Telecommuting Titans

These major Austin employers rank among the best for work-from-home jobs

These big Austin employers rank among the best for work-from-home jobs

Dell headquarters Round Rock
Dell and IBM have lots of opportunities to work from home. Photo courtesy of Dell

Tired of fighting rush-hour traffic on MoPac? Yearning to work from home, in your PJs and slippers? If so, then you should check out two of the major employers here in Austin.

Dell and IBM have been named to FlexJobs’ list of the Top 100 Companies with Remote Jobs in 2017. Dell ranks 16th on the list, and IBM ranks 22nd. Each company employs at least 6,000 people in the Austin area, according to the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Dell and IBM appear on the list because they were among the 100 companies that posted the most remote-friendly jobs on the FlexJobs website in 2016. For FlexJobs to deem it remote-friendly, a job must offer some level of telecommuting — anywhere from holding a full-time remote position to being given the option to work from home. FlexJobs is an online marketplace for telecommuting jobs.

In a FlexJobs news release, Marie Moynihan, global senior vice president of recruiting at Round Rock-based Dell, says telecommuting and remote work are part of the tech giant’s DNA.

“Our team members consistently tell us that our approach to flexible work is one of the things they value most about our work environment,” Moynihan says. “Flexible working is a core business strategy for us, enabled by our technology, helping us to attract and retain great talent wherever they live around the world, while minimizing our spend on real estate.”

In 2013, Dell said it aimed to have 50 percent of its global workforce telecommuting by 2020. At the time of the announcement, about 3,000 of Dell’s employees in the Austin area were working remotely at least some of the time.

FlexJobs says the number of telecommuting-friendly jobs posted in 2016 by employers like Dell grew 11 percent compared with 2015.

“As more companies embrace remote work in meaningful ways, more people will have greater access to broader career and employment opportunities, creating a positive ripple effect on our economy,” says Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs.