By Shawn Prenzlow, Research Ninja
I’m continuing to research topics for The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work. One hard to pin down topic is how many companies are 100% distributed? The most obvious, and famous, example of this is Automattic. With over 130 employees, everyone works from the location of their choosing. Teams get together in person regularly as needed for individual projects. But no one has to schlep to the office every day. That’s my definition of workplace Nirvana.
Because of Automattic’s size and incredible community support, they’re the most frequent reference in articles. What is surprising is after hours of research, I’ve found that writers and reporters rarely mention any other company.
Soft Criteria: If you think you’re distributed, leave a comment (please list # of employees. and % that work remotely)
Harder Criteria: Bonus points if you meet the following:
- Company size of 20 or more employees
- Employees geographically distributed (for example, in at least several states or regions, if not countries)
Here’s are some companies we’ve identified as having a distributed model:
- Automattic (160 employees)
- GitHub (100 employees)
- Kalypso LP
- MCF Technology Solutions
- Copyblogger (source)
- StackExchange (50/50)
- MySQL (70/30)
- Art & Logic (70 employees)
- LullaBot (35 employees)
- AppendTo (23 employees)
- UniversalMind (65 employees)
- Basho (115 employees, 50% remote)
Do you know of others, even if they don’t meet all of our criteria? Please leave a comment.