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Updated Jul 17, 2019

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "A great company hamstrung by poor middle-management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Amazing people with a true love for students - A great mixture of educators and business folk - Handles the balance of a for-profit company in the non-profit sector very well - Has no tolerance for anything illegal or misleading - Top leadership is experienced and respected in the field of education

    Cons

    - They've lost their innovative edge over the years - There is a tendency to apply solutions without fully understanding the problems - In an attempt to be agile, there's often not enough time provided to fully try out and implement new ideas - Experience and institutional knowledge is no longer valued or respected - Yearly (sometimes more often) reorganizations prevent consistency in programing and progress - When ending employment due to a reorg, there was zero appreciation given to me for my accomplishments during more than a decade of service

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    K122019-07-17
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    colleagues who really want to help students and make a difference

    Cons

    massive turnover leading to disorganization, employees not valued, meetings about meetings to plan meetings that take so much time away from actual work that needs be done - distrust between departments.

    K122018-11-12
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Director"

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

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Dedicated people who care about kids.

    Cons

    Too concerned about the stock price.

    K122017-03-28
  4. Helpful (7)

    "Poor management at all levels, be cautious"

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

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work from home, flexible hours, decent pay depending on level of position, benefits are okay. Some travel as well too.

    Cons

    Management at all levels functions on a level of "building the plane as we fly it." Most management has no formal training and is too busy to learn or provide support. Company lacks a unified focus and continues to promote under qualified people. The lack of HR policies and organizational alignment creates an unstable and untrusting environment. Trust no one. Many people are willing to participate in inappropriate relationships to move ahead or get their way. Company will over work you and step on your personal time.

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    K122016-08-16
  5. "Sr. Director"

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    Senior Director Product Development in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at K12 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Loved the mission of the company and the people on the teams!

    Cons

    Long term product road map vision.

    K122016-04-11
  6. Helpful (15)

    "K12 has lost their way"

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

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some coworkers share the "work hard" mentality and there are many wonderfully talented people still there.

    Cons

    Execs and senior management have no concern for morale or a work/life balance. They will tell you to your face someone else is waiting for your position so put your head down and work, if you don't like it then leave. There is no down time and most weeks you work 70+ hours. No opportunity to work from home; if your butt is not in your seat the assumption is you're not working. Unrealistic expectations for how long it takes to perform tasks, run reports, obtain information due to convoluted and band-aided system upon system. Benefits are mediocre and team-building is non-existent. No focus or direction from upper management; just keep doing your job and don't ask questions.

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    K122015-10-06
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great learning opportunities in Crazytown"

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    Current Employee - Director in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at K12 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart people abound. Fascinating business model. Great opportunities for professional growth.

    Cons

    Patchwork of a thousand technologies that don't work well together. Lack of accountability for some. Work/life balance can be wildly unbalanced depending on department/position.

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    K122015-08-05
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Marketing"

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

    I worked at K12 full-time

    Pros

    Good colleagues, good overall mission

    Cons

    No meritocracy, promotion is given to people who are in the "in" circle with management. Everyone there seems to be so busy managing to their own supervisors that they don't have time to look at employees or worry about their career or growth path. Extremely "cover your back" culture...

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    K122015-06-05
  9. "Senior Director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Herndon, VA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at K12 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good mission, excellent co-workers, still opportunities to move around within the company.

    Cons

    Upper management still appears to be a revolving door making it challenging to manage daily work, since plans tend to change with each new chief in the tee-pee.

    K122015-03-09
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Overall positive experience, in recent years though culture and morale has diminished."

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

    I worked at K12 full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great mission, engaged customers, interesting problems to solve. Advancement opportunities for people who work hard and show leadership skills.

    Cons

    Increasing bureaucracy and politics, less people who are interested in getting things done. Virtually no direction or focus from upper management on aligning the company to common goals.

    K122015-01-16
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