Remote working is here to stay – good news, thanks to the numerous benefits it offers women, from the ability to balance work with other commitments to the opportunity to apply for jobs all over the world.
But which companies are making remote working part of their long-term strategy, while also creating a female- and family-friendly work culture?
We’ve reviewed and compared tech companies offering remote work to find our top 10 picks for 2021. In doing so, we’ve considered flexible scheduling, company culture, home office support, parental and adoptive leave, work-life balance, diversity and inclusion training programs, and more. We’ve also looked at anonymous employee reviews from Fairygodboss, Comparably, InHerSight, Glassdoor, and Great Place to Work.
Here are the 10 best remote work companies for women:
Automattic is a completely distributed or remote firm with workers across 80 countries. The whole company meets once a year for a week, while teams will occasionally fly in to meet up face-to-face. To help workers go remote, the company offers home office setup and coworking allowances.
The company also has a flexible working policy and encourages team members to take at least 25 days off a year in vacation time. Employees who have been with the company for at least a year receive six months of paid parental and/or adoptive leave. Meanwhile, the diversity and inclusion policies encourage team members to pay attention to everything from language differences and holidays/observances to safe travel locations for LGBTQ+ team members.
Online reviews from employees are generally glowing, with one saying, “So much woman-power! They have women in leadership who are absolutely amazing and very active in the diversity community, and an incredibly strong support network for any gender.”
HubSpot is aiming for 70% of new job listings to be “location-agnostic” in 2021, but this isn’t just a pandemic trend. The company has formally committed to becoming a remote-friendly company, with employees able to choose between working in the office, at home, or in a hybrid model. It also helps workers set up a home office and does remote onboarding.
The company boasts several female-friendly policies, such as subsidized childcare and 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. Although men are over-represented in management, with an executive team that is over two-thirds male, most US-based employees praise it for its efforts on inclusivity and diversity.
Hubspot also scores well on anonymous review sites: on InHerSight, it maintains a five-star average for creating a “sense of belonging” in which staff members are “comfortable bringing your whole self to work, you feel included and welcome.” On Comparably, 100% of women consider the company to be supportive of LGBTQ+ employees, and on Glassdoor, workers speak highly of its attitudes toward Black team members.
Elastic claims to not just be family-friendly, but life-friendly, saying, “This might mean a kid on your lap as you give a demo from the couch, a dog playing fetch beside your desk, or a partner banging the pots and pans in the background while making dinner.”
While not all roles are remote, the majority are, especially in tech. However, the company also organizes events so that workers have the chance to meet face-to-face at least once a year.
Female-friendly policies include flexible hours, fertility assistance, and 16 weeks of paid parental and adoptive leave. The company also scores well on employee review sites and was Fairygodboss’ highest-rated company for women in 2020. On Comparably, 100% of female reviewers said they believed they were paid fairly.
At e-commerce firm Etsy, a significant number of roles are remote, particularly in engineering. Through global virtual events, remote workers are made to feel part of the community, no matter where their home office is.
Etsy also has a majority-female team, with women making up 50% of its senior leadership. Benefits vary according to the country, but in the US, it offers 26 weeks of paid parental and adoptive leave.
However, Etsy still has work to do when it comes to racial diversity. At the end of 2019, Black and Latinx employees made up just 11% of the workforce, though the company is working on improving this through mentorship initiatives and outreach programs.
Social media site RealSelf is remote-first, with positions open to people in most US states. It runs virtual events and supports team members in upgrading their home offices.
Female representation is relatively good, though it’s still not gender-balanced. The company’s tech teams are 46% female, with 4 out of 10 leadership positions filled by women. Just under half the staff members on tech teams are people of color.
Employee reviews often highlight the good work-life balance, while on InHerSight, the company is praised for its family growth support. What’s more, employees appreciate receiving wellness benefits in addition to healthcare and paid family leave.
Toggl is a fully remote company with employees in 40+ countries around the globe. It provides employees with a laptop and funding to set up a home office, plus it reimburses coworking space membership or home internet services. Teams meet up occasionally throughout the year, with all travel expenses covered by Toggl.
Online skills tests and assignments are used in hiring to avoid unconscious biases, and anonymous employee reviews praise the company culture. Paternity leave duration varies according to the location, with some team members having up to three years off in accordance with local laws – perhaps because the company is based in Estonia, a country known for its generous parental leave policies.
Toggl also offers flexible working and 24 days of paid vacation a year, in addition to local holidays. There is a monthly reimbursement for wellness services.
The Salesforce ‘Work From Anywhere’ policy means that most staff work in the office from one to three days a week, but that those who don’t need to come into the office or who don’t live near an office can work remotely all week. Flexible scheduling also allows employees to fit their work around other commitments.
The company has a host of family- and female-friendly policies. In the US, workers receive 26 weeks of paid parental leave and 6 weeks of paid holiday for parents. It also conducts company-wide annual reviews of pay rates and adjusts them as required to ensure equal pay regardless of gender and identity.
Roughly 40% of the company’s managers and tech employees are female, and Salesforce has committed to increasing representation of women and minorities across the company.
Zapier is an entirely remote company that also offers flexible working, unlimited vacation days and 14 weeks of paid parental leave. It has team members in multiple countries and several initiatives to improve company culture, such as retreats, weekly 1:1 meetings with managers, and randomized buddy calls.
While Zapier does not publish data on representation, employees praise it in anonymous reviews for its dedication to diversity and inclusion. On Comparably, 100% of diverse employees believe they are paid fairly; on Fairygodboss, 100% of reviewers believe women are treated fairly and equally to men; and on InHerSight, the company scores 4.2 out of 5 for female representation in leadership.
9. Cornerstone OnDemand
Cornerstone OnDemand allows remote working “should your position permit” it, in addition to offering flexible working. Anonymous reviews on Glassdoor frequently praise the work-from-home opportunities.
Generally, workers have positive things to say about the company. In fact, 96% of female employees described the work environment as positive on Comparably.
US-based workers receive at least 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, and there are also networking initiatives to improve diversity and inclusion. Women currently make up 40% of the executive team and around 35% of the board, though women of color are underrepresented.
In 2020, Twitter decided to make remote working a permanent possibility for staff in 17 countries, including the US, Australia, and every European country where it has an office. The company also supports employees in setting up their home office and allows them to invoice for internet expenses.
Twitter aims for 50% of its global workforce to be women by 2025. For now, however, women fill roughly 30% of tech roles and make up 40% of the workforce and leadership as a whole. Online reviews paint a mixed picture of the company: some employees praise the “inclusive events” and work-life balance, but on Comparably, 30% of women describe their work environment as negative. In contrast, just 9% of men described their work environment as negative. Family-friendly policies included at least 20 weeks of fully paid parental leave for all employees, regardless of the country.