Where week one was about landing and getting our feet, week two was all about getting into the rhythm of this incredible city and our new lives here.
By week two, Ken was starting to get productive in his new role at Splunk. He did quite a bit of FedRAMP training online in between other tasks in order to learn the documentation formatting and content requirements that this incredibly detailed framework requires. It’s fascinating work and his boss and the team he’s working with are super supportive and positive.
Splunk headquarters is just unreal. This was pretty much Ken’s first day:
The offices are really beautiful. They took a historic building, kept the brickwork and renovated the interior dramatically. They are finishing another huge renovation and are expanding next door in a couple of weeks to more than double their available space. The buildings have a very modern aesthetic and decor with good lighting. The layout wraps around an interior courtyard with outdoor seating and a basketball hoop.
The sheer amount of catering that shows up to this company on a daily basis is inspiring. They really care about staff and keeping everyone well fed. All the catered food is gourmet and all varieties are featured, usually at once. Indian, vegan, Mediterranean, Mexican, Thai and various kinds of yummy street food all make regular appearances.
Each floor has it’s own lunch room. Each lunch room is stocked with all kinds of cold cuts and breads for sandwich making, tons of different hot and cold beverages, a huge snack wall of dispensers with all kinds of healthy and delicious snacks such as almonds roasted in olive oil and sprinkled with rosemary, or dark chocolate covered pretzels, beef or turkey jerky, chips, and much more. Conspicuously absent are the candy bars, cookies, and M&M type snacks. We really appreciate their efforts to provide healthy foods.
Here’s just one day’s selection of options:
- Pulled Pork Bowl – GDNES
- Whole pork shoulder smoked for 14 hours with apple wood
- Pulled Chicken Bowl – GDNES
- Hand pulled rotisserie chicken seasoned with roasted garlic and house seasoning
- Grilled Portobello Bowl – GDNEV
- Grilled portobello mushroom with City Smoke House special seasoning
- Mixed Green Salad – GDNEV
- Blend of Romaine, Red Leaf, Mache, Frisee, Radicchio and Mizuna
- Cole Slaw – GNSV
- Crisp cabbage and carrots with homemade creamy dressing
- Potato Salad – GDNESV
- Potatoes, celery, onions, and carrots tossed in a creamy dressing and garnished with chopped parsley
- Mac and Cheese – NSV
- Three cheese blend of cheddar, sharp cheddar and monterey jack topped with toasted panko bread crumbs
- Bbq Sauce – GDNESV
- Homemade slightly sweet and tangy BBQ sauce
Chicken Teriyaki – DNE
Grilled chicken breast with lite teriyaki sauce served with steamed seasonal vegetables and brown rice
All American – DNX
Alaskan, Hawaiian, California roll
Special Roll Platter – DNX
Dragon roll, dynamite roll, Lion King roll
Sunshine Platter – DNX
Spicy tuna roll, California roll
Golden Gate Platter – GNE
Salmon/cream cheese, salmon/avocado, salmon/cucumber
Nasu Dengaki – GDNEV
Miso glazed eggplant
Sakura Platter – DNV
Seaweed salad, veg. temp roll, cucumber roll, avocado roll, mushroom roll
Bonsai Platter – GDNEV
Cucumber roll, avocado roll, kobocha, edamame roll, bonsai roll> lettuce, cucumber, avocado and daikon sprouts
Did we mention that every break room has kegs of adult beverages on tap? From top-shelf microbrews to assorted ciders to gourmet kombuchas to non-alcoholic and even non-gluten options, Splunk has something to offer for all tastes.
They also have some vintage arcade games (perfectly restored and fully functional), a shuffleboard table, a pair of electric go-karts, a couple of vintage pinball machines with unusual dynamic features that make them special and extra fun to play (all free of course). Ken doesn’t eat all the foods or play all the games but he sure does appreciate having the options that this company offers. They sure are good to their people.
At the end of week two, having settled into the cottage in Pacific Heights, we were looking forward to our first real chance to get out and exploring the city over the weekend.