Great Companies Offering Work Remotely, Jobs Abroad and Travel Time
A nine-to-five workday may be the norm, but more and more, companies are bucking that tradition in exchange for flexible schedules. And if flex time isn’t possible, great benefits like remote work options, generous paid vacation and holiday time and opportunities for travel are part of the employment package.
Not only do these perks boost employees’ collective spirits, but Sarah Landrum at Women 2.0 says it benefits companies, too.
“Inflexible hours, especially combined with low wages, place demands on employees that leave them starved for time,” she says. This can lead to health issues, absenteeism and moral problems, none of which are good for long-term company success.
These 24 businesses with offices in the EU and other countries embrace work flexibility in all its forms. Their work/life business models have netted them awards for employee satisfaction.
24 Companies that Make it Easy with their Remote Job Opportunities
Vacation and Travel Time
Accenture offers consulting and other services to clients in Spain, Russia, Portugal, the Netherlands, Italy, France and other parts of the EU. Employees are able to take advantage of “a number of programs that help our employees balance a successful career with a healthy lifestyle involving family, friends and community,” says the company. These programs include paid time off ranging from 12 to 27 days annually, family leave and nine paid holidays a year.
Specialising in mobile analytics, Urban Airship has locations in San Francisco, Portland and London. The workspaces are informal with benefits that include as many vacation days as needed. And if it’s just a breather you require, at Urban Airship you can grab a beer or play some ping-pong before getting back to making the groundbreaking possible.
VMWare produces endpoint security, enterprise mobility management, desktop virtualisation, data centers and other cloud products. The company, which has offices across Europe, describes itself as having a fun environment with generous and flexible time off programs and a focus on work/life balance. Employees laud that balance, mostly because they can adjust their schedules.
With nearly 5,000 locations spread across 90 countries, hotel chain Hilton Worldwide has hundreds of thousands of employees. They all get access to flexible paid time off and vacations and they can even bring their families with them if they have to travel for work.
Xima Software, an international telecom company, encourages employees to spend time away from the office with 10 holidays off a year, 10 sick days and up to 25 vacation days with pay. As the company says: “Sometimes you just need to take a day off or maybe that island off the Maldives has been calling your name for some time.”
Sales and inbound marketing solutions company HubSpot has offices throughout Europe, including the UK and Germany. The company offers plenty of employee perks, including unlimited vacation and work schedule flexibility and autonomy.
Remote Work and Work from Home
Providing services to a variety of job sectors, HireVue helps employers make informed hiring decisions with video interviewing and other software. The company, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, also has locations in Australia and the Netherlands. According to the company’s careers page, HireVue offers relocation services to Utah and allows employees to work from home when they can’t make it into the office.
A manufacturing and engineering company, MAVERICK Technologies has offices worldwide to serve its customer base spread across multiple industries. In 2016, the company made the 2016 list of 50 Best Workplaces for Flexibility on the Great Place to Work site. MAVERICK has “compressed workweeks,” limits overtime and lets employees work from home.
In the UK, baby items manufacturer Cosatto prefers its employees to “ditch the desk…At Cosatto, the world’s your oyster…literally.” Employees get the opportunity to “work where you want, how you want” for optimal freedom.
Those tired of the standard nine-to-five will admire the schedule structure at MaibornWolff, a German engineering and IT company. Employees are required in the office on Fridays only; the rest of the week is spent with customers, with working hours as flexible as you are.
Feel like working from home today? SalesRoads is a telecommute company which allows its employees to do just that, so an expat could theoretically work for this US-based company from almost anywhere. Sales professionals and lead generation experts can serve customers from the comfort of their own living room (or bedroom or kitchen).
Flexible Work Hours and Schedules
Irish Stock Exchange
Specializing in financial market data, trading, debts and more, the Irish Stock Exchange is also involved in EU securities and market regulations. The company offers its employees “flexible working arrangements” that are ideal for expats.
Language companies like Berlitz, have flexibility built in: teach as many hours as you want. With bases in 70 countries and counting, Berlitz is an ideal fit for expats. Employees have said the company offers “great work/life balance. Excellent senior management, offering a lot of flexibility and encouragement to the employees.”
A travel company that networks with 100 countries and counting, BCD Travel employees may be on the road themselves or they may communicate with clients who are. The company, ranked by Forbes among America’s Best 500 Employers of 2016, says it’s aware of “what’s important to you: training, career development, flexible hours and a dynamic work environment,” offering all of these to its roster of 12,000+ employees.
Offering products and solutions for professionals looking to make investments eVestment specialises in sovereign wealth funds, endowments, private equity funds, hedge funds and more. The company, with offices in Australia, China and London, includes flexible working hours and unlimited paid time off in its list of employee benefits.
Aon focuses on outsourcing, human resources, insurance brokerage, risk management and more. The global company is praised by employees for its “clean, comfortable working environment, business casual attire, and flexible work schedules at management discretion,” allowing for more work freedom.
The California-based technology solutions company Oracle has offices worldwide. The company says its “work environment is diverse, flexible, and inclusive. Which means that no matter where you work, you’ll have great perks and benefits.” These benefits include paid vacation and holidays, flexible sick-leave and flexible work schedules.
IT company TEKsystems has offices across Europe, and provides services across sectors including government, healthcare, finance, energy, and communications. In a Glassdoor review, one employee writes that TEKsystems is a “great company for work/life balance, very flexible work hours.”
Very Cool Benefits
Web and software development company Vincit is based in Helsinki, Finland. The company often lets its employees travel for what it calls “versatile recreational events.” With project bonuses and even its own coffeehouse, employees will always appreciate returning to the Vincit office.
Providing IT services for those in Finland and beyond, Gofore encourages its employees travel nearly to their hearts’ content. New hires get a 1,500 EUR travel voucher to help them explore the country and other parts of Europe.
Expats are used to paying their own way when traveling, but some companies, like cloud hosting provider UKFast, will take care of those expenses for its prized employees. In the past, these hires have visited Switzerland and Las Vegas. The company also offers a slew of perks, like its concert event, recording studio usage, its own theater, an onsite gym and an education center.
UK financial recruiting company Goodman Masson offers what it calls The Benefits Boutique for its employees. This “flexible benefits package…was created by considering the modern day challenges our people face, such as buying a house, becoming first-time parents or financing long-distance holidays.” Expats who love traveling will especially be interested in the exotic holiday fund.
Working moms will appreciate the flex time offered at global law firm Cooley. Rated a Fortune Best Company to Work For, and with offices in the US, China and Europe, Cooley’s flexible schedule is available to attorney moms with a re-entry program for upon their return. All employees have at least 21 annual vacation days, which increases with length of employment.
With offices in Malmo, Gothenburg and Stockholm, Sweden’s Key Solutions is an award-winning sales company. Employees can venture out with their coworkers for global business trips (to such locations as Barcelona and New York City), enjoy happy hours and attend an area sales school courtesy of the company.