Today we are excited to announce RemoteRated.com, a simple and focused platform empowering people worldwide to share their experiences as remote workers.
RemoteRated focuses ratings on factors like transparency, remote leadership, inclusivity, and benefits — factors that make-or-break the experience of remote workers.
To launch the platform, we researched and interviewed employees to create a list of the leading remote employers of 2021 (so far!) Based on the leadership these companies have demonstrated throughout the pandemic, the quality of their remote benefits, and the quality of their employee experiences, the inaugural RemoteRated 25 have been selected, and we are thrilled to celebrate them!
**Companies are listed in alphabetical order.
Aha! Have made the employee-centric remote-first element of their business a priority for years, and the results speak for themselves. They are a self-funded business that also happen to be one of the fastest growing private software companies out there. Like many companies excelling in remote-first, they are values driven and reward autonomy and asynchronous collaboration, furthermore, they have codified these values into clear principals that they have shared publicly. With operationalized approaches to retreats, volunteer work, and time-zone oriented collaboration, Aha! leads the charge on remote-first operations and are deserving of a spot on the RemoteRated 25.
Automattic are an early pioneer in distributed and remote work, and have constantly evolved to be an employee-centric company that places talent, results, and communication first. Automattic have also developed some of their own solutions and tools for remote enablement that they have made available as products for other companies looking to excel in remote operations. As a company that is innovating on their own business as well as translating those insights into practical solutions for their customers, Automattic are a true leader in remote excellence.
Buffer have been a longtime innovator in remote, making an impact by hiring remote for over a decade, and ultimately getting rid of their office entirely to embrace remote-first. Buffer serve as a powerful example of how a company can scale, grow, and innovate while undertaking a shift to remote-first operations. In addition to their leadership on these fronts, Buffer have also put out incredible content and research to support remote transformation — for these reasons they deserve a spot on the RemoteRated 25.
Coder.com developed an impressive modern office after raising considerable money, so you wouldn’t fault them for wanting to double-down on making the most of that. Instead, the Coder.com leadership team quickly embraced the new reality and rapidly moved to a remote-first approach, including with a thicket of remote job postings. Part of Coder.com’s value proposition revolves around distributed and remote enablement, so we are proud to see them taking a leadership position that will also translate into them better understanding the lives of their users and customers.
ConvertKit put significant effort and resources into developing their people, and have doubled-down on remote teamwork for years with great success. Their culture places clear value on communication, transparency, documentation, and on teammates teaching one another. In addition to their practical values and principals, ConvertKit also provide a powerful example of how to operationalize company retreats and other impactful remote benefits. The combination of remote leadership, remote talent development, and exciting retreats makes ConvertKit an obvious choice for the RemoteRated 25.
CrowdStrike have been a longtime innovator as a remote-first company primarily servicing legacy enterprises. CrowdStrike’s talent team have put clear operations in place to create a leading onboarding experience that emphasizes connectedness. In addition to many of the typical benefits that you would find at a leading remote-first organization, CrowdStrike have also created a foundation that empowers their employees to engage in social good that is also mission-oriented, in this regard CrowdStrike have established a brilliant model for companies to emulate in operationalizing mission buy-in for remote contributors; for this reason, we feel they deserve recognition on the RemoteRated 25.
Doximity are notable for evolving a remote-centric model, initially having an HQ-driven hiring strategy and culture that ultimately embraced the hiring and development of remote contributors. From this perspective, Doximity are a brilliant example of how a company can effectively evolve and transition from office-first to remote-first while scaling both team and marketshare. Doximity offer a suite of cutting edge benefits while making their values and principles clear, actionable, and public — from these vantage points, they offer plenty to learn from that we feel earns them a spot on the RemoteRated 25.
Drift CEO David Cancel impressed us with his communication and conversational approach to evolving his company into a remote-centric model. What we admire in Drift and their leadership is a public acknowledgement of the challenges and uncertainty, and the recognition that many companies are forced to improvise their new strategy in real-time. Drift deserve a place on the RemoteRated 25 as they have evolved everything from their communications, leadership, organization, and products to better accommodate a remote world.
Dropbox took a clear and well considered stance in a time of great uncertainty, while acknowledging the risks and issues of a hybrid remote structure. Dropbox did a remarkable job of defining what remote means for their team, how processes will adapt to make the transition successful, while finding a coherent and sensible way to leverage their existing real estate to maximize the impact of in-person collaboration with employees and partners. We celebrate Dropbox’s decision to listen to best practices and take a clear approach that doesn’t leave their workforce in limbo. For operationalizing a shift from in-office to remote-first, Dropbox are a great example to follow.
If there were a “Remote-Leadership-Mount Rushmore”, you would be crazy not to include GitLab. GitLab have led the industry for years now as a remote-first organization that have gone many steps beyond the call of duty to not only establish best practices, but to share them and evangelize them. They have created a practical framework that they have ‘open-sourced’ to help other organizations evolve to a remote-first structure, they have also innovated in areas that matter by establishing a Head of Remote C-Suite role and by issuing a travel stipend benefit to empower their employees to travel to co-work. To emulate remote excellence, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better exemplar.
HashiCorp lead the field in many ways as an open source and open core innovator, they are pioneering the modern software development and monetization models, and if this wasn’t enough, they’ve grown to over a thousand employees in just a few short years as a remote-first organization. From our perspective, the combination of open source and remote-first makes HashiCorp a powerful leader in establishing a successful example of the modern enterprise, and for that reason they earn a spot in the inaugural RemoteRated 25.
