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Updated August 17, 2018
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  • "Growing pains - engineering org is in the midst of unprecedented growth" (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Place!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New Reorg
    Beautiful office
    Free food
    Great benefits
    Multiple locations

    Cons

    Nothing really to say here


  2. Helpful (94)

    "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 (2)

    "Company investing in the future; can't wait to see it in 5 years!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Senior leadership truly cares about company's future
    - Company investing in talent that can take the company to the future
    - Very transparent to all employees
    - Very competitive compensation
    - Company is growing like crazy!
    - Company has fun as one of its core values
    - Feel like long timers are slightly more receptive to new ideas now
    - Equality and respect is emphasized as part of company values
    - Parental leave for new parents (including adoptions) is very generous!

    Cons

    - While company is investing in the future, there's still a little bit of resistance to change
    - Not as much perks as the big companies, but definitely more than smaller companies
    - There's a lot of new people from very ranging experience and expertise; leading to new "processes" that may slow down the company if not checked
    - Employees are surprisingly not as familiar with company as I expected

    Advice to Management

    - Keep trying to make the change for the better; it's a really changing how employees think of the future of the company
    - Please try to have the employees to familiarize themselves with using the product; and learn how to maintain it- a lot of the engineers do not have experience with the product with maintenance and scaling.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "On a steady decline"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, working with great, smart people. Great stock incentive program. Extremely innovative product and folks bringing the best of the best practices

    Cons

    Management does not do well with crafting a plan and then cascading down the plan to folks aligned. High growth leads to constant hiring and job turnover on the regular, with no easy way to ramp up. It is baptism by fire. Changing job roles and responsibilities almost quarterly. High burnout rate!


  5. Helpful (12)

    "New President single handedly destroying what used to be a great company."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great product that customers love
    - Fully stocked kitchens

    Cons

    - The only thing that matters anymore is money, people no longer matter.
    - Individuals are not rewarded based on their work, it is solely based on politics, power and revenue.
    - Leadership is simply padding their own pockets. Opportunities for stock have dwindled unless you're an exec.
    - Expense reports being approved by the President and oftentimes rejected requiring employees to pay out of their own pockets for expenses that they were forced to incur.
    - President is regularly intoxicated in front of thousands of employees, customers and partners
    - Regular required to work weekends and Holidays
    - Culture diminishing quickly


  6. "Growth, opportunity, and work life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Great Coworkers
    Fun product

    Cons

    Growing pains can be uncomfortable to some


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Untapped markets await, defend base and keep expanding"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * product is very well received by customers
    * interesting engineering problems to solve
    * smart people all around
    * competitive compensation package
    * nice office spaces (SR FTW)

    Cons

    * changes in management fogs up the roadmap
    * can feel like creativity is stifled
    * some culture is lost as the company accelerates growth

    Advice to Management

    * connect more engineers with customers and field
    * give new employees the opportunity to see how customers like the product
    * stay focused on becoming THE platform for machine generated data

    The TAM keeps growing, and the use cases keep expanding. Stay focused on keeping the core use cases while expanding delivery options (cloud) and newer markets (IoT, BI).

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A whole new Splunk"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Going through an exciting transformation
    - Everyone's openness to new ideas
    - Strong culture and clear values
    - Transparent updates from leadership
    - Everyday is filled with technical challenges, not political battles

    Cons

    - Free food is only available if you "hunt" for it
    - Internal tools are very disconnected (finding benefit details, etc)
    - Santana Row office is very "sterile"


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome solutions, great culture, smart acquisitions, rocket ship growth!

    Cons

    Growing pains as you would expect.

    Advice to Management

    Scale the back office with the front office. Sales head count and re-orgs are required when growing this fast, but give things time to settle between major changes so that people can succeed.


  10. Helpful (15)

    "Missed Opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Splunk full-time

    Pros

    Splunk was built on the foundation of an amazing product and amazing people. It was one of those few companies that came to market at the right time and had the right blend of startup talent that could scale with the business. In fact, the product and people were so strong it withstood a multitude of poor decisions.

    Cons

    You will hear that companies need to change to grow. Although that is true, there is still good and bad change. What was once a strong overachieving culture has turned into big business as usual, rewarded more for what you say you're doing and less on what you're actually doing. A string of top level hiring miscues has cascaded down multiple levels and the only ones enjoying their day jobs are the newest hires from large companies that are unaware of what a collaborative, selfless and political less environment looks like.


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