I think most people would be happier if they had more flexibility to choose when and where they work. Sometimes that just means coming in late or leaving early without the hassle or guilt. For some, it means being able to work remotely for short periods of times.
In tech, it's common for companies to support flexible work arrangements, but it's definitely a spectrum. From flexible start times to fully remote companies, see how different engineering teams have built their culture around flexible working arrangements.
One of the biggest mistakes companies make is enforcing a one-size-fits-all work schedule on all of their employees. We recognize that some people prefer working 9-5 days while others want the flexibility to do midday yoga or shopping as they work better late at night. Whatever your work preference is, we support it. We’ve also dedicated Wednesday as a no-meeting day so that people can have additional flexibility and dedicated heads-down time.
Creativity and innovation require high-levels of cognitive functioning, neither of which are possible when you are stressed, tired, or over-worked. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve encouraged teammates to prioritize their mental health, whether that means regularly scheduled PTO or ad-hoc afternoon walks. Working habits often emanate from the company’s founders or leaders, which is why we’re lucky that our engineering leadership team sets a good example. Our VP of Engineering, Jean, balanced work with ever-changing pod childcare responsibilities for her 5 and 8 year-old throughout the pandemic, and our CEO and technical founder, Dan, has morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up times blocked out on his calendar for his 6 year-old.
Our team has core hours from 11am-2pm PT for any recurring meetings or ad-hoc collaboration. Our East Coast teammates usually find a large block of morning time to do heads-down focus work, while West Coast teammates have more uninterrupted time in the afternoons.
When it is safer to do so, we may have some optional co-working spaces and in-person team meetups, but in-office presence will always be optional. We are committed to a remote-first culture.
Even before the pandemic, we were a remote first company from day one. While we have a small studio in Brooklyn, our team is fully distributed. Team members span more than 10 states and three countries. While we are committed to building a location agnostic team, we still recognize the value in synchronous work. Everyone is online together between our shared core hours of 12PM ET and 5:30PM ET. Outside of that, everyone has the flexibility to own their schedule. For example, we have an engineer based in California who prefers to start his days around 6AM PT so that he can spend his afternoons with his young daughter. On the other side of the world, we have an engineer based in Europe who’s embraced his inner night owl and keeps core hours from 6PM to 11:30PM local time!
One of our company values is Empowerment. We empower our creators to build the Internet, and we also want to empower our team to do what they do best. We don’t want (or need for that matter!) someone looking over our shoulder all the time. We look for ways to divvy up ownership of the different areas of our codebase to give our teammates the freedom to lean into their strengths. We value leadership over management – we want our leaders to find ways to facilitate people doing their best work, instead of dictating how to do things from the top down. This enables us to be better as a team than any one person could possibly be individually.
We also encourage each person to optimize their work environment. Need a standing desk or noise cancelling headphones? We’ve got you covered. We extend home office credits to each person – which are yours and yours to spend. And you can use them exactly as you see fit. Molly, our senior brand designer, wanted a beautiful lamp for her desk. Marya, our people operations manager, really wanted a filing cabinet.
Universe is also a welcoming place for parents – as well as people who are looking to grow their families. We recognize that everyone’s path to parenthood is different, which is why we offer a flexible parental leave for all new parents – this means parents of both biological children and adopted children as well as both birth- and non-birth parents. Whether you want to take more time off in the beginning or prefer to spread it out over the course of several weeks or months, we’ll coordinate closely with you to make a plan that meets your individual needs. Want to pick up your child from school or attend a dance recital? Great! Let’s make it happen. We want you to succeed both as a team member at Universe AND as a parent.
Spending time together is important too. As it’s becoming safe to travel in the US again, we are starting to plan our first post-pandemic in-person offsite! (Wait, as a fully remote team, maybe it should actually be called an onsite?! :) We’re super excited to bring the full Universe team together, especially as this time around there are many new team members who have never met IR before. We currently do online offsites about once a quarter, and prior to the pandemic, we did annual in-person offsites for brainstorming, strategizing, and goal-setting, as well as getting to know each other beyond the screen. We can’t wait to do that again.
1 Open Positions
Operating system for building and growing developer communities
San Francisco, Paris, or Remote (US/Europe)
With Patrick in San Francisco and Nicolas and Josh in Paris, a nine-hour time difference naturally requires flexibility. While we like to have 1:1s biweekly, and meet as a company three times a week to keep each other in the loop about our priorities, flexibility is baked into our day-to-day.
