Datacard Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to work, friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Remote location, commute is long due to construction.


  2. Bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Service Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Service Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Datacard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, good industry potential in the future. New location in Shakopee should lead to stable operations. Diversity should allow buoyancy in tough market conditions.

    Cons

    Overstaffed. Good employees struggle around incompetent hangabouts. Training and advancement lacking, middle-management overstaffed and directionless. Bad food in the lunchroom.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on weeding out the bloodsuckers from the bottom up. Free up space and money by reducing the number of employees that are there just for the pay check - simple observation would do the trick. Reward those that contribute meaningfully.


  3. Decent company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Hard-working people that care about the products. Decent compensation.

    Cons

    Career advancement can be limited for some departments.


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    Great company to work for long ago

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at Datacard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive benefits & salary and great vacation options for long term employees. Datacard employs a number of bright individuals in all areas including hardware, software, service, engineering, marketing, etc. There is a lot of knowledge and experience at Datacard. It was a lot of fun working for a company that was at the top of their game in the 90s, when customer service mattered along with a quality product. Datacard employees were a true "family".

    Cons

    Too much management - layers upon layers are added, laid off, and added again. Experienced employees were let go in waves starting around 2004. A lot of knowledge was lost through those years. Datacard is a completely different company these days. It is still management heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Value experience. Don't burn out your employees. Live the Datacard values.


  6. Great experience

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    Current Employee - Field Service
    Current Employee - Field Service
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Datacard full-time

    Pros

    Great company to gain experience in the field,New adventures everyday never the same,Good culture,positive people to work with in company

    Cons

    No upward mobility because of field service all depends on how big customer is in area,Very little perks basic health benefits etc like any other company.Vacation time/work balance sometime can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in younger employees who have ambition and knowledge,creat paths for upward mobility for all postions


  7. Wonderful company that is dedicated to employee development.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Datacard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Datacard has a competitive benefit and salary package. The corporate culture promotes collaboration and teamwork. At Datacard, you the employee can advance your skills by taking the initiative, asking questions, and adding value.

    Cons

    It can be a challenge moving from an associate level to managerial level because the organization is flat.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to move up within their bands to allow for potential growth.


  8. Great products, great employees, great customers

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Minnetonka, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Datacard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The technology - putting information on plastic cards is complex that blends a lot of different types of engineering including chemical, mechanical, electrical, firmware and software. Hard work pays off in both compensation and job satisfaction. Note: glassdoor lists my last year of employment as 2010, but it really was 2003. glassdoor did not allow me to enter years prior to 2010.

    Cons

    Worked there from 1981 through 2003. There was turnover in CEOs and upper management that caused major changes in strategy. That seems to have settled down in the past 10 years.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire good people, and keep them working there.


  9. Benefits alone aren't enough

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Datacard full-time

    Pros

    Benefits good ... growing market

    Cons

    Salary below the market ... management not clear on what they want and dismissive of experience. A real culture of clique

    Advice to Management

    Wouldn't listen


  10. Very bad work culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    No pros

    Cons

    No planning before starting any project. Feel exploited.


  11. Stressful at times. Could be better.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Datacard full-time

    Pros

    It's a great place to work when people are working together. time-off policies are good. Vacation is good for employees and Datacard grants more vacation days as a perk of being with the company for many years.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of separation going on between departments. Too much pressure from upper management to push a product that those working are stressed and frustrated. Listen to the employees when times get stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Have managers recognize talent within their team and promote more often. If not, talent will feel under appreciated and leave.



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