Palantir Technologies Employee Reviews about "smart people"

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Palantir Technologies Co-Founder and CEO Alex Karp
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  • "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. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Save the shire!

      Nov 5, 2014 - Forward Deployed Engineer in London, England, 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
    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Interesting company, no growth opportunities

      Jul 31, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in London, England, 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
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    4. 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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    5. 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

      5 people found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great company

      Jan 23, 2020 - Consulting Hardware Engineer in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Super smart people and interesting problems to work on

      Cons

      Low salary and my options from 2017 are worthless

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      5 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Former Employee

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

      Dec 20, 2018 - Product Manager in Tromsø
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart people who care about the mission

      Cons

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

      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Big mission impact, low pay

      Nov 5, 2018 - Forward Deployed Engineer in Washington, DC
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      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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      14 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Highly Political Culture

      Feb 26, 2018 - Forward Deployed Engineer 
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      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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      25 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Know what you're getting into

      Sep 14, 2017 - Business Development in New York, NY
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      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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      90 people found this review helpful
    11. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Technical Recruiter

      Feb 8, 2018 - Technical Recruiter in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      smart people, great work/life balance

      Cons

      not enough variety in roles for recruitment in NYC

      2 people found this review helpful
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