50 Best Remote-First Companies to Work for in 2021
Around this time each year, Built In’s algorithm uses our ever-growing database of salaries and benefits — as reported by employees and HR leaders at tech companies throughout the United States — to produce our Best Places to Work lists. We produce a unique list for every region we serve: Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Austin and Colorado. Taken together, these regions encompass the eight largest centers of digital innovation and tech talent in the country.
But with millions of tech workers now approaching their first anniversary in the home office, many have found that they enjoy the flexible lifestyle that comes with remote work. And employers have responded in kind, with the likes of Microsoft, Alphabet and Facebook all saying they’ll allow remote folks to fill certain positions beyond the pandemic’s end.
To complement our algorithmically generated local lists, Built In’s editorial teams have hand-selected the 50 Best Remote-First Companies to Work For. All have made long-term commitments to hiring and supporting remote employees, and we think they have the perks, culture and organizational capacity to allow all workers’ careers to flourish, regardless of location. For each company we’ve included a selection of their most impactful perks, occasional insights from an employee or leader and an overview of the organization’s mission in its own words.
Top Remote-First Companies
About: We’re supporting a community where more than 50 million people learn, share and work together to build software.
Perks: Flexible PTO, 100 percent paid insurance premiums, gym memberships, 401(k) match
About: Shipwell is transforming the supply chain industry by replacing opaque and manual processes with a tech-enabled, fully connected logistics ecosystem. Through real-time data and machine learning, our platform is reducing waste and friction, delivering better business intelligence and driving continuous improvement across our customer supply chains.
Perks: Childcare benefits, generous parental leave, remote work program, unconscious bias training, mental health benefits, continuing education stipend
“Shipwell assumes you know how to do your job; outside of core office hours, you are allowed to set your own in-office times. Working from home to deal with a delivery or appointment is a simple notice to a manager, and you're encouraged to make use of the unlimited PTO!”
— David, a back-end engineer at Shipwell
About: Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing and more. On Skillshare, millions of members come together to find inspiration and take the next step in their creative journey.
Perks: Flexible work schedule, generous parental leave, remote work program, unconscious bias training, employee resource groups, home office stipend
“We have a product that we believe in and a community that believes in us. The question we face is how can we build a platform which works for the Skillshare of today, but will scale to the needs of the Skillshare of the future? It’s not enough to keep up with growth; we must build for where our growth will take us.”
— Samantha, Director of Engineering at Skillshare
About: Dropbox is a leading global collaboration platform that's transforming the way people work together, from the smallest business to the largest enterprise. With more than 500 million registered users across more than 180 countries, our mission is to unleash the world’s creative energy by designing a more enlightened way of working.
Perks: Remote work program and home office stipend for remote workers, flexible work schedule, robust DEI programs and initiatives, wellness and mental health benefits, free daily meals, job training and conferences, 401(k) matching
“Dropbox has been both a transformative and inspiring place. I’ve been given opportunities to take on new challenges and the responsibility to tackle large projects.”
— Business Manager Isa Oliveres in a blog post
About: Affirm is bringing transparency to consumer credit. Started by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, Affirm offers financial services that are actually on your side. We give you the flexibility to buy now and make simple payments for big purchases. Unlike other credit options, your exact cost is displayed upfront.
Perks: Generous parental leave, adoption assistance, remote work program, diversity manifesto, home office stipend
About: Black Spectacles helps educate and inspire architects around the world to thrive in their career. We are an online learning platform, offering ARE® prep, software curriculum and career insight from the best and brightest in the biz. We are the industry leader, as the first NCARB-approved test prep provider for all six divisions of the ARE 5.0.
Perks: Flexible work schedule, remote work program, wellness programs, continuing education stipend, online course subscriptions available, unlimited PTO
“Our work-life balance is ‘healthy.’ Working beyond a 40-hour week is not expected, nor is it a regular occurrence. But every single person here is an A-player and will work to produce world class results. We encourage everyone to lead physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles, and we genuinely care about each other’s personal lives.”
