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Upwork Overview

Mountain View, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Staffing & Outsourcing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Upwork is the world's largest freelancing website. Each year $1.5 billion of work happens through Upwork, allowing businesses get more done and helping professionals break free of traditional time and place boundaries and work anytime, anywhere on projects they ... Read more

Mission: To create economic opportunities so people have better lives.

Company Updates

  • Thanks to The Muse for including Upwork in this roundup of "companies that are going to be huge in the coming years"!

    11 Companies That Are Going to Be Huge (and Are Hiring Now)

    Everyone wants to be a part of something big. Just think of how amazing it must have felt to be one of the employees involved in the breakout of Facebook, or Uber, or Airbnb, or how great it would be to say "I work there!" when you see your office featured on Forbes' top lists.

  • We're honored to be on Wealthfront's 2016 List of Career-Launching Companies!

    The 2016 Wealthfront Career-Launching Companies List

    Today we are pleased to present our fourth annual list of US mid-sized technology companies with momentum. We publish this list because we believe these companies are the ideal places for young people to start their careers. Most Wealthfront clients are in their 20s and 30s, and their financial success will primarily come from success in their professional careers.

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Upwork – Why Work For Us?

Say hello to talent without boundaries

The best companies win with the best talent. But great people can be hard to find. We’ve created an online workplace for the world – connecting clients with top freelance professionals from San Francisco to Sao Paulo.

Whether you need one writer or an entire team of programmers, we help you find the right experts to fuel your success. Our platform lets you work effortlessly with freelancers anywhere. Say goodbye to business as usual.



Our story begins with two leading pioneers in online work: Elance and oDesk. Each had created thriving global communities with separate paths to success. In 2014 we realized that we could do more together and merged to form Elance-oDesk, combining ideas, technology and resources.


As we formed a shared vision, we saw that our impact would be even greater if we focused on building one great workplace. With the oDesk platform as the foundation, we kept the best of both legacies and added new innovations. In 2015 we re-launched the company as Upwork, representing a renewed vision and commitment to creating the world’s best online workplace – for existing and future customers alike.


Today, Upwork is the premier platform for top companies to hire and work with the world’s most talented independent professionals. We’re creating a world of unmatched talent and opportunity, where global teammates who are thousands of miles apart can work together seamlessly.

Work with a purpose. And a smile.


Help bring online work to every corner of the world.


Be part of a fun and passionate crew reinventing an industry. Along the way you’ll draw a nice paycheck and work on projects that truly matter.


Enjoy a healthy work/life balance, with great perks from free lunches and fun afternoon social activities to work-from-home Wednesdays.


Upwork Reviews

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Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel
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70 Ratings
  • Helpful (3)

    "Incredible Place To Work!"

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    Current Employee - Payroll Support Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Payroll Support Specialist in Atlanta, GA
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    I have been working at Upwork full-time (Less than a year)


    I love Upwork! It’s a complete match made in Heaven for me and here’s WHY!

    I absolutely love the people! Everyone I’ve had the pleasure to connect with has been nothing short of amazing. The people here are very passionate, mission-driven, collaborative, intelligent and are truly talented. Additionally, everyone cares about one another on a human level which is wildly respectable in my book!

    I genuinely value the culture and work environment that Upwork has worked hard to build and maintain. I feel like I actually belong, I feel like I am appreciated. I love that I am able to voice my concern even if it means going against the grain. My voice is heard and it’s respected.

    And I, of course, love the work that not only I do specifically, but what the company does as a whole. The impact we have on others is astounding! We provide opportunities to workers. And this goes far beyond just providing them a job assignment to receive a simple paycheck.

    Also, there are excellent employee benefits and perks!

    Long story short, I’ve never worked for a better company.


    Pay could be a little higher, but I anticipate (for my personal situation) for my salary to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to care for your employees. Continue to value their input and respect their opinions and ideas. Continue to listen to your employees. I've seen many companies fall short and not take the time to genuinely focus on their employees.

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Upwork Interviews



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Getting an Interview




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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Upwork.


    One phone screen and onsite, got the offer. People is nice and fair on the process. The management is really dedicative and even call you on the weekend to discuss the offers detail. The general feeling by just looking into the management background, it looks like the company is doing well and should have some future.

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Upwork Awards & Accolades

  • Career-Launching Companies list, Wealthfront, 2016

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