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Old 01-29-2018, 07:51 AM
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Curious what types of jobs people on here are able to do working remotely. Iíve been working remotely between 2-5 days a week for last 8 years but my company is re-organizing and this is likely to change. Curious what types of jobs people are able to do remotely these days. Tech jobs (programming) and sales seem to most common. Do you think remote jobs are getting tough to find? I know IBM and some other large companies have cut down on remote workers.
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I'm a full-time mechanical engineer and can do 95% of my job anywhere there's a good interweb connection.

I work from home maybe 2-3 times a month and generally get more done than in the office.

On the side I have a consulting business where I'm 100% remote, working with customers on the west coast as well as local. The cloud tools are so good anymore all you need is a laptop. For instance the CAD software I use is 100% cloud based.

I've specifically set up the business to never have a physical office.
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Remote jobs are tough to find because:

You now compete with way more people for the position not just financially but with qualificationsas well

Many want them so they’re more desirable

Tons of remote freelance work is out there. That’s probably easier if you can build the clientele.

What is it you want to do? Lots of remote options.
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I worked remotely for 8 years as a systems engineer and then a PM. Our team of about 20 all worked from home and traveled when needed. It had its pro's and con's. We offered professional and managed services of Nortel/Avaya systems.
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Sales here and I work "remotely" when I am not on a plane going to some far away tropical paradise like Sioux Falls SD....


I will say this, sales in my industry is changing. Tech sales specifically are moving to a utility model (aka SaaS/Cloud) and the way organizations do business. Consumers (B2B in my case) expect to enter into shorter term agreements with companies and do so with less up front spending. This means that the cash flow of the company is severely limited until they build up a large list of subscribers. Very tricky for a sales person of my age & experience.

If you are looking to start a new career, I would look into Cyber Security. Crazy $ in that tech segment right now.
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I worked remotely for 8 years as a systems engineer and then a PM. Our team of about 20 all worked from home and traveled when needed. It had its pro's and con's. We offered professional and managed services of Nortel/Avaya systems.
Were you a SI company like Carousel, Converge One (NACR)?

Its been quite a year for those guys that I work with since the Avaya "thing".
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I work in IT consulting, used to have to travel 4 days a week, now I travel only from my bedroom to my office to work. Cut the costs for my employer and the client by a large sum. If you don't have to be micromanaged its fine. If you do or think you don't.. you will find out quickly.

Edit: The only exception caveat is government. If you get contracted by the government, be ready to have your ass in a seat on a base 4/5 days a week. They still haven't hitched on to the whole cloud/my network can be your network with a switch.
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Purchasing Agent-they email me what they want, I email a bunch of companies for bids or just buy it outright if its under a certain dollar amount. I have a company card and we have accounts with a lot of vendors. I do all the purchase orders and keep track of the orders. I notify them of the delivery date for their items, anywhere from overnight to a 3 month lead time. Everything is done in Dropbox so the project manager knows what is happening.
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Beg to differ on govt work. Teleworking is authorized and can be used several days a week.
VPN is a pain but doable.
Forward desk phone, answer emails, call into meetings, provide deliverables and show up when needed.

The govt has been pushed to limit commuters. "Green" efforts (reduce carbon footprint by not driving to work) have made teleworking all but mandatory for some agencies.
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I'm a software developer, 100% remote minus traveling 4-6x/year to the home office, and 5-6x/year to client sites to train them on using our APIs.

My wife is an instructional designer who is also 100% remote, zero travel at all aside from 2 conferences a year.
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Originally Posted by crazybeard View Post
Remote jobs are tough to find because:

You now compete with way more people for the position not just financially but with qualificationsas well

Many want them so they’re more desirable

Tons of remote freelance work is out there. That’s probably easier if you can build the clientele.

What is it you want to do? Lots of remote options.
I'm in management role now but my background is in data analytics and corporate strategy. I could most likely do consulting work. Curious if anyone is managing a department or team remotely. I have a friend who worked at IBM and his entire department worked remotely for a few years but last year they restructured and forced everyone to work onsite.
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I'm a programmer working at home full time for the last 10 years. If I'm unlucky I have to go into the office maybe 2x per year. With the current state of technology, there are really few impediments to telecommuting for information technology workers. It's really more about company culture as to whether it has been embraced.
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Originally Posted by Bucklene View Post
I'm in management role now but my background is in data analytics and corporate strategy. I could most likely do consulting work. Curious if anyone is managing a department or team remotely. I have a friend who worked at IBM and his entire department worked remotely for a few years but last year they restructured and forced everyone to work onsite.
Might look into SEO/SEM industries. Itís all analytics and plenty of web folks work remote.
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About 20 years ago the company asked me if I wanted to work from home. I was Tech Support at the time which later transitioned to Customer Technical Advocate. This was all voicemail support
from Lucent to AT&T. So I eliminated my 1 hour to 1.5 hour commute and worked from home until they laid me off in 2016, so I retired with 49 years in the telcomm industry.
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Were you a SI company like Carousel, Converge One (NACR)?

Its been quite a year for those guys that I work with since the Avaya "thing".
Yes. I worked for Presidio Networked Solutions and was laid off 10/2017. Their business model sucked! Well for the Avaya group it did anyway.
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Been working at Quicken Loans remote for 12 years. We have over 200 team members in IT that work remote. We also have about 200+ openings in IT if anyone is looking for a job. Email me a resume to keithelder@quickenloans.com if anyone is looking for a new opportunity.

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In procurement (pretty typical office job). I can, and do, work remote when convenient. But there is definitely a shift away from larger companies enabling working from home. Too many citations of employees slacking instead of working.

My experience is the opposite. I have a very open policy for my direct reports to work off-site. As long as the work is getting done, I don't care. We also manage a lot of data off hours, so that flexibility is key for employee job satisfaction in my opinion.

As for govt. employees "working" from home . . . how would anyone know the difference?
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OP,
Be careful how you phrase or approach this topic when applying for / interviewing for a job.
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Tax consultant / accountant. 75% of my work is remote from home.


Most in our industry on the tax side can work remote easily 30% and more.
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Bumping this old thread...

It looks like my company is reversing course and moving people back into the office. I will not say who it is

Are others seeing a push to return to the office and away from telecommute or remote work?
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