Data Recognition Corporation

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Data Recognition Corporation Reviews

Updated 23 September 2014
Updated 23 September 2014
56 Reviews
3.5
56 Reviews
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Susan Engeleiter
18 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Team leaders are good at conveying how to score items, and demonstrate incredible patience (in 7 reviews)

  • For the most part it's a low-stress work environment (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • a small group of executives and upper management) (in 2 reviews)

  • Low pay with meager benefits, monotonous work (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Interesting and friendly co-workers

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    Current Employee - Test Scorer  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Test Scorer in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation for less than a year

    Pros

    I am interested in all things education, so even a chance to understand the grading of standardized tests (which is what I did at DRC) was interesting. Interpreting rubrics always led to some interesting questions. Unfortunately, scorers don't have much say in what the rubrics are. But the people were very friendly including Scoring Directors and Team Leads. Pretty relaxed environment too. Pay is pretty good for what you do. Pretty flexible with schedules, but of course they'll want people who are available for entire projects over others who are not.

    Cons

    You sit all day aside from 2 breaks and a 30 min lunch. Simple, but monotonous. Plus test-scoring is a seasonal position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All Scoring Directors and Team Leads that I interacted with (even the new ones) were all friendly, but let you know what they and their managers wanted done.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    People Oriented

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Seemed interested in employees and in quality. Good pay for the various levels with the ability to increase once certain amount of hours are reached. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Things started slipping as the industry changed. They don't seem to have anticipated the changes and are, instead, responding to how other companies are adapting. Will overwork excellent employees, plus it's hard to move ahead unless you're in MN.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Big investments made in the Education division. Survey Services neglected

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Working with a talented group of people.

    Cons

    Management top heavy. Tools outdated and no investment to better the division and help it to be successful.Preached work/life balance. did not practice.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    A nice enough company. A good place to get a start fresh out of college. Not stable right now.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Maple Grove, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN (US)

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Maple Grove headquarters has a beautiful building, easy parking, and a nice on-site cafeteria and gym (with yoga and fitness classes). I worked with some very nice people, was treated with respect, and they had some good structures/processes in place. Privately held, so they don't have to dance to stockholder whims, which is a plus in my view. Some nice benefits, such as wellness programs, on-site massage (for a fee), and tuition reimbursement.

    They provide a good opportunity for new college grads to get some experience and frequently hire a lot of new grads (cheap labor for them) and they know how to promote from within...sometimes...but they don't seem to know what to do with more experienced workers coming in from the outside.

    They frequently paid out on their profit sharing plan in the years I was there, although I expect that will be changing now (they've had some recent layoffs and business downturns).

    Cons

    Pay generally lower than similar positions at public companies and pay increases laughably low...almost never even kept pace with cost of living increases, no matter how hard you worked. A LOT of (unpaid) overtime for salaried employees when things got busy, which they did for months at a time every year. They pay good lip service to work/life balance, but when your manager and all your coworkers are answering emails around the clock and during their vacations, it's hard not to feel like you'd be judged as a lesser employee for not doing so as well. They're currently caught up in a lot of the turmoil around the transitions in the testing industry, which is affecting their contract renewals, so they've had some fairly sizable layoffs this summer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Current Employee

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    Current Employee - N/A  in  Maple Grove, MN (US)
    Current Employee - N/A in Maple Grove, MN (US)

    I have been working at Data Recognition Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very nice environment. Get the work done, but in a fun environment. People like to have fun, but work oriented for most and are not afraid to take on extra work.

    Cons

    Could communicate more downstream to teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus and discipline employees that do not seem to be "pulling their own weight". Instead of hanging on to them for a year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    There used to be a good company for seasonal work but it has gone downhill.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Pros

    It's pretty cut and dry what you do. You are trained to score tests all day and are told how to grade them.

    Cons

    It's kind of like working in a factory but instead of making widgets you are grading tests. They used to be concerned about accuracy as well as production but now all they care about is production. Management is very secretive about things and people get placed on projects or promoted due to favoritism or that they are friends with a certain person. Projects now over-lap so you don't get as much work as you used to. Sometimes they will tell you that you are working "overtime" but then end the project early so you actually don't make as much money as you think you are going to make. Work is extremely monotonous. You are grading the same question all day long for weeks and it's extremely tiring reading long bad answers all day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your employees and let them know what is going on. Assign people to projects and promote people based on merit, not favoritism.

  8.  

    Overall, great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Test Development Specialist  in  Plymouth, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Test Development Specialist in Plymouth, MN (US)

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, growth, environment, pay, employees

    Cons

    Lack of contact with executive level leadership, not much room for advancement beyond a certain point

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience, overall a good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance Analyst  in  Maple Grove, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance Analyst in Maple Grove, MN (US)

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Hard working environment, good benefits, wellness programs, vacation time, time off for volunteerism, good health and dental benefit options, medium sized company.

    Cons

    Personal growth was limited due to budget constraints for training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider 360 degree reviews for team leads, managers, and directors. Continuing education was discouraged due to cost.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    "Wonderful time working here."

    Former Employee - Standized Test Scorer  in  Columbus, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Standized Test Scorer in Columbus, OH (US)

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere. Enjoyable staff and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Seasonal only for reader/test scorer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Nice people to work with, but management not that great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Data Recognition Corporation

    Pros

    DRC is transitioning to online testing, they are trying to use a lot of new technologies and shift to open source area.

    Cons

    they don't have right people to work on it especially the management team. The management team doesn't have great experience to manage new software development and they don't know what they have and they are also not good at to place right people into the right spot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management need to find qualified people to manage software development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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