Work Wherever You Want Tips

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.

 

1. VMware

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.

 

2. DigitalOcean

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.

 

3. LivingSocial

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.