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Palantir Technologies Reviews

Updated November 2, 2017
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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. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Great Benefits
    Great culture

    Cons

    No cons - if you are wanting to create your own career path and make an impact on something that matters then this is the company for you.


  2. Helpful (39)

    "Know what you're getting into"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Really, really smart people. Generally motivated and nice. Perks are nice (until you realize they're not free).

    You'll learn a lot -- both professionally and about what you value as a human.

    Cons

    Thought experiment:
    - recruit the top 1% of 1% of high achievers in basically every field (engineers, project managers, etc).
    - put them in a flat org structure where everyone is ostensibly "equal"
    - create a culture of "owning outcomes"
    - watch as people go from "total rockstar" to "not credible" in the span of 3 months or 1 project gone wrong
    - TL;DR: I struggle to think of a company or organization that spends as much time recruiting the smartest people in the world, and then subsequently spends so little time investing in an environment or culture to retain and empower those people.

    In short, more smart/motivated/amazing people fail at Palantir than (arguably) any other well-known company out there.

    Advice to Management

    Stop patting yourself on the back for how hard you work (e.g., Shyam's "work life balance myth" blog post); you shouldn't see that as something to be proud of.

    You should see that as an abject failure to achieve product leverage. If you actually had product leverage (vs. building bespoke "products" every time) you wouldn't have to make engineers work 80 hours a week, you wouldn't NEED to hire the 1% of the 1%.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Dynamic work, smart colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - challenging projects
    - interesting people

    Cons

    - hours can be long / work-life balance


  4. Helpful (3)

    "No opportunity for growth, internal development staff under appreciated and understaffed"

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    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks (food, massages, etc) makes the long hours better. business development side is fast moving and engaging, very driven, smart peoples

    Cons

    Work life balance is devalued and the cultish feel is a detractor. The reputation of secrecy is encouraged and there is a lack of diversity in hires from a background standpoint.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a strong strategic plan beyond the existential guiding principals.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is super exciting and impactful

    Cons

    Lot of work and everyone is oversubscribed.


  6. "Mission Oriented Challenges"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being on a Palantir team means solving client's biggest challenges, both in government and commercial spaces. You work with the best and the brightest.

    Cons

    No downside to speak of, work hard, play hard.

    Advice to Management

    Even as a consultant, I have been accepted as a part of every team, 10 thus far.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best pro by far is the mission - these are hard problems with no easy answer, and we're in there making a difference. Second best pro (still far above the others) are the people - they're top notch. Some are difficult, others are now great friends, all are great at what they do. Other lagging pros are the food, the offices, the travel opportunities, the dogs, the diversity of experience (technical, military, finance, science, business support, etc.), and the social stuff (conferences, hackathons, books clubs, whiskey clubs, wine clubs, etc.)

    Cons

    It's sometimes tough to feel connected to the bigger beast when you're focused on a deployment/project for a significant period of time. You can feel scrutinized and judged in the news. It takes a little bit of self-motivation to make sure you're doing the work that you want to be doing (more of a pull system than push).

    Advice to Management

    Leadership can feel a little aloof at times. Continue to back the folks on the ground.


  9. 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.


  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    • 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 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.


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