We believe successful engineers know what kind of schedules work best for them and will speak up if they have different thresholds for meetings. We want you to be able to work whatever hours suit your needs the best. For example, Nicolas generally likes to work 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Josh prefers to have his mornings free and work later in the evenings (when he can also catch up with Patrick in SF). Josh also recently became a parent, so having that flexibility with his schedule is extremely important. At the end of the day, there’s no hard and fast rule for when you have to work or from where, as long as you’re getting your work done.
The Orbit team hosts a virtual event for community members called OpenSnack.
While we have two HQ offices in San Francisco and Toronto, we also have many team members across the U.S. who work remotely. With our new hybrid policy, folks will have the option to go into the office if they’d like, or work remotely in certain approved states. Ideally, we try to optimize for overlapping hours as much as possible (9am-2pm PT), but there’s a great deal of flexibility for engineers to get their work done however suits them best. For example, some people like to work from 7am-4pm, while others prefer to start their days later and end a little later. Want to pick up your kids from school? Go for it! We all have commitments, hobbies, and passions outside of the office and trust you to manage your schedule.
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We support flexible working hours. Everyone has the freedom to create their own schedule (though most people tend to hover around a “10am - 6pm” workday) and we don’t have any strict in-office hours – doing good work is independent of which hours you choose to do it in. We currently have a somewhat distributed team (with members in San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Ohio), but we’re focusing on growing our team in San Francisco where our HQ is. We’ve recently expanded into a new office and we want to fill it!
People take advantage of flexible working in many different ways: being at home to wait for a package; going to a doctors appointment or haircut; or if you just wake up early and want to finish early, that’s okay too! We always make sure to celebrate together, no matter where people are.
You can meet our whole team here!
At The Financial Gym, flexibility is important because we want our team to work efficiently while also being comfortable. That’s why we’ve been open to remote work since the beginning and currently have employees in Texas, North Carolina, Kentucky, and other states.
Ideally, all of our 1-on-1 coaching sessions with trainers are in person, but virtual 1-on-1 coaching is an option (especially during the current pandemic). We want to serve everyone in the U.S. – so having employees in different time zones helps us scale – but the overall vision is to have onsite locations.
Ultimately, we recognize the benefits of allowing remote work, so we’re open to remote and flexible work arrangements for engineers. At the end of the day, we all stay connected through Slack.
1 Open Positions
Seamlessly create, send, and track video emails
Colorado Springs, Denver, or Remote in CO, NY, PA, WI
Our standard work hours are between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday. Given that we have remote team members, we are flexible about where you work, so long as you can still participate in daily standups, meetings, and can collaborate effectively with our in-office team members.
Everyone at BombBomb is asked to stretch themselves, take on new challenges, and pivot into new projects when our business demands it. (This can be frustrating at times for those who get emotionally attached to their work, which is why we look for folks who are comfortable with ambiguity.) Our ability to adapt quickly is what sets us apart in our market, so we are constantly optimizing our working styles and approach so that everyone on our team can have the autonomy and freedom they need to be most productive.
Most of our team works out of our headquarters in Colorado Springs (where we just got some of the best office space in the whole city for our product and engineering teams!), and we have a small team working out of a WeWork in Denver.
And after all: one of the core pillars of Minerva as an educational system is that high-quality collaboration and deep intellectual contribution and growth can happen even when we are separated by great distances.
Our team is distributed across geographies and timezones. We are roughly 50% in the San Francisco Bay Area and 50% across the US and Europe. Thus our collaborative activities like meetings, pairing, and code reviews are designed to be remote by default. We try to keep the bigger team meetings in the Pacific Time mornings (usually 9am-11am), so that folks in the eastern US and in Europe can comfortably attend. Finally, we make sure to all meet in person at least once per year at an all company gathering, called Unitas. In addition, remote employees come through SF on as needed basis.
Everyone sets their own hours while ensuring they can attend scheduled team meetings and respond to requests from their teammates for questions and code review. Some folks start earlier or later to accommodate child care in the morning or afternoon, and others take an extra hour before or after lunch for the gym. Other members of the team travel for a few months during the year. Provided we've communicated this with the rest of the team in advance, we enjoy quite a bit of flexibility here.
Students and staff at an event in Berlin, one of the Minerva Schools global rotation cities.
