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Palantir Technologies Reviews

Updated September 7, 2018
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Palantir Technologies Co-Founder and CEO Alex Karp
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Pros
  • "smart people, great work/life balance" (in 30 reviews)

  • "I don't think I've ever fit in better with a group of people" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Still the best place to work for impact in the real world"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to important problems in the world (both in industry and government)
    High ownership culture, flat organization structure
    Travel everywhere (if you want)

    Cons

    No titles or pre-determined corporate ladder to climb
    Not a retirement home – most people enjoy and take their work very seriously
    Not the most cocktail party friendly industry


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Palantir Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time

    Pros

    - A lot of freedom to explore new opportunities. Great community and high trust in employees

    Cons

    - Friction associated with growth of a company with no structure in place to manage this growth.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Facilities Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time

    Pros

    good perks, fun employees, challenging work

    Cons

    Work/life balance, 6 lead changes in 7 years.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Extremely high turn over for good reason, you can do better than Palantir"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The health insurance is good

    - Nothing else, everything they try to seduce you in with is there to keep you at work 14+ hours a day

    Cons

    - Salary is low-balled and difficult to increase

    - Culture is toxic, they expect 24/7 response time, long days, 2 people on my team got divorced within 12 months of starting work

    - More and more (true) negative headlines of inappropriate uses of tech

    Advice to Management

    Treat people less like slaves that should be honored for the opportunity to work for you. Employees quickly figure out the company is all smoke and mirrors, the tech is unimpressive, and their effort will never be enough.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "High ownership, autonomy, and opportunity for professional and character growth"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Deployment Strategist
    Former Employee - Deployment Strategist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Technology companies which produce inspiring products and create new things seem to be exclusively top-down (hopefully benevolent) dictatorships. Palantir is the only tech company I know of which has successfully created more than one valuable software product while maintaining bottom-up cultural model that emphasizes the great potential depth and inventiveness of the individual. The culture is close-knit and principled, and the hiring is impressively discerning. One works alongside especially entrepreneurial, freethinking, individuals who can be trusted to deliver outcomes.

    Cons

    The company seeks to make a difference, working in complex real-world problems, and is willing to experiment. The former matches poorly with maximizing leisure and with confining one's reasoning in the workday to a reassuringly clean, Platonic virtual environment. The latter means you run the risk of working on an experiment that fails. Still, I'd say failed experiments at Palantir are very different from failed experiments that had been the pet career bet of a typical anodyne VP / middle manager at a large tech company: the former more often than not metamorphose into critical, later-successful developments as the company begins to solve problems in a new sector of the economy; the latter are unfortunately often all sunk cost with little redeeming.

    Advice to Management

    Hold to your principles. Ensure that the culture of ongoing reinvention persists. Focus on alignment with customers and hires alike, and do not begin to cater to the median as the company grows. Maintain the rigorous hiring care that has defined the company thus far.


  6. "Have seven years of experience at Palantir as a facilities tech analyst and is ready for larger challenges"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Human advancement and personal growth.

    Cons

    Adequate facilities and space for rapidly growing companies

    Advice to Management

    Plan and execute all your decisions on where your future company will be. Taking the time out to connect with each team leaders to better understand how all company extremities functions. Then take this report and compare it to company mission


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Impactful work, great people, wild environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Huge variety of projects to work on with plenty of highly impactful work. An incredible amount of autonomy. Plenty of intelligent, driven people surround you. Unique access to huge problems with the resources to build solutions.

    Cons

    Huge amount of work to be done. Flat structure + autonomy often creates a disordered environment that's very much by design, but needs to be actively managed when things don't align.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging and fulfilling"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Site Reliability 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

    SREs have the ability to work on almost anything in the company, whether it be working directly with a customer in the field or embedding within a product development team to improve the infrastructure and reliability of our products. The tech stack is incredibly complex and consists of a lot of open source and proprietary systems, there is a lot of opportunity to grow technically as a result. SREs have the freedom to operate autonomously and are often encouraged to innovate in a lot of different ways.

    Cons

    The company is growing quite rapidly, which is a very good thing. But there are some growing pains to overcome.


  9. Helpful (18)

    "Highly Political Culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer
    Former Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really cool problems to solve, problems that matter, access to interesting organizations, ability to make a difference. Really smart people and great tech.

    Cons

    Working in an embedded capacity with toxic bureaucracies has infected the organization. Hiring people who thrive in these types of environments has been corrosive to the company's culture, and these hires have changed Palantir into somewhere I wouldn't recommend to a friend.

    Advice to Management

    I gave plenty of feedback while employed


  10. Helpful (18)

    "Be ready to be on your own"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Forward Deployed Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Forward Deployed Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is great, benefits are amazing and they pretty much pay for everything

    Cons

    counterpart to having everything paid for you is that Palantir acts as if they own you and expect you to be working 24/7. Also, very little direction is given and you're expected to figure things out by yourself from the get go. And god forbid you ask for help as you will be seen as weak and inefficient. It's a soul crushing place that does not see workers as humans but merely as code monkeys.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting as if you're the best. If you were, you would not require devs to work 70+ hours and shame them for wanting to have a life and not just a job.


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