HubSpot are somewhat of an “odd duck”on the RemoteRated 25, given that they are a “Hybrid Remote” organization, something that we assert is a risky structure. However we believe that HubSpot have done a great job of recognizing the challenges of a hybrid remote configuration. Most importantly however, where HubSpot deserve recognition and earn their place on the RemoteRated 25 is that they translated employee surveys into operational decisions, recognizing that many employees wanted flexible working engagements in a post-pandemic world. We applaud HubSpot for taking a talent-first approach to developing a remote strategy, and for this reason feel they deserve a place here on RemoteRated.
InVision have created a playbook for scaling from an emerging startup to a growing enterprise as a remote-first organization, they proactively create useful content that they make available for others to learn from while translating these very insights into products that empower remote product development. As both an influential organization contributing to the discussion, as well as a solutions provider enabling remote-work, we are confident that InVision deserve a place on the RemoteRated 25
Lambda School have been an innovator on a variety of levels from their first day of operations. Where Lambda School deserves real recognition however is on leading the remote education model, they have famously gone through growing pains that are inevitable parts of pioneering something so new, but we believe that their role as a champion of student-first remote education deserves recognition.
Modus have an interesting engagement model that we think is worth showcasing. Modus are a fully distributed team and celebrate their ability to hire anybody from anywhere, but look a little more deeply and they have a powerful relationship in engaging with South America, sponsoring scholarships and more to enhance their ability to engage with great talent. Because Modus are taking an innovative, socially-conscious, proactive approach to talent engagement and development, we believe they earn a confident spot in the RemoteRated 25.
For years, even before the Twilio acquisition, SendGrid were a leader in remote jobs — something that distinguishes SendGrid is their historic comfort with creating part-time, contract, and full-time job options together for remote contributors, creating more flexibility for their employees and contributors that has also translated into obvious business success. It is this historic innovation and leadership in job-configuration that we feel earns SendGrid a position on the RemoteRated 25.
Shopify, much like Twitter deserve recognition for taking a leadership position in the midst of the pandemic — when many companies were leaving their teams in a state of uncertainty, Shopify leadership took a decisive position to go remote-first. As an iconic brand with significant interest on both Wall Street and Main Street, we applaud Shopify for proving that remote-first isn’t just viable, but a recipe for further success and evolution.
StickerMule have been a stealthy innovator and pioneer for years, and have one of the most impressive set of benefits, policies, and operational approach to serving remote excellence. StickerMule’s attention to detail gets down to important elements like the ergonomics of chair selection, and they’ve made most of this available for others to learn from. There are few companies that have so clearly developed a remote-first organization that places their people first like StickerMule — for this reason, they deserve a spot on the RemoteRated 25.
Stripe are notable for establishing a remote engineering hub long before the pandemic forced many companies to do the same. Stripe deserves recognition as their decision to take the lead on this issue has served to prove that remote operations can work effectively, while embracing the fact that talent transcends geography, and that the leading organizations of tomorrow are proactively operationalizing an ability to engage talent wherever it lives.
TaxJar are small but mighty, and have a proven history of embracing the work-life balance benefits of remote work, they not only accept that people will work from coffee shops, homes, and coworking spaces, they embrace and celebrate the quirks of remote-work life. TaxJar do a fantastic job of communicating their values and principles, essential pieces of the remote puzzle when it comes to empowering their team members to make decisions and execute on strategies with autonomy.
Toptal deserve recognition on two levels: As a remote-first organization, they have long led the industry in building and scaling their remote operations, perhaps more importantly, as a talent-marketplace, Toptal’s core business is predicated on placing and managing remote contributors. Toptal’s service model is surely functioning to evangelize remote-first operations to companies that are perhaps seeking to experiment, in this respect, Toptal are serving a valuable role by providing an effective on-ramp for legacy organizations to enter the remote world.
Twitter and Jack Dorsey get huge credit for being one of the first ‘household names’ to disavow their physical HQ and acknowledge that the new digitally-enabled era translates into their employees being capable of successfully executing their roles from anywhere. Twitter also win points for clarity in communication, Jack’s high-conviction transparency made it fundamentally clear to both employees and the market as to where Twitter stands with remote work, allowing everybody to respond and evolve accordingly.
Webflow grew as a primarily remote organization, seemingly achieving the challenging harmony of maintaining an organization with both in-person and distributed team members. As they have grown, Webflow have impressively innovated on being a champion of remote excellence, and notably pioneered some remote benefits such as home-office set up stipends.
Zapier have grown as one of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups as a remote-first organization. What separates them from the competition is their incredible content and impressive communications as they relate to remote excellence. Zapier’s remote management and leadership content is second to none, and presents one of the best examples we can find of marketing and sales content that puts their customers first while translating practical learnings into operational excellence. As a rapidly growing company innovating in remote-centric automation, Zapier deserve recognition on the RemoteRated 25.
Zillow deserve credit for taking such decisive action early in the pandemic, an under-appreciated attribute of success in the COVID-era is the simple art of clarity and conviction. Zillow made it clear to their employees and to the market early on that they were going to be remote for the foreseeable future. In taking this action, Zillow respected their employees, giving them clarity that made it easy for them to plan and adapt their own lives accordingly.
Discover more remote leaders on RemoteRated.com, submit reviews, and help us drive the future of work forward, together. Stay tuned as we look to expand the RemoteRated list to celebrate the companies that are making remote work effective and inclusive!