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Noyo is a distributed/remote company. We are hiring for all roles across the United States, though we do have offices in San Francisco and Durham. Going into the office is optional for everyone; we won’t ask anyone to relocate, and you can work remotely even if you live in a city with an office. On the engineering team, we are spread out from coast to coast, with someone in every time zone in between. There’s no significant concentration of engineers in any particular location – we truly operate as a remote team.
In order to facilitate collaboration across time zones we have core working hours: 9am-2pm PST and 12pm-5pm EST. These hours are when meetings should be scheduled to ensure all team members can join and the hours during which team members are expected to be generally available via Slack or other communication methods. For the average engineer there are typically around 5 hours of recurring meetings per week (mostly standups and sprint ceremonies). Outside of these hours, team members are trusted to get their work done in a manner that works best with their schedule and working preferences.
Approximately 20% of the engineering team are parents, we’ve had numerous team members have children while at Noyo and take advantage of our 12 weeks of parental leave. Throughout COVID we have also supported employees working on different schedules to accommodate childcare responsibilities or take care of personal responsibilities. At the end of the day, our team works from a position of trust – we trust that our team members are responsible and capable of getting their work done without micromanaging.
While we embrace the home office and give you ample tools to set up one that works for you, we also recognize that working at home can leave some feeling isolated or in need of social interactions. (Or sometimes those who live with you need a break. 😉) That’s why we support multiple ways of working remotely, including reimbursing coworking fees and covering the currency of working in cafes (go ahead and expense your favorite latte).
You can also break up your day however you like. Want to head to the gym at 10 a.m.? Go for it. Whether you prefer to work early mornings or evenings, we’re flexible.
As a distributed team, we constantly assess and share what we learn with each other about our routines and managing time zones. We summarize our outcomes in biweekly P2 updates and talk about our non-work goals and how we balance it all. If you can’t get enough on the future of work, and how we’re living it, check out Matt’s podcast at Distributed.Blog.
Oh, and btw, we also believe in taking a break. Haven’t been AFK (Away from Keyboard) for a while? Please go now. Been here 5 years? Take a sabbatical!
Below are photos from our team members working all over the world. From left to right, top to bottom, we have South Africa, Peru, Greece, Mexico, France, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, and Portugal!
31 Open Positions
Developer-friendly APIs to automate trusted decisions about every business
New York, NY or Remote
We’re not focused on when people clock in and out. Instead, we concentrate on ensuring tight communication within and between squads—daily standups, weekly one-on-ones with people leads and teammates, and monthly engineering all-hands meetings to go over squad and product updates. Our priority is creating an environment in which our engineers can do their best work possible, so we’re less concerned with where or when they do it.
We’re 100% confident in the people we hire and trust our engineers to manage their time as they see fit. If someone needs to work from home to take care of an apartment issue or watch their kids, we want them to feel empowered to make the right decision for both their productivity and personal priorities.
Aside from standups and biweekly sprint-plannings and all-hands meetings, we do our best to avoid regular, mandatory meetings. We stay in tune with what everyone is working on through our biweekly demos. Instead of meeting to tell everyone what we’re currently working on, we spend time showing what we’ve built (Show and Tell is still as exciting as it was when we were younger!). Engineers demo their new features, Ops showcase their new models, and our Commercial team shares new partnerships. We understand that you have commitments outside of work and individual needs with regards to working hours. As long as you’re getting your stuff done, do what works best for you.
We provide an unlimited PTO policy. Working at a startup can be intense at times and we want to ensure that you are taking the time you need to recharge. We believe that being your best self at work requires that you are committed to taking care of yourself and taking time to get away.
PicnicHealth as a whole is remote until October 2021; we will go “hybrid” (remote or SF based) after that. Many of our roles in Engineering will continue to be remote even past that date. Today we have engineers all across the country including in San Francisco, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and more. We facilitate the success of remote team members through investing in tools like Zoom and chat and making sure that core meetings occur during business hours for everyone in US time zones. We do have an office in San Francisco and remote team members are encouraged to visit at least quarterly for face-to-face time with the team. We are actively hiring in many US locations so wherever you are, we want to hear from you!
The office tends to have the most people in from 10:00am until around 6pm. Some folks come later, others earlier. Some others will work from home on occasion. We use Slack as our main communication tool, with the pro’s and con’s of asynchronous communication. Flexibility is important, as some team members have family or care-giving responsibilities requiring them to work from home. We have team members in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. We also have developers who do short to medium-term remote work when they need to get away. Some play recreational ice hockey, and those rink times have exacting start times. Others still have evening classes they attend.
