Data Recognition Corporation

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    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
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    People oriented, casual work environment, positive culture

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    Current Contractor - Reader/Scorer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Contractor - Reader/Scorer in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation as a contractor (less than a 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
  3. 10 people found this helpful  

    Sinking ship

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    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
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  5. 5 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 a 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
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Scoring Tests Isn't As Easy As It Sounds

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

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time (less than a 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
  8. 5 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
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    Seasonal Scorer

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    Former Contractor - Test Scorer in Plymouth, MN
    Former Contractor - Test Scorer in Plymouth, MN

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation as a contractor (less than a 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Successful Because People Give 110%

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    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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    Boring work that's easy to get but hard to sustain

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    Former Employee - Reader in Woodbury, MN
    Former Employee - Reader in Woodbury, MN

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

    Pros

    • Decent hourly wage and bonuses.
    • Low-stress working environment.
    • Fair system for employee and supervisor evaluation.
    • Good training.
    • Friendly and casual atmosphere.
    • Team leaders and scoring directors were almost all competent and approachable.

    Cons

    • The temporary reader positions are project-based and there's no guarantee they'll have more than a week or two's work lined up for you. I was promised work from May through August in the interview, and instead was only called in for a total of six weeks. Overall, I felt a bit cheated.
    • HR seemed out of touch with the availability of their staff. There was no apparent logic to project scheduling decisions, and they often ran contrary to the employee input on the project sign-up sheets.
    • Extremely monotonous work, and you can't even listen to music while doing it.
    • Very sedentary working environment that involves staring at a screen reading bad handwriting all day is hard on the body.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the scoring directors or team leaders help coordinate scheduling.

    Neutral Outlook

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