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Updated March 28, 2017
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Pros
  • This job provides flexibility to work from home (in 87 reviews)

  • K12 is extremely flexible about dress code and work/life balance (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours required at times, meaning work/life balance gets out of whack during peak season (which is often the summer for support teams) (in 21 reviews)

  • Upper management is more concerned about numbers than people (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dedicated people who care about kids.

    Cons

    Too concerned about the stock price.


  2. "K12 review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great culture. excellent work and life balance.

    Cons

    limited career advancement opportunity. and


  3. "Chaotic management, lack of direction and it's just no longer the company that it was."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Herndon, VA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home opportunities. Flexible hours available. For the most part good co-workers. Attempting to use Agile within the development organization.

    Cons

    There used to be a real passion and mission from the senior leadership all the way down through the company, unfortunately, no longer the case. Lack of trust throughout the company and they wonder why their adoption of Agile is a failure. Too many people get promoted without merit, creating to many levels of management.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people and flatten the organization.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Frustrating and Chaotic"

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

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

    Pros

    Many positions are work from home which is great. Many are not, however.

    Cons

    Lots of cons to list. Low low pay, layoffs after meetings saying how great we are doing, management seems like they have no idea what anybody else is doing, meetings never start or end in time, it is never clear what goals are because they are moved or changed so often. Expectation is that everybody works more than 40 (more like 50 or 60 hours is the usual) hours a week and no added benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Set clear goals at the start of the year. Respect employees by not cancelling or moving meetings so often because it makes people feel like you don't respect their time, increase pay.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Virtual Teacher"

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

    I worked at K12 full-time

    Pros

    Not having to deal with traffic.

    Cons

    Too much training, too many hours, too little benefits

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries and reduce work hours


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sad to see current state"

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

    I have been working at K12 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some very smart people passionate about education...but many of the best are leaving or being choked by choas

    Cons

    As a longtime employee, it's hard to see that the company has lost so many great people, seems to lack a vision, and suffers from Management 101 failures. Senior executives are leaving, there is practically no communication about the strategy/vision/mission, lots of layoffs without explanation, etc.

    Advice to Management

    People are confused, paranoid, and insecure. If you want to retain the good ones that are left, you are going to need to figure something out ASAP. We need to hear from the CEO more...and not a pre-recorded PR message. We don't know who is steering the ship or where we are going.


  8. "Company could be great, but isn't"

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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

    Could potentially be a big winner due to change in political landscape

    Cons

    Poor management and communication top to bottom at this for-profit education company

    Advice to Management

    Create an atmosphere of trust by building mission and values in the daily work of all employees. Paranoia is rampant, no communication from management leads to insecurity.


  9. "Regional IT Admin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility, culture, progressions, growth , oppurtunity

    Cons

    compensation, culture, progression , growth, marketing


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at K12 full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, still some very good people who carry the mission

    Cons

    When I left at the beginning of 2016, there were some significant leadership challenges
    Many good people have either left on their own or been let go in the past six months due to poor financial management that led to staff reductions

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to set the example of being forthcoming with the rest of the company and not try to hide mistakes. They always come out in the end; you're better off dealing with them sooner rather than waiting for them to balloon and hoping for a "deus ex machina." Put K12 and its customers before LRN and its stakeholders.


  11. "ELA Teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ELA Teacher in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - ELA Teacher in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This job provides flexibility to work from home.

    Cons

    There is more micromanaging of teachers at K12 compared to the brick and mortar setting.

    Advice to Management

    Let teachers be professionals and use their own ideas to make strong, engaged, standards based classroom instruction.



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