We work across every time zone in the United States – most people work online between 9am and 6pm in their local time zone. Ultimately, we care more about the impact we make than the number of hours we put in.
At Aptible, we praise focus and seek leverage and plan our work to make the biggest impact with the least amount of precious time. Sleep is leverage: We believe in getting enough of it. Health is leverage: We take pride in our physical and mental health benefits. It will take years to reach our most ambitious goals, so we aim to perform at a high level over a long period of time.
Think about something that you've wanted to accomplish but simply haven't found the time for. Working remote adds a few more hours into the "life" part of the equation, whether its being able to learn a new language, take your dog for a midday stroll or have more quality time with loved ones.
Left: Aptible Team Member, Mia Lopez, on a recent trip to Italy. Right: Tasia Johnson, with her youngest.
1 Open Positions
Connecting fintechs with banks to build great financial products
San Francisco, CA or Remote (US)
We don't care about how long you sit at your desk as long as you can complete your tasks in a timely manner. We want you to work when you’re at your most productive. During the pandemic, we’ve transitioned to being remote and we plan to continue to be remote-friendly indefinitely, even when we re-open our office.
We know that everyone has life obligations, such as picking up children from school/daycare or fostering kittens. We're usually online between 9am and 5pm, but only because that’s the schedule that works best for most people. Some of our team members start earlier or later, depending on what’s most convenient for their lifestyles.
Our emphasis on transparency and open communication allows us to keep the whole team informed, regardless of who's in the office or when. We have daily video conferences to ensure that everyone is in sync, and we keep our calendars regularly updated to schedule meetings that everyone can attend.
We also have an open vacation policy and a two-week minimum – we’ll send you home in December if we have to!
We try to strike a balance between coordination and flexibility. As a distributed team, we want to create a comfortable environment for our team members in different time zones and with varying obligations outside of work. Our core hours are from 9am to 1pm PDT, which allows us time to meet synchronously and pair as needed, but how you schedule the rest of the day is up to you – we have families, friends, and hobbies, too! Andy likes to go for 6am runs and Brian helps his kids attend school remotely. We also want to help you build a space you can be productive in, so we chip in with a monthly internet stipend and a $1,000 home-office budget to get you set up.
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What distinguishes us at Jane is that we’re truly a cohesive team comprised of good humans. While our HQ is in Santa Cruz, we also have several team members who work remotely, spanning the US and Canada. In non-pandemic times, it was common for some of us in Santa Cruz to surf together (Pleasure Point is just half a mile down the road), play music together, and the list goes on. During the pandemic, we started a bi-weekly trivia happy hour over Zoom, which has been a great bonding experience while working remotely. Our friendships extend beyond work, and we think that speaks to how bonded we feel as a team. It’s akin to being on a sports team really.
We all have different lives and fully support one another. Some like to begin their day at 8:30am while others sign on at 10:14am for our daily 10:15am standup. Some are regular cannabis consumers while others have never consumed it before in their life! Even pre-pandemic we were open to flexible scheduling, with people choosing to work from home once a week or popping out to pick up kids from school. As we shift toward more remote-friendly work, we continue to trust our team members to get their work done however suits them best.
We purposefully design our interviews to be as human-centered as possible and we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback: “That was unlike any onsite I’ve ever experienced!” is a common refrain. We have candidates meet with as many team members as possible, from engineering and design, to C-suite execs, to get a feel for what it’s really like to work here. The more exposure you have to the people at Jane, the better. After all, you’re not just interviewing for a job, you’re joining a team.
At the end of the day, we all pitch in to get things done and feel collective ownership for what we’re building. All accomplishments are co-accomplishments. 🙌
Academia’s Remote Work Policy allows employees to move to and work from any location in the U.S. For anyone in the Bay Area, people will come into the office 1-2 days a week (once it is safe to do so), but this isn’t mandatory. If you live in the Bay Area and find you’re more productive working from home five days a week, that’s totally fine. And if you’d prefer to move to San Francisco instead of working remotely, we’re happy to offer a relocation bonus to help you do so. We also plan to have regular company retreats (think: renting a huge house or three in Tahoe) where we fly everyone in to bond as a team and brainstorm in-person.
If you’re interested in joining our team, please apply!
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