- The range of remote jobs is broadening thanks to the massive shift in working from home during the pandemic.
- Major global tech companies including Dell Technologies, SAP, Salesforce, and Twitter are increasingly hiring remote employees.
- To find these remote roles, experts recommend doing a quick keyword search — remote, virtual, work from home, etc. — to learn more about companies that value remote-work culture.
- Be upfront on your resume and in your video interview that you are actively seeking remote roles.
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Not long ago, getting a job at a big tech company meant you had to live in one of the tech hubs such as Silicon Valley, Seattle, New York, or Boston. Even if you planned to work from home most or all of the time, you would likely need to be located near to the company’s offices, or at least in the same state.
“For a long time, something like 95% of the remote job listings we would see had a specific location requirement for the job,” said Brie Reynolds, career development manager at remote work job site FlexJobs.
That’s changed since the pandemic, she says. “Facebook and Twitter and some other companies are saying, ‘Sure, we are going to bring up remote work for the long term. And you can move to where you would like.’ They’re still figuring out the logistics of that.”
Although big tech firms have a great need for software developers and other technology professionals, there are many remote jobs available in other areas as well. “Actually, it’s a wide range,” she said. “FlexJobs tracks 55 career fields, and while technology ranks high in available remote jobs, so do healthcare, education and training, customer services, sales, finance, nonprofit and philanthropy, and project management. So there is a much broader range.”
Here are seven top tech companies that are hiring remote employees right now.
Headquarters: Round Rock, Texas
Total Employees: 165,000
Most people know Dell personal computers, but the company also builds and sells a wide variety of other technology products including servers, storage, and switches. In 2015, Dell acquired EMC, maker of data storage, cloud computing, and other products. In 2004, EMC had acquired VMware, which specializes in virtualization (VM stands for virtual machine). Both Dell and VMware appear on FlexJobs’ list of top 100 companies for remote jobs, and have for the past six years.
Headquarters: Walldorf, Germany
Total Employees: 101,000
SAP stands for Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung, or Systems Analysis and Program Development. Though German in origin, it’s a multinational company with offices everywhere — and more than 15% of its employees work from home, according to FlexJobs. The company makes enterprise resource planning software (ERP), which large companies use to run every aspect of their business. It’s number 23 of FlexJobs top 100 companies for remote jobs, and it’s made the list every year since 2014.
Headquarters: Roseland, New Jersey
Total Employees: 58,000
Founded in 1949, ADP (formerly Automatic Data Processing) provides human resources software and services. It gets paychecks to 36 million people in 140 countries. It’s number 93 on FlexJobs’ 2020 list of the top 100 companies with remote jobs, and it’s made that list every year since 2014.
Headquarters: San Francisco
Total Employees: 49,000
Salesforce, founded by the charismatic Marc Benioff, offers cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) software. It’s number six in Fortune’s top 100 companies to work for, based on employee satisfaction, and it’s made the list for ten years.
Headquarters: San Francisco
Total Employees: 4,600
Twitter made headlines in May when it told employees working from home during social distancing orders that they could continue doing so forever if they chose. Even before the pandemic, CEO Jack Dorsey told financial analysts, “Our concentration in San Francisco is not serving us any longer, and we will strive to be a far more distributed workforce.” Twitter was listed among Glassdoor’s best places to work in 2016 and in 2014, when it grabbed the number two spot.
Headquarters: San Francisco
Total Employees: About 1,300
You may not have heard of Automattic, but chances are you’ve heard of WordPress, the blogging platform that is its primary product. It also owns Tumblr and LongReads. When people talk about remote work, this company is often mentioned because it was founded and has always run as an all-virtual company with everyone working from home.
Headquarters: Chatswood, Australia
Total Employees: 700
Appen provides training data in the red-hot field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Though a bit smaller than some others in this listing, it’s number one in FlexJobs’ 2020 list of top 100 companies for remote jobs, and it’s made the top 100 list every year since 2014. It’s also number one in FlexJobs’ list of companies that consistently have lots of remote jobs available. So despite its smaller size, you might have a good chance of finding a job there.
How to land a great remote job
Applying for any kind of job at a big tech company is very competitive, especially if the company is a household name. But a few simple steps can improve your odds.
1. Seek a remote job specifically
If you know you want a remote job, do a keyword search in the company’s on-site job listing or a job site for the keywords: Remote, Virtual, and Work From Home (or just Home).
You can also put in your own location (if the company doesn’t have an office near you) and see what comes up. A growing number of job listing sites allow you to filter for remote jobs, so do that if you can.
You can also learn if a company has a remote-work culture by searching it on LinkedIn and seeing where its employees are located, said Derrick Mar, founder of the job search mentoring site Pathrise. “That takes about a minute.”
Reynolds says working from home for a company with a long remote-work history might be better than doing it at a company that has only recently established remote work policies. “They are fully set up to work this way,” she said.
2. Make it clear that’s what you want
You’ll save time and effort for yourself and your prospective employer if you note on your résumé that you are seeking remote work.
You should also emphasize any remote work experience you’ve already had. “That will take some of the anxiety out of it for the hiring manager,” said Tim Walsh, founder of the Boston recruiting firm Vetted.
You might be tempted to leave the question of working from home until late in the interview process, hoping you’ll have made such a good impression by then that the company will be eager to accommodate your needs. That’s a very bad idea, experts agree.
“I’ve seen really good candidates get burned, and it’s horrible,” said Hamish Stephenson, commercial director, Americas for the digital recruiting firm Salt.
3. Prepare carefully for your video interview
A video interview is quite different from an in-person one, experts warn.
So if this is your first time, make sure you’re ready. “Dress as if you were going to an in-person interview,” Walsh said. “Make sure your video conferencing system is working properly, that you have the right lighting, and that the things on your desk and in your background are in order. Do a dry run with a friend.”
Finding a job with a faraway tech company may take extra effort, but it can be well worth it, especially if you don’t live near any of the big tech hub cities.
Though your new employer might not pay you quite as much as it would if you were living in, say, San Francisco or New York City, you will likely earn more than you could from a local company.
This is especially true because many tech companies have fared well since the pandemic, even as other parts of the economy suffered, Stephenson said. “They’re still on an upward trajectory in revenue, so naturally you’re going to get paid more.”