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Theranos Engineer Reviews

Updated September 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Pay, environment, free food, phones and computers (in 19 reviews)

  • They provide breakfast, lunch and dinner but you are expected to work very late (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • long hours, there is not much work life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • work/life balance very skewed towards work (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great tech company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Theranos full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The ability to work on cutting edge tech

    Cons

    Sometimes the management is too distant from employees

    Advice to Management

    Focus, clarity


  2. Helpful (108)

    "The Edison or whatever-you-call-it device never worked"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Validation Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Validation Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Theranos full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really none. but I need to satisfy the 20 word requirement here.

    Cons

    The recent WSJ allegation is 100% true. I worked on the device before. The device is completely a junk. The poor design is even worse than my grad school project. It had and will never worked.
    Everyone I know has quitted the company.

    Advice to Management

    If I were you, I would simply shutdown the company and cash out whatever you have left today.

  3. Helpful (98)

    "Worst work environment I've ever experienced"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no pros to working here.

    Cons

    All the five star reviews are written by HR. Read the one star reviews if you want to know what it's like to work here.


  4. Helpful (59)

    "Working to change the future of healthcare. At Theranos you are working to make everyone healthier and live longer."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Theranos full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This company wants driven, self-starter employees. No one is looking over your shoulder or micro-managing you. It is exciting to be part of something so revolutionary.

    Cons

    This is not just another job for a paycheck. The changes we are making take time and commitment.


  5. Helpful (19)

    "Exciting, challenging"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Theranos full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company is exciting to work for. The work, affecting human health, is far more meaningful than collecting "eyeballs" as is the case for most Silicon Valley startups. The environment is hugely diverse giving me the opportunity to work with chemists, biochemists, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, fluidics engineers as well as a wide variety of software practices. The culture is intense where everyone has an opportunity to do what they do to the fullest.

    Cons

    Like any start-up, the work is hard and the hours long. If you are looking for a 9 to 5 job, this isn't the place.

    Advice to Management

    I'd like to see more family, and SO-related events. Right now there is only one per year. A picnic in the summer would be nice. Would also like to bring guests in for lunch.


  6. Helpful (64)

    "Horrible company. Fake good reviews posted here..."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Theranos full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing in this world, all the money and jewels will make me go back... the worst paranoid, self observed, slave like environment with the worst management ever... 10 hours working day is a must by their standards... you are a slave there... no professional should be treated as they treated there...

    Cons

    I just write here cause i have to meet 20 word minimum... otherwise completely would ignore this section.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employess...


  7. Helpful (85)

    "One of the best companies I have been in"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - S Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - S Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Theranos full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    What i love most about my job is the cutting edge research. I feel challenged, like the people i work with ... They are the best in the business. The fantastic compensation and perks and the free food are the cherry on the cake.

    Cons

    Can't really think of anything. I am almost completing a year here and so far the going has been good.