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Hortonworks Overview

Santa Clara, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (HDP)
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Working at Hortonworks

Hortonworks is an industry leading innovator that creates, distributes and supports enterprise-ready open data platforms and modern data applications that deliver actionable intelligence from all data: data-in-motion and data-at-rest. Hortonworks is focused on driving innovation ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to manage the world’s data. We have a single-minded focus on driving innovation in open source communities such as Apache Hadoop, NiFi, and Spark. We along with our partners provide the expertise, training and services that allow our customers to unlock ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2016 (#40)

Company Updates


    Celebrating Hortonworks Customers on Global Customer Experience Day - October 2, 2018! - Hortonworks

    "Customers are our lifeline at Hortonworks. Our goal is to help them achieve their goals and objectives faster and more efficiently. We put them at the center of everything we do, which leads to a strong partnership, and promotes advocacy along their journey with us. It's a win-win for everyone."


    Hortonworks Reports Second Quarter 2018 Revenue of $86.3 Million - Hortonworks

    Support Subscription Revenue Increased 42 Percent Year over Year to $65.0 Million SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 7, 2018 - Hortonworks, Inc.® (NASDAQ: HDP), a leading provider of global data management solutions, today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2018. "Our entire team executed extremely well in the second quarter to deliver another fantastic result, with ...

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Hortonworks – Why Work For Us?

Hortonworks, Inc.® (NASDAQ: HDP) is a leading innovator in the data industry, creating, distributing and supporting enterprise-ready open data platforms and modern data applications. Our mission is to manage the world’s data. We have a single-minded focus on driving innovation in open source communities such as Apache Hadoop, NiFi, and Spark. We along with our partners provide the expertise, training and services that allow our customers to unlock transformational value for their organizations across any line of business. Our connected data platforms power modern data applications that deliver actionable intelligence from all data: data-in-motion and data-at-rest. We are Powering the Future of Data™.

In 2011, Rob Bearden partnered with Yahoo! to establish Hortonworks with 24 engineers from the original Hadoop team including founders Alan Gates, Arun Murthy, Devaraj Das, Mahadev Konar, Owen O’Malley, Sanjay Radia, and Suresh Srinivas.

Under the leadership of Greg Pavlik, Chief Products Officer, this core product team has been enriched with enterprise software talent from the likes of Oracle, IBM, HP, VMware, and others to help ensure that HDP meets the enterprise-grade requirements our customers expect.

Our CEO Rob Bearden has assembled one of the most experienced open source business model teams on the planet that have been instrumental in the success of companies such as JBoss, Red Hat, SpringSource, Zimbra, XenSource, Pentaho, Elastic Search, Docker, and others. This team includes board of directors Peter Fenton (Benchmark Capital), Paul Cormier (Red Hat), and Martin Fink (Western Digital), along with executive team members Shaun Connolly, Rajnish Verma, and others.



Our founding belief is that innovation and adoption of platform technologies like Hadoop is best accomplished through collaborative open source development under the governance model of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Done right, open source helps create an equitable balance of power and a fair exchange of value between vendor and consumer.


Make a positive difference for tens of thousands of people that are leveraging Apache Hadoop software to solve real problems. Hortonworks' HDP is helping Arizona St. University integrate genomics data with cancer research to try and find answers to many important questions like why some people develop cancer and others don't. This is just one example in many. Come be a part of Hortonworks and work to solve complex and generational challenges that truly make a difference in lives everywhere.


Thrive in an Open Work Environment. We believe in Openness: open software, open sharing of ideas and complete openness and transparency of our company’s strategy. Hortonworks is committed to providing employees with a comprehensive benefits package that includes health and welfare benefits to keep you and your family healthy and safe. Come see what all the excitement is about.

  • 100% company paid medical and dental insurance!
    • HMO & PPO plans available
  • Short & Long Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance
  • Flexible Work Schedules; Paid volunteer time & charitable contribution matching
  • 401K & Employee Stock Programs (new hire grants, ESPP and performance-based grants)
  • Fitness club membership
  • Generous Employee Referral Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • At HQ in Santa Clara: catered lunches, onsite massage therapy, dry cleaning service and fully stocked kitchen



Our Sales team enables companies of all sizes and industries to unlock the power of data. It starts with what you see - not right in front of you, but rather, far ahead. Our Connected Data Platforms can help you create actionable intelligence to transform your business with: Speed. Insight. Flexibility. Affordability.  

Join Hortonworks and join the Community in helping our customers Unlock the Power of Data!


At Hortonworks you'll be powering the future of data - at the forefront of innovation, enabling organizations to use Apache™ Hadoop® for storage and processing of data. Modern enterprises run on data. Open and Connected Data Platforms from Hortonworks enable organizations to manage all data, data-in-motion and data-at-rest to empower actionable intelligence for organizations whether the data is in the data center or in the cloud.

Hortonworks Data Center Solutions

The Hortonworks connected data suite family of solutions delivers end to end capabilities for
data-in-motion and data-at-rest. Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF™) collects, curates, analyzes and delivers real-time data from the Internet of Anything (IoAT) – devices, sensors clickstreams, log files and more. Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP®) enables the creation of a secure enterprise data lake and delivers the analytics you need to innovate fast and power real-time business insights. Together, Hortonworks DataFlow and Hortonworks Data Platform empower the deployment of modern data applications.

Hortonworks Cloud Solutions

The Hortonworks Connected Data Platforms Cloud Solutions delivers end to end capabilities for in the cloud, delivering fast-time-to-value and integrated control. By leveraging the public cloud, organizations have the capability to leverage hosted compute and storage capabilities to augment a data strategy. Through integration with our data-center solutions, organizations are enabled to create the right data architecture to empower modern data applications.

What is Hortonworks Community Connection

The path to a successful big data implementation isn’t straightforward. There are many decisions and considerations along the way - from technology, to people to process that all need to come together for a successful outcome. Hortonworks Community Connection is about helping enterprises achieve their desired business outcomes with big data as fast as possible. From the start of your journey with big data, through to production deployments and transformational best practices, Hortonworks Connection offerings help make it easier every step of the way.

Open Source Big Data:  An Ecosystem of Projects

Numerous Apache Software Foundation projects make up the services required by an enterprise to deploy, integrate and work with massive amounts of structure and unstructured data. Each project has been developed to deliver an explicit function and each has its own community of developers and individual release cycles.

Join Hortonworks and join the Community in Architecting the Future of Data!

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


    Great portfolio and synergy throughout the organization.


    There is no 401k in place.

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    Director, Channel Sales Management Interview

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    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Hortonworks (Boston, MA) in December 2015.


    Screening call with recruiter, quickly on to RVP and SVP of channel Sales. Initial contact to offer in less than 14 days. Focus on revenue generation and execution. Experience in open source helpful but not required.

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Hortonworks Awards & Accolades

  • The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Warehouse, Q2 2017, The Forrester Wave, 2017
  • 2017 Technology Fast 500™ Winners, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, 2017
  • Big Data All Stars, Fortune Magazine, 2014
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