8 Companies That Let You Work From Home (or From Wherever You Want)
Not much of a cubicle person? Luckily for you, plenty of companies nowadays aren’t either—which is why they love giving their employees the option to work remotely, from home, or even away from their desks around the office.
So if you’re craving some space, here are eight companies you should definitely check out for flexible work schedules, remote work roles, plenty of paid time off, and a lot of legroom.
A leader in cloud infrastructure, business mobility, and virtualization software, VMware entered the tech industry in 1998—offering game-changing IT solutions and simplified automated delivery systems.
Ranked 21 on Forbes’ “Top 100 Companies for Remote Jobs” (and on the list in 2014, too!), VMware is dedicated to providing employees with relaxed work schedules. The company doesn’t track which employees choose to work remotely and when they decide to do so and offers unlimited vacation time, trusting staffers to take the appropriate amount of leisure time to unwind and recharge.
DigitalOcean is a simple cloud infrastructure provider built for developers—making it easy for them to rapidly deploy, resize, and scale their production environments.
At DigitalOcean, 40% of staff works remotely. Brian Knox, a software engineer, is one of them, and he loves that he can spend time with his family and still be so involved with the company. Because Brian works from home, his days often begin with early morning dog walks and dropping his kids off at school. Around 8 AM, Brian is able to return to his home office and answer emails and then embark on a full day of programming fully refreshed.
“We have a really great remote culture here at DigitalOcean,” he says.
LivingSocial is an innovative, web-based marketplace offering amazing deals—from weekend trips to gourmet dinners to one-of-a-kind events.
LivingSocial prizes itself as a company that truly cares about its employees’ well-being. One of the team’s favorite perks is the company’s multiple work-style choices: LivingSocial gives employees the option to work flexible hours in the office and take opportunities to work from home—all while staying connected to team members and the company.
“You’re your own individual here—but you have a great team here to support you,” says Angela Gardner, a marketing specialist.
Founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love of a dog, Rover makes it easy for pet parents throughout the U.S. to find and book five-star dog sitters. Rover.com connects dog owners with the nation’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, offering in-home boarding, pet sitting, dog walking, and day care.
As a Rover sitter, you have the chance to be your own boss and set your own hours. For Chelsea Dickson, being a Premier Sitter lets her both be a stay-at-home mom and work with animals she loves.
“The flexibility of being a Rover Premier Sitter and being able to be around animals has been really great,” she says.
Founded in 2001, Response Mine Interactive has become a leader in the direct response marketing and online media optimization industry. The data-driven company expertly helps clients’ business and brands elevate their customer acquisition and retention rates and increase their overall revenues.
In addition to offering flexible hours, RMI is free of restrictive cubicle walls, creating an open office space that is refreshingly inclusive and collaborative—and helping employees stay connected and on the same page, both professionally and personally.
And according to teams, free-flowing communication and idea sharing lets everyone have a valuable voice in decision making at RMI—fostering transparency and advanced learning of RMI’s ins and outs.
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a global community of leaders with a mission of engaging today’s business owners in all aspects of their journey. A peer-to-peer network of over 11,000 members, EO offers resources like global events, leadership development programs, an online entrepreneur forum, and executive education opportunities to help budding entrepreneurs grow professionally.
At most companies, employees build their life around their work—however, at EO, employees build their work around their life. EO’s liberal teleworking policy and abundance of home-office based jobs gives employees a flexible working schedule and a level of autonomy that truly promotes innovation. EO taps into the entrepreneurial mindset further by encouraging employees to continually craft their positions to make them more impactful—engaging their peers locally and globally for inspiration.
With offices in seven countries across the globe, TravelClick offers world-class reservation solutions, business intelligence products, and comprehensive media and marketing solutions to help hotels please their guests and grow their business. From big brands to independent properties, TravelClick helps hotels identify opportunities to grow revenue and enhance all aspects of a guest’s booking experience.
TravelClick operates in some of the most exciting cities in the world, and it boasts clients in 160 countries. Headquartered in New York with several major global offices—including locations in Barcelona, Dubai, Melbourne, Singapore, Shanghai, and Tokyo—the company’s global presence provides its employees with amazing opportunities to work at one of the world’s best hospitality companies.
Bonus: All of its current Director of Sales openings are remote-based!
Target seeks to make well-designed products affordable—and that’s changed little since the company’s founding.
Because of its progressive company culture, some employees describe Target as a startup masquerading as a Fortune 500 company. An ethos of enthusiasm and an emphasis on delivering high-quality work pervade the Target workplace. And empowerment is a huge part of the management style—as long as they’re doing good work, team members are encouraged to work in whatever way suits them best.
The office itself provides employees with plenty of space to focus and get comfortable. It has several campuses, common areas, cafes, and open lobbies that are all arranged for team members to collaborate and work on their own time.
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About The Author
As an Associate Editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was always born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.