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Cloudera Reviews

Updated February 20, 2018
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Pros
  • Good room for work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • High tech company working on a lot of neat projects with Big Data (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Definitely challenging when it comes to work-life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Growing pains as with any company that's expanded as quickly as Cloudera has, but management has done a good job of addressing those as they've arisen (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Love this company!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Leadership
    Great training initiatives
    Very interesting work in a space that is only going to get bigger
    Collaborative and enthusiastic colleagues
    And so much more....

    Cons

    As with all start-ups that go IPO, there are some growing pains and there is a need to roll up sleeves. Personally, I love the fact that I am able to be a part of this growth and see no cons in this.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being your amazing selves and thank you!


  2. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Has open and friendly environment

    Cons

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    Advice to Management

    NA

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Instructor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great place to work. Very competent people. Good management

    Cons

    Can't think of any negatives


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time

    Pros

    The company culture is amazing.

    Cons

    There aren't that many cons


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Operation Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time

    Pros

    It has very fast paced learning environment and lots of opportunity to grow and do things which interests you.

    Cons

    It is under staffed a little


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Systems Engineering in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director of Systems Engineering in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great people, great people
    Great leadership with full transparency
    Great technology that is making a significant and positive impact for our clients
    Great technical support organization to support our clients

    Cons

    Not too many, just need to monitor work life balance, and leadership is aware of that.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Arrogance is rampant, culture promotes incompetent managers, too much infighting."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Technology stack
    Smart people
    Best Hadoop distribution
    Leader in Hadoop space
    Great place to learn the technology and then move on.

    Cons

    To succeed, you must NOT rock the boat.
    Culture is a cancer on the company.
    Poor management decisions.
    Support team is smart but is not customer focused, only focused on solving issues deemed break/fix

    Advice to Management

    Promote people managers and leaders vs only those that have tenure.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Strategic SDR Organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic SDR in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Strategic SDR in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The Team/People you work with are amazing and there is always someone who will drop everything and help you. This position is one where everyone can "win" & be successful, so the idea of helping one another get to 100% creates an amazing support team.
    - Intellectual Environment - The company is staffed with resources who are intellectually curious, and being that "Big Data" is so abstract, it creates a collaborative and experimental environment; constantly learning, constantly evolving.
    - The Products/Technology - It's so fascinating, and constantly changing, so there is always something amazing you can discuss with others.
    - Credibility - Cloudera was created by resources from the leading tech companies, who had to "deal" with the data problem first & saw it firsthand. The creator of Hadoop also works for Cloudera, so we are lucky to be the Leaders of this industry.

    Cons

    Technology is not something you can force yourself to take interest in. This particular area of analytics based technology has to be something you already enjoy in order for you to be a real asset to the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Always keep the fun, games, drawings, contests, pub crawls, Vegas... we wouldn't be the same without it!


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Incompetent managers, arrogent team leads, and low compensation to individent contributor"

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    Former Employee - Individual Contributor in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Individual Contributor in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cloudera full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    every week there is one day working from home gives people some break

    Cons

    Too many team managers, team tech leads conflicts with each other. communications between teams are almost impossible or hostile. Daily standups put non-trust on normal individual contributors, and turns into a platform for the management to show that they are 'working' hard.

    Advice to Management

    Forget about the management layers and roles, concentrate on your individual contributors/engineers and give them career path and full compensation they deserve.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great opportunity, changing market, lots of middle management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cloudera is still the best-supported Hadoop distribution on the market today. They are making strategic changes to drive their business in the ML space for long-term growth. Executive leadership is strong and very transparent.

    Cons

    The organization is not flat which can be useful for promotion opportunities but harmful when it comes to making an impact. As the hierarchy builds, so have office politics. Recruiting takes a very long time. I honestly believe they are losing talent due to the slow recruiting process and a "grow with Cloudera" mantra that is just a mantra.

    Advice to Management

    An enterprise-class product does not require hierarchy to be successful. The product is great but you still have to be nimble and aggressive if you want to keep growing.


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