Palantir Technologies Employee Reviews about "smart people"

Updated 22 Mar 2020

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Palantir Technologies Co-Founder and CEO Alex Karp
Alex Karp
257 Ratings
Pros
  • "Smart people who care about the mission(in 34 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 69 reviews)

  • "tons of the usual growing pains(in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Equity worth nothing"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, (sometimes) interesting problems to solve

    Cons

    Equity worthless, lots of travel, easy to get stuck on government contracts doing data integrations

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Consulting Hardware Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super smart people and interesting problems to work on

    Cons

    Low salary and my options from 2017 are worthless

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Meaningful impact; creative work; could do more to grow talent"

    5.0
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    Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Palantir Technologies

    Pros

    Smart people who care about the mission

    Cons

    execution-oriented to a fault; leads to management deprioritizing human capital development.

  4. Helpful (14)

    "Big mission impact, low pay"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great insurance benefits, free meals, a lot of collaboration overall with really smart people. Lots of travel opportunity if you want, both domestic and international. Robust software that is actually pretty amazing. Good company to pad your resume.

    Cons

    Although the user-facing software is great, almost every time the back end is completely held together with sticks and rope and bandaid fixes. Your quality of life can be completely different depending on which customer you are allocated to. Depending on where you get resourced, you can be solving cool problems or helping a mega-corp increase profits. Don't join for the pay, they sell you on options as part of your total compensation, however it is illiquid and not as valuable as you think.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Interesting company, no growth opportunities"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Palantir had some good perks and great food, and there were definitely lots of smart people to learn from! Flexible working hours were good (although normally just meant longer hours, especially if you're based in London and have any team at all in the US!) Some people definitely experienced freedom to work on things that they were best at.

    Cons

    Unlimited holiday effectively means you don't go on holiday, as it is always too busy and there is no number of days to aim for Managers had no training or guidance. This meant that there was no focus on personal development at all, and leads often end up micromanaging as they didn't have any other insights into how to effectively guide/motivate/redirect. 'Flat structure' meant that there was some clear micro hierarchies within certain teams/areas. Little or no career progression or growth available.

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  6. Helpful (25)

    "Highly Political Culture"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really cool problems to solve, problems that matter, access to interesting organizations, ability to make a difference. Really smart people and great tech.

    Cons

    Working in an embedded capacity with toxic bureaucracies has infected the organization. Hiring people who thrive in these types of environments has been corrosive to the company's culture, and these hires have changed Palantir into somewhere I wouldn't recommend to a friend.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Technical Recruiter"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart people, great work/life balance

    Cons

    not enough variety in roles for recruitment in NYC

  8. Helpful (84)

    "Know what you're getting into"

    3.0
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    Business Development in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Really, really smart people. Generally motivated and nice. Perks are nice (until you realize they're not free). You'll learn a lot -- both professionally and about what you value as a human.

    Cons

    Thought experiment: - recruit the top 1% of 1% of high achievers in basically every field (engineers, project managers, etc). - put them in a flat org structure where everyone is ostensibly "equal" - create a culture of "owning outcomes" - watch as people go from "total rockstar" to "not credible" in the span of 3 months or 1 project gone wrong - TL;DR: I struggle to think of a company or organization that spends as much time recruiting the smartest people in the world, and then subsequently spends so little time investing in an environment or culture to retain and empower those people. In short, more smart/motivated/amazing people fail at Palantir than (arguably) any other well-known company out there.

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  9. Helpful (18)

    "Choose your team wisely"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - FDE 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Preface: all the pros / cons depend a lot on the team you end up with. Choose your team extremely carefully and definitely talk to people other than the team leads trying to recruit you. Be very sure and vocal about what you want to achieve, what value you add, what environments and conditions under which you thrive. - Some incredibly smart people (esp ICs). - Travels to exotic places. - Some incredibly cool / meaningful / impactful projects, especially if you are a US or EU citizen. - Interesting tech stack, lots of cool technology to work with. - Extremely good engineers on PD. - Close to the problem, great if you care about what you build. - Strongly recommend doing an FDE internship here--you learn a lot and get an entire tech stack to play with. You get a very real look at what it's like to work full time at the company since they basically treat you as an FTE. You can decide for yourself if you want to return full time. - I don't necessarily recommend this company to new grads, but I do recommend it if you have about 1.5 + yrs of work experience, you're a very good at what you do, have a solid value add (e.g. spark / kubernetes / containers / microservices / SRE experience), and are not shy about negotiating for what you want, and can strongly argue for ideas that you believe are right (without offending other people). =)

    Cons

    - Some incredibly incompetent people. Has history of promoting ICs with zero management experience to leads with no guidance, no support, and no training. - Work life balance can be so bad that sleep deprivation will take a continuous toll on your health. For example, you can expect no sleep for your oncall rotations in BD since it will actually be 24/7. - PD lacks good product direction. Great visual designers, but lack of product direction in designing products for technical users. E.g. not practical for product designers with no coding experience to be designing IDEs, etc, which results in some incredibly stupid UIs. Great engineering != great products. - A lot of unhealthy friction between BD and PD, purposefully architected by higher management. Lack of proper communication channels. - Selective BD teams have no idea what they are doing. No code reviews, terrible code quality, resulting in burnout/employees quitting from the absolute refusal to reduce tech debt. - Don't know how people are promoted to leads, but it's definitely not based on competence. - Below market pay. - Selective teams are extremely political.

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  10. Helpful (47)

    "Avoid the company, avoid like it's the plague"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Palantir Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great company perks - food, travel opportunities and SWAG - Extraordinarily smart people to work with and learn from

    Cons

    - Engineers are gods, if you're anything but an engineer or BD expect to be treated like dirt - It's no longer a start up, so stop trying to act like one with the fraternity attitude (it's borderline Uber) - It's impossible to liquidate exercised shares - the secondary market (even with Thiel's Trump connections) is practically dead, and has been for many, many years - you get the equity but good luck trying to liquidate it - Bullies tend to thrive in this cut-throat company

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