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WFH policy across tech companies

Google noobnoob
Nov 11, 2017

What's the WFH (working from home) policy like where you work?

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  • WRKSHP / Eng
    WFH for good reason and with appropriate heads' up (the day before is not enough time).
    On average, about once or twice a month is acceptable.
    Nov 11, 20176
    • Microsoft Yuhe83
      Wow that’s garbage
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Google xv6nk
      Ya holy shit
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Google vHoL03
      Yikes glad I don’t work there anymore
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Yahoo Blam
      Sounds like a terrible manager
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Apple yEdW78
      Wfh in most cases is not planned. Also people at apple living far do every Friday wfh, totally acceptable to have last minute wfh email to team
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Zendesk / EngKaizen
      No Bueno
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative / Eng
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    At CZI, people WFH at least once a week. I personally do 1 -3 days / week!
    Nov 21, 20186
    • Google usurper
      WTF is Chan Zuckerberg Initiative? For people who don't want to say they work at Facebook?
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Amazon OMwD10
      It’s a real organization dawg
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Microsoft IEjP42
      Google it
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Just curious what kind of engineering work is there at CZI?
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative / Eng
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      Chan Zuckerberg InitiativeEng

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      Lots of exciting engineering projects are going on actually!

      In education, we build products for teachers, students, and their parents to collaborate better and provide personalized learning in schools, all free of charge. Because we believe our world will be a better place if all students get to realize their full potentials.

      In science, we have Human Cell Atlas project that collaborates with labs all over the world to identify every single human cell type and open up the data platform for anyone to use for free. We hope by open sourcing and unlocking this crucial information, we can help accelerate biomedical research in all fields and therefore contribute to preventing, controlling, and curing all diseases by the end of the century.

      We also have a free biomedical knowledge discovery tool calls Meta, which uses machine learning to help individual researcher to stay on top of their research game, so the whole world benefits from the accelerated research process.

      There are way more projects than I can describe here. But overall, we want to help solve large scale engineering problems in education, science, and other social issues, because CZI, as a nonprofit organization with heavy engineering resources, is in a unique position to address them.

      Hope this helps!
      Nov 21, 2018
    • New / Eng
      badboi

      NewEng

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      App Academy
      badboimore
      My company is slowly opening up to the idea of work from home. We usually just let our manager know ahead of time and put it on our calendar. I was also able to negotiate remote working time from Asia once a year which is a first so it's pretty cool.
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Aetna kaa
    I can WFH as needed
    Nov 11, 20170
  • Dropbox coolio7
    My manager gets anxious when I WFH and he pings me more than when I work from the office and in general is extra agitated about making sure that I’m actually working. At the same time, I can show up to work, watch YouTube vids all day and he wouldn’t say a word.
    Nov 21, 20184
    • Microsoft BiggieMac
      YouTube? How do I get a job at Dropbox!? Lol 😆
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Collective Health Mrincharge
      Sounds like a crappy manager.
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Intel ""('o')""
      I had same type of manager. Thankfully he is not my boss anymore as his boss kicked him to the curb.
      Nov 21, 2018
    • BlackRock HereIGo
      Same here ... only he keeps YouTubing and shopping all day when he’s at work ... and is always away when he’s WFH and yet gets the fits when I wfh once in a blue moon
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Ten-X RFMR24
    Isn't WFH mean Work Fewer Hours?
    Nov 21, 20181
    • Clover Network
      iaJT60

      Clover Network

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      iaJT60more
      Work For Home
      Nov 25, 2018
  • Veritas / Mgmtveridone
    I work from home and work far more hours and am far more productive than my teammates who arr tired after their long dumb commute through traffic
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Autodesk / OpsAutobot
    Autodesk has the best WFH policy I've ever experienced. I personally WFH about 3 days a week, sometimes four or five. We don't have to provide a reason or really even inform anyone as long as we're getting results.

    Part of why it's so relaxed is because we're pretty much always on call. I'm happy with the trade-off.
    Nov 11, 20173
    • Apple / Designjobs
      My boyfriend also works for Autodesk and he basically never goes to work lol. I sometimes have to make him go on days when I am WFH. Most mornings, I'll grab his laptop for him before leaving the house.

