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15 Fully Remote Companies To Work For in 2021

Posted by Alisha Shibli
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The global workspace is changing and rapidly at that. Over the past decade, remote work was gradually picking up pace. People were talking about the perks of being digital nomads, new collaborative remote tools and technologies allowed for more productive remote work without being under the same roof for 40 hours a week.

The world was embracing this new trend going into 2020 with some companies offering selective “work from home” days. Co-working spaces were popping up everywhere and it was possible to get serious work done from anywhere as long as you had a stable internet connection. 

This change got turbocharged in March 2020 when the world had no other option than to work remotely. Some of the tech giants such as Facebook, Apple, and Twitter embraced this “new normal” and went on to state that work from home is here to stay.

The lockdown, while difficult, had its silver lining where it sensitized most business leaders to identify remote work and get comfortable with it. And the numbers further validate this sentiment--90% of remote workers would recommend working remotely to a friend.

If you’re looking to find companies that understand the best practices for remote teams and also great employee benefits, and a place where you can thrive as a professional in a remote workforce, then keep going to see the full list.

1. 10up

10up is a web design and development consulting service. Be it  digital strategy and management, software engineering, user experience, interactive design, or cloud infrastructure, their team of experts have you covered.

At 10up, you get the freedom to work from wherever you want, a flexible work schedule, equipment allowance, health, dental, and life insurance, paid time off, holidays, and more.

10up has a dozen open positions for designers, developers, accountant, client support, and more. And they use Friday to automate their work routines and goal setting!

2. Automattic

Think WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Gravatar, Tumblr. These are world-class products created by fully remote “Automatticians”. Right now, there are over a thousand Automatticians distributed across 77 countries speaking 96 different languages. No matter where you are located, if you’ve got the skills, they’ve got a job for you. As a company, Automattic is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their remote workforce. 

Automattic is currently hiring for over a dozen positions in engineering, design, business development and marketing, people, legal, finance, and more.

3. Buffer

Buffer is one of the best social media scheduling tools helping its customers build their brands and grow their businesses on social media. The company started in 2010 and today it has a portfolio of over 73,000 customers including Shopify, Github, Intercom, Basecamp, and more.

Buffer is a fully distributed team of 85 people living and working in 15 countries around the world. They offer health insurance to all their team members (international and US). As an additional bonus, whenever the company does well, all team members share the profits.

4. Doist

Doist is the team behind Todoist, a popular productivity tool that is currently helping more than 22 million people manage their tasks and projects. Todoist has a minimalist design and is available as a web app, desktop app, mobile app, and even a browser extension. 

The company started in 2007. From Jamaica to Poland, Taiwan to Australia, Doist’s team is spread all over the globe. Along with all the other remote benefits, as a Doister, you’ll also get one month per year to spend time working on a work-related project that you’re passionate about.

5. FlexJobs

FlexJobs’ core mission is to help people find remote work from home, and flexible job opportunities that make their lives better. They’ve been fully remote from when they started back in 2007. Remote working at FlexJobs means support for their employees in all aspects of their lives by offering them stipends towards professional development, technology, office furniture, housekeeping, snack subscriptions, and co-working spaces.

6. Ghost

Ghost is a non-profit organisation creating free open source software to empower journalism. They’re built a full-stack, modern content management platform to create, publish, and manage content.

Ghost primarily uses Github, Slack, and Zoom to stay connected and build their platform. They offer competitive salary, cover for all the tech support you need, offer unlimited paid vacation days, and close the office on the last Friday of every single month. For remote work, Ghost currently has openings for designers and engineers.

7. Gitlab

GitLab is a DevOps platform built for the enterprise. They’ve created a community of developers and engineers who share their code and offer tips to one another.

The platform is a great place to share and learn information about version control, CI/CD, DevSecOps, and all-remote workflows.

