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Business Development Manager

Pelican Imaging Corp Santa Clara, CA

• Research and identify customer prospects in multiple markets worldwide • Find key stakeholders at target accounts and develop relationships at… TheLadders.com


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3D and Geometric Modeling - Computational Imaging

Pelican Imaging Santa Clara, CA

You will apply your expertise to develop the core technology of 3D surface and geometric modeling from 3D camera output targeting applications in… TheLadders.com


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3D Image Viewer

Pelican Imaging Santa Clara, CA

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Pelican Imaging Santa Clara, CA

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Board of Directors

Pelican Imaging Santa Clara, CA

Christopher (Chris) Pickett is a seasoned senior executive and business strategist in both private and public company environments. During his more… Glassdoor


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Technology

Pelican Imaging Santa Clara, CA

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Senior Graphics Engineer

Pelican Imaging Santa Clara, CA

Pelican Imaging is building the next leapfrog technology in computational imaging - with the potential to change every camera in the world. The… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Imaging Pipeline Software Engineer

Pelican Imaging Santa Clara, CA

Pelican Imaging is building the next leapfrog technology in computational imaging - with the potential to change every camera in the world. You are… Glassdoor


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Board of Directors

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Camera

Pelican Imaging Santa Clara, CA

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    A word of caution, to job seekers, CEO and investors

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Pelican Imaging full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The main attraction with Pelican Imaging is its core idea: The array camera used to compute a depth map for an image. If realized well, the core idea opens up countless opportunities and applications. The company's challenge is to execute on implementation of this core technical idea.

    Cons

    To job seekers: One of the major engineering challenges for Pelican is technical debt and legacy code. While the company portrays itself as research-focused and a software startup, the bulk of Pelican's code can be characterized as legacy code. (someone in the engineering team used the quite appropriate expression "Fortran with semicolons"). This is not code you will want to work on. The cause is obvious: Scientists untrained in modern software engineering practices are using C/C++ to develop imaging algorithms; their research code is then taken over directly by software engineering with disastrous consequences. Think two million lines without OO design, without exception handling, without parameter validation, without results verification. Add an almost desperate need to deliver on overpromised deadlines to hardware partners and it's not hard to understand why the output is a complete patchwork. To the credit of the team (despite engineering managementt), recent builds work amazingly well.

    Now, about Engineering management: This is not people you will want to work for. They will decide the first week if they personally like or dislike you, then if you are unlucky (over a handful have been so far) will make a continuous effort to make your work life miserable. If that is not enough to encourage you to quit then you will need to cover your back or they will eventually find a way to rationalize firing you even if you perform well professionally.

    One problem is that Engineering management oversells the team's and its own ability to deliver. Without experience from software startups, Engineering management lacks understanding of the process of building software in a startup environment. Core components to deliver to partners have been outsourced, with loss of engineering flexibility, iteration turnaround speed and quality in engineering as result. The Engineering management team has background in large hardware firms in the valley with a different political climate than what is appropriate for a startup, which needless to say is not the most suitable background for an organization portraying itself as a cutting edge software startup.

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    To CEO and founders: You have an Engineering management team that is a net cost. While the Engineering management team might be good at managing upwards and out, the Engineering management team is universally disliked by its staff, and for good reasons. There is a lack of experience and understanding of software startup teams, as well as personality and charisma required to lead. Engineering management will execute personal vendettas against own team members, based solely on own dislike for an individual. Engineering management will fire people for personal reasons and try to portray the decision as professional. They will oversell and under-deliver to partners. Finally, Engineering management is a political animal with tendencies and characteristics of empire building so you might want to watch your own back. Move Engineering management to marketing or sales, and more importantly do not let manage staff.

    To board members and investors: For reasons above, your investment capital is not efficiently used. You probably know this by now, as you are demanding more results from Engineering before you are willing to supply more funding. Engineering management is overselling and under-delivering on the proposed technical solution. Core engineering and research resources are lost, and the ability to attract and replace talent is not there. Replace Engineering management with true talent better suited for the task, with proven track records in software startups. Preferably bring in someone you trust, that has a track record with you. Climate at Pelican nowadays is quite frosty, with core resources actively discussing opportunities elsewhere. Only complaint from employee perspective about CEO performance is that he has not yet resolved this issue.

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