Splunk Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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Splunk President & CEO Godfrey Sullivan
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Pros
  • High growth, smart people and a company that is at the top of its market (in 7 reviews)

  • Amazing work-life balance most of the time (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Very fast growing company, people, processes and technologies changing constantly, pressure to perform (in 4 reviews)

  • They're a fast growing company that's very fluid (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Overall, my experience was fun to start with but not as fun later.

    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Splunk full-time (more than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fast paced environment made the initial stages interesting and the work was challenging and rewarding. Every day was a new experience but it was fun.

    Cons

    The company was facing the typical challenges of a fast growth company. Lots of changes happening all the time.

    Advice to Management

    It is important to communicate the changes to employees in a planned manner so that they are not blind sighted. This keeps them more engaged.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Tyrannical environment with the blind tyrant leading next blind tyrant.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Splunk full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyable environment, great product, very smart engineers. Culture within the engineering org is awesome. Major opportunity for professional growth in some groups- mostly dependent on your manager.

    Cons

    Managers throughout the organization are often unqualified. HR is run by extremely incompetent leaders with little to no ability to contribute to the company and it's needed growth- expect very little from HR. Be careful who you work for, make sure when joining the individual you will be reporting to has a track record of success. Splunk can be very tyrannical unless you join a great team, there is little overlap between teams. There is still some of the "fun" of the startup mentality- but culture is becoming progressively corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced management... vet thoroughly before bringing on board as much of the new leadership at Splunk is unqualified and contributing to Splunk's deterioration both in the company's internal cultural and overall success.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Game changing technology, startup with growing pains

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Splunk full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The product is amazing and has a clear need within the industry. The founders emphasis was on the culture and people as well as building a great product. It was quite rewarding having such a high influence on the product and quality.

    Cons

    The usual startup woes: being spread thin, work/life balance although it wasn't particularly bad here, somewhat of a bro culture although you never felt excluded if you weren't a 'bro'.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    I second the person who said it all depends on your manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Splunk full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome company, awesome culture, very generous with sharing the wealth, lots of fun and excitement--if you are in the right group. the tech talent and engineering writing talent is superb. Work from home and actual hours worked are very flexible, and this is an awesome thing. People of all ages are welcome--you don't feel that ageism you get in some other high tech companies.

    Cons

    The organization has many growing pains. Be careful that your role is in an appropriate group, and be willing to be very assertive about getting what you need to succeed. Be aware of the dynamics between people in your group when you interview. Ask where your career might lead. Be sure your role is a fit for your group unless you are a totally introverted person who needs no interactions with others to succeed. Also--the hiring process is long and discouraging. This does not mean you won't get the job. There is getting to be that Darren /Larry Tate dynamic at the mid-level, which is totally unnecessary in this company. Godfrey clearly doesn't want that silliness but it's there. Even though Godfrey clearly picks women for high management roles in tech, this trend does not seem to trickle down to lower levels. It's way better than many companies but still -same old zillions of male SE's and engineers and programmers --who are welcoming--but profoundly over represented-- and zillions of women in HR & marketing & writing--with most of the management jobs in these roles going to men even though the worker bees are primarily women-filled. Come on folks, let's hire some women engineers and promote more women in marketing, marcom, tech writing, etc. They are better than most. But unconscious sexism is still there. They do hire lots of brilliant women interns though. Which is a start.

    Advice to Management

    While the values are "disruptive" " Innovative" etc, you have been hiring too many people from companies that never had those values. They are bringing in a culture that is afraid to take risks or change things when needed. It is really really sad. Many people have great, disruptive, interesting ideas but they are squashed at the lowest level and it never finds its way up.

  6. Helpful (6)

    Be careful who you work for...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Splunk full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is great to work for and the offer some great software and solution packages.
    The majority of the people I worked with are great and very smart people.
    Great compensation and benefits do the Sales positions.
    An active company where you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Be careful who you work for as you can be screwed very quickly.
    Trying to hard to make a new software or solution packages while letting the existing one suffer.
    Who you know matters over experience or turn work habits.

    Advice to Management

    Watch who you employ and get rid of the dead weight instead of the hard working employees.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great work environment at a company that's actually doing well

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Splunk full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fosters on-the-job learning (self-guided)
    Easy to get noticed for achievements regardless of your role
    Great work/life balance
    Growing fast, and making a serious splash in the market

    Cons

    No 401k matching
    Interview process needs work, to recruit better talent

  8. Helpful (2)

    Best ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cloud Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Cloud Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Splunk full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Godfrey.
    Great team and managment, great product, great energy, great sales team.

    Cons

    Super high growth issues. All in all, good problem to have :)

    Advice to Management

    Keep going.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Best technology, big changes underway, need a trusted manager and a good territory

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Splunk full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Seem to be hiring great new leadership in all areas. Focusing more on vertical markets. Well structured. Laser sharp focus. Great training.

    Cons

    Always running hard. Getting more structured around customer engagements, pricing, long term agreements. Comp plan is mediocre.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Focus more on individual contributors success and their relationship with leadership

  10. Helpful (5)

    Not a good place, filled with discrimination

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Splunk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart engineers, fun location. OK pay, cool CEO

    Cons

    Back stabbing all the time. Nightmare managers. Your boss will assign you something that's impossible to finish, and refuse to see there mistakes in this. Manager will blame you for not working during the holiday. You are treated unequally, people only help their friends, so it's not about how well you are doing but about being friend with the right person.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Best company I've ever worked for. Better than I thought was possible.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Splunk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Dedicated, smart, fun, friendly, complex, relaxed.

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now

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