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Cloudera Overview

Palo Alto, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (CLDR)
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Cloudera and Hortonworks officially merged on January 3rd, 2019.

Cloudera and Hortonworks have joined forces, combining significant investments in differentiated, yet complementary, areas—real-time streaming at the Edge, enterprise-grade data ... Read more

Mission: We empower people to transform complex data, anywhere it resides, into clear and actionable insights.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2016 (#21)

Company Updates

  • Watch Clouderan Sara Hall as she explains, at SXSW, how and why she built a machine learning/image recognition computer to help monitor bee activity. She is very passionate about saving the bees! �� #WomensHistoryMonth

  • Celebrating PiDay 2019! Here's a sneak peek at our San Francisco office

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Cloudera – Why Work For Us?


We believe that data makes what’s impossible today, possible tomorrow.


We empower people to turn complex data into clear and actionable insights.


We deliver an enterprise data cloud for any data, anywhere, from the Edge to Ai.

Cloudera’s story 

...began in 2008, with a melding of some of the brightest minds from Silicon Valley’s leading companies, including: Google, Yahoo, Oracle, and Facebook. Today, Cloudera has over 1,600 employees across the globe, with a recent IPO in 2017.

Fast Forward Labs

As a strategic commitment to machine   learning in the enterprise, Cloudera   acquired  Fast Forward Labs (FFL) in 2017,   and appointed co-founder and CEO Hilary   Mason to serve as Cloudera’s Vice President   of Research. Hilary and her team bring   expertise in applying machine learning to   practical business problems, and give   Cloudera a clear view of the future of the   field. 

Chief Data and Information Officer

 In 2018, Amy O'Connor was appointed as   Cloudera's Chief Data and Information   Officer. Amy is a key driver of innovation to support Cloudera’s IT environment as a   resource for engineering, support, sales,   and marketing teams as well as driving   customer satisfaction.


The New Cloudera: From the Edge to AI

On January 3, 2019, Cloudera and & Hortonworks merged to form a new              Cloudera. Cloudera delivers an enterprise data cloud for any data, anywhere, from the Edge to AI. Powered by the relentless innovation of  the open source community, Cloudera advances digital transformation for the world’s largest enterprises. 

Cloudera's commitment to excellence in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cloud analytics has earned us numerous awards and accolades—including the Deloitte 2018 Technology Fast 500, 2018 CRN 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors, 2018 The Cloud Awards (Cloudera wins Most Innovative Use of Data in the Cloud) and multiple IoT Breakthrough Awards for 2018. We were recently recognized by the Human Rights Campaign 2018 Equality Index with a perfect score.

Read about Cloudera and Hortonworks Completed Planned Merger  

Read about the Fast Forward Labs acquisition

Read about Amy O'Connor's appointment to CDIO

Come make what is impossible today, possible tomorrow

Working at Cloudera is also about contributing towards the greater good. You’ll find we’ve been involved in some impressive initiatives, including helping establish a cloud-based collection and analysis tool that identified suspected human trafficking networks and individuals.

More on Cloudera's partnership with Thorn

Cloudera Foundation Will Use Data Analytics and Machine Learning to Improve People’s Lives

In 2017, Claudia Jeuch joined Cloudera as the Executive Director for the Cloudera Foundation. Cloudera Foundation, a non-profit we set up before our initial public offering to concentrate our resources and our efforts in support of philanthropic efforts for social good. The company’s leadership and Board of Directors were strongly supportive of the Foundation, and so here we are.

Read more here.

Cloudera Cares is the philanthropic arm of Cloudera and is employee-led and run. Our goal is to offer employees the opportunity to give back to local and global communities, both directly and indirectly. Since our inception in early 2014, Cloudera Cares has partnered with DataKind and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

In addition to our partnerships with these organizations, each of our local offices organizes events in support of local charities to help those in need in our local communities. We continue to give back at events such as: food banks, soup kitchens, home rebuilding/refurbishments, school clean-ups, park restorations, beach clean-ups, tutoring and more.

Cloudera Cares also contributes to the community through hosting and sponsoring hackathons that support the Data-For-Good movement. Cloudera Cares has donated over 4,000 employee hours and has partnered with more than 20 not-for-profit organizations globally. We've donated resources to disaster responses, both nationally and internationally.

Read more here.


Diverse Ideas Come from Diverse People

At Cloudera, we believe that valuing diversity enables us to attract top talent, improve employee engagement, foster innovation, and encourage inclusive decision making all while increasing overall company performance.  As Cloudera continues to grow, we believe in our commitment to foster a truly diverse and inclusive workforce.

 Cloudera is honored to receive   a perfect score from the Human   Rights Campaign in the 2018   LGBTQ Equality Index. We are   committed to making Cloudera a   place where the finest minds can   come together and make what's   impossible today, possible   tomorrow. 

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Diversity Initiatives

  • A few of the many things we do to encourage and promote diversity are: Our Diversity & Inclusion Council consists of employees from various backgrounds and departments
  • Employee Resource Groups are employee driven and lead
  • We sponsor and partner with external organizations, which allows us to help shape a more diverse and inclusive industry overall
  • At Cloudera, we regularly invite external speakers with diverse backgrounds to present on a variety of topics

Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of Cloudera to provide equal opportunity to, and not tolerate unlawful discrimination against, all individuals without regard to age, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or domestic partnership status, veteran's status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, family and medical care leave status, or any other category protected under federal or applicable state or local law, regulation or ordinance.

