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Palantir Technologies Reviews

Updated 12 Feb 2020

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3.8
75%
Recommend to a Friend
81%
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Palantir Technologies Co-Founder and CEO Alex Karp
Alex Karp
231 Ratings
Pros
  • "smart people, great work/life balance(in 33 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "My work life balance definitely askew - though this is partially due to the kinds of things I chose to sign up for(in 66 reviews)

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

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  1. "Fantastic Company - Just the beginning"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You will work with some of the most talented and dedicated people in the world - Don't listen to the ill-informed media commentary; the company does a huge amount of good in the world and you get to make a truly meaningful contribution - Lots of responsibility after a brief settling-in period - Great compensation - Best benefits out there and always looking for ways to improve them

    Cons

    - Hard work - Can be slightly political

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    Palantir Technologies2020-01-30
  2. "Great coworkers, but questionable ethics"

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    Former Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll work with very talented people. You'll get a lot of responsibility and growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Long hours. Management and the PCL team claim to engage with difficult ethical questions, but will not draw red lines and work with whoever pays as long as they're remotely allied. Having the company on your CV may hurt your application in some future jobs.

    Palantir Technologies2020-02-12
  3. "This company treats people like they’re less than nothing, bring in the contract even if you get sick or die trying"

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    • Senior Management
    Executive Assistant in London, England
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Palantir Technologies

    Pros

    The meals and snacks that are available all day

    Cons

    The bullying the leaders allow The facade of caring about their employees but not really, not when there’s a problem, no matter how big or small The salaries and bonuses do not equal the talent or hard work put in by most individuals They are cutting all company events but the leaders still get salary increases and increased bonuses etc The leadership sucks But most of all when you don’t stand up for the right thing and defend good employees and value them you are disgusting

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    Palantir Technologies2020-01-31
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Highly Toxic Company. Avoid."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of hard problems that we try to solve. But that is becoming less the case over time.

    Cons

    - Toxic company. New hires do most of the heavy lifting - This is a consulting company. You are not working for a software company. - No product roadmap. No product strategy. - Extremely political. You fight the big guys you are out. - Loudest voice wins. Always. (contrary to palantir claims) - Average age: 25, standard deviation of 2 years. 90+% of employees under 32. In short, kids leading a boat. - Cost cutting now that company is trying to IPO. No housing subsidy, less interesting pay, worse software quality, highly questionable cost cutting techniques / strategies. Corp cards for everyone (extravaganza) but cost cuts to product development. - People compete to “who will stay longest in office” as a cool thing. That’s because most employees, while extremely talented, have little to no social life outside of work. If you do, you’re losing that game. - Arrogance. Plenty of it. Masked in fake modesty.

    Palantir Technologies2019-12-16
  5. "Good company to work for but intense"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (15)

    "Toxic, political company growing on the backs of exploited new hires"

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    Former Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer 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

    - A lot of freedom very quickly - Good benefits

    Cons

    - No product or commercial strategy. Palantir pitches itself as a product company when it is really a tech consulting firm - No salary evolution beyond the 20% increase given to you after 18 months. Major salary differences between people occupying the same role. - If you work here, you are just a resource. Palantir’s concern will be to maximize that resource. You will have no growth path beyond the initial freedom given to you. Your learning curve will be steep in the beginning like at any consulting firm, but it will bottom out as you go from project to project without any career advancement - Lack of hierarchy does not equate to meritocracy. Instead, it creates a toxic, political culture where people elbow eachother to advance. Success is determined by what certain people in the company think of you. There is no feedback structure and therefore advancement is not based on merit, but instead on politics - Terrible place for women to work. You will be seen as emotional if you speak out against sexism or bullying

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    Palantir Technologies2019-08-27
  7. 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
  8. "Less than a year"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palantir Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Interesting people and good worker/life balance

    Cons

    Stress occasionally and no career opportunities

    Palantir Technologies2019-03-21
  9. Helpful (11)

    "FDE"

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    Former Employee - FDE in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    salary, ease of traveling for work

    Cons

    Messy tools, over competitive environment, bad work life balance

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    Palantir Technologies2018-11-28
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Best place for growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deployment Strategist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best opportunity for both professional and personal growth I can imagine. You'll be given real, difficult problems working with some of the world's biggest companies and have a chance to have real impact on the world. Comp (especially for Europe) is incredible and increases quickly if you're doing well. People are probably the best part about working here. I joined as a new grad and the main reason was the people I have met. Everyone is world class at what they do, but also people tend to be great personally. This obicously doesn't apply to every single person but is overall true. If you want to, you can travel the world, with all expenses paid. The product is at a really good place now and it's very cool to work with the tech available.

    Cons

    A lot of untrue negative press You mostly can't talk about all of the cool stuff we do

    Palantir Technologies2018-09-20

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