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Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
47 Reviews

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  1.  

    It was okay

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

    Pros

    good hours

    bonuses available for attendance

    Cons

    it can become very monotonous

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, uneven work load

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN

    Pros

    People are easy to work with. Projects impact companies vision. Opportunities to move around within company if desired.

    Cons

    Workload from business not always realistic. Communication between groups could be improved especially since, when I left, the groups were not all sitting together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work to bring the groups together and help the business to plan workload further out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    a good tea good seasonal jobgood sesonal

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    Current Employee - Reader  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Reader in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    Nice people. Work is interesting. The work environment is relaxed. The work is seasonal, so its suitable for those who do not want to work full time.

    Cons

    Some of the scoring directors are not very friendly or helpful. Some people find the work boring. You sit in a large room at tables in front of your computer, so there can be distractions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is somewhat inscrutable. You never know how they decide who works when or on what project. Be more open.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for with great people to work with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    *Very friendly and talkative team.

    *Management listens to what you may have concerns about or what could be improved.

    *Some variety in the daily tasks you will be doing for most of the year to break up the monotony.

    *Nice facilities that are very well kept.

    *Fitness facilities in the buildings. Although you won't have much time to use them generally.

    Cons

    *Monotony of the work drags on sometimes.

    *Sometimes there aren't agreed upon ways of doing things that can negatively affect job performance and create confusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Only thing I can think of is making a standard protocol to be followed at each location for each job so transitions are smoother and there is less confusion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It is what it is.

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    Former Employee - Test Scorer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Test Scorer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    - Very predictable work environment, no surprises at all, what you hear during the recruitment orientation is exactly what you get.
    - There is a requirement to have at least a bachelors degree for the position, so your coworkers are generally intelligent and reasonable people.
    - Team leaders and project coordinators were generally very friendly and accommodating
    - Some working hour flexibility: Required hours of M-F 8:30 - 4:00, but can start as early as 8:00 and stay as late as 5:00. $50 bonus if you work 40 hours per week.
    - Free popcorn during the afternoon break on Wednesday!

    Cons

    - The work gets mindnumbingly boring after a few days, and usually you will be grading the same question for the whole duration of the project.
    - Lunch break is only 30 minutes, and there is not a very good selection of places to get food within a short driving distance, hence most people just bring their lunch
    - You don't get much personal space at all in the grading rooms, but at least management informs you of this ahead of time.
    - Even with the "flexible" hours, you can not normally work over 40 hours a week unless management approves overtime for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More break time to break up the monotony.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person 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

    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
  8.  

    It Is What It Is

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

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere, a clean quiet environment, and very good team leaders, this is about as good as possible given the kind of mind numbing work that it is. At least in my case the work lasted the expected full month, with some variety as they kept switching us in and out of similar projects to even out workloads with other groups. Interesting dynamics as educated people got into meeting the goal, and would have serious discussions about what 11-year olds really meant in their essays so that they could be properly graded.

    Cons

    Pathetic pay, but then no one looks at this as a career. It's not a con, but interesting to note that by and large the workforce seems to be split between those just out of college and those largely past full-time careers; the two groups seem to get along very well--it's an educated workforce and everyone knows this is a temporary situation, so no one gets possessive about their position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay readers just a little more; a similar company in the Twin Cities is at $13/hour. I don't know what team and project leaders make, but mine were good and probably deserve more. Having end of project surveys on them is a good idea, but at we were in a vacuum so far as management was concerned. At least some sort of minimal communication with the readers explaining the value of their work might be a slight morale booster. The requirement that people get up and move around every 2 hours is an excellent idea. Healthier snacks in the vending machine would be another asset. Finally, an idea on how one can move up if they come back enough times and do well might increase long-term retention.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good PT work for Retirees.

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    Current Employee - Reader  in  Sharonville, OH
    Current Employee - Reader in Sharonville, OH

    Pros

    Low Stress, decent pt pay, casual atmosphere. Seasonal from Spring through Summer.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between upper management and readers. Secret system for hiring TLs and Scoring Directors, appears to be more of a popularity contest than results-oriented. Scoring rooms are either too hot or cold. Some reader supervisors are unhelpful and standoffish. Bathrooms are filthy!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address readers prior to beginning of project to welcome them to DRC. Post job opportunities. Better training for reader TLs and Scoring Directors. Work on better climate controlled scoring rooms and ensure bathrooms and lunchroom are clean.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    If you plan on staying here long, think again...

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    Former Employee - Test Reader  in  Sharonville, OH
    Former Employee - Test Reader in Sharonville, OH

    Pros

    Very laid-back atmosphere, very relaxed dress code (blue jeans, t-shirts), and no corporate culture. Everyone basically gets along, and there is very little in the way of politics. Team leaders are good at conveying how to score items, and demonstrate incredible patience.

    Cons

    Low pay for the amount of work (a number of people have experience as educators, either in grade or high school, even in college) - DRC is an enormous pay cut. Somewhat thankless - you might get free ice cream once in a while - but management is really bad at communicating how long a project might last. If you're hired for three weeks, plan on two weeks, and maybe another day or so beyond that. You're generally committing for a project that won't last nearly as long as you are being told. They offer plenty of disclaimers about this on the paperwork you'll sign, but generally you are made to believe a project will last for its duration, only to be told one day that it is ending sooner than expected.

    As another reviewer said, take another job if you can get it. This place is great for retirees, people just out of college, or people who have just lost their job and need income. Just don't plan on making this into a long-term job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that your test scorers don't want to be told how important they are by scoring directors and HR personnel who don't know the names of their own employees - they want to be treated with respect and honesty. If you know a project won't last as long as the advertised period of time, just say so. You would go a long way in saving a lot of people a bunch of stress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    I participated as a Test Scorer which is a seasonal or full-time temp position.

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

    Pros

    Generally have work available in spring. You select areas based on your interest/strengths, ie Math, English, Composition, Writing etc. Option to go beyond standard 32 hour week.

    Cons

    Fairly intense concentration and interpretation focus required all day. There are breaks. Although college degree is required, pay is around $12/hr.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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