The demand for telecommuting is growing, as is the acknowledgment by employers that remote job options can help attract and retain the best candidates, says Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. These 25 companies are at the forefront of this trend, she adds. The companies on the list comprise a range of industries, from technology to education, and the positions they hire for are equally diverse, from client service representatives to software engineers. [Image: Fotolia]
This global educator has over 300 locations in more than 30 countries, specializing in online higher education, K12 program, test preparation, and professional training. Many employment opportunities at Kaplan offer the ability to telecommute from anywhere.
This well-known international company employs over 399,000 employees throughout the world. The employees of IBM are diversified and have a broad range of career opportunities through IBMs network of business units that include an integrated supply chain group, global business services unit, a research division, sales and distribution, software group, corporate office, systems and technology group, and a systems group. FlexJobs says IBM has several full-time employment opportunities available with the ability to telecommute internationally or from the United States.
As a service provider to the commercial insurance industry, US-Reports is headquartered in Loveland, Colo. and works with companies throughout the United States. US-Reports conducts audits, inspections, and risk control services. As an employer, US-Reports has offered part-time, freelance, and telecommuting work opportunities.
4. First Data
First Data is a Canadian firm that provides electronic commerce and payment solutions for businesses worldwide. First Data operates in 38 countries and serves over 5 million merchant locations worldwide. First Data also offers work from home careers in sales management and product and systems engineering.
Since 1996 About.com has been providing readers with helpful and useful information on virtually every subject. A team of guides writes the content for About.com based on their professional background or expertise in their specific topics. The writers who work for About.com have the ability to work a flexible schedule from their home offices anywhere in the United States.
6. Connections Academy
This public educational pilot program started in the state of Maryland and has partnered with Sylvan Learning to provide a partially online program for K-12 students, free to students now in many states. Connections Academy offers remote teaching and other educational support jobs to aid with meeting their objectives. These positions are all work from home on an Internet connected computer.
SAP is a German formed and headquartered organization providing enterprise software and services in over 180 countries around the world, utilizing the skills and knowledge of over 65,000 employees. International headquarters for SAP are located in Walldorf, Germany and a U.S. headquarters is located in Newton Square, Pa. As an employer, SAP has offered employment opportunities in the form of full time and telecommuting positions.
The main products created by Xerox include printers, copiers, scanners, digital printing, workflow solutions, and related solutions and services. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Xerox has 160 locations worldwide and employs over 140,000 people. As an employer, Xerox has offered full-time jobs, part-time jobs, and telecommuting jobs.
Dell is a privately owned global computer technology firm that has grown from a pioneering start-up when it was founded in 1984, to one of the world's largest PC vendors. The work culture at Dell is based on the companys "Connected Workplace" initiative, which offers flexible work options including remote work, flextime, job sharing, part-time work, and compressed work weeks.
Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Apple has operations across the United States, both in corporate and retail settings. As an employer, Apple says it seeks "Apple people," meaning those who are passionate about their careers and who want to be a part of something extraordinary, according to FlexJobs. With telecommuting and in-office positions available in areas like marketing, operations, human resources, finance, engineering, sales, and retail, Apple offers a flexible work environment.
PAREXEL is a Waltham, Mass,-based global biopharmaceutical services provider and assists pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device clients with product development and launch. As an employer, PAREXEL has more than 15,000 global employees and has hired for a variety of flexible work arrangements in the past, including full-time virtual jobs, according to FlexJobs.
12. Forest Laboratories
Forest Laboratories is a pharmaceutical firm that specializes in the development and delivery of pharmaceutical products that help the central nervous and cardiovascular systems. Headquartered in New York, Forest Laboratories also has offices in Missouri, California, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and France. As a workplace, Forest Laboratories was named one of the top 15 U.S.-based pharmaceutical companies according to Pharmaceutical Executive magazine. As an employer, Forest Laboratories has offered both part-time jobs and telecommuting jobs.
13. UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group is a network of businesses that include UnitedHealthcare, Ovations, AmeriChoice, Ingenix, OptumHealth, and Prescription Solutions. UnitedHealth Group has a wide range of employment opportunities available throughout their network of businesses. Eligible positions at UnitedHealth Group have the ability to telecommute from anywhere and some positions within an assigned territory. Employees of UnitedHealth Group also have a choice of benefits that are customizable to each individuals needs, according to FlexJobs.
In operation since 1998, this software company is a global operation with a headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. and over 50 operational worldwide locations. VMware employs over 13,000 individuals to support businesses in streamlining their IT operations. As an employer, VMware has offered multiple flexible employment opportunities, including remote jobs.
K12 is an educational provider based out of Herndon, Va. that provides web-based interactive classes and learning modules for students in grade school through high school. As an employer, K12 has offered full-time, part-time and telecommuting work opportunities.
Aetna is one of the leading health care benefits companies in the United States, offering a range of health insurance products and related services such as medical, dental, group life, pharmacy, behavioral health and disability plans. Headquartered in Hartford, Conn., FlexJobs says Aetna has offered flexible job opportunities such as telecommuting jobs.
17. Overland Solutions Inc.
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., Overland Solutions provides audit, inspection and property survey services to customers nationwide through a network of regional offices. Field employees at Overland Solutions utilize physical, telephone, and voluntary audit practices to assess insurance risks. As an employer, FlexJobs says Overland Solutions has hired for flexible jobs in the past, including full-time and freelance remote positions.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. this cloud computing company provides enterprise software solutions to customers. According to FlexJobs, Salesforce.com offers its employees the opportunity to work on the large scope technology projects of a big company while still retaining the intimate, family-like atmosphere of a small company. Salesforce.com has repeatedly been recognized as one of the Best 100 places to work by FORTUNE.
Infor is a privately held software company that has been in business since 2002 and is headquartered in New York City. Infor services customers in over 200 countries and territories around the world. As an employer, FlexJobs says Infor offers employee benefits, time-off, competitive compensation and a business casual atmosphere, as well as some flexible employment opportunities in the form of remote jobs.
ADP is one of the world's largest providers of business outsourcing and human capital management solutions, offering a wide range of human resource, payroll, talent management, tax and benefits administration solutions. As an employer, ADP has offered full-time, flexible scheduling, and remote job opportunities in the past as well as on-site part-time work arrangements, according to FlexJobs.
21. Red Hat
Red Hat is a Raleigh, N.C. technology firm with a product line that includes the distribution of Linux; database, content, and collaboration management applications, server and embedded operating systems; and software development tools. Red Hat also provides consulting, custom software development, support, and training services. Red Hat has telecommuting opportunities for software developers and remote sales representatives to work with high level clients.
Broadspire is a global third-party administration division which provides risk management solutions, including casualty claim and medical management services. As a Crawford Company, Broadspire is based in Atlanta, Ga., with 85 locations throughout the United States.
23. U.S. Department of the Interior
The U.S Department of the Interior consists of nine bureaus and offices including the National Park Service, and U.S. Geological Survey. The U.S Department of the Interior overseas the natural and cultural resources throughout the United States and employs more than 70,000 employees and over 280,000 volunteers that serve on a wide range of committees.
Headquartered in Princeton, N.J., this drug development service company has global operations in more than 25 countries, and more than 9,800 employees worldwide, including many who work from their home offices, according to FlexJobs.
Aon is a Chicago, Ill.-headquartered company that is a global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and management consulting. With over 59,000 employees and 500 locations in 120 countries, Aon employs strategic account managers who work with clients based on product, function and industry. As an employer, Aon has offered part-time and flexible scheduling job opportunities in the past.