— Vic, a technology manager at Black Spectacles
About: Founded on two basic ideas — people matter and delivering value is the highest priority — Inspirant Group is a digital transformation consulting (we prefer the term “unconsulting”) firm intent on changing the way consulting is done.
Perks: Generous parental leave, remote work program, partners with nonprofits, highly diverse management team, paid industry certifications, paid volunteer time
“The vision for the company is very clear in our mind: to disrupt the consulting industry, offer experienced consultants (we prefer ‘unconsultants’) that are focused solely on the client and provide a working environment that enables and empowers entrepreneurs. ”
— Amir, chief growth officer at Inspirant Group
About: Our CRM platform for the people-first enterprise is intelligent, powerful and flexible. Agent-friendly as well as customer-friendly, Kustomer unifies data from multiple sources, enabling companies to deliver effortless, consistent and personalized service and support through one single timeline view.
Perks: Job training and conferences, company equity, paid volunteer time, unlimited PTO
“On Kustomer’s engineering team, we optimize for frequent releases to create value for our customers continuously. We emphasize flexibility and continuous improvement, empowering every teammate to take ownership. We embrace collaboration and automation to limit toil and wasted work.”
— Engineering Manager Oren Bukspan to Built In NYC
About: As the leading data connectivity platform powered by core identity capabilities and an unparalleled network, LiveRamp enables companies and their partners to better connect, control, and activate data to transform customer experiences and generate more valuable business outcomes. LiveRamp’s fully interoperable and neutral infrastructure delivers end-to-end addressability for the world’s top brands, agencies and publishers.
Perks: Adoption assistance, child care benefits, generous paid parental leave, home office setup assistance, wellness program, pet insurance, home office stipend for remote employees, tuition reimbursement, 401(k) matching
“I collaborate frequently with many different teams, including other data science teams (on tools and methodologies), client teams (to understand our customer needs), the engineering teams (to improve data pipelines processes) and our product and operations team (to streamline my science solutions and turn them into products).”
— Dan, a senior data scientist at LiveRamp
About: Mythical is a next-generation game technology studio. Mythical Games believes that true ownership of digital assets, verifiable scarcity and integrated secondary markets will spawn a new generation of games. These new economies, based on digital ownership, will bring players, developers and content creators closer to the games they love.
Perks: Unlimited PTO, hiring practices that promote diversity
“Personally, I’m excited for us to put the pieces in place that will help us to scale as a healthy organization that puts its employees first.”
— COO Jeff Poffenbarger to Built In LA
About: SALT is the pioneer of crypto-backed lending and offers crypto-focused financial services for individuals and businesses. Committed to fostering adoption of blockchain technology, we’re working to bridge cryptocurrency with traditional finance. With an emphasis on security and customer service, we provide the technology, infrastructure, and tools that make it easy for crypto holders, businesses, banks and governments across the globe to participate in the blockchain economy. SALT operates a blockchain-based platform that facilitates the issuance of consumer and commercial asset-backed loans secured with cryptocurrency.
Perks: Generous parental leave, intracompany committees, remote work program, home office stipend, lunch and learns, unlimited PTO
About: Curriculum Associates was founded in 1969 with a singular mission: to make classrooms better places for teachers and students. In the years since, the company has held tight to this founding value, introducing innovative and exciting new products that give every student the chance to succeed.
Perks: Comprehensive health benefits, fitness reimbursements and other wellness programs, mental health benefits, remote work program, professional development opportunities, 401(k) matching, employee resource groups, hiring practices that promote diversity
“Curriculum Associates believes in hiring people, not positions, and we make sure that all of our candidates not only meet the job requirements, but are also a good fit with our culture and values.”
— Chief People Officer Sandra O’Sullivan to Built In
About: Elastic is a search company. As the creators of the Elastic Stack, Elastic builds self-managed and SaaS offerings that make data usable in real time and at scale for search, logging, security and analytics use cases. Elastic's global community has more than 100,000 members across 45 countries. Since its initial release, Elastic's products have achieved more than 400 million cumulative downloads.
