The Bottom Line
FlexJobs.com promises scam-free, personally reviewed telecommuting job leads, and it delivers. But whether there are enough to justify the fee would depend on your line of work and desire to find a telecommuting job.
While all the job postings on FlexJobs.com are available free elsewhere (each links to its original posting), FlexJobs makes them much more convenient to find because it reviews them and effectively filters out the work at home scams.
And it finds jobs that are not actively advertised as telecommuting jobs. But, of course, convenience has a price. In this case, it's $14.95/month or $49.95/year.
- Screens out work at home scams well
- Wide variety of positions available
- Listings are well designed and some include a company description by FlexJobs
- Listings link to original job posting
- No ads and is Better Business Bureau accredited
- Confusing job categories that overlap significantly
- Jobs are published elsewhere
- Fee ($14.95 monthly or $49.95 yearly)
- Approximately 1/3 (by my informal poll) were to standing job postings
- On the day I reviewed the site, there were 173 job listings that were a week old or less (plus many older ones).
- Of those, 52 were freelance positions, 33 part-time and 97 full-time. There must have been some overlap in the categories.
- In a random sample of 10 percent of the week's listings, 59 percent were to timely job openings.
- In that sample, 29 percent appeared to be ongoing recruitment or standing job postings on companies' employment page.
- The other 12 percent (or 2 postings) were expired or bad links.
- Companies with listings on FlexJob when I reviewed it included:
- World Health Organization, Medifax, Citigroup, University of Phoenix, NTI, Inc., Blue Mountain Arts, Sylvan Learning
- Night Watch Pharmacy Services, Working Solutions, Connections Academy, McKesson Corporation, West at Home, Georgia-Pacific
- SmartBrief, Nick Virtual Worlds (Neopets), Fidelity Investments, MRINetwork, Herff Jones, Lockheed Martin, CyberCoders
Review - FlexJobs.com
FlexJobs provided me free access in order to do this review. And while I was pleased with the variety of legitimate work at home jobs it posted, I'm not sure if I would be willing to pay the fee for myself.
As a freelance writer, I already have a pretty steady client base. But freelancers who just starting out or someone looking seriously for a new full-time job may find it a worthwhile investment.
While the overlap in some categorization is understandable (freelance can mean full- or part-time work), I'd say the disorganization of the categories was my biggest complaint. Is it really necessary to have both a "Medical" and a "Health" category? And the two didn't even have all the same listings.
I found writing/editing jobs in eight different categories. And none of the eight categories had all the writing/editing listings. The FlexJobs' personalized homepage allows you to display new listings for up to five categories, but that wouldn't have been enough.
If you don't want to miss any of what you've paid for, you'd probably have to check all the new listings daily and skip the categories all together.
FlexJob obtains its listings from scouring the web and from pre-screened employers who submit their jobs postings. On FlexJobs' homepage, first time visitors will find a link to its latest job postings, but you must join the service to get anything more than the first line of each.
These are, in fact, the same listings subscribers see, but of course they get the whole listing. But FlexJobs does not just show the best listings here to get your business. So you may want to keep an eye on these for a while before you join to see if you're finding listings in your field.
FlexJobs also offers job-seekers articles, blogs and tips, but the only reason to join would be for the job leads.