8 Tech Companies With The Best Remote Work Culture
The pandemic has changed many things. Especially the realities of working from home. The remote workforce is realizing there’s a lot more to remote culture than simply dialling into a meeting from home. Just having high-speed internet and powerful apps isn’t enough; an effective ‘virtual’ workplace is all about maintaining a team culture that’s inspirational, as well as collaborating a remote team and meeting company-wide goals.
Managers and leaders of teams are now trying to navigate their leadership and management skills to fit within the mold of a remote work environment. In fact, some companies have even found that going with a fully, 100% distributed team has made business even more successful.
At Cassiopeia, we love data. We are always on the lookout for how companies and managers are using data and insights to improve team dynamics and collaboration between departments and employees.
Using data from Glassdoor and Comparably, we have shortlisted 8 global companies who have completely embraced this shift to remote work, and in the process, improved their team dynamics and company culture.
Fully remote pre-COVID
Industry: Design & Internet
Company’s mission statement: “Bring design-driven innovation to every company in the world.”
The leaders in the remote working game, InVision has 700 fully-distributed employees working from across the globe, who not only work remotely, but also do so in an effective way. When onboarding new employees, they lean into their core company value: trust. Employees are trusted to show up on time, and trusted they are equipped with all the necessary tools to step into their virtual office.
Each team also has a daily 30-min standup to discuss progress on ongoing projects and priorities for the week, department-wide and company-wide. InVision truly believes in the power of data, which is why they equip each employee with access to Degreed, an upskilling and learning platform.
DATA HIGHLIGHTS: There are 54 reviews on Glassdoor that state InVision’s “remote work really enables employees to live their best life at work and home". Plus, based on users who have contributed to ratings on Comparably the Engineering department consists of 34% men and 66% women.
Fully remote pre-COVID
Industry: Internet & Software
Company’s mission statement: “We want to build a different type of company that’s focused not only on the bottom line, but also the happiness of our customers and team, and our personal growth along the journey.”
With 85 members working in a fully distributed team from 15 countries, Buffer has been experimenting with location-independent work since 2016. The global team adds an advantage to their product, as being distributed across time zones means there’s someone to speak with customers around the clock. More availability = more customers.
Buffer also cultivates a culture of collaboration on a managerial level, where executives are able to schedule 1:1s with their team leaders for an honest feedback session, every week if needed.
DATA HIGHLIGHTS: On Comparably, 83% of employees at Buffer believe their meetings are effective. The company has received 4.5 rating out of 5 on Work/Life Balance, and its Senior Management has clocked 3.9 stars out of 5, as per Glassdoor reviews.
Fully remote pre-COVID
Industry: Information Technology & Software
Company’s mission statement: “We’re just some humans who think computers should do more work.”
Zapier supported remote work before the world shifted to remote, so this space is not new for them to navigate. When a new team member joins Zapier, they are offered a list of all the applications, widgets and tools where their team’s communications are carried out. This strategic move, from a managerial front, instills a culture of collaboration and communication right from the word go. Plus, they host annual retreats too (pre-COVID).
DATA HIGHLIGHTS: Evidently teamwork is important for folks at Zapier, as their team score is currently ranked in the Top 15% of similar sized companies in the US and placed 2nd among its competitors, as per reviews on Comparably. 100% of Zapier employees look forward to interacting with coworkers while 100% believe their company meetings are effective.
Fully remote pre-COVID
Industry: E-learning and Coding
Company’s mission statement: “Diversify the tech industry through accessible education, unlocking the door to opportunity, and empowering people to achieve their dreams.”
Treehouse’s biggest win is in their 4-day working week, and the biggest company perk mentioned on both Glassdoor and Comparably. An e-learning platform for coders and testers, Treehouse has been running a fully remote operation since 2015. However its remote success comes down to loyalty and trust among team leaders and employees.
Being proud of their foundations, founder Ryan Carson has shared the benefits offered at Treehouse on many podcasts and interviews, which include lunch stipend, paid sabbaticals, retirement contribution, 4-day work week, health insurance, a quarterly increase in salary, and more.
