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Cyngn Reviews

Updated Jun 21, 2019

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cyngn

    Pros

    Talented coworkers, and semi-interesting projects

    Cons

    Very limited amount of pro's.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with employees.

    Cyngn2016-10-26
  2. Helpful (5)

    "A "well-funded startup" that just cannot buy vision"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cyngn full-time

    Pros

    Engineers and designers at Cyanogen - THUMBS UP! Seriously, you guys are awesome. For the onlookers: If you see an application from a recent/current engineer/designer (NOT from management) from Cyanogen for a relevant role at your company, cut short their interview process and you won't regret it. If you are thinking of joining this company yourself, remember - there are much easier ways in this world to feel...

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    Cons

    Cyanogen is a classic example of how a promising startup could go wrong when you let incompetent people drive the leadership. I wouldn't be surprised if this company is remembered as Google's most unsuccessful self-proclaimed competitor ever.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees or watch each one of them go while you still try to figure out what it is that you actually want to do with all the money you have.

    Cyngn2016-12-10
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Getting Better..."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cyngn

    Pros

    New leadership and an exciting new direction. I have been at Cyanogen for some time and although Cyanogen there have been a lot of ups and downs, leadership and product changes, I am happy to say I believe we are on a positive trajectory and I’m glad to be part of the roadmap to a bright future. We have supportive leaders and HR in Seattle and they are working hard to create a new culture and team spirit.

    Cons

    We have had a lot of change over the last three years, but truly that is common in any startup.

    Cyngn2016-10-25
  4. Helpful (10)

    "There's much better uses of your time"

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    Former Employee - Android Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cyngn for more than a year

    Pros

    Your fellow engineers are typically pretty good, although a lot of the absolute best talent has left by now. The office space is nice, and they have decent perks. Work is flexible and you can do things like WFH, take long lunches etc... Your direct boss is probably a pretty cool person. Cyanogen's talent pool is still highly regarded by other Employers, and time spent here won't look bad on a resume.

    Cons

    It's been run terribly up until now. I can't swear to the new CEO as I wasn't under him very long, but the previous one was a train wreck. Projects are typically high minded but low on the details needed to make them successful. Project management is the worst mixture of scrum-as-waterfall i've ever seen. This was improving slightly in that projects weren't being waterfall-ed quite as much (after the lay offs...

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    Advice to Management

    Develop products that serve the end user, rather than products that sound cool.

    Cyngn2016-11-04
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Innovative and Agile"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cyngn full-time

    Pros

    This is a very well funded startup by top-tier investors. The company innovates in the highly competitive and fast-paced Android ecosystem. Like any good start up, the company adjusts to market dynamics and product needs. The Cyanogen team understands this ecosystem very well and develops products that the market really needs.

    Cons

    Need additional engineering and product talent to augment the strong team in place.

    Cyngn2016-10-25
  6. Helpful (5)

    "You're better off at McDonald's"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cyngn

    Pros

    While this company use to have many pros going for it, the only one it was able to hold on to was the fact that they managed to bring a lot of good people together. Many a friendship was made and for that they were successful, but only that.

    Cons

    Honestly this is going to be a long but considering this company is sinking fast there's not much to say other than don't even consider employment with Cyanogen, Inc. They don't trust their employees and lie through their teeth in an attempt to retain what few employees they had. The best way for an employee to find out what is going on in the company is to check the internet. They lacked any integrity when it came...

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    Advice to Management

    GTFO while you can, the ship is sinking fast.

    Cyngn2016-12-04
  7. Helpful (9)

    "It's over"

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    Former Employee - Court Jester in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cyngn full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * The best Android and embedded systems team you'll find, anywhere. * First year was electric and even though the company is a smoldering rotting carcass now, the former staff are still close friends. * The open-source project that was the foundation of the company is still going strong.

    Cons

    * Narcissistic former CEO ruined the company's culture and reputation, pushed out the original founder, then got himself fired. Looks like hostile takeover now. * New management team is clueless. Didn't know what they had, wouldn't listen to anyone who did, fired all the engineers (troublemakers) and product teams. * Design teams are kept spinning for months on end by CEO creating "vision pieces" which never see the...

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    Advice to Management

    Sometimes your only purpose in life is to be a warning to others.

    Cyngn2016-11-29
  8. Helpful (8)

    "could use a better management team"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cyngn full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Engineers are extremely fun with work with, except one or 1.5 ex. Many great ...(making up the min word count...)

    Cons

    Quoting the CEOs post on Linkedin, the company is shutting down Seattle office, of where one of the founders resides. Originally an Android company, someone high up came in with another interest and completely wiped out the culture and pivoted directions a couple time. (This is non private info. You can find it in internet articles.) Closing down the Seattle office so as to consolidate engineering and improve communication...

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    Advice to Management

    Watch out who claim for a big vision but might be privately want fame.

    Cyngn2016-11-29
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great company !"

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

    I worked at Cyngn

    Pros

    Open mind for discussion. Good working environment.

    Cons

    Business direction keep changing, need more focus.

    Cyngn2016-10-20
  10. Helpful (10)

    "Run"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cyngn full-time

    Pros

    A lot of the people who used to work there are good.

    Cons

    In April 2016, Cyanogen had about seventy people working there. In November 2016, they had forty -- half the company left, plus four or five hires. Everyone who isn't in upper management is working on finding another job. I saw a coworker almost cry when describing how a member of upper management treats them. They said that, every time they met with that person, they immediately went to HR after to record what...

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    Advice to Management

    Retire. Don't start any other businesses. Don't enter any other managerial positions. Management can't be trusted to run a popsicle stand, much less a software startup employing dozens of people.

    Cyngn2016-11-23
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