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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Amazing people, great tech, long hours

    Jun 12, 2021 - Software Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    * People are amazing; the hiring quality is out of this world even for the Valley * Projects can be extremely interesting * Tech stack (especially on the Foundry side) is modern and fun to use * The software is real and works unlike most enterprise technology Palantir competes against

    Cons

    * Work / life balance is highly project dependent. Long hours trending towards brutal if your project is fast-paced or the customer is overly demanding * Your project may not be all that interesting and you'll hear about everyone else doing world changing tech. If your project is uninteresting and has long hours - you can burn out fast. * Some of the Gotham code base is archaic and hard to understand * Palantir changes over time and you'll need to adapt or reinvent yourself if you stay longer than 2 years. This can be fun but stressful and the pace never slows down.

    15 people found this review helpful
  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Incredible impact, lots to learn, motivated people

    Oct 27, 2021 - Forward Deployed Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Impact/Mission. Over the last two decades, Palantir has fought to earn the trust of some of the largest and most important institutions around the world. The work you, individually, contribute could change how some government agency operates for the next 5-10+ years. - People. Most everyone is hardworking and outcome oriented. The powerhouse individuals are the one who garnish the most respect most often, and they deserve it. This is not a place to coast; this is the place to care. - Autonomy/Ownership. To a decent degree, you can flex on what you work on and how you work on it. If you think something's weird or wrong, flag it (respectfully) and go change it. This sense of ownership--the mindset that you can go change things--is something that still exists at Palantir, but is mentally harder to realize with the company growing so much. - Privacy and Civil Liberties. The embedded PCL culture and the PCL team itself are outstanding. The PCL-related decisions we've made in the past can always be debated (no decision worth mentioning is clear cut), but I'm proud of the fact that they've been made with serious and deep dialogue.

    Cons

    - There are some spaces that are "easy" to support. Of course, making the World Food Programme more efficient is good. Of course, we should support disaster relief and counter child exploitation efforts. But some spaces aren't so easy. There are mentally challenging spaces to work in, trying to reconcile the good and bad consequences of our work. It is and ought to be a constantly uncomfortable position to be in as that indicates the rigor and necessary nuance of our understanding, but it's still uncomfortable. All this to say, if you want to be able to bury your head in the sand a little and only "do good", then this is not necessarily the place for you. - Lack of rails. Those that succeed best are the ones that can get things done, that can operate in ambiguous environments, that can be their own bosses and advocates. Also, one big failure mode is you thinking you have to work 10-12 hours a day because no one's stopping you from working that long; if you don't want to, don't. Set expectations. You're in charge of your time. If you want a highly structured growth path and work/life and working environment, this might not be the place for you. - Lack of diversity. All tech companies face this issue, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't ding Palantir for it. I was fortunate to work on at least a couple teams that were led by and had majority women, both technical and non-technical. I've also been on teams where there are no women, no people of color. It gets worse the closer you get to our DOD work. We could be doing better. - People. Not everyone is an A+ person, and I certainly don't claim to be. But there are certain people who are less than helpful, who make working difficult and emotionally draining.

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    20 people found this review helpful
  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    amazing company, amazing people, not for everyone

    Feb 19, 2021 - Deployment Strategist 
    Recommend
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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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    13 people found this review helpful
  4. 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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    23 people found this review helpful
  5. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Good times are over.

    Aug 23, 2021 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - still some smart people left - decent comp (if you joined pre-IPO), - used to have good perks, but most of them got cut during pandemic and with constant cost-cutting that started in advance of IPO

    Cons

    - poor work-life balance - if you don't mind 24/7 on-calls and frequent "surges", this is your home. - professional growth perspectives are virtually non-existent. It's all very random and mostly luck/politics dependent. If you are "unlucky" and got assigned a crappy team/project early on, you will struggle to ever get considered for anything better. You will not learn much and just get stuck. There are few good teams, but since most others are so mediocre, you are unlikely to get into a good one - and moving "upwards" internally is very hard. - it's worse if you also get a lead (Palantir term for "manager") who lacks motivation/time/power to support you. As burnout gets more widespread, more long-timers either quit or become jaded and stop caring, the chance of getting such a manager is higher. - in terms of coding you will mostly fiddle with internal frameworks. If you are "lucky" you might get to work on something new, otherwise expect vast legacy codebases with plenty of tech debt and support issues. Or they could put you as a "dev" on infra... - leadership is still rather inexperienced and often not sure what they are doing. They try to call it "flat structure", in practice there are few unofficial "power clusters", centered around people who are actually important and their decisions are enforced. Some got this authority by merit, others just by being close to founders/directors, "tenure" or being good at office politics. The result is low transparency on decisions affecting you, wasted effort and frequent reinventing the wheel. - if you are extremely unlucky they might put you on BD (business development). The main purpose of engineers there is to help customers use palantir products, especially when they break (and boy do they break often). Once you are in BD, Palantir will not let you "escape BD" until you quit.

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    22 people found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Exceptional Place to Work

    Oct 5, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Palantir is a great place to work. It offers competitive benefits and pay; it puts employees first. The start-up culture continues to be something that really intrigues me given you are able to wear multiple hats and experience different aspects of the business.

    Cons

    It can be a bit hectic sometimes as Palantir still operates more or less like a start-up. This is great from a learning perspective, but not so much from a sustainability perspective.

    3 people found this review helpful
  7. 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
    Recommend
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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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    24 people found this review helpful
  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    The most talented organization

    Jan 14, 2021 - Recruiting in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Colleagues are some of the smartest, most capable people in the world - Excellent, mission-focused culture that's substance over politics - You won't experience professional growth more quickly than at Palantir - Great perks/benefits

    Cons

    Really fast paced and the needs of the org. change quickly and with minimal notice; that's not for everyone and sometimes causes friction/pain/lack of clarity

    4 people found this review helpful
  9. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great!

    Feb 19, 2021 - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    money was great for the job

    Cons

    non to think of at palantir

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  10. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Fast paced; Great people

    Feb 4, 2021 - Deployment Strategist in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Most of the people at Palantir are absolute gems; I loved working with them. They are some of the most friendly, easy-going, intelligent people you'll ever meet.

    Cons

    Palantir is an incredibly fast-paced environment; this can be great for single folks but is hard on people with families.

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    3 people found this review helpful
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