Data Recognition Corporation

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Data Recognition Corporation Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
69 Reviews
3.1
69 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For the most part it's a low-stress work environment (in 11 reviews)

  • Peers and most of the team leaders are pretty cool (in 9 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company is a sinking ship, very poor IS/IT work environment, a company that I would avoid!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Maple Grove, MN

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

    Pros

    Some of the best benefits I have seen, buildings are well maintained and look good, used to be a good company for.

    Cons

    This company is a sinking ship and just laid off another round of people, inept management especially at CEO and CIO level, toxic work environment, nepotism and favoritism are rampant, poor raises, lower pay compared to other companies, lack up support for training or continuing education, no career path or mentoring structure at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am not sure the ship can be righted, the former CEO and owner of the company must be disgusted how the company has fallen from its former glory. The CEO needs to stop being a tight wad and learn to spend money properly. The nepotism and favoritism needs to end, if you are not in the "in" crowd, there is little to no chance to advance or potentially will be targeted to be forced out. The company needs to actually back up the claim that they support education and training, getting training was near impossible and they cut back and imposed much stricter requirements on tuition reimbursement. The CIO also needs to lead and stop meddling at every level of IT/IS and just provide actual leadership and not rule by fear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Brooklyn Park, MN

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good health benefits, 3% of salary as a yearly bonus

    Cons

    Inept managers, poor processes, antiquated systems, toxic atmosphere, very unhappy workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs training on how to manage people/projects, perfect example of the Peter Principle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    My experience was that I was pressured constantly to fill a quota.

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    Current Employee - Reader in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Reader in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation

    Pros

    Convenient parking, pleasant coworkers, some team leaders were good, always got breaks and lunches. Sometimes the work could be interesting.

    Cons

    Pay wasn't high enough for a college graduate, seasonal and didn't know when the project would end or if you would get the bonus that week. There appeared to be no reason why certain people rose in the company. In addition, there was no reason why certain people were called back to do projects and others were not. They are scheduling projects tightly together so that they don't need people for as long as they used to and not getting other projects to make up for it, so it appears in the near future they will not be hiring as many people as in the past for a shorter amount of time. It is a job for someone in between jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with more respect. Give them more feedback on their performance.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Graded essay exams.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reader in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Reader in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Pros

    Decent place for seasonal employment, especially between job transitions or post-retirement. Good place for meeting people who have worked in all sectors.

    Cons

    Low pay with meager benefits, monotonous work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation was on the low side and benefits were substantially lacking. Work was extremely monotonous and readers were often treated with little respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Reader

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    Former Employee - Reader in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Reader in Austin, TX

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation part-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    CEO Has to move on!

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    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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great People, but management so so.

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    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
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lost sight of the value of their employees

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    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. 8 people found this helpful  

    Sinking ship

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    • 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
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

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