We Work Remotely is a Canadian remote job board and one of the largest remote work job boards in the world. Founded in 2011, they're well-established with some great companies using the site regularly. We Work Remotely is owned by Tiny Capital.
The site is relatively easy-to-use but has some issues and makes a few confusing claims (we'll get into those). They have hundreds of remote jobs from companies all around the world. For job seekers, they've recently introduced well-overdue update to their search functionality called advanced job search. This allows job seekers to filter jobs by keywords, basic categories, companies, and time zones.
The pricing structure for We Work Remotely is fairly reasonable considering they're a well-established remote job boards. Job postings start at $299.
Where it falls apart a little is in regards to transparency. Like almost every large remote job board (e.g. Remote OK), figuring out how much it costs to post a job can be misleading and We Work Remotely take advantage of predatory "add-ons" for basic features. Their website advertises "Post a job for $299", but once you start, the site automatically selects add-ons which can easily double the price.
Upselling is one thing, but charging an additional $59 for add basic features like adding a company logo to your job post is misleading.
We Work Remotely have a large Twitter audience (@weworkremotely) of 42k followers. They've had a Twitter account since way back in 2013, so this is to be expected. We couldn't find any information regarding their email subscriber numbers.
Job listings can be shared 2x on social media and featured in their email newsletter, however, you have to pay an extra $149 for both of these options.
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We Work Remotely has recently been focusing more on adding well-overdue basic search and filtering functionality with a new advanced job search. This allows job seekers to search for roles with basic filters such as time zones and by specific companies.
They've also invested some time into launching basic employer accounts so hiring managers can create company profiles and manage their job listings from an admin dashboard. This is a step in the right direction, but the admin portal is a little confusing and it's responsive for smaller screens. One main problem with the employer dashboard is employers can edit their "Company Profile" with information and a logo, but every time they post a new job, they still have to re-add this information and upload a logo (which costs an extra $59).
It's clear that recent competition amongst remote job boards is pushing We Work Remotely to improve and they're making good progress.
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We Work Remotely is expensive. However, they're one of the largest remote job boards in the world, so the price is justified. Their website claims they are "the largest remote work community in the world" with over 3M visitors. We're not sure what to make of this. From our research, competitors like FlexJobs have a much larger audience and traffic so this claim is unverified.
Recently, We Work Remotely has been introducing improvements to their search functionality with a new advanced job search. They've also invested some time into adding basic employer accounts so hiring managers can create company profiles and manage their job listings. This is great, but the UX need a lot of work and it's a little confusing to use. For example, employers can update their "Company Profile", but they still have to add this information again every time they post a job and upload a logo. Their employer accounts are also not mobile responsive, so hiring managers may struggle to manage job listings on the go.
Like many of the larger remote job boards, We Work Remotely's pricing structure is a little confusing and opaque. Some might interpret it as misleading. Even when employers create an account, it can be hard to find exact information on pricing until you actually pay for a job. Their website advertises "Post a job for $299", but job listings start at $299 with plenty of add-ons that can easily double the price. For example:
- Display your company logo, share on social media, and distribute job to Partner Network (+$59)
- All of the above + highlight your job listing (+$99)
- All of the above + pin your ad for 7 days and feature it in their email ($149)
- Filter your applicants (+$199)
Buried in their site navigation are bundle packages which offer 20–40% discounts when you purchase 36–180 jobs. Their bundle packages are structured:
- Start-Up: 36 jobs, 20% off
- Growth: 72 jobs, 30% off
- Advanced: 120 jobs, 35% off
- Ultimate: 180 jobs, 40% off
To access the bundled pricing, you need to fill out a form and sign an agreement to receive a payment invoice. 36 jobs seems like a ridiculously large number to pre-purchase to access a discount, but if you're a hiring manager for a very large company it might make sense.
- Well-established site and one of the largest remote job boards
- More advanced search and filtering functionality
- Allows employers to choose between single or large bulk job posting plans
- Job posting plans include add-on options, like adding a company logo and featuring the job listing in their email
- Recently introduced basic employer accounts to manage job listings
- For an additional $59, job listings are distributed to Google Jobs Network and other partners
- Website is hard to navigate for job seekers and advanced search functionality is hidden
- Featured jobs styling (an add-on) is confusing and makes it hard to see the most recent job postings
- Expensive job postings
- Their job listing "auto renew" after 30 days and you have to turn this off before you're charged twice
- All higher-visibility add-ons are charged extra
- Basic features, such as adding a company logo to your job post are an additional cost
- Their pricing structure automatically selects add-ons which inflates the price from the start
- Even with the most expensive add-ons, job postings are limited to 2x social media posts
- Job seekers are limited to only "full-time" and "contract" job types
- No information on company tech stacks
- No information on company perks and benefits
- Employer accounts are still new and not mobile-responsive
- Even with an employer account, hiring manager have to add their company information each time they post a new job
- Not much transparency on traffic and many unfounded claims on their website
There are not many reviews of We Work Remotely online, but it's clear that they're well established and have been around for years and are working on making some much-needed updates to their UI and features.
We're a little wary though. Their home page boasts they're trusted by the world's leading companies, such as Google, Amazon, and InVision. However, if you try to filter jobs by any of these companies, they don't even appear in the filter dropdown. We Work Remotely claims that their posts receive more than 2x the number of candidates, but the source of this claim is one single anecdotal tweet from back in 2020.
The job board launched on Product Hunt several years ago, but only received an overall rating of 1.1 out of 5. On Trustpilot, they're rated 3.5 out of 5 because of problems with UX and page load speeds.