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Elance-oDesk Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
6 Reviews

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  1.  

    Challenging but interesting workplace

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best job I've ever had

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice people fun environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    People are very nice. CEO is always around and accessible. Company-wide meetings allow anyone to express their complaints.

    Cons

    Not as many perks as other startups when I was there. Interesting mix of people. Upper level hierarchy is interesting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company in Transition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Promoting learning and career growth opportunity for everyone

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep showing the amazing company culture!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Non-Caring.

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    Current Employee - Support Ticket Representative  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Support Ticket Representative in Redwood City, CA

    Pros

    You work from home and you work with some great people.

    Cons

    You get nothing working for them. No benefits, sick time, vacation time, flexibility you normally get with a work from home job, and you are absolutely replaceable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about the people you employ and maybe they will work harder for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Elance-oDesk Response

    Jul 18, 2014HR

    Thank you for your feedback. Our team greatly values the opinions of those using the Elance - oDesk platform to find freelance work. We continue to evolve the offerings for our clients and ... More

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