Palantir Technologies Employee Reviews about "smart people"

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  • "Palantir is an incredibly fast-paced environment; this can be great for single folks but is hard on people with families(in 92 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Feb 6, 2021 - Forward Deployed Software Engineer 
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      Pros

      Working with smart people Great benefits

      Cons

      Work/Life balance depending on where in the company you work

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Interesting company, no growth opportunities

      Jul 31, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in London, England
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      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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      7 people found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Save the shire!

      Nov 5, 2014 - Forward Deployed Engineer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      This is a terrific place to work if you get excited by working on really hard, exciting and important problems with incredibly smart people. I've never worked anywhere that had a more powerful sense of mission. Additionally, the organisation optimises on hiring people who are just nice and work well together. So there are a lot of people who are fun to hang out with. Given Palantir's Silicon Valley heritage, the perks are (of course) great - free food, laundry, gym, housing subsidy, etc etc etc. But they're not there to build entitlement - you're expected to work hard, and they're there to make your life easier given that.

      Cons

      It's not really the place for you if you're looking for an easy life. You will be challenged and have to work really hard.

      6 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Exciting job opportunities, but lack of strategy and bad work-life-balance

      Oct 4, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      - Opportunity to work in many different industries and companies - Role has a lot of variety and gives you chance you learn a lot of new things, e.g. data pipelining, consulting, stakeholder management, sales, team management, use case scoping etc - People and teams are very motivated and have a lot of energy to build great things - Lots of travel opportunities (before Covid) - Good salary & benefits - Smart people

      Cons

      - Bad work-life balance --> unrealistic expectations, really need to set clear boundaries in order to take vacation or work at reasonable hours - Limited mentorship & growth opportunities, especially for people with work experience - So-called "Flat hierarchy" really leading to a lot of power plays, unfair practices of how projects get assigned and limited opportunities for newer people or people with a small network --> this leads to a very competitive work environment & "Tech Bro Culture" - No clear strategy from leadership. They say that it's part of culture to let people freedom, but this just leads to a lot of inefficiencies & lack of direction - Very corporate working culture given that Palantir works with a lot of very big corporate clients

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      4 people found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good times are over.

      Aug 23, 2021 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
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      Pros

      - still some smart people left - decent comp (if you joined pre-IPO), - used to have good perks, but most of them got cut during pandemic and with constant cost-cutting that started in advance of IPO

      Cons

      - poor work-life balance - if you don't mind 24/7 on-calls and frequent "surges", this is your home. - professional growth perspectives are virtually non-existent. It's all very random and mostly luck/politics dependent. If you are "unlucky" and got assigned a crappy team/project early on, you will struggle to ever get considered for anything better. You will not learn much and just get stuck. There are few good teams, but since most others are so mediocre, you are unlikely to get into a good one - and moving "upwards" internally is very hard. - it's worse if you also get a lead (Palantir term for "manager") who lacks motivation/time/power to support you. As burnout gets more widespread, more long-timers either quit or become jaded and stop caring, the chance of getting such a manager is higher. - in terms of coding you will mostly fiddle with internal frameworks. If you are "lucky" you might get to work on something new, otherwise expect vast legacy codebases with plenty of tech debt and support issues. Or they could put you as a "dev" on infra... - leadership is still rather inexperienced and often not sure what they are doing. They try to call it "flat structure", in practice there are few unofficial "power clusters", centered around people who are actually important and their decisions are enforced. Some got this authority by merit, others just by being close to founders/directors, "tenure" or being good at office politics. The result is low transparency on decisions affecting you, wasted effort and frequent reinventing the wheel. - if you are extremely unlucky they might put you on BD (business development). The main purpose of engineers there is to help customers use palantir products, especially when they break (and boy do they break often). Once you are in BD, Palantir will not let you "escape BD" until you quit.

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      24 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Hard work

      Aug 17, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart people. Ability to jump into anything.

      Cons

      Now public so culture will likely change.

      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Tech! Tough Sell

      Jun 2, 2021 - Sales Executive in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Great environment for self-starters, fantastic benefits and loved working with really smart people!

      Cons

      Sales strategy was unformulated and the Sales team lacked direction.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Good experience

      Apr 22, 2021 - Deployment Strategist in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I enjoyed working with very smart people.

      Cons

      A lot of travel, and unsustainable lifestyle.

      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Former Intern

      Great place

      Nov 20, 2020 - Programmer Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great and really smart people

      Cons

      None during my time there.

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    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Equity worth nothing

      Mar 22, 2020 - Forward Deployed Engineer in Melbourne
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart people, (sometimes) interesting problems to solve

      Cons

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

      6 people found this review helpful
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