Data Recognition Corporation

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Updated February 20, 2015
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  1. Not what it used to be, not what it could be

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pleasant park-like location, no-charge parking, employee perks such as on-site gym, on-site cafeteria, profit sharing in the good years. Department / middle managers were very good, in my experience, in terms of listening to staff, and communicating. Fairly low-stress. A very nice holiday party was given every year, and occasional events like picnics and summer outings.

    Cons

    Working environment was silent and cold, like working in a library. Low annual pay increases, with little motivation to work harder. Daily time-reporting, weekly time-sheets, unbelievable pickiness in the recording of hours (or fractional hours) for tasks done or time off, even for salaried employees, with no balancing out or compensatory time-off when additional time was expected -- quite one-sided that way. Training was said to be available during the hiring process, but then was never permitted or supported. Upper management seemed to be flailing. Favoritism was common in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    Raise compensation to market; don't treat experienced salaried employees like clerks working at their first job, show some trust in them; more forward-thinking / projection, so that there isn't hiring one month and lay-offs the next.

  2. Helpful (3)

    ok company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people that are left are wonderful.

    Cons

    the owner..makes lots of promises and doesn't follow through. She is kind of crazy. She can decide she doesn't like you based on what you wore to work and find a way to fire you. All of her senior management are afraid of her and are yes-men. Not a very diverse work culture. It department needs major overhaul.

    Advice to Management

    Senior managers..value your people.

  3. project management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Pros

    lot of opportunities to move within internal groips

    Cons

    lack of structured approach towards managing teams leads to confusion

    Advice to Management

    more communication and transparency

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  5. Helpful (9)

    CEO Has to move on!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are quite good and the staff is generally friendly and hard-working. The DRC facilities are very nice as well.

    Cons

    The CEO. She runs the company with impulsive, schizophrenic ideas which have resulted in an epic downward spiral for the company. The company has suffered great loss of revenue and clients and continues to struggle to bring in new work. Job security continues to be very low.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of CEO. Her only strengths are navigating filthy political situations and carelessly spending the company's money on herself and her select few favorites on self-serving things such as taking the company jet to and from Lambeau Field every other weekend to cheer on the beloved Packers in the DRC suite. The founder needs to dump her and find someone with the necessary vision and strategic know-how to reengineer the company so that it is equipped to navigate the industry's new look and feel. The staff that still remain, including her Leadership, are not there due to any respect or loyalty towards her. They are there simply because either she pays them well enough to continue to foster her false sense of success or because they are on the edge of retirement and are simply looking for a couple more years. Bring in some fresh blood at the top!! Please!!

  6. Helpful (1)

    Reader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reader in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Reader in Austin, TX

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Huge parking lot, secure controlled access building, dead quiet working environment.

    Cons

    No movement allowed except for scheduled breaks or emergency bathroom visits, no talking, no cellphone, no debate allowed on what you're supposed to do. Some team leaders and directors are very nice people - too nice to be there, many are miserable control freaks who can't wait to show their authority if you're 30 seconds late or need to leave early for a doctor's appointment or pick up your car.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest. Don't pretend like you're not shutting down this place. Readers were asked to see if everything was working (asset inventory), the plants and vending machine are already gone, the full time headcount in Austin is down to ONE. It's not hard to see what's in the crystal ball....

  7. Helpful (6)

    Great People, but management so so.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior SQA Analyst in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Senior SQA Analyst in Maple Grove, MN

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of eager people to pick up work, and learn. Bonuses and benefits are good, but hear some or most are not around in 2015.

    Cons

    Management hire people that are not qualified for the jobs, nor have the actual experience for the positions they are hired for and don't know how to deploy a quality in a product. Maybe that is why pay is lower than most. They don't hire people with the "quality" understanding and if they do,they don't realize it until they leave. More will soon leave on their own.

    Advice to Management

    You need to start raising the bar and hire people with actual experience that can deliver quality; or remove the quality policy from the badges. Also, listen to those employees when they suggest ideas to making it better.

  8. Helpful (12)

    Sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Development in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Test Development in Plymouth, MN

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (10)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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?

  10. Helpful (7)

    Lost sight of the value of their employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reader in Woodbury, MN
    Former Employee - Reader in Woodbury, MN

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Let the scoring directors or team leaders help coordinate scheduling.

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