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In the 1980s, IBM started placing “remote terminals” in the homes of some of its employees. By 2009, 40 percent of the company’s 386,000 employees no longer needed to turn up to an office each day.

Forward to 2017, and IBM is traveling back in time. Thousands of employees are being told they have to start working from set locations, or wave goodbye to their jobs.

The irony is hard to ignore.

Just this year, an IBM panel discussion mirrored the findings of a 2014 whitepaper from IBM’s own Smarter Workplace Institute:

“The remote workers in this research were highly engaged, more likely to consider their workplaces as innovative, happier about their job prospects and less stressed than their more traditional, office-bound colleagues.”

Other research agrees, showing remote workers to log more hours and do better work.

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Some say that 19 consecutive quarters of falling sales have left IMB looking to trim the workforce without resorting to layoffs.

Whatever the reason, in cases like these, the best talent will find other jobs — jobs that take employees’ work-life balance seriously. Just look at how a similar move by Yahoo  in 2013 ended with the company selling to Verizon for less than 5 percent of its peak price.

Remote Work Is the Future

According to recent findings by Gallup, 43 percent of the American workforce already spends some of its time working remotely.

The report states, “Flexible scheduling and work-from-home opportunities play a major role in an employee’s decision to take or leave a job.”

With that in mind, many of IMB’s employees are looking for other opportunities. And so are employees of other companies who are being forced fo endure outdated ways of working. Cubicles suck, after all.

Thankfully, there’s a huge (and growing) number of respectable employers happy to take on remote workers Working Remotely Is The Future! This Is How LinkedIn Can Help You Working Remotely Is The Future! This Is How LinkedIn Can Help You A remote or telecommute job is the holy grail of job searching. Leverage the resources on LinkedIn to find your dream job. Read More .

These Companies Hire Remote Workers

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1. Adobe

A world-class company specializing in the creative fields Your Guide to Choosing The Right Adobe Product Your Guide to Choosing The Right Adobe Product When most people think of Adobe, they either think of Photoshop or Acrobat Reader. But the company has a plethora of other useful software packages that most people know nothing about. Read More , Adobe hires a huge amount of top talent. Although not all of the company’s positions are remote, there is a good number to choose from. Many of these can be found on Flexjobs.

2. Apple

If you’re after complete flexibility or want to be a digital nomad Life on the Road: The History of Digital Nomadism Life on the Road: The History of Digital Nomadism Read More , Apple isn’t the company for you. But Apple does have a flexible work environment to give you more control over your schedule. Again, available remote positions can be found on FlexJobs.

3. Automattic

This is the company behind WordPress, WooCommerce, Longreads, and more. Automattic’s mission is to “make the web a better place.” It does this through an entirely distributed (and massively talented) team, spread across 50 countries. All the employees get together once per year for a seven-day retreat to help the team to bond.

4. Amazon

Needing no introduction, Amazon has a range of remote work opportunities. A lot of these are in the customer service and sales departments, but more technical jobs 6 of the Best Paying Tech Careers for 2016 6 of the Best Paying Tech Careers for 2016 Investing in the right technology career requires planning and foresight. These six career options are expected to be the hottest in the next few years. Are you ready? Read More  do pop up occasionally.

5. American Express

American Express claims to “value work-life balance, just as you do” and therefore offers a decent selection of telecommuting jobs. Recently named one of the top 20 companies for remote work, this is definitely one to check out. Look out for openings on Flexjobs.

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6. Basecamp

Headquartered in Chicago but dispersed across 32 cities around the world, Basecamp is known to be an incredibly fun, close-knit team to join. You’ll be working on a fast-growing project management platform that many users fall in love with as soon as they use it.

7. Buffer

One of the most transparent companies on the net, Buffer is a pioneer in remote work. Managing an entirely distributed team, the company has managed to build a loyal — and growing — following of social media managers who want an easier way to schedule their posts Buffer Takes Social Media Scheduling To The Next Level With Video Buffer Takes Social Media Scheduling To The Next Level With Video If you are a social media junkie, who likes to post ten times a day, then the tool you must have on your computer is Buffer. And Buffer now does video. Read More .

8. CleverTech

CleverTech is apparently made up of a “remote but absurdly talented group of people.” There’s almost always a range of technical roles available, where you’ll be creating “bespoke technology solutions” for huge clients around the globe.

9. Dell

Another huge company offering a good choice of remote work, Dell also offers plenty of flextime and compressed workweeks in a number of departments. These range from developers to data scientists. A detailed list can also be found on Flexjobs.

10. Doist

The team behind my top to-do list app To-Do List App Showdown: Any.do vs Todoist vs Wunderlist To-Do List App Showdown: Any.do vs Todoist vs Wunderlist Some to-do list apps stand head and shoulders above the rest. But how do they compare and which one is best for you? We'll help you find out. Read More (ToDoist) is almost entirely remote, with everyone “free to make [their] own schedules and connect with the rest of the team throughout the day (or night).”

11. DuckDuckGo

One of Google’s major search competitors, DuckDuckGo is aiming to “raise the standard of trust online DuckDuckGo Celebrates 10 Billion Searches DuckDuckGo Celebrates 10 Billion Searches DuckDuckGo recently achieved a massive milestone by racking up 10 billion searches since its inception. And yet most people have still never heard of DuckDuckGo... Read More .” The company recognizes that people work best in different environments, and therefore trust their team to work remotely, from wherever they like.

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12. Envato

Although based in Melbourne, Envato employs plenty of remote workers, and always allow for flexible schedules. If you’re lucky enough to be one of them, you’ll receive a subsidy to fly out to visit the HQ for a couple weeks, plus you’ll get three month holiday each year.