      At Apple, the WFH policy is kinda non-existent however when things are slow, they let you WFH if you have a legit excuse (doctor appointments, deliveries, maintenance, flight to catch etc.)
      Nov 11, 2017
    • Apple / EngEverybody
      What part of Apple? I work from home once a week.
      Nov 15, 2017
    • Apple bqdp
      Yea that’s extremely different from anything I’ve experienced at Apple. All the teams I know of (SWE) let employees work from home whenever they want.
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Amazon Dr. Savage
    If we abuse WFH, we are rewarded with a really long period of WFH. :)
    Nov 21, 20181
    • Netflix / Eng7qwerty
      Rewarded with RAH (rest at home)
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Cisco SanAbe
    My team is spread globally so I work from home almost all of the time. It’s so much more productive at home too. I’m not sure how anyone can get work done well in the office, not distract the people immediately surrounding their work areas, or find any anything close to the ergonomic setup I have at home. In the Bay Area, the traffic is so horrendous, working from home gives some of my colleagues three to four extra hours back in the day!!
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Microsoft Puppymonky
    WFH 100%, I also take naps and Xbox breaks... then again I also put in weekend time
    Nov 11, 20172
    • Microsoft Yuhe83
      Ye +1
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Intel Stxp17
      Working at Microsoft, don't they call that Product Testing?
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Uber aNft74
    How the fuck did this just start trending
    Nov 21, 20185
    • Tesla XDbw83
      Idk
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Intel Telus
      LOL. Probably 1 more takeaway mgmt is pondering.
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Google usurper
      Like 50 people replied. That's way past the low bar I see for trending posts
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Apple / Engzbgs
      @usurper this post is from last year.
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Amazon / OtherWarrenPeas
      Usurper sucks, play LORD
      Nov 24, 2018
  • Microsoft ChairJump
    Manager treats us like adults: Be available during business hours, get your job done, hit targets and show impact. Do those things and no one cares where, when, or how much you work.
    Nov 21, 20181
    • Nextdoor VyhF22
      That's how it should be! Working an office is overrated. It seems to me that often when folks work in an office, 50% is futzing around. WFH requires a certain discipline that not everyone has. I don't understand why it's so frowned upon.
      Nov 21, 2018
  • VMware 2022
    My manager tells us we can WFH on weekends.
    Edit: clarity.
    Nov 21, 20182
    • 🤦‍♂️
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Amazon Usernahme
      Good. Then I'll slack my ass off when in the office during weekdays.
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Intuit Merc77
    Companies that give you 100% are the way to go. Give us trust, not stupid ass perks we will never use. Anyone that tries to argue otherwise I’ll just ignore.
    Nov 21, 20181
    • Intel Telus
      Not about trust. Its about effective collaboration eyeball to eyeball in a room, teleconference room, or video. I don't trust coworkers who feel entitled to WFH with constant disconnection issues and prove worthless with no data for "superior results". Varies by job of course.
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Cisco H67hvdj
    100% WFH for many/most people on my team, including me. We own WebEx, after all. No need for pants.
    Nov 21, 20181
    • Uber / Eng
      sight

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      Facebook, Cisco
      sightmore
      Cisco is one of the best companies for remote workers.
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Automattic vagabond
    We are a “work from wherever you want, as long as there’s a good internet connection” company. Beats the hell out of WFH
    Nov 11, 20175
    • Facebook PYVe51
      I fail to see the difference
      Nov 12, 2017
    • Automattic vagabond
      We are completely distributed. There is no office to go to.
      Nov 12, 2017
    • Google amzng123
      Sounds like unemployment
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Yahoo Blam
      Sounds awesome
      Nov 21, 2018
    • PayPal Main
      Amzng123 sour grapes much ?
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Wells Fargo / Engaggie
    I'll quote my manager here "Just get my crap done, I don't care where you work from"
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Cisco doruboru
    Policy is WFH as you feel. That being said I've never seen anyone work from home more than 2 days in a week.
    Nov 21, 20184
    • Google / Project
      toothfairy

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      toothfairymore
      So far Cisco sounds the most enlightened on this.
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Uber / Eng
      sight

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      Facebook, Cisco
      sightmore
      Cisco’s business is fundamentally founded on the idea of people collaborating beyond physical borders. Makes sense for the company to eat their own dog food.
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Google / Project
      toothfairy

      GoogleProject

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      500 Startups
      toothfairymore
      Wish Google would find that religion.
      Nov 23, 2018
    • Uber / Eng
      sight

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      Facebook, Cisco
      sightmore
      Me too.
      Nov 23, 2018
  • Intuit / Eng
    j123x

    IntuitEng

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    Cisco, Verizon, Oracle
    j123xmore
    At Cisco (2014), if you don't come to office, you just lose your permanent desk.....
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Verizon karthik12
    It s weird n my team. Out of 11 members 2 are always working from home ( remote ) . And when we ask for WFH more than once in a week, our manager usually denies it.
    Nov 11, 20173
    • Airbnb Vasu
      Verizon’s culture is so bad
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Verizon / DesignSnoopDoge
      LOL
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Microsoft / Engyayssa
      Lol having to ask manager
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Cisco +nt-ispklm
    Our business unit does not care at all.
    Home, office, starbucks, as long as you meet deliverables…
    I remember not going to the office for one month straight.
    But generally I go to the office at least once or twice a week to see some faces and do some water cooler talk.
    Working in your PJs lose its appeal after the first week you know :)
    Nov 21, 20181
    • Twilio FrMg01
      Which BU?
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Acquia / EngtGlu87
    I work entirely remote, as do many of the engineers at my company. They fly us in once or twice a year. My schedule is pretty flexible, I leave early a few days a week to beat traffic to the gym then come home and put some more work in. As long as you're available when needed and get your work done you're good. The fact that many of the larger tech companies don't hire remotely has kept me from working there; I'm not looking to uproot my life.
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Uber / Eng⛰️🐀
    Up to manager, but mostly twice a week.

