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    CIA Embraces Cloudera Data Hub

    As federal cloud provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) readies its commercial cloud service for the CIA, other vendors are lining up to supply the analytical and other tools needed to harness the enormous amounts of data to be stored and analyzed in the emerging spy and other federal clouds.

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    Now, What Is Hadoop? - Merv Adrian

    This perennial question resurfaced recently in a thoughtful blog post by Andreas Neumann, Chief Architect of Cask, called What is Hadoop, anyway?. Ultimately, after a careful deconstruction of the terms in the question, Andreas concludes with "Does it really matter to agree on the answer to that question?


Cloudera – Why Work For Us?

Cloudera is the leader in Apache Hadoop-based software and services and offers a powerful new data platform that enables enterprises and organizations to look at all their data — structured as well as unstructured — and ask bigger questions for unprecedented insight at the speed of thought.

undefinedBehind some of the top minds in Big Data, including Doug Cutting, who invented Hadoop, Cloudera enhances the storage and processing technologies originally developed by the world’s biggest Web companies. Today, Cloudera is the market leader in Hadoop with tens of thousands of nodes under management, as well as the top contributor of code to the Hadoop ecosystem. Markets include financial services, government, telecommunications, media, web, advertising, retail, energy, bioinformatics, pharma/healthcare, university research, oil and gas, gaming and more.

Why Open Source Matters

Since its inception in 2008, Cloudera has been strongly committed to a community-driven, open source Hadoop distribution because of its practical benefits for customers.

In addition to offering the benefits of open source, Cloudera has led the way to work with customers to ensure that their performance, availability, security, and recoverability needs are met in the open source platform, beginning with its first involvement with Hadoop.

Cloudera’s deep involvement in the Hadoop community ensures customers benefit from a close alignment of the open source roadmap with their needs - and get expert, proactive support from people who know the platform best.

Answering the World's Biggest Questions

A new era in enterprise data management is upon us. Cloudera’s products and services, built on the open source Apache Hadoop platform, are fundamentally changing the economics of data warehousing, processing, analysis and business intelligence. Join Cloudera and help people around the world find answers to the world's biggest questions.


Exceptional Team and Work Environment

From the start, we have known that we needed to recruit and retain highly talented people in order to create the next generation platform for enterprise data management. We’re looking for smart people with innovative ideas who want to do remarkable things. 

Grow With Us

Career growth is a shared responsibility between our employees and our exceptional leaders and management team. We want employees that are motivated to achieve results, have high standards of quality and integrity, possess a flexible, entrepreneurial spirit and want to develop to their full potential. Rather than reading, take a few moments to see why Cloudera is a great place to work.


Competitive Benefits

At Cloudera, we are passionate about creating a stimulating, supportive work environment for you. We strive to keep you healthy, happy and productive by offering competitive benefits and sweet perks. Take a peek below for just some of our highlighted benefits.

Vacation & Philanthropy

Generous “Rest & Relaxation” policy

We don’t keep track of your vacation days, and we don’t want to; just work it out with your manager ahead of time!

"Cloudera Cares"

We have programs dedicated to volunteer work with local communities. We'll even sponsor you with time-off and resources so you can contribute to the cause.

Health & Wellness

Health, dental, vision, & life insurance

We offer our employees quality insurance plans of all kinds along with other perks, like an HSA and an FSA.

Wellness competitions

To promote healthy lifestyles and a fun work environment, we host a handful of wellness competitions (walk-a-thons, runs, etc.) and on-site programs throughout the year.

Flexible / reduced hours

As long as you’re not missing out on anything important in the office, we grant our employees the option of working remotely, along with flexible and/or reduced hours.

Perks & Discounts

Free lunch and snacks

For those of you in either our San Francisco or Palo Alto office, we’ll keep you fed every day.

Gym membership subsidy

We’ll chip in for your gym membership so you can win the wellness competitions against your peers!

Monthly happy hours & social events

We like to wrap up each month with a company happy hour. The happy hours usually alternate between Palo Alto and San Francisco so we all get to mingle. We're also known to throw a good party or two for our employees...

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    Transparency.. collaboration.. connection..personal growth.. and a reason to go to work every day beyond just cash or a possible IPO..What Cloudera is doing will affect every industry and is drastically changing how organizations learn from their data. This is fun because of the amazing talent here. It has been exciting to see many high potential prospects pass on larger roles at larger companies because of who is at Cloudera and what we are doing. I truly feel connected to my team which is global.


    It is hard, hard, work. Everyone is "all in" which is great, but it can be exhausting. If you join, be prepared to run hard and run fast for a while..

    Advice to Management

    Cloudera has made significant strides in the last 6 months to build scalable processes that increase productivity but also balance the workloads among groups, versus individuals. Continue to increase this investment tools and systems that connect people.

Cloudera Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at Cloudera in June 2015.


    Spoke to a recruiter over the phone and gave the recruiter an overview of my career for about 10 minutes.

    The recruiter then asked me my current salary and I mentioned that I have a personal policy not to disclose that information for privacy reasons but would like to be paid approximately what Cloudera's main competitor (Hortonworks) is paying its employees for a similar position. I then let the recruiter know what Hortonworks was paying, according to Glassdoor's salary listings.

    The recruiter then became very aggressive, and asked me two more times about my current salary level becoming increasingly more aggressive each time and even becoming somewhat "thuggish" as the call progressed. The recruiter even had the nerve to instruct me to "go find my tax return" and tell the recruiter what dollar amount was listed in the return's "salary" section.

    The recruiter stated that "every" person interviewed by Cloudera must disclose his or her current salary in order for the interview process to move forward. I mentioned that I felt this line of questioning was a bit inappropriate and antiquated - and was similar to asking someone if they were married, gay, Muslim, etc.

    Then the recruiter completely shut down the interview and did not even ask me if I had any questions about the job, Cloudera's work environment, etc. The recruiter also mentioned that things would probably not move forward, but that the recruiter would follow up with me within one business day.

    Then, two business days after my call with the recruiter I received an anonymous email from Cloudera Recruiting stating that the hiring process would not be moving forward.

    Note to Cloudera Executives:
    Based on this experience, it seems like Cloudera may actually be "contributing" to Silicon Valley's gender pay gap problem when Cloudera should really be trying to "eliminate" the issue.

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Cloudera Awards & Accolades

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Bossie Award-“Best Open Source Big Data Tools” Category, Infoworld, 2014
Executive Team of the Year - Gold, Best in Biz International Awards, 2014
Readers' Choice Awards -Best Analytical Platform, Database Trends and Applications (DBTA), 2014
American Technology Awards - Big Data Applications, Tech America Foundation, 2014
Big Data & Business Intelligence, SD Times, 2014
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Additional Info

Headquarters Palo Alto, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 2009
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year

Cloudera offers enterprises a powerful new data platform built on the popular Apache Hadoop open-source software package. We unlock the storage and processing technologies of the world’s biggest Web, telecom, medical, financial and government companies by allowing our growing list of global customers to easily and efficiently use Hadoop to solve problems and profit from all... More

Mission: Founded by leading experts on big data from Facebook, Google, Oracle and Yahoo, Cloudera's mission is to bring the power of Hadoop, MapReduce, and distributed storage to... More

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