Change is the only constant, and this is indeed true for IT sector at a global level. The trend of working remotely is on a rise for several years and many respondents believe that flexible work environment is the new normal.
There was a whopping increase of 159% in remote work from 2005 to 2017. In U.S. alone, 3.9 million workers were working remotely in 2015. Today, that number stands at 4.7 million or one can say 3.4% of the population is not traveling to offices daily for the work.
Working remotely boasts several perks, both for employees and the employers. Employees witness an increase in work life balance, productivity, retention and concentration. They can devote the traveling time to the assigned projects when working remotely.
The engagement rate of the employees increases with the flexibility that spikes with remote work. According to Gallup, active disengagement can cause the U.S. a loss of $500 billion. Companies can also save a huge chunk of amount from reducing real estate needs, air conditioning and heating, electricity and internet connection by allowing staffers working from anywhere.
Not every company is wise enough to know this secret, but some are! Here is a compilation of 10 cool companies that promote the policy of work-from-anywhere and implement this secret of cost cutting. Have a look –
Found In: 2013
What They Do: “Aha! is a very different kind of software company. We are self-funded, one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. and have been highly profitable from the start. What is even more remarkable is that we have done it without office or salespeople. It started in 2013 with a simple idea — to build a company that customers and employees would love. And to do it with no venture funding, offices, or salespeople.
We take a human-centered approach that is consistent with the time-tested values of our grandparents and the way they did business. Our focus is building real value and mutually beneficial relationships with everyone we work with. In the process, we are changing how companies build and market products customers love. The Aha! way is definitely unconventional, but we think it is a better way.”
Found In: 2000
What They Do: “Clevertech is a leading consultancy that is on a mission to build transformational digital solutions for the world’s most innovative organizations. Enterprise companies turn to Clevertech to help them launch innovative digital products that interact with hundreds of millions of customers, transactions, and data points. By partnering with Clevertech these companies are propelling forward and changing their industries, business models, and more.
Based in New York City with fully remote development teams, Clevertech has built core product offerings for clients whose value was revealed in transactions valued in excess of $100 million.
The problems we solve everyday are real and require creativity, grit, and determination. We are building a culture that challenges norms while fostering experimentation and personal growth. We are hiring team members who are passionate and energized by the vision of empowering our customers in a complex industry through technology, data and a deep understanding of client concerns. In order to grasp the scale of problems we face, ideally, you have some exposure to Logistics, FinTech, Transportation, Insurance, Media, or other complex multifactor industries.”
Found In: 2013
What They Do: “We're a little bit different from most companies — and we're proud of it. Collage.com co-founders and childhood friends Kevin Borders and Joe Golden were students at the University of Michigan when Kevin ran into a problem: he wanted to create a one-of-a-kind anniversary collage for his girlfriend, Jen, and there wasn't any software up to the task. He teamed up with Joe, and together they developed the software that would become Collage.com.
What began as a literal labor of love (Kevin and Jen are now married) grew into something bigger, and Kevin and Joe decided to turn their project into a business. Today, they lead a fast-growing team of about 50 employees dedicated to making custom products easy for everyone.”
Found In: 2011
What They Do: “Zapier (YC S12) gives people internet superpowers by letting them easily connect and automate the apps they use. Partners, including Salesforce, Intuit, Google, and Dropbox, utilize Zapier to offer their customers integrations with 2,000+ apps. The Zapier Developer Platform enables developers to add APIs for private or public use.
Our growing, remote team has members around the world. We are on a mission to make work easier. We face formidable technical hurdles, unique marketing challenges, and exciting brand and design opportunities that come with serving a vast multi-sided audience.
We're a 100% distributed team helping people across the world automate the boring and tedious parts of their job. We do that by helping everyone connect the web applications they already use and love.
We believe that there are jobs a computer is best at doing and that there are jobs a human is best at doing. We want to empower businesses to create processes and systems that let computers do what they are best at doing and let humans do what they are best at doing.
5. Modern Tribe
Found In: 2006
What They Do: “Modern Tribe, Inc. is a rapidly growing software & design company. We develop custom solutions for some of the world’s largest companies, government institutions and smaller growing organizations. We pride ourselves on our ability to bridge people and technology and to bring the passion and dedication of an entrepreneur to every project. Our team is composed of talented employees and freelancers around North & South America (and a smattering across the globe).”
Found In: 2005
What They Do: “We are the people behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Jetpack, Tumblr, and more. We believe in making the web a better place.
We’re a distributed company with more than 1100 Automatticians in 65+ countries speaking 75+ different languages. Our common goal is to democratize publishing so that anyone with a story can tell it, regardless of income, gender, politics, language, or where they live in the world.”
7. Toptal LLC
Found In: 2010
What They Do: “Toptal is a network of the world’s top 3% of software engineering, design, and finance talent – available on demand to help companies accelerate, adapt, and scale. With $100+ million in annual revenue and triple-digit growth, Toptal is the largest fully distributed workforce in the world.
We take the best elements of virtual teams and combine them with a support structure that encourages innovation, social interaction, and fun [see this video from The Huffington Post]. We see no borders, move at a fast pace, and are never afraid to break the mold.
If you’re not in the job market, you’re exactly the type of person we’re looking for.”
Found In: 2006
What They Do: “X-Team provides high-performing, on-demand teams of developers for leading brands.
X-Team is a 100% remote company that’s helped companies build remote development teams for more than a decade.
We believe in living a life of freedom that allows you to spend more time staying energized by doing more of what makes you come alive.
“These guys are from the future.” - Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder
The X-Team lifestyle, centered around passionate people doing more of what energizes them, attracts thousands of developers to apply every day.
If you want to be motivated to learn, grow and explore in an environment rooted in respect and positive energy, X-Team is where you belong. Join us and our community of developers from 40+ countries around the world as we continue to build the most energizing community for developers.”
Found In: 2011
What They Do: “Doximity was founded in 2011 by the pioneers of mobile health apps to connect healthcare professionals and make them more productive. Product development is in our DNA, and software engineering is the lifeblood of our company.
Joining Doximity means being part of an incredibly talented and humble team. We work on amazing products that over 70% of US physicians use to make their busy lives a little easier. Here at Doximity we absolutely love creating technology that has a real, meaningful impact on people’s lives. We think you will too.”
Found In: 2015
What They Do: “Dataquest is an interactive online learning platform for data science. We’re passionate about helping students go from zero to job ready. We help students deeply learn concepts, build projects, work together, and gain the confidence they need to start new careers. Read more about our philosophy here and read what students think here.
We want to help tens of millions of students worldwide change their lives through data science education, and you’ll play a key role in helping us get there. We’re looking for collaborative and passionate team members, to help us continue to build out our 30+ person remote, global team.”
The companies listed above are 100% remote based and are great to work with. Hope you join any one of them soon.
Kamal Rastogi is a serial IT entrepreneur with 25 yrs plus experience. Currently his focus area is Data Science business, ERP Consulting, IT Staffing and Experttal.com (Fastest growing US based platform to hire verified / Risk Compliant Expert IT resources from talent rich countries like India, Romania, Philippines etc...directly). His firms service clients like KPMG, Deloitte, EnY, Samsung, Wipro, NCR Corporation etc in India and USA.