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Cloudera Overview

Palo Alto, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (CLDR)
Information Technology
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Cloudera delivers the platform for machine learning and advanced analytics built on the latest open source technologies. The world’s leading organizations trust Cloudera to help solve their most challenging business problems with Cloudera Enterprise, the fastest ... Read more

Mission: Founded by leading experts on big data from Facebook, Google, Oracle and Yahoo, Cloudera's mission is to empower people to get value from all their data.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work:2016 (#21)

Company Updates


    Prophecy Fulfilled: Keras and Cloudera Data Science Workbench - Cloudera Engineering Blog

    Alas! what a great loss there will be to learning before the cycle of the Moon is completed. "The Prophecies of Nostradamus", Century I, 62 In 1555, did Nostradamus predict deep learning built on stochastic optimization using a loss function's gradient? Almost certainly not, but, what can deep learning predict about Nostradamus in 2017?


    Python Tops The List of Top 10 Programming Language Of 2017

    What kind of programming skills do you need to survive in the extremely ever growing competent market always remains the burning question? IEEE Spectrum research group, a publication of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a technical advocacy organization, has the answer for you.

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Cloudera – Why Work For Us?

Cloudera’s story began in 2008, with a melding of some of the brightest minds from Silicon Valley’s leading companies, including: Google (Christophe Bisciglia), Yahoo (Amr Awadallah), Oracle (Mike Olson), and Facebook (Jeff Hammerbacher). Today, Cloudera has over 1,200 employees across the globe. Our commitment to excellence in big data management has earned us numerous awards and accolades—including the 2014 and 2015 Database Trends and Applications Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for best analytical platform, and Glassdoor's 2016 Best Places to Work for Small and Medium Businesses.

In 2009, Doug Cutting, co-creator of Hadoop, joined the company as Chief Architect—a role he remains in today. And in 2013, Tom Reilly became Chief Executive Officer. Tom also serves as our Chairman of the Board and Chief Strategist.  

Why open source matters

Since its inception, 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 Around the Globe

Cloudera is growing as fast as the data it manages. Over the last 8 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...

In 2015, we opened our Austin, TX office, y'all. Take a peek at the video below from the opening ceremony!

Great people make it happen

While “great minds think alike” is often true, we happen to think that the greatest people usually are not alike in many ways. Different experiences and perspectives propel us to undiscovered heights, helping us answer the world’s biggest questions.

Cloudera's Diversity & Inclusion mission is to be the change in building a more diverse and inclusive Cloudera that crosses all levels and geographies.

To encourage and enable Clouderans to be open and inclusive of everyone everyday through educational, professional and social programs.


Diversity and Inclusion blog

We want everyone to have a voice, and be heard, at Cloudera. One of our core values is "Be Open," and we mean it in every way. Take a peek at some of our recent blog entries by real Clouderans and see what we're all talking about!

Some things we're into right now

Have you heard of the DJ duo NERVO? They're twin sisters who graduated with degrees in sound engineering, and they're using their experiences and artistical platform to encourage women to pursue engineering. The music video below aims to demonstrate how crucial engineering is in our day-to-day lives. Read more about them here.

Eight Initiatives Run by Women of Color That Are Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in Tech

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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 Sargent 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.

Liam's story


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

Help us Answer the World's Biggest Questions!

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. And in 2016, we joined President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), where we will be training 1,000 researchers in the latest big data technologies.

Grow With Us

At Cloudera, we're building a company for the long term. The way we behave today, and the values that underlie our actions, are fundamental to that long-term success.

We take responsibility for each other’s personal, as well as our collective, success. We enable fellow Clouderans to develop new skills, and we promote from within. We intend to harness the best thinking, and the best thinkers, on the planet. We believe that greater diversity leads to greater ideas.

Be Open

At our core, we are open. We believe in transparency—with each other, with customers, with partners, and with the community. That way, everyone understands our goals and plans. We are open to ideas and help from others. We evaluate our successes and failures honestly, and we share constructive feedback. We always trust each other.


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    "Fantastic company with still so much potential"

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    The inclusive culture is great, and peers will always rally around others looking for help. The executive management in the company is unrivaled to any company I have ever seen. They are open, honest, transparent, and make employees feel like they are a part of something transforming to the industry. I have never seen executives so in tune to the pulse of the company, and understand what the company needs in many facets of the business. Cloudera provides excellent opportunities for growth and career advancement. Hard work and results are recognized.


    Work/life balance can be tough here, but it isn't in any way forced from management. Clouderans love what they do, and give it their all. It's hard not to be overworked when we truly buy into the vision of what this company is, where we are going, and the opportunities ahead. Just be careful and set reasonable boundaries to get the work/life balance you require. Cloudera has an unlimited vacation policy, so there is no excuse not to work out the R&R you need to stay healthy and balanced.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. All of you are true professionals and set the right examples for all Clouderans on what we should be striving for to be a disrupter in the industry, and more importantly, ethically in the process.

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Cloudera Photos

Cloudera photo of: Datalennials on their way to volunteer at the SF-Marin Food Bank
Cloudera photo of: Volunteering at the SF-Marin Food Bank
Cloudera photo of: Portraits at the Food Bank
Cloudera photo of: Goofin' at the Food Bank
Cloudera photo of: Our interns taking a break from volunteering at the SF-Marin Food Bank
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Cloudera Interviews



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    Sr. Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
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    I applied online. I interviewed at Cloudera (Palo Alto, CA) in July 2017.


    Technical phone screen of an hour followed by onsite with 5-6 persons from hiring team. Lunch and snacks provided. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. Every interview was hour long. All interviews had to solve coding problems except with the hiring manager. He asked technical questions on the resume.

    Interview Questions

    • Lot of questions about the resume, describe the projects and your contribution. Most interesting problem you solved. How did you resolve disagreements within team? Why do you want to join Cloudera?
      Implement rm -r, implement multithreaded program to increment count.
      Implement a fixed length queue.   Answer Question
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Cloudera Awards & Accolades

  • The 125 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area 2016, SF Business Times, 2016
  • Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For, Glassdoor, 2016
  • Technology of the Year Award, Infoworld, 2016
  • Gold Winner Best Overall IT Company of the Year, Network Products Guide, 2016
  • Technology Fast 500™, Deloitte's, 2015
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