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Palantir Technologies Palo Alto Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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Palantir Technologies Co-Founder and CEO Alex Karp
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Pros
  • Very driven, smart people around you (in 27 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)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great org; rapid pace&rate of change"

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    Current Employee - Business Operations & Strategy in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Business Operations & Strategy in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My co-workers are incredibly intelligent and driven.

    The leadership quality of my direct management has varied, but improved year-on-year. The last two years, I've been led by people that are inspired, fun, and challenging.

    There is a solid core of individuals that have remained with the company since founding&+7 years. The continuity places the current success in perspective.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is verbally encouraged, and always accommodated in my experience. That said, my roles have always had a pretty demanding scope, so it can be difficult to maintain perspective and ask for it when needed! It's a consistent theme across the company.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "5+yrs working & growing in this fast paced company! Still love it!"

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

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

    Pros

    Perks are amazing, food is phenomenal (locavore concept thru & thru), support staff is incredible, great pay for operations positions.

    Cons

    Too much kool aid drinking, need more reality checks for pay scale as life expenses increase every year for EVERYONE EVERYWHERE! 5% annual increase is NOT enough, minimum should be 10%.

    Advice to Management

    Less meetings about meetings, listen to your people on the ground, less favoritism & less contractors.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to be."

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

    I worked at Palantir Technologies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall good experience, dependent on team you're with.

    Cons

    nothing specific, dependent on team you're on.


  4. Helpful (24)

    "Avoid the company, avoid like it's the plague"

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

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great company perks - food, travel opportunities and SWAG
    - Extraordinarily smart people to work with and learn from

    Cons

    - Engineers are gods, if you're anything but an engineer or BD expect to be treated like dirt
    - It's no longer a start up, so stop trying to act like one with the fraternity attitude (it's borderline Uber)
    - It's impossible to liquidate exercised shares - the secondary market (even with Thiel's Trump connections) is practically dead, and has been for many, many years - you get the equity but good luck trying to liquidate it
    - Bullies tend to thrive in this cut-throat company

    Advice to Management

    - Stop flying Dr Karp around in private jets and remove the ridiculous bodyguards (no public shareholders or any reasonable Board of Directors after an IPO would accept these extravagant/ridiculous so called "security measures"
    - Similarly, certain senior staff shouldn't be allowed to fly First Class or stay in 5 star hotel suites but should follow general Palantir policy/procedures
    - The $150K salary cap is a joke, inevitably the company finds ways for it's most revered employees and it's CEO to circumvent this promoted myth (stipends, living expenses and reimbursements for taxable benefits all get around their lauded salary cap. ~$50K+ for a single employee's monthly rent does not equate to the $150K p.a. salary
    - Continue to curb unnecessary spending and IPO already, employees want some profit for the hard work they have put in to date. Remaining private hides expenditure and actual value of Palantir and shareholders assets.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "need better work life balance"

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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    really smart people around
    great culture(cult) and sense of mission

    Cons

    long work hours (top down pressure)

    Advice to Management

    ipo already please


  6. "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. ;)


  7. Helpful (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

  8. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (15)

    "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.


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