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Data Recognition Corporation Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  • Had "team leaders" to assist and answer any questions you might have (in 15 reviews)

  • Low stress and quiet work environment (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "QA Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Recommends

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people in all departments, and from the guys in the cafeteria all the way up to CEO. Fun, relaxed place to work. I've never seen so many people get along so well together; in that regard it really is a special company. Highly recommend.

    Cons

    Advancement is tough since retention is so high. Lots of people there who have been there for many years, which is a good thing overall, but if advancing up an org chart is among your goals, it's a traffic jam of many well-qualified people.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  2. "Reader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reader in Woodbury, MN
    Current Employee - Reader in Woodbury, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    At DRC they really appreciate their employees. It is a very comfortable place to work. Nice facilities. Great management. At DRC they have a knack for good hires. Everyone I have met seems genuinely very happy to be working for DRC.

    Cons

    As a reader you are evaluating tests. It is quiet work with a lot of reading at a computer screen and making quick decisions. It is a temporary position.

    Advice to Management

    None, just Kudo's.


  3. "Reader/Scorer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Reader/Test Scorer in Sharonville, OH
    Former Employee - Reader/Test Scorer in Sharonville, OH
    Recommends

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Convenient and flexible part-time work; relaxed, casual environment; perfect job to do after a day of working full-time

    Cons

    None [as a part-time, seasonal reader/scorer]

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. "Very Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great Schedule, Nice work environment, they will value your Bachelor's degree no matter your major.

    Cons

    Seasonal job. There are no projects when school is out but they will very likely call you again for following projects


  6. "Wonderful, supportive management with great benefits. Work environment is positive, but workload can be sporadic."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Maple Grove, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in work schedule
    Major focus on health and wellness
    Generous vacation time
    Low cost health insurance with excellent coverage
    On-site fitness center

    Cons

    Upward mobility can be difficult, which is typical with a smaller organization
    Necessary workflow changes to adapt to shifting customer needs are slow to start


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Robust Software Development Here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Maple Grove, MN
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Maple Grove, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    professional
    great benefits
    competent management
    strong team values
    advancement opportunities
    casual dress
    remotable

    Cons

    mediocre facilities
    department are insular
    overly senior workforce
    no onboarding

    Advice to Management

    Brainstorm ways to get departments talking more.


  8. "Solid Temporary Job Opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Test Scorer in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Test Scorer in Madison, WI
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Casual dress
    Relatively low stress job
    Had opportunities to work Saturdays with overtime pay
    Attendance bonuses
    Free coffee, hot chocolate & tea

    Cons

    No benefits
    Very repetitive work assigments
    Location had some issues with air conditioning
    Work is seasonal


  9. Helpful (4)

    "If you like being micromanaged within an inch of your life, work here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Scorer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Test Scorer in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is slightly better than previous scoring test scoring company at this location. Also, when DRC took over, many of the same team leaders and supervisors stayed with DRC. So, you know what you are dealing with in terms of management. or leadership style. Also, work days or core hours are 1/2 hour shorter, which may not seem like much, but if you have things that you want to do after work it sometimes can be worthwhile.

    Cons

    To start, DRC seems to believe in keeping the scoring room even cooler than the previous test scoring company. While it was cool then, now it's downright frigid. Also, a lot of time is wasted in "meetings" during training and scoring. It's not really clear that these "meetings" really accomplish anything other than wasting time. DRC is definitely not interested in protecting the environment because of all the paper documents passed out during training and scoring of tests. As stated above, the pay is slightly better than the previous owner paid. However, that pay raise was instituted several months after being initially being promised a raise and DRC began having trouble keeping employees after finding out that their competitor, Pearson paid more than DRC. Also, as stated above many of the team leaders that worked for McGraw-Hill, also work for DRC. This can be both good and bad. The good is that you'll know what you are dealing with. The bad is that a lot of the incompetent leadership is still in place, even after negative local press about those individuals. You also should be prepared to train and qualify on a project and score it for a short while, then suddenly be told that they are out of books, and are waiting for more book to arrive. A little while you will realize that the books that come in after that the books are being scored by team leads and supervisors; which is unethical and dishonest. DRC isn't very diverse with leadership roles at this location; there are very few people of color in team lead and supervisory positions, which could possibly lead to biased test results. I know that is just a temporary position, you shouldn't have to put up with BS just because the position isn't long term.

    Advice to Management

    First of all, the scoring room doesn't have to be that cold; it's hard to concentrate and do a good job when you constantly cold. Recognize the efforts of your employees with something other than $50 dollar bonus for working extra hours. It isn't really a bonus if you have to work extra for it. Drawings and potlucks can often boost workplace morale. Also stop wasting paper, you are destroying the environment in your own little way with all these hand outs. Don't assign scorers to a project if scorers aren't going to get to score the majority of the project.. Finally, remove and replace the top leadership at this facility. They have garnered a lot of negative press locally for their incompetence. They also impact workplace morale negatively with their policies. Most corporations would fire individuals such as these, not keep them and give pay raises and promotions as DRC has done. Eventually, their incompetent leadership policies will begin to effect DRC's bottom line


  10. "Reader's Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reader in Sharonville, OH
    Current Employee - Reader in Sharonville, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation (More than a year)

    Pros

    -relaxed work environment
    -casual dress
    -free hot beverages
    -day and night shifts available
    -summer day projects ideal for teachers and retirees
    -bonus pay for working extended hours and OT often available

    Cons

    -seasonal work
    -inconsistent work schedule (might be off for a week at a time between projects)
    -favoritism and nepotism in promotion of readers to team leaders, team leaders to scoring directors, etc.
    -cliquish
    -harassment by management to work OT on weekends when they're trying to meet deadlines
    -room temperature varies across the building so dressing in layers is necessary

    Advice to Management

    -Be more transparent concerning progress made toward deadlines; it helps readers to better schedule their personal time AND determine their project availability for you.
    -The partner-scoring (or "pair-scoring") period of training is extremely helpful for ensuring accuracy and agreement, so please be sure each of your readers has this opportunity for each project.
    -Consider a history of hard work, dedication, and demonstrated leadership skills in your promotions. The promotion of brand-new readers with only a project or two "under their belt" to team leaders this season has compromised the integrity and effectiveness of the position.
    -Please understand that your seasonal employees work hard to help you meet project deadlines and give as much time as they can beyond the core work hours. Many have families and responsibilities at home or simply make plans in advance. If a reader declines to sign up for weekend OT, then please respect their choice. Do not encourage your scoring directors and team leaders to continually harass readers who decline the OPTIONAL weekend OT, no matter how behind you might be in meeting a deadline. Badgering or trying to "guilt" your employees into optional OT, including asking them to change their plans, is rude and inconsiderate of their choice. Most important, do not allow a reader's choice to negatively affect his or her evaluation.


  11. "Senior Product Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company has strong executive leadership and excellent processes for product development, including product sponsors.

    Cons

    Limitted experience working with remote employees.


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