Odesk betrayed it users :( Attention to all agency contractors , you people are wasting your time by applying for jobs !
Joby J. 224 posts - India
If we look the new job posts in odesk these days , we can notice a very interesting thing . Almost all employers are looking for only independent contractors . With my extensive experience in employer side and working with a number of clients who are new to odesk, i clearly know that when a client comes to odesk , they have no idea about the independent contractors or agency contractor system in odesk . Then why they are looking for independent contractors only ? They come to this website to find the best people for their projects(90% don't have any problem using agencies or freelancers) .I was wondering why all clients started looking for independent contractors suddenly .I made a thorough study on this and the finding is shocking .
Results from my study ...................................................
When a client/Employer click the 'Post job' button in odesk website ,a job description page opens and in that page odesk unticks the option for agency contractors and ticks only the 'independent contractors only' tick box option by default . Employer are not actually selecting to choose only independent contractors but odesk is doing it from their side . Most users will not notice it and they post the job with that option(looking for independent contractors). That is the reason for the large number of job posts in odesk website in which clients need only independent contractors.
Please check this screenshot : http://screencast.com/t/uPSEWPWLr5lu
This is how the options are by default when a client tries to post a job in odesk website .
Odesk have no right to select it for employers .Every users in this websites should be given equal opportunity to compete for jobs. Why discrimination the agency contractors ? . Now odesk is giving advantage to independent contractors by setting up a default option like this . The agency contractors can still apply but if they apply odesk shows their application with a notification with red fonts "This contractor don't have the qualification you are looking for " The qualification agency contractors are missing is that they are not 'independent contractors' ! , which was set by odesk by default without any user action from employer/client .
>>> Most interesting part of the story>>>>>>>>>
I was not able to find the same action ( unticking of agency contractors box by default) when i tried to post a job in my profile . If you are a user from India , you cannot find this option . It will show as normal ie The tick box for independent contractors and agency contractors are ticked for users from India , if they try to post a job
See this screenshot for job post page when a user from India tries to post a job
The people who made these changes are very clever that they done it correctly for users with location India ( both independent and agency contractors boxes are ticked)
They know agencies will check job post pages and they will find this so they cleverly changed it for users from India so we cant find it out easily
I tested it many times using my friends/clients in USA and also with my account and my friends account from India and confirmed it before posting here .I am not sure about how it shows for users from other countries .I doubt that they select 'independent contractor only option' for users from countries where there is large number of clients ( like USA) .
This is not play and its a serious concern for a major number of users who helped odesk to get Millions in $ as odesk fees . we need explanation for this issue from Founder directors or CEO . I created a video which proves all these .I am not posting it here now.If someone comes here and deny these things ,i will post that videos .
If any users have doubts they can test it from there end to understand all these .
I have seen many interviews in which Gary Swart says great things about odesk and how it is going to change the world etc . I am also a entrepreneur who is delivering business value to 100s of client across the globe . I want to tell you with my limited experience "Gary , this is not the right way to do bushiness " we (provider companies)had delivered hundreds of projects through odesk and helped odesk to get millions of $ as odesk fees . Am also a user who is paying atleast 2K+ every month as odesk fees for the projects we deliver on provider side( we have clients whom we introduce here for payment and time tracking).
From my experience in posting 100s of jobs for your biggest three enterprise clients , i know few agencies are doing malpractices and sending spam cover letters but there are also lot of genuine companies who are doing good business here . I am sure someone from odesk introduced this solution to limit the agencies in odesk . If they cannot find solution to complex problems like this , please start finding people who can find solution for these problems by using your $MM funding .I am not sure how investors can invest their money in a company which do these type of betrayal to their customers/users .I don't want to believe that people like Gary or Micheal( who helps us whenever these is an issue ) are knowing about all these
odesk can think about introducing a ranking system or provide premier badges to agencies who are delivering good services to customers(who has ranking from 4.5-5 or people who billed .5M $ at-least etc) ie In elance they do it and we have a 11 ranking in their site . so clients can understand that they are from a genuine agency in odesk and work with them . Please try to understand that agencies are the one who can bring bulk revenues to this site . we start with one programmer for clients and they expand the team to 2-3 etc and may be more in coming years . If odesk want to get the clients who want to do big projects here in odesk there should be good agencies here .Software development involves more team work than individual efforts . If odesk continues to do this , odesk will degrade to a website used by philppine/Indian people doing data entry work for $1/hr .
Please make sure everyone gets equal opportunity to do business in this website ...
Score: 7.4, Votes: 47