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Point Grey Research Reviews

Updated 12 January, 2019
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  1. "Co-op"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Richmond, BC
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Richmond, BC

    Pros

    The people who work there are all mostly really nice, very helpful and very friendly. The company gives high importance to fitness - people run and bike regularly (there's a really nice bike room). The company provides a fully equipped kitchen, which is nice - there are salads, sandwiches and wraps that you can make for yourself. There's also fruits and yogurt and pop etc but it all gets boring eventually. It's good nonetheless - saves the effort of packing a lunch.

    Work itself was quite structured - tasks were mostly well defined and I was helped whenever I needed it, be it from my team or from other teams.

    Cons

    The pay could be better - not everyone enjoys the benefits that the company enforces on everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the sweet work! And maybe pay a bit more and cut the benefits down - not everyone enjoys the benefits!

    Point Grey Research Response

    18 Jul, 2016 – Recruiter

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. We are in the process of reviewing our Co-op salaries so your feedback is most timely!

    We hope that you if you had a good experience that you feel welcome to... More


  2. "Software Co-op"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Point Grey Research as an intern

    Pros

    Great environment, all the people are super friendly. Free lunch (sandwich, salad and soup) and hot lunch on Friday! And unlimited soda too.

    Cons

    Due to the natural of the company it is very slow-paced comparing to other software companies.
    Salary is on the lower end too.

  3. "Admin"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Richmond, BC
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Richmond, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Point Grey Research as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work. The senior management team were the founders prior to the FLIR acquisition and they were amazing. Really cared about the company, the product and the employees. Can’t say if it’s thebsame since the acquisition.

    Cons

    Since it became a part of FLIR, the culture has changed and experienced a lot of attrition.

    Point Grey Research Response

    3 Dec, 2018 – Recruitment Manager

    Thanks for your review as its great to hear of thoughts on your experience with FLIR IIS. It is natural for a company culture to change but we are working on building a culture to fit long term... More


  4. "Was the best of times, was the worst of times"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Richmond, BC
    Former Employee - Marketing in Richmond, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Point Grey Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing collaborative environment that looked for new ideas an areas for improvement.

    Cons

    Owners sold the company to large US corporation

    Advice to Management

    Start a new company!

    Point Grey Research Response

    3 Dec, 2018 – Recruitment Manager

    Thanks for your great thoughts on your experience while at Point Grey.


  5. "intern"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I have been working at Point Grey Research as an intern

    Pros

    - free lunch
    - good overall work place environment

    Cons

    -parking space is not quite enough


  6. "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Good benefits
    Very nice, very smart people
    Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?

    Cons

    There usually many projects in your pipeline, and while that keeps things interesting, it's often unclear what your priorities should be. Everything can't be done first
    Not much room for advancement
    It's a bit out of the way unless you're in Richmond/Delta

    Advice to Management

    Set clear priorities - don't make your employees guess what they should be doing next
    Move out of the sticks!

    Point Grey Research Response

    3 Dec, 2018 – Recruitment Manager

    Thanks for your feedback and appreciate your thoughts. We are continuing to make improvements and feel that we are being more transparent on what we have going on.


  7. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Richmond, BC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Richmond, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Point Grey Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free lunch everyday. It gets pretty boring after several weeks of sandwiches.
    The company was growing to be acquired by Flir.

    Cons

    The board is greedy and doesn't seem to "care" about their employees.
    HR works for the company not for the employees.

    Advice to Management

    A lack of responsibility.

  8. "Mixed feelings"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Point Grey Research full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch was nice, but the previous system was better than the current one.
    Smaller employer so it's easy to find time with people at all levels (including managers).
    Informal environment.
    Paid MSP.
    Product line is interesting for tech geeks.
    Work life balance is a strong point.

    Cons

    Engineering salaries are low, even for Canada; good luck surviving in Vancouver.
    Little flexibility in work hours (no work from home or telecommuting systems common in the tech industry).
    Privately owned company means no stock or equity.
    Very inconvenient location.

    Advice to Management

    Make a stronger effort to retain engineering talent

    Point Grey Research Response

    18 Apr, 2016 – Senior Recruiter

    Thanks for your feedback. It is good to know everyone's feedback good or bad. In regards to compensation, we do an annual salary review based on annual salary surveys within our industry and location... More


  9. Helpful (5)

    "It's a good short term place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They're very heavy on the benefits. There is currently a free lunch plan for employees, fairly strong benefits plan and paid MSP.

    Cons

    Not the best location to work in if you don't live in the Richmond area. Weird overall culture that doesn't quite seem to click.

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone wants to wear a branded T-shirt and corporate culture isn't something that can be forced. Work events shouldn't have mandatory attendance.

    Point Grey Research Response

    18 Apr, 2016 – Senior Recruiter

    Thanks for your feedback and sorry for the delay in responding. Sorry that you felt the culture didn't meet your expectations. We are always looking for ways to improve the culture and will keep... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fast growing yet minimum stress"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company is private hold, stable cash flow, and the entire industry still fast growing. These lead to the good point, stable. A stable company brings: secure feeling, friendly relationship between employees, balance-life style....

    Cons

    Product segmentation, the company provide a long list of sensors models. it is true machine vision camera industry need the diversity of the sensors, yet this make the development and maintenance difficult especially consider the scale of the company. Which lead to constant delay of new product introduction.

    Advice to Management

    In term of management, the company currently under transaction. Advice? make better plan and complete transaction faster.
    For product management, the company should still keep the popular old model for current customer, yet, the decision should be carefully made when consider creating new model the old sensor, for example update firewire to usb 3.0, as this will take considerable amount of time of engineers.

    Point Grey Research Response

    18 Apr, 2016 – Senior Recruiter

    Thanks for your feedback and apologize for the long delay. That is great advice and I will make sure to pass it along to the Management team.