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Splunk Reviews

Updated May 21, 2018
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  • Growing pains that come with rapid growth (in 13 reviews)

  • Although work-life balance is highly regarded, sometimes it is tough to maintain (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Service Reliability Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Splunk full-time

    Pros

    This is a great, relaxed place to work.

    Cons

    I really can't think of any cons.


  2. Helpful (39)

    "How to Annhilate an Amazing Culture in 10 Easy Steps"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    free food
    some good people left

    Cons

    If you want to successfully kill a famous company culture, here's how:

    1. Close down the quirky, fun SF Splunk office and move everyone next door to an oddly decorated, cold, non-Splunky environment.
    2. Hire a CRO, now President, and let her make terrible hires after she promised on her first day she would not change the Splunk culture.
    3. Let said hires come in and make very bad decisions and get rid of really good people.
    4. Let HR fire people for caring and trying to speak up. Let HR continue to ignore glaring issues going on across departments.
    5. Hire the completely WRONG SVPs of marketing and products who have no clue how to manage and that no one respects
    6. Try to force people work in the Santana Row office (also cold, bare and not Splunky and not close to a train station)
    7. Try to turn Splunk into a mini Salesforce (no one wants this!)
    8. Pretend everything is fine even though no one thinks it is
    9. Stop adhering to the core values you used to preach
    10. Only care about getting to $5B

    Advice to Management

    Splunk used to be my dream job. And the same for my many colleagues who have also recently left and those are are gearing up to leave. The CEO is a great guy but ultimately is responsible for letting the President and newer SVPs simply ruin everything with bad hiring choices and across the board bad decisions. No real advice as it's too late. You can't get back what used to be so special. It's very, very sad. Rest in Peace old Splunk! We still love you and will always miss you.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "The most amazing place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer
    Current Employee - Technical Writer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Splunk is bar none the best company ever. I can say from personal experience that this is a special place, filled with motivated, highly intelligent, and sincerely caring people. You will be surrounded by supportive colleagues who are excited about the product. Splunk has big things coming in the future, and it's an exciting time to come on board.

    The culture is very fun, and the company stays true to its core values and its roots.

    Cons

    There are absolutely no cons - great benefits, great perks, amazing people, exciting product!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  4. Helpful (20)

    "Change Is Inevitable"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Corporate in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Splunk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Product still differentiated, in spite of less than stellar development efforts. Customer base embraces the technology and "makes it their own".
    Still the market leader in the category that they created.

    Cons

    Culture is now that of a big, spreadsheet-run business, where the vast majority of employees feel no connection beyond their immediate manager. Some of the new executives act as if they invented the company, when in reality they've had little or no impact yet. A start up can go in a couple of directions. They can flounder and never get bigger, while maintaining their culture, or they can grow rapidly, turn over a high percentage of employees, and become large. Splunk has done the latter, which is great for shareholders but maybe not great for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing to drive shareholder value. This is no longer a great place to work, but could be a great stock to invest in. Stop throwing around the "culture" word as if it's the same culture as Splunk had many years ago, because it's not.


  5. Helpful (20)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay well. When things were working, this was a great place to work. Awesome product.

    Cons

    This place is going down hill unfortunately. Lots and lots of politics and a real lack of leadership has led a few departments down the drain. This has led to a lot of talent, and management, leaving. It is unfortunate because there is great potential here and at one point, not long ago, this was the best place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the politics and focus on the culture again.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "No work-life balance for engineers"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - kitchen fully stocked
    - office is beautiful and location is great
    - product is awesome
    - stock options valuable

    Cons

    - no work life balance for engineers (management pushes you while saying “you set your own boundaries”)
    - office politics
    - health insurance is terrible
    - no 401k match

    Advice to Management

    Mean what you say and be transparent


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Work that actually challenges you and work on a class-A products"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Passionate, smart, and humble "Splunkers"
    -Fun work culture
    -Challenging work, get ready to work your butt off
    -Work for a Leader within the Operational Intelligence Software Market (or the ONLY ;) )

    Cons

    No La Croix or dogs allowed in the Santana Row office; however, there IS La Croix and dogs are allowed in the SF office :) It evens itself out!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to innovate and continue to be transparent with employees

  8. Helpful (26)

    "Used to be great. Long timers are all leaving."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Splunk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    spunk enterprise is a great product. It can do so much for customers. There is a lot of growth still to be had.

    Cons

    All executives are new expect the cfo and legal. The culture is TERRIBLE now. You can’t change everyone and have the culture stay the same.

    Advice to Management

    You need to care about the employees. Figure out why the best people are leaving.


  9. Helpful (46)

    "Worst chapter in my career- extremely poor management lack of autonomy and toxic work environment."

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    Former Employee - Director, Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director, Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology, the best platform offering on the market. So many wonderful hard working individuals that give 200% everyday, amazing culture- the best In my career. This company could be amazing at every level.

    Cons

    Political, back-stabbing bro culture. Its basically a fraternity with income and some perks. You are either in or your are out based on your abilities to navigate which managers are close to the execs versus your skill-set or experience. HR talks the talk, they are not supportive, engaged or neutral. The term fire at will is used regularly and without substantiation.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house top down starting with AVP and senior directors in HQ. Refresh the HR organization, refine and institute effective performance metrics and peer/management reviews. Look hard at who is in what role within mid/upper management and clean house, there are a lot of sub-par leaders in roles due to history and friendships vs. skill-sets. Make sure individuals feel supported, have a mechanism to speak up and be heard, not pushed out.


  10. Helpful (16)

    "A disappointment from start to finish...."

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    Former Employee - Sales in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product and happy customers. Overall, even with major product management issues within the management team, customers are happy with Splunk and the product is differentiated.

    Cons

    Management is terrible from top to bottom. The territory distribution is exclusively based on favoritism. Splunk is following the Salesforce.com model of hiring way way too much and diluting the opportunity for the sales teams.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the older culture of helpfulness and mutual benefits for the employees of the company. Listen to feedback and don’t ignore the reasons for the attrition.


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