Splunk

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Splunk Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
80 Reviews
3.7
80 Reviews
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Splunk President & CEO Godfrey Sullivan
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Review Highlights

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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    Great for college grads, but hard for experienced engineers to have impact.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Splunk full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Splunk is great for graduates fresh out of college. The atmosphere on the engineering floor is akin to a "frat house" complete with keg-erators, goofing off with nerf guns, and a congenial atmosphere. It's a great place to learn about how big companies work, and if you're lucky, you might learn a few things about solving real-world engineering problems. Splunk Server itself is a great product that I would still recommend to anyone.

    Cons

    For experienced engineers looking to make a serious engineering contribution, Splunk is not the place for you. Politics rule the day and most engineers' time is spent in meetings or avoiding stepping on toes. There are WAY too many managers and departments. There are a very few "Rock Stars" that control design and do coding, but it's very hard to do actual design or coding unless you are one of those people - on the other hand, this is great for grads who might be able to learn from these people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify, experiment, and incubate! Trim the fat by getting rid of excess managers and consolidate departments - there are too many managers and too many road blocks to getting things done. Make the company about engineering again, and get employees excited to design and code. There are no rewards without risk - and that means thinking beyond how your stock performs next quarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Growth without maturity

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

    I worked at Splunk full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pre-IPO employees made out like bandits on the stock.
    Good parties if you like to binge drink.
    Reasonable vacation policies.

    Cons

    Incompetent HR and performance/promotion practices that boil down to whether you're friends with the right people.
    Grew really fast but not in engineering - now dominated by sales culture.
    A lot of people in engineering who are burned out, but sticking around while stock vests.
    Engineering culture paralyzed by what people are used to, with minimal quality control/code reviews/feedback.
    Engineering is artificially broken up into several different orgs due to historical organizational politics.
    Almost certainly going to get a major discrimination/sexual harassment lawsuit one of these days.
    Interrupt-driven engineering, poor long-term planing.
    Bro culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the people who have been there forever but everyone knows are terrible. Grow up, and institute engineering practices that make sense for the size of company/codebase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    A place to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Awesome product & expanding community
    - Startup mode (in some areas)
    - Some great minds
    - Flexible work

    Cons

    - Growing company pains
    - US centric

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ramp up international expansion quickly, continue listening to your customers and keep the focus on innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    An amazing fast moving company with a product customers absolutely love

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Hyper-growth. Lean and mean, not overly burdened with processes. A highly collaborative environment. Great compensation (in particular the equity). You get to work on an exciting and emerging space using a variety of different technologies. Good work/life balance. Great people!

    Cons

    No matching 401K (though the net benefits makes up for it). HR is still young and there are gaps. IT support is slow. Lack of mentoring culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add matching 401K
    Improve HR / onboarding processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Senior leadership.
    Work/life balance is fantastic. Good maternity/paternity plans.
    Common goals throughout the organization.
    No politics.
    Brilliant co-workers.
    Aggressive compensation packages.

    Cons

    While the company is growing, there is concern that we might bring on people that might not have cut the mustard in the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the company rapidly grows, be sure to keep the company culture you've created.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Can't imagine a better place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer

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

    Pros

    Momentum is building, products are well engineered and respected in the marketplace, intelligence found at every level of the organization.

    Cons

    Benefits package could use some updating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more visibility to trickle down to all employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very decent product, lotsa of smart people.

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

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

    Pros

    Very smart people. Fast moving. Product is stable. Very quick to value.

    Cons

    Very light management. Very little communication. Very cliquy. And of course lots of egos.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer

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

    I worked at Splunk as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cool company culture and very cool product. Met a lot of awesome engineers.

    Cons

    poor management. Had a bad experience with senior management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Splunk is an Excellent Employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture; great benefits and people.

    Cons

    Growing very fast so the opportunities for advancement in sales are changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more options for sales career advancement with steps to achieve for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    summer internship, learned a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Splunk as an intern

    Pros

    learned a lot, my mentor was willing to answer questions, growth in working on a team, had a fun time, environment was chill, not high stress, work hard/play hard time

    Cons

    could have more direction, sometimes there isn't much to do, felt a little disorganized at times, didn't really talk to other people throughout the company much

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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