Data Recognition Corporation

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Data Recognition Corporation Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
67 Reviews
3.2
67 Reviews
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Susan Engeleiter
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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
  • Poor work-life balance, little true appreciation for employees (lip-service only), 60 (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    People oriented, casual work environment, positive culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reader/Scorer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Reader/Scorer in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Know exactly what is wanted of you, consistent hours, overtime and bonus options, helpful supervisors. Opportunity for advancement. Pleasant offices.

    Cons

    The industry (education testing) is changing so DRC will need to make some changes too.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    CEO Has to move on!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great People, but management so so.

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    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Scoring Tests Isn't As Easy As It Sounds

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Scorer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Test Scorer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Clean, decent office environment. You are required to take your lunch and break and your mid morning and mid afternoon breaks. There is an opportunity for overtime pay. Peers and most of the team leaders are pretty cool. The pay was pretty good for a seasonal job. The job can be interesting if you work on a variety of tests from different grades, states and subjects. The team leaders were extremely helpful to the newbies to get us up and running.

    Cons

    Different work environment than I'm used to...two people share an average length table so you are sitting right next to someone for 8 hours a day, five days per week.

    The work can be inconsistent so if you need to have 40 hours per week to cover your bills know that 40 hours every week may or may not happen depending on the amount of tests received from the corporate office.

    Just because you are hired doesn't mean you will work on all of the tests. There is a qualification for each test that you must pass in order to score that test. This is to ensure that you understand the rubric from the State Board of Ed for the specific question(s) you will score.

    The most frustrating part of this job is the tendency for the team leader to reinterpret the scores you gave to students in a completely different way that doesn't fit with the rubric and call it a "holistic" approach to scoring the test. This seemed to occur when the score matrix needed to skew in a slightly different direction.

    You will leave at the end of each day for the first 2 - 3 weeks completely drained and not able to do much of anything that evening. The quiet scoring rooms coupled with the monotony of reading similar answers to the same question for hours will leave you exhausted. It can be quite boring.

    Know that time off is really frowned upon. Even if you discuss needing a specific day off in your interview it may not get relayed to your team leader. Taking a day off, even when scheduled before you start the job, might be recorded as a negative mark in your personnel record.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I appreciated the way team leaders brought samples of discrepancies to show how a more accurate score was determined. Ease up on the tracking of when people enter and leave the room. Be more consistent if you are going to consider people late. And ease up on the negative performance for taking a day off, especially if the date was mentioned during the interview or first day.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Sinking ship

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    • 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)

    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.  

    Small Company Feel

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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)

    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
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lost sight of the value of their employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Seasonal Scorer

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

    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Successful Because People Give 110%

    • 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

    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

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