Splunk Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
68 Reviews
3.4
68 Reviews
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Splunk President & CEO Godfrey Sullivan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Splunk has a great product, many employees who are individual cont5ributors are professional and committed (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people, great products, great customers & great leadership (in 6 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 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not long before this place gets hit with discrimination suits (or has it happened already?)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fun location
    Reasonable commuting options
    OK benefits and compensation
    Party central for those who like that kind of thing

    Cons

    Culture of secrecy, gossip and back-stabbing
    Grew too fast for its infrastructure
    Nightmare HR Department (bad role models). Certainly not walking the talk. Exec is a bit of a joke.
    Favoritism and lack of consistency in promotion practices; promote your "besties"---never mind they were never evaluated against other (more qualified) candidates (internally or externally)
    Inflated egos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage with good intention towards business goals, not solely with ambition and personal interests.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Brash, arrogant, inflexible, political

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great technology, unique position in the market place, lots of smart people

    Cons

    Lots of politics, incompetent senior management, arrogance bred of its own success, lack of respect fro customers and partners

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs to realize that bonanza will not last forever, especially the way Splunk treats its customers, partners and employees. The C-suite also needs a much better grasp of international markets in terms of both their potential and specifics compared to the US.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Victim of Their Own Success?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Splunk full-time

    Pros

    Great core product, amazing upside (if they get it right) a tiny bit of the true Splunk culture from the founders is still hanging on.

    Cons

    Becoming "that company" at an alarming rate. Lack of transparency and cooperation between teams, finger pointing inability to execute / monitize beyond core product. Poor apps strategy, Splunk Storm utter fail, Hunk stalled out to name a few. Scattershot approach to new target markets. Teams are managing up and hunkering down vs innovating. Stock compensation is all they can offer to attract and retain ppl and even the street is noticing all the dilution. Culture of fear where there is a fail fast, but succeed or else mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would Rob or Erik fit in this company now? If not, then take a second to think what that means.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    RD

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

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

    Pros

    Basically it is funny and lots of things you can do. People are nice and willing to talk. The company culture is great - though the hardware is not as good as Google, but it is still a great company in the bay area.

    Cons

    The organization is kind of confusing. The management tend to hire new managers from outside instead of promoting somebody internally. The career path is not that steady - but actually it happens to every big data company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best Job I've Ever Had

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Good, salt of the earth kind of people to work with
    - True team effort across the board
    - Hardworking, always looking to get better

    Cons

    - Honestly, just that there is a lot to do
    - Make decisions faster and focus, focus focus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Summer Intern

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern
    Current Employee - Summer Intern

    I have been working at Splunk as an intern

    Pros

    Lot of passionate people around and they are always ready to help. Good remuneration. They made sure that we have a brilliant time there.

    Cons

    Nothing in particular. You can work hard and keep having fun at the same time.

  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    used to be great, really gone downhill

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    money, money, money, good name to have on resume.

    Cons

    everything else, work sucks, people are aggressive and rude to each other. its one of those places where people want to get ahead by discrediting others. there is no longer any transparency in the organization. have had three bosses in the span of a year. impossible to get anything done. there are 10 managers to every one person actually doing work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Splunk and Godfrey Rock!

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    This company is what happens when brilliant people with great character create and run a company hiring others like themselves! . Splunk actually does what it is supposed to do. And that means everyone gets to tell the truth and keep their job! No ethical dilemmas! Management is awesome --a rule to praise in public correct in private--respects employees and value our customers. Fun is a corporate value but so is smart work. It's like being at a university!

    Cons

    It's a complex product and it's not easy getting up to speed even if you are used to usually being the smartest person in the room at prior jobs. You get the Harvard effect--did they accidentally hire me?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do! Keep hiring great people! Don't grade people at the first real classes they take as an employee. Give them a full month to get acclimated ----then give the more direct feedback. Everything else is fabulous--I have only been here 4 months

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    It's the goat rodeo they say it is

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Splunk full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very willing to get people in the right job. Very friendly environment, want people to succeed. Good technology. PTO, RSUs, benefits, and has a fun environment.

    Very approachable and smart CEO. Very smart people to learn from.

    Telecommuting option is provided, but hard to do when you're on a conference call with 8 people in a room shouting at each other forgetting you're on the phone.

    Party culture if you like that type of thing.

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics. Even though people are friendly, there is a lot of backstabbing that is going on.

    There is a lot of shifting going on in management that is taking a lot of the individual contributors by surprise, looking like people are being forced out, and it makes everyone very uneasy.

    Free food, drinks, etc with no sensitivity to allergies.

    Absolutely no consideration for those who have families and want to enjoy them instead of working long days, nights, weekends, etc.

    Many in management at all levels do not care how things interact with each other. Many are either my-way-or-the-highway or just don't care.

    The worst HR and IT departments I have ever worked with anywhere, and they are both given awards constantly. Hypergrowth is fine, but if you don't have the infrastructure to support it, you are only shooting yourself in the foot.

    But the worst part? The unprofessionalism that is not only accepted, but it appears to be encouraged in every department. And that has to do with the Boy's Club that's there even though management puts blinders to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please listen to your individual contributors! They have a lot to offer, but they do not feel listened to. If you don't listen to them, they will not stay, and they are your bread and butter.

    You are also running them into the ground and not communicating the current management changes. Fix the communication!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great product. Bad management.

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    1) Product easy to sell: Splunk is very supported by users and fans in the IT industry. The effort for sales comes easier as in other places.
    2) Benefits, great working place, interesting individuals

    Cons

    1) Sales management is terrible. A lot of lies. Almost a communist dictatorship, very approximative and evasive in terms of communication, they put themselves on top of the "mass" and really seem to be here to make some cash while it's time and get their friends hired.
    2) Very poor level of training, and many incoherence concerning future structure.
    3) I personally lost respect towards my direct report because of his behaviour.
    I don't even know how and why he got this position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mr Sullivan, have a close review of the EMEA sales management team (incl. VP). Some managers and sales reps are more professional and should stop being under-estimated because those are the ones who understand Splunk, product and values.
    Because when management does not make sense anymore, teams lose faith in them, in the company, and suddenly the stock drops.
    This is a true and a very bad news for Splunk, seeing the competition building strongly around, you cannot afford to disappoint your employees now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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