Perks: Paid volunteer time, flexible location and hours, generous paid parental leave, charitable contribution matching
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About: We believe that software has the power to unlock new possibilities. Our cloud, digital workspace, networking and security offerings form an essential, ubiquitous digital foundation that powers the applications, services and experiences transforming the world.
Perks: Paid volunteer time, employee stock purchase plan, education subsidies, generous parental leave
About: InVision is the platform for inclusive collaboration within digital product design and development. More than 7 million people use InVision to power a repeatable and streamlined design workflow. That includes tens of thousands of organizations, including 100 percent of the Fortune 100. Teams trust us for relevant, targeted content and community that allow them to level up skills and tackle unique challenges.
Perks: Wellness reimbursement, remote employee stipend, education stipend, flexible paid time off
About: Brex makes it easy for growing companies to spend, save and borrow money. We’re reimagining financial systems so every growing company can realize their full potential. New customers can get set up in minutes with corporate credit cards and cash management in a single, strategic account. Plus, companies save hours every month with built-in tools and integrations to track spend and earn points on every card purchase.
Perks: Generous parental leave, remote work program, dedicated DEI staff, documented equal pay policy
“One big problem we work on is a flexible underwriting platform to power different products and verticals. It allows us to cater to unique customer credit needs based on data availability, risk model and business characteristics, which in turn accelerates new product and vertical launch.”
— Bill, an engineering director at Brex
About: Gladly is a radically personal customer service platform. Designed with people at the center, Gladly enables a single, lifelong customer conversation from voice to messaging, and empowers some of today’s most innovative companies to deliver exceptional customer experiences that make customer service a competitive advantage.
Perks: Generous parental leave, remote work program, employee resource groups, wellness programs, job training and conferences
“Our team’s drive is to make customer service radically personal. Extending Gladly from integrated voice, SMS, email, messaging to now with in-app messaging is a big step in our vision of a lifelong conversation for companies and their customers.”
— CEO Joseph Ansanelli
About: Zapier gives people internet superpowers by letting them easily connect and automate the apps they use. Partners — including Salesforce, Intuit, Google and Dropbox — utilize Zapier to offer their customers integrations with more than 1,000 apps, and the Zapier Developer Platform enables developers to add APIs for private or public use.
Perks: 100 percent remote workforce, unlimited PTO, 401(k) match, generous paid parental leave, professional development allowance
About: Slack is a layer of the business technology stack that brings together people, data and applications – a single place where people can effectively work together, find important information and access hundreds of thousands of critical applications and services to do their best work.
Perks: Company equity, 401(k) matching, performance bonus, paid volunteer time, company outings, comprehensive health benefits
“Succeeding in a remote-first world depends on a fundamental reimagining of work and the employee experience. The tools and technology employees work on, and the culture and norms they work with, are going to look different. This is the time to reinvent the way we work, communicate and collaborate.”
— SVP of People Robby Kwok in an op-ed for Fast Company
About: Twitter is a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time.
Perks: Parental leave, performance bonuses, employee stock purchase plan, professional development and training opportunities, catered meals (when they're in the office), unlimited vacation time
“In response to COVID-19 we are actively engaging our service, employees and corporate giving resources to support local communities. This includes contributing in-kind donations, launching employee giving campaigns and developing remote volunteer opportunities.”
— Public Policy and Philanthropy Associate London Lee to Built In Seattle
About: We are one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. and the world’s number one product roadmap software. More than 400,000 product and company builders at many of the best-known software, web and technology companies trust Aha! to create a link between strategy and the team’s work and to build visual roadmaps.
Perks: Fully remote workforce, profit sharing, annual onsite meetings
About: Okta is the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise. The Okta Identity Cloud connects and protects employees of many of the world's largest enterprises. It also securely connects enterprises to their partners, suppliers and customers.
Perks: Employee stock purchase plan, learning and development resources, performance bonuses, flexible PTO
About: Automox is on a mission to empower IT administrators. We provide automated, cloud-native patch management and endpoint hardening that enable organizations to reduce their exploitable attack surface and proactively eliminate the vulnerabilities that adversaries target most.
