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Palantir Technologies Co-Founder and CEO Alex Karp
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    Pros

    Since joining Palantir in 2012, I've had the pleasure of working in several geographies and with several brilliant teams. The strong pros ring true around the globe:
    * Smart and committed people willing to go the extra mile in business development - the sense of camaraderie and dedication is really something else
    * Unstructured approach to people development and career growth - I've seen people join (with no meaningful prior experience) and grow into leaders of teams of the high double digits within a period of a year.
    * Sense of opportunity - The above are probably in part due to the fact that the company is working on data problems at the dawn of what I believe to be a data revolution in industry (and hopefully government)
    * Philosophy that the "foot soldiers" have a right and responsibility to move the company forward -
    * Compensation philosophy is fair and perks are great - 'nuff said. I imagine we will have to transition from options to RSUs given the current valuation in the near future, which we adjust the risk/reward curve for future employees

    Cons

    * unstructured approach to people development and career growth - the mentorship and lead (manager) system check the box of what I would expect, but aren't world class or exemplary. Structured mentorship and development fall into this trap IMO. People will genuinely help you grow, but the conventional means to facilitate it aren't super helpful to fostering it
    * work life balance - there is pressure to perform and to sacrifice on behalf of the things we're working on - its because its important and its recognized. There's a risk that it becomes par for the course
    * fragile culture - I view our culture is something precious and needing constant safeguarding in light of our constant growth. I believe Palantir has gone through at least 2 major business transformations (in terms of how / what Palantir offers to our customers) since i've been here, which has allowed the company to grow substantially. This hasn't watered down the culture yet to an every-company values system yet, but there's a risk that happens.

    Advice to Management

    I think the optics of not having women in positions of senior management aren't great. I think this is mostly caused by another set of issues which i think aren't great: the optics of only having people who have been at the company for a long time in executive positions (which is starting to be breached in a way that feels a bit sneaky to the rank-and-file). I'm not sure what to do about it.


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