    These companies are a bit silly in that for most of them you can't live close to work without having a 6k+ House payment... Then they wonder why everyone is pushing hard for TC
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Google noobnoob
    OP
    At Google the official statement is to use it as an exception and keep it at twice a month at most.
    In reality though it is really up to the managers. I let my reports wfh as much as they want as long as they keep a good communication flow, and I also usually wfh around once a week and don't have to provide any excuse.
    I've heard some other teams are way stricter on that though.
    Nov 11, 20176
    • Facebook PYVe51
      Which team are you on? Is it similar for YouTube ?
      Nov 11, 2017
    • Amazon FUMx01
      AWS required me to be in the office every day at 9. Google's better so much
      Nov 11, 2017
    • Amazon QVWt23
      It’s not true for AWS at 9, it depends on team and mine can WFH at least once a week
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Google / Engcerulean
      Where is this stated officially?
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng🔥the🕸
      Lol to the guy who is in AWS and can’t WFH. You need to switch teams.
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Google / Engcerulean
      wtf I didn’t realize this thread is over a year old. How did I start posting here
      Nov 22, 2018
  • Amazon / OtherWarrenPeas
    I work from home roughly 95% of the time. I haven’t been to the office in the past 3 months, and honestly don’t remember what it looks like.
    Nov 21, 20181
    • Adobe JusSayin
      What is your role?
      Nov 22, 2018
  • Facebook PYVe51
    What’s it like at YouTube/Google?
    Nov 11, 20175
    • Google / Consultanttexangoogl
      Depend on the team manager
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Google
      NGLR

      Google

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      NGLRmore
      Can confirm
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Google tendies
      Company policy seems to discourage WFH but most managers seem cool with it. About half of my team works from home or SF on Friday, and nobody questions when you send a WFH message to the team morning-of. If you get a reasonable amount of work done (well), no one even cares how many hours you put in.
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Google Yoshka
      What they said. It seems like it sucks, but nobody cares as long as you are getting stuff done. There is one group in my team where the manager never comes to work and neither do his reports.
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Google / Consultant
      memorable

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      memorablemore
      My org is WFH every other Friday. All other days with good excuse only.

      One thing about Google is that the office is always packed (both eng and non- eng). It’s probably because nobody wants to work from home often with all the free food.
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Microsoft huiii
    Also 100% wfh here! No reason needed. Seen the office 4 times this year so far. Can work where I want. And my manager is located in a different country. I love this company!
    Nov 22, 20181
    • Booking.com / OtherUnless
      Which product you work in? Also what do you do?

      I’m thinking about applying there
      Nov 22, 2018
  • Microsoft Hyad70
    Totally trusting...if you don't trust, you either hired the wrong person or you are likely a micro manager
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Google lasso68
    My experience - At G, it's between you and your manager but they did want at least some kind of presence in the office. At MSFT, primarily WFH or whenever you want. Felt way more productive at MSFT than at G.
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Amazon OMwD10
    WFH whenever I want. No one bats an eye when you maintain effective communication. Basically no meeting day or days where I need to focus on writing something, documents or code, I just broadcast that I WFH or a coffee shop. I see a lot of people say they just sit at a coffee, no one cares.
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Microsoft BiggieMac
    Policy: don’t do it too much and finish your shit.
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Facebook / OpsfreefoodFB
    Officially once every two weeks on a designated day for the whole team. Unofficially pretty flexible but don't abuse it I guess. I'm always here because of food tho I'm single af and don't cook at home
    Nov 11, 20170
  • Amazon / EngmrAmaze
    It depends on the team. My team let’s us WFH whenever we want as long as we’re getting shit done and not abusing it. I usually average about 1 day per week WFH. When I go on a long vacation, I usually add in one or two WFH days so that I can reduce the amount of PTO I need to use (I do actually work on those days though...not lying about it like some people).
    Nov 21, 20183
    • Intuit Turbofukd
      "not lying about it like some people"
      This is a safe space my friend.
      Nov 21, 2018
    • You!! So you are the one who started this dead thread again!
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Amazon / EngmrAmaze
      Haha I actually don’t...I’m just bitter because someone on my old team did it all the time and I know how frustrating it is to work with someone who does that!
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Cisco +nt-ispklm
    ^ at Cisco, it depends on where you are but the majority of the departments are pro WFH, pro WLB (some of them “way too pro”) and family comes before everything.
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Tumblr gzYO08
    We don’t have an official policy, and have plenty of people remote in various parts of the organization. Sometimes I feel like more gets done wfh, especially engineering wise when you have to focus.

