Palantir Technologies Reviews

Updated May 10, 2021

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Palantir Technologies Co-Founder and CEO Alex Karp
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Pros
  • "Smart people who care about the mission(in 35 reviews)

  • "Palantir is a place makes the rest of Silicon Valley look like it is working on toy train sets(in 18 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Consuming and work life balance can be hard to maintain if you don't stand up for yourself(in 70 reviews)

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

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work -

      May 9, 2021 - Deployment Strategist in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Smart, interesting colleagues, cool problems to solve, inclusive culture, and great benefits

      Cons

      There is a bit of a learning curve both about the product and the company before you can make a big impact

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      amazing company, amazing people, not for everyone

      Feb 19, 2021 - Deployment Strategist 
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      Pros

      complete autonomy: it's up to you to decide the kind of company you want Palantir to become and make it in your own image; the same for your work with customers (this is particular to business development (BD)) incredible leadership: the smartest people in the world lead this company; I've met the most strategic geniuses here peers: you learn an incredible amount from your peers sky is the limit: no one will ever limit you from achieving more; the entire company exists to help you increase your impact

      Cons

      the autonomy + sky is the limit means that only you can decide how much work you want to get done each day; this means many people work extremely hard. you have to learn to manage your own calendar and energy levels. diversity and inclusion is difficult in the tech industry in general... as a cis hetero white male, I'm not the right person to comment on this, but I understand PLTR is far from the ideal. I think it's a great place to work and the people who work here have the best intentions, so I don't think it's worse than other tech companies, but that's not a great excuse.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good benefits but NO work/life balance

      May 8, 2021 - Administrative Assistant 
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      Pros

      Benefits are wonderful, unlimited PTO

      Cons

      They expect you to be on call 24/7, weekends, holiday, vacation. I got so burnt out it was awful. The company also has a very strange system of hierarchy and if you aren’t playing nice CONSTANTLY and being over apologetic all the time, other admins will start getting cliquey. The entire environment is incredibly unhealthy and bad for mental health.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

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      May 4, 2021 - Technician FDE in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Autonomy, and trust to do your job.

      Cons

      Increase communication from the top down to make timely decisions.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good

      May 6, 2021 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Great work experience and such

      Cons

      Stressful, long hours and late nights

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      great culture, great colleagues, great product

      Apr 22, 2021 - Deployment Strategist (Embedded Analyst) in Palo Alto, CA
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      Pros

      Strong mission-driven culture. Almost without exception, colleagues are nice, smart, and hard-working.

      Cons

      As a consultant, you are often at the mercy of the client's pace / vision, which can be frustrating.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      nice place

      Apr 28, 2021 - Engineer in New York, NY
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      Pros

      the salary is very good

      Cons

      the amount of work is a lot

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good experience

      Apr 22, 2021 - Deployment Strategist in New York, NY
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      Pros

      I enjoyed working with very smart people.

      Cons

      A lot of travel, and unsustainable lifestyle.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Smart folks, fast-paced, and self-driven.

      Jul 9, 2020 - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Your coworkers are going to be incredibly competent. I've been here for a year and a half and I haven't yet encountered a coworker who wasn't good at their job. The culture is very fast-paced, sorta feels like early Facebook's "move fast and break things". If you're self-motivated and enjoy ambiguous high-impact problems, Palantir is for you. In all things, Palantir minimizes process. You get to define how things get done, and it's up to you to make it happen. If you enjoy a lot of structure/process, Palantir will probably be really painful.

      Cons

      The culture is really fast-paced/intense. If you're bad at taking time off/unplugging from work (and most Palantirians are), Palantir won't stop you from overworking. For this reason, there's a good amount of burnout. The culture also is built around being a self-starter. It's not okay to be blocked by other people, and you'll be expected to think outside of the box to solve problems and get yourself unblocked. If you don't like ambiguous/difficult problems, you're going to have a bad time. If you're bad at unplugging from work, you're going to have a bad time.

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    10. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Burn through employees, use them and discard once they are burnt-out

      Oct 30, 2020 - Forward Deployed Engineer in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Fantastic colleagues, it is truly amazing the bunch of people Palantir manages to recruit. The perks were amazing, but they are now all gone after cost cutting (IPO). Offices are top top. Flexible hours...although than means nothing anymore as you'll be working 12+hrs daily

      Cons

      Pay equality is not a thing here. Company no longer cares about employees' wellbeing (although they'll say they do...proof please?) Management is completely disconnected of what's going on in the lower layers. So called flat-management is a joke - not real but they try to pass it as such Slogans like "we set you up for success" are great sellers, but again, just air. Yes, you get a Manager that you can meet with every second week, but nothing happens when you flag things or asks for support...so what's the point? No work life balance, forget it! Take all you need holiday-policy....sure...super difficult to do that, haven't managed to take over 10 days total in over 2 years!

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      15 people found this review helpful
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