Perks: Adoption assistance, flexible work schedule, remote work program, wellness stipend, home office stipend
“Automox focuses on team communication, and goals and results. We have high-performing teams and good team harmony. Each one contributes and supports each other. If you have ideas and want to make differences, you will get full support from the leadership and team members.”
— Bo Wang, a senior software development engineer at Automox
About: We exist to make safe cannabis products accessible to every adult on planet Earth. To that end, Flowhub designs and builds user-friendly business management and compliance products crafted specifically for the regulated cannabis industry.
Perks: Family medical leave, remote work program, customized development tracks, unlimited PTO
“I see Flowhub becoming the central hub for the cannabis industry. I want anyone looking to start or optimize their cannabis business to look to Flowhub for all the knowledge, software and hardware they need to build a successful and compliant business.”
— Brandon, Chief of Staff at Flowhub
About: CrowdStrike is the leader in cloud-delivered, next-generation endpoint protection. CrowdStrike has revolutionized endpoint protection by being the first and only company to unify next-generation antivirus (AV), endpoint detection and response (EDR), and a 24/7 managed hunting service — all delivered via a single lightweight agent.
Perks: Flexible work schedule, dedicated DEI staff, wellness programs, job training and conferences, unlimited PTO
About: We are the technology skills platform. We are a fast-growing SaaS company for businesses and learners. We have expert authors who create on-demand course content for us on the most in-demand technologies like cloud, data, security and infrastructure.
Perks: Unlimited PTO, fitness subsidies, fully paid premiums, dedicated DEI staff, wellness programs, home office stipend
“I think what drives me and I think what drives a lot of people here is our mission to democratize technology skills. How do we lift the human condition? How do we use technology to better people’s lives?”
— Product Manager Keisha in a Pluralsight careers video
About: DigitalOcean is the cloud of choice for developers around the world to create modern applications. With a community of more than 3.5 million developers and a global network of data centers, we focus on open source and simplicity to allow developers and their teams to spend more time on innovation instead of managing complex infrastructure.
Perks: Generous parental leave, remote work program, highly diverse management team, mental health benefits, tuition reimbursement
“DigitalOcean is in a unique position as the entry point to the internet for 500,000 customers today, and with the potential to reach many millions more over time. We have an incredible opportunity to help the world's developers and entrepreneurs test their ideas, build their business and realize their dreams.”
— Yancey Spruill, CEO at DigitalOcean
About: We connect primary care and mental health providers to get people the right care, at the right time. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with mental health conditions through technology and services. We know it’s hard for people to get the right mental health care. Quartet makes it easier.
Perks: Flexible work schedule, adoption assistance, remote work program, dedicated DEI staff, pet insurance, home office stipend, continued education stipend
“I am proud of Quartet’s open culture. Our whole team can reach out at anytime; I meet with teams many times a week, and often have 'skip levels' too. We have ‘Free Form Food Fights’ twice a month — a time where I meet with any and all Quartetians without an agenda except to be available to answer any questions they have, live or anonymously”
— David Wennberg, CEO at Quartet Health
About: Everyone recognizes that managing IT is critical but doing so efficiently has always been harder than it should be. Electric has created an IT solution that uses proprietary technology to manage IT better than any in-house or outsourced model. In fact, we already have over 300 customers and more than 10,000 users in only three years of launching.
Perks: Employee resource groups, home office stipend, job training and conferences, performance bonus
About: Atlassian builds software that empowers everyone from small startups to government and education to the who’s who of tech. We build tools like Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, Trello and OpsGenie to help teams across the world become more nimble, creative and aligned. Collaboration continues to drive the heart of every product we dream up.
Perks: Partners with nonprofits, paid industry certifications, team workouts, unconscious bias training, health insurance benefits, unlimited vacation policy
“Atlassian creates a culture that sees and understands employees as humans. We take time to celebrate how weird we all are, and it shows in the work we do.”