    Some people abuse it, some people exceed no matter where they are. Personally, if I’m remote I try to reply to every message within 2 minutes if I’m not in a meeting or marked as “away” for deeper thought work to help people feel like I’m available any time they need.

    I’ve read a lot of advice about this, and it really comes down to setting expectations and teaching people how to be effective remotely. Being in the office is really just a nice convenience for desk/monitor/ facilities in tech if you’re good at your work strategy.
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Apple bqdp
    I can wake up in the morning and decide to wfh. Just have to send an email to the team as a courtesy. Even that isn’t strictly required.
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Intel Telus
    Business group and manager discretion. But generally ok to telecommute 80% of time. Problem is too many employees treat it like Entitlement. While true individual productivity may be higher at time, team collaboration suffers! Data pretty overwhelming on last statement from HBR. IT teams...I get tired of coworkers whose VPN, Wifi goes down, lose the call...wastes people's time. I think collaboration overrules individual productivity (and saving on your gas bill lol). I do WFH once in a while esp if it's admin stuff like expense reports, report writing...but not for team meetings.
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Booking.com Obadob
    Policy is no work from home, but most teams I was in were okay with it. At this point I have a history where my productivity increases if I WFH so it's less challenged. But, there are many managers that just follow company policy
    Nov 21, 20183
    • Booking.com 120M/Chuck
      You lucky bastard. PM me your TLs
      Nov 22, 2018
    • Booking.com Obadob
      The one that was not okay with it left the company. The others are now MSDs and director. I'm now a TL myself, I trust people unless they prove me wrong. My MSD is okay with us working from home. Previous one not. It's a hit and miss. Also, if PO goes wining about it, it's over.
      Nov 22, 2018
    • Booking.com 120M/Chuck
      Agreed. Mother****ing POs casually work from a Beach office in Spain or Singapore for several weeks but as soon as a dev goes WFH for a day they start wailing to the TL. You seem to be in a nicer track. Enjoy your time there
      Nov 22, 2018
  • Amazon dataiq
    My manager says "WFH is a privilege not a right" at Amazon. Is this even real? I joined very recently.
    Nov 21, 20183
    • New / ProductTughlaq
      Your manager loves Jack Welch. That’s a good thing.
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Amazon dataiq
      Why is it a good thing? My manager is against WFH.
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Amazon / Othercut a sev6
      Your manager is a moron. Find a new team
      Dec 5, 2018
  • Gusto qTUT07
    At Gusto we just gotta get the work done. We have multiple offices with lots of cross-office meetings so WFH or office feels the same
    Nov 21, 20182
    • Pinterest Ushebcoyag
      Can you work from home let’s say 3 days a week?
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Square Pele
      This is effectively true at most places, however wfh more than once or twice per week is looked down upon.
      Nov 22, 2018
  • Sprint / Sales
    t@loopback

    SprintSales

    BIO
    Sales, Engineering, Product. National, enterprise and small accounts. Software, hardware and enablement.
    t@loopbackmore
    I work in field sales and engineering. Most of us in the group cover a territory and nearly 90% are remote. we go to where the businesses is and go go go! productivity is measured by quota attainment.
    Nov 21, 20181
    • AT&T / Eng
      DDM2K

      AT&TEng

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      DDM2Kmore
      Refreshing to see a fellow telecom! Good to know!
      Nov 21, 2018
  • PagerDuty / OtherSjzueuxh
    I come and go as I please. I earned that shit
    Nov 21, 20181
    • Tumblr gzYO08
      Haha well as long as you can be “paged “ any time not a problem 😉
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Booking.com / OtherUnless
    WFH and get a shitty review.

    Pretty straight forward.
    Nov 22, 20180
  • Walmart.com uIxT111
    Once a week at Walmart
    Nov 21, 20180
  • Amazon OMwD10
    This question should be a poll.
    Nov 21, 20180
  • New / Engsleepybear
    WFH Monday and Friday every week
    Nov 11, 20170
  • New / Eng
    HShv56

    NewEng

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    HShv56more
    I wfh once a week probably. This is not uncommon in my org. Some will wfh more frequently, which doesn't seem to bother anyone.
    Nov 21, 20181
    • Yelp aEqz40
      Where the duck do you work
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Amazon OTdS88
    Once or twice a week. Manager won't give explicit permission but turns a blind eye as long as you're getting shit done.
    Nov 16, 20171
  • Cisco Avr1UsK
    We aren't allowed to work.
    Nov 22, 20180
  • Google / EngNeopets😍
    My team WFH every Friday unless we have a specific rollout.
    Nov 22, 20180

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