Palantir Technologies Reviews

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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

      Palantir review

      Jun 7, 2015 -  
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      Pros

      One of the main reasons many folks, including myself, continue to work at Palantir is due to the impact that we can have on incredibly challenges problems spaces. If you spend 5 minutes with anyone here, you'll realize that the problems we're attempting to work on are important at a categorically different scale (in terms of importance and impact) when compared to other places I've worked.

      Cons

      Since the environment is so unique and empowering, it can be frustrating when you encounter bureaucrats and other low-vision counterparts on your respective deployments. That may sound like a high-ego answer, but it really can be tiring switching between different environments and having to fight red tape on a regular basis.

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Forward Deployed Engineer

      May 16, 2016 - Forward Deployed Engineer 
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      Pros

      Lots of travel Opportunity to interact with clients Standard Silicon Valley perks, even outside of Silicon Valley Everyone here is hard-working (but read below!) Extremely good marketing

      Cons

      Internal politics is difficult to maneuver across the commercial umbrella. Teams have complex, implicit structures while leadership claims that teams are flat. Emphasis is put on aesthetics and impressiveness over utility in certain teams, and especially in early teams ("pilots"). Little opportunity for software development. This is not usually a software development role. Little opportunity for analytics. This is not usually a data science role. In many teams 60 hours is the norm, not the exception. Quality and morale suffer. Palantir is not a startup -- there is no "lottery ticket", so 60 hours should not be the norm. Work is client-specific, and is not usually challenging, innovating, or exciting. There is little room for learning/growth. Certain teams could be more collaborative and open. I had to go out of my way to get constructive feedback here than at other similar companies. Many of these same teams do not have knowledge of the areas they work in, and are proud of their ignorance. Palantir insists it has a flat corporate structure. It exists, it's just implicit. The pro-bono work Palantir highlights is not indicative of the work most people do. Though Palantir is also not as evil as some people seem to think... Pay for full-time positions is below market rate.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      It was really really good

      Jan 26, 2015 -  
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      Pros

      Lots of smart people to learn from and people are not scary. Lots of interesting work and many people have different backgrounds.

      Cons

      No cons except if you are scared of everyone then it might be bad since one cannot talk to anyone which would affect performance

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Good perks, full-time employees need to get over themselves

      May 24, 2013 -  
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      Pros

      Good food Intelligent people to work with Nice space Friendly

      Cons

      Middle management is a mess. There has been many unnecessary conflicts due to incompetence in middle management. Workers are extremely full of themselves and must always emphasize that they are the "best". QE feels the need to emphasize their "importance" while devs blame their errors on others. I repeat; devs are always blaming others!!! While there are great people at Palantir, there are also cliques that like to "party hard and go drinking" and brag about it in the workplace quite obnoxiously.

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      11 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Amazing people, great tech, long hours

      Jun 12, 2021 - Software Engineer 
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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.

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    6. 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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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work and learn

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

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Tech! Tough Sell

      Jun 2, 2021 - Sales Executive in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Great environment for self-starters, fantastic benefits and loved working with really smart people!

      Cons

      Sales strategy was unformulated and the Sales team lacked direction.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      May 26, 2021 - Forward Deployed Software Engineer in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Learning a lot. Friendly environment.

      Cons

      Is at times a high stress job.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      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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