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  1. "Good Company, Great location"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tech-X full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere
    Great colleagues
    Very good location
    Grant writing

    Cons

    Largely Government funded, and trouble with commercialization
    Benefits are limited by size of company
    Occasional funding instability

    Advice to Management

    Tech-X needs good sales and product management. The products have grown as directed by DOE and DOD Program Managers for too long. Give sales leads, Application Engineers, and Product Managers the power to deliver to commercial customers


  2. "Great work-life balance and laid back environment."

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tech-X full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very laid back environment. Very less no of products and handful of customers for each product. So heavily dependent of SBIR funding. Life is good as long as the funding does not dry up. Very smart co-workers. If you have a physics background with a little bit of software development, then this is your place!

    Cons

    With a very few exceptions, the money comes from SBIR funding. If the govt policy changes or if the SBIR proposal does not get funded, then people need to pack up and leave.

    Advice to Management

    Develop more products and aggressively cater to your customers. Do not depend on SBIR funding alone!

  3. "Primarily worked on software design projects while trying to get new SBIR funding"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tech-X full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    When SBIR's were more plentiful, the job was reasonably stable. Most of the people there were very capable and great to work with and around

    Cons

    SBIRs focused on simulations in a narrow field. Top-level management was difficult to get feedback on advancement. Time-off was very small, benefits were almost nonexistent.


  4. "A Good Idea In Need Of Professional Management"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Associate in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


  5. "A company where you can grow quickly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Develop unique products, not available in competitors' offerings.


  6. "Research scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "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
    Negative Outlook

    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.