Tech-X Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
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    A company where you can grow quickly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tech-X

    Pros

    Great company where you can hone your programming skills, work on many different problems related to computational science, high performance computing, GPU programming, and participate in product development. Situated in beautiful Boulder, CO.

    Cons

    The company operates in a very competitive market (electromagnetic and fluid simulations) with well established, powerful players.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop unique products, not available in competitors' offerings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    A Good Idea In Need Of Professional Management

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    Former Employee - Associate in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Associate in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Tech-X full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Provides employment for scientists outside of academia.

    Cons

    1)Vsim is not commercial grade, and could benefit from some sort of quality assurance. e.g. On their website they claim Vsim can be used for gas discharge modeling, and boast that it only takes a nanosecond per timestep to run their simulation with 500 particles. This example has no meaning, because gas discharge simulations, even with superparticles, typically run using ~100,000-1million particles, -and in a timely manner-. Sometimes simulations are started with fewer particles with the view that through various atomic processes the amount of particles will rapidly grow to a 100,000 or a million or so.

    2) Not exactly a very diverse community.

    3) I think the other critical reviews of Tech-X on this site are accurate, and no I did not write them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid of outside help. Bring in professional managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Research scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tech-X full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on great projects with high visibility.

    Cons

    not much thing to say.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Tech-X works on great problems and is a good place to work if you are a PhD

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Tech-X

    Pros

    Tech-X gives most of its employees many opportunities to grow learn new skills. The company is filled with bright, helpful people and good problems to solve.

    Cons

    If you are not a PhD and you cross the boss, you could be out the door in minutes. If you are a PhD, you need to bring in money through grants or contracts in order to get any sort of positive review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you guys are not professional managers, however, following some best practices would really help. Give employees feedback so they know where they stand. Spend a little money and build some offices -- cubes are lousy for productivity. In lieu of that, encourage employees to move conversations to closed spaces.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting and laid back but too academic to be successful beyond the SBIR

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tech-X full-time

    Pros

    Lots of projects to work on. It's possible to learn a lot of areas of physics / numerical modeling / programming in a few years here.

    Cons

    Tech-X is SBIR driven. If something needs to be done on a project, you first need to find government funding for it. There is very little investment back into the company and this has lead to stagnation and a company that may never get beyond the SBIR. Very little commercial income. Not a good place to be (in the long term) if you don't have a PhD. At Tech-X you may ultimately come to the realization that the company is too academic making it difficult for the company to be successful.

    Negative Outlook

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