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Florida Virtual School Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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  • There is no job security at all and hard work is not rewarded (in 18 reviews)

  • can feel overwhelming at times, work/life balance takes time to get on track (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I liked being able to Work from home

    Cons

    80 hours plus a week. No work life balance


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Love this Job"

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    Current Employee - FLVS Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - FLVS Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, private sector values that encourage us to treat students and parents like customers and give top level service while also providing top notch instruction. Work from home. Yes there are times of the year where work is demanding but the rewards are well worth it.

    Cons

    Same as any job, as far as managing personalities but my team is stellar and we dominate adversity so no complaints. Only real con is that other teachers beg me to help them get a job at FLVS constantly which borders on stalking depending on the quality of their current employment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to look for ways to give teachers incentives so that we can recruit the best there is.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Worst School to work for go to regular public school."

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    Current Employee - FLVS Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - FLVS Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Working from home saves on gas.

    Cons

    Work com home. Staff support is there at the start but once your in your department it is gone. Older teachers run new teachers into the ground. Overworked, underpaid and you work 10-12 hours a day with no kudos. If you get one complaint your labeled a problem teacher.

    Advice to Management

    Get better management and experienced supervisors.


  4. "FLVS"

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    Current Employee - English Teacher in Jensen Beach, FL
    Current Employee - English Teacher in Jensen Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great IL and coworkers. Feel valued.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement, Therr is a wide range of hours you are expected to be available for students and parents.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valrico, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valrico, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home, flexible (somewhat)

    Cons

    Very business-run, instead of school-based. Too many students and very micromanaged. No time to "teach".


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Stereotypical Government contractor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Job is not difficult
    Flexibility to work remotely

    Cons

    Apathetic company culture
    Technically challenged staff throughout
    Preference of habit over efficiency
    Convoluted organizational chart
    Disconnected and sometimes technically challenged managers
    Paid time off double standards

    Advice to Management

    Ensure your staff is technically competent. Hire younger people and listen to them, they are your closest connection to the students you pride yourself in focusing on.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "FLVS work-life balance is a joke!"

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    Former Employee - HOPE Instructor in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - HOPE Instructor in Sarasota, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time

    Pros

    Great pay!
    Fun interactions with students.

    Cons

    Hours 8-8 basically 7 days per week. Peek hours 3-9pm.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with new hires. Stop glamourizing the work-life balance

  8. "Student Centered"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, interaction with students and parents, excellent resources

    Cons

    Tough to balance work and home life, have to be able to separate the two.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Type A Personalities Only!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, no discipline issues, other than engaging non workers. Professional Edu opportunities, low key work environment.

    Cons

    Salary - everyone paid equally, so 20 years same as 1 year novice. Vacation time isn't "truly" vacation time if taking a week off, grading and other obligations build up, little sub coverage and up to teachers to secure with colleagues. Never more than two weeks off at a time - difficult to block longer vacations. Overall, peaceful, harmonious environment because you work from home, but YOU must be self motivated and organized--no slackers. We work long hours and from home, work never stops, so you must walk away and close your office door.

    Advice to Management

    Step salary like brick and mortar schools, for seasoned instructors with 15+ years experience in brick and mortar. Teachers with experience really deserve steps for their service. Wisdom is priceless.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Challenging"

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    Former Employee - Instructor
    Former Employee - Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule; relationship with students and parents; loved my peers; good benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours - worked 8 to 8, including weekends. Difficult to find coverage for vacations. Constant flux in approach to online teaching. Surveys were skewed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to teachers. Work/Life balance is more than a talking point - support teachers in making this a reality.


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