WHO WE ARE
At Palantir, we believe data can change the world for the better. Ten years in, while our work constantly evolves, one thing hasn’t changed: our commitment to solving problems that matter for institutions that matter.
In 2004, we saw existing systems that were too rigid to handle novel data, let alone novel problems, and custom projects that took years to complete and armies of consultants to keep running. Rather than an AI utopia, we found automated approaches that failed against adaptive adversaries or complex problems, and security models that forced organizations to make unacceptable choices between sharing information and protecting it from abuse. Where the world needed an operating system for data, we found spreadsheets and web apps.
We saw the need for a different kind of technology and approach, and we knew it would take a different kind of company to build it.
WHAT WE DO
WE PUT ABILITY BEFORE EXPERIENCE
At Palantir, you don’t have to wait your turn to make a difference. We have people in their first year of the job managing $100million-$1billion customers and owning critical product efforts. We are partners to Fortune 500 CEOs and the top levels of public sector leadership, and new hires are deeply involved in not only generating but also communicating our innovations and insights.
WE MAKE PRODUCTS FOR HUMAN-DRIVEN ANALYSIS OF REAL-WORLD DATA
We’re focused on creating the world’s best user experience for working with data, enabling people to explore complex questions without requiring a background in computer science. Instead, our expertise is building products to empower yours.
We’re engineers, not academics. We seek problems in search of solutions, not the other way around. We represent a vast diversity of backgrounds, with each person contributing uniquely to the larger mission.
WE MEET THE PROBLEMS WHERE THEY LIVE
Our customers combine access to data with a deep understanding of their problem set. Our engineers meet customers wherever they are, to experience their world first-hand, create deep partnerships, and ultimately build products that enable our customers to solve their hardest problems.
WE HELP INSTITUTIONS PROTECT PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
Analytic technology can pose serious risks to privacy and civil liberties unless it includes equally powerful tools to ensure only authorized data access and usage and maintain tamper-proof auditability. That's why we build these protective capabilities into the core of our products, work closely with our customers to implement their imperatives, and partner with advocacy groups and policy experts to demonstrate leadership in a quickly changing landscape.
WE GO WHERE WE’RE NEEDED MOST
Silicon Valley can be a magical place, but we are only valuable to the rest of the world when we step outside the bubble and engage. This has taken us everywhere from the headquarters of mission-critical agencies to oncology labs to disaster areas across the globe. We are guided by the most critical problems we can find—threats to the world’s most important institutions and the people they serve.
WHERE WE’RE GOING
We are working to build a future in which public institutions, commercial enterprises, and non-profit organizations can use data, individually and collaboratively, in the service of their most vital goals.
Organizations around the world are already using Palantir to catalyze their most important work. Preventing terror attacks and disease outbreaks, protecting the financial system from abuse, eliminating safe havens for human trafficking and arms proliferation, and helping humanitarian organizations deliver aid to the most remote and vulnerable populations are just a few examples. Our story is still being written - each day, in each location, by each Palantirian.
LIFE AT PALANTIR
Through a combination of perks, benefits, social activities, and learning opportunities, we invest every day in our most important asset: our people.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
Our environment is designed to make work energizing and to stimulate creativity. Meetings are short and to the point, and are as likely to consist of walking around town as sitting in a conference room. We have no set hours—we trust our people to know what needs to get done and when, so you're free to work whatever schedule suits you. Some people work “normal” business hours and save evenings for family and friends; some are nocturnal. We don’t even track vacation time - you just take what you need.
MAKING LIFE FUN
Events large and small are a huge part of the Palantir experience, from fabulous holiday parties and boat trips to sporting events and Broadway shows. Our “Palantir Night Live” speaker series has featured many leading thinkers, as well as opportunities to expose guests to our thriving intellectual culture.
We have organized games of pickup basketball, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee, and we field teams in local rec leagues, often competing against other tech companies. In Palo Alto, our cyclists enjoy miles of great biking routes, including Old La Honda, a famous local climb.
Learning and personal development are supported in a variety of ways. Our in-house technical instructors, or “Palantir Professors”, help to keep both new and experienced hires ahead of the curve, and we frequently host informal reading groups on current topics in CS. We’ve brought in experts to give seminars on public speaking and constructive feedback, among other skills, and we’re always open to new suggestions.
Whatever your interests, you will find fellow aficionados at Palantir. We’ve had book clubs, film screenings, spirited game nights and Garage Band sessions, employee-organized camping and ski trips, all manner of tastings, even classes on welding and beekeeping. We’ve also had outings to see our musically and theatrically talented colleagues perform. In short, our employees’ interests are as varied as the problems they help to solve.
MAKING LIFE EASY
Focus on what matters: Palantir provides a variety of perks that help us focus on the mission by promoting productivity and freeing up time at and away from the office. Onsite haircuts, laundry and dry cleaning service, and bike repair are just a few examples.
Good grub: At Palantir, you will never be hungry. Our chefs craft daily menus from organic and locally sourced ingredients, three times a day. Mealtimes are a chance to eat well and build community, and family and friends are always welcome.
No sweat: Palantir believes in cultivating well-being, in all its forms. We offer local gym memberships to all employees, with discounts for family members. We provide onsite gyms and showers, weekly yoga classes, guided meditation, a doctor, a chiropractor, massages, physical therapy, and a monthly wellness stipend to use in whatever way fits you best.
