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Palantir Technologies Reviews

Updated Aug 7, 2019

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Palantir Technologies CEO Alex Karp
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Pros
  • "smart people, great work/life balance(in 32 reviews)

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

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  1. "Palantir review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide transparent information about the history and growth of the company; Continue to encourage Palantirians to contribute on both BD and Internal development projects; Keep pushing the BD team to work at a fast pace and never accept the status quo

    Palantir Technologies2015-06-07
  2. Helpful (9)

    "Forward Deployed Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time

    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...

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    Advice to Management

    Clarify team structures, and focus more on long-term success rather than short-term gains. Hire more subject matter experts.

    Palantir Technologies2016-05-16
  3. Helpful (1)

    "It was really really good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies

    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

    Palantir Technologies2015-01-26
  4. Helpful (11)

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

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    Current Employee -  

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time

    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...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting incompetent leads.

    Palantir Technologies2013-05-24
  5. "Good company to work for but intense"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, office perks & benefits

    Cons

    No work - life balance

    Palantir Technologies2019-08-07
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging place to work, in good and bad ways"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Engineers that are talented both technically and in terms of product intuition, very difficult and important application areas.

    Cons

    Working long hours is necessary for job advancement. Difficult to speak about your technical work publicly, which makes it hard to be part of the broader engineering community.

    Palantir Technologies2019-07-30
  7. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to learn engineering practices, difficult to rise through the ranks"

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    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting engineering problems, collaborative work environment, good pay & benefits

    Cons

    Rising through the ranks relies on internal politics & networking

    Palantir Technologies2019-07-07
  8. "Great People, Hard Hours"

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    Current Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with. Fun problems. Nice perks.

    Cons

    Long working hours, and high pressure situations.

    Palantir Technologies2019-06-14
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely exciting place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Incredible colleagues - Fast pace - High impact

    Cons

    - Requires everyone to be self-driven, so if you're not naturally that way, it can be a difficult place

    Palantir Technologies2019-06-05
  10. Helpful (12)

    "Dysfunctional, toxic, and on the wrong track"

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    Current Employee - Deployment Strategist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Autonomy, responsibility, and exposure to companies and sectors of the economy. Could be an incredible company under the right leadership.

    Cons

    Poorly run company, led by novices. Structured poorly. Highly political. No upward movement. Constantly shifting strategy (or lack of it). Shady approach to gov work. Highly non transparent. Terrible product stability. Excessive churn on all fronts. Just so much to fix, but don't trust the people to fix it.

    Advice to Management

    Go out and hire the very best in the business. Open up your ranks. Hire a CTO, a CFO, a head of sales, a CPO, etc.. You've done an amazing job getting us here - now let others with the right experience help us go further. We're held back because you're attacking a space that's been figured out (enterprise software) that you treat like a brand new segment.

    Palantir Technologies2019-07-05
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