Palantir Technologies Employee Reviews about "smart people"

Updated 20 Nov 2020

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Palantir Technologies Co-Founder and CEO Alex Karp
Alex Karp
265 Ratings
Pros
  • "Smart people who care about the mission(in 35 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 70 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Save the shire!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.

  2. Helpful (7)

    "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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  3. "Great place"

    5.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Programmer Analyst 

    I worked at Palantir Technologies

    Pros

    great and really smart people

    Cons

    None during my time there.

  4. 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

  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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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  6. Helpful (3)

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

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  7. Helpful (14)

    "Big mission impact, low pay"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  8. Helpful (25)

    "Highly Political Culture"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    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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  9. Helpful (88)

    "Know what you're getting into"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    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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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Technical Recruiter"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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