Forward Deployed Software Engineer, New Grad

| Greater NYC Area
A World-Changing Company
At Palantir, we’re passionate about building software that solves problems. We partner with the most important institutions in the world to transform how they use data and technology. Our software has been used to stop terrorist attacks, discover new medicines, gain an edge in global financial markets, and more. If these types of projects excite you, we'd love for you to join us.
The Role
Forward Deployed Software Engineers (FDSEs) build creative technical solutions to our customers' hardest problems. Organizations often come to us with nebulous questions, like “Why has our assembly line slowed down?” or “How can we find money launderers financing terrorism?” FDSEs lead the process of finding answers.
As an FDSE, you'll be part of a small team of fellow FDSEs and Deployment Strategists supporting a single customer in the government or commercial space. Like at a startup, you'll make decisions about how to take on the challenges your customer poses, from the nature of the data to the user population to the legacy system environment. You'll have a large company behind you — namely, software built and maintained by hundreds of Software Engineers who build scalable, reliable platforms for you to customize and extend.
You'll start by unpacking a problem and learning about the customer's data, then move to high-level system design and prototyping. Then you're ready to deploy Palantir software, develop custom applications, and integrate the data. Along the way, you'll collaborate with technical and non-technical individuals - from Palantir and from our customers - to define and achieve goals. You'll iterate with customer users and stakeholders on a rapid cadence. You'll also work with Palantir's Product Development team on the roadmaps for our core products.
With Palantir products as your baseline, you will leverage any technology you need to drive impact. It doesn't matter what languages you know when you join us, but it does matter that you can pick new languages up quickly. We often face entirely novel problems, so solving them may require expanding your skillset. For example, we currently use:
• A variety of languages, including Java and Go for back end and Typescript for front end
• Open-source technologies like Cassandra, Spark, ElasticSearch, React, and Redux
• Industry-standard build tooling, including Gradle, Webpack, and Github
And if what you need doesn't exist yet? Go build it.
A career as an FDSE is an opportunity to gain rare insight into the world's most important institutions and industries, and to grow more quickly than you imagined you could. As you rotate among teams, you'll dive deep into domains such as intelligence, energy, health, finance, and law enforcement. You'll learn from experts in these fields about their problems and the tradeoffs they must consider in order to solve them. Questions that seem simple from the outside will quickly become complex as you consider the nuances and consequences of every possible answer. 

Technologies We Use

  • Core Palantir products provide the foundations for our deployments.
  • Custom applications built on top of core Palantir platforms.
  • Postgres, Cassandra, Hadoop, and Spark for distributed data storage and parallel computing.
  • Java and Groovy for our back-end applications and data integration tools.
  • Typescript, React, Leaflet, and d3 for our web technologies.
  • Python for data processing and analysis.
  • Palantir cloud infrastructure based on AWS EC2 and S3.

Our Principles

  • Impact: We take on meaningful and challenging projects that change the world for the better.
  • Dedication: We see projects through from beginning to end in spite of obstacles we may encounter.
  • Collaboration: We work internally with people from a variety of backgrounds — such as other FDSEs, product teams, and Deployment Strategists. We also work externally with our customers, often on site, to understand and solve their problems.
  • Trust: We trust each other to effectively manage time and priorities—we don't micromanage. We want to give people the space to think for themselves.
  • Growth: We push ourselves and our peers to improve themselves and the world around them.
  • Learning: We often face entirely novel problems, where we need to pick up a lot of new information and learn how to use it to make progress.

What We Value

  • Strong engineering background, preferred in fields such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Software Engineering, Physics
  • Familiarity with data structures, storage systems, cloud infrastructure, front-end frameworks, and other technical tools
  • Proficiency with programming languages such as Java, C++, Python, JavaScript, or similar languages
  • Ability to collaborate and empathize with a variety of individuals. You can iterate with users and non-technical stakeholders and understand how your technical decisions impact them
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and work independently and make decisions with minimal supervision
  • Willingness and interest to travel as needed

Palantir is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Palantir is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and mental disabilities. Please see the United States Department of Labor's EEO poster and EEO poster supplement for additional information.

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Location

We're located in Meatpacking, where it's easy to take meetings along the High Line or join colleagues for coffee, drinks, or a SoulCycle class.

An Insider's view of Palantir Technologies

What are some social events your company does?

My favorite social events are all the events centered around our kids! It allows teammates to connect not only on work projects but parenthood hacks, funny stories and work life balance! The kids always leave happy and asking if they can come to work with us again tomorrow!

Tiffany

Office Operations Analyst

What projects are you most excited about?

I’m most excited about projects that help people – either by letting them do more, or do what they’re already doing faster and better. I work on developer tooling, productivity, and infrastructure, so I get plenty of chances to do that at Palantir, building out tooling and solutions that help our developers deliver.

Javier

DevOps Engineer

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I love that our office embraces social activity outside of work! We have office softball and basketball teams, various clubs like the board game club, and regularly scheduled events like Friday happy hour. These are opportunities to get to know your colleagues in a different environment and make new friends in New York!

Dan

Forward Deployed Engineer

What are Palantir Technologies Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies

Additional Perks + Benefits

Palantir will challenge you — but we take care of you, too, with benefits and perks that promote health and productivity so that you can focus on what's most important to you inside and outside the office. In addition to generous health benefits and unlimited PTO, we offer massage, chiropractic services, acupuncture, nap rooms, and subscriptions to apps that promote emotional wellness like Joyable and Calm. We also host workshops on meditation and mindfulness (and the occasional tai chi class led by our CEO).

And we invest in building community. Our people come from many different walks of life — entrepreneurs, veterans, PhDs, authors, and artists, to name just a few — and we strive to create an environment where we can take advantage of our shared knowledge. Communal meals, outings, and clubs bolster a culture of trust and collaboration reinforced by our flat structure.

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