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Updated August 29, 2017
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Theranos Founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes
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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. "Lab"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay, environment, free food, phones and computers. Room to advance

    Cons

    Lots of hours and flexibility is a must


  2. "Phlebotomist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful place to work.
    Free food.
    Great people.

    Cons

    Too many things hidden from employees. Company was struggling to figure out their many accusations and avoiding lawsuits.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food, flexibility, nice people and enviroment

    Cons

    Unstable leadership, long hours, and uncertain future


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Good colleagues, but not a legitimate business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Theranos full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, free meals, decent benefits

    Cons

    Read WSJ, that says it all


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Not a happy experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Theranos full-time

    Pros

    The goal is exciting.... not sure whether it can be achieved....

    Cons

    Bad management.
    Bad HR
    Arrogant co-workers with questionable science training.
    Tribalism

    Advice to Management

    Start over, use some real scientists, do not


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Freelance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great parking close to home so short commute great lunch most of the time. Good health care program. Good dental program

    Cons

    Manager did not bother to listen. No chance of promotion. The work could have been done more professionally. Great staff. Lower level managers were great

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team to work with. Good leadership in HR and Recruiting.

    Cons

    Slow company process, flat org

  8. "company culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Theranos full-time

    Pros

    Free food, great colleagues, great location

    Cons

    Management and communication issues. Long hours


  9. "R&D RECHNICIAN"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Theranos full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very happy to work at Theranos

    Cons

    I don't have any down side


  10. Helpful (35)

    "Shut down"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vitriol may be fair, if you thought you were joining a company developing world-changing medical technology (that ill-defined mission, harped on about while exuding that odd, naive wonderment). I’d say my experience was positive as it was about what I’d anticipated… don’t get me wrong, I knew when I interviewed with execs that they like literally had no idea at all what they were doing. Yes, that was damned frightening for a company that had chosen to enter such heavily regulated spaces, but at the time I thought if I could get in just before the bubble got popped by regulators, this could potentially be an unparalleled opportunity (as a junior professional outright seeking unique compliance-oriented experience, indeed it was).

    Cons

    From day 1, an unnerving feeling I’d joined a cult (like an observer not yet brainwashed) that only escalated in sinister intensity until my last day. Most management served with steadfast commitment to perpetuating all the necessary pretenses and myths so as to placate execs, as the truth was always some variant of game changer/deal breaker/scientific paradigm un-re-definer. That culture almost invalidated the entire concept of logic and the related prospect of reasoning, which remained beyond the feeble grasp of most inhabitants of this carefully crafted, painfully distorted alternate reality. There was a stunning dearth of operational infrastructure and lack of core personnel competency, with no commitment (made in my time) to implementing the absolute bare minimum industry standards missing across the board. This was, understandably so, a necessary status quo management upheld in order to permit the egregious conduct that will make this company infamous (over the next few years, as heinous details emerge). I saw no convincing commitment to quality (vapid, hollow town hall buzzwords aside) or tangible progress made toward establishing core systems, and at the time I left I still could not get answers to the same very basic compliance questions.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t ever contact me ever again.


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