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Cloudera Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Good room for work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Cutting edge technology in the fast growing field of big data processing and analytics (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance can be tough here, but it isn't in any way forced from management (in 18 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 26 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic company with still so much potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 5 years)

    Pros

    The inclusive culture is great, and peers will always rally around others looking for help. The executive management in the company is unrivaled to any company I have ever seen. They are open, honest, transparent, and make employees feel like they are a part of something transforming to the industry. I have never seen executives so in tune to the pulse of the company, and understand what the company needs in many facets of the business. Cloudera provides excellent opportunities for growth and career advancement. Hard work and results are recognized.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be tough here, but it isn't in any way forced from management. Clouderans love what they do, and give it their all. It's hard not to be overworked when we truly buy into the vision of what this company is, where we are going, and the opportunities ahead. Just be careful and set reasonable boundaries to get the work/life balance you require. Cloudera has an unlimited vacation policy, so there is no excuse not to work out the R&R you need to stay healthy and balanced.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. All of you are true professionals and set the right examples for all Clouderans on what we should be striving for to be a disrupter in the industry, and more importantly, ethically in the process.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Inspiring leadership and a world-class engineering team trying to change the world one petabyte at a time!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time

    Pros

    In engineering, the scope is broad and there are many opportunities for responsibility, working in open source, presenting at conferences, and occasionally interacting with customers big-and-small directly. Not only is the technical team is world-class (many phds/abd's), the folks have strong communication skills, public personalities, and dedciated to getting it done.

    Cons

    The aren't very many opportunities for straight-out-of-undergrad junior engineering folks currently. Those who have joined straight out of undergrad have generally spent a summer as an intern, or have demonstrated skill by being active in relevant open source projects.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Best place I've ever worked!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good software engineers have lots of great places to work these days. Cloudera is definitely one of them. The engineering culture is extremely strong and there is a strong emphasis on remaining an independent company.

    Cons

    I don't consider this a con, but you might. Cloudera doesn't waste money on things like in house bands, chef prepared lunches, flying the whole company somewhere, etc that you see from other startups.

    Advice to Management

    More moonshots please!


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Once in a lifetime career experience!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It was the best job I ever had. I was so sad to leave but I was offered an amazing opportunity; an opportunity I would not have received had I not worked at Cloudera.

    The people there are top-notch. They value their role in the company and everyone is so proud of the accomplishments that Cloudera makes. It truly is a team and they genuinely care for one another. Smart people doing amazing things.

    Don't believe the bitter grapes you hear about this place. I'm a former employee and I LOVE Cloudera. If you put in high quality work, you're rewarded. Bad managers exist but the team I was on was blessed to have an amazing leader.

    The culture is amazing. Free lunch, three weeks of PTO, etc. It's constantly improving. They really listen to employee feedback and try really hard to improve what you suggest.

    There is a line out the door to work at this place. It's really a special place to work and I'll miss them dearly. If you get the chance to work here, do it.

    Cons

    A startup growing up VERY quickly and becoming a bigger company. There will be growing pains but they roll through the punches.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. From the day I joined to the day I left, the company was growing in leaps and bounds so they're doing something right.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Experience of a lifetime"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible culture, smartest people in the idustry, product thats changing the world (curing cancer, feeding the world, fighting fraud, etc), revenue growth second to no other company in the valley

    Cons

    management is not frivolous with money in the same some other startups are so no ipads for christmas, lavish parties, etc. Highly competitive market, very complex product. Hard to retain top talent given how hot big data is; cloudera is rarely the highest bidder from a comp perspective and does not have a great equity program.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster the amazing culture...


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Best Place to work in all of Silicon Valley!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Arguably the hottest company in the hottest space within all of enterprise tech
    - Smartest people you will ever meet work here. Just take a quick look at leadership board on the website!
    - Unmatched opportunity within Sales Org, growing at an amazing pace
    - Fast paced sales environment, no corporate hierarchy or bureaucracy to deal with that you would see at an Oracle type company
    - Best office perks around- laptop, amazing office locations, fully catered meals

    Cons

    Not enough time in the day! You could also say its hard to retain all the top talent considering how hot the market is. Comp structure could be a bit more competitive as well but considering Cloudera has the pick of the litter it makes sense they may not always be the highest bidder...

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in RnD as well as the culture of the company. Don't let it fade as growth continues at such rapid rates.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Solution Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Easily one of the best companies I’ve ever worked at
    - They try very hard to reward out standing work
    - Leadership is smart
    - All about personal development and growth
    - Well funded
    - Get to work with 100s of assume clients to solve the world’s hardest problems
    - Fun stuff to learn
    - Free trips to Las Vegas every year for training

    Cons

    - Not enough hours in the day

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you are doing


  9. "Awesome place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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

    Pros

    Good people
    Challenging work
    The right place to be at the start of your career.

    Cons

    Everything seems just right. As long as it maintains the same set of core values, it's good to go.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on the same path


  10. "Excellent !!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent talent pool, good perks and clear outlook for the company. Inspite of stiff competition, Cloudera is and will continue to be the market leader in the Big Data space. As a brand, Cloudera is worth the hype.

    Cons

    Very stiff competition in the big data segment, need a much more defining/attractive differentiators from the rest of the companies in this space


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Once in a lifetime experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    WIth Cloudera, you get the best of both worlds - the fast pace, innovative world of a start-up, but with the funding and talent that allows the company to have a bigger impact on the next generation of data technology than most of the large legacy IT vendors.

    Cons

    The company is moving so fast that the work level is high. However, the team is really aligned so it does not feel excessive.



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