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Confluent Overview

Mountain View, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Dubbed an "open-source unicorn" by Forbes, Confluent is the fastest-growing enterprise subscription company our investors have ever seen. And how are we growing so fast? By pioneering a new technology category with an event streaming platform ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to build an event streaming platform and put it at the heart of every company.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2020 (#15)

Top CEOs: 2019 (#13)

Company Updates

  • "As we get ready to welcome our 1,000th team member, the truth is that we haven’t 'made it'. The opportunity in front of us is monumental and, to reach it, we will need to continue scaling our business, our team, and our community...We’ve reached an exciting milestone this year but, in looking forward, we’ve only just begun." — Mike Podobnik, VP of Talent & Employee Experience

  • “Our leaders, from the CEO and CPO on down, still ask us for feedback on everything from our facilities to our product road map. No one’s ideas are disregarded.” — Carol Patel, Head of Americas, Professional Services

    “There’s a lot of mutual respect between our team and Engineering. When we hit a point where we’re out of ideas, they’re right there to support us.” — Koelli Mungee, Customer Operations Manager

    Better Together: How Confluent's Customer Success Team Collaborates Across Continents

    Confluent's customers are spread out all over the globe, so it only makes sense that the members of its Customer Success (CS) team - which encompasses customer support, training and certification, and professional services - are, too.

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Confluent – Why Work With Us?

Dubbed an "open-source unicorn" by Forbes, Confluent is the fastest-growing enterprise subscription company our investors have ever seen. And how are we growing so fast? By pioneering a new technology category with an event streaming platform, which enables companies to leverage their data as a continually updating stream of events, not as static snapshots. Our product has been adopted by Fortune 100 customers across all industries, and we’re being led by the best in the space—our founders were the original creators of Apache Kafka®. We’re looking for talented and amazing team players who want to accelerate our growth, while doing some of the best work in their career. Join us as we build the next transformative technology platform!

Be a pioneer.

As more and more of the most future-forward organizations in the world use Confluent, the opportunities to put your forward-thinking perspective and skillset to use and drive impact expands. You’ll be working with the most talented people in the industry at the very cutting edge of technology while building something new. The work you do will help transform both the​ ​world of data as we know it.

We hook our team up with only the best stuff


  • Flexible hours & unlimited vacation
  • Commuter benefits
  • Medical, dental & vision coverage
  • Free lunches & munchies
  • Best teammates on planet earth
  • ​So, so much more!​
Confluent Co-founders Jay Kreps, Neha Narkhede, and Jun Rao
Jay Kreps is co-founder and CEO at Confluent. Prior to Confluent, Jay was the Lead Architect for Data and Infrastructure at LinkedIn. He is the initial developer of several open-source projects, including Apache Kafka.
Neha Narkhede is co-founder and CTO at Confluent. Prior to Confluent, Neha led Streams Infrastructure at LinkedIn, where she was responsible for streaming infrastructure built on top of Apache Kafka and Apache Samza. She is one of the initial authors of Apache Kafka and a committer and PMC member on the project.
Jun Rao is a co-founder at Confluent. Prior to Confluent, Jun was a Senior Staff Engineer at Linkedin, where he led the development of Kafka. Before LinkedIn, he was a Researcher at IBM's Almaden research data center, where he conducted research on databases and distributed systems. Jun is the PMC chair of Apache Kafka and a committer of Apache Cassandra.

Confluent Reviews

  • Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "A unicorn among unicorns"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Confluent full-time (More than a year)


    Engineering-focused mindset all the way to the top means silly corporate issues aren't suffered

    Our leadership likes making fun of anonymous questions about 'not important' issues like whether we should have a dress code or not, and frankly I love it. It's a breath of fresh air to hear things like "hey, maybe we should focus doing the things that will make us successful" - and not done in a whip-cracking way at all but instead in a way that fosters a real desire to just do better work and create more value for all of us.

    Absolutely exceptional engineering talent. It's incredible to work with not only our executives but also the stellar engineering, product, data-focused, and frankly anyone at the firm. Pretty much everyone you meet is an expert in something.


    Growing this fast is always tough, but we're still managing to do it pretty gracefully in my experience.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the engineering-minded principles that have gotten you this far and things should stay great. Don't be afraid to let people go if they're really starting to lose sight of that or hold us back.

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Confluent Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




  1. Featured Interview


    Site Reliability Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Confluent (Bengaluru (India)) in November 2019.


    I was contacted by one of the HRs on LinkedIn where he told me about the company and the process for the interviews, I have had heard about about the company before and was interested in giving the interviews. There were in total 5 rounds, Coding Round, Scripting Round, Operational Round, Design Round and finally behavioural round. Every round was of 1 hour and all the rounds were taken on Zoom. The HR was very helpful on scheduling/rescheduling interviews as I was at vacation after I was done with my first interview. Overall it was a great experience, interviewers were quite knowledgeable and experienced as they went in depth as one could get. First round was coding round taken on CoderPad where I was given to parse 2 different CSVs and merge them on certain rules and filter out certain data on certain rules, calculate a certain mathematical entity and finally sort them in decreasing order and print the corresponding metadata of the processed order. Interviewer was quite helpful in giving clues and correcting mistakes. Second round was Scripting round where basic and in depth question related to Linux were asked, along with that docker in depth questions, its working and orchestration, clustering and scheduling capabilities. Third round started with a very a basic system layout and was asked to expand the system along with the new resources addition and changing user requirements. Fourth round was the design round where I was given a design question prior to 3 days of interview and had to prepare a report for it(Have to describe everything from scratch, services dependancy, data modelling, cloud architecture etc.), again the interviewer went in depth as much as one could and was quite good.

    Overall the company is run and managed by some really good guys and are very systematic, smart and are very professional, I think I have had best interview experience with this company.

    Interview Questions

    • Parse 2 different CSVs and merge them on certain rules and filter out certain data on certain rules, calculate a certain mathematical entity and finally sort them in decreasing order and print the corresponding metadata of the processed order.   Answer Question
    • Difference between docker daemon, docker machine and virtual machine.   Answer Question
    • Networking questions for debugging like how `traceroute` and ping can help us in debugging.   Answer Question
    • Describe the layering concept on docker.   Answer Question
    • Given a game to you which is running on an instance and hasMySQL installed on it locally, now with the game popularity increasing, suggest ways that it stays highly secure and highly available and then with every step he was adding more things on it, like we want to use JWT on it, should we use it? session maintenance etc.   Answer Question
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Confluent Awards & Accolades

  • 50 Highest Rated Private Cloud Computing Companies to Work For, Battery Ventures + Glassdoor, 2019
  • Forbes Cloud 100, Forbes, 2018
  • LinkedIn Top Startups, LinkedIn, 2019
  • Forbes Cloud 100, Forbes, 2017
  • Forbes Cloud 100, Forbes, 2019
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