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Theranos Reviews

Updated July 27, 2018
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Pros
  • "Pay, environment, free food, phones and computers" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Great colleagues, free meals, decent benefits" (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great tech company"

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    • 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 (1)

    "scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Theranos full-time

    Pros

    everything sounds good and lots of promises

    Cons

    reality is far from described

    Advice to Management

    not much comments

  3. Helpful (1)

    "high hopes but poor execution"

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

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

    Pros

    good scope to learn, flexible timings

    Cons

    Poor Managment, long hours, bad execution, no direction

    Advice to Management

    Try to listen to SME


  4. Helpful (46)

    "False Promises..."

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was an ambitious and noble goal; true challenges but good freedom to learn and deliver sub-systems...good coworkers, culture and compensation.

    Cons

    The number one rule was keep your head down and do what you're told - don't talk to anyone else nor try to learn how the product is performing; little did we know this is because they didn't want anybody to know the challenges or failures that the product as a system was experiencing...

    Marketing and upper management was overly optimistic about the state of the system, but had no sense of the reality of the product; Town halls touted the greatness of our data, and how the world is out to get us. Little did we know we were just drinking the cool-aid.

    This is what you get when you load management with yes-men and product management is run by a fraternity.

    Despite doing some of our best work, many of us are doomed to be associated with this con-job for the rest of our careers...

    Advice to Management

    You not only conned your investors, you conned us too; you had us believing in your mission and trusting your iron fist rule...You've ruined our career prospects and set us back 6 years.

    I hope you never have an opportunity to work in technology, or any industry that is remotely connected to human lives. You are best suited for making apps with no meaningful consequences to humanity...


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Wish They Last Longer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Newark, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and environment.
    Lots of activities and projects.
    Smart people.

    Cons

    Lack of transparent communication.
    Moving too fast on multiple projects.
    Last-minute changes.
    Unrealistic time lines.

    Advice to Management

    No longer matters.


  6. "Raw End of the Deal"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They were good ppl with bad choices in the beginning but their intentions were pure

    Cons

    Bad choices in the beginning


  7. "Get in, get out"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, smart colleagues, free catered meals and food, great space to work, great mid-management

    Cons

    Impossible to move up in position, upper management is out of touch with employees

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees with equal respect

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Phlebotomist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "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


  10. Helpful (21)

    "Good colleagues, but not a legitimate business"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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