Elance-oDesk

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Elance-oDesk Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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. ;)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Challenging but interesting workplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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
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  5.  

    Best job I've ever had

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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
  6.  

    Great Company in Transition

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

    I have been working at Elance-oDesk full-time (more than an year)

    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
  7.  

    Nice people fun environment.

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

    I worked at Elance-oDesk as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  8.  

    Promoting learning and career growth opportunity for everyone

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    Former Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Elance-oDesk full-time (more than an year)

    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Non-Caring.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Ticket Representative in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Support Ticket Representative in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Elance-oDesk full-time (more than 3 years)

    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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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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