Care.com is a site to help those who are in need of any sort of assistance imaginable as well as provide opportunities to job seekers. Having the ability to connect job posters with job seekers through their site, it is possible to find someone who can fulfill whatever your need may be. Some of the services include babysitting, running errands, dog walking, housekeeping or tutoring; the possibilities are endless.
It is easy for both job posters and job seekers to sign up for care.com, there are two membership options available. The first one is a Basic membership which is free of charge. The second option is the Premium membership; this membership is available after you sign up for the Basic membership. There is a monthly fee to upgrade to the Premium membership; the prices are available once you sign up.
The Basic membership is limited because you may only post jobs and view caregivers close to your location which makes it difficult to make a decision. Job seekers are also limited to the access they have to preview jobs as well as less options to choose from.
With the Premium membership job posters have access to caregivers’ profiles as well as the availability to request background checks. This membership is technically the only way to evaluate caregivers’ capabilities and take the necessary measures to protect yourself, your family and your pets. Job seekers with a Premium membership have a wide range of jobs to choose from, they have a readily available background check, and search results list them higher in ranking.
There are some issues that have been addressed in Care.com reviews online. Job posters are charged automatically each month, and many of them are not aware of this procedure. If they hire someone, they will still be charged until they notify the company to stop. In addition, the Care.com complaints also address background checks. Job posters who requested background checks and were provided with ones that were incorrect and did not pertain to the individual they wanted to hire.
Other members have had issues with employees not showing up for the job, and have been left in a rut. With the number of issues that have occurred, it is probably best to find someone through a trusted friend or relative.
141 ‘Care.com’ Reviews
They Stole My Money
Truly unbelievable...I canceled once and it didn't take. I canceled again and they stated they had no record of my original cancellation. So I canceled twice. Now, I just received my credit card statement and lo and behold, they have charged me yet again. What a nightmare! This is a truly heartless organization. Incredibly unethical.
Care.com Major Red Flags
I am a recent professional school grad; I moved to a different state after school and while I was awaiting my license to practice in my field (which was going to take 2-3 months), I decided I could earn some money babysitting and dog-walking. I babysat throughout graduate school for multiple families including one of my professor's grandchildren. I am CPR (BLS) trained and have years of experience and lots of great references. Do you think care.com cared to highlight my services to their good paying customers?
Nope. I would have to pay a membership fee for them to run a background check. I do understand the importance of a background check and I was going to offer to do it on request or even after a few weeks of using the service and seeing the offers I would gather (because, honestly, I was on a tight budget).
However, I was shocked when I learned that parents (and other customers) were also being made to pay different levels of background check info. Therefore, I have to ask, if I pay for a background check to be done on me, why should parents/customers seeking this information have to pay to see the results (assuming I've consented)? Or vise versa, if parents are paying for background checks to be done on their potential sitters, why do I have to pay too? Chang-ching, that's why. Probably.
Additionally (and to my great joy), I started receiving 2-5 texts (some emails, too, but these were at least filtered by gmail) daily from obvious scammers. Most text would say something along the lines of "My friend is looking for a [sitter]. Kindly email her at...." or "My friend is moving to your area and needs ...email her for more info," or "I am looking to pay $400/wk for a dog walker, please email..." Each text identified that they got my information from my care.com profile.
It was always a service for "a friend," and it always required to contact this person via an email that they would give me via text. The numbers were always outside of my area (which mine is too since I moved, but it seemed odd that they all were). Also, with google search, I found a few of the numbers were associated with similarly reported scams to other people; one email was as well. I called a couple of the numbers and no one ever answered any of the calls; all were automated voice messages; one was a text-only number that didn't actually receive calls.
The best part is that you can't just simply take down your information. I am waiting on a response from their email "care team."
It really is unfortunate that this service is a major scam. The theory behind it is great, but I hate that they are taking advantage of so many people. It's unfair.
Is Their Business Pactice Even Legal?
I read through most of the post here, and I'm wondering how care.com or should I say scam.com can be allowed to get away with this?! I have been a member for a few years because I would need a sitter on and off for emergencies. I started school while working full time and posted a job for a sitter for a few hours Monday's-Thursday's. I received 5 responses, and by the time we were finished negotiating pay, I was down to 2. I set up interview that was both agreed upon and they never showed!!
So I went a step further, I decided to extend the subscription for 3 months thinking that at some point I would be lucky enough to find at least one reliable person; no such luck!
So bottom line, I paid $135 for a 4month subscription and have no sitter to show for it!!
