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Terrible work/balance life
Spanish teacher (Former Employee) –  Orlando, FLDecember 16, 2016
Everything is quota, quota, quota. Nothing else about child progress is thought of. This is all about money in this company.
Pros
Salary, work from home
Cons
Leadership team is not supportive, your job is threatened constantly
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Think twice or three times or more before working here
Web Developer (Current Employee) –  Orlando, FLOctober 24, 2016
I have been with flvs for 2 years and I can honestly say, this virtual school is going downhill fast. They hire incompetent managers, IT is a mess, and the website we work off of is a joke, it barely works and this is 2016 for crying out loud. Human Resources does a horrible job at hiring people, they reject qualified applicants and hire on the stupidest, inexperienced people ever. They should be replaced immediately...all of them.
Pros
Working from home, benefits
Cons
Human Resources is not good. Bad management, they will fire you at any given time
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Awful company to work for
Student Teacher (Former Employee) –  Orlando, FLMay 25, 2016
Worked under another instructor, awful lady to work with, completely undermined me every chance she got, virtual school is a 24/7 job, no breaks, customer service representative. did not enjoy a single aspect of working for them.
Pros
nothing
Cons
everything
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Going downhill fast
Instructor (Former Employee) –  Orlando, FLFebruary 25, 2016
The experience working their has to do with leadership and they have very few great leaders. Most are micromanagers who will cause more problems and create more work.
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Productive
Instructor (Current Employee) –  Orlando, FLAugust 22, 2015
Interesting place to work. 12 hour work day Teachers are overworked and not supported.
Felt very oppressed.
Leadership is flawed.
Was a wonderful place to work in but towards the end became a nightmare.
Pros
Work from home
Cons
Nepotism
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Productive and hard working school.
English III and IV Instructor (Current Employee) –  St. Petersburg, FloridaAugust 7, 2015
A typical nine to eleven hour day at work involves preparing paperwork and documents for the days calls and logging of that information into a system. This also entails grading student work daily and responding to student calls throughout the work day in between. I have learned how to further organize my daily routine and how to work various educational online systems, integrating this within my daily life. One of the hardest parts of this job requires ones thoughts to understand that not everything can be completed in one day, but with constant proactive skills and behavior, one can achieve success. It is quite rewarding when students complete the course and you can finalize their grades, knowing that you were an influential part of their educational success.
Pros
Working from home and some flexibility of schedule.
Cons
Not in an environment with interaction of other individuals daily.
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Not enjoyable
Physical Education and Health Teacher (Former Employee) –  Orlando, FLJuly 2, 2015
I did not enjoy working for Florida Virtual School. They made goals that were hard to met. Also, there was no work/life balance. Teachers work long hours and work year around. I would definitely not recommend Florida Virtual School to any teacher.
Pros
good pay
Cons
work too many hours, unrealistic goals applied to teachers
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Flexible hours
English Instructor (Former Employee) –  Orlando, FLJune 10, 2015
FLVS is a great place to work. The time I spent there helped me to grow in my computer skills. It was a great benefit to become a professional online teacher.
Pros
flexible hours
Cons
sometimes students don't respect office hours
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Online teaching environment
Algebra I Instructor (Former Employee) –  RemoteMay 30, 2015
The virtual classroom is a great concept for students that are self-directed learners. Most days are spent contacting students and parents to complete the minimum number of weekly assignments.

The management staff is not stable. In one year, I had three different principals with three different styles of management. The principals did not seem able to work with difficult students or parents. Typically, the last principal was extremely condensing and avoided making contact with parents at all cost.

The students enter into this virtual world throughout the school year. I think it is a great program, however the students need to be screened to ensure they have the necessary skills to take each course.
Pros
Remote work environment
Cons
High volume of students assigned to each teacher
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Low Morale
Administration (Current Employee) –  OrlandoFebruary 25, 2015
Long Days - typically 10 - 12 hours, sometimes more
Unable to accomplish things quickly due to roadblocks in fast approval and due to higher ups who won't commit to decisions;
Needed technology enhancements (repairs) are often not being approved;
Parents and students do not adhere to the code of conduct and do not abide by requirements established by instructors and administrators because they are not enforced;
Parents and students often feel entitled to be rude and disrespectful to instructors and other faculty and that is not discouraged with removal;
Excellent faculty - teachers know their content and work diligently to provide excellent support to the students which I know is taxing considering their student loads.