DATA HIGHLIGHTS: 80% of employees at Treehouse feel they are paid fairly, 80% are satisfied with their benefits, and 50% of Treehouse employees feel their work environment is positive meaning Treehouse is a happy place to work.
Industry: Software & Technology
Company’s mission statement: “We believe businesses can grow with a conscience, and succeed with a soul — and that they can do it with inbound.”
Before Hubspot went into a 100% remote workforce, they had a very public “no door policy” in place. This meant that everyone in the enterprise had access to everyone else. Including all employees having access to the company’s cash balances, and information of the ‘big picture’ of what other departments were working on. Since the shift to remote work, this culture continues, albeit remotely.
HubSpot says that many of their people managers “focus on employee growth rather than just their team's ability to hit quotas or goals”. All managers at HubSpot are also encouraged to focus on encouraging employees to grow and learn from their mistakes. As part of feedback, the leaders of teams also offer new insights to what employees might not have thought of.
DATA HIGHLIGHTS: The management team at HubSpot incorporates a people-centric approach, which is why the company has received an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 when it comes to cultures, values and senior management. Also, 742 HubSpot employees give their leadership a grade of A+, or Top 5% of similar size companies in the US. This includes specific ratings of their executive team, CEO, and manager.
Industry: Software & Internet
Company’s mission statement: “To that end, we work hard to bring together people from a wide variety of backgrounds and identities, all with the goal of building more inclusive, more useful, and more impactful products and experiences. We foster an environment where everyone is encouraged to bring their unique personalities and skills to the office every single day.”
When a company is built on creativity, you know they aren’t going to take any shortcuts when it comes to a creative approach to managing a team and fostering an inclusive culture. A former employee summarised the team culture as, “they're compassionate, smart, sincere, weird, and inclusive. They make us want to come to work every day!” Wistia primarily makes educational video content for brands around the world, but also invests in remote management and remote leadership.
As teams around the world transition into happy hours on Zoom, there’s a real need for creativity and resourcefulness when it comes to keeping your company culture thriving and keeping new employees engaged. When the pandemic started, Wistia announced how every new member would have to produce a 2-minute introductory video as part of their onboarding process.
DATA HIGHLIGHTS: 50% of Wistia employees are excited about going to work each day and 100% look forward to working with coworkers and are happy in their team, as per stats on Comparable.
Company’s mission statement: “We’re passionate about solving these problems with a technology platform that empowers people to choose work that works for them instead of the other way around.”
Short for “Work Now Locally,” Wonolo is an on-demand staffing platform that helps people find flexible work while helping companies fill their immediate needs. They save companies recruiting money by connecting them with talented people within minutes on their platform. However, internally, Wonolo does things very differently.
Their product is their ‘people’, so every employee in the company is asked to join the platform every quarter and do at least one job with a registered Wonolo company. This enables them to test the platform for a 360-degree user experience, as well as network with other companies and clients.
DATA HIGHLIGHTS: On Comparably, the current management has a rating of 87 out of 100, being in the top 5% of companies of similar size in San Francisco. Wonolo also fosters an inclusive culture from within, with over 50% of their senior leadership team consisting of women with a strong background in tech, engineering and product management.
Company’s mission statement: “To create economic opportunities so people have better lives."
The entire company has now gone remote until the foreseeable future, but when their officers were open, their mission was to ensure employees in the office had everything they needed to focus on their work. This included a daily lunch program, holding insightful in-office events and experiences, and performing quarterly evaluations. With its distributed team now, the company is putting an extra emphasis on supporting employees’ mental health, physical health, and how they show up at home with their families. These resources include “family activities, mental & physical health, community outreach, personal growth, and guidance for employees to host their own virtual team-building events”.
DATA HIGHLIGHTS: 52% of employees at Upwork believe their meetings held remotely are effective; meanwhile Upwork's Work Culture scored 71/100 placing it among the Top 40% of similar sized US companies. The Engineering and Design department also ranked the highest for work culture, as reported on Comparably.
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