Datacard Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
32 Reviews
3.0
32 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service
    Current Employee - Field Service

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful company that is dedicated to employee development.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great products, great employees, great customers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Minnetonka, MN

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Benefits alone aren't enough

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Wouldn't listen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Very bad work culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Datacard

    Pros

    No pros

    Cons

    No planning before starting any project. Feel exploited.

  7.  

    Stressful at times. Could be better.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was a good starting company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Datacard full-time

    Pros

    I have worked there for less than 5 years. The time I was there was good and the people I worked with was good too. Even though they were good, they are a lot of traditional minded. It was the first job I actually don't mind waking up very early in the morning to go to work. Working early and getting out by mid-day actually gives me a more time to errands for the rest of the day.

    Cons

    Since they are traditional it is hard to change their mind to do everything. Of course, there are too many VP as other reviews mentioned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My department was good. Nothing to complain here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    marketing specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Datacard

    Pros

    work-life balance, leadership, training, benefits, manager

    Cons

    , none, none, none, none, None

  10.  

    Free Agency company; no draft and develop here.

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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 an year)

    Pros

    The best thing about working at Datacard was my team prior to the hiring of an awful individual. Also there is a bonus mid-year that was nice.

    Cons

    - Their IT department purchases Lenovos.
    - Rather than promote someone internally for a position that would take minimal work to shift them into, they hire from outside without considering the possibility, thus stranding people who work hard and giving them no room for advancement. There is no thought given to skill level or potential or education, just years of experience. I was after one such position that they gave to a guy who lied in his interview; he was fired at his previous position and received no consequence when management found out.
    - The bonus is based on performance. Fine. Your performance doesn't matter. You have to literally cause tectonic plates to shift or find a way to double their annual revenue to get an "above-average" rating. They hate giving out a bonus higher than "average".
    - The management is poor. I went to my manager with a problem about a co-worker (severe harassment and zero team participation) and wasn't responded to. No consequences were doled, no meeting was held, nothing. So I took it to my exit interview. I was told "this is very concerning information" (I had many OBVIOUS examples of things one should be fired for doing) and "we'll definitely follow up with the manager," but the manager in question will do everything he can to make sure everything is fine and that the hiring decision he made looks good to pull off a CYA. I know for a fact the guy still works there as of this writing 6+ months later.
    - They compensate behind market standards. The most tiring Datacard lie is that they pay "at market averages". This is why they are only an average company to work for. There is no motivation to work hard because there is no reward for doing so. Managers are allowed to give out individual rewards to show appreciation for project work or even good attitudes. In Customer Service (the seemingly only fun-ish dept in the building), there would be a new certificate hung up at least once a month, indicating that the bonus tied to it had been given to the employee; a nice slap on the butt. Good game. In my dept? Didn't happen in the two years I was there. I got a raise after a year and a half, sure, but it was a slap in the face. I took a job 6 months later making $12k in addition to my raise.
    - They don't care about their people. It's all business and money. I was asked multiple times what I "wanted out of my job" and I replied every time with "to learn skills that will further my career." I offered specific ideas about how to make this happen, like shadowing individuals for a day or taking training (which was offered to my team, but not to me). There was never time, I was told. If you don't invest in your people, don't expect them to improve or stick around.
    - Later in my review, when you see that the business will do better over the next 6 months, it's because it will do so on the broken backs of its weary staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay for good talent.
    - Recognize achievement.
    - Promote from within.
    - Invest in your staff; provide them real, valuable opportunities for professional development.
    - Enforce basic workplace policies regarding harassment.
    - Hold middle management accountable.
    - Listen to your employees.
    - Care more about your employees than your BMW.
    - Find a new healthcare plan. $500/mo. even for a family plan is crazy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    My Job Life at DCC

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

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

    Pros

    Successful Company, good benefits and pay, generally deal with fairly with employees, good profit sharing, decent

    Cons

    I was treated well, however I'm aware of other older workers that were not treated so well when they represented a potential large insurance cost to the employer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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