10 Crazy Flexible Companies That Understand You Need Freedom
Let’s take a quick poll: Would you rather have unlimited time off, work from wherever policies, and no set office hours or be expected to be at the office at 9 AM sharp every morning and sit tight at your desk all day?
I’m going to take a wild guess and say that most of you chose the first option, with a dreamy, wouldn’t-that-be-nice sigh.
But at many companies, those sorts of flexible work policies aren’t just an as-if dream—they’re an integrated part of the company culture. These employers understand that you’re a human being who has your own work preferences and your own life outside of the office that sometimes needs a little extra attention, and they give you the ability to do your work in the way that works best for your life.
So without further ado, check out 10 companies with amazing flex work options. (Oh, and they’re all looking for talented people—like you!—to join their teams.)
CaseNEX, a leader in the EdTech field, supports out-of-the-box thinking and creative solutions. So naturally, the company offers its employees lots of freedom in choosing how they get things done.
There are two offices (both in Pennsylvania), but CaseNEX team members work remotely from around the nation.
“There is a vibrancy and a ‘can do’ attitude that defines us as a company, and this is at the heart of our success,” says Mercedes Cordero, PhD, Vice President of Professional Development.
Working at LivingSocial, an online marketplace offering local deals, means being employed by people who truly care about your well-being.
That translates into multiple work style choices. The team can work flexible hours in the office and take opportunities to work from home, all while staying connected to team members and the company.
For example, Engineering Director Jessie Link has always appreciated the ability to travel, and LivingSocial's paid time off and remote working policies allow her to control her own destiny—and vacations. In her favorite example of this, she went to Hawaii for a couple weeks while simultaneously managing her team and their projects.
To buy an awesome pair of glasses from software start-up Ditto, you don’t even have to get out of bed—the company has invented an innovative way to try eyeglasses on virtually.
The virtual theme continues with Ditto’s extremely generous paid-time-off and work-from-home policies. Basically, as long as team members are getting their jobs done, they can take the time they need, work the schedule that works best for them, or work from where they need.
4. Stack Exchange
Stack Exchange is harnessing the power of community to get those looking for information online the answers they need. It’s grown to more than 136 sub-sites, covering everything from mathematics to homebrewing.
Internally, the company is a big fan of giving its employees independence. It conducts its interviews very carefully to make sure the right people are hired—and once you’ve gotten the job, management trusts you to work from wherever you thrive.
Whether team members are at their desks, the coffee bar, the couch, or even in one of the office’s many nap rooms, they’re given complete freedom to complete their tasks.
Over 10 million freelancers use Upwork to quickly and easily find the perfect gigs, making it the largest online freelance talent marketplace in the world. And with a company that’s doing so many great things for remote workers, we’re happy (but not shocked) that Upwork has enviable flex work arrangements.
First, there’s Work Online Wednesdays. Each Hump Day, every team member works from wherever they want, as long as there’s Wi-Fi.
But it’s not just Wednesday: Employees can also work from home when needed on other days of the week. Plus, office hours are super flexible.
6. Rocket Games
With more than 1 million monthly users and 20-plus games, Rocket Games has proven that a small group of passionate people is just as capable of developing innovative mobile games as the huge, established gaming companies (maybe even more so).
Bureaucracy and the “corporate vibe” are also notably missing from the company’s culture. It’s driven but laid-back—you can work from wherever you want as long as you’re delivering on your goals and getting in enough time with your team. There’s also no set vacation policy or allocated number of sick days. At Rocket Games, it’s about what you build, not how many hours you’re sitting at your desk.
“Everyone at Thumbtack is really supportive of your flexibility, and there’s a work-life balance here that I’ve never experienced anywhere else,” explains Marian Schembari, Marketing Manager.
At Thumbtack, an online consumer service company connecting people to local professionals, work-life balance is definitely a priority. Not only do employees enjoy a flexible work schedule and unlimited paid vacation time, they also love to hang out together.
From company-planned dinners and dodgeball tournaments to spontaneous group yoga, homebrewing sessions, and rock-climbing, it’s safe to say the Thumbtack group knows how to have fun.
8. Urban Airship
After learning about Urban Airship’s amazing environment, we weren’t surprised it was named one of the “Top 10 Coolest Places to Work in Oregon.”
The company—which helps the world’s biggest brands engage with their mobile users—has an unlimited vacation policy. Plus, it doesn’t matter if you’re working from home or the beach. The tech company has embraced the telecommunications revolution, which makes completing your projects easy.
“The work-life balance is great,” says Daniel Nguyen, an account manager. “You can have a family, be healthy, and be ambitious and work hard. When you come to work here, you get that vibe right away.”
Blinds.com is the world’s largest online window covering store, selling custom designer blinds, drapes, and shutters since 1996.
And since 1996, the company has been searching for ways to make its culture and atmosphere as optimal as possible for its team members.
That includes remote work. Each Blinds.com employee—even call center and hourly employees—has experimented with remote work at some point to see if it fits his or her personal work style. However, whether you’re in your home office or at the amazing Blinds.com offices, you’ll feel connected to your co-workers via video calls and regular in-person check-ins.
VMware, a leader in cloud infrastructure, business mobility, and virtualization software, has been recognized as a Fortune 100 Best Company to Work For and one of Forbes’ 100 Most Innovative Companies in the World.
Those honors were given for a reason. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the C-suite or entry-level: At VMware, each employee gets to set his or her own hours. Night owls love being able to work later, while early birds are happy to arrive while the day is young (as long as they get to leave earlier). And everyone loves the fun breaks. There are tons of communal spaces for relaxing, laughing, eating, playing games—even working out!
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