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Splunk Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Sometimes fast paced, but good work life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Great product, our customers love our product and that makes our jobs a lot more enjoyable (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • growing pains as current growth is crazy (in 11 reviews)

  • In a growing company, growing companies have pains, to be expected (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Pros and Cons at Splunk"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Splunk full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent product. Good growth of company. Excellent place to learn about scalable distributed systems. Very good pay package. Strong engineering talent.

    Cons

    Too many management changes without really clear goals. Prioritization messed up. Peanut buttering on all priorities.

    Advice to Management

    To reach $1 Billion, it took strong engineering talent to build scalable system. It is naive to assume one would get to > $2B by turning strong engineering leadership into people managers. Listen to engineering management and trust them, but make sure they keep delivering. Engineers including first and 2nd line managers are pretty frustrated with recent changes and no amount of change can fix this back to where it was! Accept the mistake and revert the changes. Else, it would be like another Cisco or IBM where people will just do what is being asked, but no innovation will happen.


  2. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Splunk full-time

    Pros

    Startup environment in a big company.

    Cons

    Nothing as I can see.

  3. "Place you want to be in with great future."

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Splunk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fully stocked kitchen and bar. Yes lot of people party on 7th floor after 4pm everyday. Great salary for performers. Best place to be in given future of Big Data is limitless. Rapidly growing company. Possibly every big corporate company is using splunk today.

    Cons

    Lot of rested and vested people minting money by not doing any work. No working hours. Some people start party at 4pm while others are slogging 10-12 hours a day. That's why it's chaotic atmosphere at it's best. There are far too many useless people work here especially in splunk cloud that runs on linux, people don't know basic commands grep/vi. They can not even follow kindergarten steps to collect data. I wonder how these survived for so many years.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up cloud mess fast before cloud burst.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Rapid growth brings great opportunity and significant change. Some can't deal with the "change" part."

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company facilities, perks, pay and culture. Leadership that genuinely cares about people in word and in deed.

    Splunk has great technology that is broadly applicable with a huge TAM. They are bringing in people who know how to make the transition from 1-5 billion/year run rate and putting in the processes to make it happen.

    Cons

    Rapid growth means change and some people are not comfortable with change. Especially old-school, anarchist types (which basically founded the company). The dynamic that gets you to 1 billion is not the same dynamic that gets you to 5 billion.

    Advice to Management

    Keep putting employees first. Promote from within whenever possible. This will attract and retain the best talent. Continue to invest in filling our ranks with the best and the brightest. Continue to support fun company culture.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Culture"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, Benefits, Products, Location, Technology

    Cons

    Stall in Innovation, Management, Outlook, Competition, Tribal promotions

    Advice to Management

    Promote Engineers from within.


  6. "Engineering Lead"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Splunk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Innovative, fun, passionate and rewarding culture

    Cons

    Picking projects might take time to figure out since many are interesting.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great product and compensation"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, friendly culture and great product with interesting challenges to solve.
    Competitive compensation and career growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Titles don't seem to match up with other companies, eg a principal software engineer here would barely be above senior software engineer in a top 5 company(having worked at one).

    Core engineering team is fantastic to work with but distribution of knowledge and expertise is like an onion: most of the knowledge and decision making is controlled by a few people perhaps refecting the product architecture.

    Internal team architecture (mission teams) is too disorganized and teams are not incentivized to working towards the right goals.

    Advice to Management

    Break up the monolith so risks of any component/service failing are additive instead of multiplicative!
    Improve hiring bar and maybe move towards a more decentralized team architecture.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Food, 401k and benefits; especially stock purchase plan.

    Cons

    Trying to grow too fast. Culture is changing as company grows from 1B annual sales to 2-5B in next 2-5 yrs.


  9. Helpful (28)

    "Broken culture; not the company it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Splunk full-time

    Pros

    They pay well, good benefits, 401k matching . Positive, collaborative co-workers. Good food with many kitchens. Still a leader in the big data space. Technology is good enough to somewhat sell itself even with little product innovation.

    Cons

    Over the last 18 months Splunk brought in basically a new executive team. And what each of these execs has done is fired lots of people under them, esp very qualified & hard working veteran employees...and replaced them with friends they worked with in prior jobs. These new execs and the people they brought on come from big, established companies and it shows. They are good at politics, process, re-orgs, and making Powerpoints full of buzz words. Not so good at tangible results. Over the last few months, many good people have voluntarily left. The culture went from one of fun and innovation to one of tension and paralysis.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t forget that in tech, the assets are the people. And typically the brightest/hardest working people go to startups like Splunk was years ago. So don't be so fast to fire these people and hurt the culture. Also, work to eliminate process, not add to it.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Internship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Incredible program and mentorship, great support from HR and from individual managers.

    Cons

    There are very few cons to Splunk, it is a fast-paced company with passionate people and great perks.


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