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Updated October 10, 2017
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  • 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 (17)

    "Pros and Cons at Splunk"

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    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. "Great place"

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot
    Great people
    Awesome Product

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Territory Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great benefits, great perks

    Cons

    Growing too fast, average pay is decreasing, tons of legacy employees


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Great product, sales culture lacking"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology that competitors wish they could be.

    Cons

    The culture has changed. Funny when new management comes in, and there’s been many, they always say “we came for the culture and people”. That’s is complete BS, because it’s the first thing they changed. Moral is low in the sales teams. Leadership is not trusted and there have been many bad product and go to market decisions.

    Advice to Management

    If you would go back to taking care of your people instead of lining your own pockets, maybe everyone will work harder for the company. Like we used to.


  5. Helpful (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.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Do your due diligence before accepting an offer."

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product, is a very powerful platform that is great for structured or unstructured data. Security, ITSI, app/dev lifecycle & monitoring. Customers love the products capabilities but justification is challenging.

    Cons

    Trying to grow too fast. Oversubscribed sales organization where less then 40% of the account managers make their annual targets, yet 50%+ of management over achieves, too many Mngt changes. PTC culture that is quarterly focused, VP's instruct DM's to take over client negotiations, ruthless culture of haves & have nots. High attrition rates for a company under 1 Billion.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest, set proper expectations, empower your people. First slide in New Hire states no a@holes, this is not true.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "AE"

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

    I have been working at Splunk full-time

    Pros

    get a good territory your good for 12 months- also if you worked with Net App at some point you'll know 80% of the company already.

    Cons

    you have about 6-9 months to bring in a big deal. Ready set-go.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "The thrill is gone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues
    Great snacks
    Beautiful SF office

    Cons

    Recent hires have populated the C-suite with execs who specialize in short, do-nothing, "fail and flee" stints at big-name companies. No surprise that Splunk lacks leadership, and is rapidly squandering its advantage in a market it created. At the IC and middle-management level, the talent level is impressive across the board. Yet the overall lack of leadership means that these folks' efforts go for naught. Office politics is suffocating, but very little gets done - as evidenced by the product, which has barely changed in years. The smart and ambitious are already leaving.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is to the board: Sell to an acquiring company that will bring in leaders with a track record of shipping strong product, and meeting meaningful business goals.


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