Data Recognition Corporation

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Data Recognition Corporation Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
54 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A nice enough company. A good place to get a start fresh out of college. Not stable right now.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Maple Grove headquarters has a beautiful building, easy parking, and a nice on-site cafeteria and gym (with yoga and fitness classes). I worked with some very nice people, was treated with respect, and they had some good structures/processes in place. Privately held, so they don't have to dance to stockholder whims, which is a plus in my view. Some nice benefits, such as wellness programs, on-site massage (for a fee), and tuition reimbursement.

    They provide a good opportunity for new college grads to get some experience and frequently hire a lot of new grads (cheap labor for them) and they know how to promote from within...sometimes...but they don't seem to know what to do with more experienced workers coming in from the outside.

    They frequently paid out on their profit sharing plan in the years I was there, although I expect that will be changing now (they've had some recent layoffs and business downturns).

    Cons

    Pay generally lower than similar positions at public companies and pay increases laughably low...almost never even kept pace with cost of living increases, no matter how hard you worked. A LOT of (unpaid) overtime for salaried employees when things got busy, which they did for months at a time every year. They pay good lip service to work/life balance, but when your manager and all your coworkers are answering emails around the clock and during their vacations, it's hard not to feel like you'd be judged as a lesser employee for not doing so as well. They're currently caught up in a lot of the turmoil around the transitions in the testing industry, which is affecting their contract renewals, so they've had some fairly sizable layoffs this summer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    This company comes off as having bi-polar disorder.

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    Former Employee - Technology Worker  in  Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Technology Worker in Maple Grove, MN

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    For a small company, they have a lot of big company benefits like tuition reimbursement, on-site fitness, and a cafeteria.

    Cons

    The bi-polar disorder this company suffers from is often discussed and disquised as "we are a nimble company" or "we offer boutique style services" or "we cater to our customers needs". What the reality is, we would often stop everything we are doing to start working on something completely different because a client requested it -- regardless of if it was a revenue generating venture or not. More often than not, we would spend the majority of our time working on projects and systems that were in support of one particular line of business that was where the least revune would come from (surveys) -- all while ignoring the largest most revenue generating business lines (education).

    This is a contract award based business. If contracts are being awarded, let the good times roll. If key contracts are not awarded, last one standing is a rotten egg. I feel that this could actually be changed to a "Pro" if the management of the company would focus on long term viability and strategy rather then trying to win that "next thing". Short sightedness I believe sometimes causes them to lose over the long term.

    Management at DRC is very all-over-the-board. In my tenure with the company I worked for managers that were inexperienced, absent, micro-management focused, or completely focused on their own career. So frusturating when career advancement is based on who you hang out with after-hours, or who you are related to. The good ol' boys club is alive and well here in Maple Grove.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DRC needs to awknowledge that they have a serious management issue. My opinion is that they need to replace their executive leadership team with people that genuinely care about the company's well being and their employees. My belief is that the executive team doesn't report to any shareholders (being privately held) so it's the wild wild west. Completely inappropriate uses of time and money are not uncommon. Give me the name of any other 500 person company that feels the need to have two private jet airplanes so that owners and executives can travel for vacations, golf, sporting events, and family trips? In a publicly held company, they would be removed from position.

    DRC needs to come to grips with the fact that they aren't a big company and needs to quit spending that way. Putting a new office up without any though process behind it is an expensive endeaveor. I witnessed and helped with many of these office building build-outs. Put some thought behind allowing your employees to travel. I first-hand witnessed entire teams of people traveling only to do things that could have been done remotely or with local labor. The company and it's employees (generally) learn from what management does. If you see management traveling for the sole purpose of eating a giant steak and a $100 bottle of wine on a "business" trip dinner, what do you think your employees will think is acceptable next time they travel?

    Specific to IT, DRC needs to reconfigure the entire reporting structure. Network engineers should not be reporting to an IT director. What ends up happening is IT directors begin acting as a manager and the CIO ends up acting as an IT director -- leaving the whole IT strategy hanging. The CIO should consider working on IT strategy rather than pulling up his sleeves and getting directly involved with things like storage upgrades and operating system migrations.

    I believe that DRC is going to have to spend quite some time repairing itself before it can attract the top talent again. Salaries have been historically low, although I cannot speak to that in the recent months as I haven't worked there for a while. Recent layoffs will cause a black eye that will be slow to heal. Most candidates place job stability very high on their checklist. DRC was always quick to talk about how they are a family focused company, but in my long tenure with them, I don't remember one time where families were included in an event or even recognized. The employee holiday party is employee-only. Who wants to ask their spouse to watch the kids while you celebrate the holidays by yourself? It doesn't take much to improve morale by doing simple things like a Valleyfair family day or a family holiday party. If you are worried about the cost of these things, you are doing it wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Boring work, but nice people

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    Former Employee - Team Leader  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Austin, TX

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Sometimes you get paid for days where you don't work. Fairly relaxed setting.

