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Topcon Positioning Systems Reviews

Updated Nov 16, 2019

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3.6
71%
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89%
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Topcon Positioning Systems President & CEO Raymond O'Connor (no image)
Raymond O'Connor
38 Ratings
  1. "good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Topcon Positioning Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    staff has been there longtime, all nice

    Cons

    gossip should be avoided to prevent issues

    Advice to Management

    grow your employees, and work with them not against

    Topcon Positioning Systems2016-03-02
  2. Helpful (7)

    "If you don't care about career growth, Topcon is right for you..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Topcon Positioning Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Topcon tries to project an image to the outside world. There are some perks because of this. Namely, you stay at 5 star hotels and resorts for conferences and company outings. If you are the type of person who doesn't have goals, doesn't want to grow your career and just wants to collect a paycheck....Topcon is perfect for you.

    Cons

    Where to start....make no mistake, the other reviews are correct about the CEO. He rules as a feudal king. He is egotistical and is coddled by his inner circle. Don't be the one who suggests the emperor has no clothes....it's off with your head. The realities of the company vs what is projected, is truly night-and-day. Topcon will chew you up and spit you out. The lifestyle is brutal. The political infighting is like a high school. The Sr. VPs are either pushovers or bullies and the blood sport is supported by the King....I mean CEO. In many ways, this company is hanging by a thread. There are a few people who keep it together, but that is no way to innovate and grow in the marketplace. Also, the compensate is sub-par.

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    Advice to Management

    The best thing that could happen to Topcon is for a company to acquire them, clean house from the Director level up to CEO and rebuild it.

    Topcon Positioning Systems2016-03-30
  3. Helpful (10)

    "Zardoz"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Topcon Positioning Systems full-time

    Pros

    Unconscionable loyalty to long-time employees.

    Cons

    Zero ability to manage toward goals hidden by a fluffy stream of "initiatives" without any attempt at follow-through (you'd think a golf-nut would know better!). Everything is merely to protect the illusion of success with customers and within internal cliques. Have bamboozled the ISO-9000 auditors for years and consequently have built a house of cards. The management structure has evolved into a haphazard amalgam of silos, with feudalistic mangers each protecting their "turf" at the expense of the whole. Directors exhibiting completely dysfunctional behavior are coddled and rewarded despite inflicting enormous damage on the institutions and individuals committed to proper governance. A battleground of megalomaniacs shouting, backstabbing, and working secret deals to the detriment of customers and employees alike. DON'T COME TO WORK HERE UNLESS YOU ARE INDEPENDENTLY WEALTHY AND POSSESS THE INSTINCTS OF A PIT VIPER AND THE IMMUNITY OF AN IMMORTAL GOD - or you won't last with your optimism or your humanity intact..

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    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to basic management practices. Create a strategy, establish goals, and MEASURE PERFORMANCE objectively. Make the sweeping structural changes in management (Directors and VPs) necessary to compete and to attract true talent. Forget about "selling a billion dollars in revenue" and pay attention instead to making products that achieve your quality goals and satisfy your customers. Fire, on the spot, anybody who utters the phrase "We've never done it that way here".

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    Topcon Positioning Systems2016-02-10
  4. "Working at TopCon"

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    Senior Buyer/Planner in Valley Springs, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Topcon Positioning Systems for more than 8 years

    Pros

    stability, close-knit culture and innovative

    Cons

    clique-ish and career stunting as a result

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your long-term, solid-as-a-rock, loyal, hard working employees with REAL career growth. Don't offer high income to employees that are not community fostering and can't do the jobs of their subordinates and also can't justify their cost to the company. Better accountability and results expectations from your higher paid employees and also balance this against good morale and real, tangible high-value rewards.

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    Topcon Positioning Systems2015-10-22
  5. Helpful (7)

    ""it's who you know, not what you know!""

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    Former Employee - Corporate in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Topcon Positioning Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Location is the only benefit of working for this company. The 10 minute commute is wonderful compared to traveling 1 he to my former employer.

    Cons

    If you don't care about improving process, business practices and executive management then Topcon is for you. The CEO is a former sales person and NOT a business leader. In typical salesman like tendencies there are a lot of empty promises and no follow through. He knows that he needs to make changes, one would hope, and LET GO of the dead weight executives from directors not fit to lead who spend more time playing political games vs driving actions based upon the direction of a solid business strategy he plays right into the good ole boy system. No one is on the same page. There is a serious lack of direction and unity. Be a leader Mr CEO I am glad I left after 5 plus yrs there. I now work for the greatest company on earth.

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    Advice to Management

    Get rid of those people who continue to stunt the growth of the company. Namely all upper management!!! Yes this includes all VP's.

    Topcon Positioning Systems2015-10-08
  6. "Topcon Life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Topcon Positioning Systems full-time

    Pros

    Topcon is a nice company to work which is located in the Livermore Valley. It's a very small company and you are treated like family.

    Cons

    Salary tends to be on the lower scale and annual rases are generally low.

    Topcon Positioning Systems2015-09-01
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Like walking into the Twilight Zone."

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Topcon Positioning Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people except those below. Lot's of folks that have much more to offer if given the chance.

    Cons

    Terrible Operations and HR Management. It's like going back to High School, if your not in a click you aren't going anywhere and will be stifled.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the VP and Director level and start over. Your Billion dollar company is a pipe dream with your curremt Op's Management team.

    Topcon Positioning Systems2015-10-04
  8. Helpful (6)

    "If people only knew"

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    Administration 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Topcon Positioning Systems

    Pros

    There were some nice co-workers

    Cons

    Ruled by a king with an enormous ego

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately, what is portrayed to the outside isn't really what goes on behind the scenes.

    Topcon Positioning Systems2015-04-23
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Challenging and rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Director in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Topcon Positioning Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good international company positioned providing unique technology to solid industries that are here to stay. There are great opportunities for the company to capitalize on needs of these industries, and space for employees to take initiative to contribute to this effort. Benefits and compensation are market conform and opportunities for growth are available inside the company. Heavy international focus of both the company structure and the markets is challenging as well as exciting.

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    Cons

    Change from small to medium to large company is difficult, and not every group is moving at the same speed to get to the level we need to be at.

    Advice to Management

    Plans for the new campus are very exciting and should be advertised with current as well as future employees. The same goes for our international expansions and additions.

    Topcon Positioning Systems2014-11-26
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great technology, limited management ability to streamline and grow engineering and sales performance."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Topcon Positioning Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexibility and opportunities abound. If you do it once it can become your job. Having experience with end use of products and systems you can write your own ticket.

    Cons

    Big little company challenges. Lots of "we've always done it this way." Duplicated efforts in many cases of office and engineering efforts only because of big/little company culture and management.

    Advice to Management

    Company is structured the same way that it has been from 7 years ago, with tremendous growth in number of products and industries served. Grow and empower upper management to reflect the growth in the company overall.

    Topcon Positioning Systems2014-06-30
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