Palantir Technologies Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

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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)

  • "Work / life balance is highly project dependent(in 79 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 
      Recommend
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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. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Lack of Direction

      May 10, 2021 - Deployment Strategist in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Incredibly talented pool of individuals. Generous compensation packages.

      Cons

      Zero work life balance. Management unable to articulate clear vision or strategy. Complete lack of direction.

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

      Good company to work for but intense

      Aug 7, 2019 - Executive Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people, office perks & benefits

      Cons

      No work - life balance

      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      FDE

      Nov 28, 2018 - FDE in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      salary, ease of traveling for work

      Cons

      Messy tools, over competitive environment, bad work life balance

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      13 people found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      See ya

      Apr 13, 2017 - Forward Deployed Engineer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great mission overall. Extremely motivated people around. Really good opportunities to travel and see different countries and to work as an engineer in different industries.

      Cons

      Work/life balance does not exist in the vocabulary of people in that company. Your time is not respected.

      17 people found this review helpful
    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Forward Deployed Engineer

      Jan 2, 2016 - Forward Deployed Engineer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Ability to learn a lot quickly (especially around business aspects of software development), good degree of trust and freedom

      Cons

      Lots of travel, poor work/life balance, often disregarding best practices

      12 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      “The Only Job I’ve Ever Genuinely Enjoyed"

      Jun 17, 2015 - Site Reliability Engineer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I’ve worked at a large number of companies and institutions during my career, and I can honestly say that Palantir is the only time I’ve ever derived genuine satisfaction from work. The work is challenging, and colleagues are smart, driven and likable. There’s an old saying that holds true here: “If you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room.” This is not how it feels to work at Palantir - you're never in the wrong room. And yet since everyone automatically accepts your value, there’s no such thing as a dumb question, and help is everywhere. Working at Palantir for one year is like working five years anywhere else. Palantir makes you better, and it's virtually impossible not to grow professionally and technically simply by following the examples set by such a high bar. There’s virtually no hierarchy and everyone has a large amount of autonomy to get the job done. If you identify a problem that no one has addressed, then you’re empowered to do whatever is necessary to fix it. The kinds of problems being worked on, and the sort of casual discussions that occur around the office, are fascinating. Engineers become fully fledged subject matter experts in order to solve big difficult problems, and there are new and interesting projects being taken on all the time. The London office is tight-knit with a lot of social activities. The perks include travel and free food, the latter of which should probably be listed under cons as well, since its presence requires self-discipline in order to resist snacking and over-eating.

      Cons

      The work/life balance is not as bad as many people here say, but it certainly isn’t a fixed 9 to 5. My experience is that Palantir attracts a certain type of intelligent, driven individual who work long hours and seem physically incapable of allowing themselves to leave the office until their own task list is complete. Deadlines can exert pressure, but otherwise pressure tends to be self-imposed. Also, people work hard, and the longer day they work the more they get done. And these people tend to have the most cred and to be celebrated as the high achieving rockstars. This can be motivating to some, but daunting to others, depending on the mindset. In any case, Work/life balance is an issue that is on the table and is taken very seriously. Palantir really isn't for everybody. No one is here just to pick up a paycheck or to get an easy ride. It's full of hard workers and cautious idealists.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Forged Through Chaos

      Jul 7, 2015 - Forward Deployed Engineer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Palantir will challenge you. If you want an employer that will let you explore your ability to build, learn, [sometimes] fail, and grow as an engineer, Palantir provides. Opportunities to take ownership and do something awesome (both mission and technology), are everywhere. That said, you have to either take them for yourself or proactively work with your lead as there are no set paths for career growth. Related to no set paths, Palantir truly understands that every employee has his/her own strengths and weaknesses. While there are titles and defined roles, most are filled by a wide variety of people who specialize in various different ways within the role. If you're smart and have good judgment, Palantir has a place for you where you will get to build what you're good at and be valued for it. The mosaic of employees is exciting. Palantir of course has it's fair share of university built computer scientists, but I regularly have the opportunity to talk with physicists, ex-military, comic artists and other varieties of people. Basically because we work in so many different areas of the world (healthcare, energy, defense, anti-money laundering, etc.), our employee diversity matrix is incredible and unrivaled. In all honesty, I think this is my favorite part about Palantir; there are fresh, interesting people everywhere.

      Cons

      Some days are exhausting. With the chaotic "take ownership" nature of the company, it can often feel like guidelines are missing. Your fate can be in your own hands especially with a newer lead. You need to make sure your lead understands your skills and wants, so that he/she help you find the opportunities and problems you want. There are no checklists for promotion or growth which can suck, but also means bureaucracy won't hold you back. This is the chaos, but it comes with so many advantages I think it's worth. Work-Life balance is in your own hands. Many people in the company struggle with it, and you'll have to make your own rules to keep the balance you need. For example, one of my rules is no weekend flights for business. People are supportive but not necessarily proactive in helping. This might be slowly shifting. That said, if you find and stand by the rules that work for you, it's excellent.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Work Good, Work/life-Balance bad, Management WORST!!

      Sep 27, 2014 - Software Engineer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * Good and Challenging work. As a new hire you get to make changes to the core elements. * Perks are good. Especially the Housing Subsidy * Smart and Intelligent Co-workers.

      Cons

      * Very poor and Bad Management. Inexperienced Managers who are given too much control, not at all good at communicating and poor judge of employee's skills. Flat heirarchy is a hoax. * Extreme work culture and poor work/life balance.

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      36 people found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Former Employee

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

      Oct 4, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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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
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