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Indeed vs. Monster

Compare pros, cons and price to make the right choice for your hiring needs.

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Trying to decide between these two job boards? Monster offers a set monthly rate and has a better reputation around the web — but you can post on Indeed for free.

How do Monster and Indeed compare?

Indeed is a job aggregator, which means when users search for a job, it pulls results from thousands of job boards according to keywords. So, even though you can post a job for free, you may need to pay to sponsor it for better visibility.

Monster positions itself to be better for attracting millennial job seekers in manufacturing, nursing, logistics and entry-level tech, according to a statement from its CEO. Indeed, on the other hand, is better for less traditional positions, including temporary and freelance jobs.

Both Monster and Indeed offer mobile apps. However, Monster lets you post a job from your phone or tablet using Monster Studios, while you need to be on a desktop to post an Indeed job.

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PriceFrom $249 monthly for one jobFree — though you can pay for better visibility
Support Available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET by phone, chat and emailAvailable weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET by phone, chat and email
IntegrationsNo software integrations — offers its own application tracking software, Monster Talent Management

Monster doesn’t integrate with third party ATS software — instead, it wants you to use its own

Integrates with dozens of application tracking software like IdealTraits, TalentReef and CareerPlug
Benefits
  • Free 7-day trial
  • Prewritten job description templates
  • Strong reputation for customer service
  • Post jobs for free
  • Over 250 million monthly job seekers
  • Over 175 resumes in its database
Drawbacks
  • No pay-per-day option
  • Vague about ad distribution
  • Doesn’t integrate with third-party software
  • Poor BBB rating — 1 out of 5 stars from over 50 reviews
  • Free jobs may get lost in the clutter
  • It can take up to five hours for its team to verify your posting

Best for occasional job listings: Trophy icon Indeed Trophy icon

Indeed offers free or pay-per-day options, letting you cancel anytime. This means no commitment, making it the best for occasional job postings.

Best for price per job post: Trophy icon Indeed Trophy icon

Indeed is the winner here, since you can post for free. If you do decide to pay, you can set a minimum daily budget of $5

Best for large volume hiring: Toss-up

It’s worth chatting with a Monster sales rep to get a custom quote for an Enterprise-level plan. That said, Indeed might be better if you want seamless integration with your HR software.

Indeed wins when it comes to price and web presence, with hundreds of millions of monthly visitors. If you’re trying to find quality employees for your business, it may be worth posting with Indeed simply because it’s free.

To learn more about the hiring process, read our guide on how to hire your first employee.

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