13. Formstack

The Formstack team claims to “know how to work hard and play hard from wherever we feel most productive”. This is a relatively small but close-knit team, working on improving an ever-popular, impressive online form builder.

14. GitLab

GitLab is a trusted, fast-growing standard for source code version management. This is a remote-only company with a range of technical roles available. Want to know how their remote team works? Check out the GitLab remote manifesto.

15. GitHub

Although GitHub has its HQ in San Francisco (and offices in a few other areas of the world), a large portion of its workers are entirely remote or allow for flexible home working.

16. HubStaff

Another remote team, HubStaff is a trusted time-tracking platform with a huge number of users. Whether you’re a marketer or developer, keep your eye on HubStaff’s careers page.

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17. Motorola

Mototola is a world leader in communication solutions. Not surprisingly, a company of this size isn’t completely remote, but they do have a decent choice of remote positions available. The easiest way to find these is on Indeed or Flexjobs.

18. NodeSource

If you’re interested in the Node.js ecosystem, you’ll be pleased to hear that NodeSource is an entirely distributed team. Hoping to work with “the best in the industry”, the company is happy to let you work from wherever you like How To Be More Productive When Working From Home How To Be More Productive When Working From Home Is working from home (or to use the term – telecommuting) more productive than working from an office? The debate was re-ignited after Marissa Mayer's clarion call to all Yahoo employees. Just like all blah-blahs,... Read More , on your own schedule.

19. Toggl

Toggl, the small company behind the popular time-tracking app, “believes great people will make awesome stuff anywhere.” Although they don’t have a ton of positions open at any one time, all of their positions are remote.

20. Trello

Trello, one of the web’s most loved productivity tools A Guide to Trello for Life and Project Management A Guide to Trello for Life and Project Management Trello can help you get organized. It's a free tool to manage any kind of project. Read this guide to understand its basic structure, the navigation, and how Trello can be useful to you. Read More , may be headquartered in New York, but its team is distributed across the world. There is almost always a selection of interesting positions open in all areas of the business.

21. Upworthy

Don’t fancy a software or hardware company? Upworthy is a massively popular online publication, with most of its jobs being completely remote. Plus, there’s unlimited time off. In return for all this freedom, they expect nothing but your best work.

22. Wikimedia

Want a career that’s more mission-driven? This is a non-profit organization, aiming to “encourage the development and distribution of free, educational content, and to provide the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge.” Many of the vacancies at Wikimedia allow for telecommuting and flexible working, so you’ll have plenty of control over your schedule.

23. X-Team

Are you a talented developer? X-Team is always looking to take on fully remote developers to work with some of the world’s largest brands and fastest-growing startups.

24. Zapier

Zapier is a company that allows anyone to connect their favorite apps to help automate otherwise time-wasting workflows Create Awesome Life Automations with Multi-Step Zaps Create Awesome Life Automations with Multi-Step Zaps Zapier, the single largest competitor to IFTTT, announced that it now offers users the ability to create multiple action automations called multi-step zaps. Read More . Their team is completely distributed (since the company was founded in 2011) and includes everything from writers and developers, to engineers and data scientists.

25. Xerox

With 8,000 work-from-home employees already, Xerox is no stranger to remote work. Although a lot of the roles revolve around customer care, there are some more technical roles such as software developers and programmers.

Remote Work Job Sites

And then there are the thousands of other employers who are happy to hire remote workers. If you’d rather search these en masse instead of visiting individual company sites, some of the best remote job search sites are below.

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FlexJobs

At over 10 years old, this is one of the leaders in remote work opportunities. With over 30,000 jobs from 5,000 employers, the opportunities are endless. As you can see from the links I’ve included above, many larger companies list their remote positions on FlexJobs to make it easier for people, like you, to find.

Stack Overflow

If you’re a developer looking for remote work, there’s no better place to find a massive range of options than Stack Overflow.

Indeed

The Remote section of Indeed.com currently has almost 70,000 available positions. With easy access to employer ratings, it’s easy to find a company you’d love to work with Don't Just Find a Job: Find a Company You'll Love to Work For Don't Just Find a Job: Find a Company You'll Love to Work For Employees rarely leave jobs, they leave managers. Before accepting your next job, spend some time checking you'll actually enjoy working for the company. We'll show you how to identify a good fit. Read More .

Remote.co

Packed with telecommuting and flexible work opportunities, there is a huge number of available positions in almost every industry imaginable.

We Work Remotely

This is a simple site, with basic search functions, but it works well. There are plenty of vacancies here with relatively small companies, doing exciting work.

Say No to the Office

There really is no reason for employers to be taking huge steps back, like IMB is doing for thousands of its own employees. Thousands of other successful companies manage to operate at the top of their game despite being distributed across the planet.

If the freedom of remote work is important to you, then, do check out some of the sites above. The opportunities are immense.

Which other reputable companies offer remote work?

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  1. ravi
    June 7, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    With that in mind, many of IMB’s employee - IBM

  2. Cor
    June 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Zerox = Xerox

    • Tina Sieber
      June 6, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks, fixed!

  3. Jonathan
    June 3, 2017 at 7:04 am

    InVisionApp is also entirely remote!

  4. Patrik
    June 3, 2017 at 6:33 am

    We hire only remote workers at Hotjar (full disclosure: I'm a developer at Hotjar).

    • Tina Sieber
      June 6, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      And since you mention it, it sounds like you recommend working for Hotjar. Thanks, Patrik!

  5. Murteza
    June 3, 2017 at 1:33 am

    What about MakeUseOf ? Are there remote work opportunities at MUO, which positions and what percentage of employees are remote working?

    • Tina Sieber
      June 6, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Yes, MUO is 100% remote. However, we're not currently recruiting.