Remote work was a growing option for companies before 2020’s pandemic crisis. It existed in theory and practice – at least partially – to address the growing understanding of the value of flexibility and a well-calibrated work-life balance to both companies and employees in the modern business world. Flash-forward to the threat of COVID making itself known in North America, and suddenly nearly every company in the U.S. found itself in triage on the subject of setting up a working remote model for the majority of their employees.
We’re in maintenance mode now, with the promise of a return to what we all thought of as “normal life” still hazily defined. And for many of us, remote work has become a normalized part of our work lives.
But dawning on many is the value of that flexibility we’ve been forced to gain. Companies that don’t have active central headquarter hubs can cast their nets for talent as wide as they want; Jobseekers no longer need to worry about necessarily living near major tech hubs, with their high costs-of-living. The benefits to both employer and employee are potentially major.
In that spirit, here are 16 companies that either were conceived as all-remote in the years before the COVID crisis, or which have since designated that a portion or all of their employees will be able to work from home permanently.
About the Company: TaxJar is the leading technology solution for busy eCommerce sellers to manage sales tax. Trusted by more than 20,000 businesses, TaxJar’s award-winning solution simplifies automation of sales tax reporting and filing and determines economic nexus with a single click. The company has won 8 Comparably Awards so far in 2020, having won 9 of our awards in 2019.
Remote Plan: TaxJar’s team has always been totally distributed, with no central headquarters.
TaxJar employees rated their overall culture an A.
About the Company: GitLab is a web-based open source Git repository manager with wiki and issue tracking features and built-in CI/CD. It is an open-source code collaboration platform that enables developers to create, review, and deploy codebases. The company’s open-source, code-collaboration platform offers git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking, wikis, and more, along with continuous integration and deployment tools, enabling users to create, review and deploy codes. The company has taken home 7 Comparably Awards so far in 2020; it won 3 in 2019.
Remote Plan: GitLab is the world’s largest all-remote company, with 1,300 team members in 65+ countries.
GitLab employees rated their overall culture an A+.
About the Company: InVision provides a design collaboration platform for startups, corporations, and design agencies. It lets users research, design, review, and test products offer tools for prototyping, task management, and version control, enables users to create and craft things for Web and mobile platforms, and allows users to design prototyping, sharing and presentation, feedback, and commenting meetings and whiteboarding, and organization and collaboration. InVision has won 2 Comparably Awards in 2020.
Remote Plan: InVision is a fully remote company, with a team distributed across 25 countries.
InVision employees rated their overall culture an A.
About the Company: Tophatter’s eCommerce shoppers compete in fleeting, 90-second auctions to win deals of up to 80% off jewelry, electronics, beauty, and fashion. Tophatter uses AI to tailor the shopping experience, delivering deep discounts on branded and unbranded items directly from factories and warehouses. The company has won 6 Comparably Awards in 2020.
Remote Plan: Tophatter has gone remote, and will remain so for the foreseeable future. The company is recruiting on a remote basis for its open roles.
Tophatter employees rated their overall culture among the top 20% of similar-sized companies on Comparably
SmartBug Media employees rated their overall culture a B+.
About the Company: Infosys is a provider of consulting, technology, and outsourcing, and next-generation services. The company provides software development, maintenance, and independent validation services to companies in finance, insurance, manufacturing, and other domains. One of its known products is Finacle which is a universal banking solution with various modules for retail and corporate banking.
Remote Plan: Going forward, Infosys plans to keep between a third and half of all employees on a permanent work-from-home basis.
About the Company: Nationwide Insurance is an insurance and financial services company. The company is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance.
Remote Plan: With their current blended work plan now considered permanent, the majority of Nationwide employees will work from home indefinitely.
Nationwide Insurance employees rated their overall culture an A-.
About the Company: Nielsen is a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers watch and buy. Nielsen’s Watch segment provides media and advertising clients with Total Audience measurement services for all devices on which content – video, audio, and text – is consumed. The Buy segment offers consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers the industry’s only global view of retail performance measurement. By integrating information from its Watch and Buy segments and other data sources, Nielsen also provides its clients with analytics that help improve performance.
Remote Plan: Office spaces will be converted to team meeting spaces once the pandemic is over. Employees will work from home for the majority of the week on a permanent basis.
About the Company: Shopify is a cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. The platform also provides merchants with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business.
Remote Plan: Shopify’s entire 5000-person staff are now working from home permanently.,
Shopify employees rated their overall culture an A.
About the Company: Siemens AG, an electronics and electrical engineering company, operates in the industry, energy, and healthcare sectors worldwide. The company was founded in 1847 and is headquartered in Munich, Germany. Siemens and its subsidiaries employ approximately 360,000 people across nearly 190 countries.
Remote Plan: For 140,000 Siemens employees, permanent remote work for two or three days a week is now an option.
About the Company: Slack has transformed business communication. It’s the leading channel-based messaging platform, used by millions to align their teams, unify their systems, and drive their businesses forward. Only Slack offers a secure, enterprise-grade environment that can scale with the largest companies in the world. It is a new layer of the business technology stack where people can work together more effectively, connect all their other software tools and services, and find the information they need to do their best work. Slack is where work happens. Slack won nine Comparably Awards in 2017.
Remote Plan: Slack is currently hiring remote staff, with most existing employees given the option to work from home on a permanent basis.
Slack employees rated their overall culture a B+.
About the Company: Upwork is the leading online talent solution offering the modern tools businesses need to source and manage a flexible workforce. The community of independent professionals working via Upwork spans many categories including software development, creative & design, finance & accounting, consulting, operations, and customer support—over 8,000 skills are represented.
Remote Plan: Remote work is now the default for all employees, with Upwork shifting to a remote-first model indefinitely.
About the Company: Zillow is an online real estate marketplace for finding and sharing information about homes, real estate, and mortgages. Zillow began by helping people understand and track their homes with the Zestimate, its proprietary algorithm, and then with advanced technology and valuable connections with real estate professionals. Today, Zillow has become a household name, with the company name often used instead of “real estate” as a search term.
Remote Plan: The majority of Zillow employees have the option to work from home permanently.
Zillow employees rated their overall culture an A.
About the Company: Founded in June of 2012, Coinbase is a digital currency wallet and platform where merchants and consumers can transact with new digital currencies like bitcoin. The company’s vision is to bring more innovation, efficiency, and equality of opportunity to the world by building an open financial system, identifying the first step on that journey as making digital currency accessible and approachable for everyone.
Remote Plan: Coinbase has transitioned to being a remote-first company, with most staffers given the option to work remotely indefinitely. After pandemic restrictions ease, some employees who wish to will be given the option to return to the office for their workday.
Coinbase employees rated their overall culture an A+.
Remote Plan: While Square’s offices will eventually reopen, all employees will have the option to work from home permanently.