Toptal Reviews by Developers

A collection of video reviews and testimonials from Toptal developers.

Video Reviews

Luís, Anna, and Vadim are real members of the Toptal network. We produced these videos so you could hear directly from them about their experiences with Toptal.
Luís Martinho
JavaScript Developer
Anna Bellini
Java Developer
Vadim Dagman
iOS Developer


We asked our developers to provide us with testimony about their experience with Toptal.

After a dozen projects completed through Toptal, I can say that the moment I joined was the most important turnaround in my career. I cherish the opportunity to be part of an amazing community and work with impressive clients on exciting projects. I’m encouraged to learn new skills and apply that knowledge in everyday activities. I’m grateful that my path led me here and very excited for what the future will bring.

Freelancing with Toptal has brought me peace of mind. As a freelancer, I don’t get stressed trying to find new clients or worrying about payments. I know that I can always find great projects with Toptal. There are many opportunities available at all times, and you are in charge of your career and professional development. It’s basically a heaven on Earth for developers.

The greatest benefit of Toptal is that there are tons of great projects to apply to with a full breadth of flexible schedule options: from hourly to full-time work. You can promptly find a project with the tech stack you like best, or have projects come to you via Toptal recruiters. It’s simply the easiest way to gain work experience with the best clients out there and prove (and improve) all of your skills!

Toptal is the elite standard for the IT freelancing world. Having worked with other freelancing portals before joining Toptal, I immediately felt the difference in the quality of jobs, clients, and budgets at Toptal. Toptal interviews its clients to ensure that the project and client meet their quality criteria. You will not find “can you fix my site for yesterday” types of clients with Toptal.


Toptal introduced me to a new way of understanding freelancing. The high level of professionalism and the security that Toptal gives to both its developers and clients lets me focus on my work and motivates me to achieve better results every time. Every Toptal project that I’ve worked on so far has been exciting and challenging.

The recruiters really know how to find projects that are appropriate for my technical skills, experience, and interests. Thanks to them, I have been able to communicate with noteworthy clients and join their international developer teams. I love being a part of the Toptal community.

I’ve found some really interesting and challenging projects working with Toptal, as well as great teams and plenty of learnings. Every project I’ve worked on has presented me with new challenges, new programming paradigms, or new management tools. This is something you just cannot get on any other platform.

Part of engaging with any new technology is the uncertainty of finding a job that requires you to use what you’ve learned. Thanks to Toptal, I’ve had a steady stream of projects with clients from the very beginning. My Toptal clients are always pushing the limits of the technology to give their users the best user experience in their markets.

Toptal has created an amazing community of developers who are all extremely passionate about helping each other solve any problem. For me, the best part has been that after learning a new language and starting to engage with other Toptal developers about the technology, I quickly landed two jobs in less than one month, and both were great experiences.

Joining Toptal felt like an ambitious task to get into a community of some of the best software development professionals out there, but this promise was delivered in full. Toptal makes sure that you are able to hone your skills, both technical and soft, and develop yourself as a professional, while delivering opportunities to work on high quality, challenging projects. The feeling of getting “top” projects and working with “top” professionals is what makes Toptal exceptional.

If you are a software developer looking for freelance work, Toptal is THE resource you need. It’s not just a job marketplace, Toptal is your recruiter. Once you are in their roster you don’t need to worry: Toptal staff will quickly match you up with their large database of clients and make sure you get the job fitting your area of expertise. From then on all you have to do is deliver good work, and you can be rest assured you are always getting paid and never run out of engagements.

A year has passed since I’ve started working at Toptal, and I couldn’t be happier. Always working with top clients, always working with the latest tools and technologies, and always getting paid on time - what else do you need? Toptal’s story is that of an endless quest for knowledge and success through continual improvement.

Toptal has the best customers, always covers your back, and has the highest hiring rate I’ve ever seen with no hassles at all.

Working at Toptal is not just about developing software, it’s about a new lifestyle. Instead of seeking projects for myself, I can choose which projects interest me most and never have to worry about getting paid for my work. If you are an independent software developer like me, you know that these things can make all the difference. I have never been idle for more than two weeks, as Toptal always provides me with a list of top-notch positions to choose from. I work remotely with clients all over the world without spending hours stuck in traffic, giving me more time to spend with my family. After discovering Toptal, I will never go back to working at a fixed position in a company.


In Toptal you’ll have the opportunity to work on challenging projects with enterprise clients, work with latest tools, and improve your skills. You will never get stuck working on boring projects with outdated technologies! As a Toptal developer, I’m grateful to have control over my hours and place of work, and this freedom has allowed me to be able to enjoy my time with my family.

My overall experience at Toptal as a developer has been excellent. I joined after a rigorous screening process to find myself among elite developers in my own city. I had high expectations and Toptal exceeded most of them. The things I value the most are the projects, for there are always great projects to choose from. The application process for a project is simple, and the payment flow is smooth. All these factors help me save time which I use towards billable hours.

Before Toptal, freelancing never seemed like a viable career option to me. Working in a highly academic environment, I used to long for freedom in my work hours and locations, but was always concerned about risking my professional development and long-term stability. With Toptal, I found that there is no such tradeoff. Toptal pairs me with projects in which I am continuously challenged to improve my skills and thrive as a developer. I have the opportunity to work on quality projects that are at the forefront of technology, with clients that are dedicated and highly professional, all while enjoying the freedom to pursue my ideas, travel the world, and expand my horizons. The easy transition to Toptal wasn’t just a professional change, but also a lifestyle turning point for me.

The first time I heard about Toptal, a friend of mine mentioned it was very hard to get in to the network, but that it was worth it. My friend was right, and joining Toptal has changed my career and my life. As a freelance developer, I work on my own schedule and at any place I decide. Plus working with top clients on their projects has allowed me to learn far more than when I was employed at the same company with the same projects for years.

Working as a software engineer with Toptal gives me multiple opportunities to work with top-tier clients who request cutting-edge software with the latest technologies available, which presents an exciting environment in which to work. Toptal keeps me on my toes, improving my knowledge, while I can simultaneously enjoy the freedom of freelancing and managing my time my own way.

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