AT&T: A Work-at-Home Company Profile

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Among Fortune’s Top 500 Global companies, the AT&T American multinational conglomerate holding company is headquartered at Whitacre Tower in downtown Dallas, Texas. Known as the world's largest telecommunications company, it's been led by CEO Randall L. Stephenson since 2007, and employs 267,000 people. The Bell Telephone Company founded the company on October 5, 1983, in Delaware, and has popular subsidiaries like DIRECT TV, AT&T Mobility, Cricket Wireless, and more.

A Work-at-Home Company Profile

AT&T sells products and services that make telecommuting possible, and the company lets its employees telecommute. In 2010, the company started a work-from-home program for 12,000 of its employees. While that number appears to be large, it's actually only five percent of AT&T's overall workforce, despite the company saying that it "has provided mobile and remote access technologies to more than 130,000 employees that allow them to work from a variety of locations."

Interestingly, AT&T is the largest multichannel video service provider in the United States in regards to total subscribers, which is over 25,000,000.

The company’s telecommuting program, however, has hit bumps along the way (e.g., a contraction of the telecommuting program in 2007), but having 12,000 people working from home qualifies the company as telecommute friendly. In fact, because of its large telecommuting workforce, AT&T is named one of the top major corporations for telecommuting. AT&T also actively recruits retired military personnel and military spouses.

Pay, Benefits, and Employment

The positions that allow telecommuting are across many divisions, and thus, pay varies with position. However, AT&T offers an array of benefits for full-time employees, which often includes medical, dental and vision, 401(k), paid time off, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, discounts on AT&T products and services, flexible spending accounts, adoption assistance, leave of absence, and many more.

If you're interested in working here, use the AT&T employment page by visiting the official AT&T employment website. You may notice that the jobs database doesn't make it easy to locate a telecommuting position, but you can search for terms like "telecommute" and "work from home" to bring up positions that may offer remote work.

Interesting Company Information

According to AT&T's official website, a 2010 survey of 11,000 employees revealed some surprising information about AT&T's telecommuters. For instance, 98 percent of supervisors agreed that telecommuters are effective at communicating and meeting their goals. Additionally, 96 percent would say the same about collaborating, and 97 percent agree that they can manage their time. This is good news when it comes to telecommuters, as there's support in the data.

When it comes to remote work, 92 percent of AT&T telecommuters have said that telecommuting helps them achieve a balance between work and home life. Plus, 63 percent of employees admitted that they enjoy having some flexibility in their schedule when it comes to days that they telecommute.

Finally, 94 percent of telecommuters acknowledged that the average 54 minutes saved (in commuting time) was ultimately given back to the company as additional productive time.