— An employee from San Francisco, where Atlassian is also one of Built In San Francisco’s Best Places To Work
About: Our mission, and our passion, is to help heal healthcare by driving solutions that will bend the cost curve. Our software is influencing one of the biggest socioeconomic problems of our time for the better and positively impacting patients’ lives in the process.
Perks: Team workouts, wellness programs, onsite gym, relocation assistance, home office stipend for remote employees, continuing education stipend
“Whenever someone asks me what I love most about Strata, my answer always starts with the creative freedom I get as an engineer. Innovation is one of our core engineering principles, and we have a culture that embraces communication and sharing ideas.”
— An employee from Chicago, where Strata Decision is also one of Built In Chicago’s Best Places To Work
About: Bullhorn is the global leader in software for the staffing industry. More than 11,000 companies rely on Bullhorn’s cloud-based platforms to power their staffing processes from start to finish. Headquartered in Boston, with offices around the world, Bullhorn is founder-led and employs more than 1,100 people globally.
Perks: Child care benefits, partners with nonprofits, remote work program, employee resource groups, wellness programs, lunch and learns
About: ReCharge is the leading platform for companies to launch and scale a subscription business. We built ReCharge to make payments easy for everyone. By constantly finding solutions for customers to reorder products, we’ve helped over 15,000 online merchants dramatically grow and thrive.
Perks: Remote work program, highly diverse management team, wellness programs, fitness subsidies, lunch and learns, unlimited PTO
“We focus on being consultants first and foremost. We believe that making our merchants successful will make us successful, too. This means jumping into the deep end with merchants scoping out solutions, being thought leaders and helping increase their customer lifetime value.”
— Samir, VP of growth at ReCharge Payments
About: Scorpion is a premium provider of marketing and technology solutions to the legal, home services, franchise and healthcare industries. As a partner for businesses, Scorpion delivers a better way through honest guidance, effective strategies and award-winning advertising technology for clients who need a clear path forward.
Perks: Free daily meals, onsite gym, games room, documented equal pay policy, matches charitable contributions
“I love the culture. I love the people. Considering that words of affirmation is my love language, all the love, camaraderie, encouragement, and acknowledgment I get from those I work with has been right up my alley and has caused me to thrive.”
— SVP of Sales Travis Carter on Scorpion’s careers page
About: Interactions, LLC is the world’s largest independent AI company. We operate at the intersection of customer experience and AI — two of today’s most innovative and dynamic industries.
Perks: Generous parental leave, remote work program, pair programming, unconscious bias training, lunch and learns
“Interactions recognizes that our families, hobbies, physical and mental health, and work are all equally important in creating employees who are strong, productive, and successful. We have an environment where people want to come to work, and also feel secure in their time away from work with generous PTO and flexible work schedules.”
— Brandie, a talent acquisition coordinator at Interactions
About: Vistaprint, a Cimpress company, empowers millions of small business owners worldwide to live their dreams. Through a revolutionary business model, patented technologies and direct marketing expertise, we offer a wide range of quality products at affordable prices, along with design tools suited to every skill level and need.
Perks: Child care benefits, flexible work schedule, wellness programs, fitness subsidies, tuition reimbursement
“Every day brings new opportunities to collaborate with colleagues around the world. Technology enables us to overcome the distance — it’s not uncommon to see monitors with multiple locations dialed in, collaborating through shared documents and smart boards. Not only are we solving complex problems, but we are also growing and learning from each other.”
— Jennifer Hanson, director of analytics at Vistaprint
About: Our all-in-one software platform gives HR pros a way to easily manage daily tasks in payroll, benefits, talent and workforce management. But what makes us different is that our technology is backed by a culture that truly cares about our clients’ success.
Perks: Adoption assistance, remote work program, highly diverse management team, wellness programs, tuition reimbursement, generous PTO
About: At Addepar we are building the technology platform to transform the global world of finance. Addepar is tackling problems in one of the most underserved areas of financial tech and we’re doing it at a level of sophistication and scale that few can match. By creating one system, one platform that manages all of the critical information for the entire investment community, we have created the operating system for our financial world.
