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Upwork Reviews

Updated 14 December, 2017
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Pros
  • Awesome matrix organization - 100% work from home (in 58 reviews)

  • Very easy to use, almost completely user-based, tons of options for freelancers of any occupation (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • The freelancer's job success score takes time to reflect on their account (in 14 reviews)

  • You have to be sure not to take the low paying jobs (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Highly competitive but excessive fees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of tasks available in a wide range of areas

    Cons

    Excessive fees on small projects


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Highly Ambivalent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Upwork full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic and experience team of dedicated and team-oriented members.

    Cons

    Organization is very compartmentalized. Info not shared well across departments and teams, leading to duplication of efforts and needless 'reinventing the wheel', a waste of time and resources. Technology platform can be challenging/buggy, but is improving.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Asp.net Web Application Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Can work from anywhere, any place. As long as you can finish your tasks, that's fine.

    Cons

    Now a days its difficult to get good jobs.


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  5. "Article Writer"

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    Current Employee - Article Writer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Article Writer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Upwork part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can handle my time according to will

    Cons

    No benefits and no bonus


  6. "Writer"

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    Current Employee - Writer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Writer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Upwork part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was able to so other things while I was working. Job opportunities are endless

    Cons

    So many competitors looking for jobs like you, so you have to learn how to apply properly


  7. "My fifth contract is quite good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Upwork part-time

    Pros

    You are free to work as much as you want, where you want and have as much contracts as you want.

    Cons

    Hard to find a good contract while you are new.


  8. "Upwork Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Upwork full-time

    Pros

    Quality jobs, Proper salary, more open opportunities for freelancing

    Cons

    Strong restrictions for new freelancer.


  9. "Front end developer on Upwork"

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    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote work, multiple projects, flexi-time

    Cons

    Commissions are too high, a lot of Indian people who are ready to work for very low price, a lot of small projects instead of long-term work


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not worth your time."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Upwork part-time

    Pros

    The overall idea and platform is genius. Upwork is a really great concept and I do believe it has worked well for some, but it's definitely not for everyone.

    Cons

    Wouldn't it be great to freelance in your spare time? Find side jobs, gigs or even full-time work while working remotely? This is what Upwork boasts, but it seems to be a little trickier than that.

    First, you must jump through numerous hoops (which I completely understand, after all it IS a job): creating a profile, verifying a bank account, submitting a W9, submitting proposals, you can then finally start matching with jobs. Here's the catch: the jobs are far and few between, if your profile is too "generic" they will deactivate it, they can deactivate your account for ANY reason without an explanation. Many of the available jobs I was interested in had very low pay, sometimes paying only $3/hr. You can definitely make extra money, but are some of these jobs even worth it? I should've done more researching before jumping in, as it seems many others have negative experiences as well.

    Overall, I believe this company does have potential, as they are innovative and remote work is essentially taking over the way we do business. However, for such an "innovative" company they are not very transparent and unless they can find a way to become so, they could be doomed.


  11. "Great! I love working here!"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Upwork part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    LOVE Upwork. I've been working with this page for about four years and I'm really happy with it. You can find the client that adapts more to your skills and use your time as you want.

    Cons

    No con at all! I can't find something wrong.


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