DATA Group

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DATA Group Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Secure company, poor culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Graphic Designer and Developer in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Digital Graphic Designer and Developer in Brampton, ON (Canada)

    I worked at DATA Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, pension, opportunity (for sales people)

    Cons

    Not inspiring, lacks a company culture, unless you're a sales person you're overlooked, lacks direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Terrible place to work!! Over promise and under deliver

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

    I have been working at DATA Group

    Pros

    They offer great solutions.

    Cons

    What you are hired for is never what you will end up doing. Over time they will change and put more and more responsibility that is unrelated to your job. The review process is a joke. Management is disconnected with employees and their true responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes to what is going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work

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

    I worked at DATA Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Only pro I can think of is it was close to home

    Cons

    Company seems to be stuck in the 80's. Management lacks the ability to respect its employees and treats them like children in kindergarden. They are so behind with the times can't even use your cell in the office its not allowed WHAT! The internet is policed you can't even check the news during your lunch. They are total control freaks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the management that have been there WAY too long. I have never worked for a more disrespectful company in my entire working career. Some new blood is needed in upper management for this company to survive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    They're trying hard but the industry is undergoing significant change

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Line Grunt in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Front Line Grunt in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at DATA Group

    Pros

    Overall, the people are by far the company's best resource. Everyone is pretty good, friendly, and it's probably the least political place I've ever worked at. A lot of seasoned experience in there so you can learn a lot about the industry in a short amount of time. Their systems and solutions - while antiquated - are still some of the better offerings in the industry.

    They have also been investing in new manufacturing technology that make it easier and cheaper to deliver product fast and efficiently.

    Investments in quality monitoring, FSC processes, label and digital technology is encouraging and a step in the right direction. Warehousing and distribution is probably the single biggest factor that is helping them stay competitively in the game, despite the recession.

    2006 acquisition of Relizon and combining of forces made this company a solid coast-to-coast player in Canada.

    Current stock price of three dollars and change (at time of writing) is a MASSIVE bargain, yielding about a 30% return.

    Cons

    They may have tended to rest on their laurels which could result in their competition outpacing their technology solutions in due time. Lack of innovation in recent years has closed the gap on their competitiveness and are now increasingly faced with competing on price alone. The advancing technology of the printing industry is rapidly commoditizing a product/service that was once exclusively the domain of custom manufacturing. Overall, the industry is converging, and this company will only survive if they expand offerings to support asset creation as well as asset management. This means investing in more technology that serves the customer: self-serve reporting tools, self-serve authoring and content management, and other utilities.

    Internet access is locked down and policed.

    Can be a bit of an "old boys network" in there. Much of the same management have been around for decades, and they're all fairly young - so don't count on getting in middle management anytime soon.

    Disparities between East and West results in a fragmented organization that experiences disconnects in everything from culture to pricing to technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Step out of your comfort zone like you did in the old days: Invest in technology. Abandon the build it yourself technology strategy, and seek out best of breed solutions that others have developed. And for god's sake stop policing internet activity. Open things up and let people learn about the competition.

    2. Give some props to your employees with plans that don't necessarily cost you more money. Offer stock purchase plans to employees.

    3. Build a sales/delivery platform that has the customer in mind instead of trying to make the customer work to YOUR requirements. Expand solution offerings to asset creation (Insite is a good first step, but it's scratching the surface. Relizonline is better... but that will only get you to where you should have been two years ago.)

    4. Relax. Everyone else is in a recession. How come you won't recognize that?

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