Gitlab has a fully remote and completely distributed team of more than 1200 members. They believe in asynchronous work which means the team members can contribute from anywhere at any time. Gitlab is currently hiring for over a dozen positions in sales, marketing, engineering, product, and more. 

8. Hubstaff

Hubstaff is a time tracking tool that’s used by over 34,000 businesses. You don’t use Hubstaff to just track time but also to help with automatic payroll processing and attendance scheduling. The distributed company started in 2012 as a way to better manage global remote teams.

They’re a team of driven, talented individuals spread across the world. Hubstaff is currently hiring for developers, engineers, and more.

9. Invision

InVision is helping thousands of companies, including the Fortune 100, and brands such as American Express, Netflix, Ikea use its intuitive tools for ideation, design, prototyping, and design management. Their platform gives you everything you need to design your product digitally.

InVision is a fully remote company with its distributed team in more than 20 countries. The company offers medical insurance, equipment allowances and conference/travel budgets to all its employees. 

10. Knack

Knack is a cloud-based tool that makes it easy for businesses to build applications that manage, share, and empower data. These tools are simple to use and require no coding whatsoever. Today, they have over 4000 customers who’ve built over 100,000 apps.

Knack is a team of 31 members spread across the globe. They offer their workers unlimited paid vacation, paid corporate retreats, health, vision, and dental, covering 75% of the premium for you and your dependents. Knack is currently hiring for a few positions in engineering.

11. Scrapinghub

Founded in 2010, Scrapinghub is one of the fastest growing tech businesses that takes web content and turns it into useful data. They offer a cloud-based web crawling platform, off-the-shelf datasets, and turn-key web scraping services.

More than 2,000 companies and over 1M developers use Scrapinghub tools and services to get the data they need from the web. They’re a globally distributed team of over 170 “shrubbers” across 30 countries worldwide. As an employee, you’ll also get the option to enroll in the company’s share program.

12. Time Doctor

Time Doctor offers productivity and time-tracking monitoring software that helps reduce wasted time and increase productive time. The inception of Time Doctor happened in 2012 when Rob Rawson & Liam Martin developed the software. Their goal is to be the most trusted time tracking and productivity app for remote teams.

Today, they have over 85 team members working 100% remotely across 31 countries. Time Doctor is currently looking for people in engineering, marketing, customer relations, and more.

13. Toggl

Toggl is one of the simplest time-tracking tools that help teams work better and be more productive from anywhere in the world. They’re a fully remote company, with “Togglers” working from more than 40 countries across the world.

As a Toggler, you’ll have the freedom to choose when and where you work along with a €2,000 budget to buy a laptop and set up your home office. You also get monthly reimbursement for gym membership, massage, and any other wellness service.

Toggl is currently hiring for software development, operations, and marketing.

14. Toptal

Toptal is a freelance marketplace that was initially built keeping only tech talent in mind. However, over the years, they’ve expanded their pool to include designers, writers, and more. The company’s USP is that it accepts only 3% or fewer of freelance applicants.

Toptal is one of the largest fully-remote companies. They have a core team with hundreds of members spread across 70+ countries. As a company that connects the world's top talent with the top organizations, Toptal understands what it takes to make a remote team work efficiently. 

15. Zapier

Zapier creates workflows called Zaps that connect your apps to automate repetitive tasks, so that you can save time and scale your projects. 

Zapier is a fully remote company with employees in over 28 countries and 17 time zones. As a new employee, you'll start with an immersive remote onboarding experience where you’ll learn about the product, culture, and the business. They offer competitive salary, unlimited vacation policy, among many other benefits. 

Zapier is currently hiring for design, engineering, marketing, partnerships, support, and more. 

Conclusion: Which Remote Company Will You Work For?

Millions of people were already working remotely from home before the COVID-19 pandemic. The global crisis further pushed 88% of business organizations all over the world to adapt to remote working. And the rise of remote work is only beginning. 

If you want to experience the best of remote work, then the 15 companies listed above are a great place to start your job hunt. 

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