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Telecommuting Companies Offer the Work at Home Jobs You’re Looking For
If you’ve been searching everywhere for great telecommuting jobs, you certainly aren’t alone. It does sound like a dream come true to find a great job with a big, established company and still enjoy the many benefits of working from home. Unfortunately, most of us never get to live out this dream because we just can’t find the opportunities. Today, that’s all going to change. I’ve compiled a list of 7 companies that offer telecommuting jobs so you can check out the possibilities and finally find the work at home job you’ve always wanted.
These 7 companies were carefully selected from hundreds that appear during a quick web search. Truthfully, many companies claim to allow telecommuting, but few of them do it with the same salary and benefits. These 7 telecommuting jobs have a long-term track record of treating telecommuter’s right. Many of these companies build entire divisions with home based jobs. So take a minute to scope out the options and see if one of them might be a good fit for you.
1. Aetna – aetna.com
According to my research, Aetna employed over 34,000 individuals last year and brought in around $34 billion in revenue. This company works in the insurance industry and offers telecommuting jobs. Employees that work from home primarily process claims, but there are also a few additional positions for medical personnel who can work from home too. Doctors, nurses, and even managers employed by Aetna will often work from home.
Tip: Try doing a search for “telework” when browsing available positions. Keep in mind that some positions aren’t listed as home based opportunities, but Aetna will sometimes transition a position to telework, so it’s worth applying.
2. American Express – careers.americanexpress.com
We all know American Express, right? Some of us know it a little too well… ugh! This credit company employs more than 60,000 people and brought in around $30 billion last year. A major portion of American Express employees work from home! Both the travel division and the corporate division offer telecommuting jobs.
Tip: Try searching in the jobs category with keywords like “virtual” or “work at home”. Many telecommuting jobs will be listed under the call center, travel counselor, sales, or corporate departments.
3. AT&T – att.jobs
AT&T offers more than great wireless service. They are also providing jobs to 267,000 people and many of them work at home. This huge company brought in $125 billion in 2011 and telecommuting employees did a large portion of the work. In 2010, AT&T reported that over 12,000 employees worked from home and the number just continues to grow.
Tip: AT&T mixes in home based jobs with the other jobs, so it will take a little time to weed through them. Hang in there… there are lots of good jobs listed almost every month.
4. Cigna – cigna.com
Cigna is another huge insurance company that offers telecommuting jobs to about 10% of its 30,600 employees. Cigna offers telecommuting jobs for a variety of positions ranging from nursing to claims processing to analysts.
Tip: Most telecommuting jobs at Cigna will be listed as “work from home” or “work at home” so be sure to try those keywords.
5. Cisco – cisco.com
Cisco is a technology company that is highly interested in taking everything virtual. They are pushing forward with more telecommuting jobs as time goes by. Cisco sponsors a massive “Telework Week” every year in February where they raise awareness of the productivity benefits of home based employment. It is reported that the average person who works at Cisco (there are almost 71,000 employees) works at home two days a week and 85 percent of employees always work at home.
Needless to say, Cisco is a great option if you want a company that is truly determined to continue moving forward with telecommuting. To top it off, Cisco was voted at #20 in the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune as seen on CNN Money (LINK TO ARTICLE – http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/bestcompanies/2011/full_list/).
Tip: Look for “flexible work options” in Cisco job listings.
6. Deloitte – deloitte.com
At number 6, we have Deloitte, a consulting firm that also made the Fortune list of amazing companies to work for at #63. Deloitte was the leading telecommuting company listed with more than 85 percent of employees regularly working remotely. Deloitte allows employees to telecommute as often as they want and use videoconferencing software to conduct meetings between employees and their clients.
Even better, Deloitte employees are given a benefit called “Mass Career Customization” which sounds complicated, but is basically just a whole lot of freedom. If you work for this company, you really get some flexibility in determining your schedule, workload, and potential career development.
Tip: Telecommuting jobs aren’t listed separately since almost everyone works remotely. Just find a position you are interested in and chances are that you can do it from home.
7. IBM – ibm.com/employment
IBM has been around for a while and is well known in the information technology industry. They have more than 425,000 employees and many of them work from home. In 2009, IBM released a statement that they hoped to continue expanding their telecommuting opportunities and offer increased compensation to their employees who agreed to work at home. They claim that telecommuting increases productivity and reduces energy waste. Most of the telecommuting jobs available with IBM will be either sales or marketing.
Tip: Telecommuting eligibility is determined when you are hired, so jobs won’t be listed separately.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for an opportunity to work from home, the golden age has officially arrived! There is no reason you cannot have a successful career and still enjoy the freedom to travel and work from the comfort of your home. These are just seven of the thousands of companies that now offer telecommuting positions. So do your research and keep checking back as we review more great positions in the future. The sky is the limit is this virtual age and there was no better time to be a work at home mommy. Get started today!
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