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Cloudera Reviews

Updated September 20, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good room for work/life balance" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Smart people lead to happy customers too, and the roster of customer successes is impressive" (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "work/life balance, none other than that" (in 22 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Software Engineer Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The benefits were super good

    Cons

    The intern program was a bit disorganized compared to big companies

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cloudera full-time

    Pros

    - Fantastic benefits and competitive pay
    - Has a GREAT reputation in the Big Data world. Spending four (4) years there has provided a great springboard to other positions at some of the valley's best companies

    Cons

    - Grew VERY fast and got lost in the growth.
    - Upward movement isn't always available. Lots of veteran Clouderans ended up moving to lower positions from managerial positions to find different roles as there wasn't much available on their current track.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Fell to pieces after the IPO"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary
    Nice benefits like daily lunch, unlimited PTO
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Poor management
    Nepotism
    Complacency
    Can be cliquey
    Good people leaving en masse
    Horrible HR team (no career development plans, no effort made to retain top talent)

    Advice to Management

    Be less cocky about the company and its outlook and more transparent about the realities of trying to sell open source with bigger and better competitors in the space


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Freefall"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Some pieces of interesting technology
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    No career path (or vetoed by some old timers)
    Management is disconnected and does not seem to care for real
    Lot of talkers (with free time) sabotaging doers

    Advice to Management

    Wake-up, competition is passing us as we stopped moving and are outdated.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "2+ Years"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Transparency in culture, finances and futures

    Cons

    Heavy leadership layers, many with little to no value

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the organization


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Bad Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO
    Snacks
    Catered Lunch
    Nothing more

    Cons

    Lot of politics in the teams.
    Management does not give a damn about your growth.
    HR department is rude and unhelpful.

    Advice to Management

    Please care about your employees.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Lack of culture and camaraderie"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are friendly and willing to help
    Cafeteria is nice and the food is free
    Our offices in SF and Palo Alto are nice and new

    Cons

    2 HQs (Palo Alto and SF) separates employees and hurts culture. Not to mention that they both feel empty.

    I don’t feel like the executive staff is “connected” with the people that do the day-to-day. The worker bees are unhappy. I don’t feel like my manager cares.

    New management every year on the sales side. 1 step forward, 2 steps back.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t just talk to the generals and sergeants- talk to the troops. We’re the frontline and hear issues before you do. Do skip levels with assurance that our feedback is confidential and our criticism will at least be heard. There are some bad middle managers representing you poorly. Let’s get things back on track.


  9. "Marketing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Founders are serious in business

    Cons

    Complexity on selling products and solutions


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work overall"

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

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

    Pros

    Pros:
    - The people. The main reason I've stayed over 3 years.
    - Market opportunity. A lot of growth potential.
    - Engineering leadership. Overall very good. The head of engineering "gets it"; how to build quality software and not accumulate a bunch of tech debt.
    - Plenty of interesting challenges. Lots of opportunities to make a big impact.

    Cons

    The open-source software stack can be chaotic to build an enterprise product out of. On the other hand, plenty of opportunity to be active in Apache communities.

    Advice to Management

    Share your experience with staff that has never been in a post-IPO company. It is always a bumpy ride but many still expect a smooth ride. Keep adding visibility of where we are and where we are going.


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