Though women are still underrepresented in certain professional environments, companies are becoming more cognizant of gender equality in the workplace. We’ve identified the 2018 Top 20 Remote Companies for Women. These telecommute-friendly employers value women in the workplace and intentionally support the advancement of their female employees.
2018 Top 20 Remote Companies for Women
Women account for over 40% of the global workforce, yet they hold less than 25% of executive roles worldwide. Though not all women desire senior positions, there remains a disproportionate representation of women in certain occupations and industries, according to Women in the Workplace 2017—a study conducted by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company. However, companies increasingly recognize the value that women bring to the workplace and seek guidance on how to create environments and opportunities that attract more female employees.
Aiding this mission, a recent study by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and Watermark found that the top three things women want in their professional lives are:
- Leadership opportunities
- Meaningful work
This a reasonable career bucket list that applies to men and women alike, but only some companies truly understand what it all means from the perspective of the female worker.
To identify such companies, Forbes and Statista partnered up to survey 40,000 Americans—25,000 women and 15,000 men—who work for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. They asked survey respondents about working conditions, diversity, pay equity, and discrimination. Respondents also confessed how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to other workers.
Forbes and Statista compiled the results and created the first list of America’s Best Employers for Women. Our Virtual Vocations team compared this list against our Telecommute Companies Database, which features more than 13,000 profiles of telecommute-friendly companies, and created a list of the 2018 Top 20 Remote Companies for Women.
Select any of the hyperlinked company names below to view a Virtual Vocations profile of that telecommute-friendly employer including links to the company’s website and social media pages, a detailed company description, company news, telecommute job postings, and more.
1. Principal Financial Group
Forbes Rank: #1
Headquarters: Des Moines, Iowa
Principal Financial Group provides long-term financial solutions to individuals and employers. They offer a range of retirement and insurance options, as well as guidance for saving, investing, budgeting, and protecting financial assets. They aim to create a strong community and help all employees feel welcome and included. They host women-focused employee resource groups to help women advance in their careers and seek internal mentorship.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Operations Engineers, Information Security Analysts, Software Engineers, and Insurance Claims Analysts
2. Oregon Health & Science University
Forbes Rank: #5
Headquarters: Portland, Oregon
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is a research university with the top-rated hospital in Oregon. They advocate for their female staff through their Women’s Employee Resource Group (WERG), which meets regularly to build a supportive community centered around professional growth.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Research Assistants, Medical Coding Specialists
3. Quicken Loans, Inc.
Forbes Rank: #13
Headquarters: Mountain View, California
Quicken Loans, Inc. helps individuals and family purchase and refinance homes. They pride themselves on their efficient loan application process and attentiveness to their customers’ needs. With their “family of companies,” they also value relationship-building, uniting as a team, and chasing big ideas until they become a reality.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Software Engineers
4. Google LLC
Forbes Rank: #17
Headquarters: Mountain View, California
Google LLC is a world-renown internet giant that aims to make information accessible to everyone around the globe. They are strong advocates for STEM education among young girls and celebrate women’s achievements around the world. Women comprise 30.9% of their workforce and 25.5% of their leadership roles.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Field Sales Representatives and Cloud Services Technical Account Managers
Forbes Rank: #27
Headquarters: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Stryker is a global leader in medical technology and equipment that helps medical practitioners administer optimal care and restore patients to good health. They host the Stryker’s Women’s Network (SWN) to offer specialized professional development, networking, and community programs to encourage and inspire women to reach and exceed their potential.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Sales Representatives and Clinical Specialists
6. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Forbes Rank: #30
Headquarters: Chattanooga, Tennessee
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee provides healthcare plans and solutions to individuals and groups who are residents of Tennessee. However, insured customers receive benefits and coverage while living or traveling outside of the state. Women play a powerful role in this workplace, as about 44% of their executive team and nearly 60% of their management staff is female. Their Women’s Leadership Network provides mentorship and leadership coaching for female employees to develop sharp skills and advance in their careers.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Medical Case Managers, Registered Nurses, Application Developers, and Marketing and Communications Specialists
Headquarters: Reston, Virginia
Leidos is an engineering and technology company that offers advanced solutions for civil, defense, intelligence, and health industries. Their goal is to make the world safer and more competent through the use of science and strategic collaboration. Leidos is a proud partner of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), among other organizations, and supporter of women’s advancement in the workplace. Their Women’s Network offers professional mentorship and development opportunities for new and experienced employees.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Software Developers, Systems Engineers, Cyber Security Analysts, and Technology Architects
8. Wolters Kluwer
Forbes Rank: #61
Headquarters: Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands
Wolters Kluwer provides information and technology expertise to help healthcare, legal, tax, and regulatory organizations work more efficiently and maintain compliance. They offer knowledge, software, and services to their customers around the globe. Wolters Kluwer knows that their most valuable asset is their employees, so they provide opportunities for growth and development at every career stage.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Account Managers, Sales Engineers, Program Managers, Clinical Content Specialists, and Implementation Consultants
9. USAA (United Services Automobile Association)
Forbes Rank: #62
Headquarters: San Antonio, Texas
USAA offers financial products and services to U.S. military members and their eligible family members. They dedicate immense effort toward workplace wellness and provide professional development and educational opportunities to their employees.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Compliance Directors, Insurance Appraisers, and Insurance Field Adjusters
