Welcome to the life of Theranos.
At its peak in 2014, the startup for blood testing was a darling of Silicon Valley. Theranos was reported to have valued at $ 9 billion, a retail partnership with Walgreens, and a board of political heavyweights such as Henry Kissinger and George Schultz. Hundreds of employees joined the company to fulfill the ambitious task of creating a cheaper and more efficient alternative to traditional medical testing.
While some former Theranos employees have landed at leading tech companies such as Facebook and Amazon, others are in a state of abeyance, spending months or even years trying to find new jobs with the company's mark on their resumes to back up.
positions in certain departments according to surveys with external recruiter and seven former employees. Most of the former employees spoke with CNN Business on condition of anonymity due to concerns about ongoing litigation or a public connection of their names with the company.
A former Theranos employee recalled a lunch with a recruiter who had hired him from a former employee job. The recruiter told him he was "the most qualified candidate" before adding "except this one". Then the recruiter put a thumb over the word "Theranos" on the copy of his resume sitting on the table. Since then, the former employee has been rejected for several jobs and is still looking for .
Others who have been interested in companies are still reluctant to take their next steps. Janina Dong, a former recruiting manager at Theranos, who left in 2017, has so far opted to consult rather than full-time employment. Part of the reason, she says, is "because I'm considering my own assessment," where to work after not seeing Theranos as it was.
"I think many of us were in denial"
Much of the past attention has rightly focused on the way that Theranos and Holmes infatuated investors and patients, whose health was at stake. But some former employees say they too have been left in the dark, both in terms of the technology's feasibility and the company's financial health.