Check out the latest in our Meet the Splunker series as we sit down with Chris Grisanti, Splunk’s Senior Director of Corporate Strategy. He was recently recognized as being a Splunker who most represents our corporate value of “Fun” and he shares with us how he fosters a sense of fun at work. Take a look below to learn more!
Tell us a little about yourself:
My name is Chris Grisanti, I work out of our Santana Row office in San Jose, CA. I have been at Splunk for four years
What is your current role at Splunk? What does a typical day look like for you?
I am a Senior Director of Corporate Strategy at Splunk, and I run the Corporate Strategy team for the company. My team of four and I provide internal consulting capabilities across Splunk in order to help the company grow and maintain best practices. We manage processes that tie to Splunk's annual calendar (three year strategy, coordinating Board documents), as well as lead functional and cross-functional projects for Splunk's executives on special topics (Go-to-market Strategy, Technology Strategy, etc.). A typical day is managing several projects and deliverables — so some meetings, some reading, and some content development.
Why did you decide to join Splunk?
I wanted to join a company that was a good size, but still fast growing. I also was looking for a smart group of people and the type of atmosphere that was a work hard but also have fun environment. I have found that at Splunk.
What project are you most proud of since you started working at Splunk?
My team and I get to work on a lot of very interesting projects that have really helped to move Splunk in a focused direction. This includes defining our markets, helping to move forward with new technology projects and helping the company to focus as we scale. There are a ton of projects I am proud of.
Outside of my core responsibilities, I’m proud to be running the Santana Row Fun Council for Splunk. It is a group of volunteers that put in extra effort to make our office of 1100+ people a more enjoyable and tighter community, going beyond just helping our customers (our #1 priority). The Fun Council coordinates trips to the movies, pub crawls, as well as in-office events such as corn dog day, Pi Day pie contests, and “Bring Your Kid to Work Day” where I get to have fun doing Splunk-craft (Splunk+Minecraft) labs and hosting trivia for kids while acting as President Buttercup (our company mascot posing as a company executive).
What are your hobbies? Or what can we find you doing outside of work?
I spend a ton of time outside of work with my family and my three kids. They keep me very busy with sports, martial arts, academics and activities. Sometimes my weekends feel busier (or at least more chaotic) than my work week.
Get to know more about Chris from his team’s words below!
“Whether it's driving Black Friday's (Splunk spirit days) or putting together a fun Pi Day celebration, Chris continues to be the fun captain at the SR office and beyond. Given his position, I think he's been very influential in demonstrating that no matter your role in the business, it's still important that we live our value of bringing fun and having fun at Splunk.”
“Chris is passionate about Splunk, so much so that he has single-handedly improved the culture here by volunteering his personal hours to running a thriving Fun Council that services the employees of the Santana Row office with fun team and culture building activities.”
“As the SR Fun Committee’s Chief Fun Officer for 2+ years, Chris lends his heart, soul and passion into maintaining a fun, collaborative and dynamic culture here at Splunk. On top of his demanding day job, Chris finds ways to go above and beyond for Splunkers to feel welcome and happy here at work — like Pub Crawls, movie days, holiday boutiques and Bring Your Kid to Work Day (BYKTWD). My favorite memory of Chris is from last year's BYKTWD. He set up a video conference call for Buttercup to speak with the 50+ kids. He held a Buttercup stuffed animal in front of the camera and did the voice impersonation...the kids were laughing so hard at Buttercup's corny jokes and dances.”