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9 people found this helpful  

Great for some, not for me

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Palantir Technologies

Pros

Intelligent coworkers, large potential financial upside, life taken care of, good notch on resume, lots of work to do, lush perks.

Cons

Long hours, party hard culture, disdain for best practices and introspection, strong corporate culture unsuitable for some. Not a finesse company but one trying to brute force it.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Work Good, Work/life-Balance bad, Management WORST!!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    * Good and Challenging work. As a new hire you get to make changes to the core elements.
    * Perks are good. Especially the Housing Subsidy
    * Smart and Intelligent Co-workers.

    Cons

    * Very poor and Bad Management. Inexperienced Managers who are given too much control, not at all good at communicating and poor judge of employee's skills. Flat heirarchy is a hoax.
    * Extreme work culture and poor work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs some serious improvements and if company wants to move forward this better be done soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Smart but egoistic engineers, very different experience in different teams

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Overall:
    - Good perks, especially house subsidy and free food (go out and buy whatever you want reasonably).
    - Smart and energetic colleagues.

    I worked for 2 different teams and my experience was very different:

    Team 1:
    - Experienced lead with great technical knowledge, very good communication and quick, actionable feedback.
    - Work load is reasonable.
    - Colleagues are very friendly and great to work with.
    - Probably one of the most pleasurable teams to work with.

    Team 2:
    - The work is more interesting than team 1's.
    - The product is used by several important organizations.

    Cons

    Overall:
    - "Flat hierarchy" is a joke, leads with absolute power are big dictators. You will never have a chance to talk to lead of your lead and there are 3 or 4 people on the top of the hierarchy if you are a software engineer.
    - Way understaffed.
    - Devs in satellite office are very dependent on devs in headquarter.

    Team 1:
    - The project is a bit tedious, not very distinctive from what many other startups are doing.

    Team 2:
    - Possibly the worst software management I have ever experienced.
    - Very inexperienced, political, terrible, close-minded and hypocritical lead: doesn't understand the tasks technically, constantly sets unreasonable expectations, judges people at every detail inside and outside of work, thinks documentation is a waste of time, takes constructive feedback very personally. I am not sure why he is in the tech industry, Wall St may suit him better.
    - There is little to no mentorship when you get into a new team.
    - Every word you speak can be used to go against you when needed.
    - Frequently burnt out due to unreasonable expectations (working up to 5AM to meet lead's expectation is a norm).
    - Many egoistic colleagues are close-minded, unwilling for help and debate for better ideas.
    - Literally no documentation, you will waste most of your time to comprehend code that is done at 2AM without any support.
    - The work itself is not hard, it is hard because you are going to work alone without any documentation.
    - Testing and release process is a joke.
    - Performance Improvement Plan is an absolute play. If your lead doesn't like you, even if you complete your PIP successfully, he will extend it until he can find a small fault (or maybe not even a fault) to force you out. If you are ever put under a PIP and feeling your lead doesn't like you, make sure choose to quit for better benefits as you will be fired at the end anyway.

    Advice to new hires: avoid the PG Infrastructure team unless you want to be burnt out and to waste your time learning bad-quality codes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more experienced leads with good morals, never ever put an FDE to be a backend dev lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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