Data Recognition Corporation

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Updated April 21, 2015
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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. Just Don't

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    Former Contractor - Test Scorer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Contractor - Test Scorer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I received my check. That's it. I was struggling and needed money.

    Cons

    You won't get full-time work in the season time. You will get docked for even asking for one day off. The work is boring and monotonous. If you're struggling, that is the only reason to show up. They keep losing contracts, so you will get even less work now.

  2. Helpful (3)

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

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. Helpful (3)

    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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (1)

    Graded essay exams.

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    Former Employee - Reader in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Reader in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. Not what it used to be, not what it could be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pleasant park-like location, no-charge parking, employee perks such as on-site gym, on-site cafeteria, profit sharing in the good years. Department / middle managers were very good, in my experience, in terms of listening to staff, and communicating. Fairly low-stress. A very nice holiday party was given every year, and occasional events like picnics and summer outings.

    Cons

    Working environment was silent and cold, like working in a library. Low annual pay increases, with little motivation to work harder. Daily time-reporting, weekly time-sheets, unbelievable pickiness in the recording of hours (or fractional hours) for tasks done or time off, even for salaried employees, with no balancing out or compensatory time-off when additional time was expected -- quite one-sided that way. Training was said to be available during the hiring process, but then was never permitted or supported. Upper management seemed to be flailing. Favoritism was common in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    Raise compensation to market; don't treat experienced salaried employees like clerks working at their first job, show some trust in them; more forward-thinking / projection, so that there isn't hiring one month and lay-offs the next.

  8. Helpful (3)

    ok company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people that are left are wonderful.

    Cons

    the owner..makes lots of promises and doesn't follow through. She is kind of crazy. She can decide she doesn't like you based on what you wore to work and find a way to fire you. All of her senior management are afraid of her and are yes-men. Not a very diverse work culture. It department needs major overhaul.

    Advice to Management

    Senior managers..value your people.

  9. project management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Pros

    lot of opportunities to move within internal groips

    Cons

    lack of structured approach towards managing teams leads to confusion

    Advice to Management

    more communication and transparency

  10. Helpful (1)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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....

  11. Helpful (9)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!!

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