Cloudera - For those who DO see the forest for the trees | Glassdoor
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    "For those who DO see the forest for the trees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Bright Future - Cloudera is uniquely positioned to enable the world's largest enterprises to industrialize machine learning and artificial intelligence. We are enabling them to also break the shackles of public cloud providers by allowing them to switch between clouds when it is financially convenient for these enterprises. If you can understand the impact of these two pillars, you can understand to value Cloudera will drive in the long term. Earning potential - Being in the Cloud space, Cloudera has to pay up, specially in essential functions: Engineering, Field Engineering, Sales. Big enough, without the "big company" feel - Cloudera has around 3,000 employees, but has the potential to feel like a 1,000 employee company. This means you are still able to easily network and create your own career path with enough proactive effort Confidence from top Investors - Carl Icahn believes we are undervalued. So much so that he has bought almost 20% of Cloudera stock. An agreement has been reached that for 2 board members from Icahn, he will maintain his current stake. This is the best of both worlds New product release that is set to disrupt the market - time will tell the end story, but early signs show good promise

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    Cons

    Not for the faint of heart - The Enterprise AI/ML space is still developing, not anywhere near maturity yet. There is constant change, and one must be willing to buckle up, focus on the mission at hand, and expect the bumps of the ride. Some processes are still being flushed out - Post merger with Hortonworks, the company doubled in size overnight. This inorganic sudden growth in company size meant that there was a delay in a lot of process implementation that a normal company would go through over time. If you're not one to take ownership, you won't make it - don't expect anything being handed on a silver platter. The promotions, the recognition, the "insert anything I believe I'm entitled to" will not simply come your way. Everyone has to prove their worth, build their brand, prove themselves, and earn it. If this doesn't jive with you, you won't jive with the culture.

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    Advice to Management

    Going into next year, and with the merger behind us, it's time to focus. "The Merger" is no longer a viable excuse for anyone to not get it together. We've managed to hold it together through that gauntlet, so at this point, anything is possible. Don't underestimate the power of culture, diversity, and empathy. A lot of much needed changes have been happening, now it's time to prove that the choices top leaders have made were the right choices. And if they weren't, course correct and move on, quickly. We all want to believe, a lot of us DO believe, help us continue to do so.

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    Cloudera2019-10-25
  1. "On the verge of completing product transition"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloudera full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great technology, great people. Enormous market opportunity.

    Cons

    Since the opportunity is so big, there is lots of competition.

    Cloudera2020-01-22
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    "Going through a rough patch"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cloudera full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Cloudera has excellent work/life balance * The product is awesome and almost everything is open source * Big data is used to stop fraud, save lives, and generate billions of dollars of value in the world - it is definitely a "make the world a better place" type job

    Cons

    * After the merger between CLDR and HWX, things are not going well. Politics are everywhere, legacy Clouderans are fleeing in droves, wall street has no clue what Cloudera is really worth, and compared to just a year ago, it is very difficult to trust upper management has a handle on things. * After leaving, people are not getting backfilled quickly enough, leading to serious resourcing problems. This creates a negative feedback loop and more people leaving. Also, no, you cannot move *all* of those roles to Budapest or India, that is not the same thing. * Career growth is difficult unless you are an absolute rockstar that rises above everyone around you. * Under-investment in infrastructure and tooling * Acts like a company 1/4 their size or less, very weak on cross-company tools or processes. * Hasn't yet figured out how to coordinate across GEOs in different time zones effectively.

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    Advice to Management

    When I joined Cloudera in 2016, it seemed awesome. Even after the IPO landed us at a stock price about half what we sorta expected, we were all optimistic about the long-term prospects. After the merger, that is gone. 1. Go back in time and don't throw Tom Reilly under the bus, we all loved him and the only mistake he ever made was pushing for this merger to begin with. 2. Also, try to keep Mike Olson, Amr Amadallah, Hilary Mason, Charles Zedlewski, and so many others... The sheer number of high-level folks leaving is terrifying even if the only thing you know about them is their title and how long they were at the company before bailing. 3. You have a serious culture problem, and it came from legacy hortonworks middle management. Time to talk to the people on the ground, figure out where the problem is, and excise it, quickly. 4. You keep saying "we have to just hang in there and execute" - DUH, obviously, but who is going to stick around and do that when their stock loses half of its value, you close the office they were at doubling their commute, and your stock re-ups are embarrassingly low making it trivial to find better comp almost anywhere else in the valley? 5. People need a way to get career growth. I saw people promoted from within all the time but I could never figure out how to do that myself. Mentoring and career growth opportunities need to be more structured and easier.

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    Cloudera2020-01-23

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