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Splunk Reviews

Updated August 4, 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 21 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 (7)

    "Run away as fast as you can!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Break room - free food. Some good people who work there.

    Cons

    Worst experience ever. Management sucks - no leadership - good ol boys company - zero diversity - like high school, you have to suck up to progress in roles - culture sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Don't promote people just because they are your buddy - ensure they have the proper leadership training and are actually qualified for the role. You lose good people because of poor management not because of the actual job.


  2. Helpful (14)

    "Went down the drain with new VP/SVPS"

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

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

    Pros

    Free food.
    Free booze.
    Looks good on the resume for recruiters who don't know the truth.

    Cons

    Temporary product leadership was super toxic.
    Platform going down the drain.
    Cloud going down the drain.
    Security product going down the drain.
    SVPs infighting/politicizing and trying to grab as much RSU's as they can.

    Advice to Management

    Sell since you can't seem to do anything. How many more core people will you lose before you figure out that engineering is not your enemy. We are the ones that build the company and now you are poo-pooing us.

  3. Helpful (17)

    "if you like money and don't care about the work or culture ... check em out."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Splunk (More than a year)

    Pros

    Money, percs, food, liquor, and the original Splunkers the few that remained and actually still work were pretty cool.

    Cons

    Politics, mediocre management, politics, people fighting in meeting, politics, bad PM, big egos with low talent, half the people don't work are drunk most of the time and are just vesting into retirement. It's a sinking ship.


  4. Helpful (11)

    "Great Product and Market, less than ideal leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    RSUs, Office buildings/Sofa, Food, Product. Some customers are loyal.

    Cons

    Lots of wrong hires in management/executive positions as well as at IC level. Management lacks the knowledge of industry/customers/markets but try very hard to show otherwise. Many leaders are not open to new ideas or ways of doing things. Lacks an environment of trust or collaboration. Micromanagement at some orgs.

    Advice to Management

    The company would do good possibly for one more year because of hot cybersecurity market. Figure out other hot markets or die, get acquired. Stop spending your money in marketing programs and buildings with zero ROI. Use those to innovate, hire better managers/engineers, create new products/features customers want or acquire companies. Promote a culture where anyone could promote new ideas and get rewarded for the same. Get rid of incompetent managers and promote a culture of autonomy, mastery, and sense of purpose. Lets really implement the culture of open and innovation you wrote in the book and website.


  5. Helpful (22)

    "Nepotism gone wild!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of booze, good RSUs, food

    Cons

    Fast growth led to uncontrollable nepotism. People grossly unqualified for their roles is the norm, zero attention to employee growth and development. Level of politics matches that of a presidential campaign. Those promoted beyond their qualifications make every underhanded attempt to cling to their positions. Despite common knowledge of friendships between people and those that hired them despite being unfit for their roles, no action is taken.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the incompetent, petty, underperforming nitwits and the equally moronic leadership that allows this nonsense to continue


  6. Helpful (20)

    "Splunk: I used to love you..."

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

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

    Pros

    Splunk used to be great to work for, it was innovative, disruptive and fun. Catered lunches and breakfasts were great. Snacks and stocked kitchens and everything in between. Old brick building was cool. There was opportunity to grow at first but things took a turn really fast. Salaries and compensation were competitive.

    Cons

    Very political, toxic environment. Only a select few get to grow within the company and are allowed to expand their horizons, others are kept down or even stabbed in the back. Favoritism played a big role in promotions. I wish things had been different.

    Advice to Management

    Execs need to watch the senior managers.


  7. Helpful (25)

    "Sales"

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

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

    Pros

    If you have passion, drive, work ethic, willingness to learn fast DIY, you'll be frustrated, but will do great. If you are lazy, entitled, complacent and not at all driven to learn how to do your sales cycles/account management from, tech support, prospecting to closing deals in the systems/processes, or even care if you meet your quota - management does not use that as a measuring stick for your success. Complacency to not learn the job is expected so why try? At Splunk everyone gets a trophy! Just delegate your responsibilities, be nice, agreeable, act dumb, expect to pass off blame to someone else, and you'll have a job for life .

    Cons

    Post Sales Customer Success is aweful. Customers are not happy, the cult following is history. its not a start up mentality or family environment they talk about in interviews, its very management heavy and chaotic expectations changing weekly, place to be. Playing Politics is priority. They are trying to grow so fast they don't have a clear or consistent direction for all of the groups to be on the same page. Management send mixed messages, Very low moral. Very low motivation to go above and beyond. No recognition if you do try to. If you are ready to settle in your sales career - go to Splunk. Most play work, instead of doing any real work.

    Advice to Management

    Require the highest paid field reps and RD's to learn how to do their jobs....that is when the sales effort will actually grow to 5B. Rewarding complacent, co-dependent over paid diva's is not wise investment if you want to double a sales team. The inside sales team can independently sell circles around who you are hiring, Where is the logic? Rip the bandaid to truly Divide and Conquer. Or just hire monkeys....

  8. Helpful (34)

    "Shiny happy turd"

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

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

    Pros

    - RSUs
    - Many offsite and onsite parties
    - Lots of booze
    - Don’t have to work hard, just smile and be friendly

    Cons

    - RSUs, while great for an individual, awful for the company. You are asked not to make waves in any way. Including making suggestions on how to improve something. If you know of an industry best practice not being followed, don’t speak up! You will make a lot of enemies fast. I’ve watched managers pull someone to the side and ask that they don’t speak up without consulting them first.
    - Employees who have been around for a very long time and can get away with anything they want. Including sexual harassment or homophobic / transphobic comments.
    - HR goes out of their way to protect the old timers
    - The culture is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
    - Incompetent and inexperienced security engineers. Talk a big game but never deliver.
    - IT team that is vastly behind on technology
    - Technology that from the outside looks amazing, but up close very dated. Many technologies being used have not been the industry best practice for well over 6 years.
    - Management and architects that don’t want change. No matter how bad the decision was, they will stand by it
    - Managers that will backstab you in a second to push off blame
    - None of the management can agree
    - Everything is about politics, not technology.
    - Revolving door of employees, especially managers. They are hiring fast, but they have severally lowered the bar. Promotions not to the ones who are best suited, but the ones people like the most. Even if that means they produce nothing. They are "easy to get along with".
    - Meetings, all day long
    - ERDs and over documenting new ideas with no prototype. Prototypes are discouraged.
    - Next to no testing automation. 100% code coverage with tests that do nothing.
    - Super slow development, the worst I have ever seen. Projects are delayed by many many months.
    - In my 3+ years there, not a single project was completed on time.

    Advice to Management

    You are beyond fixing, the company is a sinking ship. Vest and get out. The former CEO left at the right time, he knew the best days of Splunk are very far behind. The new CEO is awful.


  9. Helpful (23)

    "Splunk- would not recommend"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Splunk full-time

    Pros

    Phenomenal product- first in it's class
    Intelligent minds
    Fun office for younger employees
    Pay well- good benefits

    Cons

    Poor management
    Extremely political, promotions often based on favoritism, not merit - very cliquey
    Terrible HR org, slow to move
    Limited growth opportunities


  10. Helpful (16)

    "Growth without maturity"

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

    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 Management

    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.


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