Say NO to Care.com
Very rarely do I rant in this forum, but I wanted to save anyone the dissatisfaction of what I have experienced with Care.com. I have been looking for a sitter for my son and was referred to them by a friend. Upon signing up, I inputted all my information, requirements, etc. After a week, I needed to revise a few points only to find that their site does not offer any revisions. I then went to the site to contact customer service only to find that their system is automated and that the only interaction with customers is through email. There is no personalization for their service on any level as well as a tremendous lack of compassion for customers and clients. OK. I'm done!
CARE.com does NOT care
Care.com is not a respectable company. I tried, on several occasions to get them to help me figure out what was wrong my profile and ad to find a caregiver. Each phone call I was reassured the problem was corrected when it was not. They were happy to take the membership money but not happy to help straighten this out. The bottom line...I was looking for a care giver in Vail Colorado for April 2016 following a surgery. Care.com kept sending me emails with "Here are your new care givers for Vail, CO" and they were all from the Phoenix area. Even though the ad has the Vail zip code, Care was only sending me updates on caregivers in Phoenix. I asked them to extend my month membership and correct the problem and they said NO. End of story.
DISGUSTED SENIOR/DISABLED WOMAN GOUGED BY CARE.COM
I signed up with these folks 3 months ago never realizing they were locking me into a contract where they would automatically empty my bank account every 3 mos of $75. I spent about $35 to sign up, then over $100 for a housekeeping /maid service that was completely ineffectual. I tried to reach them via phone, email and Facebook because they "guaranteed their work or said they'd come back and "do it all over again". and they never replied. Now I get a testy email from care.com complaining about the fact that they couldn't process my automated subscription. Tried to contact them to cancel subscription via their phone# and there isn't any option at that # to make a complaint or cancel a subscription. Through their website when you push the option for canceling your subscription it connects you to the page where it again informs you that you need to pay your subscription and gives you a form to fill out for a new credit card. Since I have tried 3 different methods to cancel to no avail all I can do is cancel my Visa and wait 10 whole days for a new one to arrive. I am really angry at this company For a company that lists the word "care" in the title they certainly DO NOT CARE!!!
Shame on You care.com #udon'tcare.com
I was with care.com since 2011. In the beginning I got tons of responses from legitimate future customers. I had no problems getting work for caregiving and dog sitting.
I've recently cancelled my account because they are stealing my money. No responses in 3 months except for scam emails and texts and replies from caregiving companies. I made twice the money finding customers from care.com and sittercity.com than working for a "recruiter" type of company. I'm so mad and disappointed that this company has the nerve to abandon their original business practices and cheat all of us caregivers, teachers and sitters.
What a huge SCAM.
SHAME ON YOU!
Orange County, CA
I signed up for the free plan as a job seeker. The ONLY people who have contacted me for a job were trying to scam me. In the 2 weeks I was a member I had 4 different people all trying to scam me. It was absolutely ridiculous. This site is essentially a way to advertise yourself to scammers....nothing more. I hope this site is shut down ASAP. DO NOT USE.
False advertise. Tutors
I Need a Tutor for middle school. Sign up and paid. The SHSat tutors records shows that they log in once a month or some once in 3 months. "Yes I should sit and wait for weeks for respond , Check your records your tutors dont respond. " Never again !
They should be arrested for stealing and illegal business practices. I have an excellent back ground in child care. I spent two hours filling out a detailed profile and paid to be a premium member. I applied to 18 jobs and received one response. The response came from a woman offering a nanny dream job - she had a private cottage on her property on the river for the nanny to live in, the job paid twenty dollars an hour bs bs and more bs. What she really wanted was to obtain a network of girl friends to watch her children for free, as she told me she had no money, so she could maintain her partying life style. Oh and the cottage did not exist either. I soon realized that all the wonderful jobs advertised on care.com were fake jobs that they had made up. I had to cancel my bank card, so care.com would not continue to help themselves to my money and have my bank issue me a new card. Oh and I also started receiving a lot a spam phone calls after signing up with care.com. So obviously they sold my phone number to partners in scamming crime. So I spent a lot of my time and 20 dollars to be totally scammed over.
its not worth it
you pay for the premium membership so you get hired but not a single person responded to my applications. I uploaded a picture for my profile bio and it was not accepted. There isn't a lot of job listings in the area and nothing much to choose. So I cancelled my account and they can charged my cc. I am very unhappy and most likely will not recommend this site. I will just find a job on the newspapers or from a family friend I know for extra income. I'm sorry. It's not worth it checking my empty inbox......
I had been a member since 2009 and was terminated for no reason.
I am sadly losing my caregiver of 2 1/2 years who I had found on care.com. I am a single mom to a special needs child, now he is a teen. I ordered a one month subscription this morning and updated my ad from 2 1/2 years ago.