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We've made our way into conversations over breakfast tacos and big data by Built in Austin, a rapidly growing online community offering the number one job board for tech talent, creates and curates exclusive content on local startups, hosts monthly events and publishes data on the Austin tech sector. Check out some write ups about our Austin presence.

Cloudera Around the Globe

Cloudera is growing as fast as the data it manages. Over the last 10 years, we've expanded our presence across the globe, and now have offices in over 25 countries. Our teams are spread across the world, but our sense of family has never been stronger. 

Get to know our teams in Budapest a little better by the things we do when (we think) no one is watching...

University Recruiting

We recognize that the best and brightest minds come from near and far, and that “fresh eyes” are crucial to fostering the environment that drives innovation and open source technology. Our interns have a huge impact on the projects at Cloudera, and that impact reaches far beyond the company level.

"Bigger than Ourselves"

This season, we are tackling problems that are “Bigger than Ourselves,” and we mean it in lots of ways. We are here to offer new perspectives, make an impact, and to disrupt things (ordo ab chao! — order out of chaos). From social justice to climate change, cyber security to government intelligence, we are deeply involved in important and relevant open source projects. We are part of the millennial generation that is transforming big data, not just using it every day. We are Cloudera’s Datalennials.

The Datalennials

As a Datalennial, you can expect a few different things during your time here: you will meet the executives, co-founders and top technical leaders, and you will teach them a thing or two. You’ll meet investors and influential partners like Accel, you’ll work side-by-side on relevant projects with some of the most experienced in Big Data/Hadoop, and you will be dragged to baseball games with the rest of the squad. There’s other stuff, too, but you’ll have to come see for yourself.

Meet Liam

 Liam is a three-time intern and now a full-time   software engineer at Cloudera. Liam graduated   from James Madison University in 2016, and his   passion for technology and learning has taken him   on an exciting journey that, arguably, is just   getting  started.




We work hard, and we play hard

Below is Catherine Ray's visual summary of what she learned during her internship with Cloudera.

Getting into Data Science: A Guide for Students and Parents

Cloudera Reviews

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Cloudera Chief Executive Officer Tom Reilly
Tom Reilly
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    "Never seen an opportunity this big"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Seattle, WA
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    I have been working at Cloudera full-time (More than a year)


    Tom Reilly is genuinely a nice person And is passionate about culture and transparency. Scott Aronson loves salespeople. They both love customers. Our R&D team created an industry and are still disrupting the dinosaurs of database while integrating with the cloud providers like AWS, Azure, and Google.

    Our Enterprise Data Cloud seamlessly integrates on-prem and cloud based data and applications from the edge of IOT to AI and data science. This is what every company that wants to remain relevant and cost competitive is trying to do right now and we have the platform to get them there.

    Something like 90% of the global 2000 are on our platform and those platforms are starting to grow like crazy.

    The best part is we earn the right to bill our customers. Open source is such a purely mutual value driven business model.

    The west region offices are beautiful and easy to get to for work and meetings.


    I honestly have no cons. And No, management did not ask for this review to be written. (Its so obvious on other reviews).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build the partner/customer business model and service offerings. Cloud is blurring the lines between a customer and a go to market partner.

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Cloudera Photos

Cloudera photo of: Cloudera was a sponsor at the Vets In Tech event
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Cloudera photo of: Celebrating #PiDay2019
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Cloudera Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cloudera (San Francisco, CA) in March 2018.


    I had received a call from the recruiter to go over my back ground. We had discussed my experience and technical aptitude. The recruiter was comfortable with my skill level and wanted pass me onto the hiring manager. Secon interview was with the hiring manager and we spoke for at least an hour going over my background, talking about solutions and use cases for big data. I had a great conversation. The hiring manager and I both felt comfortable. The next step was to meet the rest of the team. In order to meet with the team I had to travel to San Francisco. The Recruiting Coordinator did a great job in setting up my travel arrangements (booking my flight, setting the schedule, and constantly in communication). Recruiting Coordinator pays attention to the little things (i.e. goodie bag) which goes a long way.
    I met with the Vice President and discussed the opportunity and went through my background and skill set. I enjoyed our conversation and felt comfortable to ask any questions.
     I also met with three colleagues to have a technical conversation around the product. The conversations were not so much question and answer but more having a conversation around use cases in a technical manner.
    I left the interview feeling confident and comfortable working for Cloudera. No one was trying to ask difficult questions we were having a great conversation and that s what I enjoyed about the process.

    Interview Questions

    • Perform Cloudera Path B Instillation and go over each step and present your findings.   1 Answer
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Cloudera Awards & Accolades

  • Cloudera Named a 2018 Technology Fast 500 Winner, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, 2018
  • Cloudera Named a 2018 Top 10 Most Influential Technology Company, Enterprise Management 360, 2018
  • Cloudera wins Microsoft 2018 Global Partner of the Year award for innovation in Open Source Data and AI solutions based on Microsoft technology, Microsoft Partner Network, 2018
  • Top 20 Company of Inside-BigData's IMPACT 50 List, Inside Big Data, 2018
  • Corporate Equality Index, Human Rights Campaign, 2018
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Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being


Offer formal "internships" for mid-career people or those returning to the workforce

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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