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Updated November 27, 2017
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  1. "It was good while it lasted"

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

    I worked at K12 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Originally innovative, student focused and responsive to clients' needs.
    Best colleagues imaginable for a lot of years.

    Cons

    In my experience company has become reactive rather than proactive, are treating symptoms instead of root issues, and do not show they value employees (and I'm not just talking poor compensation).

    Advice to Management

    At every level--get out into the field--learn what is really happening, connect with your remote teams, and be committed to finding real solutions.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "K12 : infant, toddler or mature company?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    K12 has a history of success that relies on reputation.
    K12 is very attentive to students' needs.
    K12 does an extraordinary job with managed public schools, and virtual academies.

    Cons

    Company's history gets in its own way for growth ("we're the biggest, so we must be the best. We don't need to do anything new").
    K12 is a reactionary company, vs. a proactive environment ("What can we do to make things better? What can we do to sustain what we have?")
    K12 is used to no-competition so it does nothing for employee retention/career growth.
    HR dept. is out of touch with other depts.

    Advice to Management

    K12 struggles to find its footing as a leader in the digital education space. Figure out the mission, create a roadmap, and achieve the goals set forth. This whole "what are we" mentality is not appropriate for a decades-old startup.

  3. "Temp job. They owe you nothing"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Knoxville, TN
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at K12 as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Unlimited overtime. Pay is good.

    Cons

    They would not tell me if they planned to hire me. You are micromanage and have to read a script all day


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Mismanaged and Bloated"

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

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

    Pros

    Many staff and teachers can work at home and come into the offices once in a while.

    Cons

    Too many midlevel managers. Nobody knows what their full jobs are. Managers micromanage but can’t keep their own schedule or meetings straight. Asked for different things from different people. Pay is bad and not competitive. Salary people expected to work long hours and weekends for no extra pay.

    Advice to Management

    Ask employees to review their managers. Make it anonymous. Do something about the responses because good long term employees are leaving.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not worth it"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at K12 as a contractor

    Pros

    Work from my home period

    Cons

    Lack of teacher support. Everything you need is scattered, scavenger hunt to find resources or the right human to help. Pass the buck. "Not my department"

    Advice to Management

    Streamline things. Pay better for what you expect. Change isn't always good.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Academic Administrator"

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

    I worked at K12 full-time

    Pros

    Good teachers to work with

    Cons

    Poor head of school performance


  7. "Client Specislist"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at K12 as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with great contractors

    Cons

    Misleading company says they will get you perm but they never do majority of teachers are contractors and contractors that are remote aren’t even permanent after 3-4yrs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying about hiring contractors on as permanent. Learn the jobs you require employees to know so you can help out. Be transparent and flexible with contractors.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Lost vision"

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

    Pros

    Originally innovative, new management in product development have weakened the product offering

    Cons

    Loss of vision and experienced and dedicated team members are making for a lower quality oroduct


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Unstable"

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

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

    Pros

    OK to work, Christmas party etc

    Cons

    Lots of lay offs in IT


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Overdose of complexity"

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

    I worked at K12 full-time

    Pros

    If you are new and want to learn a thing or two, this might be the place.

    Cons

    If you are an experienced professional, there are hardly any chances of growth. Way too much politics and way too many meetings for every small little thing. Decision making is paralyzed. Salary and Benefits are not great. 401K contribution is minuscule. The long hours and stress ain't worth it. Plenty of opportunities outside, specially in IT.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to reach your employees below Director level. Talk to them. They are the one's doing the real work. There was no exit interview scheduled for me. I left for a much better opportunity. Industry paying much more and slotting people in right positions. The annual performance reviews are very subjective and don't reflect the work put in.


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