Palantir Technologies

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In for a train ride at Palantir

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer in McLean, VA
Former Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer in McLean, VA

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

Pros

1. People who work there, you can make some life friends
2. Food/benefits/perks
3. Very mission focused company
4. Will get you interviews at any other companies
5. No schedule, no set times to go into work or leave

Cons

1. A lot of folks carry the "Engineer" title when they have no scientific or engineering background
2. Lots of decisions about structure being made about company at high level
3. It's all about who you are friends with at Palantir, or who you are in a relationship within the company
4. The company doesn't respect new talent, they rely on folks who have been there 3+ years to be the "leaders", who have high egos
5. Don't expect a raise at this company, EVER. Bonuses and compensation go to the developers and business development teams, every other team gets screwed.
6. Equity isn't what it is anymore.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay attention to your newer folks. Stop being buddy-buddy with the folks who have been here 3+ years. Actually take chances on some of the ideas the new people have.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 18 people found this helpful  

    Great Product, Questionable "Culture"

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    Former Employee - Embedded Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Embedded Analyst in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    The product they have created is probably one of the best analysis tools on the market. It is remarkably easy to use, learn from, and totally worth a trial, just to see how it works.

    Personnel wise, their hiring process is rather strict, but fair. They have a heavy engineering culture, and encourage personal projects to be done to forward the company. The office I was employed in (Mclean, VA) has an interesting set up, and it is growing quickly. Little scooters are given to move from office to office, and you can get nearly anything to make your office your own sort of work space.

    Food wise, they have a caterer or cook set up, and there are free beverages, all of it available at all hours (Keep this in mind).

    The pay is above average, with a cool way of setting your own payscale. When an offer is made, they give three different offers, with three different stock options (5 year vesting schedule). I would guess they pay above about 25-50% of the average amount.

    Cons

    With all these benefits come a drawback. I estimated a average work day of around 10 hours. I would start at 8 AM, and leave at around 7 PM or so, an only in the first week. I expected these hours to go up as time went on. The food and pay are high to encourage you to remain in the office, and the standard work week is discouraged.

    Although they like to say they observe a Work Life balance, I generally could not see it happening, especially with such hours.

    Travel, you can expect to fly out to another location fairly regularly on short notice. Don't expect to make any real long term plans, and prepare to live out of a suitcase for more than a few weeks out of the year.

    Finally, the management wants you to "Drink the Kool Aid" rather deep. They try to indoctrinate you into their methods of thinking and working before you even start working there. It seems to be based on T-shirts and clothing, more than anything else. If you are not a estimated "fit" within their box of thinking, expect to not get an offer, or even be let go.

    I would be extremely wary of any "Openings" found within the Department of Defense section of this company. It is large and growing, but the leader of this section has been described over and over as "Intense". Be very careful of what you say and who you speak to in this company, or you may find yourself without a job with no real warning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more careful with your hiring and firing practices in the future. Even though you are a growing company, understand that the hours that were put in before will eventually have to change. The "small company" time frame is coming to a close for you, and you may have to move closer to the standard work week (horrifying, I know).

    Your employees are going to want to enjoy time with their families, and in the future, you will have to adapt your travel times to cope with this. Some people may want to have other activities and even other jobs on the side, and you will have to clearly define what you expect from your employees in the future.

    I hope that overall, you do succeed with your product, and with a few culture changes, you can easily find great wins in the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Long hours but worth it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Systems in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work with great people
    Always challenging problems to be solved
    Fun culture
    Awesome food
    Founders and Upper level management are easy to talk to

    Cons

    Tough to take time off with the workload
    At times can be chaotic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Heading in the right direction keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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