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K12 Reviews

Updated February 21, 2019
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  • "It is wonderful to work from home" (in 121 reviews)

  • "Even with the challenging work, the supervisors I have worked under understands the work/life balance and are very understanding" (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "8th grade math virtual teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12 full-time

    Pros

    Great for at home work

    Cons

    None other than higher pay would be great


  2. "Flexible Work Environment, Supportive Community"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at K12 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    working from home, great people, "team" culture, great benefits

    Cons

    schools are sometimes understaffed- staffing based on enrollment numbers

  3. "50/50 chance of success"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at K12 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth and development, ability to climb the corporate ladder (if you are liked), travel opportunities can be enjoyable with decent daily per diem, and working remotely

    Cons

    Significantly lower pay than most management positions in other fields or brick and mortar education, cliquesare very prevalent, promotions given to “friends” over being earned, often the “for profit” side trumps what is best for students, very poor work-life balance...they will bleed you dry if you don’t know how to say, “No”.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the true best interest of the students at heart and put an end to the cliques being promoted without following proper hiring procedures.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Working at home online teaching is awesome for the teacher and students!"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Augusta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at K12 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at home online; very supportive administration; numerous effective educational programs; students have more opportunities to self-pace their education; teachers have more opportunities to provide better differential instruction.

    Cons

    Online schools depend on a triangular support system: the certified teacher providing curriculum instruction, the parent providing the physical support as the student's learning coach, and the student taking ownership of his/her educational responsibility. Often, it's the teacher working the hardest, which throws off this educational system. Many parents enroll into an online school thinking all that needs to happen is putting the student in front of the computer and they'll learn from there without the parent's support. Online schools are still a home school program, however, the advantage is that a certified teacher is providing instruction.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Inside Sales Representatives"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at K12 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance that’s it

    Cons

    Don’t care about employees
    Consistent communication is nonexistent
    Lays off annually to make shareholders happy
    Always making changes and not communicating the changes.
    Don’t want to put their money in research and development
    No culture
    No motivation
    No follow through
    Poor management

    Advice to Management

    If you take care of your employees, they will take care of you.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Weak leadership"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Teacher in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home, reimbursement for internet

    Cons

    Poor leadership, very unprofessional administration, unreasonable work/life balance, micromanaging, dishonest administration


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at K12 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary and richness of the positions were wonderful. I also enjoyed great leadership and work relationships with colleagues.

    Cons

    Movement within the company was based on established clicks.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Worst place I've worked at"

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    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at K12 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Change of management almost every 6 month. I had maybe 5 managers in 2-3 years that I worked there. Zero growth opportunity.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "It's OK."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at K12 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Telecommuting flexibility. Dedicated, highly educated, and deeply experienced co-workers--the most intelligent and best workforce you can imagine being a part of.

    Cons

    Heavy loss of institutional depth of knowledge during a couple-year period of bad corporate and management choices, resulting in significant layoffs, key roles being done away with, and continuation of a longstanding no-raises policy, how to get quality work done in current circumstances remains elusive. The daily struggle is against confusion amid failing and unreliable but essential tools. Compensation is, and has been for quite some time, below what it should be.

    Advice to Management

    New management in some areas, while well-meaning, personable, and possessing of a positive outlook, remains inexplicably ignorant of what it takes to really produce quality outcomes here. Snap out of your bubble.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "On the decline"

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    Former Employee - Operations
    Former Employee - Operations
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at K12 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved my time at K12, it was a wonderful experience, but the company has completely changed once the founders left the company.

    Cons

    The culture is non-existent, the product is shaky, management does not care about people, the company itself is not doing well. I would warn anyone thinking of taking a job with K12 in its current state, it would be like buying a ticket on the Titanic.

    Advice to Management

    Actually care about kids and education. Return to a place where quality people were hired and investment went to solid curriculum and product, rather than trying to plug the sinking ship.