The Guide for Job Seekers: What to Look For in a Distributed Company

7 min readSep 8, 2023

In today’s day, remote work can mean many things. But one’s certain: it’s a state of mind. Some companies are pushing back, demanding employees return to the office. Many resist, preferring the freedom to work remotely, and are already looking for opportunities that meet their wishes.

On one side, you have remote-first companies. And on the other, remote-friendly ones. Understanding the differences between these approaches and their obligations is crucial when looking for a new job.

Good to know: working remotely doesn’t mean you need to work from home. It means you can work from anywhere in the world. Remember: it’s a state of mind that lets you adapt work to life and not the other way around.

Choosing the right distributed company for you is a challenge we simplify in this post. Learn about the differences between these remote approaches, the obligations, and what to value when landing a new job.

Distributed Company: What’s the Difference Between Remote-First and Remote-Friendly Companies?

In a nutshell, the first allows you always to work remotely, when and where you decide. The second lets you do that as long as it’s from a known address, generally during a specific work schedule.

And let’s not forget about “hybrid” organizations, which allow remote work during some weekdays and in-office on the remaining — though we won’t delve into this approach in this post.

So, let’s dive into the main differences between remote-first and remote-friendly companies.

What is a Remote-First Company?

A remote-first company prioritizes remote work as its default operating model. It has everything to do with a distributed company’s culture — besides being something the board believes in, it’s also something practiced daily, from leaders to employees.

They all believe that the future of work is decentralized, not isolated.

Unlike traditional companies — that view remote work as an exception — remote-first organizations design their workflows, communication practices, and culture to answer…




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