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Palantir Technologies Reviews

Updated December 10, 2018
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Pros
  • "smart people, great work/life balance" (in 31 reviews)

  • "Access to important problems in the world (both in industry and government)" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "hours can be long / work-life balance" (in 61 reviews)

  • "tons of the usual growing pains" (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "SRE Life at Palantir"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SRE in New York, NY
    Current Employee - SRE in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The team is amazingly tight knit and supportive. Extremely flexible with location choice (you can basically work all over the world if you want) and you get an incredible degree of autonomy to solve problems the way you see fit.

    Cons

    If you have problems dealing with high levels of autonomy and delivering, Palantir isn't for you. It also can be very difficult dealing with working at customer locations, especially if the local organizational culture is overly process bound.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "difficult environment for women"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time

    Pros

    many dynamic colleagues and great perks

    Cons

    by default, women are not taken seriously here. it is possible to transcend this attitude by ignoring every interaction and demonstrating "grit", but it takes a toll.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Big mission impact, low pay"

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    Former Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great insurance benefits, free meals, a lot of collaboration overall with really smart people. Lots of travel opportunity if you want, both domestic and international. Robust software that is actually pretty amazing. Good company to pad your resume.

    Cons

    Although the user-facing software is great, almost every time the back end is completely held together with sticks and rope and bandaid fixes. Your quality of life can be completely different depending on which customer you are allocated to. Depending on where you get resourced, you can be solving cool problems or helping a mega-corp increase profits.

    Don't join for the pay, they sell you on options as part of your total compensation, however it is illiquid and not as valuable as you think.

    Advice to Management

    Your long time employees are jumping ship, start rewarding company loyalty because you need 3-5 new hires to make up for one leaver with built-up knowledge in his head.


  4. "great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time

    Pros

    cool people, very comfortable workplace, everything provided for you

    Cons

    work was a bit mundane


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for but favoritism shown to certain people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Palantir Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Insurance paid 100%, Catered breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pantry's always stocked. Free dry cleaning and haircuts - just pay taxes on it. Free masseuse and chiro on site. Dog lovers can take their pets to work.

    Cons

    No 401k match. Managers show favoritism and you can get fired if someone that is shown favoritism doesn't like you and requests it, they will.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of having people lead that know what they are doing and not show favoritism.


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

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    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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (19)

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

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    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.


  9. 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.


  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    • 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.