BestCompany.com is trying to work directly with this company to verify the accuracy of the information on this page. Thank you for your patience as we make sure we’re getting it right.
Are you a representative
of this company?Claim this Profile
Guru Inc. was founded in 1999 in San Francisco as an online clearing house for high tech workers seeking short-term contracts. Guru, led by brothers Jon and James Slavet, raised $3M in angel funding and a further $16M in a full venture round led by Greylock Partners and August Capital. Today Guru helps connect businesses and employees in 160 different fields.
|Upwork (formerly oDesk) ›|
Guru has a global pool of over 1.5 million freelancers also known as "Gurus" ready to help businesses with technical, creative or business projects. Guru offers a payment protection guarantee. Meaning businesses pay Guru and Guru disperses the finances to the respective Gurus. Funds can be sent by Guru through PayPal, credit card, e-check, or wire transfer. IN addition Guru will handle the 1099 filings and foreign exchange translations. As an added bonus Guru has created "loyalty dollars" which help businesses collect up to 2% cash back when paying with check, e-check, or wire transfer.
Guru offers over 220 categories and easy steps for finding and hiring the perfect freelancer. To make things even easier, Guru offers collaborative tools, a dynamic dashboard, and private work rooms.
There are three main complaints from users of Guru.com:
1. New freelancers often complain about not receiving job postings or work. They often ask, "how do I get a job, or why don't I get work?" but when you look at their profile it's completely blank. That shows they just registered and started writing proposals.
2. There are dozens if not hundreds of stories from freelancers upset about completing projects or work and then getting 'stiffed' on payment. Guru.com has set up hedges against issues like this in the form of milestones and escrow accounts. Freelancers should be aware that not all employers are truthful, so be careful during projects.
3. There are stories from employers about paying freelancers hundreds of dollars and then the freelancers disappear. Fund escrow or each milestone as they come up. Only release escrow when the job is completed per each milestone or entire project, and you are satisfied with the completed results. Once you release funds from escrow those funds are gone, you, nor Guru can get them back, unless from the goodness of their heart, the freelancer will give them back to you, And that is not going to happen.
As part of our service, we attempt to partner with all the companies that we review, and may get compensated when you click or call them from our site; however, regardless of any current, past, or future financial arrangements, companies listed on Best Company cannot buy their position, nor do we manipulate or inflate a company's ranking for financial gain. A company’s ranking is based on and calculated by an objective set of ranking criteria, as well as user reviews. For more information on how we rank companies, click here.
All user reviews posted on Best Company are subject to screening and approval. We reserve the right to approve or deny any review posted to this site in accordance with our Review Guidelines. Best Company never suppresses user reviews—unless they are being investigated for authenticity, or if they violate our review guidelines. We encourage anyone who suspects a user review to be fraudulent or intentionally inaccurate to please notify us here.