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Palantir Technologies Palo Alto Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Palantir Technologies Co-Founder and CEO Alex Karp
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Pros
  • Met a lot of really smart people who I will be sure to keep in touch with (in 22 reviews)

  • I had a fear that any move to an established company (even in Silicon Valley) would be a soul-sucking experience (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance was kind of bad (in 53 reviews)

  • tons of the usual growing pains (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Culture Changed With Growth - No Surprise"

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    Former Employee - Recruiting in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiting in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome food and perks. Awesome people.

    Cons

    For Palo Alto office: too tied to PA. Incentivized people to live close but did little to nothing for those who prefer to live in SF.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't mess up the IPO. ;)


  2. "operations"

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    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great perks, culture, people, atmosphere

    Cons

    poor growth path assistance for employees

    Advice to Management

    Leads need more training before leading a team


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great culture, great tech"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Palantir's products help with life and death decisions on a daily basis. The work is incredibly meaningful.

    Cons

    This is not a "rest and vest" company--people are expected to contribute significantly.


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  5. "Forward deployed intern"

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    Former Intern - Forward Deployed Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Forward Deployed Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Palantir Technologies as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good community and work culture

    Cons

    They promised opportunities to directly engage with customers, which they did not deliver on despite repeatedly asking.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Good people, good food, but questionable comp and management"

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    Current Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer New Grad in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer New Grad in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Interesting exposure to the intersection of data and business problems for enterprises
    - Cool problems in distributed computing, particularly for government and military customers
    - Kitchen Ops is stellar

    Cons

    - Low pay + illiquid equity = Don't plan to stay here if want fair wage at silicon valley
    - Expectation for work-life imbalance
    - Great place if you are a fresh grad, not so if you are progressing in your career

    Advice to Management

    Please add balance in your offer letters to fresh grad. It's not fair to get their hopes high with equity offers that's not redeemable.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Contagious drive to make the world better"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Brilliant people, domain experts, quick thinkers, constructively critical.
    - Opportunity to solve problems and impact a variety of institutions and domains that doesn't exist anywhere else.
    - Teammates honestly depend on the hard work of each other and it keeps us moving forward.
    - Great culture of working hard on important, high-stakes work and supporting the people you're working with. Not super political.

    Cons

    - If you don't know how to prioritize your own work/life balance, you will have to learn.
    - Sensitive nature of certain work requires secrecy, which can often be perceived as malintent by default.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it flat, keep people happy, keep finding opportunities for Palantir to positively impact the world.


  8. Helpful (18)

    "Too much hype about nothing!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good food, flexible work hours

    Cons

    Poorly managed
    Rookies in lead position
    Management strives for mediocrity not excellence
    Total lack of transparency
    Low salaries

    Advice to Management

    Get it together


  9. "Brilliant people trying to make the world better"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely smart, motivated, diverse set of employees applying an engineering and outcome mindset to making the world better. No problem is too big or too small. The discussion is always about what and how we should do something, never about who should do it. And then, almost always, someone who sees the way, steps up to the plate and delivers pure magic. And I get to watch awestruck.

    Cons

    We're getting big and are falling into standard 'big organization' traps of hierarchies, biases and risk aversion, which we have to actively counter.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the mission and culture!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Working at Palantir"

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    Former Employee - Team Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Team Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Palantir was an amazing experience. The people, the environment and the work made it a great place to be.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is quite poor.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Smart Challenging Work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Palantir Technologies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Palantir is a very well run company with incredibly high caliber employees and products.
    Code reviews are rigorous and the quality of software is stellar.

    Lots of interesting work, fast-paced team.

    Cons

    The culture of the company is such that you do need to be willing to commit more than working hours to it. There is a culture of Palantir being in many aspects of life to weekend hangouts to business trips...etc.


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