Elance-oDesk Reviews

Updated June 1, 2015
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Elance-oDesk CEO Fabio Rosati
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  1. Helpful (1)

    A fun ride, but not without its ups and downs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Elance-oDesk full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun culture, great mission and smart employees. This could be a huge company if they get it right.

    Cons

    Growing pains organizationally as roles and responsibilities are always well defined.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose the spirit that made you leaders. Continue to take great pains to stop politics from entering your culture


  2. Hope the new changes are working out!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Elance-oDesk (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great perks including catered lunches, benefits, working from home on Wednesdays

    Cons

    The CEO at the time was kind of authoritarian, but the newly appointed CEO is someone who seems to work a lot better at empowering people and not just bossing them around.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your promises.


  3. Operations

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Mountain View, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You make a difference and the core business of the company is fulfilling.
    People who work there are really good people

    Cons

    Lots of good ideas and potential with the platform but things don't always move fast enough because there wasn't a unifying vision - more from fire to fire

    Advice to Management

    Management has had a lot of turnover so my rating is a bit dated. Have a more defined vision that can guide folks


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Rocky times post merger

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary for full time is decent; benefits are solid as well

    Cons

    Its easy to get caught up in company politics; there's are still 2 camps internally, and they dont always get along

    Advice to Management

    Tamp down on intercine maneuvering, return to being a full meritocracy


  6. Helpful (1)

    Make the world a better place and have fun doing it!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Mountain View, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love Elance-oDesk. We are the market leader but still have a lot of growth and challenge ahead. The CEO and Senior management are great. They really care about the employees and the mission and provide a lot of transparency. If you do well, you'll be recognized for it and have opportunities to take on more responsibility and change roles. The work is interesting and meaningful, and we move fast, yet we have great work-life balance.

    Cons

    -It's big enough that you don't know everyone's name, you have to go out of your way to meet people
    -Whereas at another company you may manage a team, it's more likely you'll manage a team of freelancers here than of teammembers in the office

    Advice to Management

    Make sure everyone knows our company values and is measured on living them out.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Elance-oDesk full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Elance-oDesk is a truly great company to be a part of. The leadership is inspiring, fair, and transparent - they really make you feel valued and heard as an employee. The main draw, for me, is the excitement I feel to be working towards a meaningful cause with a team of dedicated, smart and passionate people... but can't forget the yummy catered food, healthy snacks, ping pong/foosball, major perks (work from home Wednesdays!), fun office events, and great benefits. It doesn't get any better than this!

    Cons

    Ruining my expectations for future employers. ;)


  8. Helpful (3)

    Challenging but interesting workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great work-life balance (especially those work from home Wednesdays)
    - Opportunities to work on projects with cross functional teams - managers are pretty open to allowing participation just as long as your main job duties are performed
    - Still has a startup essence (i.e., you are expected to take on various responsibilities even if it doesn't fit under your position) where you get to wear different hats and learn on the job
    - Transparent upper management - we have weekly metrics meetings and monthly all-hands meetings where upper management has the opportunity to share hard numbers and expresses how they feel the company is doing

    Cons

    - HR hasn't done much to merge the two company cultures (there are still a strong presence of two separate cultures)
    - There is no clear route for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Consider career advancement opportunities to existing employees prior to looking at external candidates.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Best job I've ever had

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is endlessly interesting. We're actually changing how people work, and in turn how they live.
    You get to have an impact on something really meaningful: work and people's livelihoods
    We're in a high-growth market and have barely scratched the surface.
    People are really smart.
    People are very team-oriented and collaborative.

    Cons

    Since the merger between Elance and oDesk, it does feel like a bigger company (in fact, it is)


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great Company in Transition

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People really care about their job here, and are generally motivated by the fact that we are creating job opportunities all over the world outside of gender, ethnicity, location, appearances, and all that. Free lunch three times a week plus a work from home day doesn't hurt either.

    Cons

    The merge has been hard on culture, there hasn't been enough effort made to blend the two companies, but I have faith things will work out.


  11. Promoting learning and career growth opportunity for everyone

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best part about Elance-oDesk is the company culture. My co-workers are not just my peers but also some of my close friends. Having an open culture where everyone is friendly and working for the same coming goal makes it easy to come to work everyday and really enjoy what you do. On top of that, you get to work from home every Wednesday! At Elance-oDesk, we truly believe in our mission; therefore we always put ourselves into the shoes of our customers to get a true understanding of our product. Overall, working at Elance-oDesk has truly given me a lifetime of learning opportunities!

    Cons

    The only con for me would be the long commute but they offer great commute perks and work from home days to offset that!

    Advice to Management

    Keep showing the amazing company culture!



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