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Palantir Technologies Reviews

Updated 7 Jul 2019

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Palantir Technologies CEO Alex Karp
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222 Ratings
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)

Cons
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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Purpose, autonomy & mastery"

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    Current Employee - Forward Deployed Software Engineer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Transformative projects with customers who matter. A grade employees, driven towards material impact. A very high degree of autonomy awarded to staff.

    Cons

    Resourcing - there are more opportunities than staff. Sometimes this means staff get stuck with one customer, sometimes it means that ownership can be lacking as staff move through a customer to fight a fire rather than truly fix an issue in a sustainable way. Workforce not especially diverse, despite everyone's efforts to address this. Being in a branch office, it is sometimes hard to divine strategic and tactical...

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    Palantir Technologies2015-08-26
  2. Helpful (6)

    "3 Years, International Office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canberra
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies

    Pros

    You'd be hard pressed to find any other organisation that gives you this much scope to define your own growth path, and figure out how and where you can add value to the team and business. Our recruiting process is the bane of my existence, I am constantly frustrated that we can't hire more people because of how particular we are with our requirements - BUT - this is what has built the incredible team I work with now....

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    Cons

    We can't hire enough people to meet all the work we have - which means we're all super busy and you have to prioritise like a magician. And it might mean you don't get to work on the thing you are personally attached to because it's not the highest priority. That can suck. But it's a business. We can be too thoughtful/introspective as a company sometimes - which should probably be kept at the "higher" levels - because...

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    Advice to Management

    If I had to put it somewhere like this I wouldn't be working here.

    Palantir Technologies2015-08-19
  3. "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
  4. "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
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely exciting place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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
  6. Helpful (7)

    "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
  7. Helpful (1)

    "The best problems out there, but nowhere is perfect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Palantir has access to some of the most interesting problems available in tech today. There are lots of strong, passionate engineers, and management is overall pretty great.

    Cons

    Not the most diverse place. There aren't really advancement opportunities. For most people, you'll leave the company with the same title you had when you started it.

    Palantir Technologies2019-05-24
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn a lot alongside amazing colleages"

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    Current Employee - Deployment Strategist 

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Employs some of the smartest, kindest, and most interesting people you'll ever meet A lot of freedom and independence, which can be unusual for new grads

    Cons

    "Flat" structure can cause friction

    Palantir Technologies2019-05-22
  9. Helpful (10)

    "Great for a good time, not a long time."

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    Current Employee - Recruiting Lead 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You're able to work alongside some of the most intelligent people, see them firsthand solve some of the most complex problems, and recruit similarly incredible people. Most offices have busy event schedules which helps foster a start-up type of community. Insurance, meals and ability to travel extensively are also a great perk.

    Cons

    Constant context switching between business needs can take a toll. Hours are often long and the need to be constantly available via email or Slack can be very taxing. Turnover is increasing (especially amongst long-term employees) and there are salary discrepancies across the recruiting team which we aren't supposed to talk about because transparency doesn't exist. The structure is flat on the surface, so be prepared...

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    Advice to Management

    Promote based on an employee's ability, not out of desperate need for someone in the role. Actually be transparent, rather than just talking about transparency.

    Palantir Technologies2019-05-06
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Crowded sometimes when the work is hard

    Palantir Technologies2019-03-23
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