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25 July 2018

What is health insurance like at Palantir Technologies?

Pros

- The health insurance is good - Nothing else, everything they try to seduce you in with is there to keep you at work 14+ hours a day

Cons

- Salary is low-balled and difficult to increase - Culture is toxic, they expect 24/7 response time, long days, 2 people on my team got divorced within 12 months of starting work - More and more (true) negative headlines of inappropriate uses of tech

Advice to Management

Treat people less like slaves that should be honored for the opportunity to work for you. Employees quickly figure out the company is all smoke and mirrors, the tech is unimpressive, and their effort will never be enough.

- The health insurance is good

25 July 2018

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21 July 2019

Does Palantir Technologies offer housing assistance?

Pros

Interns are treated just like real employees, so you can actually make a difference during the summer. Free, high-quality housing and meals are also a plus.

Cons

Palantir gets a very bad rap in the media, and it doesn't seem like the PR team does much to combat that.

Free, high-quality housing and meals are also a plus.

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19 September 2018

What is the retirement plan like at Palantir Technologies?

Pros

Insurance paid 100%, Catered breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pantry's always stocked. Free dry cleaning and haircuts - just pay taxes on it. Free masseuse and chiro on site. Dog lovers can take their pets to work.

Cons

No 401k match. Managers show favoritism and you can get fired if someone that is shown favoritism doesn't like you and requests it, they will.

Advice to Management

Do a better job of having people lead that know what they are doing and not show favoritism.

No 401k match.

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15 August 2018

Does Palantir Technologies offer massages?

Pros

- Mission, the impact this company has and the impact you can create as intern is amazing. You immediately work on hard and important problems, no side projects to keep interns busy. You're treated as a full-time employee for the most part. - Culture, the people are among the friendliest and smartest out there. You can ask anyone for help. Further, from the constant internal dialogues, you can tell the company is ethically-minded and pursues success with integrity. - Support system, mentor/lead/team/recruiter are all actively helping you make the internship a great experience. If there's a problem, you can raise it and it will be addressed. - Personal growth, you're given a voice in what you want to do and what skills you want to improve. - Travel, we had the opportunity to travel across and out of the country as interns. - Perks, the free housing, 3 meals a day, the haircuts, the massages, etc. make life quite comfortable. - Intern cohorting, interns in an office got to know each other pretty well and we've become friends throughout the internship. This is just my experience, but my experience isn't uncommon from what I can tell. - Compensation, one of the highest out there.

Cons

- Finding your own work-life balance, because of the flexible hours, it can be difficult to find a balance that works for you when you see coworkers arriving/leaving at vastly different hours. With that said, I didn't feel any pressure to work late or get in early. It's just a matter of doing what's best for you and communicating that.

Advice to Management

Keep doing what you're doing because it's working

- Perks, the free housing, 3 meals a day, the haircuts, the massages, etc. make life quite comfortable.

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19 June 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Palantir Technologies?

Pros

Great people. Everyone you work with is smart and scrappy. I went to an Ivy League and most everyone else did as well. Overall the culture is humble and hard working. I genuinely believe what we do makes the world a safer, better place though coming from someone with immigrant parents there are times when our work tows the line of what I personally support. That being said, I believe a lot of this lies in the nature of most government contracts. Leads are hit or miss. I’ve had really good ones but lead training is amateur at best. Performance reviews don’t exist so there’s a lot of he said/she said with handoffs. Your upward trajectory depends heavily on your lead and advocating for yourself. Benefits are top notch. Perks are good but expect those to continue to be cut as we cut costs. Pay is competitive. Catered food and snacks in NY office is legit.

Cons

Recent layoffs have most questioning the direction and effectiveness of leadership. Many of my friends on events, recruiting, and operations were laid off without notice. I heard they lost access to their laptops same day without being able to hand off work or say goodbye. Leadership said “downsizing” was due to decreased hiring goals but they let go some of the best who I know had active work. Individuals who started long before me that were here 5-10 yrs. A lot of top performers that made positive change at Palantir in advocating for diversity and working with engineering. They laid off leads but kept newer hires. The logic seems to be about short term bottom line. Most of us can’t wrap our heads around how they picked who they did unless it’s in preparation for an exit. My recruiter friends told me even the recruiters feel the same. No one knows who’s next. Leadership said at a townhall that they worked with the downsized individuals looking for other positions they could rotate to but I heard this isn’t true. When leadership is repeatedly asked about diversity, female leadership, and the lay offs, nothing gets a real answer. They sent an email about the recruiting layoffs with reasoning that didn’t tie to the people that were let go. Growing tired of the same old story. A lot of people talking about leaving though there’s talk of IPO. Karp is a ticking time bomb. Treated like royalty at our office in NY but everyone is walking on eggshells waiting for the next egregious comment he’ll make to the media or an all hands.

Advice to Management

Cut the bs. You talk about how much you care about people but the way you let long term employees go was heartless. Cuts make sense with this economy but do it with class and rationale. See Airbnb. You couldn’t even pay them two weeks but work life balance is nonexistent here. If we’re going to act like a corporate entity with downsizing, let’s grow up and hire leadership with legitimate experience. Get a real CFO. Get external board members. Take note of the female leaders and diverse talent we keep losing or throwing away. And Karp, please buy some pants. Nobody wants to see you in bike shorts.

When leadership is repeatedly asked about diversity, female leadership, and the lay offs, nothing gets a real answer.

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