Cyan Reviews | Glassdoor

Cyan Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
40 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.6
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Cyan Founder and CEO Mark Floyd
Mark Floyd
22 Ratings

40 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. "Great culture, challenging market"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cyan full-time

    Pros

    Cyan was founded by entrepreneurs with a track record of success and a culture committed to transparency and respect.
    Petaluma is a beautiful place to live and work.

    Cons

    Usual smaller company challenges of too much work and not enough hours to do all you want.


  2. "Good place to work (as Cyan)"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cyan full-time

    Pros

    Great team and technology & vision.

    Cons

    Post IPO, focus became all about quarterly earnings instead of strong business decisions.

  3. "Technical Sales"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Cyan (More than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative Company very good software and hardware portfolio and very professional management. Friendly and customizable software tools interacting with third party equipment.

    Cons

    No important cons that could impact its business strategy


  4. "Director, Marketing Communications"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Marketing Communications in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Director, Marketing Communications in Petaluma, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cyan had incredible leadership of smart, focused, and very transparent executives. I joined at a time prior to the Ciena acquisition and did some very cool work - we launched a new website, an updated brand, expanded communications and demand gen, and I had the opportunity to spend more time with customers than in previous roles.

    Cons

    The one challenge I experienced was finding a way to really integrate into the culture. The company was about 50/50 remove vs.on-site. Some of that was my responsibility to determine where to insert myself.


  5. "Pretty awesome company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small startup with lots of momentum

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  6. "Support Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Support Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership team was unbelievable and focused on customers

    Cons

    We ran out of money too fast

    Advice to Management

    Don't sell :)


  7. "Senior Sales Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cyan full-time

    Pros

    Working with the immediate team was wonderful, they were willing to help at any point if needed. Transparent communication was useful for many years.

    The Technical Assistance Tier I, Tier II and Tier III were some of the best in the industry. As a sales engineer it made my job much easier in the field because the customer was happy.

    Cons

    Communication from upper management diminished as time went on. With hindsight it was easy to see that a merger was in process.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great pay, excellent technology and tech support

    Cons

    Management failures. Integration with Ciena was very poorly communicated, many successful Salespeople & SE's were let go. Customers of the former Cyan Z-Series product have lots of reasons to worry about Ciena's lack of commitment to ongoing R&D, roadmap, and competent technical support.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that failures in leadership have occurred and take corrective action. Maintain Z-Series roadmap, strategic investments, and tech support.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "ok experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cyan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great developer team who cared about what they were building.
    it was great to work near home as well!

    Cons

    bad sales leadership, lots of big talk and big egos.
    really poor communication in spite of company meetings
    tough to get more team members because we were not near San Fran

    Advice to Management

    be transparent about your goals next time you decide to flip a company and check your egos


  10. Helpful (5)

    "If you really need a job"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Petaluma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cyan full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Petaluma location was convenient. Periodic Bagel and beer gatherings attempt to reinforce a forced close (golfing) culture. Some excellent engineering talent but the misery quotient is very high.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites and is always pushing the least experienced to extremes to prove their worth within the organization. Working 60+ hours weekly is minimum and total dedication and passion is required to excel in this competitive minimally compensatory outfit. One can hope that Ciena can get rid of the poisoned management and realize some value for Cyan.

    Advice to Management

    Take the retirement package or create a better work environment for your teams! Lead!


Showing 40 of 42 reviews
Reset Filters