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Florida Virtual School Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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  • There is no job security at all and hard work is not rewarded (in 18 reviews)

  • The need for work-life balance is seen as a problem among some managers (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Changing times"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good group of people that generally really believe in what they are doing.
    Florida state employee benefits.
    Lots of professional development opportunities.
    Great team dynamics.

    Cons

    Lack of vision
    Frequent management changes
    Frequent corporate restructuring
    Lack of commitment to core values
    Heavily politicized environment and heavily politicized promotional opportunities


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Educator Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Home time with family

    Cons

    Workload
    Time frame
    Work life balance is overlooked

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees more

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Horrible"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in North East, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in North East, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work you like slave to death

    Cons

    No life because your always at work


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Love the FLVS life style!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My job is very flexible. I love that I can work from home, volunteer at my kids' schools, and spend so much time with my family. I work with a great team of teachers, who I know I can count on if I need support. My principal is amazing and continuously praises most everyone in the school house based on their strengths. I love that my ideas are always heard, and how I am given several opportunities within my schoolhouse to grow my leadership skills. The majority of the students and families I work with are very appreciative of FLVS and what the teachers do. I live that I can work in my PJs, take my dog for a walk whenever, and have the time to be a great mom and wife.

    Cons

    The evenings can be hectic if you don't manage your time will. It would be challenging to do this job with out a strong support system at home. Pay increases are not consistent.

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing the evaluation system each year. If changes are required, then have a clear outline of how teachers will be assessed before you assess them. Please continue to listen to the needs of your teachers. Happy teachers equals more completions.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Losing the spark which started it all"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Garden, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Garden, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Florida Virtual School (More than a year)

    Pros

    career advancement, competitive salary, flexibilty

    Cons

    Palpable shift in culture with CEO change in 2014.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the driving statement on which the organization was founded..."The student is at the center of every decision"


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Instructor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good spin in the media and certainly have the Administration / Gov't of Florida in support of the company.

    Most all teachers have students well being in mind and honestly care about the students and student outcomes.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management. As someone gains years of seniority within organization new positions seem to be created to accommodate those that have been with the organize from the early days.

    Turn-over extremely high for new hires.

    Bad reputation with general student population (Check social media for #flvs)


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Horrible, Stay Away if You Value Your Health"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Save money on gas and tolls. No commute. Technology can be interesting.

    Cons

    Too many to list. 60-80 hour work week every week for years. Things never improved. Begging other teachers to help so that you can take official vacation days (no real vacation outside of holidays) and of course you are constantly doing the work of other teachers in their classrooms when they need to take vacation/sick days (on top of your usual 12 hours a day). Taught a high need area and teachers were not retained and not respected. Any idea to improve or help the organization is shot down. Any attempt to advance is shot down if you are in a high needs area since the organization needs you as a teacher. Learning curve is intense but that can be fun for some people. However, after 6 months, it becomes mundane to do the same things every day while working 12 hours a day routinely. Constantly evaluated. Achieved top teacher status and nothing was ever enough. No job security. Complete fear-based management and environment. School needs to weed out the students who are not working so that teachers can focus on teaching (school is completely focused on the bottom line from completing students so every student is given hundreds of chances even if not working). Teachers are punished every day in every evaluation for students not working but the system is not designed to properly weed them out. Number of students is extreme. You will wake up and have an influx of students online (maybe 50 extra students) when you already had a number that was not manageable. I love teaching, love students, love working with amazing teachers, etc. but this was a sweat shop. Nothing ever improved. Each meeting would tell us to do more work and require new demands. If you value your health, do not stay here long (or do not come at all).

    Advice to Management

    High turnover hurts everyone (the school, the team, the students, etc.).
    Listen to your teachers especially if they have been there for at least a year.
    Give teachers real vacations and do not expect them to earn vacations by doing work of other teachers.
    Hire more support staff to assist with the workload of the teachers.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great atmosphere"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, Great work, a lot of pride in their work

    Cons

    Shifting income, too much riding on government money


  9. "Instructor"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I Love working at home!
    Love working with students:-)

    Cons

    Long hours during the week, but weekends off


  10. "Teaching"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The leniency of time. I am able to go to the store while making phone calls.

    Cons

    Always on the job. You have to be great at time management.


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