Palantir Technologies Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

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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)

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  • "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 1 year

      “The Only Job I’ve Ever Genuinely Enjoyed"

      17 Jun 2015 - Site Reliability Engineer in London, England, 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
    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good company to work for but intense

      7 Aug 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
    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      FDE

      28 Nov 2018 - FDE in London, England, 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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      12 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Forged Through Chaos

      7 Jul 2015 - Forward Deployed Engineer in London, England, 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
    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

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

      27 Sep 2014 - Software Engineer in London, England, England
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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
    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      See ya

      13 Apr 2017 - Forward Deployed Engineer in London, England, 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
    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Forward Deployed Engineer

      2 Jan 2016 - Forward Deployed Engineer in London, England, 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
    8. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Burn through employees, use them and discard once they are burnt-out

      30 Oct 2020 - Forward Deployed Engineer in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fantastic colleagues, it is truly amazing the bunch of people Palantir manages to recruit. The perks were amazing, but they are now all gone after cost cutting (IPO). Offices are top top. Flexible hours...although than means nothing anymore as you'll be working 12+hrs daily

      Cons

      Pay equality is not a thing here. Company no longer cares about employees' wellbeing (although they'll say they do...proof please?) Management is completely disconnected of what's going on in the lower layers. So called flat-management is a joke - not real but they try to pass it as such Slogans like "we set you up for success" are great sellers, but again, just air. Yes, you get a Manager that you can meet with every second week, but nothing happens when you flag things or asks for support...so what's the point? No work life balance, forget it! Take all you need holiday-policy....sure...super difficult to do that, haven't managed to take over 10 days total in over 2 years!

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      16 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Don't buy into the equity, come with a purpose, learn and then leave for a real career

      19 Dec 2019 - Forward Deployed Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - You get to work with high-caliber people - Freedom to learn and experiment - There are free meals and snacks

      Cons

      - Internal politics prevent upward mobility (a lot of entrenched, strong personalities) - More of a consultancy than a true software company - "Street-cred" based merit with extreme recency bias - Equity is worthless in the recent half-decade and completely illiquid - Base compensation & total (realizable) compensation is low compared to Google/Facebook - You won't be traveling as much to enjoyable destinations for deployments given the tightening budget of late - Work/life balance will suck

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      22 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Amazing place to work

      24 Dec 2019 - Deployment Strategist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing perks and opportunities - I asked to be put on a high travel / foreign facing project and have visited multiple countries this year, learned new languages, and explored whole cultures Every day I feel that I and my peers are working on problems that actually matter. That touch the real world. That are genuinely difficult. General enterprise growth is looking real strong / future seems bright

      Cons

      My work life balance definitely askew - though this is partially due to the kinds of things I chose to sign up for.

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      6 people found this review helpful
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