10. HSN (Home Shopping Network) Inc.
Forbes Rank: #68
Headquarters: St. Petersburg, Florida
HSN Inc., also known as the Home Shopping Network, is a prized retail company that offers everything from women’s fashion clothing and cosmetics to electronics and fitness equipment. Their company culture is women-focused with a strong emphasis on collaboration, adaptation, hard work, and fun.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Sales Representatives
11. Mayo Clinic
Forbes Rank: #72
Headquarters: Rochester, Minnesota
Mayo Clinic is a leading nonprofit healthcare organization that delivers quality care and a wide range of treatment and health management options. They are ranked as the top hospital in the nation for patient care and among the top organizations that promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Their Mayo Employee Resource Groups (MERGs) support and encourage personal and professional growth through mentorship, financial resources, and administrative services.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Clinical Research Assistants, Human Resources Service Center Representatives, Digital Content Specialists, Instructional Designers, and Digital Analysts
12. BCD Travel
Forbes Rank: #73
Headquarters: Utrecht, Netherlands
BCD Travel provides corporate travel and event management solutions for clients around the world. They help companies save money while offering enhanced travel programs and accommodations. Since approximately 70% of their global staff members are women, BCD Travel supports the advancement of women’s careers and offers flexible schedules, mentorship, training, and coaching opportunities.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Travel Consultants, Project Managers, Supplier Relations Specialists, Account Managers, and Marketing Analysts
13. Cognizant Technology Solutions
Forbes Rank: #74
Headquarters: Teaneck, New Jersey
Cognizant Technology Solutions provides innovative solutions centered around cloud technologies, automation, and expert consulting. Their core values include passion, integrity, empowerment, and collaboration. Their Women Empowered (WE) Business Resource Group helps employees advance in their careers while providing impact to the organization and its customers.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Project Directors, Cloud Security Advisory Associates, and Compliance and Privacy Officers
Forbes Rank: #80
Headquarters: St. Paul, Minnesota
3M is a manufacturing company that creates adhesives, chemicals, wiring, and other commercial and consumer products. They place a heavy emphasis on their mentorship program and encouraging professional growth. They take pride in their collective intelligence and help their teams strive to be their very best.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Account Managers, Clinical Development Analysts, Sales Managers, and Regional Distribution Leaders
15. Zurich Insurance Group
Forbes Rank: #87
Headquarters: Schaumburg, Illinois
Zurich Insurance Group offers home, car, travel, general liability, and other insurance products, as well as risk solutions and guidance for businesses. In addition to providing excellent options and coverage for their customers, they aim to protect and inspire confidence in their employees. They operate as a single team comprised of diverse individuals loaded with ideas and unlimited potential.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Underwriters, Data Analysts, Sales Executives, Crop Adjusters, and Liability Trial Attorneys
16. The Hartford
Forbes Rank: #88
Headquarters: Hartford, Connecticut
The Hartford is a leading financial institution offering auto, home, and business insurance options, as well as employee benefits solutions. They truly celebrate their employees and engage their staff with groups like the Professional Women’s Network (PWN). The Hartford also supports women at all levels of their career – from entry-level to experienced professional.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Insurance Claims Representatives, Client Relationship Associates, Underwriters, Business Intelligence Consultants, and Data Analysts
17. U.S. Bank (U.S. Bancorp)
Forbes Rank: #89
Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota
U.S. Bank provides finance and banking services for individuals and businesses. They offer personal and corporate checking and savings accounts, as well as wealth management services and investment options. As an employer, U.S. Bank values diversity and wants their staff to have the freedom and flexibility needed to manage both personal and professional responsibilities. They offer a range of career-oriented learning opportunities, tuition reimbursement, and leadership building tools.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Account Executives, Relationship Managers, Data Integration Analysts, and Reliability Engineers
18. Hilton Worldwide
Forbes Rank: #90
Headquarters: McLean, Virginia
Hilton Worldwide is a leading hospitality corporation with over 14 brands and 5,400 properties worldwide. They lead a Women’s Team Member Resource Group to help coach and prepare female employees for the next steps in their careers. They also value health and personal welfare and provide educational assistance and travel benefits to encourage individual and family vacations and explorations.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Sales Managers and Business Development Managers
19. H&R Block
Forbes Rank: #91
Headquarters: Kansas City, Missouri
H&R Block offers tax filing services, information, and tools – both online and in person. It is a family-oriented company that values work-life balance and schedule flexibility. Employees receive benefits and professional training opportunities whether they work in a tax office or at the corporate headquarters.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Tax Software Developers
20. Hyland Software
Forbes Rank: #94
Headquarters: Westlake, Ohio
Hyland Software is a software development company that develops enterprise content management (ECM) and process management software for healthcare, financial, insurance, government, manufacturing, and educational organizations. They sponsor a Women in Tech Conference twice per year for college students and professionals and offer programs for mentorship, career development, and networking.
Who They Hire to Work Remotely: Account Managers and Account Executives
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