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Fully remote Doist is building productivity tools for remote work

Doist is one of the leading remote companies building the future of work. Their fully distributed team is creating tools that promote a calmer, more balanced, more fulfilling way to work and live. They are a fully remote company working from 53 cities across 27 countries.
by Andrew Gobran – People Operations Generalist @ Doist

What does your remote company do?

Our mission is to inspire the workplace of the future by creating simple yet powerful productivity tools that promote a more fulfilling way to work and live.

How to stand out when applying for a remote job?

This can be challenging when candidates from all over the world are applying, but generally speaking, most of the applications we receive are very low quality. Focusing on crafting a high-quality application that has an organized resume, thoughtful responses, and demonstrate that you are genuinely interested in joining Doist.

In fact, we've written an entire article about the biggest mistakes people make when applying for remote jobs and how to avoid them: https://doist.com/blog/remote-job-application-advice/

How does your remote company's hiring process for remote jobs look like?

Our People Operations team reviews every application and shortlists applications that meet or exceed the expectations of the skills we're looking for and reflects value-alignment in the quality responses provided to the application questions. From there, the hiring committee reviews the shortlisted applications to select those that match the skill set we're looking for and then they are invited to the hiring process. The process can vary, but generally consists of 3 interviews and a take-home test project.

"Remote work comes with the freedom to work from any place in the world. For me, this has meant regularly visiting my family and friends back home after moving to a different country."

How do you onboard new remote team members?

Every newcomer is paired with a mentor who facilitates their training and is their go-to person for anything they need help with. Newcomers are able to participate in a mentoring trip where we send them to spend 1-2 week in their mentor's city to work alongside each other and get to know each other. We also equip every newcomer with a Todoist onboarding project that includes a lot of useful resources and is used in collaboration with their mentor for task management.

Where does your remote team work from?

Our team is fully distributed with a presence in 25 different countries. We guarantee all our team members the option to rent a dedicated desk at a coworking space near them, but everyone works in the way that best suits them and their lifestyle.

"I work with brilliant minds from across the globe, exercise whenever I please, watch The Office for lunch on the daily, and I get to spend more time with my dogs than ever before. It's hard not to love remote work." – Evert, Doist support specialist

Does your remote team meet in person?

Yes! We have an annual, all-inclusive, company retreat to get the whole team together for a week for work and relationship-building. We've also started having mini-retreats where individual teams will get together for a week to realign on goals and spend time together.

How do you handle different time zone challenges?

We work asynchronously, so most of the time time zones don't really pose much of a challenge. Only when we need to have a video conference do we coordinate schedules to arrange a time to meet.

"Working remotely allows me to be a full-time father and not miss any important milestones of my daughter like her first words or steps. Being able to sit at the table with my family for all 3 meals of the day is the best part." - Keita, Doist Support Specialist

What are your most used tools in your remote team?

We use Twist for team communication and Todoist for task/project management.

What's your advice for companies planning to go remote?

If you haven't already, develop a strong set of core values that will be the foundation of your remote culture. From there, identify the practices, processes, and tools that will enable your team to work and collaborate effectively as you pursue your mission.

Learn more about Doist

Doist's remote team is currently working from 53 cities across 27 countries covering 31 timezones. This makes them #7 on RemoteHub with employees coming from most countries.

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