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Rob Bearden
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    Fun team, good for remote working

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Hortonworks

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    I work remotely with regular visits: it works well even though I'm not in Sunnyvale. I work as an engineer, with other engineers -they are all a smart bunch of people who really get open source. We developers get lots of support and resources, and you get do deal with everything from designing the next applications to fielding escalated issues from the current software. The colleagues are all good people, ones you can rely on during development. For planning the next work, being a small company we like to be pretty nimble: decisions get made fast and then acted on. We developers are involved in this, rather than just told what to do by powerpoint slides emailed down from above. Immediate management: pretty good; the current one is good about making realistic commitments and managing the process. I don't have broad experience of other teams to say whether that's true everywhere.


    Sometimes you end up fielding escalated issues from the current software. That's quite interesting, but usually with a clock ticking -by the time it's got to you the customers will have been waiting and there's the expectation that you will have a timely fix, even when there isn't enough information for you to begin thinking about what's going on. The product release process is pretty hard at the end of a release: you will be working evenings, as will everyone else. It's hard work nailing down all the little details on the big data stack, but we end up having to do it. R&D has the usual gender imbalance issues of the Bay Area -though not in our QE team, interestingly. they've got lots of women and are very good at writing the big integration tests to really stress the system.

    Advice to Management

    Please can we move off Exchange back onto gmail? We all miss it. Outlook, even outlook for mac, is some relic of the windows XP and IE6 era.

Hortonworks Interviews

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    Senior Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview


    Originally told by headhunter that "fish were jumping in the boat..." Bunch of malarkey. Very challenging to get customers to even meet to talk about their big data strategy. Disorganized and led by an inexperienced sales mgr. Very disorganized. Had original contact with a contracted HR screener. Original contact was in-house recruiters.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the largest deal you've ever done and how did you win it? What do you know about Open Source and Free Software, Hadoop, etc.?   Answer Question

Hortonworks Awards & Accolades

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Big Data All Stars , Fortune Magazine, 2014

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Website www.hortonworks.com
Headquarters Santa Clara, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 2011
Type Company - Public (HDP)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year

Hortonworks is the leading contributor to Apache Hadoop, the world’s most popular platform for storing, processing, managing and analyzing big data. The company also assists enterprises and technology vendors in developing and deploying Apache Hadoop-based solutions via support subscriptions, training and certification programs. Primary investors include Benchmark Capital and Yahoo!

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