Flexible work hours make sense in the tech industry. After all, most of the sector’s jobs are paid in salaries, stock options and commissions — not hourly wages. As long as you get your work done (and show up for the meetings — they’re important too, right?), most companies don’t have much cause for ensuring workers log eight office hours each day.
Flexible work schedules come in all shapes and sizes, often referring to the ability to work remotely or during hours that fit your lifestyle. If flexibility is important to you, keep an eye on these Seattle-based companies.
Bonus perk: An onsite gym.
Work: Projekt202 deploys multi-disciplinary teams of designers, technologists, strategists, program managers and marketers to design and build software for a range of clients. Headquartered in Dallas, the company has a presence in Austin and recently opened a Chicago office. Projekt202 has built user interfaces for ride-sharing apps, redesigned customer experiences for cloud-based workflow platforms, created user-friendly interfaces for in-store interactive home improvement design tools, and more.
Bonus perk: A cumulative total of 5 weeks of vacation per year.
Bonus perk: Stripe offers its employees free daily meals.
Work: By building technology that allows businesses to accept payments online, Stripe says it’s creating “the infrastructure of the internet.” Despite rapid growth, e-commerce accounted for just 13 percent of total retail sales in the United States last year. Stripe aims to help expedite the internet’s domination of retail by lowering barriers for small and large businesses alike.
Bonus perk: 12 weeks of paid maternity leave and four weeks of paid paternity leave.
Work: Pixvana creates virtual reality storytelling tools and places them in the hands of the technology’s creative vanguard. The company’s SPIN Studio platform is an all-in-one software tool for uploading, editing, producing and sharing VR content, and is now used by universities and film schools across the country. Pixvana also recently unveiled new features that allow users to edit VR experiences from inside the headset.