MAKING LIFE SPECIAL
Once a year, the entire company descends on our Palo Alto headquarters from all over the world for “HobbitCon”, an unforgettable few days of learning, reconnecting, and celebrating. It’s a unique opportunity to create bigger and better things together, while also making our rapidly expanding world a little bit smaller and friendlier.
INTERN AT PALANTIR
Time at Palantir is time spent applying your knowledge against real world problems, shaping our company, and learning from those around you.
Andreja Kogovsek, Philanthropic Engineer
Imperial College London, Meng Computing
Andreja mentioned an interest in Palantir’s philanthropic work during her interviews, so she was thrilled to be placed on the Philanthropy Engineering team for her internship. Andreja was able to work on a variety of different projects during her time in Palo Alto. She modeled and integrated data for an organization dedicated to connecting war veterans to social services. She configured Access Control Lists to protect personally identifiable information from unauthorized use. And she was able to do front-end development work in support of humanitarian relief, global health, and disaster response missions.
“I was able to contribute positively to the company and hopefully touched the lives of many people through their philanthropic work, which is far more than I initially expected from an internship. I got a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with great people and grow as a computer scientist and as a person, for which I am very grateful.”
Max Kolysh, Forward Deployed Engineer
MIT, Masters in Engineering Candidate
As a Forward Deployed Engineering intern working with customers in the Federal Government, Max built an improved version of Palantir Gotham’s federated search service that made performing common use cases faster and easier. “This summer I prototyped a technology that expands the capability of one of Palantir’s data storage platforms for analysis. I knew I was a trusted member of the team when my co-intern and I were given the task to architect this product from start to finish, yet no one batted an eyelash if a Nerf gun fight erupted during the workday.
"Initially I was drawn to Palantir because of its reputation of having the toughest interviews, but I continue to be drawn to Palantir because of its culture and mission. I get to work with some of the smartest people in the world and everyone is friendly and accessible. Building a product that you know is saving lives is also very fulfilling."
Peggy Li, Product Support Engineer
Duke, Computer Science and Economics
Over the course of her summer, in addition to problem solving as a Product Support Engineer, Peggy worked with the internal finance team to integrate their data into Palantir Metropolis for more robust analysis. She wrote a Python program to ingest excel files with various sheets and lots of data. The program parsed this data intelligently and securely, making it easy for users to access the information and collaborate in their analysis. She designed the solution to be generalizable, so it can be easily deployed to external customers facing the same challenge.
"As a member of the product support team, one of the things I loved most about the role was the day-to-day variety. I was able to handle tickets, which were all very different, and work on my project, which gave me a chance to alternate between various projects and tasks. I got to learn more about different aspects of the product, and I feel like I’m a better developer overall."
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The first thing that I tell friends interested in Palantir is that I can't imagine working anywhere else and that while I have done some really interesting work in previous jobs, there is no way I would ever consider going back to them over staying at Palantir. The work is demanding and impactful, the organization is empowering, the people are impressive and great to work with, and up and down the company is always seeking ways to improve. I always did interesting work prior to joining Palantir, but I was also always looking for side projects, new opportunities, the next thing. Since joining Palantir I have done more than just interesting work, I've become part of an organization that I believe in. I've not just been given countless opportunities to own things at company, it has been demanded that I own things. Whereas previous jobs I might have been told, "that's not your concern" at Palantir I am told, "If it seems broken, help fix it. Make it better." and have then been given the support to make that happen. In addition to the work itself, the company culture is fantastic. I enjoy the company of just about everyone I work with and have had the opportunity to turn a fair share of my colleagues into great friends. And while the growth of the company can make it feel a bit less 'homey', I continue to meet great people constantly. Other than the people, the offices are awesome. The support from our operations people is amazing, from the quality of food I get to eat to the events that are planned on my behalf. It is easy to take those things for granted but they are pretty great.
Since Palantir is based out of Palo Alto, a lot of internal meetings tend to later in the day East Coast time. This can complicate things for those of us with families to go home to. That said, I usually just take these meetings from home. We are much better at learning by doing than by formalized (classroom style) education, which can sometimes mean that it is hard to learn something completely new if it is unrelated to the specific work you are doing. The company is working to expand other types of learning, and I've found that I've learned so much by doing that I hardly have time to think about additional educational opportunities, but there is room for improvement here.
Advice to Management
Just look at the title of this section: "Advice to Management". It is almost implied that I can't engage management directly with my advice. The section's title should be a reminder that most people who come to Palantir are not used to being expected to help make an organization better, to identify when things are going wrong, and to take ownership of making them better. Most people are used to not being listened to. So, never assume that because you tell them they will understand. You need to show them and push them to be owners. Otherwise, they will internalize and we will all be worse off for it.
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Getting an Interview
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies (Palo Alto, CA).
After my resume was submitted by a Palantir employee, I heard nothing for 2-3 weeks. The person who submitted my resume had to send several emails to the recruiter to find out what the status was. Approximately a week later, the recruiter finally called me, but my resume had been routed to the wrong recruiter, so I was interviewed for a Platform Technical Writer. Not a fit.
- The recruiter asked: I'm thinking of a number between zero and infinity. Explain how would you guess my number., Answer Question
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Palantir helps the world’s most important institutions to solve their most critical problems by unlocking the value of their data. Our platforms have been applied to such diverse problems as disaster relief, healthcare delivery, drug discovery, human trafficking, counterterrorism, financial crime, regulatory compliance, and the protection of privacy and civil liberties. In each case, Palantir has become an indispensible partner to executives and analysts alike, backed by the creativity of our top-ranked engineering teams. Palantir is headquartered in downtown Palo ...