    Cons

    Boring work in fluorescent lighting,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to make work life more interesting

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It was okay

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    Former Employee - Reader  in  Woodbury, MN
    Former Employee - Reader in Woodbury, MN

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good hours

    bonuses available for attendance

    Cons

    it can become very monotonous

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It is what it is.

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    Former Employee - Test Scorer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Test Scorer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    - Very predictable work environment, no surprises at all, what you hear during the recruitment orientation is exactly what you get.
    - There is a requirement to have at least a bachelors degree for the position, so your coworkers are generally intelligent and reasonable people.
    - Team leaders and project coordinators were generally very friendly and accommodating
    - Some working hour flexibility: Required hours of M-F 8:30 - 4:00, but can start as early as 8:00 and stay as late as 5:00. $50 bonus if you work 40 hours per week.
    - Free popcorn during the afternoon break on Wednesday!

    Cons

    - The work gets mindnumbingly boring after a few days, and usually you will be grading the same question for the whole duration of the project.
    - Lunch break is only 30 minutes, and there is not a very good selection of places to get food within a short driving distance, hence most people just bring their lunch
    - You don't get much personal space at all in the grading rooms, but at least management informs you of this ahead of time.
    - Even with the "flexible" hours, you can not normally work over 40 hours a week unless management approves overtime for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More break time to break up the monotony.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It Is What It Is

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    Former Employee - Reader  in  Woodbury, MN
    Former Employee - Reader in Woodbury, MN

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere, a clean quiet environment, and very good team leaders, this is about as good as possible given the kind of mind numbing work that it is. At least in my case the work lasted the expected full month, with some variety as they kept switching us in and out of similar projects to even out workloads with other groups. Interesting dynamics as educated people got into meeting the goal, and would have serious discussions about what 11-year olds really meant in their essays so that they could be properly graded.

    Cons

    Pathetic pay, but then no one looks at this as a career. It's not a con, but interesting to note that by and large the workforce seems to be split between those just out of college and those largely past full-time careers; the two groups seem to get along very well--it's an educated workforce and everyone knows this is a temporary situation, so no one gets possessive about their position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay readers just a little more; a similar company in the Twin Cities is at $13/hour. I don't know what team and project leaders make, but mine were good and probably deserve more. Having end of project surveys on them is a good idea, but at we were in a vacuum so far as management was concerned. At least some sort of minimal communication with the readers explaining the value of their work might be a slight morale booster. The requirement that people get up and move around every 2 hours is an excellent idea. Healthier snacks in the vending machine would be another asset. Finally, an idea on how one can move up if they come back enough times and do well might increase long-term retention.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good PT work for Retirees.

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    Current Employee - Reader  in  Sharonville, OH
    Current Employee - Reader in Sharonville, OH

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Low Stress, decent pt pay, casual atmosphere. Seasonal from Spring through Summer.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between upper management and readers. Secret system for hiring TLs and Scoring Directors, appears to be more of a popularity contest than results-oriented. Scoring rooms are either too hot or cold. Some reader supervisors are unhelpful and standoffish. Bathrooms are filthy!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address readers prior to beginning of project to welcome them to DRC. Post job opportunities. Better training for reader TLs and Scoring Directors. Work on better climate controlled scoring rooms and ensure bathrooms and lunchroom are clean.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    If you plan on staying here long, think again...

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    Former Employee - Test Reader  in  Sharonville, OH
    Former Employee - Test Reader in Sharonville, OH

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very laid-back atmosphere, very relaxed dress code (blue jeans, t-shirts), and no corporate culture. Everyone basically gets along, and there is very little in the way of politics. Team leaders are good at conveying how to score items, and demonstrate incredible patience.

    Cons

    Low pay for the amount of work (a number of people have experience as educators, either in grade or high school, even in college) - DRC is an enormous pay cut. Somewhat thankless - you might get free ice cream once in a while - but management is really bad at communicating how long a project might last. If you're hired for three weeks, plan on two weeks, and maybe another day or so beyond that. You're generally committing for a project that won't last nearly as long as you are being told. They offer plenty of disclaimers about this on the paperwork you'll sign, but generally you are made to believe a project will last for its duration, only to be told one day that it is ending sooner than expected.

    As another reviewer said, take another job if you can get it. This place is great for retirees, people just out of college, or people who have just lost their job and need income. Just don't plan on making this into a long-term job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that your test scorers don't want to be told how important they are by scoring directors and HR personnel who don't know the names of their own employees - they want to be treated with respect and honesty. If you know a project won't last as long as the advertised period of time, just say so. You would go a long way in saving a lot of people a bunch of stress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Scorer/Grader

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    Current Employee - Scorer/Grader  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Scorer/Grader in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    DRC pays on time and payments are accurate.

    Cons

    The management is very clock conscious (at least in the grading environment). Every minute counts especially coming back from breaks or first thing in the morning. Employees are expected to be at their seat ready to go 5 minutes before start time.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It has been a positive experience

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Friendly work environment with possible networking.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be monotonous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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