Cloudera Employee Reviews about "big data"

Updated 17 Jan 2021

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Cloudera President and Chief Executive Officer Rob Bearden
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91 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people and work life balance(in 34 reviews)

  • "A leading big data company, and the only one remaining Hadoop era company(in 33 reviews)

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  • "As with all start-ups that go IPO, there are some growing pains and there is a need to roll up sleeves(in 30 reviews)

  • "Work life balance can be difficult to maintain at points(in 27 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Work, Fun, Help

      6 Dec 2019 - Staff Customer Operations Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing experience working with the best support and engineering team. Solving tough problems and supporting biggest and challenging big data installations.

      Cons

      As we grow, you loose opportunity of a small growing company like more frequent travel to other office locations.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      technical recruiter

      16 Apr 2019 - Technical Recruiter 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      leaders in Big data space

      Cons

      cant think of any at this moment

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Enjoyed my time while it lasted....

      16 Oct 2020 - Customer Success Manager 
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      Pros

      People were great! If you like Big Data Technology is a great place to be. Felt like a new, growing company - lots of momentum and excitement. Cafeteria lunch in Palo Alto was awesome! Work life balance was great! The Manager and VP I reported to were outstanding!

      Cons

      Overall great experience before I was negatively impacted by a RIFF that I was informed was due to COVID. small complaint - quickly growing team did not have some move advanced internal tools in place yet to make performing job responsibility in a more effective manner.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      A good company

      17 Jan 2021 - Solution Architect in Melbourne
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A leading big data company, and the only one remaining Hadoop era company. Has opportunities to transform into a cloud native company.

      Cons

      Too many products and slow after merge with hortonworks.

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Engineers keep leaving

      11 Nov 2020 - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
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      Pros

      Big data technologies that are relevant to the market. Typically no work on weekends, but for Cloud team that was releasing public and private cloud products people work overtime a lot and are burnt out. Free lunch and coffee.

      Cons

      Too many. Upper management are there to enrich themselves and will do layoff as first resort. Morale is low because of post merger conflicts. Even though they say it’s one team, end result was HortonWorks people kicked out Cloudera people, especially at the middle management level. Experienced people, those who used to be PMC, and founders have all left. You still go to work with smart people if you are lucky, but the breadth and depth of your coworkers are no longer there. They have this ridiculous blocking period that starts two months before earnings. That means there are 8 months in a year you cannot trade the stock.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good place to work, but lacks clear direction

      16 Sep 2020 - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
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      Pros

      Cloudera is a good place to work as an engineer. I can see that the company really takes care of their employees and I feel a sense of loyalty because of this. Work-life balance - From unlimited PTO to "unplug" days that force everyone to take time away from work; Cloudera really does "walk-the-talk" in ensuring there is a sustainable work-life balance. Peers - I have been fortunate to work with lots of smart people at Cloudera that are experts in numerous disciplines. You'll probably work with the person who wrote the book on subject X at some point Management - Management focuses on transparency and regularly makes themselves available to answer questions from rank-and-file employees. Management seems to genuinely care about the employee experience. Growth - The company is reorienting itself to head-off competitors and the ever-evolving competitive landscape. This can be chaotic, but also provides interesting challenges and opportunities to learn and grow. If you want to engineer big data products, Cloudera is the place to be.

      Cons

      Lacks clear direction - A clear direction is rarely shared by everyone. It doesn't feel like we are all focused on moving in the same direction. Major initiatives do not seem well-organized and can be chaotic. Overseas hiring - Most of the company's hiring is occurring overseas in lower-cost markets. If you lose an Engineer in the US or UK you're most likely going to have to back-fill with someone from a lower cost market who doesn't have as much experience or knowledge. Remote first? - Cloudera is trying to evolve into a remote-first company (as many others are too), but not making enough progress in this area. Home office - There is minimal assistance in maintaining a home office for remote workers. The company only provides a laptop and a one-time stipend which won't even cover the cost of a desk. You'll have to pay for everything else out-of-pocket. Open source - I used to enjoy contributing to open source projects as part of my day-to-day job. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case due to the company's evolving product strategy.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Cloudera

      29 Oct 2020 - Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Will get chance to work on latest big data stack, NiFi, Spark, Flink etc.

      Cons

      Not sure about the outlook

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Future is bright, with building the future of AI, big data and cloud.

      28 May 2019 - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
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      Pros

      - Merger is done, and management did a good job with this hard and complex project, we had even outside advisors to help the project - CDP is finished, and we are serving it to customers... - soon/near future cloudera will be the biggest cloud, AI, big data provider, - management is strict and hard but knowing their job, which we can see inthe numbers and yearly growth... downside they do not ask for much feedback in these days... - I feel with all the manpower and tech knowledge and product, we have the best chance to be the biggest cloud provider in that sector and good feeling to be part of this.

      Cons

      - we lost (good) some expert in the merge, but I think it is normal, with some reoriginization there is always a chance that someone will not fit, or just decide they wanna part awayin. In the end this is a new entity/company - but we got a ton of other expertise from Hortonworks, and know how, so this was good and necessary trade.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

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      6 Sep 2020 - Senior Services Delivery Manager in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good place to learn Big Data Technologies

      Cons

      Workplace inclusion is minimal..people work in silos

      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Going through a rough patch

      22 Jan 2020 - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      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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      11 people found this review helpful
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