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K12 Washington DC Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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Stuart Udell
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Pros
  • Most floors are cleared out by 5:30pm and many employees work from home 1-5 days a week (in 97 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. "Exciting place to be right now"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Because K12 is a a giant relative to most edtech companies, employees benefit from the perks of working at a large company -- talented leadership, abundant resources, name recognition, career development opportunities, etc. As the education field continues to shift towards digital solutions, K12 is uniquely positioned to lead in this ever-changing space, thus making the K12 staff's roles dynamic and exciting.

    The office culture is comfortable and family-friendly. Most floors are cleared out by 5:30pm and many employees work from home 1-5 days a week. Employees are generally pleasant and driven.

    Cons

    K12's status as a for-profit school provider makes it a target for bad press (don't believe everything you read!). Also, it can occasionally be difficult to work cross-departmentally, though that seems to be changing recently.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let K12's size keep us from being nimble and continuing to innovate.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Swimming against the legislative tide"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Marketing in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still doing good things for some families. And Stuart is extremely personable.

    Cons

    'Bright flight' -- best talent is leaving

    Advice to Management

    You can't cut your way to profitability and letting talent walk is a surefire way to kill product innovation


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Frustrating and Chaotic"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Good entry level opportunity"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Document Processor in Herndon, VA
    Current Contractor - Document Processor in Herndon, VA
    Recommends

    I have been working at K12 as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    While on contract during the summer, overtime hours are encouraged. Also, if you put in the effort, your contract may become extended indefinitely. You may be able to start a career starting as a contractor.

    Cons

    They may lay off the people on contract a little bit earlier than expected. This all relies on how well you perform the job though.

    Advice to Management

    Give two weeks notice when laying people off after busy season.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Sad to see current state"

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    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Human Resources"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Puts resources into it's curriculum - great virtual platform for students.
    The staff are very knowledgeable and professional.
    Good paid time off program, especially for teachers.

    Cons

    Teacher salaries are low.
    401K match is almost non-existent.
    They struggle with employee morale.
    While proper resources have been placed on curriculum, K12 has failed to put resources into other operations, i.e. effective HR and payroll systems.

    Advice to Management

    Put resources into operational systems like HR and payroll. It will pay off in the long run with happier employees.
    Do everything you can to increase pay for the teachers.
    Do everything you can to increase morale with your employees.


  10. "Loved working there"

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Consultant Contractor in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Enrollment Consultant Contractor in Herndon, VA
    Recommends

    I worked at K12 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment to work in

    Cons

    Sometimes the parents can be really rude but you know that's customer service.


  11. "Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Herndon, VA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and great work environment.

    Cons

    Compensation not adequate for work done


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