Instructor (Current Employee) – Orlando, FL – August 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.
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.
English III and IV Instructor (Current Employee) – St. Petersburg, Florida – August 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.
Working from home and some flexibility of schedule.
Not in an environment with interaction of other individuals daily.
Physical Education and Health Teacher (Former Employee) – Orlando, FL – July 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.
work too many hours, unrealistic goals applied to teachers
Algebra I Instructor (Former Employee) – Remote – May 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.
Administration (Current Employee) – Orlando – February 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)
many whom i work with everyday or often are very professional and supportive
those in leadership who are not professional and who are unethical are not removed
IT support (Former Employee) – Orlando, FL – September 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).
No work life balance--constantly push on students to submit assignments
Instructor (Former Employee) – Orlando, FL – July 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.
salary is good but when you divide by hours it is not
Full Time Music Instructor (Former Employee) – Orlando, FL – October 25, 2013
The company claims to benefit students but it seriously has conflicting interests. They claim "any place, time, pace, etc..." but in the end, the job security is not there if you do not meet a quota just like a sales quota. Most fun part are the kids and that you become a new kind of teacher. But wouldn't do it again.
Excellent organization that values students, staff, parents and education.
Adjunct Faculty Computing for College and Careers (Former Employee) – Orlando, FL – October 15, 2013
Received students on a weekly basis, enrolled them according to company policy, sent introduction letters and contacted by phone. Worked closely with students and parents to maintain positive communication link. Worked with coworkers, attended weekly staff meetings, learned new tasks, techniques and methods of instruction. LOVED the training, staff meetings and ever aspect of Florida Virtual School. The most POSITIVE environment I have ever worked in.
Enjoyed working with students and helping them learn...especially fun was when the "light went on" and they "got it"!!! Also enjoyed the one on one communication by phone, email and texts.