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Cloudera Reviews

Updated December 3, 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 (2)

    "Best Place EVER"

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    • 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. "Great company to work for with great opportunities"

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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

    Pros

    Great career opportunities. Great managers and culture.

    Cons

    Working in the field can get monotonous.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership wake up - Cloudera/Hadoop is not anymore considered modern tech"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good place if you want to spend time working on diverse set of tools.
    - Good customer base (keeping cloudera still in the market)

    Cons

    - Poor leadership visibility and direction to their teams.
    - Product strategy is messed up. No stable or successful product recently. Only surviving with Cloudera Manager.
    - Internal teams(Professional services, Engineering, Sales, Support) are not aligned to drive towards common goals.

    Advice to Management

    - Customers are always first for the company. But for leadership employees should be first. Helping individuals to build a successful profile will have a direct influence on the business and customers. Hear the feedback from employees to keep the best talent, it automatically drives the business towards success.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Still strong despite some external perceptions"

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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

    The market opportunity is massive, and the merger with Hortonworks makes a lot of sense. We also have an executive staff that believes strongly in fostering an environment of openness.

    Cons

    The technology we provide has almost limitless applications; but its a difficult sale, and still complex to use.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate openly with the staff, and focus resources on making Cloudera Enterprise easier to use.


  5. Helpful (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


  6. Helpful (10)

    "A reference for "Managing Up""

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

    I worked at Cloudera full-time

    Pros

    Good offices
    Free lunches
    Flexible environment
    A few really talented people left, but bleeding hard
    Exciting technology in an exciting domain & era
    Big customer base

    Cons

    Inversed meritocracy: work well, do grunt work, execute & please customers, you will get nothing (and someone else will get the credit). Screw-up, befriend management or old timers and you will get an all-hands shootouts and promo
    Too many unnecessary layers or middle layer/PM obfuscating reality and who have zero clue. Any creativity is getting killed by those.
    Competition already passed-us

    Advice to Management

    Share you real worries to everybody, fire the failures right away, more empathy and level-up the employees. Be bold for real and get visibility to the real doers. People can't be bluffed anymore after 2 years of inaction..


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Sinking ship"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Snacks & Drinks
    Happy hours
    Used to have good training.

    Cons

    “Grow with Cloudera” is not a reality. Promotions are 100% political. Backstabbing middle management has corrupted the culture. Unhealthy environment to work. Major lack of organization and structure.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the poor managers.
    Don’t allow harassers and liars to make decisions for the company.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great company!"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (13)

    "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


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Enterprise Account Executive"

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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

    They give you a ramp.

    Cons

    Poor Management, No one in sales is making money.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to sell to the Business side of a organization as opposed to IT and deal sizes would be bigger