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Palantir Technologies is a private American software company that specializes in big data analytics. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, it was founded by Peter Thiel, Nathan Gettings, Joe Lonsdale, Stephen Cohen, and Alex Karp. The company's name is derived from The Lord of the Rings where the magical palantír were "seeing-stones" which allowed their users to communicate with each other or to see faraway parts of the world, until they were corrupted by Sauron.

A former employee said this in a review. - Palantir Technologies is a toxic company. New hires do most of the heavy lifting - This is a consulting company. You are not working for a software company. - No product roadmap. No product strategy. - Extremely political. You fight the big guys you are out. - Loudest voice wins. Always. (contrary to palantir claims) - Average age: 25, standard deviation of 2 years. 90+% of employees under 32. In short, kids leading a boat. - Cost cutting now that company is trying to IPO. No housing subsidy, less interesting pay, worse software quality, highly questionable cost cutting techniques / strategies. Corp cards for everyone (extravaganza) but cost cuts to product development. - People compete to “who will stay longest in office” as a cool thing. That’s because most employees, while extremely talented, have little to no social life outside of work. If you do, you’re losing that game. - Arrogance. Plenty of it. Masked in fake modesty.

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Former Employee - Recruiting Coordinator says

""flat organization" means they have sercet hierarchies that are incredibly difficult to identify and navigate. Complete lack of work-life balance. Office has people staying late into the night across teams, every single night. Every-man-for-himself vibe. No transparency. toxic."

Former Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer says

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

Executive Assistant says

"The bullying the leaders allow The facade of caring about their employees but not really, not when there’s a problem, no matter how big or small The salaries and bonuses do not equal the talent or hard work put in by most individuals They are cutting all company events but the leaders still get salary increases and increased bonuses etc The leadership sucks But most of all when you don’t stand up for the right thing and defend good employees and value them you are disgusting"

Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer says

"- Toxic company. New hires do most of the heavy lifting - This is a consulting company. You are not working for a software company. - No product roadmap. No product strategy. - Extremely political. You fight the big guys you are out. - Loudest voice wins. Always. (contrary to palantir claims) - Average age: 25, standard deviation of 2 years. 90+% of employees under 32. In short, kids leading a boat. - Cost cutting now that company is trying to IPO. No housing subsidy, less interesting pay, worse software quality, highly questionable cost cutting techniques / strategies. Corp cards for everyone (extravaganza) but cost cuts to product development. - People compete to “who will stay longest in office” as a cool thing. That’s because most employees, while extremely talented, have little to no social life outside of work. If you do, you’re losing that game. - Arrogance. Plenty of it. Masked in fake modesty."

Former Employee - Forward Deployed Engineer says

"- No product or commercial strategy. Palantir pitches itself as a product company when it is really a tech consulting firm - No salary evolution beyond the 20% increase given to you after 18 months. Major salary differences between people occupying the same role. - If you work here, you are just a resource. Palantir’s concern will be to maximize that resource. You will have no growth path beyond the initial freedom given to you. Your learning curve will be steep in the beginning like at any consulting firm, but it will bottom out as you go from project to project without any career advancement - Lack of hierarchy does not equate to meritocracy. Instead, it creates a toxic, political culture where people elbow eachother to advance. Success is determined by what certain people in the company think of you. There is no feedback structure and therefore advancement is not based on merit, but instead on politics - Terrible place for women to work. You will be seen as emotional if you speak out against sexism or bullying"

Current Employee - Deployment Strategist says

"Poorly run company, led by novices. Structured poorly. Highly political. No upward movement. Constantly shifting strategy (or lack of it). Shady approach to gov work. Highly non transparent. Terrible product stability. Excessive churn on all fronts. Just so much to fix, but don't trust the people to fix it."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"- No review system in place at all. This makes merit-based raises difficult to obtain for exceptional impact and allows a large number of coasters to thrive in the company. There is very little room for career growth for senior employees, and promotions are a mysteriously vague process. - Overly competitive environment fostered by inexperienced leadership via aggressive behavior towards direct reports and members of cross-functional groups. Bullying and jockeying for power is a serious problem at Palantir. - Below market compensation package. Palantir issues stock options that are illiquid and slowed growth over the years has limited their upside potential. - History of cutting perks such as the housing subsidy which in many cases are pitched by recruiters as a significant component of the compensation package."

Former Employee - FDE says

"Messy tools, over competitive environment, bad work life balance"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"- Salary is low-balled and difficult to increase - Culture is toxic, they expect 24/7 response time, long days, 2 people on my team got divorced within 12 months of starting work - More and more (true) negative headlines of inappropriate uses of tech"

Former Employee - Forward Deployed Software Engineer says

"counterpart to having everything paid for you is that Palantir acts as if they own you and expect you to be working 24/7. Also, very little direction is given and you're expected to figure things out by yourself from the get go. And god forbid you ask for help as you will be seen as weak and inefficient. It's a soul crushing place that does not see workers as humans but merely as code monkeys."

Real Estate Team (Current Employee) says

"Can be a challenging place to work. Large organization, but provides no mentoring, no real path of advancement, and difficult personalities who can't manage well a large corporation."

Business Development Mission Specialist (Former Employee) says

"Palantir is an amazing place to work with slight disconnect between government division in DC and the rest of the corporate groups. Management did encourage open communication except when it comes to what may not be going according to plan. I greatly appreciate the collaborative environment for accomplishing projects and tasks. I Highly disagree with perception of communicating an open door policy where the management does not communicate what needs work or correction.Cross Communication within business group, efficient cooperation, All the PerksCross Communication outside of business group, Poor Managerial communication on on-boarding progress"

Facilities Operations Analyst (Former Employee) says

"You must play the politics. And as the summary says....Its never good enough.good foodYou must play the politics. Hard works means nothing."

Personnel Security Specialist (Former Employee) says

"Be prepared to work many hours, they don't have enough personnel & may get overworked depending on the position. Promotion depends on who you know and if favored by upper management.Catered breakfast/lunch/dinner. Chiro and masseuse on-site.No 401k company matching. Overworked and underpaid compared to other companies."

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