Cloudera Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
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  1.  

    Nice company

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    changing the world, dataset per dataset.

    Cons

    super fast growing brings some hr issues, but it's understandable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Where Awesome Works

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    > Amazing people across every line of business (engineering, support, services, marketing, sales, finance and HR)
    > Outstanding executive management that has as much character as they do vision
    > Powerful, disruptive and open technology that will forever change the software industry
    > Great culture based on individual fulfillment and customer success
    > Investors that do way more than just give us money
    > I'm in sales and this company has always compensated me fairly
    > I love our founders!

    Cons

    > High expectations make it difficult to find work/life balance. That said, I've learned it's up to the individual to control that, not the company they work for. Cloudera has always supported my efforts to create this balance.
    > With rapid growth, new layers of management are now required to scale. This changes certain dynamics, but Cloudera has done a good job thus far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    > Preserve our culture
    > Be bold. Singles and doubles matter, but don't be afraid to occasionally swing for the fences.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Once in a lifetime experience

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    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    WIth Cloudera, you get the best of both worlds - the fast pace, innovative world of a start-up, but with the funding and talent that allows the company to have a bigger impact on the next generation of data technology than most of the large legacy IT vendors.

    Cons

    The company is moving so fast that the work level is high. However, the team is really aligned so it does not feel excessive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent !!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent talent pool, good perks and clear outlook for the company. Inspite of stiff competition, Cloudera is and will continue to be the market leader in the Big Data space. As a brand, Cloudera is worth the hype.

    Cons

    Very stiff competition in the big data segment, need a much more defining/attractive differentiators from the rest of the companies in this space

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Used to be great, now watered down talent pool, uncertain future vs Hortonworks Apache Open Source

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cloudera full-time

    Pros

    1. Training (might be a bit less now as they don't want guys leaving to become consultants!)
    2. Looks good on your Resume, opens doors to better paying jobs (if you're experienced you can go straight to those jobs however)
    3. Free lunches delivered from waiter.com - you don't leave office for $13 ;)
    4. Decent wages but good guys earn better elsewhere, which is why they've ended up hiring guys with little or no Hadoop experience now.
    5. Still good core engineering on the west cost which are great to work with - smart move would be to poach those developers as the company itself doesn't contain much unique value aside from them - a few of the veterans have moved on already...

    Cons

    1. Tough market competition, slipping position as Apache Foundation open source catches up thanks to Hortonworks. I was surprised how widespread pro-Hortonworks sentiment was by comparison after I left Cloudera, Cloudera's self serving attitude is driving appetite for Hortonworks.

    2. The company attitude has been described as "arrogant" by more than one of my ex-colleagues.

    3. Poor hiring - Cloudera are hiring people with no Hadoop experience. Yes you read that right. ZERO HADOOP EXPERIENCE. They don't even get asked Hadoop questions in interview since they have no experience, that's how ridiculous it's become.

    Lots of ex-Oracle employees in Cloudera now, it's become an old boys club in some parts where friends are hired in through the back door, regardless of them not having any Hadoop or Big Data experience at all.

    4. Rank / Titles messed up - newbies have same titles as hardened Hadoop veterans, managers with less experience than their subordinates - you know it's bad when even someone from another department asks
    you how X got promoted to "manager" with less experience than subordinate Y, must have been drinking the...

    5. Kool Aid - "company loyalty" / brand religious culture, partly caused by insecurity in the fast changing marketplace where there's now little market differentiation to warrant such an over-priced (2-3x) semi-proprietary product vs the fully open source HW. Far too much hype.

    6. Work life balance - Good luck with that. It's a heavily labor intensive business, one of the reasons Cloudera can't afford all the perks that some other people have mentioned on glassdoor.

    7. All Hype - nobody is making money in the big data vendor space even after 5-6 years, nor in any of the related 3rd party products from what I've surveyed, and products are becoming obsoleted year-on-year before they've even been monetized.

    8. Complaining that Hortonworks isn't building a sustainable business because they charge less and hoping they fold isn't a great strategy since there is no sign of that happening, if anything they only seem to pick up momentum and improve product in open source under Apache Foundation. What if HW keep going? How will Cloudera manage to compete with virtually the same product but 100% open source and at 1/2 or 1/3 the price? Vendor-lock in with the proprietary Cloudera Manager, Navigator? Most of the experienced users of this space come from open source and don't want proprietary...

    9. Lack of Vision and Innovation - they allowed Hortonworks to drive and complete Yarn without interest which has now become the next generation platform - relegating all Hadoop vendors to just commoditized infrastructure, not a premium offering, it's all about Yarn Apps now. Spark also obsoletes Hadoop MapReduce, Databricks invented Spark, so given the 2 most important frameworks in the ecosystem were invented elsewhere it feels like Cloudera has lost it's leadership edge.

    10. Fractured culture internally - pro vs anti-Apache Foundation groups, as a result some components not released to Apache, increasingly it feels like Cloudera is not the open source darling it once was, and as it veers away from Apache it loses support. Apache is "just marketing" to Cloudera according to one manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries, be more strongly selective with hiring and promotion.

    Put all components in Apache Foundation or become a legacy vendor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work for in Bay Area

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    Current Employee - Tools Team Developer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Tools Team Developer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good engineering team and good humble people

    Cons

    Less pay and benefits could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more money on the employees! Give more spot bonus and make sure they are taken care of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time

    Pros

    Good people
    Challenging work
    The right place to be at the start of your career.

    Cons

    Everything seems just right. As long as it maintains the same set of core values, it's good to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on the same path

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Sr Solution Architect

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    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Easily one of the best companies I’ve ever worked at
    - They try very hard to reward out standing work
    - Leadership is smart
    - All about personal development and growth
    - Well funded
    - Get to work with 100s of assume clients to solve the world’s hardest problems
    - Fun stuff to learn
    - Free trips to Las Vegas every year for training

    Cons

    - Not enough hours in the day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growing up fast

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time

    Pros

    Great corporate culture and executives. Some of the smartest people I've ever worked with in industry. Very open and transparent.

    Cons

    Improve onboarding and training program to ensure near term and short term expectations for new employees are occurring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Best Place to work in all of Silicon Valley!

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    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Arguably the hottest company in the hottest space within all of enterprise tech
    - Smartest people you will ever meet work here. Just take a quick look at leadership board on the website!
    - Unmatched opportunity within Sales Org, growing at an amazing pace
    - Fast paced sales environment, no corporate hierarchy or bureaucracy to deal with that you would see at an Oracle type company
    - Best office perks around- laptop, amazing office locations, fully catered meals

    Cons

    Not enough time in the day! You could also say its hard to retain all the top talent considering how hot the market is. Comp structure could be a bit more competitive as well but considering Cloudera has the pick of the litter it makes sense they may not always be the highest bidder...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in RnD as well as the culture of the company. Don't let it fade as growth continues at such rapid rates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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