Crew Review

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What is Crew?


Crew is a freelance marketplace that helps employers find contractors for high-quality creative work. They refer to themselves as a community of handpicked and vetted developers, designers and small teams with a 99% project success rate.

The main goal of Crew is to link projects to highly qualified professionals who are best equipped with the skills to produce the best results on projects. All professionals who work on Crew have a record that can be backed up and, thus, clients are assured that projects will be delivered on time and will be executed properly.

All a client must do is submit a project. Then, Crew links the client to a team or professional expert within a short time, usually 48 hours. Crew also helps employers and developers communicate throughout the entire process, so that perfect results can be achieved easily.

Crew, (formerly known as Ooomf) was founded in 2012, in Montreal, Canada. Their customers have included Global enterprises like Google, Uber, Tinder and Apple.

How is hiring through Crew different from hiring yourself or through an agency?
  • 1

    Direct contact

    Crew connects customers with developers or small teams directly, rather than placing customer success agents between the two parties.

  • 2

    Hiring process

    Instead of waiting weeks or months to hire an agency or a full time developer, Crew will procure three valid candidates within 48 hours.

  • 3

    Pre-screened candidates

    Like many websites similar to Crew, Crew freelancers must speak English, share three references from past clients, and provide three examples of work. Mobile developers are required to have apps with 10+ reviews, rated with 4+ stars in the app store.

  • 4

    Efficient communication

    Crew already provides clients with the advantage of contacting developers directly; however, it doesn’t end there. If any communication issues should come up, Crew offers support that will resolve the issue immediately so that there can be free and open communication between clients and teams working on a project.

  • 5

    Secure payments

    Making safe and secure payments is important for all businesses, as security malfunctions can lead to great loses. With a secure Pre-Pay Guarantee System, Crew makes sure that client funds are protected until the project is complete.

  • 6

    Legal Protection

    Clients don’t have to worry about certain legal issues such as IP ownership, contract termination, non-disclosure agreements and dispute resolution. The Crew team is focused on developing a contract between clients and developers that suits both sides.

Crew Features


  • Vetted freelancers.

    Crew makes sure that clients get the best developers on projects. All professionals working on Crew are evaluated prior to submitting their details.

  • Project management tools.

    With various tools at your disposal, you can make sure that projects are delivered within the specified time. Project management tools also make it possible for clients to monitor progress made on projects so that changes can be actioned, if necessary.

  • Payment protection.

    Providing payment protection assures clients that the project will be delivered on time. In this case, there is no need of worrying that work won’t be completed once payment is received.

  • Built-in legal agreements.

    Before developers create an account on Crew, they must agree to the terms and conditions which apply to all contracts. Contracts can also be made to suit a project specifically, so that legal problems can be avoided all together.

Crew Pricing


  • An initial refundable deposit of $100 is made before work on a project is done.

    Later on, the rest of the payment will be made depending on the type of project.

  • According to their pricing tool, an iOS and Android app with personal profiles and in-app purchasing ability would cost $93,900.
  • According to their pricing tool, an E-commerce website with social login and a CMS would cost $28,320.
  • Free tools that can be used to estimate the cost of a project are available on Crew.

Crew Alternatives.

Crew has focused their business around design-oriented projects, and little is said about the quality of their development work, but there are sites like Crew that focus more heavily on this area.

Crew competitors have different models. Some give access to a database of 13 million freelancers, and some offer the top 3% of the world’s talent. Here is a comparison of websites similar to Crew.

  • 1 Crew vs Upwork

    Upwork still remains the most popular marketplace for both freelancers and businesses looking for freelancers. Upwork usually charges clients a 2.75% fee for each project and, depending on where the client is, it may charge a monthly fee of $25.

    Upwork has many skilled professionals who can either apply for a project, or a client can contact a developer directly based on the skills required. Upwork does not provide vetted freelancers, and getting a developer for a project might take up to two weeks.

  • 2 Crew vs TopTal

    TopTal matches clients with top-skilled professionals who can work on a temporary or permanent basis until the project is completed. Just like Crew, TopTal makes sure that all developers are screened before creating accounts. Screening tests include communication skills and tests in the area of expertise.

    Another similarity is that both marketplaces are mobile friendly. It takes from one to three weeks for this platform to find the right developers for a client’s project. Clients are required to pay an initial fee of $500 upon submission of a project. Once TopTal finds a developer for the project, the client can pay the developer a fee of $60 per hour or $6,400 per week depending on the type of project.

  • 3 Crew vs Gigster

    Gigster provides high-quality developers from some of the best schools, such as MIT, and works on an invite-only network. Teams can work quickly to accomplish milestones on projects and clients can monitor progress at each level.

    AI assembly also makes it possible for projects to be delivered on time. Clients can use the price estimator to generate an estimate of the cost of projects. The cost varies depending on the type of project with the lowest price being $52,000. Clients are also guaranteed legal protection and all-round support.

Developer Pre-screening* -
Time to Start Project 0.2 - 2 days 0 - 2 days 0 - 21 days 0 - 60 days 2 - 14 days
Projects of Any Size - - - -
Project Failure Rate Low Low Low Low Very High
Raiting** 9.1 out of 10 9.0 out of 10 9.7 out of 10 8.4 out of 10 6.0 out of 10
Rates $23 - $50 / hour Project pricing, usually usually averaging between $80-$100 / hour. $500 upon project submission with extra charges from $60-$200/ hour. Depends on project with lowest cost being $28,000. $18-200/hour

* Multiple tests and interviews** According to Trustpilot.com

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Four key things to consider when choosing a freelance staffing provider:
  • Pre-screened developers.

    References and apps are nice, but there is nothing better than having a developer vet another developer’s skills. Having a provider who has tested and worked with a developer before is invaluable in making sure a project goes smoothly.

  • Focus.

    A jack of all trades is a master of none- especially when it comes to digital products. Choosing a network with laser focus on development is a no-brainer when you know you need development help.

  • Prices

    A highly qualified developer is not always the most expensive developer. Often, customers are left paying a premium for brand name recognition that may not be reflected in the final product.

  • Personal 24/7 support.

    Projects move quickly, and if a problem occurs, slow or inadequate customer service can bring it to a screeching halt. Make sure your provider offers high quality support- it’s the cheapest kind of insurance money can buy.

Why chose Coding Ninjas over Crew?
  • Rigorously tested and vetted engineers we find the perfect match for your project in under 24 hours.

    Because we test all our engineers, you can be assured of the highest quality of work on your projects. You also don’t have to worry about when work on your project will be started since we can link you with a professional within 24 hours.

  • Top developers and engineers from Eastern Europe for $23-$50 per hour.

    Our affordable prices give both big and small companies the chance to have projects done within their budgets.

  • High quality live support and clear project communication from day one.

    We understand the need for communication between clients and developers. That is why our support team is always at your disposal, to make sure you keep track of all the work being done on your project. If any problems come up, rest assured that we will fix them without wasting time.

  • Lower hourly rates without lower quality.

    Just because a client is paying less for a project doesn't mean that less effort will be put into the project. We treat all projects, large or small, the same, since our goal is to make sure that clients get the best results on their projects.

  • A team dedicated to high-quality software development and coding.

    The fact that we have highly talented developers already means that the work done on projects will be very successful. It is safe to say that your project is in great hands!

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