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  1. 7 people 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 (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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Contractor teacher

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    Current Contractor - Contractor
    Current Contractor - Contractor

    I have been working at K12 as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work at home on your own schedule.

    Cons

    Low salary as contractor. Not enough students to be put on salary scale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 8 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. 7 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. 4 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Veteran of multiple departments

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    growth opportunities if you last long enough

    Cons

    low-mid level management is inconsistent and overwhelmed, pay structure has dramatically reduced within the last year+ and changes daily

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    workers will never care more for the customers than managers care for them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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

  9.  

    50/50

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 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
  11. 2 people 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 (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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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