This afternoon I was kicked off for no apparent reason. Care.com said they have the right to do this and not tell me a reason why. I feel I am being discriminated against and so is my son. I have been on their site since 2009 and now I am not good enough?
I am very frustrated because the woman on the phone acted like I did something wrong. If someone or something is discrediting my name, I should have the right to know about it.
This is so senseless and wrong and now how do I find a childcare person for my special needs teen?
Care admits that 90% of its profit comes from unauthorized billing.
Last shareholder meeting it was said in layman's terms that that the aggressive marketing has proven to be effective and profits should be coming in 2016. In recent years care has taking a loss because of the explosion in expansion in 16 countries an merging with other companies. Care.com targets fist time users who will not see the auto renew billing and is cashing in on this fraudulent modern tactic that is illegal in many states yet still managed to fly under the radar with the 200$ million that has been invested.
Care.com...horrible excuse for a company
I recently joined care.com in hopes of finding a caregiver for my elderly mother. Two days later I received an email from them informing me that I had been removed from their site. I called them multiple times to ask why and they refused to tell me the reason. After reading up on this website/business, I would not hire anyone related to this site to care for my dog let alone a human loved one. This business should be shut down!
UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
Care.com has and a long laundry list of corrupt dirty business that is finally coming to light with the multiple class actions suits that are upon them. The Ceos are running scared and the shareholders and pulling out. The fall of this horrid company with be a celebratory day for many. CHEERS
Nothing but scams
If you're serious about being a babysitter or nanny, do NOT sign up with care.com. I have experience babysitting, and still could not find a job on care.com. I assumed people did not trust me, so I paid $60 for a background check. Still no job messages. So I paid $20 for a premium membership, which supposedly puts you up high in the search results, which would give you more job opportunities. Only ONE person messaged me, saying they needed me and blah blah, then said they would contact me that evening to continue discussing, but she left me hanging. Besides that person who couldn't get back to me, I got THREE texts/emails from different addresses that were very obviously scams. So long story short, I spent $80 trying to find a job, but only got scammed over & over again. CARE.COM is LITERALLY the WORST website I've ever had the misfortune of joining. Do not waste your time.
I put my profile on Care.com as a potential employee in early January, and have only received one job offer for a live in position, although my profile did not indicate availability for a live-in position. I have applied to several other hourly positions to no avail, yet... I see those same positions being offered over and over again. I realize I am not paying this organization to bump up my profile (as suggested by Care.com), but I did not think that to be necessary to obtain employment, as I can easily pass a background check I do not have to pay for, have sufficient experience, and come with an excellent reference from my previous employer in the state I moved from. So, I decided to see if Care.com charges both potential employers and potential employees, and they do. From my own personal experience with this website, I can only deduce it's more profit motivated than anything else, and if you don't pay them to "help" you get a job or a caregiver, you won't get a job or an employee. On that note... I would advise both potential employers and employees to go with an organization that has a good reputation, and pay them for either services or employees. They run background checks on their employees, and they don't charge their employees for it - which already makes them more professional. Employees are responsible for their own taxes - which already makes them more professional as people, and those organizations WILL make sure you're happy with your service, or find you a replacement - without going through the extra expense and hassle of this website. P.S. They have a whole web page dedicated to fake reviews that rave about their services. They should be shut down from this sham.
Care.com is merging with UBER to start UBERFAMILY a pilot program in NY and the woman who is the CEO of care.com said this in an interview!!!!
"age and die in grace" with UBER and Care.com
What an atrocious thing to say .. what an ugly thing to say .. neither company is really a COMPANY that provides a service, they are technology companies that use social network platforms .. there is a difference between those companies and an established service organization.
That is the most atrocious thing, even their usage of the word care is profane; it diminishes what care is and to say Care.com is merging with UBER to start UBERFAMILY a piolet program in NY
"age and die in grace" with UBER and Care.com
is disgusting to contemplate .. that is like the DirectTV customer vs DishNETWORK customer eating an egg salad sandwich you found on the bus.
They let people scam you
I recently got a Babysitter off of this website and she scammed me out of money. When I reported her to them they deleted my account and did absolutely nothing about the situation. Be very aware on this website
A complete scam.
After two months of paying for premium membership and contacting dozens of "employers" I didn't receive a single response and realized that those job ads were all fake. Dating sites use the same tactics. They create fake profiles that are too good to be true to encourage people to subscribe. Too bad I can't sue them as it would be impossible to prove that those people don't exist. Besides, I should have known better. Why would somebody in their sound mind pay for something that is available for free on Craigslist? Well, I learned my lesson the easy way. It only cost me 40 bucks :) One more thing, when I decided to cancel, I found it nearly impossible to find the right page. They hide it very well.