Color Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2021

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4.0
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Color CEO Othman Laraki
Othman Laraki
93 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work/life balance and flexible schedules(in 17 reviews)

  • "Mission-driven and focused, yet small enough to be nimble and move fast(in 16 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "No 401k matching; limited help for new employees in understanding and taking advantage of benefits(in 9 reviews)

  • "Less PTO than other companies in the bay, no 401k matching, no flexible work policies (unless you are a manager(in 6 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great company to work for

      Apr 21, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great team to work with, committed to the company.

      Cons

      Work was unpredictable and sporadic.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Company Overall

      Jul 24, 2021 - Clinical Laboratory Accessioner in Burlingame, CA
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      Pros

      The benefits are great and the people are amazing. A company that at its core seems to care about employees. Great mission and impact.

      Cons

      The company needs more structure at times and have better professional development programs. It would be nice to have better pay and clearer paths to increase pay or get promoted.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Amazing company, meaningful and interesting work

      Jun 24, 2021 - Customer Support Agent 
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      Pros

      The interview process was very thorough and every reference was checked. The recruiter kept me in the loop from start to finish and the entire process was very pleasant and professional. There will be no surprises once you get to your start day. The training was done via Zoom, the trainers and Lead agents are very patient and supportive. At the end of the training, you feel ready to get started in your department. The Leads are always ready to help out should you need their support. Same with my manager, he is very proactive and always has an open door. Coworkers are amazing, always helping each other out. There are cross-training opportunities as well. This company is very inclusive and mindful.

      Cons

      None that I can think of.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good place to be IF YOU'RE NOT IN THE LAB

      May 24, 2021 - Clinical Laboratory Associate I in Burlingame, CA
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      Pros

      company wise: benefits include: free 1 meal for each employee everyday at your choice and lots of snacks, consistent Covid testing for employees onsite, 1 paid personal day every month, 200$ lyft credit to use every month.

      Cons

      The covid lab has plenty of issues. first and foremost the people who are making big decisions are never in lab and you will never hear them asking for our opinion or input even though any changes made will impact us directly, and good luck trying to oppose or say this is not working because then they will hold it against you and make sure you don't move up. few of the lab supervisors and leads have a big ego, and by few i mean the majority making the environment toxic at times because they think they know better even though the CLAs are doing the majority of allll the work, at times i don't even see the leads in the lab because they are too busy conducting meetings ( not sure what's the purpose of those meetings anyways). A LOT OF FAVORITISM GOING ON. the way the supervisors and leads handle situations depends on their personal feelings towards you which is sooo not professional. I quit because that place was getting too toxic for my taste besides the fact that there is no career growth opportunities.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Nice company

      Jul 20, 2021 - Clinical Lab Accessioner - COVID 19 in Burlingame, CA
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      Pros

      Good for learning and getting a feel for the industry fresh out of college

      Cons

      Starting up so there's a lot of hiccups

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Fulfilling Work, Great Work Life Balance

      Jul 15, 2021 - Technical Sourcer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      + coworkers + ability to take on/drive projects you're interested in + opportunity for growth

      Cons

      normal amount of ambiguity that comes from being at a hyper growth startup

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Amazing culture, tough problems, great coworkers

      Apr 17, 2021 - Software Engineer in Burlingame, CA
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      Pros

      The culture at Color is super unique. Most folks are extremely talented, but more importantly, enthusiastic about their work. Whether they're genetic counselors, software folks, biologists and scientists, content writers, designers, or HR, people at Color care deeply about their work. They're also incredibly smart, so I learned a lot from my coworkers. I hope future places I work at have the openness and ease of talking + making friends across different company teams and roles. Great place where you can grow and lead as an engineer and learn about the dysfunctional American healthcare industry that Color is trying to make a little bit more functional.

      Cons

      - location: office wasn't in the city, but the commute from SF was a reverse-commute so traffic was rarely really bad. - you'll look back fondly on your time here and compare your future workplaces to Color's culture.

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Lots of great talent, so many hard problems, bad managers

      May 30, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Color is tackling some of the hardest problems in health care and has developed some incredible technologies on the patient engagement side as well as in the lab.

      Cons

      Very quickly changing tactics has caused a lot of churn.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Cool Company

      Jun 28, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Multi-diverse company and well informed

      Cons

      Moving to fast with new people

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    10. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Impactful work, smart colleagues, terrible culture.

      Mar 14, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA
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      Pros

      I have been reflecting a long time on my review of Color. The last time I submitted a review was in 2019 (was 5 stars), and my how things have changed. I think it is important to note that individual's experiences at Color seem to very much depend on what team they work on. Some employees are onsite, others remote. Some work defined shifts for hourly pay, others are salaried without defined hours. The pros of working at Color are: + Smart, hardworking, egoless colleagues + You will work on timely, impactful problems + The business is doing really well + Teams that are working remotely have adapted well + Strong, smart women in leadership positions

      Cons

      Some of the negative aspects of working at Color existed before the pandemic, but have just been amplified. Other cons are new. Both are equally impactful to employees. - The company focus can and will change rapidly. The impact of this can range from being mildly annoying to directly impacting your work hours and mental health. - The rationale behind changes is not always clearly communicated, which leads to employee disengagement and confusion. - There is a lack of articulation around a company strategy, which leads to (see next point) - There is a lack of business focus and prioritization (or, if prioritization is happening it is not being communicated effectively). This leads to a massive amount of work to be done in absolutely insane timelines. - Burnout is rampant. Employees have been talking for months about burnout, unclear expectations, and mental health concerns with their managers and HR. It took a public outcry at a company-wide meeting for the problem to be acknowledged, which is unacceptable. Salaried employees, particularly in the product, engineering, and operations organizations are taking month-long mental health breaks. - Executives and management expect the employee to take on the burden of setting boundaries, "letting your manager know when you need a break," and saying no. Addressing the root problem of these issues (which, in my opinion maps up to the lack of an articulated company strategy and prioritization) is not on the table for discussion. - There is a lack of job leveling within organizations, which leads to a lack of clarity around job expectations and advancement opportunities for employees. This felt like less of a problem pre-pandemic, but now that the company size has 4x'd and we are hiring like crazy, this feels like an urgent problem to solve. - There is a lack of regular review cycles. That, coupled with the lack of leveling, makes it difficult to understand your development as employee. - There is a lack of trust between executives and ICs. This comes out in ICs being accused of making things difficult and questioned as to why something takes so much time. - Employees often do not see the success of the business reflected in compensation changes - Outputs are more valued than outcomes.

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