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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. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Hollow promises, hollow pay, work/life balance a joke

    Aug 16, 2021 - Various 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Can't take advantage of the pros... - Being assigned interesting work isn't possible unless you've been there for a long time, so you get all the crappy projects! - limitless vacation is worthless because you're overworked and any vacation is frowned upon. This company has ZERO empathy

    Cons

    - Pay is mediocre compared to other tech companies - Work/Life balance is an atrocious, you're expected to overwork at a minimum (50-60 hours) and anything less is unacceptable - Employees are the most arrogant of any company I've heard of. Period - Management "sets you up for success" by never supporting you. Ever - Need to take time of to attend you child's first day of school? Forget it. Visit your sick mother? Forget it. Again this company has ZERO EMPATHY - The people they hire are a bunch of superficial frat boys who stroke each other's egos and don't do much work, while rejecting candidates who work at Google, Amazon, Apple, etc. WHAT A JOKE!

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    31 people found this review helpful
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 2.0
    Former Contractor, less than 1 year

    Work/life balance can be difficult to maintain

    Aug 3, 2021 - Accounts Payable Specialist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good experience Work from home Working with very knowledgeable people People are very helpful and willing to train

    Cons

    Work load can make it impossible to meet deadlines. They try to promote work/life balance but it’s impossible with the amount of work you have. Politics can be an issue especially if you don’t go out of your way to socialize with coworkers. Management plays favorites.

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  6. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great place to work and learn

    Jun 10, 2021 - Deployment Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Best place to learn for new grads, especially those wanting to found a company.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can get demanding

    3 people found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great company

    Jan 29, 2021 - Corporate Paralegal in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great benefits (unlimited PTO, good healthcare, dog friendly, etc.) and good company culture (lots of events/activities).

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be difficult to maintain since hours are flexible and the responsibility is on you.

    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Don't buy into the equity, come with a purpose, learn and then leave for a real career

    Dec 19, 2019 - Forward Deployed Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - You get to work with high-caliber people - Freedom to learn and experiment - There are free meals and snacks

    Cons

    - Internal politics prevent upward mobility (a lot of entrenched, strong personalities) - More of a consultancy than a true software company - "Street-cred" based merit with extreme recency bias - Equity is worthless in the recent half-decade and completely illiquid - Base compensation & total (realizable) compensation is low compared to Google/Facebook - You won't be traveling as much to enjoyable destinations for deployments given the tightening budget of late - Work/life balance will suck

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    24 people found this review helpful
  9. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Amazing place to work

    Dec 24, 2019 - Deployment Strategist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Amazing perks and opportunities - I asked to be put on a high travel / foreign facing project and have visited multiple countries this year, learned new languages, and explored whole cultures Every day I feel that I and my peers are working on problems that actually matter. That touch the real world. That are genuinely difficult. General enterprise growth is looking real strong / future seems bright

    Cons

    My work life balance definitely askew - though this is partially due to the kinds of things I chose to sign up for.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  10. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Unique Learning Experience

    May 13, 2020 - Administrative 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You’ll meet and work with some of the most intelligent people in tech. People are generally nice and the snacks are tasty.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not ideal, even if you make it a priority. Salaries aren’t the most competitive and it’s more about the value of experience you gain here.

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    5 people found this review helpful
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