Reddit announces permanent work from home, eliminates cost-of-living pay compensation

Reddit joined the likes of Twitter and Dropbox today as the company announced the option for its employees to switch to permanent remote work.

Many tech companies have taken this step amid the pandemic, but few have eliminated geographic compensation adjustments. Reddit said they will not lower the pay of employees who choose to work remotely; instead, all U.S. compensation will now be tied to pay ranges of high-cost areas such as the Bay Area.

“As our teams become more distributed, we will have many learnings about the impact of this model on our performance as a business,” the company blog post read. “We will not be afraid to continuously adapt and evolve our workforce philosophies, programs, and processes. 2020 is an unprecedented year, and we strongly believe that for the foreseeable future, providing flexible work arrangements to our current and future Snoos is the right thing to do for Reddit,” referring to Reddit’s mascot, the alien Snoo.

Some roles that need to be performed from specific geographic locations, such as facilities or IT support, will be exempt from remote work.

The company will also support those employees that want to come into the office just a few days per week. There will be “no more fixed desks,” the company blog post said, and instead the office setup will favor “casual and coffee shop-style seating, private space for heads-down focusing, larger bookable resources and collaboration spaces for teams to strategically meet IRL.”

There are more than 400 Reddit employees in the Bay Area.

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