Data Recognition Corporation

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Updated July 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Team leaders and scoring directors were almost all competent and approachable (in 9 reviews)

  • Team leaders were very easy to work with (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work-life balance, little true appreciation for employees (lip-service only), 60 (in 3 reviews)

  • The work can be inconsistent so if you need to have 40 hours per week to cover your bills know that (in 3 reviews)

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  1. not bad for seasonal work

    Current Employee - Test Scorer in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Test Scorer in Plymouth, MN

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incentives for working extra
    Quiet,air conditioned environment
    Friendly co-workers
    Established procedures so there is less room for confusion
    There is a lot of feedback on your performance

    Cons

    Can be boring, monotonous work
    You are in a room with a lot of other workers in rows of computer desks--not a whole lot of personal space
    You will get a lot of feedback on your performance


  2. Job is temporary - remember that

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    Current Employee - Reader/Scorer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Reader/Scorer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    A variety of multigenerational coworkers. All are usually friendly and approachable. Nice work environment. Adequate compensation. Good work for retirees. Core hours with flexible start and end times.

    Cons

    I worked for DRC for over 4 years as a seasonal worker scoring literature. Prior years had been a good experience. This last year - disappointing is the only word to describe the experience. The decision has been made to close the scoring center I was at and perhaps that was the reason for some of the things that occurred. In previous years, scoring directors were brought in from other centers that operated year round. Their level of professionalism was far supeior to those that were recruited from the Pittsburgh area. They knew their material and were able to remain on task and impartial. There were many directors and team leaders from the PIttsburgh area that were not adequately skilled for their jobs. There was often a lack of knowledge on scoring rubrics and the criteria for scoring changed constantly as they learned and tried to correct their mistakes in instruction. Reading to a scorer the rubric is not the same as discussion. There was a significant amount of favoritism when it came to scorers - overlooking poor performance from favorites At times there were biases with scorers. Prior to this the worst you could say about the work was that it was repetitive and at times could be boring.

    Advice to Management

    A wise decision to close the Pittsburgh center if the support form Minnesota was not going to be continued in terms of scoring directors.


  3. Receptionist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hours, excellent staff to work with.

    Cons

    Position only offered seasonally. Otherwise, no complaints.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Formerly a great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Albertville, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Albertville, MN

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    DRC has a great healthy living community. They've won some awards for their healthy environment. It was made very easy to live healthfully. Medical benefits are second to none.

    Cons

    The company is currently going through financial hardships that can make it an unstable environment. They let go a large number of employees last year.

    Advice to Management

    The company should try to focus on more than just the money; good employees don't stay around long when they're not being given the respect and compensation they deserve.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Average Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Maple Grove, MN
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Maple Grove, MN

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment.
    Good emphasis on wellness, community, and family.
    Good benefits.
    Most of the software "customers" are in-house making communication easier.

    Cons

    Recent downsizing.
    Still heavy on planning and change management when industry trends dictate the fast response of Agile methods.
    Lack of communication between levels.


  7. not a good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation

    Pros

    good programs. experience is good

    Cons

    bad management, structure is so bad, keeping employee as a labore

    Advice to Management

    none who can give them adivice?


  8. DRC gave me a paycheck when I needed it.

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    Former Employee - Exam Reader in Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Exam Reader in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Terrific spot to land between gigs. Smart coworkers, lots of former educators. Excellent job for speed readers.

    Cons

    This is a repetitive job that can be less than stimulating but some of the kids responses to essay questions can make you laugh.


  9. Assessment Reader

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation

    Pros

    Nice environment to work in.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons for this temporary job.


  10. DRC Impressions

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work from a people perspective. They care about their people and let it show.

    Cons

    Work was cyclical thus causing some down time but that was changing the longer I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep viewing your people as your greatest asset because they are!


  11. Good Seasonal Job For Retirees, Homemakers, Teachers or Recent Graduates

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You are trained for a seasonal position grading various state examinations. Atmosphere is very casual, no real dress code and can even wear shorts to work. After 18 years of being a stay at home mom, decided to pursue this as a means for a little extra pocket money. Pay is above minimum wage and there's an opportunity for weekly bonuses, based on attendance and sometimes overtime.

    You also need to sign a confidentality agreement to not discuss these tests outside DRC. Once you are qualified to score these tests, and that is based on taking several tests yourself, you can choose your hours to work within a specific range of time, as long as you work the core hours of 8 to 4:30. While you are grading these tests, the room is silent, no music or iPods or anything making sounds are allowed. Whispering us encouraged. Phones must be turned off and out of sight since they contain cameras which prohibits the possibility of taking pictures of these tests. You can check your phone or make calls during a break only.

    As readers, you are assigned teams, usually 6-8 in your group and report to your Team Leader. A person called a Scoring Director oversees the entire group. So you are sitting in front of a computer in a large room with about 4-6 groups, depending on the size of the project.

    Two 15 minute breaks, which are paid and 1/2 hour for lunch, which is not. Free parking. Onsite lunchroom with several microwaves and refrigerators and a vending machine. Free coffee, tea and hot chocolate. You can also go out to eat as long as you are back within the 1/2 hour you are allotted. Strict adherence to time and breaks are insistent. More than one day off is frowned upon.

     Once scoring begins, daily quota sheets are passed around listing how many papers you've read and scored and your accuracy against the other scorers. You are assigned employee numbers for anonymity. Team Leaders meet with their group to answer any questions or concerns.

    This will be the third year I will be working there, first year and part of the second working as a reader and finishing the second year on another project as a team leader. So there is room for advancement and it's not based on years of service or whether you are an ex teacher, which I was not, as other reviewers have said. Advancement is based, in my opinion, on several things, such as being a speedy, but accurate reader, and the ability to get along with others.

    I have seen some people that are very fast readers, but their overall attitude stinks, thus preventing them for future advancement.

    There are several projects going on simultaneously and if yours finishes up, you may have the opportunity to work on another project if desired.

    Upon completion of a project, you are given an evaluation whether the team leader and scoring director did a good job and they evaluate you on the job you did and whether they think you should return to work on future projects. This is a good job for those wanting a little extra money, but it is not a permanent position.

    Cons

    People should understand this is a seasonal job and will not lead into something permanent. Occasionally the air conditioned rooms will get cold because it must be kept that way because of all the computers. Management will turn up the thermostat, but can still get cold, so bring a sweater or coat. Would love to have more than 1/2 hour for lunch, especially since you aren't paid for it. During the beginning of a project, there might be some downtime if headquarters hasn't scanned enough tests to grade. Bring a magazine or book for these times.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure an adequate quantity of tests are scanned as it is frustrating to just sit there or be sent home for the day after a few hours.



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