Perks: Flexible work schedule, unconscious bias training, unlimited PTO, mental health benefits
“Addepar tech is constantly evolving, and we are in the process of revamping most of our back-end infrastructure by leapfrogging to the bleeding edge in all aspects of our databases.”
— Noel Diaz, head of database engineering at Addepar
About: We are united on a mission to make data meaningful. Collibra is a data intelligence company that is accelerating trusted business outcomes by connecting the right data and insights with algorithms for all data citizens through the Collibra platform. We enable data citizens to transform their organizations into modern digital enterprises that are ready to collaborate, innovate and grow.
Perks: Remote work program, dedicated DEI staff, wellness programs, online course subscriptions available, unlimited PTO
About: Cameo creates the most personalized and authentic fan connections on earth. Cameo is the first service enabling consumers to book personalized video messages from their favorite pop culture icons. In just over three years, the company has built a portfolio of tens of thousands of VIPs, and fulfilled over 1 million requests ranging from birthday and good luck messages to prom invitations, marriage proposals, baby gender reveals and beyond.
Perks: Flexible work schedule, intracompany committees, remote work program, mental health benefits, home office stipend, mentorship program, unlimited PTO
About: Mindbloom is a mental health and wellbeing brand helping people achieve personal and clinical breakthroughs with clinician-prescribed psychedelic therapies. On a mission to transform lives to transform the world, the company partners with psychiatrists, technologists, researchers and clients to increase access to science-backed treatments, starting by reducing the cost of ketamine therapy for depression and anxiety by over 75 percent. Mindbloom provides remote treatment options for clients in New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Nevada and Pennsylvania, and is rapidly rolling out national coverage.
Perks: Healthcare, dental, vision, unlimited PTO and sick days, discount on Mindbloom products and services, professional growth reimbursements, flexible schedule
“I’m psyched to be part of such a progressive, trail-blazing company working in the cutting edge field of psychedelic telemedicine. The cherry on top is working with a phenomenal group of people around the world who are super mission-driven to transform people’s lives and transform the world.”
— Georgette, a People Lead at Mindbloom
About: ActiveProspect is an Austin-based marketing SaaS company that has been in business since 2004. Our suite of lead optimization and compliance products are designed for companies engaged in online lead generation. Companies use LeadConduit, TrustedForm and SuppressionList to filter out unwanted leads, verify TCPA compliance, and improve conversion rates.
Perks: Flexible work schedule, remote work program, intracompany committees, continuing education stipend, unlimited PTO
About: Service is at the core of everything we do and we back our solutions with over 20 years of industry experience and best practices. We are consultants who happen to sell software. We walk side by side with our restaurant customers as advisors to help them drive their greatest profitability potential. Our solutions are designed to give our customers actionable operational intelligence.
Perks: Flexible work schedule, remote work program, diversity manifesto, wellness programs, home office stipend, online course subscriptions
“Compeat is continuously improving its technology stack and client satisfaction. This is thanks to the guidance we receive from our leadership. I’m glad that we can innovate and provide new ideas to our clients to improve their business.”
— Roberto, a senior software engineer at Compeat
About: KeepTruckin is modernizing the trucking industry through cloud-based software and modern hardware. KeepTruckin is on a mission to connect the world’s trucks. With the leading fleet management platform, we are bringing the trucking industry online and fundamentally changing the way freight is moved on our roads.
Perks: Remote work program, intracompany committees, dedicated DEI staff, mental health benefits, customized development tracks
About: Stats Perform brings unmatched depth and breadth of data, sports research, news and video content, and unrivaled AI-powered solutions to sports media and broadcasters, technology companies, global brands, sportsbooks, teams and leagues, and fantasy providers.
Perks: Wellness program, onsite gym, tuition reimbursement, unlimited PTO, performance bonus, 401(k) matching
“The team’s success stems from our desire to explore all options to ensure we create an easier, more pleasant and efficient experience for our customers and users. This is achieved through collaboration, focus and the team’s unmatched attention to detail.”
— Andrew Skweres, a Product Design Manager, to Built In Chicago