure that the position is honestly mentioned in the interview as it seems like this was a big misconception. Finally, make sure that there is room to grow. You'll go down like a sinking ship if you don't.

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

    SEC

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Enrollment Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Enrollment Consultant in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    -Decent bonuses
    -High quality curriculum

    Cons

    For profit education truly means for profit. You basically have to push parents into signing, up no matter what part of the process their in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Education does not correlate with sales

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding Instructional Platform, low pay for the skills required

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Virtual Teacher in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Virtual Teacher in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at K12 full-time (more than an 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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very Frustrating Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K12 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fellow employees are mostly very kind
    Very happy that I am no longer employed there

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations
     not paying overtime when expectation it to work over 80 hours a week
    Harassing nature of leadership and upper level management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work/life balance is doesn't exist, time to eliminate the bad management of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people for a progressive cause

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Services in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing Services in Herndon, VA

    I worked at K12 full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    Good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Chair
    Current Employee - Department Chair

    I have been working at K12 full-time (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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Internal Politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    K12

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Community Manager in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at K12 full-time (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

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