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Cloudera Reviews

Updated July 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good room for work/life balance" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Smart people lead to happy customers too, and the roster of customer successes is impressive" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Definitely challenging when it comes to work-life balance" (in 21 reviews)

  • "There are always going to be growing pains with hyper-growth companies, like figuring out where to put everyone" (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Best Place EVER"

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    Current Employee - Customer Operations Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Customer Operations Engineering Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great and welcoming environment, great leadership team and the best culture I have ever worked for!

    Cons

    Nothing that we can throw on Cloudera

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up and support the initiatives coming from the teams


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good environment and people"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are nice, laid back, benefits are good.

    Cons

    Office space is limited now, but will expand soon.

  3. "Not like it once was"

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

    I worked at Cloudera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free food and a fish tank.
    Benefits are good compared to other SV comps
    Had some coworkers that made it worth staying

    Cons

    After IPO, working here went downhill just like the stock price.
    Too many management changes, no consistency and though the execs say they are transparent, when asked if there would be layoffs and they said No multiple times, People were let go and jobs eliminated
    you can only find growth there if your job has an actual progression within their structure or youre one of the ‘insiders’ that always gets a promotion, or a new job made specifically for them.
    Otherwise, you’re forced to look elsewhere.
    Leaders talk the talk but that’s it

    Advice to Management

    Probably would have been better to sell the company.


  4. "Spiraling in a toward trend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Good co-workers and work-life balance for selected groups

    Cons

    Nobody takes bold actions: a lot of talk about it, but we never take actions

    Advice to Management

    We have proven that we cannot do it organically: sell the company or acquire other assets to boost our anemic growth


  5. "A Relatively Isolated Working Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cloudera full-time

    Pros

    1. Seems cool to work on open source project and be a committer.
    2. Pays well.

    Cons

    1. Small office in San Francisco. Very crowded.
    2. Bad technology stack.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Don’t go here - it’s gone straight to hell"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    - The CEO and founders are good
    - Free food

    Cons

    - Nearly all executives have been replaced in the past year with toxic, incompetent bullies. They have hired their own henchmen, and there’s about 30% attrition now
    - Any positive reviews these days on Glassdoor are coming from HR
    - Until late 2017, this place was incredible. Great people, great management, great vision. 2018 and beyond: stay very far away
    - They claim that there’s a hiring freeze but since so many people are quitting they’re always looking to backfill
    - Entire teams are quitting all at once
    - STAY VERY FAR AWAY

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and realize you hired a bunch of terrrible middle managers and VPs. It’s not enough for a weekly email from a founder to tell us that the company has good values. Where’s the accountability on the executive team?

    Maybe a simpler piece of advice: just sell the company. It’s beyond repair now.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Customers. Amazing Products."

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    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

    Cloudera has some of the most intelligent and thoughtful people working in machine learning and analytics today. Every workday is a new learning experience. Smart people lead to happy customers too, and the roster of customer successes is impressive. We are disrupting three significant areas of the market that are driving value for large enterprises - machine learning, analytics, and cloud.

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for being open and honest. Keep up the good work

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience, no upward mobility"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cloudera full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Cutting-edge product
    -Team-oriented environment
    -Amazing learning experience
    -Friendly team, company works to keep the culture
    -Office kitchen has some good options (though very noisy - also coffee machine is nasty)
    -People genuinely care. They want to talk to you and get to know you, and many hang out after work or on weekends. There are very few cliques
    -It's not a call-center type of environment. This was the biggest pro for me. 9/10 other places you'll be measured strictly on activity with very little feeling of team-oriented strategy contribution, but at Cloudera you are allowed much more flexibility to work as you see fit as long as you're driving pipeline and good business opportunities. Your ideas are valued and you're not competing against each other. PLEASE do not change this - it will immediately ruin the culture.
    -Catered lunches twice a week
    -Helpful training and learning opportunities
    -Great location with parking
    -Internal networking opportunities, interacting with lots of people around the company within sales and marketing
    -Good launching pad for career, as other companies respect the technology
    -A lot of the people on the SDR team are smart and driven, you'll be surrounded by good people. There were a few who in my opinion were just as good as many of the AEs. You'll have some lifelong connections
    -Diverse group

    Cons

    -There is no definitive upward mobility opportunity within the SDR team at Cloudera. People are leaving and taking great jobs elsewhere (me included). While it is a wonderful place to learn and springboard your sales career, you'll have to look elsewhere if you're looking to actually move forward (seriously, some people were 2+ years there and promised opportunity to be promoted)
    -Tough to ever work from home, even though we could easily have had 1-2 days of work from home per week
    -SDR management turnover
    -Cloudera is going through so many internal changes that it's hard to keep track of who leads what, who reports to who, and what to expect
    -Quota changes every. single. month. It doesn't make sense and becomes less and less attainable with recent internal changes. From what I knew this wasn't the case in the beginning, but as the company shifted it seemed as though the SDRs were just thrown a quota and told to go get it without and real support or guidance
    -You better get a good territory (Northeast or West), they don't shift quotas by the regions. I had two in under a year and it's not evenly split whatsoever
    -You're at the mercy of your AEs, in many cases

    Advice to Management

    -Create opportunity for SDRs to get promoted. The good ones will be forced to leave otherwise. Don't promise a promotion in 1 year if many are there 2+ without any forward mobility


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, Culture a bit weak"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting problems to solve and great projects

    Cons

    management was odd at the time, seemed out of control with spending and little structure


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Cloudera is a great place to work"

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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

    Pros

    Extremely intelligent peers, great benefits, challenging product (always learning something new), ideal office location and culture

    Cons

    Additional pressure on all departments following IPO last year, lack of sales senior level leadership

    Advice to Management

    Over communicate (whenever possible) with employees on changes and their impacts to the business and individuals.


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