I am hopeful that as new leadership has joined (CEO and some in HR and other operations that some of the concerns will diminish)
Pros
Many whom I work with everyday or often are very professional and supportive
Cons
Those in leadership who are not professional and who are unethical are not removed
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Run for your life
Management (Former Employee) –  RemoteFebruary 15, 2015
Unstable Unstable Unstable...Run for your life...New Leadership different cover same story...heed the warnings and don't choose them!
Pros
Benefits, Professional Development, working from home
Cons
everything else
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IT support (Former Employee) –  Orlando, FLSeptember 13, 2014
My manager had to manage 5-6 people and was so incopetent and she does not know how to manage the team. A few guys are always stabbing each other in the back. She likes to put people on this 30 day improvement plan, then HR just lets her fire people. She should be on the improvememt plan herself! This place is not the same since all the leaders all left a few months ago. Management and HR treats people like they're in high school. (Some).
Pros
there are some nice people to work with
Cons
read above
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Great experience working with families.
Teacher, 5th Grade (Current Employee) –  Orlando, FLAugust 17, 2014
FLVSFT is a great learning opportunity for those students and families who do not want to send their students to public school. FLVSFT offers a public and home school option.

FLVSFT also encourages parents to play a huge role in their child's education. The majority of the parents embrace this role and enjoy working with teachers to provide a stable learning environment.

As a teacher my job was to communicate with parents and students, offer guided and direct instruction, and provide interactive learning oppportunities.
Pros
Flexible working hours, time off when needed
Cons
Large class sizes, unrealistic expectations
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No work life balance--constantly push on students to submit assignments
Instructor (Former Employee) –  Orlando, FLJuly 29, 2014
No work life balance. Salary is good but you are working so much the hourly rate is not that good. Constantly being on duty is expected. If you take time off you get out of compliance on grading. They offer teaming but it is an illusion as you would not want to burden your teammate with more work. Management is always asking for more and pushing people to the limit, playing mind games to make you feel less than awesome if you are not working yourself to death. Good part of the job is working with students one on one but you have to constantly "threaten" them (without it sounding like a threat) that they will be dropped from the course if they do not complete weekly work. It is sold as an individualized school but teachers are expected to get a crazy number of completions per year so students cannot work at their own rate.
Pros
salary is good but when you divide by hours it is not
Cons
work 24/7 it feels like
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Productive and fun place to work in
Contractor- Application Technician (Former Employee) –  Orlando, FLJune 4, 2014
Co-workers were fun to work with. Very friendly and love to help each other out. Small team meaning better communication and organization
Pros
Flexible work hours
Cons
Short breaks
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Not an enjoyable place to work
Executive Assistant- Information Technology (Current Employee) –  Orlando, FLMay 20, 2014
High employee turnover (CEO, & CIO both resigned within months of each other. People are not friendly
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GReat job
Student Administrator (Former Employee) –  Orlando, FLMay 6, 2014
Great job. Flexible. Fun. Friendly. competitive. This job is great for your exceptional persons. Simplistic yet, it raises the bar on how far you are willing to go to challenge yourself.
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Great purpose
Senior Support Representative, Talent Management (Current Employee) –  Orlando, FLMarch 16, 2014
The values of this company make it a great place to work, allowing employees to feel like they are making a difference.
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overwelming job not enough pay.
Physical Educator/Personal Fitness Instructor (Former Employee) –  work from homeJanuary 12, 2014
You work 24/7. Your job is not protected and is based on enrollment.
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very laid back
Receptionist (Former Employee) –  orlando flJanuary 11, 2014
everything is online so communicating and listening is a must. cannot talk over the parent, student, teacher and staff and always try to help them to the best of my ability.
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