Data Recognition Corporation

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Data Recognition Corporation Reviews

Updated 20 October, 2014
Updated 20 October, 2014
62 Reviews
3.6
62 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For the most part it's a low-stress work environment (in 10 reviews)

  • Team leaders and project coordinators were generally very friendly and accommodating (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay with meager benefits, monotonous work (in 3 reviews)

  • a small group of executives and upper management) (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Small Company Feel

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time

    Pros

    They pay their employees well and the benefits were terrific. It felt like a small company even though it was large. The people I worked with had strong work ethics and values and it seemed to be that way throughout the company. A high level of work quality and respect for one another was felt throughout.

    Cons

    Certain departments were grown so as to remain profitable and that is to be expected, but the administration departments were left to try to keep up with the increasing workload with the same or incorrect tools which presented many challenges.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost sight of the value of their employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Pros

    Good benefits. Talented, dedicated people. Great facilities. A place to start a career if you don't mind not having a life.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, little true appreciation for employees (lip-service only), 60+ work weeks are the norm and expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a long-term strategy. Put your money into developing stronger/better solutions and hire and keep talented employees, the ones that actually do the real work. Listen to the regular employees who know what the clients like, want and need and how to provide it, not just the small circle of out-of-touch people at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Seasonal Scorer

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    Former Employee - Test Scorer in Plymouth, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Test Scorer in Plymouth, MN (US)

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice break room. Nice staff. OT available. Training.

    Cons

    Little flexibility. Statistical performance grading (only).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can thrive through the last recession, but can't now?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good health insurance benefits, great coworkers.

    Cons

    Strange and inconsistent corporate vision, officer level micro-management, below average salary for all positions, no incentive for giving more than 100%, nepotism, no employee training or career building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After losing several contracts, laying off over 100 employees, closing locations, telling staff they will need to take on more work, and then revoking profit sharing bonuses, this is a recipe for disaster. You will have to do better than tell staff that they can now wear jeans. The founder of the company must be so disappointed... but then again he has so much money, why would he care anymore?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Test Development in Plymouth, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Test Development in Plymouth, MN (US)

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people at DRC, people who work hard and are dedicated to doing things right. Flexible work schedule is beneficial.

    Cons

    Directors are out of touch and generally under qualified, with a few notable exceptions. It is the worker bees who keep the hive functional, but they are often expected to put in copious overtime (uncompensated) to get the job done. They are also the least appreciated. Directors are rarely onsite, and seem to work only when they want to. A major housecleaning at the director level, and promotions from within to fill those spots, would be the most beneficial thing the company could do. Unfortunately, lack of foresight, poor business management, and having the wrong people in leadership roles has cost the company major contracts of late, and there have been major financial hits as a result. There have been multiple rounds of "layoffs" (firings) in recent months. In some of the later rounds, exceptionally well-liked, respected, and hard-working people were let go with no rhyme or reason, and morale has taken an even bigger hit as a result. When incompetent, toxic directors are above this reorganization, you know there is a problem. Top talent that remains is actively seeking employment elsewhere. This is a sinking ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more faith in your best employees, and less in the directors and managers. Things are not always as they seem, and recent staffing decisions have upset the apple cart in a big way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Successful Because People Give 110%

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Pros

    DRC has a collaborative culture and an "all-hands-on-deck" approach to resolving problems, including senior leadership and senior executives when addressing problems or challenges. DRC is generous with allowing flexible work arrangements. There is a laid back feel to the organization and the right balance between flexibility and standardized processes and tools.

    Cons

    There is no consistent, articulated strategy or vision. Over commitment to clients is common. Those commitments are met, typically, through overworking people - long days and nights, weekends, and working through holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a strategy or a road map, and stick with it. Each department should have clearly defined goals and objectives. Let the senior executives focus on strategy and leading, rather than getting into the weeds of problem resolution and project management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Boring work that's easy to get but hard to sustain

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    Former Employee - Reader in Woodbury, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Reader in Woodbury, MN (US)

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    • Decent hourly wage and bonuses.
    • Low-stress working environment.
    • Fair system for employee and supervisor evaluation.
    • Good training.
    • Friendly and casual atmosphere.
    • Team leaders and scoring directors were almost all competent and approachable.

    Cons

    • The temporary reader positions are project-based and there's no guarantee they'll have more than a week or two's work lined up for you. I was promised work from May through August in the interview, and instead was only called in for a total of six weeks. Overall, I felt a bit cheated.
    • HR seemed out of touch with the availability of their staff. There was no apparent logic to project scheduling decisions, and they often ran contrary to the employee input on the project sign-up sheets.
    • Extremely monotonous work, and you can't even listen to music while doing it.
    • Very sedentary working environment that involves staring at a screen reading bad handwriting all day is hard on the body.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the scoring directors or team leaders help coordinate scheduling.

    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big investments made in the Education division. Survey Services neglected

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Working with a talented group of people.

    Cons

    Management top heavy. Tools outdated and no investment to better the division and help it to be successful.Preached work/life balance. did not practice.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting and friendly co-workers

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    Current Employee - Test Scorer in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Test Scorer in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation (less than an year)

    Pros

    I am interested in all things education, so even a chance to understand the grading of standardized tests (which is what I did at DRC) was interesting. Interpreting rubrics always led to some interesting questions. Unfortunately, scorers don't have much say in what the rubrics are. But the people were very friendly including Scoring Directors and Team Leads. Pretty relaxed environment too. Pay is pretty good for what you do. Pretty flexible with schedules, but of course they'll want people who are available for entire projects over others who are not.

    Cons

    You sit all day aside from 2 breaks and a 30 min lunch. Simple, but monotonous. Plus test-scoring is a seasonal position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All Scoring Directors and Team Leads that I interacted with (even the new ones) were all friendly, but let you know what they and their managers wanted done.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    People Oriented

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Seemed interested in employees and in quality. Good pay for the various levels with the ability to increase once certain amount of hours are reached. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Things started slipping as the industry changed. They don't seem to have anticipated the changes and are, instead, responding to how other companies are adapting. Will overwork excellent employees, plus it's hard to move ahead unless you're in MN.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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