I am having the same issue. I do not want to apply to job where the client gives everybody a bad review. At least with Elance I was able to view the client information before applying. That including seeing how he was rated by freelancers and how he rated the freelancers. Seeing both sides of the story helped me decide whether to apply or not.
hi Nancy, when you click on a job, you have the job details, then a little lower you have the proposals and a little lower you have the client's history and feedback